Things I Love Thursday

It’s been a while since I linked to something of Tim’s, but he’s still brilliant. The two secret rules of life.

I made an Optimism playlist on Grooveshark. I like it, you might too?

I am on Pinterest! I think I get how it works. Maybe. Kind of. Check me out!

Last week the lovely Ellen suggested that she and I perform a song as a surprise for Sam at her 10 year vow renewal on Saturday night. The song was We Are Stars by the Pierces and I agreed immediately and then agreed to do the full lead part. It was fun, listening to it on repeat and learning the words and then practising with Ellen and Jon on the guitar.

Here’s the original song, because I’m not entirely certain I want the video of us performing online for everyone to see…

Honourable Mentions: Fresh new notebooks, making lists, posting things, wandering around furniture stores and dreaming, Christmas is just around the corner! OMG I have to get my advent calendar sorted for this year. That moment after a massage when they say you’re done and you get up and crack all the last knots out of your back and neck, strawberry margaritas, sunshine and sparkling water and Wellington going crazy with the Hobbit premier.

Things I Love Thursday

I love Downton Abbey, even though it regularly puts my heart through the wringer. I love Mary and I love Cora and Daisy and Carson and well, all of them, let’s be honest. It’s lovely and I have very much enjoyed watching it with Bryn and Chelle.

Best of the Best whiskey tasting, Sophie got us tickets and we managed to sit at a table with some lovely Weta people. I got to drink some fantastic whiskey, talk with some friendly people, and chatted with an older gentleman in the line about haggis and neeps (sp?) and Scotland. And of course I tried my first bit of haggis and it was delicious.

The pirates and hookers larp was pretty fun, but I’m mostly just pleased with how cute I look in these photos XD

The weather is warming up! I wore just a T shirt and no merino layer! I’ve worn dresses this week, it’s amazing. Warmer weather and sun give me so much more energy, I love it.

Honourable Mentions: crafting, the universe working things out for me, Korean snacks, people who get me, turkey dinner, cheese and crackers, T shirts and chocolate.

A beautiful, dark, loving and ultimately optimistic song that I have been listening to quite a lot:

Rain don’t change the sun. Jealous is the night when the morning comes, but it always comes.”

Things I Love Saturday

I’ve had a really busy week, but I didn’t want it to stop me doing a thankful list.

On Saturday last week I saw The Pierces, Temper Trap and Coldplay live in concert. It was amazing.

Seeing The Pierces was really a dream come true and they played some of my favourite songs to top it off. Also they put me onto Glorious which I hadn’t particularly listened to before. They were beautiful and interesting to watch and just… lovely. It was a dream.

I’ve seen Coldplay before, but they’ve really ramped things up in their newest tour. The Mylo Xyloto tour is (I’m pretty sure) about a dark future/other planet where colour is banned, so the music is a rebellion against that. We were giving wrist bands at the gate, and when we took our seats there were messages saying “put your wristbands on, they’re part of the show”. When Coldplay took the stage (after “99 problems” and then the theme from Back to the Future announced them) everyone’s wristbands lit up different colours, all over the stadium. Firewords and a light show and the music and the lights from the wristbands, it took my breath away it was so beautiful.

It was a fantastic concert, it really was, and Cat was a brilliant concert buddy to have by my side.

I took a long weekend, Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon, and stayed on my own in the Quest Parnell. It was a lovely, relaxing place and being on my own with nothing much to do, I was forced to relax. It was lovely, almost cleansing. I’d recommend it to anyone, and I’ll definitely be doing it again some time.

Craft projects and getting things done. This comes up a lot I know, but it really is satisfying. Especially when I’ve been thinking about projects I can make to give to people for Christmas, thereby saving money and hopefully it will be appreciated ❤

Honourable Mentions: sleeping in, drinks with friends, laughing until I cry, music old and new, watching Downton Abbey, fresh baked cookies, surprise late birthday presents, hand made chocolates, sharing a good book, reading something inspirational at exactly the right time (Love and Sequins is resonating with me right now), finishing a notebook and dreams for the future.

My current musical obsession: