Thursday, September 29, 2005

ONE MONTH!!! W00P W00P!

Today I had a great day! After work mainly... Work was totally busy but that wasn't the main feature of the day but I am tired and need to sleep as I have work at 6am so there is no time for detail... I will say that sunflowers make anyone smile :)

p.s im a consumer whore!
I had work today... I walk in with a smile on my face... now tell me what is wrong with just being happy and have a smile on my face... actually i knew it would cause some comotion thats why i did it ahahaha.

I went to the gym this evening and I just got home now, time for me to jump into the shower then into bed i have a big day tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Russell enters the gmail world

I have been given the glorious opportunity of having a gmail account... About bloody time I got an invite I say...

so if you have rather large files you want to send me this is the place to send it...


russellclark83@gmail.com

Monday, September 26, 2005

Ode to Shit Box


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This is a last known picture of the shit box aka espresso machine at Starbucks Lambton Quay. Shit box has now gone into long overdue retirement and will most likely become a paper weight or the espresso machine for the new hutt store which will open at the end of this year... Shit box has now been replaced with a slightly younger model which doesn't constantly leak so much that when you come into work in the morning the whole entire floor of the cafe is covered in an inch of water, this resulted in Lambton Swamp which I though would never go away and would become a new water feature of the store...

On a Brighter Note.....

I had a meeting with Murray the Area Manager for the lower North Island, who talked to me about the Hutt store which I am going to be running, it looks all interesting from here... And will be all go in about a month or so. It will be sad leaving everyone at Lambton Quay and having daily visits from Vicki, but then again I will only be a phone call away and its not like I am going to move out there which I solemnly Promise will never ever ever ever happen!


I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred-that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure andincorruptiont. . . . If we let our friend become cold and selfish and exacting without a remonstrance, we are no true lover, no true friend.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-96),

10 things you may or may not know about Russ

















1. He turns 22 in a month

2. On Friday night him and Brent put muffins on the stairs of death and watched a drunk lady stop and scratch her head and say "there's a cupcake on the stair!"

3. He occasionally suffers from insomnia

4. He prefers green tea to coffee

5. He is going to be the store manager of the first Starbucks in The hutt


6. He "secretly" smoked for 5 months - he doesn't anymore

7. He is pregnant, and is going to give birth to a llama

8. He suffers from cute disorder... "Hi my name is Russell, know me before you judge me

9. He likes pie

10. Every time he thinks about you, he smiles

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Mr. Snail


zoom comes the 737
steady towards the runway
in sunny and tropical Fiji
out fold the wheels
ready for the landing

the runway shimmers
in the golden sun
reflecting the beauty
of magical Fiji

on the runway
Mr snail slowly
chugs along minding his own
as the 737 comes closer
all of a sudden there comes a crunch
and Mr Snail is dead!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Brilliant Excellent Radical Neat terrific


Tonight I took Liz, Jessie, Vicki, Al and Owen
to watch Brent show his amazing talent as a percussionist in the NZSM Orchestra
(he's in so many orchestras I don't know how he has any time for anything else)
He did a good job in the 1812 Overture, I have never seen someone drum so fast! You defiantly deserve a Sherbert Fizz for that young man! (mmm sherbert fizz) Well done Brent!
I think I should have no other mortal wants,
if I could always have plenty of music.
It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain.
Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.
George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

How beauuuutifuuul!


Isn't this the cutest picture you have ever seen?

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

its not he pale moon that excites me that thrills and delights me...its just the nearness of you

Last night I went with Brent to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.... Which i must say was absolutly hilarious! I was contsantly laughing right through the movie.
Tonight we went and saw Wallace and Grommit the movie... it was funny and full of suggestive puns...

haha... as for Hayley, Jordan and Kalyan you guys must see it for the cheese! it will bring back memories!


"this is the burn centre for puppets - it's relatively new"

Something to make you smile

Some people are like Slinkies . . .

Not really good for anything,
But they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Hold Me...


So today was another average day, I woke up at 6am feeling rather sick and I couldn't get back to sleep I didn't need to be up until 11am as well!!!

what's really cool is when someone is able to open up and tell their inner most secrets to someone... I personally have a problem with this... It is not so much a thing of I don't want people to know, its more the fact that I don't really know where to start, the other problem is I don't really know what people will think, I guess I am slightly insecure and am afraid to loose certain people but then I guess if they are truly my friends they will still be there for me...



Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity.
They seem more afraid of life than death.
James F. Byrnes (1879 - 1972)

Friday, September 16, 2005

Let it been known

Well today I had a glorious day off, although it wasn't very productive I stayed in bed the whole day. This was due to the fact that I think im coming down with the flu and I wanted to rest up as much as possible. Last night I went to Monsoon Poon for dinner with Brent, It was delicious. Tomorrow should be an interesting day, I shall wake up, go vote then proceed to work, then I maybe going to a dance party afterwards, im not sure yet... It depends on how I feel I guess....
anyway im going to go sort some dinner out and relax a bit more.

Vote Labour!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Cause you light up my life...



So I have finally Put it all together and done my presentation... I wasn't completely nervous and my area manager said I had "put it all together" really well... And I had only missed one point which was good. On another note I currently have a really sore muscle in my neck, I think I must of strained it while I was sleeping or something.... oww the PAIN!!!!


Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

Monday, September 12, 2005

Llama Llama Russell!


So I was at work today and a great and fantastic person came in and gave me a Sunflower... it really brightened my day and I am now really happy. Im so happy I might just self combust!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

You are my ray of sunshine


So im in a bizarre mood and im not sure why... Anyway I thought I would tell you about my favourite flower... It is the Sunflower. I like the Sunflower because it is big, bright and cheerful and it really enlightens me and makes me happy... I wish I had a sunflower right now :(

did you know sunflowers don't just come in the pleasant yellow like you see in the picture, they come in a variety of colors including white, red and bronze.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

I had a pretty good day at work today again, It was really cool working my whole shift with Luz, as I haven't worked with her in ages!
After work Liz, and myself went to her doll house apartment and picked up Tim, Jessie and her date for the evening and we went to Sweet Kebab on Cuba and we had Delicious eskendas(sp) they are seriously the most filling thing you can ever eat and it is really delicious as well! I feel like I wont be able to eat for the next 6 years!


Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
- unknown

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Cause maybe your gonna be the one that saves me...

You know what really sucks!

Time... It goes so fast when you don't want it to and so freaken slow when your waiting.
I had a moderately good day at work today, Choosing to be in a good mood really does work and if you keep reminding yourself it helps. I think I will keep this as a rule of life as I am in a much better mood than I used to be although there could be other things that contribute my happiness ;)




The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
It will make or break a company...A church...A home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... We are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll

Monday, September 05, 2005


Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
- Burton Hills

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I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now!

As from tomorrow, my promotion to Assistant Manager becomes official, it will be good to be earning a bit more money too. I had a great day at work today as well, I was in a good mood the whole time and I still am... Its great! I can't stop smiling either!

Sunday, September 04, 2005


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Ginger Kisses

So I just devoured a whole packet of ginger kisses, they are seriously the best and most delicious cake type biscuit thing in the whole entire world!

Last night Brent and I went to town and met up with Jamison, at the club they had a UV light and it really brightened Brent's hair instead of bright green it turned fluorescent green.

I then had work at 730 this morning and after that I came home and had a nap, indulged myself on those delicious ginger kisses and I am now pondering on what I shall have for dinner...

Saturday, September 03, 2005

"Izzy wizzy, let's get busy".


Does any one else remember "Sooty & Sweep" or is it just a memory that you choose to block for ever like arts and craft time on play school where they called scissors 'snips' (in the picture is from left Soo, Sooty, Sweep and Little Cousin Scampi) Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 02, 2005

Hilarity at its finest!!!

I was reading someone's guest book and they had these links to 2 absolutely hilarious Flash clips!!!

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama.php

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/badgerphone.php

Totally funny and totally work watching!


thanks Brent

Russ doesn't "Put It All Together"

So I wake up at 5.30am and get myself ready for my flight to Auckland. Once arriving at the airport, I went to check in and I was told that our flight was canceled due to Fog in Auckland (damn you Auckland I shall smite thee!!! *shakes fist*) Soooooo I am no longer going and I am going to present my PIAT at the area meeting at the end of the month suck suck sucky! The highlight of it was that Murray (the area manager) bought myself and Gnomes(my boss) breakfast, it was the most delicious breakfast I have had in a really long time. Then Muz took me out to the Hutt and showed me the site of the New Store that is going out there, we then went into the mall to look at the layout of the Esquires there .... Not really that interesting.


It is not the critic who counts,
nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Russ "Puts It All Together"

Tomorrow morning I will wake up at around 5am, have a shower eat breakfast Get picked up at around 6am and go to the airport where I will fly out from Wellington at 7am. Arriving in Auckland I will sit through 8 other presentations before I finally get to present mine.

So yes tomorrow is the big day where I present my PIAT, I cant wait to have it finally over and done with, it will be such a release. I just have a few adjustments to make and it will all be complete and burnt onto CD. Then all will be well with the world.

Wish me luck!


Great changes may not happen right away,
but with effort even the difficult may become easy.
- Bill Blackman