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Today I wanna celebrate my internet Mum, Krazy Blonde. We met over on the fun and games forum on bookcrossing a few years back, and I went and visited her a couple of times. We haven’t seen each other for a long time, neither of us can remember exactly how long, but definitely not last year.

Back in the day, she used to be always telling me to get off the fora, and go to bed, eat enough vegetables etc, hence the ‘Mum’ part (like I need any more mothers!).

So anyway, since I’m up here for work, she’s another person I’ve wanted to hang out with, and today we finally got to catch up! It was a lot of fun – she took lots of random photos of me, which will eventually make their way to facebook I suspect. We used to have this joke that I was in the shower, so we took a couple of me in the shower (clothed fairly decently!), and she kept making me do stuff like filling her car with petrol… lots of random photos. We had a great time though. Well I did anyway!

It’s so nice to reconnect with old friends, we shared a lot of old jokes, and some new ones too! Plus I got to show her all my thousands of pics from my trip to the US last year…she seemed to enjoy them!

Now, off to bed, it’s gonna be a LOOONG day at work tomorrow!

(Currently listening to Dinosaur by Kisschasy)


It’s a full moon tonight. Something about the moon has always inspired me, and fills me with awe. And the full moon is even more so.

Someone once asked me if I had ever held the moon in my hand. I didn’t know what he meant, so I said no, and he sent me back an amazing email about how to hold the moon in my hand. Even now, I still love to go outside and do it. Now it just makes me feel a little wistful though 🙂

“Sidda looks up into the sky. In the crook of the crescent moon sits the Holy Lady, with strong muscles and a merciful heart. She kicks her splendid legs like the moon is her swing and the sky, her front porch. She waves down at Sidda like she has just spotted an old buddy. Sidda stands in the moonlight and lets the Blessed Mother love every hair on her six-year-old head. Tenderness flows down from the moon and up from the earth. For one fleeting, luminous moment, Sidda Walker knows there has never been a time when she has not been loved.”

This wonderful quote from The Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells is exactly how holding the moon in my hand makes me feel. Like I’m awash in love, and tenderness, and beauty.

That question changed my life in such a wonderful way – it’s funny the things that bring friends in to your life – and this question bought an amazing person into my life. He’d always been in the periphery, but I hadn’t really noticed him until then.

So I guess when I’m celebrating the moon, I’m also celebrating that friendship, that helped me through a tough period, and then introduced me to another one …but there was a lot of happiness in between as well 🙂

That reminds me of a poem I like:

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Unknown

You’ve probably all heard it before, but I like it 🙂

Anyway, I’d better be off…it’s a full moon after all!

(Currently listening to Fireflies by Owl City)

Ok, for those of you who don’t know what bookcrossing is (can’t be many people who know me and don’t know about BC!) you NEED to go and check it out! Basically how it works is you go to the site, and you can then ‘register’ a book. It gets a number (a BCID), and you can then leave it anywhere – a bus stop, cafe, random seat along the footpath etc. In theory, then someone picks it up, goes to the website, and puts in the number. You then get an email saying someone has found your book. There are other ways to get your books out there, but that’s the primary aim of the site. Here’s an example of a book thats a little bit travelled.

Anyway, the site owners have been working on a new and improved site for a while now, and last night they finally unveiled it to the public! I waited up for it for a while, but it was getting to be quite late, and I knew I’d want to play on it for a while as well, so I went to bed. This morning I was running late, but I desperately wanted to check it out, and it looks GREAT!

A few minor things need tweaking, among other things, I seem to have wings till 2070 (no complaints here!), but I’m not the only one and I’m sure it will get rectified at some point…

Mostly I’ve enjoyed geeking out on the archives of the fora – fun and games goes back 4 whole years! I’m not gonna get ANY reading done for a LONG time!

So big ups to the whole team who worked on it – and the alpha testers – you’ve all done a great job, and I can’t wait to still be bookcrossing in 60 years to come 🙂

Yesterday I got to hang out with my BBFF (BookCrossing Best Friend Forever), Alkaline-Kiwi. We met at one of the greatest events of my life – the Wellington BookCrossing Convention held in 2008 and have been friends ever since. No offense to other BCers intended, but there aren’t a lot of BCers our age who attend conventions, and it’s nice to have friends my own age, so I’m very thankful to her! Not that I don’t love my other BC friends, no matter their age!

Anyway, it is always great to see her – it doesn’t happen very often because we live in different cities, and so it’s really nice to be able to hang out with her more regularly now that I’m up here for work!

It was especially great, since we share quite a few interests, especially in books – we both love travel, and childrens fiction, and she’s letting me go through her bookshelf and tell her which ones I’d like to read 😀 A girl’s gotta love someone who’s willing to do that!

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