Parenthood is Awesome


Madeline our little princess and bundle of joy is now 10 months old. Hooley Dooley, what a time to be a dad! You haven't lived until you've got a little girl calling you mum (even if you're dad or a beloved kids character). Why is everything Mum? What's up with that? Apparently the answer to lifes' problems isn't Drinking, Drugs, Twitter, or even Facebook! It's Mum! My wifey Elena is the best.

Madeline is at that age now where you can expect the un-expected. No one gave me a manual saying at 10 months she'll take her socks off and put them in her mouth while we're in Big W - not the first time mind you. Why didn't someone tell me that kids like to wake up at 5am to watch Bear in the Big Blue House then go back to sleep at 8am.

If you don't believe that God has a sense of humour then you haven't got a 10 month old or a little person for that matter. For example. We were in Safeway Supermarket a couple of days ago and all of a sudden Maddie starts 'talking'. Since Elena is originally from the United States of America I wasn't too sure what accent Madeline was trying to impersonate. We came to the conclusion she sounded like a 10 month old female version of the Warner Bros Character Tasmania Devil that just breathed in a whole 50 kg bottle of Helium with Raspberries and all. This went on for 10 solid minutes with people looking at us like we've taught her this.

That has got me wondering: What is the funniest thing your child has ever done while being out and in public? Leave a comment.

Want to start a cult? Wear a Snuggie

What is the deal with the snuggie? You know what I'm talking about. You can't sleep so you're channel surfing and you think you're watching one of those religious programs but you're not, its an infomercial selling this blanket with sleeves.

Why would anyone buy one of these unless they are planning to start a cult?

It's hard to look at this photo and not think that the people in it are involved in some cult asking viewers to send in money like Kenneth Copeland.

Here are a few useful suggestions I've come up for the snuggie:
  • Religious cult
  • Dress as a Jedi for Halloween
  • Choir Robes
  • Hospital gown
  • Bath Towel
I was thinking I'd get the same effect if I got a dressing down and wore it backwards like a 'Kriss Kross' fan (remember them?).

Though I'm not a fan of these I was stoked that they showed it on the last episode of the Big Bang Theory (Click here to see it).

Check this video out of the Snuggie featured on Ellen.

Feel free to add your uses for a Snuggie to my list in the comments

I smell a scam, no wait its Benny Hinn

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Benny Hinn is taking his game to a lower level.

Dear Partner,

Pastor Benny Hinn PortraitWhile news reports scream headlines of uncertainty in the world’s economy and each day brings news of financial chaos, I’m writing to tell you about a heavenly economy with infinite resources that never lose value and always reap a mighty reward. And while the world is asking, “How could this happen in our global economy?” we who trust the Word of God for truth see unparalleled opportunities and a season of great reward in our immediate future.

That is why I am more convinced than ever that, as we complete 2008 and move into 2009, how you respond to this unprecedented season of miracles during the next few weeks might very well determine what happens for you in the coming year! For as you apply the principles throughout the Word of God, you can rise above all the challenges you face during 2008!

Impossible circumstances call for unusual actions!… What about you? You may face dire circumstances, but what do you have in your hands that God can use to turn everything around?,,,

Today is a difficult season, yet God is telling His people to pour out faith, not hide it. Put it into action, regardless of the circumstances surrounding you. As you act in faith, you will see results as Isaac did in Genesis 26—from planting seed during a horrible famine to receiving a supernatural abundance—and as the widow and her sons did in 2 Kings 4, pouring out the oil and watching it multiply again and again!

Now is your time. Disregard the reports of famine, destruction, lack, and hopelessness. Your situation is not nearly as bad as Isaac’s or the widow’s were, yet they stepped out…

As you plant your most generous and precious seed today, you will be acting in faith and moving into a new dimension which Seed November Lettercan unlock the door to great blessings in your life, for our Lord Jesus declared, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

Sow your seed with mighty expectations for today and the future! Now is the time, for your greatest days are ahead. Your future is so much greater than your past and your tomorrows can be more prosperous than anything you have known before!

For we know it is “not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6)…

Preaching the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ,
teaching the unchanging Word of God,
and expecting the mighty and miraculous
power of the Holy Spirit,

Pastor Benny Hinn Nov 2008

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“Preaching the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ…” Wow. Even Hasatan is more truthful than that. “Debt Cancellation Stickers…” Really? Really?!? There is a part of me that wants to say to people who are struggling in the current economic environment that if you give your money to Benny and things just get worse; well, you kinda deserve it. It’s a good thing I’m more compassionate than that. ;)

This is so staggeringly stupid, such a gross distortion of the Bible, so built on the worship of Mammon, and conflated with the assumptions of twenty-first century American materialism that it beggars the intellectual faculties. Christians simply need to stop getting robbed by this man.

We need another Luther to shake the people awake from the lies of “Christian” wolves posing as sheep.

It’s not enough that Benny was robbing and stealing from people when they had excess. Almost anyone can do that (and we may have fun tracking their failures in the next few months. It has already started with the painfully comic Bishop Weekes and the painfully brutal Paula White). Nope, that wasn’t enough for Benny.

Now he’s stepping forth in a time when many may experience some hard economic difficulties to steal people’s very last penny! The unmitigated Mammonianity is shocking.

If Benny truly believed ANY of the lies that tumble out of his mouth every time he opens it he would give away all of his money and possessions today (hopefully to Mike & Elena Elliott). By his “heavenly” math and economy he would only be a hundred times richer when God canceled any debt he had, and blessed him with a hundred times more funds than he gave away.


Music Monday: Crowded House

Here is Crowded House with a song called "She Called Up" From their Time on Earth album. This was filmed at Neil Finn's old primary school in New Zealand.

A Letter To The Richmond Football Club

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Dear Richmond Football Club,

2 finals in 26 years and this year we are hoping that this could be the one where we play footy in September.

Enough is enough - This is the final straw. I've been a Richmond supporter since I was 5 (26 years now) and this is pathetic - RFC sucks bigger than our new Dyson Vacuum cleaner (Which ironically is yellow and black). Richmond Football Club you have lost the trust of the supporters and members!!!

Does anyone at the Richmond Football Club think of the Richmond supporters and realise the crap that gets flicked at them on Mondays when they turn up to work? (not to mention the Facebook messages and SMS'es).

I'm one of the lucky Richmond supporters who decided to not buy a membership. I'm so embarrassed to be a Richmond supporter right now that I'm thinking of changing teams and have already started asking for people's preferences on Facebook. I'd even pick *gasp* Collingwood. I would like to see a team I go for have a chance to play finals footy once more - even if they don't make it to the Grand Final. Is that too much to ask for? I'm so embarrassed that I don't even have the guts to go see a game live.

I'm not spending $100 for fuel and tickets to go all the way to Melbourne and drive though Melbourne traffic, spend $10 at Maccas on the Calder Freeway, get charged $10 for a Citylink pass, get charged an extra $10 for parking at the MCG, pay $15 for a pie and coke, wait 45 minutes to get out of the car park at the end of the night, and then finally take a 2 hour trip home back to Bendigo just to see my team lose. I'm sure there are others that feel this way.

Here's a simple solution: Why don't you give bonuses to those players who perform and cut the pay of those players who don't?

Ask yourself when you go out there this weekend: What would Jack Dyer do?

Well thats all I have to say about that.

Note to Self #4

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Note to Self:
No matter how old you get, Never ever get Botox!

Time To Get Out The Parachute Pants - Its Hammer Time

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IN what could be the most cringeworthy but fun tour in years, Vanilla Ice is planning to hit the road with fellow former chart-topper MC Hammer.

The pair are nutting out a world tour and they have pencilled in shows in Australia.
"It is not set in stone at this point, but it is happening," the Ice Man said while in Melbourne.
"We are, in about nine months, going to come through Australia with a big world tour -- MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice."

Ice, otherwise known as Rob Van Winkle, performed at the V Festival at the Showgrounds on Saturday and was a huge hit.

Ice was performing on one of the smaller stages and many fans who wanted to see the comeback king could not get near the area.

"The area was packed out by quite young fans who wanted to see him," a festival goer said.
"The funny thing is, many of them would have been too young to have any idea of how big he was when Ice Ice Baby was a hit."