Rather than the blog bug, I think I have the blog leech tonight. What post number am I up to? Shows what a day off work can do to me, (be thankful I have this job).

I spent the morning (and into the afternoon) about 3hrs straight reading this Elisabeth Elliot book (3 in one) I found in my sisters room while I was looking for a Pijin New Testament. It was unbelievably nice to sit/lie on the couch in the sun with no one disturbing me for hours and hours. I was going to do the week 3 of Advent thing (that Laura’s left on the coffee table) but somehow I didn’t get around to it.

After lunch of some psuedo curry (pumpkin and potato – half of which ended up as my dog’s extremely late breakfast), I sat online distracted and doing random quiz things (thanks Katie :P) – which are now a few posts down). Walked up the road and went to the hairdressers up there, got a fringe cut (nothing drastic, just on the side, only cost me $5). Had a guy cut my hair again. Posted something to someone (one of you perhaps). Came home.

Mum has left a lot of books on the table. I don’t know how many of you I’ve told about her selling secondhand books on ebay (that she picks up from oppshops and garage sales and who knows where else) and on a homeschooling webiste, but the whole thing has gone slightly out of hand. She buys (very cheaply, but still) at a lot faster rate than she sells.

Dad comes out, looks at it, makes a non-subtle comment about wondering how many she has and if a number might wake her up a little. Laura swallows the bait and enthuses me into counting them.

There are over 200 books sitting (temporarily) on our dining room table because of a lady who came to look earlier in the day.

NB: hobby, not business (she doesn’t keep any records hardly, aside from emails. Lack of organisation is scary).

So we count.
It takes us a long time.

We have 3,642 sellable books in our house. Not our books. Ones to sell. We’d have that many again (maybe more) between the six of us. Laura’s estimate is 7000-8000.

That’s excessive.

The majority are young adults type novels or kids picture books.

Mum was annoyed and not shocked when we told her what we’d done, “I don’t need numbers to know I have a lot.”

I have possibly mentioned before the collecting gene I half inherited (and have seemed to mostly grow out of). This is evidence of that. I’d seriously consider buying her stock or ‘partnering’ with her if it would get more done and I had the time. Hannah helps a bit to earn a few dollars. Not too hard to keep track of profits, I mean really, the most basic thing you need is a spreadsheet or access or something.

Credit to Mum, because she definitely knows what is sellable. If only she’d do something about it – then we could reclaim the laundry and the hall and all the other corners they make their way into.

Need a copy of a certain book, in the aforementioned categories? Please ask, I take them to my room randomly and decide to keep them if they are good, she wont even notice one gone ;)and would gladly give it away anyway.


Just in case you use an rss reader, or bloglines or something to read this – if you happen to be vaguely interested, I’ve opened two other blogs (a little while ago now), First Phrase, Second Phrase. The Second is more for my later usage, but the first might give you something to think about.


I wrote some of this yesterday morning (and did save a draft, but it obviously didn’t save. ergh!) actually into a journal thing I’m taking to work with me for the half hour or so I have to waste before I start. I’ve been doing this at Mrs. Fields (excellent coffee) and now outside when seats out the front near the grass are free.

It’s about 8:20am, early start (sort of) this morning. I haven’t really thought too much about the Sydney riots (racially fueled) thus far. Yes I had that conversation with burkie, but the only visual, or any kind of experience (fi it even qualifies) have been very short segments of the news.

Today it is different. I am disgusted at what i heard, angry even. School kids on teh bus – they got to talking about it and began telling stories (be they true or not) of Lebanese gangs bashing up women and old ladies, following them home etcetera, armed with baseball bats.

All the blame was thrown back onto the non-anglos and emphasised the anglo’ethnicity of the ‘victims’. I was so ready to say something… what about those innocent whoevers caught in this stupid fued? What about the ‘white’ everyday Australian gangs who do comparibly the same thing at non media-hot moments. It’s not at all dependant on skin colour when people choose to do stuff like that (oh I know if it is when it is racially fueled) but we are all entirely capable of making the same descisions, mistakes and crimes.

How much media ahd those kids swallowed without having thought about things first? Australia has a definite racial vein. We celebrate differences, oh yeah? We prefer to conform to some unwritten standard.

Equality (or rather, Justice as we aren’t robots) witll happen one day. God has a hand in taht – but earth and falleness display injustice as if it were a crown. I do not know where this is all heading, I (quite obviously) don’t like it, and it is a bigger more menacing problem than I first thought.

Onesided stories, rumors, lies and misunderstandings are food for hate.

If they’d been on the bus a few more minutes, I might have found the courage to speak up. (the courage to face anti-introversion that is, because I was *this* close)


Haha, thanks Katie. I haven’t wasted this kind of time in a while – did some of the others, but here are the few you showed me (but for me and not you) plus the ‘weird’ one.

Your Blog Should Be Green

Your blog is smart and thoughtful – not a lot of fluff.
You enjoy a good discussion, especially if it involves picking apart ideas.
However, you tend to get easily annoyed by any thoughtless comments in your blog.
What Color Should Your Blog or Journal Be?

You Should Get a PhD in Liberal Arts
(like political science, literature, or philosophy)

You’re a great thinker and a true philosopher.
You’d make a talented professor or writer.
What Advanced Degree Should You Get?

Your 2005 Song Is

Since You’ve Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

“But since you’ve been gone
I can breathe for the first time
I’m so moving on”

In 2005, you moved on.
What Hit Song of 2005 Are You?

You Are 40% Weird

Normal enough to know that you’re weird…
But too damn weird to do anything about it!
How Weird Are You?