Monday, June 1, 2009

i like

i like monkeys.  i like toffee apples. i like op shops. i like my husband a lot. i like God much more. i like church. i like my sisters. i like vintage ephemera. i like laptops. i like vintage pillowcases. i like tutorials. i like postcards. i like bed heads. i like dogs. i like cupcakes. i like Lucy Maud Montgomery. i like languages. i like linguistics. i like alphabets. i like coconut trees. i like books. i like stairs. i like hieroglyphs. i like museums. i like canopic jars. i like scarves. i like boots. i like silky hair. i like dark chocolate. i like dictionaries. i like frames. i like googling. i like being 'shocking'. i like asking direct questions. i like being transparent. i like layering clothes. i like emails. i like knitting. i like crochet too. i like paper. i like doilies. i like coats. i like eurovision. i like the unexpected. i like calendars. i like mirrors. i like babies. i like arty-farty films. i like yarn walls. i like fruit. i like cultural difficulties. i like chickens. i like sugar cane. i like family. i like robots. i like sci-fi. i like parchment. i like sewing. i like heart rocks. i like swimming in the ocean. i like sand. i like unidentifiable edible delicacies. i like blankets. i like my name. 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Storehouse of Things Old and New

My lovely husband has started a blog. Check it out here:  The Storehouse of Things Old and New.
It's a theological reflection blog mainly for 4th year projects at Moore College but it seems like no one else wants to add their thoughts at the moment so it'll just be Nathan for a little while. 

I've been working on a cabled beanie over the last couple of days. I'm finding cables pretty easy but I know this is a very simple pattern

Best get back to the essay(s). 

Monday, April 20, 2009

Silent is an anagram of listen.

{Image by Gustavo Aimar on Flickr}
Karen wrote this awesome blog post on listening. 
Last year I did a course on Clinical Pastoral Education. It was to train people how to work effectively in jobs like hospital chaplaincy. Listening is key.
How do you listen effectively to someone whose family member has just died?
How do you listen effectively to someone who just attempted suicide?
How do you listen effectively to someone who just wants to die and die quickly?

More personally for me - how do I listen effectively to someone I disagree with without alienating them? How do I really listen? 

Listening is a skill we all need to work much harder on. It's easy to say we are listening but like Karen pointed out we really all just want to be heard, not listen to someone else. 

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Some of my favourite things

I'm completely swamped with college work at the moment. My Easter holidays are being spent in the library(ies). I've had a constant headache for the last 3 days due to all the non-stop reading and note-making. But it's all still interesting and valuable so I'll press on. I've been knitting and crocheting at night while watching Dawson's Creek and Veronica Mars as my down time. I still trawl the internet and my favourite blogs as part of my procrastination. Here's some current favourites from Flickr. 

1. potholder
8. Untitled

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Bum Nuts

Growing up with my dad, the farmer/shearer/akubra wearing Australian country boy that he is, we always referred to eggs as bum nuts. Last night, on Easter Sunday night, my dad asked if I'd eaten any chocolate bum nuts yet. Replying in another classic Walker (my family's name) fashion, I said, "I'm waiting until Tuesday when they are all 75% off."

Easter's an incredibly special and significant time. If Christ was not raised then our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:14). 

I bought some gorgeous yarn at the Glebe Markets on Saturday from Vanessa who was selling it for Celia. I'm planning to make my first cabled hat. 

This Easter basket is so cute. Just perfect for some bum nuts to fill it up. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Crafting a Mission

So after the car crash we had a good mission in the end. St Peter's is an interesting church. It's one of the oldest in Australia so comes with stained glass windows and a cemetary but also holds a drop-in center twice a week for street kids as well as supports a Fijian prayer and Bible study ministry.  The graffiti in the area is mind-blowing. I have much more appreciation for this kind of work. 

I was able to spend a lot of my free time between activities crocheting a blanket. I'm using only acrylic yarn from the stash I inherited from my Granny. It's the wool-eater pattern. Gah - it was a complete and utter pain to figure out from the 'pattern'. I think the designer tried to write instructions that emulated verbal instructions rather than just write a standard pattern with standard abbreviations. It is a beautiful pattern now that I've got it figured out. Also lots of people post pictures of this side on the internet. I actually prefer the other side (the flatter side - 3rd picture).

I also started this week on my quilt following Oh Frasson's instructions. Here
 are the 4 prints I'll use. These strips make up the first 2 blocks. I don't think I'll have quite enough to make up all the blocks and will start having to swap in other prints but that's the point of this exercise - to use up some of my fabric stash. 

Easter is coming. :) Nathan's preaching at church tomorrow so is writing furiously today. I realised yesterday how many essays I need to write in 2 weeks (4!!!) so I'm off to the college library and also the state library today. I don't think I can manageably bring the blanket with to work on on the train. I wish I had some knitted socks on the go - they are too hard to start on a train. 

Monday, March 30, 2009

I broke a knitting needle! Bah humbug

So once a year we have to go on a week long mission for Bible college. We don't cope very well with this activity. It's emotionally taxing and always involves activities that we feel ill-equipped to deal with but just have to do anyways. 

I guess it just comes with the territory of Christian work - there is always going to be things you don't want to do and people you don't want to talk to (not out of judgement but just pure exhaustion and lack of personal downtime and space). But it's all for a greater cause - telling people about Jesus which is always more important than my own personal comfort. 

But I need to get to the broken knitting needle story. 

So we don't own a car. We haven't for about 3 years due to a complete and utter lack of money. But we get by with public transport and scabbing lifts. But mission is next to impossible to do without a car since it's never near by and public transport never works out. So this year we borrowed a car from a college friend. 

And then we were involved in a car crash on the first day of mission and the car got totalled. *sigh* 
We were stationary and a guy crossed the double lanes and hit us at 60km/hr. We were propelled backwards and damaged the car behind as well. No one was hurt badly but Nathan got covered in glass. 

And my knitting needle broke in my bag. They were a really groovy pair from my Granny. 

Friday, March 27, 2009

I'm a little teapot

I've found so many incredibly interesting things I want to get into and do. There are just so many pretties all around. 

I've got 3 weeks of college holidays coming up over Easter. I've got a few crafty plans. These of course need to be smooshed around catching up on college work. 

I want to make a wool-eater blanket. The pattern is from Sarah London. This is a picture of Thornberry's WIP (work in progress). 

I want to do some paper cutting - Scherenschnitte. Like this:

My dad would love me to make him this:

(it's a beanie)

My big project will be a quilt. I love Frasson's quilting instructions. She makes it all seem do-able!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Here's a pretty from Kurt Halsey. Gorgeous emotive work.

I've been thinking and praying a lot for some friends. It has always amazed me that when you are in a relationship you are always influenced by the other person. Sometimes you can see it and are glad for it. Sometimes it's unintentional but natural to copy someone you love so much. Sometimes you fall so completely under their influence that you are unable to make decisions for your own anymore. That's when the relationship no longer reflects the good give and take relationship advocated in the Bible - where you become one flesh but remain who you are before God. 

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Home desk crochet love

I'm still sick but am liking being at home. I'm doing an essay on the societal trend towards hand-made products and the general resurgence of skills like crochet, knitting, embroidery etc. It's an interesting topic and more involved than just a backlash to the Global Financial Crisis or the commandments to reuse and recycle to save the earth etc. 

My current workspace is the dining room table. We scored some free chairs and these tableclothes were all from Grapevine at College. It's a nicer place to work than my desk in the bedroom. Breezier here. And much closer to the TV. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Russian Kharasho

I'm sick today. I stayed home from college and watched a lot of bad US day time TV. I read most of 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe' by CS Lewis and drank Russian Caravan from my favourite cup. 

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sushi bars

I've been knitting a little over the last couple of days. I made a baby bolero out of One Skein for a friend's baby shower.  It took me nearly 2 full days of knitting - that's what happens when you overestimate your skills and start on gifts way too late.

I'm now knitting another bolero but in pink cotton. It's a little easier on the hands than the acrylic and working up with a lot more drape. 

The sushi title is because I really wanted to share this video. My sister shared it with me and I just love it. 

Friday, March 13, 2009

Earring Glass

I don't have a very large collection of earrings but the ones I do have are all dangly. I hung them all up a week or two ago and I think this is such a great idea. Since I'm still a full time student I really don't have that many good opportunities to wear them (practical dress is much easier walking to and from the train station) but I like how pretty they look on my dresser. 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Finding Finds at the Op Shop

Every term our college puts on an internal op shop (thrift shop - we call it an 'opportunity shop'). Everything is 50c (it used to be 20c) or $5/bag. It's awesome!! These are some pretty shoes I picked up. So cute! The knit dress I'm wearing was from there as well.

Monday, March 9, 2009

For the love of books

Growing up I read a lot. I mean *a lot*. I get it from my dad. He's a chronic reader. He reads everything and anything. He's into a lot of fiction and just loves a good story. For me I think Dad's love of the mysterious has rubbed off on me the most. It's shown itself in my love of history books. But not the dry high school text books. I love first-hand accounts of historical and archaeological finds. I'm currently reading this: Lion Gate and Labyrinth by Hans Baumann. It's a biography of Schliemann and his discovery of Troy. It's fascinating. And so vintage-y. I adore book styles from the early to mid C20th.

 My favourite history book of all time is Dead Men Do Tell Tales by Byron De Porok. My dad gave this to me. It was a school present for him from 1959 for 'Most Improved'. The book is a first-hand account of travels through Africa in the early C20th and various archaeological discoveries of ancient African cultures. What an education I received at 15 when I first read this! I can now say that I know who Haile Selassie was!

I had always dreamed of being an archaeologist. I actually enrolled in a BA in Archaeology at LaTrobe Uni down in Melbourne. Ah, how things have changed. Now I'm a linguist/English teacher still doing tertiary education but now it's so that I can be a Bible translator!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Eeep! My wannabe tailor is leaping out. I dream so much about making things, creating things, becoming a rich yet work-free famous sewing/craft/scrapbooking/photography/art type person. But I hardly get the time to do any! 

Oh to be a stay at home mother with ooodles of spare time on my hands *said in sarcasm*. It does seem though that some of the most popular crafty blogs are run by Mormons with 10+ kids at home. How on earth do they do it??

Anyways, check this out! A free online sewing magazine! The first edition is free anyways. 

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Phone Loves

Nathan got an iPhone just recently so I upgraded too. I've figured out some pretty neat things that I'm sure the rest of the world knew about back in 2006. I've got FM radio and the interwebs on my phone. I figure out how to get a MP3 as the ring tone too. It's the theme song from Juno. I adore that movie. I should blog about significant movies like that. I watched Moonsoon Wedding the other night. Another classic that everyone should watch. 

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Going to Brisbane has always meant travelling a little further north back home to Bundaberg. My family is pretty scattered but my dad has been in Bundaberg all my life and I expect him to be there forever. Now that my sister is back from London I get to see her too whenever we go to Brisbane. Yay - who doesn't love their baby sister.

Friday, February 13, 2009

People in Glass Houses

I just finished reading a book today called 'People in Glass Houses: An insider's story of a life in an out of Hillsong' by Tanya Levine. Published in 2007 it's a very confronting memoir of Levine's life growing up Pentecostal and choosing to leave in her early twenties and the response (or distinct lack thereof) from the church as a whole. Good review here.  Here's a SMH review. 

It's hard to describe my feelings about the book and her story. I think that she has attempted to give a fair appraisal of the differences between Christians and non-Christians. Her fairness is evident in a distinct lack of bitterness and disapproval even though it is quite obvious that she is no longer a Pentecostal (perhaps even no longer a Christian) and quite obviously heartbroken over the church's treatment of her and what she describes as its continual cultic behaviour. 

It's easy as a quasi-Anglican to reject Pentecostalism wholeheartedly. The hand waving, carpet rolling, mouthfoaming, speaking in tongues, theological dis-service done to biblical theology (i.e. 'naming and claiming'), treating God like Santa Claus, prosperity gospel, perfectionism/triumphant-ism etc etc. I wouldn't call them non-Christians by any means. But like all differences, there are helpful ones, the ones that bring out the goodness of diversity, and then there are the unhelpful ones, the ones that disguise truth. 

Levin's book was an interesting foray into the culture of 'churched' but 'no-longer churched' and was an appropriate read considering I have just done a two-day intensive on the relationship between culture and preaching. 

What are people like, you know, the one's out there? Outside my circle of friends, family, experiences, church etc. 

It would be an easy response to Levin to say that she didn't understand grace. Levin is very sincerely unable to bring together her questions of biblical consistency with the demands of fundamentalism. She thus perceives sin, sexual sin in particular, as making a person unable to come before God. She refers to grace scornfully as like an 'Etch-A-Sketch' that never addresses the true issue of justice (pg 153). 

A fourth year college student like myself, is quick to jump to the defence of penal substitutionary atonement - that grace is more than just an Etch-A-Sketch because justice truly is done on the cross in Jesus' death (Rom 3:25).

But surely she heard all that in her 10 odd years at Hillsong? Surely she heard that it's more than just being God's princess, more than just earning more to give more, more than just living 'just-if-I'd-never-sinned', more than just living to your highest potential, more than just adopting a cute African orphan from Compassion and drinking Gloria Jeans coffee??

It's easy to point out all the things that I disagree on and that really wasn't the point of this blog entry. People in glass houses and all that... 

I feel so sorry for Levin that she experienced so much pain and anguish. The book was a very good read and one that I'd recommend.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mong Mong

College registration day today. I sucessfully enrolled into New Testament, Old Testament, Christology, Advanced Topics in Biblical Greek and Exegesis, Church History, Congregational Ministry, Issues in Theology and Atonement. Whew. It's going to be an awesome year. 

This week will be catching up on Hebrew translation and attending a Congregational Ministry intensive. I'm hoping to continue working on some toe-up socks I started last month as well as work on a baby scrapbooking album for a friend and start my Korea scrapbook album.

This photo is from a night out with some of my students. We ate dog meat. Dogs say 'mong mong' in Korean (hence the post title). Dog meat isn't very nice at all but I guess, like the bondegi - when in Korea, eat like the Koreans!

ETA: I've been messing around with the HTML for my blog for a while and seem to have everything sort of sorted now. It's been tricky working it all out from trial and error and I probably have the least elegant code of all quasi-code monkeys in the world but it works and I'm happy. Having a hubby with a PhD in robotics hasn't really helped - he doesn't even know all the correct tags for this form of HTML!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I'm back and loving it

Well, I'm back from Korea but got straight back into work. We went up to Brisbane to visit friends and family. Our church family up in Brisbane is very important to us and we try very hard to keep close connections with them. It was a very busy time with dinners with friends every night but we enjoyed in thoroughly. 

I have lots more things to blog about Korea and all the interesting things about that country. I'll leave you with this picture of bondegi - silk worm larvae. I found out on my trip that I'm severly allergic to this national delicacy.