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Well, I've hardly sat down this weekend at the computer. I did sit at the table outside in the sun and WRITE! OMG that was exciting after such a long time of just tweaking words and wondering what I was doing. It was a beautiful afternoon here and I loved sitting on the deck writing in an old exercise book. Later a friend joined me and we chatted about our likely jobs for next year... I'll fill you in on all that very soon, I expect. Two friends have come up to me and spontaneously offered to write me references, one a guy at church whose daughter is in my class, and another a Sister of Mercy who came to visit at lunchtime.

Another thing that happened this afternoon was that the girl who was ill from our school died. She had battled leukaemia for a long time, and this time they tried a bone marrow transplant but it failed, and this afternoon she let go and died. I went with the Principal and the whanau teacher round to the house tonight. They had the girl in a SpongeBob t-shirt, her favourite cartoon (and ours!). She looked very peaceful, and since they are Buddhist, we hope she has moved on to a better life than this short fifteen year one, a hard one for sure. I will be running a liturgy tomorrow in her memory. Hmmmmm. Hard stuff.

So. I'll go plan that. Went to watch some Diwali dancing yesterday then took Asher to the Phoenix soccer game at the Stadium, he was a ball boy. I got a free seat. He loved it. I loved it too until the Phoenix blew the game in the final minute.

So. A mixed weekend. A friend texted me tonight to say Sam was on Brothers and Sisters. So I popped up to the bedroom to have a look but no spark left there, they killed that. I still watched the second half, it's quite fast moving and pleasant in a kitschy over-done kind of way.

So a generally good long weekend. Just four days left until the next one now.

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microjotz
Oct. 22nd, 2007 09:23 am (UTC)
It is always sad when a child dies,even if death is "expected" as in this case.It will be hard for her family and her friends to adjust.

Glad you were able to sit out a write....your summer is on the way.It is suddenly very cold here,freezing nights and glorious sunny days
but still cold.
natesmountain
Oct. 22nd, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
Damn, I was going to answer you an hour ago and my net connection went kaput! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! Now it's bed time.
But thanks.

And yeah, summer is on the way! Today was brilliant. Tomorrow could easily be cold and wet. We never know! But today, magnificent.
greenpizzazz6
Oct. 23rd, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Hooray for some writing! And I still say you're guarenteed the job. We'll see though.

I'm sorry to hear about the girl from school.
natesmountain
Oct. 23rd, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
Thanks. And thanks. And thanks.

Rough day but it's over now. Yay.
vivh
Oct. 23rd, 2007 08:08 am (UTC)
Really sorry to hear that the girl from school has died, no matter how much you are expecting it to happen, the death of a 15 year old always seems tragic, especially when she has suffered so much. Love and prayers as you lead that liturgy, it won't be easy for the girls who knew and loved her.

Glad to hear you're writing though, and that the weather is getting warmer for you... winter is definitely creeping in here.
natesmountain
Oct. 23rd, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
Thank you. It sure is hard to die at fifteen, and the guidance counsellor and I both have a fifteen year old girl at home. It's tough.
But yeah, I'm writing, and even if it's not great writing, it's flowing, maybe because the pressure is easing a little with work as the seniors prepare for exams and my subject is all internally assessed *g*
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