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The Sunday Summary [11-07]

This week as we prepare for the churches Annual General Meeting next week, things have been growing busier and busier.

I took Monday off of work, seeing as most of the ministers as well as MTSers were away for the day at the Priscilla & Aquilla Conference at Moore Theological College. Most of the day was spent watching Superbowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and the Pitsburgh Steelers with Jase, Matt, Pete, Jimothy, The Fish, Billie and Geoff. It was a good game, with most of the game influenced by the defense. The afternoon was spent with Jase & Geoff around Carlingford Court and Church where I picked up an old bookcase which belonged to Gary, but is no longer needed and brought it home for my room.

Tuesday was back on deck at work, but with Monday’s work added on top, so a fairly busy day. That night was the first of Lairdy and Swanto’s Growth Group at the flat, so whilst that was going on, I was confined inside my room. I spent the time trying to chip away at organising my music collection, sorting out the meta-data for some radio shows that I have.

Wednesday night’s will be my Growth Group night. I’ve joined Tim & Alicia’s group. Our first night we spent in fellowship over a BBQ, followed by some get to know you games and group prayer. It’s a group of some great guys and girls, and I’m looking forward to looking at and wrestling with the bible with them. The group consists of:

  • Amazing Alicia
  • Jovial Joelle
  • Sweet Sophie
  • Musical Monique
  • Terrific Tahlia
  • Perfect Penny
  • Jumping Jono
  • Tall Tim
  • Yodelling Yohan
  • Awesome Alex
  • Authentic Angela
  • Marvellous Mel
  • Elegant Emily

Thursday at work was spent with lots of time looking at a bookmark that I’m in the process of designing. I’m trying to express a few different ideas that the staff have about the churches vision. I hope that it’ll be finished and distributed soon. That night I went home for dinner to my folks place. It was a productive time. I grabbed a whole heap of files from one of my old computers that lives there, had my hair cut by my sister, and grabbed a whole bunch of books that have been stored there as well.

Friday was a bit more of a relaxed day… I went to visit the dentist first up in Epping at No Gaps Dental. My sister works at their head office in the finance department and she recommended it. It wasn’t a bad experience. I got my teeth polished and checked out with relatively little pain or discomfort. The day seemed to roll through pretty quickly, nothing particularly significant happening. Touch was a pretty good game, with a good 14 a-side or so. I played on both wings and didn’t get much of the ball at all, despite some good runs…. SALT was really easy as well because it was picnic, so there wasn’t much tech for me to do. I did get the job of putting together a flyer for the talk next week by James Fong entitled “How can a loving God allow Suffering?“. Post SALT, I was delightfully told by Susannah about a dream that she had involving Penny and I, which was quite hilarious.

Saturday was Good Vibrations Festival!! I made my way out to Geoff & Tiff’s place in Newtown and Tiff kindly drove us out to Centennial Park. We walked into the festival around 2 O’clock to the sounds of Time & Jean on the Good Vibrations Stage before wandering the grounds to see where the stages were and to work out who to see. My main draw to Good Vibes this year was Sasha, with Faithless and Phoenix running equal second. In my lead up to Sasha who was starting at 6:45pm, Geoff and I managed to catch Koolism, Fenech-Soler, Fake Blood, Friendly Fires in the rain (who were pretty enjoyable), The Ting Tings, AjaxRusko, and Bag Raiders who were also good, especially hearing their current single: Sunlight. I managed to make my way over to see Sasha from the front, on the barrier. He played an awesome set, filled with a mix of Progressive House, Breaks and Trance, tough and dark with breakdowns every so often. The crowd appreciated it and Sasha seemed to enjoy it. After Sasha finished, we wandered past the last of Miike Snow into Nas & Damien Marley before venturing back out to the main stage for Faithless. The presence of Maxi Jazz was almost enigmatic, his thin frame standing there bare chested in a suit jacket and pants, a mix of defined muscles and bones showing, and as he began his signature vocal stylings we could tell that the show would be a good one. As with any live show, it can be difficult to pick the songs that are being played, as they’re often tweaked to be played in a live environment, but with more experienced groups that have been around for an extended length of time, that difficulty grows since they can choose from their great repertoire of tracks. What was unmistakeable though was their classic, almost signature track: God is a DJ. As much as it is a great track, I struggle with it’s theology… the lyric of

“This is my Church, this is where I heal my hurts. It’s a natural grace, Of watching young life shape It’s minor keys, solutions and remedies. Enemies becoming friends, when bitterness ends.”

is simply not theologically sound. It gives a theological spin to the everyday clubbing and festival culture, but it misses the key ingredient to making a Church what it really is: the gathering of the body of Christ. The festival finished off with a visit to see Phoenix, who were very much the same as their album, before catching a couple of Faithless tracks and heading back to Geoff & Tiff’s place via Janet’s Pies in Newtown for a late dinner of pie and chips.

This morning, we ate breakfast at a cafe on King St before coming back home in the mid afternoon. I got confined to my room again as Jason & Eliza’s Growth Group met for their first time. Tonight Mike preached from Haggai 2, the talk entitled: Disappointed, Discouraged and Doubting. It was a good talk that encouraged us as Christians how to face times where we are feeling down, which is inevitable in our fallen world. We are to:

  1. Be Strong
  2. Work
  3. Look Up
  4. Look Back
  5. Fear Not
  6. Look Forward
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The Sunday Summary [11-03]

This week has been a bit busier in my down-time… and a still fairly quiet in the office, with the majority of ministers being at CMS Summer School. I’ve had the opportunity to work on redesigning the graceat6 website, which is planned to (re)launch on the 30th of January.

After getting the guys back in the house, we got on to playing Xbox on Monday night, with COD Black Ops: Zombies which was pretty fun… Though I’ve been finding that living here is not quite what I expected. My previous shared house experience with my uni mates John and Ed was mostly enjoyable. We bought groceries together and shared food, cooking and cleaning together. So far here, it feels like I’m renting a room… We all spend time in our own rooms, or out, there is little communication, and I feel a bit strange coming in as the third person to a couple of people that have lived together for a little while already. I’m sure that it will just take a bit of time to sort out, or adapt, but for the moment, life is really developing my graciousness and patience..

On Thursday night I dropped back home for some dinner with my folks before heading off to play indoor soccer with Jesus Lives. We played a good game of soccer and beat them, though I’m not sure what the final scoreline was, but I came away with a hurt shoulder. I was running up the right side of the field after the ball, and was tripped/tackled fairly abruptly. I wasn’t expecting it and wasn’t able to get my hands onto the ground to soften the blow, so I landed on my right shoulder, grazing a 2.5cm by 1cm patch and bruising a bigger patch around it. I didn’t really notice the damage that was there until after the match had finished, and then the severity of it hit again when I was driving home and wasn’t able to move my arm properly without experiencing pain. My folks suggested that I get to see the doctor as soon as I could. Sleeping proved fairly difficult as well, since I could only sleep in a couple of positions…

Friday morning I was off to see my Dr down in West Ryde at the medical centre. I arrived just short of 8am, which is when they open, to secure a spot in the line to see her when she arrived at 9… As I waited, I got to delve into some more bible reading, on a bit of a catch-up session. I didn’t get in to see the Dr. until about 9:45am… She examined my injury and told me to get it x-rayed, along with my chest, since I told her that I had been having a fairly sore throat for a few weeks. So I went upstairs to get my x-rays done, and dropped back down to see her, where she told me that there was no break, which was good, but that the muscle was bruised and that it would take a week or 2 for recovery, and also that I had chronic laryngitis…
The rest of Friday at work was pretty enjoyable; doing up bits and pieces for JMC (January Ministry Conference) which is happening from tomorrow until Friday at St Paul’s Carlingford with Craig Schafer speaking on Psalms in the mornings and Paul Grimmond speaking on 1 Timothy in the evenings from 7:30pm. I also spent some time in the afternoon making a wedding card for James and Charlotte’s wedding.
After work was touch footy. We had a fair amount of guys turn up again this week. I struggled to play a bit with my shoulder meaning that I couldn’t catch the ball or pass it particularly well, though I managed to get a couple of good attempts, including an intercept which led me 2/3 the way down the field, only to be tagged by Jace. At night I ended up at the folks for dinner again, this time with my sister and brother in law, plus a family friend. My sister also tidied up my hair with the clippers, taking out some length around the sides of my head.

Saturday was the union of James and Charlotte at Trinity Grammar School Chapel. Despite it being overcast, the weather was still quite muggy, especially uncomfortable in a suit.. James and his groomsmen: Hamish, Gareth and Geoff all looked quite handsome in their dark, subtley pinstriped suits, white shirts and green ties. The bridesmaids: Emily, Sophie and Peneloope looked equally as beautiful in their green dresses, but Charlotte was the standout, as she should be; a radiant bride in her lovely white dress, complete with a massive smile on her face. The reception was held at Angelos on the Bay in Cabarita and was an enjoyable time with family and friends of the lovely couple, with the traditional speeches from the fathers of the bride and groom, the best man, and the groom. The meal was tasty; I had salt & pepper calamari, beef medallion on a bed of mashed potato with vegetables, and an icecream pyramid. It was also good to see Sootie & Will; the photographers, who were the same ones who took photos for my sister’s wedding last year.

Here’s one of my favourite shots from my camera on the day. I plan on working on the rest with adjustments and what not soonish. They’ll go up on my Flickr eventually, most probably after I’ve given a copy to James and Charlotte.
James & Charlotte Moore

Today has been a pretty lazy day: playing computer games, watching some NFL with Jase and Lairdy and a nap in the afternoon before graceat6. graceat6 felt pretty disastrous: the church server had no power when I got in there, so that meant no network and no internet, I didn’t get the song details till late this afternoon, and of the four songs that I got, we didn’t sing one of them, which was the first one up. These things aren’t a huge importance, but it’s helpful to have them done right and with sufficient preparation. I wonder how things will be this year if I pull back from doing tech….

My bible reading plans have fallen through this weekend… I’ve not done as I said I would do… I guess it’s a good thing that the plan I’m on has a few days le-way, but it’s something that I shouldn’t take advantage of… This week won’t help much with it either with JMC.

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The Sunday Summary [11-02]

This week I’ve been (unofficially) back at work, even though the office is closed. It’s been a good chance to kind of get some things done, although I’m not 100% sure what needs to be done…

On Thursday afternoon, after work I ducked down to Lidcombe to see John Keighley, a guy from church who owns a clothing store, about my suit for Alfie’s wedding. The original suit was too big, as most clothes normally are on me, so it was sent off to the tailor to shorten the coat and sleeves, take the jacket in a little bit, and shorten the pant legs and take it in slightly around the waist. When it first came back from the tailor, the left side of the jacket was longer than the right for some unusual reason. The suit is now ready for February.
After that I dropped into IKEA at Rhodes to look for some furniture for my room. I’m looking for some chairs, bookshelves/storage and a desk. I ran into Lesley and Christina Dodd in my wanderings.
Next stop was Top Ryde City for a tour. The ‘city’ was quite aesthetically pleasing, with wide isles, but the shops weren’t particularly well suited to the place. It’s definitely no where near as nice as the Pitt Street Mall Westfield. I was after a wedding present for Jimothy and ‘The Fish’ from their registry at Myer, but after waiting at the bridal registry counter for a good 5 minutes and wandering around with a list that could hardly be fulfilled in that Myer I decided to head over to the source: to Castle Towers. I wandered around the Towers Myer with a view to purchase a couple of items on the list, however, when I wasn’t able to find one on the list, and feeling that the other item was a little too cheap to be gifted on it’s own, I found another item which suited my price range, and was fortunate enough to be discounted in the post Christmas stocktake sales.
Finally it was time for dinner, and being quite famished after all that driving and ‘shopping’ I stopped in at Carlingford Village for my standard meal at Cafe de Hong Kong:- minced beef on rice with a raw egg, and a hot lemon Coke whilst reading some bible, according to my my 2011 reading plan.

Friday seemed to go by fairly quickly. Work wasn’t too bad, although some last minute disorganisation, mis-communication and natural disasters meant that I was feeling some pressure of a wedding at church on the Saturday. I wasn’t a part of the ceremony, but at times it almost felt like I was being pressured into becoming involved, without directly being asked to.
Our regular touch football on Friday afternoon at 5:30 was extremely popular this week. We had about 30 people there, making it difficult to play and run with space, but was enjoyable nonetheless. When we finished, I had time to get home, have a shower and get ready to duck over to my parents place for dinner with them, my sister and brother-in-law and my Uncle Daniel and Auntie Margot, who were visiting from Canberra.
After dinner, it was off to Favela in Kings Cross to catch Random Soul warm up for Miguel Migs and Lisa Shaw. It’s rare to get a night where you get to hear 2 great vocalists, especially a male and a female. There were also so many familiar faces and people from the House industry out. Favela was packed out, so much so that I could not bust a move, but given my day, I was happy enough to sit and bop to the house tunes.

Saturday morning was pretty much a write off, drifting in and out of sleep until I actually had to get up to head off to yum cha at Fortune Palace in Carlingford Village with the extended family of Friday night. It took me a quick 5 minutes to wander up there, which was good, especially in the sun. In the afternoon, I finally made it around to doing some cleaning of the flat by mopping about half of the floor tiles. The kitchen needed it the most, however I think there’s still some stubborn parts that I wasn’t able to get clean entirely….

Today has been a fairly quiet one as well… I’ve been procrastinating on my Hackintosh, spending perhaps too much time on here… I got both of my flatmates back, who arrived mid-afternoon and pretty much just landed in bed after a quick “hello”.
Tonight at graceat6, Manny spoke to us on Fleeing Idolatry from 1 Corinthians 10:1-22. The talk wasn’t exegetical, but it wasn’t quite systematic either. The style was a bit removed from the norm that we have at graceat6 and I wonder how a lot of the younger audience found it. There were certainly a large quantity of long and complex words strung together, which I’m generally confused with, and Manny is known for. And also references to famous theologians, like Driscoll, and Piper. It was certainly a good reminder to not worship idols, rather to worship God.
Post graceat6 we headed over to the Everett residence for some pizza and fellowship. It was a good chance to meet people and to chat, especially to people who had been away on beach missions, and to hear of some of the good things God has been working through those, and through them.

My reading has been pretty slow, though I’ve managed to get into some bible at least. This week I got some Matthew in, about 4 chapters so far; still need to catch up in this discipleship journal reading plan. I do enjoy the genealogy at the beginning of Matthew, and the way that it traces the lineage of Jesus back through the ages, highlighting King David and Abraham. I’m not sure of the significance of the number 14 though, being the generations between Abraham and David and David and Jesus.

I also need to get into some routines around the flat, like cleaning, washing, cooking and eating. Everything is still a bit up in the air, and I feel like if I don’t lock something down soon; wake up with a kick, if you will, then everything will remain lofty and unstable….

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The Sunday Summary [11-01]

Welcome to 2011 sojourners of CHONGLAND!!! This is a new weekly feature that I hope to write weekly on, who would have guess it, a Sunday…

For most of this week I’ve been getting used to my new abode, The Flat. A shared apartment I’m living in with Jase and Lairdy in Carlingford, which I’ve been residing in for just under 2 weeks. I’ve been setting up my room, building and installing a Hackintosh Pro (a PC running Mac software; the benefit being a significantly cheaper machine with some ability to upgrade and add components in the future), and getting reacquainted with the tasks of cooking and cleaning for and after myself. On Wednesday I got out to yum cha at Fook Yuen in Chatswood with my folks, sister and brother-in-law and his mum. It was a tasty meal. Thursday night was a BBQ at the Billet residence with some guys and girls from church.

On New Years Eve as i was making my way in to the city, i caught the 9pm fireworks on the train as it made its way between Milsons Point and Wynyard before I got down to Slip Inn to catch Random Soul aka Yogi & Husky DJ, and see Julie before heading downstairs to Chinese Laundry to see and hear one of my prog heroes Nick Warren ring in the new year behind the decks. He was impressive as always, managing to maintain a regular thump through a range of progressive house styles. Carl Cox also made an appearance down at Laundry, but didn’t manage to jump on the decks for a spin. He was in town for Space NYD, which I made my way to the next day, after getting a train home and to bed around 4:15am.

I got a fairly late start to the day, cooking up some scrambled eggs topped with smoked salmon, and a banana and whey milkshake, before heading off to Moore Park around midday for Space NYD. Upon arrival I wandered into the main arena to find Darren Emerson playing to a small crowd of maybe 30 people spread out across a large grassy area. He seemed to be enjoying himself and was pushing out some funky proggy tunes. As he wound up, with Rock To The Bit by The Youngsters, I could see Dave Seaman in the wings ready to take to the stage.
Dave masterfully pushed a great progressive set out to the slowly growing crowd with peaks and troughs, hard hitting tunes and softer melodies. It hardly felt like he’d even warmed up when his set came to a close… I moved on from the main arena over to the smaller Coachbay Arena to hear Ralph Lawson of 2020 Vision Recordings, making a slight detour into the cool of the air-conditioned Forum where Bassdrop were hosting the drumnbass party, catching a small taste of AndyC who was going hard. Back out in the sun with Ralph, I danced up a storm to his funky deep house, stirring up cheers from many a passer-by, people with video cameras to record some footage (of which I’d love to see, if anyone comes across any…) as well as less welcome visits by drunk-guys asking me to teach them how to dance, or poorly imitating me. By the time that Nick Curly jumped up on stage to play my feet and abs were in pain, so It was time to sit in the sun for a bit. During this time the medics and cops descended on a guy that was in a bit of trouble, strapping an oxygen mask over his mouth and leading him off. Another chick was escorted off by the cops, which is always a sight to see…
After another short dancing stint to Nick Curly, met with a hearty cheer by one of the professional dancers passing by, I decided that it was time enough to stop dancing for the day and retire into The Forum again for some drumnbass madness. I got in there just on the changeover from Kobra Kai to Netsky, who was met with many a great cheer by the crowds. His set was a great rollercoaster through the Hospital Records discography as well as a few other popular dnb, dubstep and grime tunes, mashed together. There were a few technical hitches along the way through, with the sound tech wandering around the stage the whole set, fiddling with levels on the mixer and the amps, and Netsky asking to turn the volume up more often than not. As he finished up, Lincoln Barrett AKA High Contrast took over to the sound of almost silence, thanks to another sound hiccup… After that got somewhat sorted the crowd gave up a great cheer for the man who threw down a great deal of quality tracks whilst also battling with sound problems. Halfway through the set I decided that the mediocre production quality and the fact that I was fading fast was enough to drag me away from The Forum and Space NYD to head off home.

Today was a lazy day full of rest and relaxation, so much so that as I sat down to eat some fried rice on the sofa, I nodded off to sleep twice during my meal….
At graceat6 tonight James Warren returned to the pulpit to speak on Flee Sexual Immorality, Wazzaisms included, with talk of prayer for sex lives & race comments. It was a good sermon, re-assuring us that Jesus is the reason why we want to flee, because He told us to and because He knows how hard it is, helpful in distinguishing the thin line between desire/temptation and lust/action, and outlining & encouraging practical actions to take. The week wrapped up with a bit of hang-time with some guys and girls from graceat6 at the Trevena residence, chatting and catching up, playing iPhone games and a few rounds of Mafia, around some food and drink.

I’ve been slack already in delving into the Word over this week, but I hope to rectify that over the next one…

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So Long Summer

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last wrote here. The month of February has been seemingly long and extremely busy. Here’s a run-down on what has happened, with a view to potentially blog happenings at a later date:

  • Graceat6 launched
  • My sister Anna married Arthur
  • Con Campbell gave an intro to Colossians
  • Growth Groups started for the year
  • I turned 30
  • Moore College
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Mens Katoomba Convention
  • One Night Only with Way Out West and John Digweed

I’m currently in the process of re-theming CHONGLAND again. This year should hopefully see an upgrade to HTML5 & CSS3 in the code as well as a mobile site for you iPhone users.

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Long Exposure

On Wednesday night we went out for dinner with some family friends who were here from Hong Kong at Marigold. Dinner was scheduled for 6:30pm, so in the 1.5 hours spare I spent playing with my camera and it’s ability to shoot longer exposures.

I made my way down to Darling Harbour and setup my mono-pod and camera and played with the settings on the camera, dropping the shutter speed down to 1sec or longer, even as long as 10 sec, to see what kind of effect I would get.

The trick to this kind of photography is having a still camera, opening up the shutter for a while and fiddling with the aperture to let in enough light, but not too much as to flood the shot and over expose it.

As you can see, the images are quite nice. Here are a few more of my favourites:

If you want to see the entire collection, they’re up in a set at my Flickr

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Car phone??

As I was on the way home on the train tonight I got a call. Thanks to OS 3.0 I was informed that it was Belinda or Yip Law and they were calling from the car.
Turns out that it was my Dad and indeed he was calling from the car, parked near the train station, but how did my iPhone know that much??

I have my Google contacts synced to my iPhone via Nuevasync. Somewhere along the line it had registered both my Mum and my Dad with the same mobile number, except that it had registered Mum as having that number as car, so it took that as the preferential location and wha-la!! my parents seem to have a functioning car phone….

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Back to the Land Downunder

Currently I’m sitting aboard Cathay Pacific flight CX 161 in a blacked out Airbus on my laptop making my way back to Australia. The time is 5:49AM AEDT. I’ve spent the last 12 days abroad in Hong Kong and it’s been quite an enjoyable experience. I’m still to post about the majority of my time there, and will eventually get around to doing so, backdating accordingly, but I thought a summary is in order since I’m not asleep on this plane.

For the most part I ate; Yum-Cha and banquet dinners would have to top the list of meals consumed, but won-ton noodles and semi-fast foods would run a close second. I also managed to squeeze in congee, McDonalds, Szechuan food and a buffet in as well.

I also spent a fair bit of time with my family, immediate and extended. Most of it was with just the immediate, then my Dads side of the extended, with my Mums side on only 2 occasions. Immediate family time got fairly frustrating quite often, but as the trip draws to a close, I think we’re a bit closer. I also got to see a friend whom I started at NAB with, she just happened to be in Hong Kong; we met up for lunch and Ice-cream, which was good.

And then there was the shopping…. I didn’t actually buy as much as I would have expected, but then with the exchange rates lower than normal, it was difficult justifying prices. I spent most of my shopping time limited to the Causeway Bay area, but I also managed to get out to Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui, IFC Mall in Central, plus some small arcades and Garden Road around Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei. All up there’s a few pairs of shoes, some pants, shirts & tees, watches and PS3 games.

Now in terms of the things I’d planned to do before I left for Hong Kong, I got through say 40% of them….
My CHONGLAND custom theme is still in the oven, but well underway, which I’m quite pleased about. I’ve learned a few things along the way which was one of the aims.
I got out and shot plenty of photos!!! Now it’s a matter of culling and refining the images that I did take. I’ve quite a number that I will try to stitch together to compose a larger image, kind of like panoramic shots, and then I’d also like to animate some of the shots I took as well, after being inspired by what David Hubert did in his video for his time in London. Hit the play button below to check it out, it’s très impressive!!! When/If I get around to doing mine, dependent on how I feel about the photos I took and if they’ll work together, I’ll post it up here. Also keep an eye out on my Flickr page for Hong Kong photos.

London (harder, better, faster, stronger) from David Hubert on Vimeo.

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Holidays

Today is the first day of my Christmas holidays. As I type, I’m on an airport shuttle off to catch a plane to Hong Kong. It’ll be the second time this year to Hong Kong and the sixth time in my life. The main purpose of the trip is to attend my cousin Bonnie’s wedding, which takes place on Saturday. I’ve not got to see Bonnie too many times throughout the years, the difficult being that she grew up in Canada and now lives in Hong Kong, but when we did get to speak earlier this year I found out that she had travelled a similar career path to me.
Apart from the wedding, there’ll be plenty of shopping and eating, but I would like to get out and shoot quite a lot of photos as well as get some design work done like editing a short film we shot at tafe years ago, designing the SALT website and re-theming CHONGLAND with a custom theme.
Do you have any extra holidays over Christmas and New Year?? And what plans or projects will you undertake??