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And it's all about me tonight...

And so it's nearly eleven p.m. I think I was born at about 11.30 p.m. so I guess I've been on this green and blue planet for nearly forty-five years. Wow. I'm not afraid to admit my age. I'm reasonably comfortable with it. And I'm honest. And what a long time that is, for what I seem to have done. I could think of some of the highlights...
I could read before I went to school.
At five, I left my 'boyfriend', James, behind during the first half year at school - I had waited for him to start because he was five days younger but I was very small so my mother made me wait for him (the nuns wouldn't take new entrants then so we went to the local state school, Ngaio, at the end of our street). That was July. In November he had his tonsils out. By the following February, we were a year apart in class and it stayed that way for the rest of our school careers. When we were 12, he stopped speaking to me - the boys were calling him Jenny!
I went to a great primary school, St Benedicts, a foul intermediate, Sacred Heart, and a fairly normal secondary school, St Mary's.
I joined Red Cross then and became a member of the Disaster Relief Team. I could feed you in a disaster, do advanced first aid, build a temporary oven and toilet, tell you how to clean your water... earthquake, flood, storm, fire, you name it, I was ready for it!
I loved Victoria University, I studied Anthropology, Education, Music of all kinds - Western and non-Western, English Language (my major) and Literature and Maori Language. I loved the freedom of university life, I loved the timetable, the casual clothes (after thirteen years in uniform!), the anonymity of the lectures, all of it. I graduated with a BA.
I loved Teachers' College too, although not as much, and I didn't like living in Auckland much. The Red Cross team up there was okay though. I enjoyed my teaching sections, especially the eye-opener that was the Bay of Islands and Kawakawa and Bay of Islands College. And we had a great flat down at the seedy end of Parnell!
Back in Wellington, I loved flatting in Hataitai and then Roseneath, teaching for the next eight years in four colleges, meeting Steve, getting married, then later having a big dog and then three children. It's been a blast.
When Steve almost severed all his fingers one time after a wee accident, I thought, standing in the middle of the ER between the curtained cubicles, 'I married him for better or worse and this is the worse' but it all worked out fine.
A lot of people I know have died over the years, including my father and father-in-law, several of my close friends' parents, a couple of their babies, all sorts of people I worked with, taught, tutored and befriended along the way. I treat death with a fairly cavalier attitude just now, I just hope I don't die for a long while yet. I believe in God, I don't think death is the end of the road.
I started reading my father's books when I was about ten. By the time I was thirteen I had read all the Simon Templar 'The Saint' books, all the Agatha Christies, all the Earl Stanley Gardners 'Perry Mason', all the Ian Flemings 'James Bond' and books like the Godfather and Papillon, a not very literary collection for snob value, for sure, but I don't give a fig about that, and an interesting collection, I guess, for a young Catholic girl. Those characters were my heroes though, for sure. I still look for heroes in novels but now I create some of my own as well. That is immensely satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable.
While I might not be as swashbuckling and attractive as The Saint, or cruel and commanding as James Bond, or as perceptive as Hercule Poirot (and yeah, my heroes are all male, I think), I think after all this time on earth, I've come to accept myself as a pretty interesting individual. I know I'm smart. I'm not a brain surgeon kind of smart, but I'm immensely capable and creative, and that's fine with me!
I love to help people, and after twenty-five years in the Red Cross, I've turned my attention to the people in my parish, and that's been reasonably interesting too *g*
Being friendly with people has its ups and downs, people are odd creatures and are very hard to understand sometimes. They're worth the effort though. Mostly. No, probably all of them.
I did a post-grad diploma at Massey University, and that made me an ESOL teacher too, and that's been a huge and fascinating chunk of my recent years. Walk by Faith was another interesting diploma that has led me to meet all kinds of people and help them along their faith journeys.
I think I get a huge amount out of life. I'm not climbing tall mountains or fording great rivers, I'm not a world leader or a peace keeper. But my life is still demanding, challenging and full of variety. I am constantly being re-edited, as Phil Gulley would say, and that's great, really.
I am grateful for so many things, it'd take another three posts. So I'll just say I am grateful. You people out there reading this know how you have contributed to my gratefulness *g* so pat yourselves on the back.
Me, I'm going to do a little writing before I go to bed. My new hero, Nick, needs some action ;-)
And it's just about half past eleven. Finally after five interruptions I have finished this post in time for celebrating those forty-five years OMG! So... mature! But doing okay!

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eliper
Jul. 5th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! Hope you had a lovely day.

Here's a little "present" before it goes on the Sunny Garden website:

http://www.penguin.com.au/lookinside/other/9780143006916/Interview.wmv
natesmountain
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD! That was just the most wonderful present!!! Whee! I loved it! Thank you!!! I saw the book was coming on Sunny Garden, and I remember him talking about it ages ago on the Insideadog blog. But whee! That really got me grinning this morning. Thanks, dear eliper

And just when I was thinking of curbing my fannish tendencies... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Sunk!
greenpizzazz6
Jul. 5th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
What a great life. I think you're right, I think you do get a huge amount out of life.

Happy birthday Jenny. Hope you got some writing done to turn it into a great day.
natesmountain
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Hee! A great life - thanks!!!
And Christy pinned me down last night to show me more postcards from your book that she loves! I want my book back LOL!
greenpizzazz6
Jul. 6th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
You're welcome!

I want my book back
You could always beat her up and steal it...of course then you might get arrested for child abuse ;)
natesmountain
Jul. 6th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
-You could always beat her up and steal it...of
course then you might get arrested for child abuse ;)

Hell, yeah, they just brought in the anti-smacking law! Dammit!
hannahfmuk
Jul. 5th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I hope you have/had (once again, the time zones defeat me!) a wonderful day.
natesmountain
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Hannah! I'm glad you're still nearby. And I did have a wonderful day, and I'll have another one today, just for you!
microjotz
Jul. 5th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Jennnnnnyyyyyyy
Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

Have been thinking of you and hoping your day is/was a happy one.
natesmountain
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for thinking of me. I did indeed have a happy day, and I like your singing very much *g*

ringbark
Jul. 5th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
It's still your birthday here. Hope it was a good one! Sounds like it wasn't too bad. (I don't do graphics to wish happy birthdays, sorry.)
natesmountain
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Whoa, that's some icon! Wow. And you don't have to do graphics - I don't even know how to do that coloured writing or anything!

Thank you for the birthday wishes. That was kind.
vivh
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Lovely to read the "summary of your life", I think you managed to express very eloquently what has been important to you and what makes up the wonderful person you are! Thank you for sharing! There is so much to celebrate in every life!
natesmountain
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dear Viv. You're so kind.
-Thank you for sharing! There is so much to celebrate in every life!
Well, yeah, I think there is!

I've planned where I'm going to hang your painting - eventually, when the room is ready. It'll be great. I'll have Peter's lithograph and your paintings and who knows who else might make me art one day *g*
suilven
Jul. 6th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh Lordy. I forgot. Been at work all day and literally ging to bed, so please forgive this tardy entry and lacklustre message. But happy happy birthday to you!
natesmountain
Jul. 7th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
Thanks anyway.
suilven
Jul. 8th, 2007 08:58 am (UTC)
This is a tad better. The other night I was dead.

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!
natesmountain
Jul. 8th, 2007 10:08 am (UTC)
Oh, that's beautiful! THANK YOU! I have no idea how you do that, I'll have to have a close look at the codes in my email!

Thanks, Suil, that was most appreciated *g*
suilven
Jul. 8th, 2007 10:17 am (UTC)
Well, it looks particularly nice against your blue background, for sure. :) I just do it when I am in semagic. Select a colour, type the letter. You could do it lifting hte codes from LJ info - I have seen a whole list somewhere and could find it again if I had to but semagic is easier. I haven't been using it as I am not on my own pc but the other day, I thought, what the hell and I downloaded it. Nobody died. Had enough of scratching around for codes etc.

Once I have the colours I then enlarge it all and hey presto, it is there.
natesmountain
Jul. 8th, 2007 11:00 am (UTC)
I used to have a friend who raved about semagic. Sadly I never had any idea what she was talking about.

You did a good job though. I'll try a cut and paste job from the codes... cross your fingers...

Hey
suilven
Jul. 8th, 2007 11:08 am (UTC)
HEY! you did it...


Here is where you can get semagic. It will change your life. :)

http://semagic.sourceforge.net/index.html
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