- Saw Gravity on the weekend and it was almost as good as the hype made it out to be. Glad I saw it in 3D because that stuff was INTENSE. In other news I have no cravings to see space. I’m good down here thanks.
- I am still obsessed with Pure Heroine by Lorde. Still hasn’t replaced Alt-J’s Awesome Wave as my favourite album of the year so far but is a gorgeous album and I don’t see myself taking it off repeat anytime soon (sorry Edd!)
- Speaking of Lorde if you like Zelda you may like this cover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgOfR-M5l4c&feature=youtu.be
- I finally got myself an audio book so I can multitask at the gym yay! About to start Inferno by Dan Brown tonight and I am quite excited,
- My lips are super dry thanks to this change in seasons. I have like ten different chapsticks and none seem to be helping. Also my Lush lip scrub dried up and I have no good quality oil to add to it. Life could be worse.
- Also! I went into Lush yesterday and got their Full of Grace facial serum and although it wasn’t cheap so far I am loving it!
- I did way too much baking on Thursday night and I think I am stil catching up on sleep. I need to stop volunteering for everything, its getting a bit ridiculous.
- I really want to do the Colour Run next year but have no one to do it with!
- Everyone at work hates that “What does the fox say” song but I kind of love it (any song about foxes is my kind of song) and enjoy getting it stuck in their heads whenever possible. I’m annoying.
- People should not give me iPod chargers. We don’t go well together and they end up broken in the strangest ways. I don’t even know how many I have now destroyed.
- I still don’t really get Snapchat but slowly using it more and more.
- I need to cancel my SampleBar but I also want to use my Glam points (I have quite a lot) and as soon as you cancel you lose them. I should just buy something random so I can end this relationship and buy a Mac lipstick instead.
- Last weekend we went to the zoo and Edd took some amazing photos. I’m not jealous, just angry that he is so much better than me (but not really cause this way he can be stuck behind the camera while I do other things).
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Dear Tilly: Thank you for your kisses. Thank you for forcing us to go on beautiful walks throughout Auckland. Thank you for your unconditional love for the family. Thank you for your amazing personality and dog like charm. I hope you are somewhere happy and safe. I’m sorry you had to leave this world so early. Dear Work: I am not excited to do my first Saturday shift and six day week. At all. Dear Edd: Thank you for spoiling me this week. And for understanding my foul mood after a crappy week even though I shouldn’t take it out on you. Also I don’t know how you made the kitchen look like normal again but you did and it was awesome…until I had another round of baking. Dear Burger Fuel: Stop being so tempting and such a short drive away. Dangerous. Dear Customers: I know sometimes you feel like screaming/swearing/crying/complaining at me but there is only so much I can take (apparently) before I break down at work (rather embarrassingly). Just be a little more organized and we wouldn’t have this problem. Dear Books: WHY MUST YOU BE SO SAD? Dear Ruby Woo: You are almost certainly the most beautiful red lipstick I have had the pleasure of owning. Welcome to the my little lipstick
horde collection Dear Sunday: A sleep in awaits and then a day with no plans (which is the best kind of day). Dear Lizzy: Keep on going through each week as it comes. Embrace the challenges and learn from the new. Crying is ok and sometimes imperative so just let it out every now and again. At the end of the week a Chanel perfume makes things feel (or smell) a lot better.
1. Light a candle and meditate (I am terrible at real meditation but trying is still relaxing. Thinking of nothing is really hard!).
2. Face masks. Usually hydrating ones, especially at this time of the year. Forces me to sit for ten minutes and chill.
3. Bake cupcakes, bake cookies, bake brownies. Just bake. With some music that I can sing along terribly to.
4. Paint my nails. I do this 3 times a week and love taking an hour out of my day to take care of my nails with a manicure whilst watching YouTube videos in the background.
5. Take a really long, hot shower. If I could I would take a bath with a bunch of Lush products but being in my current
cupboard flat a shower is the next best thing.
6. Drink tea. This is another common occurrence but having a big pot of herbal tea when I come home after work instantly calms me down and makes me feel more relaxed.
7. Clean…I can’t be the only one who stress cleans right? I don’t know why the only time I enjoy cleaning is when I am stressed but I find it very effective to offload with a bunch of cleaning products, a free weekend and some noisy music.
8. Read. The one thing I have always done since I can remember to relax and escape from the real world was read fiction. It still remains he easiest way for me to escape reality and remove myself from the stresses of daily life.
9. Exercise. It doesn’t have to be anything intense, anything from a session at the local gym to a long, slow walk through he neighbourhood at dusk rejuvenates me and is especially good for settling my sleep patterns.
10. Cat cuddles. Even if Callie isn’t willing I can usually coax her into a brief cuddle session and nothing works better than some feline love. Thanks Callie xx
How do you relax and unwind after a stressful day?
Dear Body: Please pull yourself together. I simply do not have the time or energy for being sick. If I start treating you a little better can you please behave and not be so difficult? That would be really cool… Dear Electricity: I forget how much I need you and then we spend a whole night without power…that was fun. Thank god for all the random candles around the place that I keep buying and never using. Dear Callie: In this freezing weather your 5am cuddles are only slightly annoying and mainly just warm and comforting. Carry on. Also I am glad your meow has magically returned…that was weird. Dear $3 beers: You make it extremely hard to stay sensible at work drinks. Dear Edd: Your lemon and honey’s are the best. This is why I married you. (Okay so there may have been a couple other reasons as well). Still not sure why you married me though haha. Dear Amazing Race: Thanks for making my day off work slightly less unpleasant. I was sad when my favorite team left though Dear My Kitchen Rules: Speaking of reality tv, what the heck am I to do when your grand finale finishes on Monday and I am left with no tv show to make the first three days of the week slightly bearable? You can’t take over our TVs for what feels like a year and then just up and leave…seems a little selfish if you ask me. Dear Strawberry Pavlova: You are rather delicious. Welcome to the tea family. Dear Auckland: Sometimes I forget how lovely this little big city really is. I must make more of effort to truly explore and enjoy you. However your random cold snap was a bit of a shock to the system…a bit of warning is all I ask for.
Dear Family: Thank you all for coming to my graduation and celebrating with me 4 years of stress and tears that resulted in my two degrees. The day would have meant nothing without the people there beside me, especially as I couldn’t have got through it without any of you. Thankyou for making me reach high and work hard to achieve goals. Dear Callie: Thankyou for the constant cuddles that have helped me through stressful university all nighters, repeated rejections from jobs, sleepless nights and the freezing cold that has now joined us. I love your fluffy butt more than you could understand (also more than most others think is normal…). Dear Sister: Happy birthday for Sunday you crazy, beautiful soul. Don’t ever lose the generosity, passion and stubbornness that makes you such a strong, independent woman. I am blessed to have you as a sister.Dear Cupcakes: I love you and all but after two nights if late-night baking I kind of never want to see another cupcake again….I think I just need some space. Dear Work: This may not be the most interesting or amazing job but I’m really enjoying it and the team I work with makes every day very bearable and even fun at times (gasp!). It’s nice to not dread coming to wok each day. Dear Soy Chai Latte: Ahh we return to our love affair now that winter approaches. I still wish you had caffeine…then you would be the perfect drink.
So here is my last late post for April, phew! I’ve been settling into the new job (which is exhausting) and I also had my graduation yesterday so life is a little chaotic haha. Here are a few random things that kept me occupied last month.
This app has been a favourite for a while now so I thought I should mention it on here. This free iPhone/iPad app is a great way to make lists for pretty much everything….which in case you didn’t know I love to do! Nice interface and just a generally awesome way to create lists and keep life organised (or just slightly less chaotic in my case).
I am not proud of my addiction to reality tv shows…but that doesn’t change the fact that they often are the highlight of my week. Survivor is my second favourite reality tv show and I have watched pretty much every season (not something I am particularly proud of guys…). Although I feel like this current season (fans vs favourites) isn’t a particularly strong one I am still enjoying every episode and will
die cry when it soon finishes.
3. Whittaker’s Peanut Butter Chocolate
Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my favourite things so this heavenly bar of amazingness did not surprise me by being incredible. Seriously delicious and a must try for those lucky enough to have access to this awesome NZ chocolate company.
4. My Kitchen Rules
In case more evidence is needed for my insane attachment to Reality TV the highlight of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is this Australian cooking show. It’s entertaining, relaxing and a fun way to begin the week. This feels like it has been on for forever so who knows how. Will file when it eventually comes to an end.
5. Twinings Blackcurrent, Ginseng and Vanilla tea
The best thing about this cool autumn weather is the chance to drown myself in various herbal teas, and last month I tried this fruity flavour. I don’t notice the ginseng/vanilla very much as the blackcurrent is pretty strong but I do enjoy the warmth of the flavours when. Get home from work. Inexpensive too which always helps when you drink tea as much as I do!
That’s it for April, Have a magical May!!
So it is Monday (groan, sigh, grumble) and time for a Made me smile post with a few nice things from the last couple of weeks that brightened my days!
Last weekend Edd and I took Mr 5 and Mr 11 to the Coca Cola Easter Show (I preferred when it was called the Royal Easter Show just FYI). There were lots of farm animals (obviously), some incredibly overpriced rides, delicious burgers, circus acts involving 5 motorbikes and a metal ball (I KID YOU NOT) and enough candy floss to keep Mr 5 wired till the next evening. It was expensive but it was fun!
On the long Easter Weekend I also got to catchup with Mum and Co. down in Waiuku and together we watched the entire season of Auckland Daze (which if you are in NZ you should go checkout all the episodes right here!). It was hilarious. We also had an amazing vegetable lasagna which I plan to recreate in the near future and blog about. We also caught up with the In-laws for a pizza night! So all in all a pretty great weekend.
Although the sun is still shining, Summer has definitely moved on leaving a pretty cold chill in her place. This called for new pyjamas which also functioned for a PJ birthday party (which was as mature as it sounds). Callie approves of their cuddly warmth and cute owls, I just though all of you would like to know.
These bowls of delicious candy were just one part of a very enjoyable night with two friends, watching a movie with lollies, pizza and lots of laughs. Have I mentioned how much I love coke bottle lollies? I love them.
The movie we watched was this little gem that I had never heard of before. Robot and Frank is a sweet and unique little movie about a retired cat-burgular with worsening dementia who reluctantly gains the company and assistance of a rather charming robot, Robot. Together they get back into planning one big heist. The ending was the only thing that annoyed me about this movie, it felt unfinished or not thought through enough for such a thoughtful and sensitive film. Funny and sad and worth a watch!
Babysitting Mr 5 and Mr 11 called for making a delicious dinner of homemade wedges and pizza. Edd and I had pizza packed with vegies and ham whilst the kids piled on pineapple, ham and cheese on to theirs. It was a fun evening cooking with them and Mr 5 kept trying to sneak ingredients off the other pizza for his own.
Another movie I watched and Loved this week was My Neighbour Totoro. Might be my favorite Studio Ghibli film but its hard to choose between this, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Ponyo I love them all! And cat bus is probably my favorite, can I have one??
Last up I will leave you with the most recent unlikely animal friendship, kindly sent to me by Edd!
So March came and went and my favorite posts were no-where to be seen! Don’t fret for they shall still be shared with you (hopefully before the end of April haha). Here is the first; my three favorite albums for this month. There is some great music in here and if you haven’t already listened to these definitely check them out.
#1: 500 Days of Summer Soundtrack
So 500 Days of Summer is one of my all time favorite movies ever and Edd and I watch it over and over, at least once a year, because we adore everything about it. I’ll try and avoid ranting about the movie itself except to say that music plays a big role in the movie thus it came as no surprise when both Edd and I loved the soundtrack that attempted to bring together the two character’s eclectic music tastes. The collection included so many songs that are big BIG favorites of Edd and I which was surprising but awesome. This came out of my music blackhole for our honeymoon road trip up North and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. A great collection of songs ranging from brit-pop to folk that successfully captures the movies emotions, characters and key moments.
Songs you should listen to: Us by Regina Spektor (probably my favorite Spektor song ever), There is a light that never goes out by The Smiths (this is a song Edd and I have always loved so of course we were ecstatic to see it in the movie), Quelqu’un M’a Dit by Carla Bruni (another old favorite) and Here comes your man by Meghan Smith (Don’t prefer it to the original but still an amazing song).
#2: The Lumineers
This American folk band came to my attention after seeing it all over spotify and I decided to give the album a listen and was enthralled for the entire time. If I had to choose one favorite for this month this would be it and I see the album being a steady listen for a long time to come. Their music is simple and rustic falling under the roots revival that is going on at the moment. The songs aren’t hidden in complicated music but thrives in the simple instrumentation and emotional vocals. I love this album and really recommend it if you are a fan of acoustic, rustic folk music, amazing vocals and beautiful lyrics.
Songs you should listen to: Flowers in Your Hair, Submarines, Ho Hey and Stubborn Love
#3: Passenger – All the little lights
I kept seeing this British singer/songwriter being talked about on Twitter and so eventually I went and downloaded the album on Spotify to listen to in the car. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all but I really enjoyed this album and had it on repeat for about a week (sorry Edd!). I guess this album falls under folk/pop/indie singer songwriter but the album and sound is so unique it’s hard to categorize. The vocals remind me of Ed Sheeren but there’s something even better and more charming that I adore. The songs and lyrics are beautiful and Mike’s amazing vocals don’t hide any emotion at all. I love this kind of album that feels personal with instrumentation that compliment his lyrics and lead you through the album.
Songs you should listen to: Things that stop you dreaming, All the little lights, The Wrong Direction, Holes,
Go listen to some music and let me know what has been occupying your ears this month!
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