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Rinoa Heartilly
30 July 2010 @ 12:38 am
Sometimes I'm uncertain of my future. I don't know what will happen in the next year. I won't pretend to know where I'm headed. But of this I am certain: the plans You have for me are much greater, and far more splendorous than I could have ever imagined. Knowing this, I have nothing to fear.

Other happy thoughts for today:
1) Winning a plushie Domo-kun from a skill tester. Always feels so satisfying afterwards, regardless of how many dollars you put into the machine.
2) The word 'CATNIP' appeared in the word scramble in today's MX.
3) After believing yesterday that putting an application in for the RDNS was impossible, they called me to set up an interview for next week.
4) Realized that there are people in my life that I can turn to through any circumstance.
5) Also came to the realization that relationships are everything. They should be valued and treasured, and I'm striving to never take them for granted.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: thankfulthankful
Current Music: Hillsong Live - A Beautiful Exchange
Rinoa Heartilly
30 April 2010 @ 07:30 am
TO DO before leaving:
  • finish packing suitcase
  • go to gym
  • hand in payslip
  • photocopy passport and ticket
  • clear USB keys
  • transfer photos from camera
  • charge camera
  • sync iPod
  • make a list of reminders for Burt (i.e. feed cat, water plants)
  • post invites for Creation Ministries

    Note To Self: Catch the rest of this exhibition when you get back from the Phils.
    Current Location: home
    Current Mood: sleepysleepy
    Rinoa Heartilly
    29 April 2010 @ 12:43 pm
    Happenings for March/April (in as few dotpoints as possible):
  • adopted a cat, but supposedly only for a year. I named her Pantoufle.
  • been working a lot until April
  • been catching up with lots of people (lunches/dinners/birthdays/etc.)
  • went paintballing
  • been to random free exhibitions around Melbourne
  • started a small herb garden
  • randomly daytripped to Daylesford
  • randomly went to Sydney for a few days
  • randomly daytripped to the Dandenong ranges
  • been doing lots of church work to try and establish ways to reach out to our community

    That’s about all. Each dot point covers a multitude of stories in itself which I don’t have that much time to explain.

    March/April Booklist (so far):
  • Jaclyn Moriarty – I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes
  • Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass
  • Cecelia Ahern – If You Could See Me Now
  • Marsha Mehran – Pomegranate Soup
  • Tsai Chih Chung – Journey to the West Book II
  • Rob Bell – Sex God

    March/April Movie List (at least what I can remember):
  • Sunshine
  • The Illusionist
  • Encino Man
  • Bombon (foreign movie)
  • A Knight’s Tale (Extended Edition)
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Meet The Parents
  • Meet The Fockers
  • Clash of the Titans

    There were probably more, but I haven’t really kept track over the last couple of weeks.

    On Saturday I’ll be leaving for the Philippines again. We’re apparently having a family reunion. Have spent the last week catching up with friends, as well as tying up loose ends before I go. Still lots to do. Will spend the next two days frantically packing.

    Anyway, toodles! I suppose my next post will be from overseas. How exciting! ^-^
    Current Location: home
    Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
    Current Music: Passion Worship Band - Indescribable
    Rinoa Heartilly
    04 March 2010 @ 11:46 pm
    Here are links to a short story series I started back in 2005 called 'Windows'. It was intended as a birthday present for someone precious to me, chronicling parts of our story from the perspectives of things surrounding us rather than coming from us. They're memoirs written in a different light.

    I'm only making them known now, as Chapter Two has only just been written after five years of silence. I almost forgot I'd even written this story. If it weren't for the fact that I've been doing a lot of cleaning lately, my notebook would've remained buried under stacks of paper.

    Anyway, hope you enjoy. Hopefully there's a marked improvement between Chapter 1 and 2. In hindsight, Chapter 1 probably could've been written better. Oh well, I was younger then.

    Chapter One: Window of the Ocean
    Chapter Two: Window of the Sky

    Feedback is always welcome. Toodles!
    Current Mood: contentcontent
    Rinoa Heartilly
    03 March 2010 @ 10:56 am
    One fine summer day a new love was born,
    Between female and male, or bot to bot;
    A woman whose heart hummed a tune forlorn,
    A man who just loved, his age mattered not.

    She had always been such a clever lass,
    Her robot mind absorbing many books;
    And he, with the brains to equal the task,
    He'd ensnared her with his fine robot looks.

    Now together their existence will be,
    A fine bot pair, both completely smitten.
    Set sail, you bot pair, in the lover's sea,
    In bot jargon your future is written.

    Together you'll enjoy each morning dawn,
    And together, baby robots you'll spawn.

    ~ written for Pants in 2009
    Current Location: home
    Current Mood: irateirate
    Rinoa Heartilly
    01 March 2010 @ 08:47 am
    On relationships:
    'We shared a world but we looked at it from different angles. Those differences made us rich.'

    The conclusion of a passionate love:
    'Lately I've fallen in love with you all over again and I once more feel a gnawing emptiness inside that can only be filled when your body is pressed against mine.'

    ~ from Letters To D by Andre Gorz
    Current Location: home
    Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
    Rinoa Heartilly
    28 February 2010 @ 10:27 pm
    ' If you join with someone for life in marriage, you share your lives together and you refrain from doing what might divide or damage your marriage. Building your life together as a couple is your common project and you never finish reinforcing it, adapting it, reshaping it to fit changing situations. We will be what we do together. '
    ~ found in Letter to D by Andre Gorz
    Current Location: home
    Current Mood: pensivepensive
    Rinoa Heartilly
    27 February 2010 @ 11:22 pm
    Wow, I can't believe we're on tsunami alert. After having just finished reading The Five Greatest Warriors, I can't help but feel slightly uneasy whenever I hear about natural disasters.

    In other news, Burt and I ran 17kms for charity today. Track started in Williamstown and finished in Brighton. Photos are all on fb.

    Anyhoo, am absolutely knackered now. My legs feel like jelly. Gonna try to have a decent sleep then get up early for my morning run. Insanity.

    Current Mood: tiredtired
    Current Music: Planetshakers - Deeper
    Rinoa Heartilly
    16 February 2010 @ 12:09 am
    Valentine's Day started very early for me this year. Woke up in the wee hours of the morning to bake Burt's V-day present, home-made Cinnabon. All is well until I realize I'm missing an ingredient. Shopping at the supermarket in pyjamas is not fun. After arriving home and preparing as much as possible, I leave the dough to rise. Keep in mind that this is the first time I've ever worked with yeast, so I wasn't sure what to expect.

    Skip to four hours later. We hurry home from church expecting to beat down the risen dough. If only it were that simple. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE TO SELF: Leaving dough to rise for extended periods of time causes the dough to explode. We attempt to salvage our dough as best we can.

    So an hour later (plus an extra cup and half of flour), here is the result of our toil:
    Approximately 30 home-made Cinnabon rolls. Mischief managed.

    After managing the Cinnabon mayhem, the day was smooth sailing from there onwards. We headed to the Riverbend Park for a picnic, reminiscent of our early days. We used to spend hours sitting together in parks just talking and getting to know each other. It was refreshing being able to do it again after all these years.

    Our picnic treats included: grilled fish, alcohol-free champagne, and flavoured jellies (lychee, kiwi, honeydew, papaya, strawberry, & mango). Then there was fruit. Every V-day, we pick out new fruits to share together. This year:


    & pluots (a plum & apricot hybrid).

    Also had some blueberries at some point.

    Then, much to my surprise, an ironic V-day gift from Burt:
    After all the hassle we had in the kitchen with the Cinnabon, Baker Ninja's arrival was oddly fitting.

    Anyway, that was our abridged version of our V-day adventures. Hope everyone else had a wonderful day!
    Current Location: home
    Current Mood: lovedloved
    Current Music: Owl City - If My Heart Was A House
    Rinoa Heartilly
    03 February 2010 @ 01:56 pm
    For Valentine's Day this year, I want to make something special for Burt. I've decided to try and make him a dessert that would best express the way I feel for him. I thought of a few things. Tiramisu? Apple crumble? Brownies? Good, but just not quite right. Then it hit me. Cinnabon. He loves Cinnabon. Currently, there are no Cinnabon outlets left in the whole of Australia (not counting Mr. Cinnamon, the dodgy imitation). That only leaves one option: homemade Cinnabon. But I think that works out even better. I believe when you pour your heart into making something, people can feel it.

    Why Cinnabon is perfect: It's the kind of food that makes me think of two people who are completely comfortable with each other and simply enjoy being together. It reminds me of home, or rather the ideal I have of home. A warm fireplace to snuggle in front of on crisp nights, hot chocolates, warm blankets, feeling loved and comfortable.
    Whenever he eats Cinnabon, his face lights up. Even after having eaten one, he still looks forward to the next time. I feel the same when I'm with him. No matter how long we've been together, or the duration of time we spend together during one day, I still look forward to the next time.


    Now to find a box to put them in. Toodles!
    Current Location: home
    Current Mood: happyhappy
    Current Music: Owl City - If My Heart Was A House