365 in 2014

8 Apr

2014

Sunday: inadvertent lesbian graphic novel collection
Sunday
Somehow I seem to have started a lesbian graphic novel collection. Accidentally.

Monday: St Patrick's Day
Monday
Watching my cousin (on the left, playing the bodhrán) on St Patrick’s Day.

Tuesday: Portraits on the way to knitting
Tuesday
I adore these portraits, pasted up advertising a photography exhibition. I was on my way to knitting.

Wednesday: sinks at Fork and Brewer
Wednesday
Blurry. Sinks at the Fork and Brewer after drinks with pals.

Thursday: yea! Be unique. Like everyone else.
Thursday
Preach, Dr Seuss, preach.

Friday: egg and lion and lunchers
Friday
Eggs decorated by New Zealand artists popped up around Wellington. They were, I believe, to be auctioned off for charity. But some wonderful soul decided to destroy them instead. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Saturday: gay girls at the garden centre
Saturday
Gay girls at the garden centre on a Saturday afternoon. Such a cliché.

Sunday: Big Day Dowse
Sunday
Out to the Hutt for food at the Big Day Dowse and then to the drive in for Pulp Fiction.

Monday: brownies. That's all.
Monday
A Monday which called for brownies.

Tuesday: heading to drinks, downpour by the time we left
Tuesday
Heading to drinks under a cloudless sky. By the time we left (not late!) it was pouring with rain. Oh, Wellington.

Wednesday: working on that baby blanket
Wednesday
Working on that baby blanket!
(Jackson blanket by Holland Road)

Thursday: killer sun
Thursday
It’s getting darker in the evenings. Winter is setting in.

Friday: all of the flags at work
Friday
Flags at work to celebrate … something. I wasn’t sure.

Saturday: errands with a pal
Saturday
Running errands with a pal took us to storage in Thorndon and all the way out to Porirua.

Sunday: biscuit baking
Sunday
A Sunday which called for biscuits.

Monday: love that vintage bottle
Monday
Love that vintage bottle.

Tuesday: Havana bar
Tuesday
Birthday drinks for a pal at Havana bar.

Wednesday: Molesworth Street. My hood
Wednesday
I’m spending more time down this end of town than ever before in my life.
I’m not mad about it.

Thursday: pretty pink box
Thursday
Pretty Meadowlark box on my desk. Waiting to go home and hold my collection.

Friday: happy birthday Charlotte
Friday
A daisy and jaffas and treats – Charlotte’s (2)8th birthday party.

Saturday: photos for a pal
Saturday
Hanging out in the Hutt taking photos.

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17 Mar

2014

Sunday: I ran round the bays!
Sunday
I ran in the Wellington Round the Bays as part of a team raising money for community suicide prevention, education, and research (CASPER). We were 18 strong, and I ran 6.5km in 46 minutes or thereabouts.

Monday: unappetising sushi
Monday
The sushi place near my work always looks quite unappetising.

Tuesday: love this sentiment
Tuesday
I am an unapologetic caffeine addict. As such, I love this sentiment.

Wednesday: money for stabs
Wednesday
Getting out money for my new tattoo – it feels so strange paying hundreds in cash not card.

Thursday: drinking with pals
Thursday
Favourite bar near work – catching up with lovely people.

Friday: freezing in Northland
Friday
I ended up waiting for a ride in Northland. It was one of the first days of autumn and it was FREEZING cold.

Saturday: on my way to stabs
Saturday
Up early on a Saturday morning – walking to get stabbed repeatedly with ink.

Sunday: in the Valley
Sunday
I went to one of the nicest parts of the Hutt Valley – the park and cemetery around the Hutt Library.

Monday: downpour
Monday
A sudden downpour left me sodden on my walk home.

Tuesday: a rose on The Terrace
Tuesday
I love these roses. They grow on The Terrace and always both uncared for and artlessly lovely.

Wednesday: red carnations never die
Wednesday
Red carnations going strong since Valentine’s day.

Thursday: tourist
Thursday
Heading out to lunch and playing at being a tourist.

Friday: heading to listen to a physicist!
Friday
After work on Friday I dashed to the far end of town to listen to Marcus Chown, astrophysicist, talk about everything.

Saturday: nice wine and a dinner party
Saturday
Taking a nice bottle of wine to a dinner party like a fucking adult.

Sunday: hunting dinosaurs at Zealandia
Sunday
Hunting dinosaurs and ancient birds in Zealandia for hours.

Monday: more drinks. Same place.
Monday
That same old bar, same old wine, same excellent company.

Tuesday: Power Plant at the botanic gardens
Tuesday
Walking around illuminated Botanic Gardens at night – Powerplant at the New Zealand Festival.

Wednesday: mural on the way to An Iliad
Wednesday
I adore this mural. Opera House lane on my way to see Denis O’Hare in the one-man production of An Iliad.

Thursday: boxes.
Thursday
Boxes.

Friday: heading to Kristy's
Friday
Bizarre wee fountain at the top of Plimmer’s Steps.

Saturday: wool for my first ever baby blanket
Saturday
I bought wool to knit my first-ever baby blanket.

I just shed a tear. I’m so unprepared.

3 Mar

Gettin' stabbed

This past Saturday I spent oh just so many hours getting stabbed. I had mentally prepared for three hours work but by the time all was said and done, I’d been under the needles for close to four and a half hours.
You mentally prepare for the pain of getting tattooed. That hour and a half for which I’d not prepared was some of the worst tattoo-pain I’ve ever experienced.

As always, though, it was completely and utterly worth it.

New peacock by @brooketattooer! (plz get all your cock jokes out now)
(tattoo by Brooke Newnham of Tattoo Machine)

He doesn’t have a name, my wee peacock friend, but I would like to point out a few things:
1. I only just found out there’s a Katy Perry song called Peacock
2. Yes I’ve heard the “but I thought you gave up the cock” joke already.
3. No, it wasn’t even funny the first time.
4. Okay maybe a TINY bit funny but ONLY the first time.
5. I really hate that song.

He’s important to me, and you know what? I’m not sure that this time I feel like sharing it. Isn’t it enough he’s so damn pretty?

Exploring Karori Cemetery

27 Feb

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Opened in 1891, Karori Cemetery is the second largest cemetery in New Zealand. It covers 100 acres and is the resting place of at least one of our Prime Ministers.

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I chose a path at random and we ended up in the section for children who died within a few hours or days of birth. I wasn’t allowed to choose paths any more. Too terribly sad.

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S.S. Penguin!

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24 Feb

2014

Sunday: baking childhood comfort on the bleakest Sunday
Sunday
It was a cold, grey Sunday. So I baked my childhood biscuit recipe to stave off the bleakness.

Monday: the GP used to be a brothel, if my memory serves
Monday
This bar, the GP, it used to house a brothel. If my memory serves …

Tuesday: leaving Parliament
Tuesday
Cutting through Parliament after dinner with a friend.

Wednesday: Coffee with Tapp
Wednesday
Coffee and catching up with Tapp.

Thursday: swarming with beeees
Thursday
This plant was swarming with bees. Could I get one in focus? Not for my life.

Friday: closest I came to flowers on V-Day
Friday
The closest I came to flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Saturday: hanging out in the park
Saturday
Lying in the shade after lunch in the sun.

Sunday: exploring Karori cemetery
Sunday
Exploring Karori cemetery.

Monday: Pretty flowers in a mason jar
Monday
Flowers in a Mason Jar. So hipster.

Tuesday: OPEN
Tuesday
Open through the trees.

Thursday: v strange necklace
Wednesday
Eye Heart You. A cute cute, very strange, necklace.

Wednesday: OMG so much fog
Thursday
Blue sky over sea fog.

Friday: yea but is he though?
Friday
An evening of dashing from one end of town to the other. John is Innocent is halfway there.

Saturday: Policeman in the bushes!
Saturday
Wellington was still shrouded in fog, we went to Government House to watch Libby in her pipe band, and spied this policeman in the bushes.

365 in 2014

10 Feb

2014

Sunday: my mama makes really good canapes
Sunday
Extended family dinner, my mama makes really excellent canapés.

Monday: rain coat ready for winter
Monday
In almost prescient timing, my rain coat for autumn/winter arrived all the way from Cornwall.

Tuesday: watching the boats
Tuesday
Visiting a private bach in the Marlborough Sounds, watching a boat race in the harbour.

Wednesday: I mean, the view isn't too terrible
Wednesday
The view of the private jetty was alright, I guess.

Thursday: Hvaler!
Thursday
I adored this whale poster in one of the rooms at the bach.

Friday: leaving Picton
Friday
Boats in Picton harbour, on my way back to Wellington.

Saturday: graves in the rain
Saturday
Taking a shortcut in the rain took me past this graveyard.

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Every year I swear I’ll do better but I haven’t been good at self-portraits for years.

365 in 2014

3 Feb

2014

Sunday: delightfully decaying roses chez mama et papa
Sunday
Delightfully decaying flowers at my parents’ house.

Monday: puppy butts
Monday
I got to spend the evening eating BBQ and drinking wine with three puppy butts, two cat butts, and a lot of my favourite human butts.

Tuesday: knitting and cider
Tuesday
Sometimes after a long day I enjoy taking an hour or two to knit with cider.

Wednesday: feesh face!
Wednesday
This cat and her wonky ear! They make me melt.

Thursday: heading to a BYO
Thursday
I adore this graffiti. Oh, Wellington.

Friday: at ANOTHER BYO
Friday
Second Japanese food BYO in a row. Oh, Wellington.

Saturday: cat pal on my way home
Saturday
I made a cat friend on my walk home on Saturday.

Sunday: Skull friend
Sunday
Skull friend at the Pass of Branda.

Monday: cavolo nero
Monday
Cavolo Nero. I may have had to google for recipes but the pasta I found? So good.

Tuesday: kiss me hard in the pouring rain
Tuesday
Pouring rain and decaying leaves – golden.

Wednesday: opening of Holland Road
Wednesday
A pal of mine opened her second yarn shop! That’s pretty much an empire, right?

Thursday: I love Luther
Thursday
I’ve been spending hours watching Luther. It’s not a bad thing.

Friday: random wine glasses at the office
Friday
Wine glasses abandoned in our office vestibule for days. One day they disappeared.

Saturday: it's a really old car
Saturday
This car, it’s pretty old.

Sunday: coffee in Petone
Sunday
Verandah in Petone, post-coffee on a greyest day.

Monday: grey day, grey photo
Monday
Another grey day, solo Mondays, headed home.

Tuesday: before-work trip to the market
Tuesday
It’s nearing the end of the Council’s financial year, I’m guessing, what with all the roadworks around Wellington at the moment.

Wednesday: bathing pigeons
Wednesday
Bathing pigeons, I was ever so jealous, it was disgustingly hot out.

Thursday: I like these posters
Thursday
I do like these posters, I hope they don’t turn out to be for something terrible.

Friday: MINI EGGS ARE BACK IN NZ
Friday
I finally found Mini Eggs in New Zealand. Everything is right with the world.

Saturday: pretty door
Saturday
Pretty door in the central city.

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Accidental

Oh, I forgot to mention: The Pass of Branda

3 Feb

Life, huh? It gets all up in your business, stealing all your time. Sometimes in the best possible way.

Anyway. A very many Sundays ago, I went exploring around The Pass of Branda. We were looking for the army lookout which has, reportedly, been extensively decorated with graffiti. There’s little I love more than dereliction and graffiti.

But, of course, I was not wearing appropriate footwear and the wind was intense even for Wellington standards. But we clambered a bit, and found a wee skull friend, and came away sweaty and caked in seasalt.

Here are a few photos from that ill-fated trip.

Pretty bay

Sunday: Skull friend

Hidden

Graffiti

Reassuring name
(a reassuring name for cliffs)

365 in 2014

13 Jan

2014

Sunday: hangover craving
Sunday
Sometimes, on a Sunday, if you ended up drunker than you’d intended on Saturday night, all you feel like by 6pm is traditional cola and chinese food.

Monday: back to work. Let out early
Monday
First day back in the office for 2014! First time walking past this hydrangea on my way home from work for 2014! Trying to muster enthusiasm for a job I enjoy but not as much as being on holiday!

Tuesday: Tabor Tee - Wolf Pal
Tuesday
I adore sweet brands which include notes with their orders, especially when they also include temporary tattoos, and sell a t-shirt with a killer wolf face on the front and their name, WILDFANG, on the back.

Wednesday: elephants, Klimt, and Schiele
Wednesday
Elephants, Klimt, and Schiele. A still life.

Thursday: "bunking off" only not really
Thursday
Taking leave unexpectedly on a summer weekday afternoon is to be recommended.

Friday: I have no memory of taking this photo
Friday
I … I have literally no memory of taking this photo. I remember being at drinks before hand, and I remember hanging out and talking at the next venue, and the rest of the night, but this moment? Gaping black hole.

Saturday: Luxterity brunch
Saturday
In the year of austerity (lux-terity) gathering friends together for a pot-luck brunch is an excellent idea, especially if they are friends like mine.

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I'm going to try to be better this year.

Oh, I forgot to mention: Pipe Bands in Palmerston North

13 Jan

You know, I mentioned it in passing during one of my many many 365 in 2013 posts, but during one extremely warm weekend in December, I travelled to Palmerston North to see my exceedingly talented pal Libby compete in a Pipe Band competition.

Don't drop the bass.

This was a massive deal for me as I’ve always always hated bagpipes. To the extent that when they get too close to me I burst into tears.
It’s a physical reaction, they aren’t tears of terror or anything, just completely bizarre.

Libby and the Tenors

But I love Libby, and I wasn’t going up alone but with a more-than-lovely friend, and we decided we would make signs! Be pipe band groupies! Drink beers in the sun! It was ever-so-much fun.

Pipers "tuning"

Also, we were the only ones there with signs. So I think we win.

Libby, Pip, and the signs we made

The NZ Police pipe band were there

Judges. Judging.

Other people were paying attention too

Holding a sign while they marched

Post-piping debrief

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