December 31, 2008
Normally i'm one of the people saying 'oh, new year's, it's so overrated'. This year i wasn't expecting terribly much.
Today, the first day of the year, i got out of bed three times and went back to bed twice.
Eventually i had a shower and decided to wear my pjs all day.
I ate breakfast at 2.30pm.
Last night i was surrounded by old friends, some new ones, and had the absolute time of my life. We talked, we danced, we drank.
Hence the difficulty with getting out of bed and eating on the first day of the year.
Thanks to all those who have been reading over the past year. You're all wonderful, and I hope the New Year brings you plenty of fun, and lots of crafting goodness.
So welcome, welcome 2009: i'm ready for ya.
December 30, 2008
December 29, 2008
December 23, 2008
What with my brain needing some stimulus due to the no work thing, i finally went to a place that sold the Listener on a Monday and bought it. Usually i don't see it til Sunday when there really is not much point.
But what a cracker this week's is!
The editorial is fantastic. It opens: 'Since when has genuine happiness been dependant on money?' I like it. My year, as previously mentioned, has been full of challenges. Lots of them were not so good, and seem to overshadow all the fantastic challenges. But at the end of it, I am happy. Maybe next post can be about all the good things from this year. hmm, could be a long one.
Then there was yesterday's Dom Post article in the World section about young women in Asia (if i remember right) not being allowed to go to school in favour of their brothers. Goodness, that makes me sad. Typically, i can't find it on the Dom Post website. What does that say? It was almost a whole page article, and yet it isn't important enough to make it to their site. Boo.
Oh, also in the Listener is a fascinating piece about Jane Austen. I came across this
a few days ago and meant to link to it through here, but the lovely Louise beat me to it.
While watching trashy Christmas tv i'm working my way through fetching in the wonderful, wonderful, lush alpaca silk i bought from South Seas Knitting. Though i think i should get in the habit of actually counting - i'm onto glove number two and am struggling to get the number of rows between cables the same. woops.
Right, so that was a whole lot of randomness. Merry Christmas everyone, i'll try and keep up with the very regular posting in the New Year - but can't guarantee i'll be sober enough until oh, about January 3.
December 21, 2008
December 19, 2008
December 18, 2008
December 16, 2008
December 15, 2008
let me try and grab just a few thoughts dashing around my head...
December 14, 2008
December 13, 2008
December 12, 2008
right, so clearly this life of leisure has not resulted in an increase in blog posts. So i shall do the WHOLE two past weeks of my life via bullet-pointing:
- i turned 25. i rather like the number, and hope it will be better than 24
- i fell UP the stairs at my party and got an awesome bruise on my knee
- one of my old friends who had just got back from the UK came to my party (yay!)
- i sat in the sunshine
- i started going to spinning classes (as in biking). they're amazing.
- i completed an entire game of indoor netball without feeling remotely puffed, just hot.
- i sewed
- i burned my finger on a bowl i was taking out of the microwave. Said bowl says 'microwave safe' on its bottom. my ass
- i went out and got fabulously drunk with the awesome people from the Wellingtonista. They are cool.
- i sold the car (yuss! more life of leisureness for me)
- i had the best cupcake ever from Tempt at Smith the Grocer
- i missed out on the last of the cheap one way tickets to london so am stuck here til march still. i was hoping to change it to beginning of feb. oh well
- i got addicted to Parliament TV. like a crack whore, only with politics
- i was in a car accident. i banged my head, got a bruise on my arm, climbed out of my dad's car and people stood around looking at me to make it all better. for once, just for once, i wanted not to be the person who takes control of a situation. but i did, and turning around to see the brother of a good friend right next me when i needed someone, and giving him a giant hug, somehow got me through the waiting for police bit. There are several parts i distinctly remember - like staring at this other person heading straight for me and knowing that there was no way of avoiding IT from happening. For legal reasons i probably shouldn't say more. i'm a safe driver is probably the best way of putting it.
November 26, 2008
November 23, 2008
1 pregnant flatmate. 1 very unpregnant leaseholder flatmate. 2 other flatmates. Only leaseholder flatmate, apparently, knows how to clean, and has been doing so for the past week, to compensate for distinct lack of cleaning activity over past 4 months.
1 pregnant flatmate sends text to newly unemployed leaseholder flatmate (me) at the unholy hour of 7.30am this morning. To say:
um, want to talk to you as i've put my name down for a flat in case baby comes early. I've put your name down as referee. (what??!). Said i can move in a month, but would like to talk to you about it.
ok...have a minor stress and then to think happy problem-resolving thoughts.
I shall talk to my landlord and see if we can get out of the lease 5 weeks early (hopefully they will be understanding, and it will save me some rent).
Right, ok, can deal with that.
I spend the day pleasantly, watching Grey's Anatomy, knitting, walking to Lyall Bay for coffee and then sewing.
Hi this blah blah from blah blah property management. [Pregnant flatmate] said i could call you as she's put her name down for a flat.
so, what is she like as a tenant?
oh, she's ok. I don't have any problems with her. (semi-true. she's a nice person most of the time)
So how would you say she is on the clean and tidy front?
oh, she's fine. i don't have any problems with her (She has left hair dye all over the bathroom which has stained the new lino, and i have seen her wipe a bench. once. i just threw out two bags of mouldy mouldy bread so green you couldn't tell it was bread any longer)
And um, how about paying rent?
oh, she's fine, i've never had any problems with her (again! missed her very first rent payment when she moved in, and completely forgot to do it again last week)
November 20, 2008
November 17, 2008
November 16, 2008
November 14, 2008
November 9, 2008
Whew. That was mad. Still is, in an end-of-school, it's almost Christmas, don't have a job much longer sort of way.
- I don't drink coffee. I now have a two-a-day habit. My little walk across the road to Green Land below the Ministry for the Environment building is a little ray of sunshine. They are awesome. Try their afghans.
- I am going to run every day now i have the time. I am slightly more round post-campaign and none too happy about it
- I love voting.
- I love sleeping.
- I finally got my socialising groove back. I know some pretty damn cool people, and am so lucky to get to hang out with them.
- I'm sad to be back at my flat and no longer have the daily company of my family (hi mum!), who fed me and gave me a bed to sleep in for the last two weeks, and then put up with grumpy me on sunday morning.
- I love taking photos and am determined to carry my camera everywhere with me from now on.
- I think a nation is measured by the way it treats its most vulnerable. And i'm concerned the new government won't treat them so well. But good luck to them. I'll be back in 2.5 years to help win the next campaign.
September 19, 2008
- black and white photography
- fluro pink nail polish
- knee high socks
- borrowing cds from the library
- my friends
- watching endless episodes of Grey's Anatomy
- the new World Sweet World mag
- and right now...being me.
September 3, 2008
I have a little song, it goes like this:
August 30, 2008
August 28, 2008
- a mini bottle of fluro pink nail polish (finally!)
- black wool suiting
- silver shot metallic fabric
- black shot metallic fabric
- a pattern from burdastyle (free!)
- Black Seeds
- a 21st (my sister's, ohhh i feel...young!)
- a giddy excitement about designing and sewing one of my creations...so very excited!
August 23, 2008
- A sewing room that is bathed in sunlight
- A vegetable patch
August 19, 2008
August 16, 2008
August 14, 2008
August 13, 2008
August 12, 2008
August 8, 2008
August 4, 2008
I had a crappy weekend. I felt crappy. Not sick, just really super tired. And then I couldn't sleep at night. boo hoo.
July 31, 2008
July 29, 2008
that's right, I was going to post.
July 18, 2008
July 16, 2008
July 15, 2008
July 12, 2008
Happy: Wandering around the waterfront for hours in the sunshine. Knitting in public. People-watching. Taking photos
July 11, 2008
July 10, 2008
July 8, 2008
- What has made me happy: Eating spag bol for dinner, my carefully planned day going swimmingly (v tiring tho. whew.), and looking forward to knitting this evening with a hot water bottle and then an early night.
- Created: so far nothing, except a good dinner. Soon i shall have created some stitches. yay.
- Done for someone else: ummm...a tad stuck on that one. oh yep, it's in my head - i went out of my way for someone. Was at work so can't be too specific...
- treat: a decent dinner, and making myself walk out of the office at a reasonable time when i could quite easily have stayed much longer. it will still be there tomorrow.
- No grump: one of the flatties left their bedroom light on, so i very nicely asked them to turn it off, and then explained, again very nicely, that i was a little concerned about what our next powerbill will look like. He then raved about how nice and toasty warm his room his and that he hasn't needed a heater so far at all. ahhh that makes me feel better. Still curious about the cause of last month's mega bill tho...
- What has made me happy today: I am feeling the effects of three glasses of wine, hoki bites and apple berry pie with low fat icecream for dinner.
- What I have created today: a full and well rounded day for my boss tomorrow, oh and a great mix cd for this evening's work drinks
- One thing i have done for someone else today: i sent a love...pdf. mail wasn't fast enough!
- One thing i have done to treat myself today: i ate pudding for dinner - which i kind of guessed i would do so treated myself to a kebab with green things in it to make up for the fact i haven't been eating very well lately. One actually cannot operate very well on marmite toast alone (even if it is vogels)
- One thing i stopped myself from getting grumpy about: tomorrow wasn't working out so well, so i walked away, came back to it and found a solution. yahoo!
July 7, 2008
I have been one grumpy girl of late. Life has been lame. Or at least, my perspective on life has been pretty crap.
So, no more Mr Grumpy Tash. Today is a new day, and even my horoscope says it is so:
You have a very passionate period in store for you, dear Sagittarius, and today is the first day of this kind of renewal in your life. The fire that is burning inside you will melt the ice you have on the outside. All that warmth will make you want to come out of your shell and to share those feelings with others that you are so used to hiding under your stern personality. But that's just a facade you tend to put on with other people. (thanks MSN)
Hmm, stern, yeah that sounds about right. Part of this ice melting stuff, is daily posts on here where I must note the following:
1. What has made me happy today
2. what I have created today
3. One thing I have done for someone else today
4. One thing I have done to treat myself today
5. One thing I stopped myself from getting grumpy about
Five is a good number I think … it is one of my favourites after all. I think I also need to stop putting so much pressure on myself to be ‘doing’ all the time. I need to stop and think more, and also let myself relax. I can’t remember the last time I allowed myself to spend a few hours reading. Knitting is all well and good because I feel like I am doing something, but it means I haven’t read a whole book in over a year. And I love reading.
As it is still early in the day I don’t think I quite have enough material to do my list just yet. But I feel better already. Black Seeds on the radio helps!