Inside My Mind #4

  • I don’t think I have mentioned on the blog yet that I saw Wicked. Well I did and it was kind of mind blowing. The story I already knew was great from reading the book but the show did an amazing job of adapting the rather complex plot and combining it with stunning sets and a generally incredible production. The two leads were nothing less than perfection, I wanted to go back and watch it again the next day. Unfortunately due to my lack of endless funds for seeing the same musical over and over again I have had to settle for reading the book (settle may be the wrong word, it’s a great book!) and simultaneously singing myself the songs. It isn’t the same. Definitely the best show I have been to and the songs have not stopped running through my head (I’m looking at you Defying Gravity…).

  • Speaking of songs I have only just cottoned on to the popularity of Haim and although I think they sound a bit 90s I kind of love their upbeat songs, perfect for doing dishes or singing along in the car. I may be the last person to finally listen to them, not that this is unusual.
  • It is only Tuesday but it feels like Friday. This week has been full on so far! But also kind of productive which is always good. Although 90% of the time I feel like I am still just doing this:

  • Tonight I made another chickpea salad (I think it may be time to admit I have a problem/obsession) to go with homemade meatballs. I am enjoying trying new meals so much and love experimenting with new ingredients! Unless I fail, then I wish I had just stuck to the standard pasta bake we all know and love.
  • I am super excited for Christmas (to the slight amusement/annoyance of most of my work colleagues) and have been going a little overboard on creating paper based Christmas decorations for the office (sorry trees!). If you are looking for some ideas for Christmas decorating go check out this amazing post by Maddy (I definitely benefited from her help!).
  • I am nearly out of my Lush Dream Dream and cannot live without it for more than a few hours so may have to buy a big tub. This stuff is the only cream my skin just seems to drink up quite happily without turning angry and vengeful.
  • I am reading like 4 books at once at the moment and not finishing any which isn’t working so well. Listening to Inferno by Dan Brown on audiobook is a lot of fun, I love the focus on Florence and art history (good to know my Arts degree would be useful for something even if it is just so I can feel proud when I understand references).
  • I desperate to make some Strawberries and Cream cupcakes using the beautiful new season strawberries available at the moment but I can never find the time ūüė¶
  • Speaking of baking and delicious things in general I am heading along to High Tea with Dragon’s cooking class focusing on Christmas gifts (edible ones of course) and I am very excited.
  • I never know how to end these so here is a fox gif. I spend a lot of time looking at these….totally not weird.

At least I think it is a fox. Whatever it is I want one

Made Me Smile! Foxes and Birthday Things

Hi All!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My made me smile monday’s have been a bit sparse recently and I considered just stopping but I really enjoy looking over my past week or two and some of the things that were positive. Especially in times that are a bit challenging I find this reflection very useful so they are here to stay but no guarantee they will be every Monday. Anyhow, here are some things that made me smile recently ūüôā

photo 1One night I got lost on Etsy under the key word Fox. I am always on a hunt for anything foxy and unfortunately this doesn’t happen very often. Until Etsy. Seriously, give me $100 and I will buy all the fox stuff I can! How cute is the baby hat? Do they make adult sizes? Argh, so cute!!!!

photo 2Callie has been especially lovely lately. The one upside to being unemployed and going through the joys (or not so much) of job hunting is having Callie with me when I need a cuddle break. And when she needs a cuddle she uses her legs.

photo 4Edd and I went to the Auckland Lantern Festival Saturday night at Albert Park. I got a couple of birthday treats, we ate some delicious food and saw some cool lighting stuff. But I have a little post with a whole heap of photos so for now I’ll just assure you that this was heaps of fun. Not necessarily just because of the festival itself ¬†but because it was a date with my husband!

Image (1)Sunday I turned 22 (yay me!) and although I was technically working looking after my two lovely brothers we had a wonderful lunch up in the Waitakeres at Elevation. Consumed far too much pizza (that was AMAZING) and enjoyed a stunning Auckland summer day. Then for my birthday evening Edd and I went to my Friends flat for a huge serving of handmade dumplings and a movie night of the¬†Labyrinth. Seriously though, how amazing/weird/terrifying/funny is that movie? I now understand why this movie totally weirded me out as a child…cause it’s awesome. Bowie in tights.

Here are some videos that made me smile this week:

The first one Edd sent me and it’s just a Lion giving the lady who rescued and raised him a giant hug. Sounds pretty average but click over, it makes me feel or warm and fuzzy inside!¬†youtu.be/6Xp7M0_hdUE

Then today Mum emailed me this video of 8 reasons why your cat is secretly a dog. Worth a look if you are a fan of cute cats or just a crazy cat lady like me: youtu.be/6Xp7M0_hdUE

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Oh yeah. Edd got me a Totoro hat from the Lantern festival. Winter come at me!

Other things that made me smile: hour long cardio workouts at the gym whilst watching lie detector results on Jeremy Kyle, watching new episodes of Parks and Recreation, getting through 4 loads of washing in one day, an 11 year old brother who is great at choosing out sweet little birthday jewelry¬†gifts, getting back in to blogging, new perfume from the husband (sorry I can’t stop calling him that now!), long long long emails with friends who desperately needed to be caught up with, the joy of buying multiple pairs of cheap sunglasses now I have contacts and eating healthy but delicious food.

What’s been making you smile?

Friday’s Letters: Life is Precious

 

Dear Fox Mug: You and me were meant to be! I hope you will enjoy the daily tea sessions you and I shall share in the future. Dear Neuroscience exam: You got me good. I stuffed up studywise and felt the ramifications in one of my most horrible exams to date. I just hope I wrote enough crap down to pass you and move on with my life. Dear Edd: Thanks for buying me an early¬†Christmas¬†present! My skin is gonna felt like silk with all these dead sea mineral salt scrubs and what not! Woo! Dear Mum: Thanks for letting me come down to Waiuku and spend the day opshopping to forget about the previous days terror of an exam. And thanks for not acting like I shoulda done better ūüôā Your constant support means the world. Dear Sister: I have so much love for you especially after you spent the day looking after me at blood tests and CT scans! Sometimes I forget you are the younger one, you are so calm and collected, quite unlike myself. Dear Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese Icing: Why you taste so good? Dear Nail Polish: I don”t know why but you are chipping a lot more than usual…Am I doing something wrong here? ¬†Dear Life: After hearing about a death at the University this week I am feeling so blessed to be alive. No matter the stress of Uni and horrible horrible exams I have a life full of people who love and support me and for that I am so thankful. I know not everyone is so lucky and I just hope people know there is help for those who need it. Life is precious and I hope I remember that for as long as I am lucky enough to be alive.

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