Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Totally. Worth. It.



Bit of an awkward face angle, but whatever. Pretend it's art.

I am enamoured with this hair clip.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Procrastinate-a-thon 2009!

Hey so it's not really an athletic event, but if it was then I would be a world champion. Or maybe just a state champion - I'm a natural, but I don't think I'd be able to dedicate my life to procrastinating... Not intentionally, anyway.

So yeah I've been meaning to post all week, but better late than never!

We played the much-talked-about (by me) show with the Drones on Thursday night, and it was really really good. We played well, the room sounded awesome, the rider was great, and the Drones were so much fun to watch. The venue is called the Luminaire, and it has all these signs up in the audience area saying "If you are here to chat, you are in the wrong place and will be asked to leave" and "Quiet please: We will tell you to shut up if you speak during the set". How neat! It'd probably be pretty annoying if you were just there for a drink with mates, but I guess that's the point.
Anyway, that show was completely rad in every way, so I'm really looking forward to the rest of our shows with the Drones. We're playing a bunch of shows around the UK (including Glasgow - heck yeah!)

Saturday we met up with a friend from Australia and had some drinks at a pub near Brick Lane called the Ten Bells. Apparently it's where Jack the Ripper used to hang out... (although by 'hang out', I mean 'murder people', which is not what I usually mean when I use the term 'hang out'). Because we were so close to Brick Lane, of course we had to go get a curry afterwards. We didn't go to our regular place though, we got sidetracked by a great offer from one of the street dudes. (free pappadums, two bottles of wine and 30% off the bill, in case you were wondering...) Had an awesome Rogan Josh, then headed home!

Sunday was the sunniest day I've seen in a long time. We went to London Fields, which is a big grassy area with a cricket pitch and playgrounds and a swimming pool. It wasn't a particularly original idea - the place was pretty packed - but it was still a lovely day. We sat in the sun and played cards and ate olives. And took weird photos. Ooh and we randomly ran into not one, but two groups of people we knew!






And today is another bank holiday! I don't know what it's for, but I do know I like it! I'm going to make pizza for dinner tonight, I just bought some prosciutto (which is called parma ham here for some reason - as an aside, Ross says that name makes him wanna hurl. Good to know. Prosciutto it is!) Um... Where was my original point? Yes, pizza with prosciutto and fresh basil and mozzarella. And anchovies on Ross' half. Can't wait!

Monday, May 18, 2009

eeeeee!

Golly gee whiz I feel like I have linked to this a bazillion times, but one more time can't hurt...

I ordered this lovely thing today! I will wear it in my hair for the wedding! Squee! I am pretty excited in a way that exclamation marks aren't really expressing properly!

That's pretty much all for now.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Okay, momentum back...

So I had an awesome day yesterday - maybe I just need to be a weekend blogger so I can mostly talk about the good stuff instead of the work stuff. Or I could just write about both, it's all entertaining, right?

Anyway, yesterday Ross and I went to see Synecdoche, New York, it was pretty confusing and awesome. It's written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, who did all those other awesome and confusing movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. It's weird, I can't really explain the plot of any of those movies, but I still feel like I got a lot out of it. He just seems like a guy whose brain is completely sideways in relation to mine - he sees things from a completely different point of view... I'd say maybe a 90 degree rotation or so.

After that we went into a bar to sneakily use their toilets, but they were playing the Eurovision song contest, so we stayed for a while and made fun of Greece and secretly enjoyed Moldova. Good times. We had to leave when some DJ started playing all this bad RnB (or maybe it was good RnB, but I did not enjoy it either way), but then on the way home we went to an off-licence and they were watching the voting - and Iceland didn't give their 12 points to Denmark. What? Weird! Is that a result of the new voting system, or is Iceland just not friends with Denmark any more? Oooh, maybe the repercussions of this financial thing are far reaching.
Anyway, go Iceland, they came second! That's pretty much the ideal result you can get from Eurovision - you get the glory of almost winning, but you don't have to host it next year...

So what else was I going to talk about? Hmm, thoughts of song contests have driven it all out of my mind... We are playing a show next week with the Drones, they are amazing and you will love them. It'll be great to play again, it's been ages...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Oh no, I lost my momentum!

But it's okay, I'll struggle on somehow...

So my week at work was kind of crazy, Wednesday was the single worst day I've ever had at that place. We were just really busy - all the studios were full, plus they'd opened up the gallery downstairs for shooting. Then we had extra tables of walk-in members, and the bosses chose that day to have lunch with a guy they're trying to woo... Needless to say, he was not wooed, and everything else was chaos. But on the way home I saw some pigeons chasing each other down the stairs at the train station, so that made up for it.

Anyway, the rest of the week was okay, and I got out of working today! Turns out the only studio in was Marks and Spencer, and they don't need a bar person. And next week I have a day off IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK. Imagine the possibilities...

I bought some stuff on the internet using Paypal a couple of weeks ago, except I had a couple of issues with my bank, so I wasn't sure if it was going to go through... It did though, I got a package in the mail today! It's like having a birthday! I'm going to buy stuff on the internet all the time...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Namco!



Whoa, did you guys know that two days off in a row at the end of the week are totally awesome? You should try it sometime.
So on Saturday we went to Namco Station, which is three floors of arcade games and bowling and bumper cars! It turns out I'm more excited by the idea of bumper cars than actually going on them. Also, bowling is fun but I pulled a muscle in my leg. Sad.

Ross won two games of bowling, but I won two games of pool, so it sort of evened out - except that he'd already beaten me at Scrabble earlier that day. Dang. We both lost at Dance Dance Revolution - golly gee there is a big gap in difficulty between beginner and standard. I don't remember it being that hard, but then I don't remember ever injuring myself bowling, either. I don't even think it counts as a sport.

So after we left Namco, we found ourselves right in the heart of touristy London. Big Ben appeared out of nowhere, so that was exciting.



After that we went to Brick Lane for the ever awesome curry... We haggled to get a free bottle of wine, but then felt guilty about it and had to leave a tip. Haggling is not a strong point.

Sunday we spent hanging out and doing nothing, it was the best. I made pizza for dinner with fresh mozzarella, red onion, chorizo and basil - cooking good things is really satisfying. I had the dough in the freezer from last time I tried to make bread, so it was pretty easy, too! Yay me!

We've got this little slice of sunlight that comes in through our window at this time of day, it is quite lovely. So have some more photos!



Hmm, my arms are incredibly hairy and Ross thinks it's pretty funny.

Ah, a correction from Ross: he thinks it's cute and funny.

It is pretty funny.



Wow my camera does some pretty awesome zoom. Have I posted closeups of eyeballs before? I really like them, there's so much detail in eyes that you would normally miss out on. I guess you could stare intently at people, but the detail is harder to see when they're trying to avoid eye contact.

Friday, May 8, 2009

IT'S THE WEEKEND!

-mo junga.
That was pretty much all I wanted to say...


Oh yeah, and also:

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Cooca ma junga...

I might have to stop letting Ross name my posts... Or maybe he should always do it!

Anyway, I liked Sigga's post about all of her teachers, so I'm going to list mine. Man, I am a big fan of lists/memes. If you ever have one you don't want, pass it my way!

Year One: Mrs Fungalei. Foong-a-lie. Yep.
Year Two: Mrs Kindness. Man, East Maddington must have had a hiring policy based on awesomely weird surnames.
Year Three: Hm, I can remember their faces, but not their names. It was a tandem class, one was possibly called Miss Parker... Also, I remember we had to tell the time, and I had not grasped that concept AT ALL. Terrifying.
Year Four: I had the same teacher, Miss (possibly) Parker. For our assembly item, we sang Space Oddity and Sloop John B - I didn't understand how cool that was until years later...
Year Five: Mr White and Mrs Bullock. I changed schools to Roleystone and didn't make any friends (heck, I didn't even make an effort to make them) until a teacher came up to me at recess and said I should stop reading and join in with the other kids. I remember it being a revelation: oh yeah, why didn't I think of that? It just hadn't occurred to me before then - I was quite enjoying my babysitter's club books.
Year Six: Mrs Watson - my friend Greta's mum.
Year Seven: Mr and Mrs Huisman - Mr Huisman used to love telling stories about his childhood and experiences, so we would purposely distract him from lessons by asking leading questions. Seriously, we skipped entire maths classes in this manner. Also, they were my friend Lisa's parents. Ah, Roleystone.

High school: Varied and exciting teachers... Mr Judge was my form teacher and also my maths teacher. I was a total teacher's pet and he used to compare me and this guy Brendan (Cheese! Don't even ask...) Anyway, he said that I'd go really far in life and that Brendan would be a total failure - guess which one of us writes speeches for a member of parliament, and which one is a musician/waitress?

Oh yeah, and out of chronological order comes Miss Johnson, my clarinet teacher. I think she started teaching us in year 6, although I may be wrong... Erin, if you're reading, help me out! Anyway, she was this amazing lady, all young and excitable and enthusiastic, so it made learning fun... Ooh, and she invited us to play with the Kelmscott Senior High School band, because she taught there, too. She had to leave our school for some reason, and got replaced by a dude who wasn't anywhere near as much fun... Boo.

Mr Rickett was my English Lit. teacher in year 11 - he was awesome and inspiring. He looked like Santa, and I always saw him as jolly and awesome, although I'm pretty sure he had a loud shouty voice when he needed it. I remember him reading out 'The Jabberwocky', especially the opening verse...

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


Read it out loud, right now. So good.
Also, as a side note: I tried to convince Ross to let me use the word 'gyre' in a scrabble game the other day - he didn't go for it.
Wow, another side note: Ross' nonsense title may seem silly, but it's actually part of an historic literary tradition of making up words. He is pretty cool.

Okay, so after that was my year 12 English Lit. teacher, Mr Bousfield, who gave me a low(ish) mark on my first essay. I hated him at first, but I finally realised he just wanted his class to think and excel, and he taught me heaps about English, literature and also striving to be better at things...

Aw, just getting a little bit sentimental... I hadn't really thought about it before, but teachers can be such a huge influence during your formative years, so I'm glad I had some really awesome ones...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What should i call it?

Hey so yesterday was Ross' birthday, he is all 24 and stuff now. He had to teach a lesson, so we had to stay home, but we ended up having an awesome time. We danced to the Smiths, ate risotto and played taboo! Oooh, and I bought some helium balloons that were technically for Ross, but also kinda mostly for my enjoyment.

In other news, it turns out that no one at my work knew that I'm getting married. Which is mostly due to the fact that I didn't tell them... I guess I'm not very good at sharing, also I'm scared of being that person who talks about nothing but her wedding. Anyway, it means I've had a whole bunch of awesome conversations lately along the lines of
'hey, did I tell you I'm getting married?'
'ha ha... Wait, what?'

But everyone has been really excited for me, which is...um, exciting... for me? Kristinn gets here at the end of this month, and then we'll be touring with the Drones right up until the wedding. So much stuff to look forward to!

Monday, May 4, 2009

oggy blogg

Hey, so Ross said that that had to be my title for today, and he is pretty much the boss of me, as it is his birthday tomorrow. Also, his friend Sal gave him a real cool birthday card, it matches his quiff. Coiff?



Anyway, I have been working lots, even on the weekend, but I figure I need the money and also weekend shifts are almost always really slack. The last two days have been so incredibly dull, which would be fine except that I'd already been there for the whole of last week, so I really wanted time away from Spring rather than free time at Spring. I'm also not used to being paid to do very little, so I felt all guilty for slacking even though there was nothing to do!

Apart from that? I'm trying to find some sort of hat/hairclip/fascinator thing for the wedding. Headgear, yes! Sigga found me an amazing one on the internet, but the postage from the U.S. is outrageously expensive... So I was thinking maybe I should take that photo to a local fascinator maker and ask her to rip it off... Is that wrong? Feels a little wrong.

Then I found an online arts and crafts community called Folksy, and it has a couple of interesting bits and pieces, too. Incidentally, I found that via this online jewelery store, which is also totally rad. If you want anything from it, there's free postage to anywhere in the UK - I can totally hook you up!

Oh yeah, I got invited to join a group on facebook for the 10 year Roleystone District High School reunion... Weird, huh? Even weirder, it was organised by one of the totally bogan dudes who was never the organisational type. I think it's being planned for sometime at the end of this year, so it's extremely unlikely that I'd be able to go, even if I wanted to - and I can't even really tell whether I want to or not. High school was strange and awkward, I think I had a pretty good time there, but I am also starting to realise that I was kind of a jerk. I don't know, maybe I still am sometimes? Who knows?
I think that might be a whole conversation that we don't really need to get into right now. Okay? Okay.