Sunday, 31 July 2011

Winter ills

I am sick. Grr. I absolutely hate being sick, it's just awful. Feeling all stuffed up, constantly sneezing and coughing  and being hot then cold then hot again...and losing the voice. It is not fun.
But, despite feeling yuk, I had a great day today consisting of lunch and shopping with a friend I haven't seen in quite some time.

Am feeling the need for some cuteness to put me in a good mood so here we go:

This last one always makes me smile :) And I love how the first five look like polaroid  pics. Nawwww.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

I saw this post on this blog the other day and it inspired me to compile my own list of comforts; the things I turn to every now and then that are guaranteed to make me smile or provide me with a coat of warm fuzziness when I need it. Here it is: 

Food and Drink (most important first, right?!) 
My mum's carrot cake (what I always choose as my birthday cake)
That really pulpy 'freshly squeezed' orange juice
Grilled salmon fillets - my ultimate fav fish
A really good caramel slice
Curried Kumara soup and mum's homemade tomato soup...sooo good in winter
Those little white dinner rolls they have at the RSA and valentines. omnomnom.
Nuts & Bolts (a family thing)

1984 - George Orwelll
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
The Beach - Alex Garland
The Girl with the dragon tattoo series - Steig Larsson
Asterix comics!

Benny & Joon
500 days of Summer

John Mayer 
Adrian Lux - Teenage Crime
Bruno Mars - Just the way you are, Grenade, Marry you
Bryan Adams - Run to you, Heaven, Summer of '69, I do it for you
Foster the people - Pumped up kicks
Charles Aznavour
(I generally listen to more upbeat music, but these ones are my 'chilled' favourites)

TV Series 
Gilmore Girls
Flight of the Conchords

Watching a great movie or TV episode with my loved ones
Walks on the beach 
People watching (slash daydreaming)
Having a real deep conversation with a friend or family member

This is me :)

Monday, 25 July 2011

Well waddya know..!

Uni again today. Learnt about the manufactured elements of 'realism' in television crime dramas and the German Blitzkrieg. Not much else to say today other than that it was again cold, though sunny and bright at particular moments in the arvo. And I'm super excited for my favourite flattie to return to us tomorrow! She's coming back from a family holiday on the Gold Coast so will find the cold quite a change I believe.
A while ago I stumbled upon a website which posts one random fact every day in a cute, bright coloured picture. Today I will share some that I found particularly fascinating :)

Ants can survive falling from a skyscraper
Jackie Chan was in the womb for 12 months
By the time the average American child leaves school, they have seen 40,000 murders on T.V
4 dogs and a pig were saved from the titanic
Disney world is larger than 17 countries
Mount Everest has 3G coverage
Kissing is healthier than shaking hands
Every time an orange appears in 'The Godfather', someone dies

This site is clearly committed to the 'learn something everyday' idea :)

Old school love

Wow. Today was intensely cold. Down south there has been blankets of snow falling and though we didn't get any where I live, we certainly felt the chill in the air. I did notice we had hail at one point but missed out on the snow. Apparently the Napier-Taupo road was covered in snow. How cool! It's funny how snow in NZ is such a novelty. It's like some magical, once in a blue moon thing. The cold weather is not so fun, however, when one is at uni, as it makes walking to and from class rather unappealing. Hence why one stays in the library for most of the day. I found some cool pics today of some legends that we should all have heard of. They are so vintage. I love.

Andy Warhol + Alfred Hitchcock (love his cheeky smile)

The beautiful Audrey Hepburn

'Ol blue eyes

via thelittlefreakazoidthatcould
Paul Newman - wow

Gregory Peck

The old black and white pics are just beautiful don't you think? <3

Friday, 22 July 2011

Bed envy

I love bed. It's just lovely. I got a queen bed this year and am absolutely loving it. It's super comfy and spacious. Though I love my bed to pieces, I had bed envy (benvy?) when I saw these awesome bed pics...!
So cool!


Ok so the second to last one is more of a tent but is still just gorgeous. I wonder if I will dream of these tonight...hahaha irony.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Part VI

Welllllllllllllllllll finally have reached Saturday! Though this series has been long and drawn-out, the week up in hams was anything but. We again slept in on Saturday morning (needed sufficient zzz's for the long drive ahead) before getting all packed up and ready to go. The parentals then shouted Jess and I lunch and after that we said our au revoir's and left. The drive back was awesome. Jess and I had the meanest convos, one in particular was about the end of the world. Haha. We stopped briefly in Taupo to stretch the legs and get a drink. The drive went really fast and it was almost a shame to be back in Hawke's Bay. But alas, all good things come to an end. I tell ya though, it's so much more enjoyable having a buddy in the car on long drives :)

The well used back seat

Hamilton trip done. Now I can get back to normal blogging :) yay

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Part V

We have finally reached Friday. Slept in this morning (on account of the previous night's escapades) and took our sweet time getting ready and deciding what to do with ourselves. It was windy and chilly again but we ended up going to the Hamilton Gardens which was well worth it. They are amazing. Simply breathtaking. Even though I'm not really into gardening, I still enjoy visiting the place (have been twice before with the parentals). We planned to see as much of the gardens before going to a session of Water for Elephants. So we rushed through the themed gardens (Chinese Scholars, Japanese Contemplation, English Rose, Italian Renaissance, Indian Char Bagh, American Modernist) and what they call the productive collection (herb and vege etc). So we only ended up seeing half of the gardens before rushing off to the movies. This rushing off was, much to our disappointment, a complete waste of exertion as the session was cancelled (cinema maintenance....yadaya). Buuuut at least we didn't entirely miss the gardens :) Since it's winter, things aren't in bloom but it's still beautiful. I can only imagine how magnificent it will be in spring. If you haven't been, I definitely recommend a visit. Jess and I came to an agreement that the Italian garden is the best :)

Other than that, we made lasagna for dinner, followed by fruit pastry cream puffs for dessert and settled in to watch The Romantics, which we didn't enjoy much (my main motivation for choosing this movie was Josh Duhamel, oh so dreamy). A relatively early night followed.

About to start some serious contemplation in Japan

Amidst the Bamboo in China

Whilst in Asia we decided to head over to India...

Then headed over to Europe to visit Italy

Romulus and Remus in Italy

Jess in the Italian amphitheatre

Herbs - divided into culinary, medicinal, cosmetic and cooking 

Some bricks 

La La La Lasagna :) courtesy of Jess and Dale

This was another great day. It was nice to take a break from shopping and get outdoors.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Part IV

On Thursday of that amazing week we had planned to hit the Hamilton Gardens and the Zoo but, unfortunately, the weather did not co-operate. It was pouring down and pretty dang freezing so we decided to hit the last shopping centre we had planned to go to on Friday. Sooooo we headed along to the Base (massive shopping centre just out of Hamilton city with Dressmart, a mall and heapsa other shops). Spent all day there pretty much. Twas fun. Yet again spent too much though. grr.

That night we went to visit our very good friend Emma at her flat, went to a flat party with her then hit town. Town is pretty miiint in Hamilton. My fav place was a club called Agenda which played dub music, esp Skrillex. That sorta place would make a killing in Palmy! Oooooooh and on our way home (I was designated sober driver), I got my first breath test by a cop!! Woohoo. Seeing as I just got my licence like a week before, it was pretty exciting. lol. Some very crack-up moments that night. So yea, got home early Friday morning and slept in. But what we ended up doing on Friday is another post...............!!! Peace.

Shoe shopping

Yay bracelets :)

A very snap happy person

Jess taking a photo log of her purchases

After town..

P.S. Sorry haven't blogged for some time. Jess visited last weekend which was busy but again super. Aaaand now uni has started again! My how time flies.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Part III

Day Three
Aucks! The mothership drove us up to Auckland and dropped us off at Sylvia Park for another day of shopping. That mall is friggin huge. So yea, that's what we did. Shopped. Shopped. Shopped. It was great, though the bank balance certainly suffered. A highlight was lunch at the Theobroma Chocolate Lounge where we shared a panini (absolutely diiiiiiiiivine) and each got a hot drink which came in a cup above a candle to keep it hot! Was pricey but something you don't do often so is justified ;) My mocha was one of the best I've ever had. && when you near the end of the drink, there is actual melted chocolate at the bottom. So you're eating melted chocolate. It's amazing.

One of my favourite purchases of the day was Spaces by Frankie Magazine which showcases spaces where 'creative people live, work and play'. I'm slowly making my way through reading it now, savouring the whimsical, inspirational locations.

Ooooh and we went to dinner at Furnace back in Hamilton, which we only just got a table in. That was also super yummy. Jess had a chicken pasta dish and I had vegetarian cannelloni. We shared chocolate mousse and banoffee pie for dessert. A very busy and indulgent day :)
Enough talk, images are in order...

In the car on the way to Auckland

Sylvia Park

Our amazing drinks at Theobroma

On the train from Sylvia Park to Manurewa

Great purchase

Chicken Pasta at Furnace

Pumpkin cannelloni at Furnace

Chocolate Mousse at Furnace

Banoffee Pie at Furnace

Awesome day. Awesome memories.
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