Things I Love Thursday

America! La Brea tar pits were amazing, seeing real famous art, squirrels, shopping in Santa Monica, DISNEYLAND, Seatle, Portland, food carts, Target, Powell’s City of Books, diners and chilling with Sophie. It was a great time!

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XOXO was amazing. I met a whole lot of amazing people, I had my head exploded, expanded, pieced together and wrung out in all the best ways. I’m stuffed full of motivation and sparking with ideas for new ways to create and get my stuff out. Pretty great actually.

Spring! Okay so it turns out I was really ready to come home and that the sight of all the blossoms, daffodils, and pretty sunshiney weather has made me feel really happy about the seasons changing. Really looking forward to Summer.

Being home with Anna is also the absolutely best thing. I missed her like crazy and it’s great being back home.

I saw Akilah speak at xoxo and she was great, check out her youtube channel, starting with this cover of Cups 🙂

Honourable Mentions: blankets, dolls, books, new T shirts, hot ribena, hot chocolate, aeroplanes and weird dreams.

Things I Love Thursday

My amazing Anna who gets me better than almost anyone else I’ve ever known, who listens and understands and is kind, clever, caring, gorgeous and sweet and I adore her.

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Staying in a haunted hotel last week was pretty brill, as was seeing the glow worm caves at Waitomo. it’s pretty breathtaking down there…


Remembering that I have a whole tonne of minutes on my phone plan and my phone is actually capable of making calls and talking with my mum 🙂

I found lots of neat videos on the interwebs this week, such as:

The coming out song!

or stuff like this guy dancing all over Chicago (really love that song)

Or my workmate trying to organise a robot sumo league, inspired by this video:

Mindfulness lesson from Daily Zen

Eat My Lunch has been getting a lot of press this week, and rightfully so. A brand new venture where you can order a packed lunch for yourself, and on the day they deliver it they also deliver one to a child who has turned up to school without a lunch. Brilliant stuff. Our free lunch this week at work was this, and it was really tasty, so I’ve signed up to get a delivered lunch every Friday from now on, meaning every Friday there’s one kid who won’t go hungry because of me. It’s a good feeling 🙂

Honourable Mentions: Monster High (tv show and dolls), snuggles, Moustache cookies, slowly getting the hang of spotify, sleeping through a day to keep off a head cold, soft pjs and laughing.

Things I Love Thursday

I don’t love the lack of watching 500 movies/blogging reviews I’ve been doing lately, but plans are to improve my watching this weekend while Anna is busy with singing convention stuff… And the craft I’ve been doing is a bit secret so I can’t blog those…. but hey, positivity!

Hamilton gardens! Anna and I took a road trip to Hamilton for a goodbye party and stayed the night at a nice wee motor inn, it was sunny weather on Sunday so we took a wander through the gardens before leaving. They’re just so pretty and I especially loved the Indian and English Tudor gardens, which I hadn’t seen before.

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It’s hard to tell but there are a lot of happy bees in this picture.

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The chess board esque tudor gardens has neat little mythic animals on poles guarding it. Loved them.

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Turtle dragon dude in the Chinese scholar’s garden, which is another favourite of mine. It’s just so lovely and Anna was particularly taken with the names of the different garden sections.

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Italian Rennaissance garden is just so freaking lovely looking.

My car! It’s just a pleasure to drive short or long distances. It looks great, shiny and blue, the air con and the heaters work like a dream. It’s a beautiful car and I adore it.

My Dentist is cheaper than I am used to having to pay, and she’s so freaking good. She’s not just funny and informative when it comes to what she’s doing, she works delicately with a minimum of pain inducing stuff and she’s done quick. I’m so happy, she’s fixed up my face and I’m no longer in pain.

❤ postcards from friends, or rather a series of postcards from one friend 🙂

Betty and Veronica!

Honourable Mentions: warm raccoon hat, soft fluffy hair on the back of my head, my players enjoying the Monsterhearts game I’m running, Cake Wrecks, My Chemical Romance loud in the car and Lindt chocolate

Things I Love Thursday

❤ Road trip! Sophie and I had an epic drive on Sunday, through rain and wind and sunshine and clouds and various small towns. I had very disappointing Burger King in Turangi, and we sang along to epic music at the top of our lungs. Plus I was able to move some shelves in with Anna 🙂

❤ Will's made a neat list of mood enhancing movies

❤ Jaden and Willow Smith … look, they might be horribly spoiled with a really skewed world view but come on, look at the depth of their thoughts in this interview. It’s super deep!

Willow: I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist.

Jaden: That’s another thing: What’s your job, what’s your career? Nah, I am. I’m going to imprint myself on everything in this world.

❤ Crafting – getting stuff prepped for Christmas – decorations and merit badges. It's good fun!

This squirrel gopro thief

Honourable Mentions: snuggles, Monster Hearts dolls, ticking movies off my 500 list, delicious meat, ice cream, Lego, speaking my mind and ridiculous adventures in roleplaying a kelpie.

Stop with goodbye, start with hello ~ Eliza Rickman

Things I Love Thursday

I had a really truly wonderful holiday in the Gold Coast with Anna. We went to so many theme parks, and it was so hot and we ate awesome food. It’s always good to be travelling with someone who’s bravery in the face of extreme roller coasters is of a similar level to your own, too 🙂

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Rides are one thing but stories are quite another, while I was away in the States I read The Shining and really enjoyed it and now I’m reading Dr Sleep which is the sequel and holy crow but I am loving it. Like, LOVING. I can’t wait to find out what happens, so I want to get this blog post finished…

Call me a glutton for freak outs but I do enjoy the No sleep reddit for creeptastic stories which *may* be true, as well.

Honourable Mentions: Lovely friends, funny stories from roleplaying games past, delicious dinners at Hummingbird, amazing cocktails at Hummingbird, snuggles, souvenir photos, soaks in hot spas after a long day of walking, laughing, crashing out and lovely wonderful friends.

Look at this amazing spinning chocolate cake !

I adore the angry resistance of the cat in this cat vs harness video

And for tunes, Hazard, a lovely 90s flashback for you from Richard Marx

and because Halloween is coming..

Things I Love Thursday

❤ Travel! I am in America right now. It's only my second time visiting and I was pleased with how much I remembered about San Fran, but disappointed in how poor my sense of direction is. My phone's GPS has been very handy, and I have been buying all the things. It's great.

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❤ My best friend Sophie. Look, it's not that I was getting weird after a few days on my own in a big foreign city, it's just that it's good to have someone else to talk to. And she motivates me to do a bit more than I might otherwise. And she has brilliant ideas such as 'let's go to Baskin Robbins' or 'let's go to that Whiskey bar'.

❤ Postcards! I really love finding awesome postcards and buying them but then I don't always want to let them go to people back home. Because the postcards suddenly become mine. It's a bit of a problem, but on the up side I have bought lots of awesome postcards and people will receive some of them.

❤ Food. I've had remarkably good luck on this trip with food, yesterday I had a fantastic beef and cheese taco and some Texas BBQ pork ribs, in San Fran I was staying in Japantown and got some exceptional ramen. It's been delicious and for the most part, not fast foody.

❤ Books! I have located many a fine bookstore on this trip and managed to buy a book or two at most of them. This is less than ideal when it comes to repacking and travelling to another city but whatever, books are awesome and I'm excited about my purchases. Powell's City of Books is an exceptional place and I love it there. It was in fact, overwhelming with its size and selection, but I loved that about it. I may have to go back and buy the tote bag with the 'Perks of being a wallflower' quote on it.

Honourable Mentions: skype so I can keep in touch with my lovely while I'm over here, getting IDed nearly every time I buy alcohol, comfy T shirts, new socks, being horizontal in a comfy bed after a long haul flight, deep talks over rye and bourbon, lovely friendly Americans and looking forward to XOXO starting tonight!

Things I Love Thursday

Using Social media for good things = such as = being brave, open and honest about your mental health or using it to broadcast what you’re thankful for. Memes which encourage people to not complain or be judgemental are to be encouraged in my opinions.

Weddings. On the weekend I went to Hastings to watch my friends Jay and Sophie get married. It was a small, simple ceremony and they had Lord of the Rings vows which was super cute and appropriate for the couple. I love these two, they went around Japan with me and it was awesome to share the day with them.

Plus photo booth!

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Travel, driving up to Hastings and back was a bit of an adventure. Anna and I had an awesome shopping spree at the Hastings KMart of all places, we had some excellent food at Mister D in Napier and explored the National Aquarium. he sea turtle came out to say hi to us!

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Talking about love and long distance with Dagger, we just understand each other.

Honourable Mentions: chocolate cookie dough pretzels from Frozen and Hungry, Sailor Moon manga, hot baths, spa baths in the middle of the motel room, Instax camera, ordering things online, packages in the mail, my fancy phone, PJs (PJs forever) and writing.

I just can’t stop listening to My Chem…

The Sharpest Lives ~ My Chemical Romance

Things I Love Thursday

It’s got really cold. I don’t like having cold toes and waking up hiding under the covers because blankets over my head is the only thing keeping me warm. But heaters, heat pumps, warm socks, slippers, hats, scarves and thick jumpers make me warm and I like them. Also we’ve had some very beautiful still clear days and my desk has a lovely view of that at the moment.

Xoxo! So there’s this convention called xoxo and I was sure there’d be no chance I’d get a ticket since it was by random lottery but within the first couple of hours they sent me an offer of a ticket and I was over the moon! My heart started thumping and I couldn’t stay still and holy crow. I’m going to America in September!

More travel! I’m also very excited about my booked trip to the Gold Coast with my darling Anna, we’re staying a week and chilling out and shopping and going to theme parks! It’ll be so much fun. I haven’t been to the Brisbane area in years and years.

Welcome to Night Vale … the last two episodes have broken me a bit, they’re so intense and so good and clever and yeah. I love this show. ALSO one of the creators is going to be at xoxo SQUEEEEEE

Honourable Mentions: Ice cream, small girl tweets, tacos, Arrested Development, playing King of Tokyo (and winning), cake and chocolate. Comfort eating in the cold, it’s a thing.

Woman led team movies which should be made!

Things I Love Thursday

Trips to Auckland. I had a lovely four day weekend spending time with Anna, shopping, checking out some delicious foods and generally having fun. I like how warm Auckland is and how Anna-having it is. Especially loved the ‘hard to find’ bookshop in Onehunga, where I managed to restrain myself to just three books. We also had a lot of luck in K Mart where I got a kaiju pillow pet and a glow in the dark solar system.

Just kind of love aeroplanes as well. I know I’ve mentioned this once or twice before, but it’s a really brilliant technology and I like it. Plus both my flights were in ‘Koru hour’ which meant I got fancy cheese and crackers and an open bar service. Good times.

Getting writing done, it’s very satisfactory. I don’t have much planned for the weekend so I may try and go hard and get a bunch more done.

This gave me a bit of a happy tear…

Honourable Mentions: Buzzfeed personality quizzes, Frozen Free Fall, music playlists, hot baths, awesome fan art, Welcome to Night Vale, Rekorderlig, drunken singstar, Japanese food, tumblr and pinterest.

And for your hipster music, more Fun.

This one is called Carry On and it’s lovely.

Things I Love Thursday

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Las Angeles. I didn’t love it the same way I liked San Francisco, but I had a blast in LA. Hamish collected me from LAX and gave me an epic whirlwind tour of the massive city including the places I wanted to see (Book Soup, a canyon, Chinese Theatre) and a bunch of awesome sites on top of that. Pann’s diner, Mulholland Drive and Griffith Observatory being the top additions. A brilliant end to my trip to America.

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Jess ❤ My gorgeous girl. I miss her like crazy.

The creepy children short story collection I have two stories in is crowd funding, and it's already half way there. If you like the idea of horror stories for charity, go here and make a pledge.

My new job. It’s a big learning curve, which is a little intimidating, but it also means I can tell when I’ve picked things up, and I can feel all clever when I remember how to do things. I have tested three things that have deployed to the live Trade Me site! Being a Test Analyst is exciting!

The universe being kind to me. On the flight to America I was nervous, and wanted to listen to my favourite music and the in flight entertainment system had the album at number one under alternative music. Little things, lots of them, happened over the course of my trip that just made everything easier. Friendly people on the long haul flights made them easier too.

Honourable Mentions: My Griffith Observatory hoodie (it says ‘peace, love, science’, Tacos Thursday, Mighty Boosh, Massuman curry, writing and editing, giving travel gifts to appreciative friends, reading, hot baths, electric blanket, heaters and clean clothes.