24 February 2009

The Hammer is my Penis

Ahh... Dr Horrible (Joss is a genius, but we knew that already). Inspired by other people's glee at watching Dr Horrible's Sing-along blog for the first time, I watched it again on the weekend - hilarious (this post title is one of the best lines).

A quick round up: [NIN concert was incredible. We all had an awesome time; 'Hurt' took my breath away] [Weekend BBQ at Mel's parent's house- a bit of a catch-up for her visit home. Evette came with adorable 13 month old Jackson, and her pregnant self! Yes, number 2 is on the way, due September. She was also sporting her self-designed engagement ring, which is contemporary and completely 'Evette'!] [Dinner with the fam, and a showing of a 20 minute Spanish film directed and written by a Spanish guy staying with Mum & Dad. It was good - very thought-provoking] [Wine and nibbles at Mezze with Mel last night. 2 hours seemed to fly by. I had a lovely time and it made me realise what I've been missing. Come home for good soon Mel!!] [Movies tonight with Becs & Jo: 'He's Just Not That Into You'. I still remember giving the book as a joke to friends... I don't think I ever read it. Still, the cast looked good (for the movie). I didn't have high hopes. I was pleasantly surprised: it was cute and made me laugh. It was predictable and a total chick-flick, but I liked it. Probably not one that will stick in my mind however]

Phew! This Friday is my work's awards dinner. I have the dress, jewellery, shoes... need a bag. Getting my make-up done. Friend from work arranging my hair. Will be an interesting night I think (ed: practiced walking in my shoes last night. Ouch. 20 minutes and ouch, and most of that I was just standing... I think we'll be sitting most the time though. Please let us be sitting most the time).

On the note of 'work', had another go at emailing my boss into sending me on a trip to Canada. Not holding my breath, but I haven't given up yet (ed: D reminded me - I was talking to her a month or so ago about going to Canada for work as we were driving on the motorway... and a car with the number plate 'canada' went past. No shit. How's that for a sign?!).

Randomness:
  • Twitter, yes I have started to twitter. As far as social networking goes, I hate facebook, but I like having 140 characters on Twitter to say what I feel like saying. Each letter has to count. Plus no crazy applications or people I knew when I was 5 tracking me down! I've added an auto-twitter update to the sidebar (see, look, just to the right at the top there). Oh, IT have already blocked access to twitter at my work.
  • White Lies: 3 piece band from London. Sounding pretty darn cool; somewhere between The Killers and The Editors- I call this my happy place. Check out the track 'To Lose My Life' or 'Death' or 'Unfinished Business'... pretty much loving every track I get!
  • Oh Oh! How could I forget this. In our vending machine at work - new flavour of chips. Words almost escape me... I haven't tried them, but... 'Meat Pie and Tomato Sauce' flavour potato chips!!! Oh Bluebird, what have you done?! The catch phrase on the packet was something about being uniquely kiwi... I should reserve all opinion until a taste test.
  • I saw a white picket fence today. On one post was a red ribbon neatly tied. Then about 20 posts later there was another one... and around the corner, another (it was a big fence - at the Uni). It made me wonder who tied the ribbons? And why? It was random and cool.
  • Did I mention my desk got moved at work? I am now next to a different girl, at a different table. It's weird and not as fun as my old seat. Have the fun police cracked down on me??

Over and out. I'm a tired little teddy bear.

12 February 2009

There goes my chance...

Ryan and Mandy Moore are ENGAGED. Well, after the initial tears and heart-ache, I am happy for them.

Links:

http://justjared.buzznet.com/2009/02/11/mandy-moore-ryan-adams-engaged

http://perezhilton.com/2009-02-11-mandy-moore-ryan-adams-engaged



Aww, they do look cute together.

Cave Crashed?

Ok, I know I've been blogging A LOT about Ryan lately, but I can't help it, what with the new album, then the concert, then the engagement, and NOW with the disappearance (again) of the Cardinals blog.

Ryan has a history of deleting/moving his own blogs, but the last couple of days when I've tried to access the band's blog I've been brutaly rebuffed by internet explorer and its nasty error messages. I could see on the sidebar of this very blog that HIS blog had been updated but I couldn't get near!

I finally had a brain wave and looked at the last time google cached the page, and managed to see what the blog last looked like - and it looks like someone hacked it!! (see below) I'm pissed off!

Inglourious Basterds

The trailer for Quentin Tarantino's WWII film is out. It's going to be filled with buckets of blood me thinks (but then what else would we expect from him?!). Watch the trailer at Yahoo Movies (Yes, the title is spelt like that)

11 February 2009

Francesco Vezzoli's 'Greed'

Had to post this as it cracked me up. This is a faux perfume ad, poking fun at the hype new luxury products create. It's directed by Roman Polanski ands stars Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. Watch the 4 minute ad at Dazed Digital.

10 February 2009

Vampire Diaries

I friend forwarded me this link (great sarcy tone) http://www.aintitcool.com/node/40015 <--- why oh why couldn't they just do more Buffy or Angel?

Her Morning Elegance

This completely blew my mind. Thanks Angela!

07 February 2009

Coraline

Surprisingly, the animated film Coraline is getting some of the best reviews of the young year. "Is it premature to assign it classic status?" asks Carrie Rickey in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Tom Maurstad in the Dallas Morning News write that "sweet and creepy blend beautifully" in the film. "Coraline," he adds, "is the best kind of children's entertainment -- smartly told and deeply felt." Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune calls it "an adventurous movie with brains, personality, a look and a knack for inducing shivers." Peter Howell in the Toronto Star says that it "leaps off the screen, whether you see it in 3-D or not." And his fellow Torontonian, Jennie Punter, writes in the Globe and Mail that Coraline is "quite possibly the best 3-D movie ever made."

I finished reading the Neil Gaiman book yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it (its a shame it only takes a couple of hours to read, being a "kids" book - there are some surprisingly scary parts, esp for kids!). After seeing the preview I am really looking forward to watching the film - plus, awesome reviews so far! (voices by Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher).

Read the book and see the movie folks!

06 February 2009

Best Dinner of my life

I stumbled across this note I had typed - after my incredible dinner with D & Luke after their marriage (D keeps correcting me when I call it a wedding. The wedding is still to come). This is what the chef served us for his 6 course "Idea of the Moment" menu. Check out Kermadec here

(I suck at remembering wines - I just drink it! But for each course we were served matching wines)

Taste from the chef: Tuna sashami with garlic/mint peas on the side? (Not on the menu)
Wine: Champagne

1. Big Glory Bay Salmon Ballotine, Detroit red beetroot, horseradish and crème fraiche, toasted seaweed brioche $18.00
Wine: Pinot gris 2007 Gibbston Valley (maybe...)

*2. Ravioli of Crayfish, Sauté of whelks in absinthe, encrasse of fennel and licorice $22.00
Wine: (white...)

3. Butter Poached John Dory, ‘Sous Vide’ Rus el hanout, zucchini flower, freshly picked crab, and pine nut zephyr $38.00-with side salad
Wine: Chardonnay 2006 Craggy Range 'Gimblett Gravels'

4. Crisp-skin King Cole Duck, Braised whitlof, salt roasted Detroit red beetroot, grilled red plums, banyuls cinnamon jus $33.00-with side salad
Wine: Syrah 2005 Te Awa Syrah

5. Strawberry sorbet, with poached peach? (Not listed on their menu)
Wine: Rose

6. Nitro Raspberry Balloon, Basil pannacotta, macaroon crumble, orange cake, and pistachio espuma $19.00
Wine: (white...)

Cheese, crackers, fresh bread

Yes, we were very full after that, and it did take about 4 hours from start to finish. The BEST meal of my life. To date.

*I think this was my favourite dish.

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals 4 Feb 2009







01. I See Monsters (Love is Hell)
02. Two (Easy Tiger)
03. Everybody Knows (Easy Tiger)
04. Let it Ride (Cold Roses)
05. Fix it (Cardinology)
06. Come Pick Me Up (Heartbreaker)
07. *Grand Island (?) (Neal Casal on lead vocal)
08. Beautiful Sorta (Cold Roses)
09. When the Stars Go Blue (Gold)
10. Oh Sweet Carolina (Heartbreaker)
11. *Freeway to the Canyon (Neal Casal on lead vocal, off his album All Directons)
12. Rescue Blues (Gold)
13. Oh My God, Whatever etc (Easy Tiger)
14. Wonderwall (Love is Hell)
15. Born into the Light (Cardinology)
16. Mockingbirdsing (Cold Roses)
17. Evergreen (Cardinology)
18. Goodnight Rose (Easy Tiger)
19. Easy Plateau (Cold Roses)
20. Bartering Line (Heartbreaker)

05 February 2009

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Reviews

Yes, I am still going on about this! All today some of my toes are still numb from standing/dancing all night. And it was worth every numb tingle.

Reviews of the Auckland and Wellington shows

If you do ANYTHING today WATCH this Close Up interview with Ryan Adams (NZ TV One). Its a fab interview, then he sings 'Fix It' accompanied by just his piano. Brilliant.

I can die now

Because I just went to the best concert of my life. Ryan Adams was incredible. I am swaying between being speechless and ranting like a crazy drunk persom (I'm not drunk).

I will post the playlist and some crappy phone-photos tomorrow (whoops, later today!). Now its a shower, and Cardinal-music-fueled-dreams. Oh, did I mention Ryan Adams and the Cardinals were INCREDIBLE??! Even better than the first time I saw them (OMG they jammed out to a 10 minute-odd version of 'Wonderwall') *swoons in bliss again*

03 February 2009

More Catch-up

A shorter catch-up than the last post I promise :)

Auckland Anniversary Weekend
(23rd Jan) I had a wonderful long weekend at Waipu Cove (I was so taken with the beach and the weather that I sent some of you an email from my Crackberry. I’m such a geek! It’s not exactly like getting a postcard from Malta, but the thought was there).

We stayed at a house that was unfortunately *right next to* the owners!! We still managed to have a great time: BBQs, vodka jelly, singing, trivial pursuit pop culture edition, cheesy games (including that one where you start a story, fold over the top and pass it to the next person. Hilarity ensued!), lounging on the beach etc.

It was great to be out of Auckland after being back at work for 2 weeks (such a jarring experience after the xmas/new years break).

Random Awesomeness Worth a Comment

  • Amazon purchase: ‘Dr Horrible’s Sing-along blog’ DVD. 42 glorious, hilarious minutes of sing-along fun. Joss is a genius. He’s done it again.
  • Sexy Mother Pucker lipglosses. Thanks to Yanna I am now a fully fledged addict to these fabulous glosses. Just my luck they are not available in NZ, so I have to hit up my “dealer”. By a stroke of luck I found 2 unopened glosses on TradeMe (bless!) – I promptly won the auction and then basked in tingling-lipgloss-sensation.
  • Robot Chicken. Legend. Rent the DVDs.
  • My new mix tape, coming your way soon. Yes, it is a piece of random awesomeness if I do say so myself.
  • Ryan Adams. Ryan LIVE!! TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

No No No

I. Put your MP3 player on shuffle.
II. For each question below, press the next button to get your answer.
III. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
IV. Tag at least 6 friends who might enjoy doing this.

1. IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
Sprout and the Bean (Joanna Newsom)

2. WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Your Love Gets Sweeter (Finlay Quaye) [Awww]

3. WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
That Time (Regina Spektor) [Naughty!]

4. HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
For the Widows in Paradise; For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti (Sufjan Stevens) [Sad]

5. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Happy Together (The Turtles) [Sweet]

6. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Diesel Power (The Prodigy) [heh]

7. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
The World at Large (Modest Mouse) [hmm]

8. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?
God Bless the Child (Billie Holiday) [Awww]

9. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Its Alright Baby (Komeda)

10. WHAT IS 2+2?
Love Song (Tori Amos)

11. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Beat it (Fall Out Boy feat. John Mayer) [LMAO!]

12. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
I am a Stranger (The Welcome Wagon)

13. WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Your Protector (Fleet Foxes)

14. WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Hounds of Love (The Futureheads)

15. WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Blonde on Blonde (Nada Surf)

16. WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Dancing Choose (TV on the Radio)

17. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
The Mirror Conspiracy (Thievery Corporation)

18. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Don't Think of me (Dido) [Strange!]

19. WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN
Hyperpower! (Nine Inch Nails) [LOL!]

20. HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Waving Flags (British Sea Power) [Could be worse]

21. DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
She's Evil (Guillemots) [LMAO!!]

22. IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Diabolic Scheme (The Hives) [LOL!]

23. WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Staring at the sun (Alaska in Winter) [Yes, that would hurt!]

24. WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS
No No No (The Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

Its funny how some answers worked perfectly, some answers would've been perfect for the question above or below, and other answers were totally random. I don't think I'm going to let my gigabeat dictate my future... not yet anyways :)

02 February 2009

Catch-up (and a marriage!)

It has been so long since I actually wrote something about me (it’s alllllll about me). Prepare yourself for a long-winded summary of the last couple of months, complete with random interjection! I’m going to start with Xmas Eve...

Wednesday 24th December
I worked a half day on Xmas eve (technically it was a normal day, but reception was leaving at 1pm... I got a ride home with another girl around 12. C’est la vie!).

Once home, I had to finish packing for Omaha (yes, Xmas in Omaha, NZ, NOT Omaha, USA as my CHCH-challenged friend wondered!). Mum, Dad, Rich and I squeezed into one car (with all the luggage, food etc). Thankfully, it only took an hour and a bit to get there.

Aunty Jan, Uncle Gary and Caitlin were already there. The house was incredible (or should I say “houses”). It’s hard to describe, but I will try: there was a main house and a smaller ‘guest’ house to the side. A large wooden deck joined them together.

The guest house was a 2 storey box. On the bottom was Caitlin and my room; we had 2 single beds, bedside table, a nook with 2 chairs and a coffee table, and our own bathroom. The windows all down one side folded open onto the adjoining wooden deck. The other wall backed onto the staircase up to the second level. Jan and Gary had that – king-sized room, small balcony, and their own bathroom.

The main house had a large open living area that contained the kitchen (worthy of a TV cooking show, complete with walk-in pantry room with its own dishwashing machine and sink! It was as big as my bathroom at home), dining table (seated 10), and lounge suites/TV with sky/DVD player. The windows/doors down one side all opened onto the deck. Off that was another bathroom, and upstairs was a double bed (Mum and Dad). Richard got the fold-out couch (short-straw I think!).

Incredible. Not your typical holiday home (everything was supplied, and a house-keeper comes at the end and washes all the sheets, cleans etc).

Needless to say my Xmas present from Mum and Dad was them paying for my stay! (Although Mum did give me a 4 leaf clover for my Pandora bracelet).

I should be able to find the web-listing for the property itself, so you can see it in all its glory (darn not thinking of that earlier... wordy descriptions bite me!):

Omaha Holiday Home

No shots of inside the house, which is a shame, but you can see the separate area and the deck joining them together.

Thursday 25th December
We lazed about, and then congregated in the living area to open presents. I was Santa (better not say I have a resemblance!).

Rich cooked us a gourmet champagne brunch and we had a fab xmas dinner (bbq, salads, my favourite potato, followed by pavlova etc). We spent the times in between lounging about.

I taught Caitlin the card game ‘Bastard’ (I may have renamed it for her... I can’t remember), so a group of us often ended up playing that for hours on end.

Friday 26th December
(No comment on my Boxing Day – let’s just say that for all my time in Omaha it was a combination of: walking on the beach, drinking, eating, reading, and playing cards).

New Years Eve
Seriously doesn’t deserve its own heading! Mum and Dad came over for food, wine, trivial pursuit pop culture edition (ed: I rock at this game, except the sport questions... seriously, ‘Sport’ is not pop culture... really, come on!), a DVD (we managed to watch ‘Horton Hears a Who’... how DID that happen?! Funny film though), and the fireworks – we have a perfect view to Sky City. In bed just after midnight. Yes, I am a Nana. I’m working on changing that to ‘crazy cat lady’, but only have one cat so far. I fail.

Back in Auckland...
Movies: I saw ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, which was ok. I’ve not seen the original and had noooo intention of going to the movies to see this... But, I managed to screw up the session time for ‘Quantum of Solace’. This was the only other choice. Keanu and Jennifer were good in it. (ed: did end up seeing the new Bond. I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the lack of gadgetry. I feel it was a great sequel... almost like a 1.5 if ‘Casino Royale’ was 1.)
I also saw ‘Benjamin Button’ with Mum and Dad; enjoyed it a lot. Had to try and keep the tears back at a couple of points. It definitely has a Forrest-Gump-ness about it.

I also spent my days:
1. Reading (Iron kissed / Patricia Briggs, The camel bookmobile / Masha Hamilton, Gene / Stel Pavlou, Savage grace : the true story of fatal relations in a rich and famous American family / Natalie Robins and Steven M. L. Aronson, and The Spellman files / Lisa Lutz). Note: Currently reading the sequel to The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans – I recommend them both; like Bridget Jones crossed with Dirty Harry.
2. Watching – I caught up on too many to even remember (a few: In Bruges, Burn After Reading, Mummy 3, The Bank Job, Heroes Season 1 and 2, the rest of Dexter Season 3, 30 Rock Season 2, Tropic Thunder, Big Love Season 2...)
3. Lunch with Nalisha: my friend from Uni, who is over from London for a couple of weeks
4. Dinner with Jo and Becs
5. Haircut and highlights (same as usual; now my hair is a little lighter in colour and in weight!)
6. Dione and Luke’s Marriage*
7. Morning at the zoo with Mum and Dad and Rich – lots of fun walking around. Had to dodge many a child though. I couldn’t help but wonder that half the kids running around belonged behind bars like the animals...

*Dione and Luke’s Marriage
Their move to Qatar had been on the cards for months. It almost happened once, then didn’t, so when the process started again I thought it might just fade-out again. But, Luke did some phone interviews, then his company flew him out for meetings for a week... and he got the job. Dione has since also received a job offer at the same company!

The marriage needed to happen so that they could live together. So, Friday 9th January at the registry office it was; just D, Luke, Wesley, and myself.

After the signing of the papers we went up Mt Eden for Moet, cheese and crackers. Then it was off to Kermadec for the most incredible food of my life. D & L wanted to do ‘Idea of the Moment’ 6 course dinner, with matching wines. So from 7-11pm we were in taste-sensation-heaven!

We taxied back to their place for a glass of port (not like we needed more alcohol!). It was a fabulous day; really special.

Below is a mini montage of the day :)