Thursday, December 14, 2006

Last Day of Work 2006!

Today is finally my last day of work for 2006 and I can hardly wait for 5:00 tonight!! Whilst I am thankful that this has been the year that I finally managed to get a permanent job, I have have also been pretty stressed out in my job and have missed more than one lunch time as I've had too much work to do (making Rich ask on more than one occassion "Do I have to come up to your office and get you for lunch to make sure you take a break?") But next year is a new year - and we will be getting a new person on our team so I'm hoping 2007 will be a year of more learning and less stress on the job front.

Well I am up and Blogging at this hour as I'm off to meet Mariella at 7:15 (Yah that she lives literally two minutes from our whare!) so that we can have a coffee before I take off on my adventures tommorrow - because she's off to her family in the far north for christmas and new years!

I'm quite looking forward to tonight - not only because it will be the end of the work year for me but also because Rich and I have decided to have a bit of an early Christmas celebration tonight - yah!! Which will include - of course swapping presents and we are also finally going to see Dracula at Downstage Theatre - I am SO looking forward to that!

Well I best be off - have to dry my hair and get pretty for work now.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Pre-Christmas Celebration

Long time no blog huh? I'm not quite sure why I have just felt unmotivated to blog lately even though I have started to get out and about and do things again.

Well I had a good night last night - Jess cooked us (Ange, Georgie, Celia and myself) a yummy Christmas dinner so we could all swap pressies:) The meal was really good - a really yummy stir fry and summer fruit and chocs for dessert.

Being the crafty creature I am I decided to make my friends presents - I'm always a bit nervous when I make presents as I always worry that people won't like them but my subversive cross-stitch and necklaces went down well - with both Jess & Celia saying they will take theirs to work:)

I got a whole bunch of really cool presents - a Nightmare Before Christmas Bag and Uber bag of mashmallows, a glass Christmas Angel and a really cute christmas themed jutebag.

I really should have taken some photos but I didn't (prolly much to my friends relief!!) but it was a really fun night and I do feel slightly more Christmassy now:)

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Calendar Gals 2007

I have recently been involved in the creation of a calendar for the feminist group I'm involved in - my task - to find some important dates in women's history to put in the calendar.

Being the big history geek I am I thought this was a really interesting thing to do - anyways - here's the dates I found!


January 6th - Greek Feast of Persephone/Kore, the Divine Maiden

January 8th 1859 - Birth of world traveller and adventurer Fannie Bullock Workman, who carried a "Votes for Women" banner into the Himalayas on one of her many climbing expeditions.

9th January 1923 - NZ author Katherine Mansfield dies.

16th January 1941 - Foundation of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force - New Zealand's first female military personnel were joined within 18 months by the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and the Women's Royal Naval Service.

25th January 1851 - Abolitionist and reformer Sojourner Truth addressed the first Black Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.

30th January - Roman Festival of Peace, honouring the Roman Goddess Pax.


1st February - Wives’ Feast, Ireland. Women homemakers celebrate their work by sharing lavish feasts with one another.

9th February 1944 - Birth of Alice Walker, African American activist and Pulitzer Prize novelist.

20th February 1954 - New Zealand Women, Yvette Williams breaks world long jump record at Gisborne.


1st March - Matronalia, Roman celebration of women and celebration of Juno-Lucina, protector of women and the family.

4th March - Mothering Day (England), the original Mother’s Day. It was the custom to visit one’s mother on this day and present her with bread and presents.

8th March 1908 - First International Women's Day, founded by German labour activist Clara Zetkin.

10th March 1913 - Death of Harriet Tubman, Underground Railroad conductor who rescued more than 300 of her people from slavery.

22nd March 1994 - Kiwis Anna Paquin and Jane Campion win Oscars for The Piano.

25th March 1934 - Birth of Gloria Steinem, American feminist icon, journalist, and women's rights advocate.


5th April - Festival of Kwan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, and Great Mother of China, marked by visits to her shrines with offerings of incense.

13th April 1896 - Women's movement gathers in Christchurch to form National Council of Women.

23rd April 1895 - Birth of NZ artist, playwright, actor and director Dame Ngaio Marsh.

25th April 1982 - Women in Canberra, Australia laid a wreath for all women raped in wars.


3rd May 1897 - NZ's first registered woman doctor, Margaret Cruickshank.

14th May 1907 - Foundation of the Plunket Society. At a meeting held in the Dunedin Town Hall, the Royal New Zealand Society for the Health of Women and Children was created. Lady Plunket, the wife of the governor-general, was its first patron.

10th May 1866 - Susan B. Anthony and Caroline Severance founded the Equal Rights Association (formed in the United States to “secure Equal Rights to all American citizens, especially the right of suffrage, irrespective of race, colour, or sex.”)

23rd May 1966 - Coronation of Te Arikinui Te Ata-i-rangi-kaahu. Princess Piki, the daughter of King Koroki was named as the first Maori Queen.


14th June 1811 - Birth of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," which caused an uproar over slavery.

18th June 1983 - Sally Ride becomes America's first woman astronaut.

27th June 1880 - Birth of Helen Keller, who overcame blindness and deafness to graduate from Radcliffe College, speak three languages, and become a speaker, an author and advocate for people with disabilities.


5th July 1884 - US Congress awarded Sarah Emma Edmonds a pension for her service as a soldier in the Civil War, in which she fought dressed as a man.

10th July - Lady Godiva rode naked on her horse leading a procession through Coventry [England]. Legend says that she was protesting high taxes. But the event probably derived from ancient harvest rituals to the Great Mother.

11th July 1877 - Kate Edger becomes the first woman in the British Empire to gain an arts degree, educated at the otherwise all-male Auckland College and Grammar School.

28th July 1893 - Women's suffrage petition presented to Parliament (NZ).This was the third suffrage petition presented to Parliament and had nearly 32,000 signatures - almost a quarter of the adult European female population in New Zealand.


6th August 1926 - Gertrude Ederly became the first woman to swim the English Channel, breaking the previous record by two hours.

13th August 1818 - Birth of Lucy Stone, feminist, abolitionist and suffragist who insisted on keeping her own name in marriage. She inspired the title of "Lucy Stoner," applied to other women who kept their names.

15th August - Festival of Isis, when stalks of grains are carried in procession to honour her as Grain Goddess.


2nd September 1838 - Birth of Queen Lili'uokalani, last sovereign of Hawaii, held under house arrest and forced from her throne by Americans intent on exploiting Hawaiian exports.

4th September 1863 - Huria Matenga braves stormy seas to rescue crew of the Delaware. Matenga swam out to the Delaware with a line after the ship ran aground off Pepin Island, Nelson. She became known as 'the Grace Darling of New Zealand' and a Nelson tugboat is named in her honour.

11th September 1877 - Birth of Rosika Schwimmer, Hungarian pacifist, suffrage leader, and a founder of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Campaign for World Government (1937). She was denied US citizenship in 1929 because she refused to pledge to bear arms in defense of the US.

13th September 1933 - Elizabeth McCombs elected as NZ's first woman MP.

19th September 1893 - NZ Women's suffrage day. After a number of attempts and petitions to Parliament, including one earlier in the year signed by 30,000 women, Governor Lord Glasgow signed the bill granting women the right to vote.


13th October 1975 - Whina Cooper-led land march, Te Ropu o te Matakite, reaches Parliament.

16th October 1936 - Jean Batten conquers the skies: first solo flight from the UK to NZ. Hine-o-te-Rangi (Daughter of the Skies) set a number of flying firsts for both sexes before conquering the UK-NZ route in 11 days, 45 minutes.

26th October 1942 - The Women Jurors Act (NZ) allows women to sit on judicial juries for first time.

31st October 1985 - The bone people: Keri Hulme becomes the first New Zealander to win the Booker Prize.


14 November 1917 - "Night of Terror" (USA) when suffragists were imprisoned and brutalized after picketing the White House, demanding the right to vote.

16 November 1916 - Margaret Sanger was arrested in Brownsville, NY, for operating a birth control clinic - the first in the US. She went on to found Planned Parenthood.

17 November - Feast of St. Hilda, patron saint of business and professional women.

25 November - Women’s Merrymaking Day celebrated in ancient times.

28 November - Day of St. Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom.

29th November 1893 - Elizabeth Yates elected mayor of Onehunga, first woman mayor in British empire.

30th November - Day of Mawu, African Creator Goddess


1 December 1955 - African American Seamstress and Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks refuses to obey a bus driver a relinquish her seat to a white passenger. Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history.

6th December - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Canada), in memory of the 1989 Montreal murder of 14 women murdered in an anti-woman hate crime.

30th December 1995 - Two women were killed in Brookline, MA, USA in just one in a series of anti-choice attacks on reproductive health clinics.

31st December New Year's Eve - Feast of Hestia, Goddess of the hearth fire.

Wicked!! I love getting involved in stuff like this:D