Emily and I swapped sides of the couch last night. The world didn't end.
So, to wake her up this morning, her brother Aiden and I built a pillow fort around her. Although not quite as impressive as the one Adam, her other brother, and I built around her several months ago (that one included a kitchen chair atop the pillow-fort-on-the-couch), this one elicited a much more hilarious reaction.
Hopefully we'll film the next one.
Turned up early for Mass and had time to kill with friends, also I had a packet of emergency moustaches in my bag. I also think this is the perfect way to introduce Eliza, the dashing fellow in the grandpa moustache.
For the last week I have been house sitting for my grand parents, the main perk of this is that I got to spend nearly two weeks with my Opa's library which is an amazing array of religious books and anything else that has caught his eye over the last 60 years or so. I fully intend to make a retreat at some point where I just lock myself in with a pile of his books, also there is a tabernacle in the garage. On Thursday Kelly came over to spend time with the library, and I made an alb.
I don't always sew for others but when I do it's always to make part of a religious outfit. It's starting to become a habit. ( I am so sorry) it was both one of the easiest and one of the hardest things I have sewn, and at times I curled up on the floor in despair but I got it done in the end.
If Kelly gets to do a whole post on me then, as co-biographer, it is only fair that she too gets an entire post dedicated to her. So here is an extended biography of Kelly:
One of my few sisters in Christ Kelly is always willing to take some time out from 'the boys' with me. The first time I met her was on a camp we were both leaders on. Our friendship was cemented when I ran into her on the first day of Uni last year and we proceeded to spend the next week together. Sound familiar?
Kelly's special talents include getting away (most of the time) with not wearing shoes, handing out Miraculous medals to everyone, changing the subject and an ability to ask 'how are you?' and really mean it.
Having excellent ideas and not so excellent ideas that seem amazing at the time ( the time we played goblet of fire in my backyard) is also Kelly's specialty. I may have been there the first time we slept in an adoration chapel but only Kelly would have thought 'that was great! Lets do it again but with more people!' And the rest is history.
While Emily is writing short biographies of the people we're most likely to talk about on this blog, I'm going to give you a short introduction to my co-Author and the person who had the inspiration to start this blog. So, here we go.
Good looking, witty and intelligent, Emily's friends support her through trials such as living in that other diocese
and explaining to her family her life choices (such as donning a
Emily shares many of the same æsthetic qualities as her aforementioned friends and, unlike Nicky, Emily is both a girl and especially blond .
What is more, Emily's cry of "That sounds like a great idea!" lead to the formation of our group. Her willingness to come on a bar stroll (it's like a pub crawl on which one only visits classy establishments and does not imbibe alcohol) and our shared ability to miss the last train lead to our unashamed camping out in the SBG Adoration Chapel one Monday night.
Her uncanny ability to be a member of this group and not be male makes her the ideal person to take a turn around the block with, and allows us to share conversations that, well, the others just wouldn't get. It's a girl thing.
A wonderful sister in Christ, we are blessed to have Emily as group-biographer, Official Blogger, especially as she is - hands down - the best Presbytery Kitchen Cleanerer; and I am blessed to have her as a friend.
Known by Catholics in Perth as ETG (which along with SBG and CYM form the Catholic three letter acronyms) Embrace the Grace is the Youth camp run by the Respect Life Office at the start of December each year. After not being able to go for the last few years due to prac I was back again this year along with Callum and Tom.
Snap shots to give you a taste:
(Totally stole some of these from The Record)
The theme was Life and Grace and we had some brilliant speakers, brilliant people and brilliant prayer and Adoration.
It would take pages and pages to write everything we did so I will leave you with some highlights..
1. Adoration and daily mass.
2. Group enrolment into the brown scapular and miraculous medal.
3. Lauds with the monks.
4. Rev Fr Giles' talk on life and grace.
5. femininity and masculinity talks ( I don't know what the masculinity talk was like but the femininity one was pretty amazing, Jonathan Doyle gave part of the talk so it was great to get a males perspective and that stopped it bordering on militant feminism as some femininity talks tend to do. Also the talk didn't centre exclusively on modesty, which was great for those of us who have heard the modesty talk many times before. plus we got tea cups! )
Since we can't clearly remember how we met as a group, and since this blog was started in part to help us keep track of what happens in this group, I would like to introduce you to Tyson. (We might do some other introductions later, such as actually introducing ourselves. Or each other.)
Tyson joined us for the first time two weeks ago, after I met him at a meeting for Forty Days of Life (which begins on Ash Wednesday this year; you should come to it. Yes, you. More on what 40DFL looks like in other places in Australia: here)
On a personal note and given the history of 40 Days here in Perth, I was a tiny bit suspicious when he rocked up. My initial thought, which I quickly cast aside (when he recognised what "CYM" stood for) was that he was from one of the student groups who tried to 'get involved' last year in order to disrupt the prayer.
Anyway, after the meeting, after hearing that I was on my way to SBG, he kindly offered to drop me there. I offered to take him to The Presbytery and introduce him to the Priests & Br Gilbert. As heaps of us were there, he and I both ended up staying for a considerable portion of the night.
He has been at SBG almost as often as me this fortnight and might as well will move in.
I could tell you more about him, but I figure I'll wait until I actually have his permission to do so.