Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Renting is the way to go!

Anyone who ever thought that buying a house is an investment, needs to do the maths. Now, for those of you who are not good with that sort of thing, the maths has been done for you here.
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I will be renting from now on.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Challenges

It has been quite challenging to think about the painting I'm planning.
Apart from the theme (Armageddon) to find the correct poses and armour proves to be more challenging than I thought.

Why pick this particular theme?
Well, a few years ago I heard a song in a church service called "Your Bride is an Army". It somehow struck a chord in me (pardon the pun). To this day the words echo in my mind - there was not much more to it than that, but it seems the Holy Spirit wanted to open my mind to something more, for which I seem to be ready now.

Maybe it is that in the past few months the urgency of the gospel has touched me. There is so much warning and so much preparation in the Bible for that day, that we need to take the warnings seriously and start fighting the fight that God has prepared us for and that we need to anticipate. We need to become the Army that will engage in battle. We are so complacent in the here and now that the thought of battle and war does not affect our lives, yet when we see the world around us, the Xenophobic attacks, the situation in Zimbabwe, the wars all over the world, how can we not engage in daily life by preaching / living the Faith?

Another challenge is my discontent. No, my job is fine - not perfect, but fine. I still enjoy what I do, but there are financial constraints that have impacted me this year (Some of them my own doing and some not). Apart from buying a car, I really do need to switch my insurance to South Africa. That said, it does not seem like I'm going to save any money in the process. The other thing is that I'm so over living with people. No, it's not like Inger and I do not understand each other, it's a little more difficult to explain. Trying to find a flat that is big enough for my need of space and will suit my pocket is just not gonna happen this year. Bummer.

So, in order to stop ranting and raving, I need to cast my eyes to the Lord. I will not know what He has in store for me, but it can only be the best for me. In the meantime I'm going to learn humility and contentment over and over again.

Monday, 4 August 2008

New month, new look

I decided it was time to change the look of the blog. I stared into the green truncated squares a little too long. Hope you guys like it.

There have been many developments in the past two months. For one, I passed my subject at UCT and so can continue with the next one. Registration took it's usual route, with the incompetence of staff members shining like the sun. Nevertheless they finally managed to register me.

I also finished with the evening classes I was teaching and this time round the students were very cool. I'm thankful it's over.

We moved offices (easier said than done). To move a fashion school is not for the faint-hearted. Needless to say, things will take longer than you think, even tough you might take this rule into account. (Thanks to Murphy's Law)

I found a garage for my car in the complex. What a pleasure to not having to wipe the windscreen every morning and freezing my toes off, until the heating kicks in. This means I have a little bit of storage space.

I rearranged my bedroom - finally I could throw out the wonky shelf and replace it with two big boxes that could hold most of my books and rubbish that had gathered on the shelf. What didn't fit, was accommodated in cupboard space or thrown out.

So, after all that rearranging, I can now get to work on finishing albums from 1997 (yes, yes, the date is correct). Memories are cool, don't you think?

I will, as usually try to write a little more this month, but I cannot promise anything. Thanks for reading ya'll