29 September 2006

It started with a sneeze

Ok, I've been slack again about posting - but I do have sickness as an excuse. Last week I was completely wiped out; a whole week off work with what the doctor said was a "virus" i.e. the doctor can't actually do anything to make things better... and the bill is just as expensive! I am feeling much better now though - not 100%, but pretty much recovered. It was a strange feeling; coming out of the fever I felt such... gratitude!! Suddenly I was myself again, not some feverish ranting insane person! I was nowhere near death's door (as far as I know??!), but it was a wake-up call; another "sign" in my life - you know, time for changes etc etc... I even wrote to my friend in the UK - I hadn't contacted her for months and was feeling terrible about it, but I was also so unsure after how things seemed to be left between us (when I flew home). I mailed that off on Monday. Now I just have to wait
for a response. I sure do miss her.

Other than being sick, I've been up to a few other things since I last posted:

  • I resigned!!! What a feeling that was! My last day is Tuesday 10 October, and I start my new job Monday 16 October
  • Managed to watch up to Season 4 of Northern Exposure on DVD
  • Borrowed and watched Season 1 of Deadwood - waaaaay different to what I thought it was going to be, but I believe I'll continue watching
  • Rented and watched: Inside Man, Derailed, Ultraviolet, Bloodryne and Slither.
  • Finished putting all my UK and Italy photos into lovely albums
  • Attended my youngest brother's 21st - his actually b'day was in July, but my rented a club and organised it all for September. It went REALLY
  • Had my hair done - a few highlights for the impending summer. I like the results a lot!

And you know? That is pretty much it! I've managed to catch up with friends too - I'm off to my first BBQ of the season at a friend's house tonight too. I just can't wait until I have found a new place to live - one that isn't a million miles from all my friends (and I don't drive!).

24 August 2006

Pete wins BB 7 UK!

Ok, so I hate reality TV. I admit to getting addicted to the first 'Temptation Island', but I can't stand 'Survivor' etc... However, when I was staying with my friends in the UK 'Big Brother 7' was on, and EVERYONE seemed to watch it... so I did too. And... yip, got addicted. It was the people and well... Pete! Putting someone with Tourette's Syndrome on the show was an ingenious move. Yeah, that sounds harsh etc, but its true - he was brilliant to watch!! He was a funny guy regardless of all the "wankers" he threw in. I know he was the favourite to win, but I am still uber happy he did!! You never know how these shows will turn out, especially with all the twists and turns in this series - everything from the house next door, Susie and her winning golden ticket, Aislyene coming back into the BB house, and Nikki getting voted back IN to the house...

I headed back home July, but have used this website every so-often to keep track of the wackiness: http://bigbrother.digitalspy.co.uk/

Anyways, snaps to Pete, who is now 100,000 pounds richer and a whole-heap-of-famous!

10 August 2006

Lovelife on hold

There is a boy. I met him over a year ago now. In fact, I had to really think to answer that. Then it came to me: I met him on the weekend of my friend's birthday. Actually, I briefly met him on the occasion of another friend's birthday, but that was just in passing. This meeting was a whole weekend. After that weekend, there were other get-togethers with friends and he'd be there... At this point I should add he is a friend's brother (just another slight complication for me to consider). We got on/get on really well. Lots in common... But lots that isn't. Still, the attraction must be there because we tend to flirt like crazy - usually after our first drink or so.

Initially I was oblivious I was even flirting - I was just "kidding around". Then people started saying "You two get on well, don't you??!!" and "Are you two a couple?" etc. Then there were a couple of incidents that led beyond flirting. Of course neither of us talk about what's going on. He certainly isn't pursuing me. But then I'm not chasing him either. The problem is not only do I not know what he wants, I don't know what I want. I am scared it will be a case of: wanting something when I don't have it... Then not wanting it when I've got it. (I could be wrong though!)

I don't do relationships... I've never had a proper one. I guess that scares me. And with regards to him, he's been married and is now separated. I think of him though; christ, I'm writing this about him! I just don't know if he thinks about me! Some friends say I should just go for it. They remind me that he is rather shy and is used to the girl making the move. I'm not adverse to making the first moves - as far as things go, I've made a lot of first moves. I just don't know if I want to be the one to start something *real*. It's like I want that responsibility to rest with him! My morbid thinking is, at least if/when I screw things up, at least it was him that started it! I want some sign from him that he isn't just 'going with the flow' where I'm concerned.

Don't get me wrong, he is such a sweet, caring, kind, strong guy. But I don't want to be the commanding force all the time, and he is used to domineering women. It may be stupid, but I want to be pursued. And I am tired of mixed-messages. I was planning on asking him to come out with us on Friday night (if, as per previous entry I do indeed head out for some cocktails and dancing). If all goes according to the past, then I'll end up with him, and I'll still be in this messy-head-space the next day... Except it will be messier! Perhaps I go out and enjoy things without him there... No doubt I'll end up texting him at some point *sigh*.

Ok, enough of this drivel/dribble. I'm more than pathetic.
But that is the story of the boy.

09 August 2006

Miyazaki

I just love the film Howl's Moving Castle! I can just watch it and rewatch it like no other Miyazaki et al film. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy all of the Studio Ghibli films, but there is something about HMC that gets me every time!

Which reminds me, I borrowed 'The Cat Returns' off my friends in Christchurch and watched that in the weekend. I watched it with my Mum and we both really enjoyed it - I think we found talking cats a lot funnier than was necessary, but we had been drinking wine... Still, really cute movie *smiles*

12 July 2006

One of a kind festival

Ok, this just plain weirded me out... but I like their style - sweet!

http://www.prestonidaho.org/ndevents.htm

PS: A Big YAY for The Yeah Yeah Yeahs concert tonight - I am soooo excited!

10 July 2006

July 10th

1886 Eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys famous pink & white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces (North Island, New Zealand).
1890 Wyoming became the 44th state of the USA.
1965 Rolling Stones score their first #1, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction".
1985 Explosion sinks Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour.
1989 Mel Blanc, the “man of a thousand voices,” including such cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig, died in Los Angeles.
1998 "Lethal Weapon 4" premiered, garnering $34.05 box-office bucks its opening weekend.

I can't believe I have reached another birthday! Not only that, but that my 5 week international holiday is over, and I am back at work, in the winter! My first day back at work and its my birthday! On the upside, Wendy from work decorated my whole office with streamers, glittery coloured stars (they are tiny and EVERYWHERE - the cleaners are going to go nuts!), and smiley faced balloons :)

I had lunch at my fav Thai place, where my Aunty gave me a gorgeous bouquet of roses, which alerted our waitress (and owner of the place) that it was my birthday - so she brought out a fab piece of choc cake, with icecream and cream and choc sauce all over it, with a candle! Sooo sweet :)

I'm looking forward to an early night tonight - I am whacked!!! But I've had a lovely day despite being back at work.

09 July 2006

London trip, June 2006

Here is a brief list of my likes/dislikes during my month in London June this year.

Thumbs up:
-The London Underground; the tube. A million times better than public transport in Auckland, NZ. My Oyster card became an important apendage.
-The London Eye (though its overpriced).
-"B@1" a chain of cocktail bars that have a FAB happy hour (2 for 1).
-Dough balls, from Pizza Express. Who would have thought that little balls of pizza dough, dipped in a galic butter could be soooo good! I was unhealthily excited when I found out that Salisbury's sold them in the frozen foods section also.
-The (new) Globe.
-Kew Gardens, which were just beautiful.
-The weather while I was there. Only one day of rain and the heat wave kindly waited until just as I was leaving the country.
-Concerts in Hyde Park, namely 'Massive Attack'... No words can describe...
-Camden markets on a Sunday. I was in Emily the Strange heaven, though I didn't buy anything. Still, great shops and stalls.
-Tower of London.
-Forbidden Planet, such an awesome "cult" store, with everything from comics to Little Britain talking mugs. I ended up there 2 or 3 times during my stay.
-Thames River cruise.
-Banana fritters at 'The Banana Leaf' Thai restaurant in Clapham somewhere... The fritters were just divine! The Pad Thai Gai was a bit of a letdown though.
-Paperchase, a brilliant stationary store. I notice that there matching stationary is now appearing in Borders though, so I will not have to miss gazing at matching pens/cases/bags/writing paper/folders etc! -
-Squirrels and Foxes; darn cute!

Thumbs down:
-The tubes at rush hour, in the heat, packed like sardines in a can... Oh the horror!
-Tube delays due to "a body under a train"... disturbing and sad. Locals are jaded to the horror of it and a body becomes a pain in the neck because their train will now be late.
-Madame Tussards. Ok, so it was fine, but a little disappointing. The ride through history thing was pretty cool though. But, in the end, if hadn't gone, I wouldn't be too upset. On that note I did skip going to the London Dungeon.
-The people on the corner trying to sell 'Big Issue' magazine. Honestly, there seemed to be someone on every corner. It was very disturbing.
-Exchange Rate NZ$ to £ gets a special mention because it was CRAP while I was there. £1 = $3. In some cases I refused to submitt (like at one place they wanted £7 for ONE cocktail - that's NZ$21!). Admittedly, this is not London's fault. I am merely whinging.
-Oxford Street, which I found overrated. Friends pointed out to me that for Londoners Oxford street is brilliant for shopping as every store you could want is there - and sometimes its there 3 times! I enjoyed Covent Garden shopping much more.

07 July 2006

Italy trip, June 2006

I adored Italy!!! Since I was little I've always wanted to go - I am not sure what even started my obsession, but what followed was 10 years of Italy Calendars before I made it to the actual country! What follows is just a summary really:

Over one week we travelled via train from Milan to Verona to Venice to Bologna to Florence to Pisa to Rome.

Favourite City: Venice - Everything was more beautiful than I could imagine! I felt like a different person there; I just can't describe how incredible my experience there was and how happy I was to be there.
Least Favourite: Bologna - only because we didn't do much there, and I could have done with more time in Florence and Rome. I owe Bologna another visit though, as I know I didn't do its sites justice.
Most Lost: Florence - I don't know how I did it... I had a map and Il Duomo as a guiding landmark, but I got so lost that I felt like crying; it was hot, I had nothing to drink, and no end was in site. However, I ended up finding a gallery and a public palace to visit (I wouldn't have visited them if I hadn't been lost!).
Most Stairs Climbed: Florence - 500 at Il Duomo, followed closely up 300 odd at the La Torre di Pisa.
Most Walking: Florence, Rome, and Milan - all very close as we didn't use any public transport while in the cities.
Most Expensive Meal: €42 for 2 cokes and 2 pastas at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan. We couldn't exactly afford to shop in the Galleria, so we foolishly settled on eating there. It turns out if you are rich enough to shop at Prada and Gucci, then you don't even flutter an eye-lid at paying NZ$84 for something that actually had the value of around NZ$15. We had a very small and cheap dinner that night to compensate!
Most Purchases: Venice - ahhh the markets! I bought most of my gifts for people there, and then though I was very restrained, I still had trouble zipping up my bag.
Most Impressive: I don't even know where to begin! The Sistine Chapel, St Peters Cathedral, the Colosseum - and that's just Rome! I was forever in awe :)

I am going to add more as it comes to me. I know for sure that I will be going back to Italy; back to the same cities, as well as to others that I missed out on.

27 June 2006

London calling

Hello from London! I can't believe I've been here for 3 weeks already - and that I've had a whole week in Italy! I'm having an incredible time here. I don't want to go back to work and study!!

So far in London I've been to:
- London Tower Bridge
- The Tower of London
- Harrods
- Covent Garden
- Piccardilly Circus
- Buckingham Palace
- Hyde Park
- Oxford Street
- Wesminister Abbey
- Kew Gardens
- Thames River Cruise
- London Eye
- Camden Markets

I've also managed to get to:
- Bath

And I've seen:
- Foxes
- Squirrels

In Italy I got to go to:
- Milan
- Verona
- Venice
- Bologna
- Florence
- Pisa
- Rome

Still to go:
- Madame Tussauds
- The Globe Theatre
- St Paul's
- Tate Gallery
- San Francisco

18 May 2006

16 days to go...

My holiday is getting closer and closer! I can hardly believe it... I must go buy a suitcase!

Today I had my haircut - nothing major or different, just tidier and a little shorter.

I have a job interview tomorrow at 1pm *yikes* I'm not too nervous presently, but as the interview time draws nearer I am sure I'll start to freak! Still, its all about opportunitites - I'm not turning this one away until they interview me and say: "sorry you aren't right for the job"! Nothing to lose and all that jazz...

As for last Friday - there were card-games and drunk people and fights and hugs and kisses and other stuff. But I am still completely at a loss on where I stand with M. Since Friday, I've had dinner with Melissa, lunch with Evette, and splitted most of my guts to Veronica at work. But weirdly enough, the thing that has had the most impact on me is part of my horoscope today! I read them for fun sometimes, but this part just takes the cake:

"...You may be somewhat overwhelmed by a lack of clarity about a friend or lover, but don't succumb to the temptation to grasp at just anything for stability. Find your security from within before asking anything of others."

It's not often a random piece of advice attributed to my star sign is sooooo spot on!! It's darn uncanny to tell the truth. Any-who, I'm not some sudden convert to the whole 'don't-do-anything-without-consulting-the-psychic', its just that this rang true with me - plus it was so random - I wasn't even trying to read my star sign - it just happened to be on my goggle homepage...

I saw Mission Impossible III last night - what a hoot! It was a lot of fun; really entertaining, and it was just what I needed after a stressful day at work. I have to say it was just a tad bit on the soppy side in some parts, but the action made up for it.

18 April 2006

Over Easter

Easter has come and gone for another year. The long weekend was bliss! I spent it doing pretty much nothing. I watched a hell of a lot of TV, as I had Sky digital at my disposal - the highlight would be 'The Straight Story', which was showing on Rialto movie channel. The lowlight... well, that would be me sitting in front of back-to-back-to-back episodes of 'The Gastineau Girls' on E!. God, if they're pathetic, what does that make me (sitting there watching them)??!!!

It turns out I am family-less until this Friday! No-one actually told me that... I was under the impression they'd be back today... Also, there is so no catfood left! Typical *sigh*. Get this: I'm going to be a single twenty-something gal, walking from the bus, in the rain (its real gloomy and wet here today), juggling my huge work tote, an umbrella, and a bag full of catfood... I can just see me the same scenario in another twenty-something years - the cat lady!!

06 April 2006

03 April 2006

Ninja Biscuits

...Or so says the calendar for April ("Ninji Biscuits: Unfortunately some crumbs have fallen reminding them of their frailty in the face of time", by Edward Monkton). It's incredible to think that I leave for my 5 weeks holiday in 8 weeks!! Insanity!!
I had a fabulously huge talk with Sarah in the weekend re: Holiday - now we are not only going to see Death Cab For Cutie, but also Massive Attack!!! *Does the Dance of Joy*. Sarah, you rule!!
And I arrived at work today to find some confirmation emails waiting for me - one for my San Francisco accommodation, and the other for a 9 hour tour I am doing around Carmel/Monterey in an SUV! Excitment galore :)
I'm also slowly thinking out Italy, and it seems Sarah and I will be doing that via train. It's getting to the point when I can hardly stop thinking about being overseas on holiday, which makes getting any work done very hard!

21 March 2006

For Your Consideration

OMG - excited! I came across this upcoming movie just now!! Not only all the brilliant favourites, but with the addition of Ricky Gervais : For Your Consideration

20 March 2006

More Hoff

13 March 2006

Champagne from a paper cup

OK, so my exciting news was that I have finally paid for my flights and travel insurance! So, my trip is now that just a theory. It's all very exciting :)

I arrive in London June 4th, and leave for San Francisco July 4th! Plus Sarah already has bought us tickets to see Death Cab for Cutie in London!!! Yay :D

14 February 2006

16 January 2006

Travel Plans

Just call me crazy or whatever, because I have made The Decision...
Just to backtrack a second, I've had a lot on my mind about what 2006 will bring, or more what I could make happen in 2006.

So, The Decision entails this:

+ I am travelling to London for ONE MONTH; June - July 2006.
+ I am moving back HOME in a few weeks until my trip.
+ I will have to take some leave without pay.
+ When I return in early July I will be starting at least ONE new Masters paper.

By August I will hopefully be back on my feet and will have found a NEW place to live, either by myself or with others (I can't really plan this far ahead, cos who knows what will happen!).
Anyways, that is the general idea.

So far I have looked at airfares, tours in and around London, as well as a few over to Paris etc...

Excited much??!!

11 January 2006

Movie Wish List #6

The Jacket
Thumbsucker
Casanova
Mad Hot Ballroom
Night Watch
Brokeback Mountain
Walk The Line
Nanny McPhee
Just Like Heaven
Jarhead
A History of Violence
Aeon Flux
Syriana

The Producers
Capote
Proof

01 January 2006

2005... Noooo, 2006!!



Another year over! I can't believe it. 5 concerts, 51 books, and 56 movies later...2005 was an eventful year for sure. 2 more Masters papers complete. My first year in my new job. My best friend leaving for the UK... It's been a hard year.
Now, New Years Eve... drinks and gourmet nibbles at my Aunty's party - fully catered, complete with barman! I tell ya, he was one handy guy to have around - my glass never seemed empty!! The highlights of the evening included: vodka cranberry shots, tiny mushrooms stuffed with spinach, all the fairy lights decorated around the outdoor area, and my Uncle who was a hoot and a half (and a little drunk)!
Melissa, Richard and I left there and headed to the apartment of one of his friends. We spent the countdown there - mainly low key, but lots of fun. I think we ended up having about 3 or 4 separate countdowns!
From there we hit the town, checking out the waterfront, which was jumping... but all the clubs/bars seemed lame (or expensive to get into!). After a wander around, the munches struck! One mince pie later, plus some McDs and I was tucked up alone in bed (around 4am).
I did however get some interesting text messages from a certain someone, which urged me to join him at a club... then at a house... then at MY house. I did not see him though, and he did not turn up at my place... Nor have I heard from him since aforementioned text messages *sigh*
Anyway, I've not made any New Years resolutions yet... well, I tend to try and make goals as opposed to resolutions. I certainly have a lot to think about.
Happy New Year!!

Books Read [2006]

50 books read, 2006

06 Jan: Elegance, by Kathleen Tessaro
17 Jan: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, by J R R Tolkien
30 Jan: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by J R R Tolkien
07 Feb: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, by J R R Tolkien
09 Feb: Dead to the World, by Charlaine Harris
14 Feb: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, by Kim Harrison
22 Feb: Every Which Way But Dead, by Kim Harrison
26 Feb: The Pact, by Jodi Picoult
07 March: Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
19 March: The Magician's Nephew. by C.S. Lewis
25 March: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
25 March: The Horse and his Boy, by C.S. Lewis
26 March: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J K Rowling
03 April: Love in Shades of Grey, by Glynne MacLean
05 April: The Wire in the Blood, by Val McDermid
10 April: The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
11 April: The Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella
14 April: City of Masks, by Daniel Hecht
19 April: The Burning Girl, by Mark Billingham
01 May: The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
20 June: Vroom with a View, by Peter Moore
25 June: Sleepy-head, by Mark Billingham
26 June: The Lost Art of Keeping Secret, by Eva Rice
02 July: Deception Point, by Dan Brown
03 July: Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown
03 July: Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown
09 July: Be Careful for what you wish for, by Alexandra Potter
09 July: Micah, by Laurell K Hamilton
15 July: Vince and Joy, by Lisa Jewell
22 July: We Need to Talk ABout Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
28 July: The Tenth Circle, by Jodi Picoult
06 Aug: American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
13 Aug: The Vanishing Man, by Jeffery Deaver
15 Aug: After the Quake, by Haruki Murakami
02 Sep: Indiana Gothic, by Pope Brock
03 Sep: The Virgin Suicides, by Eugene Jeffries
04 Sep: Danse Macabre, by Laurell K Hamilton
25 Sep: Howl's Moving Castle, by Dianna Wynne Jones
26 Sep: Weekend in Paris, by Robyn Sisman
01 Oct: Behind the Scenes at the Museum, by Kate Atkinson
03 Oct: Odd One Out, by Lissa Evans
06 Oct: Eleven Hours, by Paullina Simons
07 Oct: Derailed, by James Siegel
09 Oct: Friend of the Family, by Lisa Jewell

And in no particular order:
How to Breathe Under Water, by Julie Orringer
Turning Angel, by Greg Isles
Where the Heart Is, by Billie Letts
Gangster, by Lorenzo Carcatera

Concerts Rocked [2006]

20 Jan: The Big Day Out @ Ericsson Stadium [ link ]
Artists include: The White Stripes, Iggy & The Stooges, Franz Ferdinand, Kings of Leon, Henry Rollins, The Magic Numbers, Shihad...

23 Jun: O2 Wireless Festival presents: Massive Attack @ Hyde park [ link ]
Artists include: Metric, Gnarls Barkley, Pharrell, The Flaming Lips, and MASSIVE ATTACK

28 Jun: Death Cab For Cutie @ Brixton Academy [ link ]

12 Jul: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ St James [ link ]
(Could I ask for a cooler birthday present than tickets to see The YYYs?!)

24 Nov: U2 @ Ericsson Stadium [ link ]

Movies Seen [2006]

23 movies seen, 2006

04 Jan: Rumour Has It
09 Jan: The Family Stone
10 Jan: Happy Endings
23 Jan: Nanny McPhee
09 Feb: Thumbsucker
17 Feb: Night Watch
01 Mar: Walk the Line
10 Mar: Yes
16 Mar: Underworld: Evolution
24 April: The Sentinel
27 April: A History of Violence
03 May: Look Both Ways
10 May: Sione's Wedding
17 May: Mission Impossible III
09 Aug: Confetti
04 Sep: Pirates of the Carribbean 2
05 Sep: As It Is In Heaven
06 Oct: Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont
09 Oct: Thank you for Smoking
31 Oct: Friends with Money
08 Nov: Little Miss Sunshine
10 Dec: Flushed Away
23 Dec: The Holiday