This week has seemed fairly long, with a few things going on…

On Monday night, I was meant to meet up with Geoff, but he was unable to make it, so I spent the night playing games and organising music files…

Tuesday night during Lairdy & Steph’s growth group, I spent the time organising some photo files and playing some games.

Wednesday night was the same again…

Thursday night I was working away on a secret design project with a few people. I cooked dinner for them beforehand, making a chilli & thyme mushroom risotto, topped with crispy pancetta, and a tomato salad. Our design brainstorming took ages to work through, but in the end, we came up with something pretty fantastic and I can’t wait for people to see it and give us feedback.

Friday was a fairly busy work day. Touch was a bit light on, with 10 players overall. There were plenty of tries scored. I think I bagged about 3 or 4, with a couple coming from Jase on the assist. The last try of the game came from a great pass to me for a breakaway run down the right wing with a chase entail. I wasn’t at full pace, given the state of the game, so the chase actually caught up to me, but I managed to halt my run, sending my chaser past me and able to change direction to easily wander across the line to finish the game.
The last SALT of the year was our Christmas party, with a big competition across year groups for the silver ball, and Mike preaching through the Christmas story from Luke 2:1-14, speaking about it’s historicity & prophecy, the humanity & humility of Jesus, and the salvation of people and of God.

Saturday morning after a quick bag pack, I drove down to Canberra for two things: to see Aeroplane DJ, and to see my mate John compete in his first triathlon – the Ironman 70.3 Canberra. After the drive, I spent most of the time running around with John to organise things for his race.
In the evening when John was doing a final pack for the race, and getting ready for bed I headed out to Trinity in Dickson for Aeroplane. Trinity is a small bar, with an equally sized courtyard area. Most of the warm up DJs were sub-standard with poor mixing and track choices… The last warm-up DJ wasn’t too bad, playing a nice brand of deepish house, and quality tracks including:

  • The Whistler – Claude VonStroke
  • Little Bit (T.Goldsworthy Mix) – Lykke Li
  • Pumped Up Kicks (Gigamesh Remix) – Foster The People
  • I Look To You (Go Go Bizkitt! Remix) – Miami Horror
  • The Best of Me – Xinobi

. When Aeroplane turned up and jumped on the decks, the dancefloor was fairly empty, with only about 10 people on it, but as he laid down the tracks, it filled up constantly. He continued to play some top quality tunes, keeping my Shazam working hard for the whole of his set, though there were still plenty of tracks that it couldn’t pick up. These are the tracks that it managed to pick up:

  • Earthquake (Joe Made Remix) – Filip Fisher
  • It Goes On – Storm Queen
  • Love’s Down – Elijah Colins & Nist
  • Last Flight – Fabian
  • The Sound of Violence (Aeroplane Remix) – Cassius
  • Everything Goes My Way (Ewan Pearson Dub) – Metronomy
  • I Cannot Think (English Gentlemen Re-work) – Outlines
  • Shake (Azari & Lii Remix) – Little Boots
  • Doin’ Ya Thang (Mixed by Adult Entertainment featuring Peter Brown) – Oliver $
  • International Track – Drop Out City Rockers
  • Sweet Dynamite (Original Tom Moulton 12″ Mix) – Claudja Barry
  • Venus (Sunshine People) [Pepe Bradock Remix] – Cheek
  • Chord Memory (Daft Punk Remix) – Ian Pooley
  • When The Night Falls (Hercules and Love Affair Remix) – Chromeo
  • Falling Up (Carl Craig Remix) – Theo Parrish
  • Sergio Everybody – Banoit & Sergio
  • Green Velvet – Phil Kieran
  • Fantasy (Jacques Renault Remix) – Breakbot featuring Ruckazoid
  • Superstar (The Krays Remix) – Aeroplane
  • Never Let Me Go (Aeroplane Remix) – Human League
  • Take Me Higher (Club Mix) – Rogerseventytwo

Aeroplane’s last track had all the makings of Flight Facilities‘s Crave You, but with different vocals…
At the end of the set, I returned to my car, only to discover that it had been vandalised – both of the side mirrors had been torn off of it.

This morning I got out to the triathlon around about 10:30 – roughly 4 hours after the first competitors started, and found John’s mum waiting by transition to see him finish the 90km bike leg before starting the run. When he finally came through, I got a few photos, and then proceeded to move to a better position to see him continue to run. I also ran into some family friends who were there to support the defending champion of the Canberra Triathlon. My drive home this afternoon was enjoyably quick, though having no side mirrors meant a change of habit in my overtaking. I did receive a gospel phone call along the way as well, more on that in a bit.
Tonight at graceat6 we had our confirmation service, with 11 people getting confirmed, bringing a whole heap of family and friends along so that the service was bursting at the seams, and it was also good to see some recently absent faces in the service as well. It was interesting to still see some empty seats in the middle of rows; it would be encouraging to see people seated next to others rather than leaving empty seats, especially on big nights like tonight. The Bishop of Western Sydney Ivan Lee took the confirmation service, and also preached from Ephesians 5:1-21 encouraging us to make the best use of our time, because the days are evil. We are to flee darkness, which is what we once were living in, and instead live in the light, trusting in Jesus and continually try to work out what pleases Christ, and how we can do that by reading the bible, wrestling with what it says, discussing it with our fellow Christians and acting it out accordingly.
My good friend Nicky got engaged to her boyfriend Steve today, so I must wish them my CONGRATULATIONS again!! It is so encouraging to see and hear. I pray that they will continue to live holy and blameless lives during this period especially as fiancées.
Whilst writing this, I’ve been watching the film Dogma. I really enjoy the movie, though it is quite inappropriate. I find it interesting that some non-Christians go to such length to look at religion, in this case Catholicism, learn about it, perhaps more-so than Catholics and other Christians alike, and then go ahead an send it up.

The week ahead brings a few things to the table, and I’m looking forward to it.