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Jul. 30th, 2008

blue_leaf was asking for pictures... well, for a start, here's the bruise on my elbow (from the fall when the Year 9 girl ran into me in the gym)!
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Pictures of the rest of me? Well... sometime...

Had a really busy day. We're looking at Jesus Camp (I talked about that last week, I think). Most of the girls are pretty horrified at what is going on there and how young the children are. And they're amazed at the open hostility towards Muslims, calling them the enemy and describing them as people who train children to be suicide bombers from an early age. I have a Muslim in my class who was amazed and pretty affronted. The rest of the girls hastened to reassure her that they didn't feel anything like that. I collected my tiles for the new bathroom. I got stone kind of looking tiles, in a creamy-tan colour for the walls of the shower and a darker greyish tone for the floor. It's awfully exciting to be doing this, changing from the white plastic shower to tiles. I can't wait.

Steve still away. He sat beside Temuera Morrison today for a meal!! None of us will ever forget Once Were Warriors. Or Dr Ropata LOL!

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blue_leaf
Jul. 30th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
Ouch! That hurts :0(
The bruise and the Jesus camp type Christians.
It was attitudes like theirs that made me seek out other religions. I had a long journey and ended up back home in Christianity with Quakers. It took me a while to deal with the fundemental, strict and hate-filled tradition I was raised in. Thank God I have found Christians who are more Christ-like!
natesmountain
Jul. 31st, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
-It was attitudes like theirs that made me seek out other religions.
I'm not surprised. A girl in my class today said, 'how can they say the Muslims are their enemies when they are supposed to love one another?' It was a tough question to deal with. And the Muslim girl in the class was almost not going to watch at all! But we convinced her to stay.

I am glad you found the Quakers. It's great!
blue_leaf
Jul. 31st, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is that when I learned about other religions and kept searching, I came right back around to Christianity, but saw it in a new light!
My experiences had enriched me and made me a better christian :0) All the while I thought I had given up on it, but I was being led all the same :0)
natesmountain
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
-ll the while I thought I had given up on it, but I was being led all the same :0)
I find people's stories really interesting, like yours. Sometimes Christianity has a funny way of getting you really hooked LOL! Occasionally I've tried to ignore it or fight it (!) but there are times when it has real meaning that makes sense of so much chaos that I can't walk away - if you get my drift!

I have to be a powerful witness quite often at school. And I don't mind most of the time. I guess it's why I'm there.
greenpizzazz6
Jul. 30th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yuck! Painful!

It's good for the girls to be exposed to that, shocking as it is. You have to know about things like that in the world.
natesmountain
Jul. 31st, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
Yuck indeed. Hee!

Yeah, I think they needed to see where the whole American religion and politics arguments come from. We just don't have that here AT ALL!! It's very, very rare for a religious minister to talk about politics, let alone show what side they're on. And we don't have flags anywhere much. Or that pledge thing you do at the start of lessons. Or anything like that LOL! Patriotism is very low key. Religion is very separate from the state. And judicial appointments are not the political wrangling they are there. No one even knows who is a judge here really. So it's all very different.
moth2fic
Jul. 31st, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
That's some bruise...

We're choosing tiles for Portugal and for an upgrade on our bathroom here too (because of course we will eventually sell...) and have decided on the same for everywhere. They sound a bit like yours - sort of pale goldenish 'stone'. Ours are made in Spain so we're going to pick them up there, in Burgos (which we have to go through to drive to Portugal) and hopefully pay less then just bring a few back here for this bathroom.
natesmountain
Jul. 31st, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
Tiles made in Spain sound exotic. Ours are Marco Polo in two shades, which sounds exotic but I suspect they were made in Taiwan! I just can't wait to see them up and running (apart from the difficulties of a family of five coping for over a month with the one bathroom after being spoilt with two for so long).

-so we're going to pick them up there, in Burgos (which we have to go through to drive to Portugal)
I hope they weigh less than mine did, I'm sure I used an eighth of a tank of petrol just getting the car load home from Kaiwharawhara, it weighed so much.
moth2fic
Aug. 1st, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
We're intending to buy a van for taking stuff to and fro (then selling it once we've come to the end) and it will have to take our scaffolding and various other heavy pieces of equipment so I imagine a few tiles will be OK.
Spain and Portugal make a lot of tiles and they are, of course, cheaper there. The Portuguese even tile the outside of some houses - I'll have to take some photos for you!! But I don't really like the old style very florid ones and I lo-o-ve the new stone-look style!
The 'norm' throughout the area is to tile all floors but we think we'll just tile the bathrooms and use wood everywhere else - softer and warmer on the feet.
natesmountain
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
-The Portuguese even tile the outside of some houses - I'll have to take some photos for you!!
I'd love to see them When we were in Macau we saw that, streets of Portuguese style tiled houses. And cobbled roadways. So bizarre in the middle of what was really a very Chinese Macau!!!
moth2fic
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
There's a tiled house in 'our' village that I've been meaning to photograph every time we've been. I'll make sure I do, next time! It looks as if 'completion' is going to be at the end of August/beginning of September.
natesmountain
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
-but we think we'll just tile the bathrooms and use wood everywhere else - softer and warmer on the feet.
My parents had a totally floor-tiled apartment one holiday in Aussie, and we visited them there. A LOT of stuff broke when it hit the floor!!! Mum's glasses off the bathroom cabinet, Dad's glass that just slipped from his fingers as he dozed off, a jar in the kitchen...
moth2fic
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
That's exactly what we thought. Colin dropped a glass in the tiled kitchen/living room of the apartment we were staying in last time... So we think wood most places, and wood with lino on top that looks like tiles in the kitchen. Then real tiles in the bathrooms but use plastic 'glasses' in there! (And maybe put tiny rails round an area for putting your spectacles!)We're not sure about the balcony - at the moment it's painted concrete - I'd quite like tiles but maybe outdoor decking would be more practical!
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