Friday, April 30, 2004 @ 13:31 by Alana.

keep in a warm light spot. doesn't like to be directly in the sun but for an hour or so it should be alright. a place on or by the windowsill is good. a little bit of water once a week is fine. wont die if you neglect it for short periods of time now and then. easy peasy lemon squeezy.

i have succeeded in reproducing Lemon Balm, a type of 'erb that looks like mint but smells like lemon. you can use the leaves to make your own relaxing herbal tea or use it as a garnish for puddings and salads. 11th century Arab physician Avicenna says, "Balm causeth the mind and heart to become merry". you can have some Lemon Balm too if you want. lucky you.

 @ 11:09 by Alana.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK - Thomas B. Reed (1886)

One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.

so true.

Friday, April 23, 2004 @ 10:38 by Alana.

on the next wednesday of this month, 7.30 pm, at Covenant Church Preschool, Mr. Bernie Ogilvy MP will be speaking about what you can do to prevent the civil union bills going through.
you should go. i am.

this event is brought to you by trinity presbyterian church, the best rocking church on the planet. you should go there. i do.

Thursday, April 22, 2004 @ 10:37 by Alana.

... which is synonymous in my vocab with aloe vera. brace yourselves kids, because i'm about to enlighten you with the glorious wonder-properties that the super-charged wonder plant has for YOU!

in my experience the super-charged wonder plant...
- heals broken skin
- works with moisturizer - has collegen in it (don't quote me on that,
i think i read it in a biogenics brochure) so keeps skin soft
- significantly reduces the burrrrrrn in all sorts of burns
- settles sore tummies when taken internally.

stolen from prescription for nutritional healing (2000) p.63:

PARTS USED: pulp from insides of succulent leaves.

NUTRIENT CONTENT: amino acids, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins a, b1, b2, b3, c and e.

aloe vera is commonly known as a skin healer, moisturizer and softener. it is dramatically effective on burns of all types, and is also good for cuts, insect stings, bruises, acne and blemishes, poison ivy, welts, skin ulcers, and eczema.
taken internally, aloe vera is known to aid in the healing of stomach disorders, ulcers, constipation, rectal itching (ehehe), can also be helpful against infections, varicose veins, skin cancer, arthritis, and is used in the treatment of aids.
it is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. it increases blood-vessel generation in lower extremities of people with poor circulation, lowers cholesterol, reduces internal inflammation.

wow, wow, WOW!

BE CAREFUL: some people are allergic (i am, mildly). do not take internally if pregnant.

hey, want one? another cool ting bout aloes is that they multiply like rabbits (almost) and the one i had in a pretty pot my bedroom had about ten babies recently. let me bless you with a super-charged wonder plant. rsvp asap and you will not regret it so long as you both shall live.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004 @ 22:52 by Alana.

The term 'chaism', which literally means a 'crossing over', refers to the literary technique of arranging the elements of a text in the form of a mirror-like reflection (e.g.; A-B-C-B1-A1). One of the main purposes of such an arrangement is the highlighting of the centre of the passage, where the crossover occurs. In Scripture, the main theoogical point is found at the centre of the literary unit. Within Genesis 1-11 this technique is used repeatedly, thus for example, the account of the Tower of Babel (11:1-9) may be seen to function as follows:

A 11:1 - Unity of language
B 11:2 - Unity of place
C 11:3a - Communication
D 11:3b - Plan
E 11:4a - People building
F 11:4b - A city and a tower
G 11:5a - 'But the Lord came down'
F1 11:5b - God watches over the city
E1 11:5c - People building
D1 11:6 - God's counter plan
C1 11:7 - Communication becomes impossible
B1 11:8 - Unity of place broken
A1 11:9 - Unity of language broken
(Dillard and Longman, 1994,51)

How good, yea?!
Those notes were from a paper i'm taking - foundations of christian education.

Friday, April 16, 2004 @ 22:44 by Alana.

oh wheeeeere are my goldfish?
oh wheeeeere are my goldfish?
oh where oh where oh where oh where oh where oh where oh wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere
are my goldfish?!

Thursday, April 01, 2004 @ 22:50 by Alana.

this year auckland had two cyclones instead of summer. my family in auckland have a swimming pool that has hardly been used over the past few months so simon and i decided to change that.

yesterday afternoon we went to the manukau pet store and bought two comet goldfish. we asked the sales lady how big did they grow and giggled to ourselves when she replied,
"they just grow to fit the tank. do you have a very big tank?"
"yes," we assured her. "its very big."