Things I Love Thursday

Whoops, been a while since I managed one of these, life has been very hectic what with the whole moving cities thing. However today I have remembered that it is Thursday and I am gonna do this again, I hope you didn’t miss me too much.

I like lots of things about Auckland: It’s warm all the time and I can wear short shorts and tank tops and washing dries on the line within a couple of hours.

I like lots of things about being on holiday: sleeping, watching TV and movies, spending all my time with my girl, doing silly fun things like shopping, visiting Rainbow’s End, visiting people, going to comic shops, reading comics, taking naps. I can’t remember the last time I had more than two weeks off together and it’s so freaking good. Also our three day road trip up the country was awesome fun.

I love lots of things about living with Anna: snuggles, I get to see her all the time, cooking for her and having her cook for me, sharing movies with her and watching movies she likes, just getting used to being with her constantly and it’s awesome.

Rainbow’s End! I found the T Rex!


Honourable Mentions: sorting books into alphabetical order, eating candy and ice creams, fresh line dried sheets, chocolate milk, Nightwing comics, making awesome burger patties from scratch, Big Hero 6 and instax photos

Things I Love Thursday

milky way

Very long exposure shot of Milky Way from Chile by Nicholas Buer.



Anna and I went to Auckland Armageddon for Sunday afternoon. I had a lot of fun cosplaying with her as Cecil and Carlos from Welcome to Night Vale, and we were both very excited when people recognised who were being. I also had a lot of fun taking pictures of other cosplayers and perusing the booths, catching up with some of the Auckland people and so on. Plus, I got to see Richard Dean Anderson talk and that’s pretty magical.

Cat petting simulator of greatness. I mean, it’s really satisfying even though it’s just text.

Remembering xoxo

which links directly into….

Hank Green’s xoxo talk, Kill your dreams!! I know that doesn’t sound like a cheerful or inspiring talk but I found it incredibly cheerful and inspiring, give it a watch!

My car broke down this week, which isn’t at all a good thing but there are some good things I got from the whole experience. Such as, I learned more about how engines work, I discovered that there’s a number of people in Wellington on a Saturday night who are happy to offer to push your car if it breaks down, that my mechanic is pretty darn great and how to steer a car which is being towed. Thanks to Richard for the tow up the hill! It was terrifying XD

Also catching the bus means I’m noticing more flowers and blossoms and colour on the hillsides as I commute and that’s awesome.

I’ve been using ThinkUp which I learned about at xoxo. It harvests information from your social networking use and reports it back to you, such as highlighting if you’re swearing a lot, or talking about yourself all the time or not sending links out. It’s kind of a cute and limited way of being mindful about how you are presenting and what you want to be doing with your social networks. The creator of ThinkUp, Gina Trapani, suggested it was a way to make networking better and I think it is helping me with this.

Honourable Mentions: My mum is awesome and is making me a quilt, my dad is awesome and helped with the car engine, My darling girlfriend, snoozes, getting crafts done, sharing ice cream, good roleplaying experiences, cakes with friends in nice cafes, public holidays and making good decisions.

The Pierces’ new song ~ Creation

Things I Love Thursday

jennitalula harbour bridge

Summery days road tripping around Auckland.

Delicious food, look, my trip to Auckland was awesome for many reasons but the food was definitely a contributing factor. Denso at the chocolate boutique, dinner at Tanuki’s Cave, delicious breakfasts, fancy Ebisu dinner, ice cream. It was all good.

jennitalula sunflower

Gardening success in the sun room! I have blooming sunflowers and flowering swan plant, peas and the beans are trying to climb up all the other plants. The strawberry leaves are twice the size and there’s a heap of flowers there too.

Reading. I’ve been reading a bunch of great stuff lately, sadly a bit distractable and I’m technically part way through about 7 books, but the newest one I’m loving is called Why We Broke Up and it’s by Daniel Handler, who’s better known as Lemony Snicket. It apparently has a tie in tumblr, which is pretty awesome. (Heartbreaking and funny, like the book)

Honourable Mentions: Gelato, hot sunny days, catching a legendary bird pokemon, soft blankets, cake, hugs from friends and laughing.