Monday, 30 April 2012

The Road not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 

  - Robert Frost

I love this poem :)

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Simple Sunday

So today I spent time with a good friend. We went to lunch, at Aqaba, then went for a wee shop. I didn't want to spend much (as I usually tend to do) and managed not to! I did get a really cool pastel purple shade of nail polish && some super cute $10 red sneakers. Pretty happy with that. The rest of my day was spent on an assignment...oh the joys of being a university student...!

Hopefully this week coming will be a goodie :)

Thursday, 26 April 2012


Yuss, second A for the week! Stoking right about now :)
This one was for the essay I wrote (and previously blogged about writing) about The Stepford Wives and its gender representation and ideologies. I found this essay easy to write, because I felt passionate about the subject matter. Hmmm....thinking I'm a feminist? Not the bra-burning, man-hating type though...just in some ideas and beliefs I have.

If you haven't seen the original Stepford Wives, I fully recommend it. Such a good movie, despite it being pretty old. And Joanna and Bobby have mean style. Here's the trailer..

And you can actually watch the whole movie on Youtube.
Watched a documentary called 'Color Adjustment' (yes I do know how to spell, that's just the true title) yesterday and discussed it in class today. Again, so interesting! The material in this paper is really making me think about important issues (this time how the media treats colour), and I'm absolutely loving it!
I think the media industry is definitely in my future...
hope y'all have had a brill day :)

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

A spot of craftiness

Har har hardy har so much for being more regular at blogging since I've started back at uni! Two factors have contributed to this slackness: an assignment due soon which is causing me a great deal of stress and being quite sick since Tuesday (not a cough and sore throat sick, actual vommy sick..ick). Feeling a bit better now, though still quite weak and headachey.

But anyho....I have a cousin that I've been writing to for over ten years now who always makes the most beautiful cards for me on birthdays and other special occasions. Because I don't consider myself to be a particularly crafty or creative person, I generally just buy cards to send to her. But this year I thought I'd give making cards a go. I made one for her birthday and also one for Jac's birthday and I was pretty pleased with how they turned out!
Here are my first attempts at the delicate art of card making...

This was the one I made for Jac (front view). It used 3 different kinds of textured paper, flower shaped sequins and some mesh.

This is the one I made for livi (front view), using 2 different kinds of paper, mesh and sequins. The base paper had a lovely home-made paper texture to it and the top paper had ferns indented into it.

While not the best, bear in mind it was my first attempt! haha. I think from now on I will make all cards, its fun :)

Monday, 23 April 2012

South Island Trip (part 2)


Got home 5am, got up 9am. Walked into the city with Jess, Jo, Rose and Jac for brunch (well, lunch really as it was midday by this point) at a little cafe called Capers. I had the most amazing field mushrooms on toasted herb foccacia. Delish! After a quick trip to the mall, we headed back to the flat, packed up and sat out in the sun (another beaut day!) eating Jaffas. Our ride then came, we said our goodbyes and hit the road back to Christchurch. That night we drove around the city to try and see the earthquake damage. We saw the Cashel Street container mall which was really cool, and some damaged buildings but couldn't see too much coz it was dark. Back at the mates place we watched a movie then crashed in the lounge.....dead to the world.


Said half asleep goodbyes to the mate we were staying with then got up, packed and sat outside in the glorious sunshine. Were picked up by my Auntie and Cousin (who I've been writing to for over ten years) who took us back to their place. We then saw the other cousins, took the dog for a walk to the local park, then went back for lunch. After lunch we played Dutch Blitz, the best card game everrrr. Then headed to airport and flew back to Welly, where our flatmate picked us up and drove us back to Palmy.

Done. Haha. This is quite skimmed but you can get the gist of the fabulous weekend that it was :)
Dunedin, Thanks so much for turning out great weather and great times during our weekend with you. Am now seriously contemplating moving down next year.

Back into uni now so should be blogging more regularly from this point onwards.

Friday, 20 April 2012

South Island Trip (part 1)

So am finally getting round to blogging about my trip down south, sorry about the delay!

I'll begin with Friday...
Got up at 6am (packed the night before), flatmate drove Jac and I to Wellington airport at 7:30am. Got to airport, had a mocha (yum) and muffin (horrid - had been heated to the point of inedible dryness and upon losing heat turned rock solid, ick). Caught our flight and an hour later we were in Christchurch! What a b-e-a-utiful city that is! Such gorgeous weather too. Got to our mates flat, dropped our bags off and went walkies to the nearby Westfield mall. Checked that out for a bit, had a smoooooooooooooothie then walked back to the flat to wait for the mate to get home from work. Not much later we left the garden city for our final destination: Dunedin!

4.5 hours and a subway dinner stop in Oamaru later, we arrived. Got out of the car and sheesh was it cold!! Put the puffer on straight away. Then finally got to the flat of two of my best and oldest friends. Went for a walk round Otago University (beaut! so flash!) then headed back home and stayed up chatting with friends and friends of friends until 1am. Was great. Had a mean sleep in the 'fort' that night :)

One of the beautiful Otago Uni buildings 

Got up late then headed into Dunedin town with Jess, Jo and Jac. Went for a tour of the Cadbury chocolate factory (got a goodie bag of chox && a sample of liquid chocolate *drool*). Then headed to the Botanical Gardens with lunch and sat in the sun enjoying nature, good food, great company and great conversation :) was grand. Also visited the aviary at the gardens but the parrot wouldn't talk to us. shame. Then headed back to the flat, got alc, got dressed up and settled in for a few drinks (which became more than a few for one in particular ;p but that's history now). This period from 8-12am included: beer pong, snap, many shots, second trip to liquor store, catching up with 2 old school friends, an American with something interesting in his pocket and a shoe-swap incident. Headed into Dunedin town after midnight which was pretty coool, was lots of fun dancing with J&J. Got home and crashed around 5am.

Stay tuned for part 2 :)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Sunday, 15 April 2012


Unintentional blogging hiatus. Sorry bout it. Have spent the first weekend of break between Palmy, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin! Had the most fabulous weekend. Will share more later, out to dinner with the flatties to Pompeii Pizza for birthday celebrations so will blog fully later! If you still read, thanks so much :) x

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Rough Day?

Every now and then you have a day which just sucks in every way. Everything seems to go wrong and you just want it to be over coz tomorrow can't possibly be as bad, right?
Next time you have a day like that, follow these steps to put a smile on your dial :D

Step 1: Be uplifted by this inspiring corgi cross stitch
Step 2: Be uplifted by this inspiring corgi cross stitch.

Step 2: Imagine you are this penguin
Step 4: Imagine you are this penguin.

Step 3: Be happy you aren't one of these people....
Step 8: Be happy that you aren't one of these people.

Step 4: Be happy you aren't these taco shells
Step 9: Be happy that these are not your taco shells.

Step 5: Look at this hedgehog wearing a tiny hat
 Step 13: Look at this hedgehog wearing a tiny hat.

And remember, I love you!! :)

Miss Austen

So today I finished and handed in my final assignment for this half of the semester. It was a 2000 word essay discussing the representation and ideologies relating to gender in the 1975 film The Stepford Wives (a movie exponentially better than its remake). To sum up my argument: the film critiques patriarchy and the ideology of female domesticity...blah blah suck.

Reading so much feminist rhetoric lately has actually been really interesting and has made me come to terms with my own views. Something that stuck out to me was a quote that I came across:
"Pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked" - Jane Austen (1817)
This stuck out to me not only because I love Jane Austen's works, but also because it shows how she had to contend with unrealistic media images even back in her time, and that she's not afraid to articulate how such images made her feel.
And on the subject of Jane Austen quotes....
"I believe I drank too much wine last night at Hurstbourne; I know not how else to account for the shaking of my hand to-day. You will kindly make allowance therefore for any indistinctness of writing, by attributing it to this venial error." - Jane Austen (1800)
^^ This quote of hers makes me laugh.
"My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company" - Jane Austen (1816)
Agreeeeeeeeed!! This quote makes me like her even morebet she woulda been a freakn cool chick. My theory is that Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice is based on Austen herself, as reading through her quotes gives a real impression of the type of person she was; witty, independent, headstrong (Just like Lizzie).

Thank you, Miss Austen, for your legacy. I admire you greatly.
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