30 Days of Me – Day 30 – FAVOURITE SONG!?!

Sunday: Last Night

My favourite song? My FAVOURITE SONG? Really? That’s what the meme ends on?
Oh lord but that’s pathetic.

Anyway. I’m going with one of my favourite songs to sing.
Also, there are a lot of different versions of this one. And so far, the only one I don’t like is the Jeff Buckley one.

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah etc


30 Days of Me – Day 29 – 30 Days of Me

Healed Jitterbug

What have I learned in this past month?
To be honest, not a lot. Actually it is more like NOTHING. Apart from: updating every day makes me GROUCHY.

Of course, as I said a couple of days ago, none of the questions were exactly … thought provoking.
Sometimes I LIKE thought-provoking.

That being said, in terms of the goals I set back on day 8:
x Reconnect with London – No.
x Take more photos – Yes.
x Be more organised – No.
x Read more – Yes!
x Organise my “office” – No.
x Decide what I want to do for my birthday – Somewhat.
x Finish this damned meme – Looks likely.


30 Days of Me – Day 28 – Past Sarah-Rose, Present Sarah-Rose

At Work

Craig was trying to steal & unbox my 550D!

Admittedly, these photos are from January 2009 and October 2010 but they are two which show the greatest differences in … me.

In 2009 I was growing out a hair cut. Now my hair is almost at my elbows.
My hair was very very dark golden brown. Now it is a dark ash brown. I’ve learnt my colours.
I cut a fringe.

I was 18 kgs (40lbs) heavier.

Craig and I were living with my parents in the Hutt Valley.
We still live in the Hutt Valley. I still hate it.

In January 2009 I had one tattoo. In 10 days I will have the first sitting for my sixth.
I am a walking art gallery. I love it.

I can’t think of a way to say this without sounding like a complete tool so here goes:

If I am completely honest, the thing which has changed me most in the last 18 months is losing weight. I remember the first time I ever heard about BMI was in a doctor’s office sometime in my early teen years and even then, even then, I was not in a healthy weight range. Earlier this month my BMI finally hit the healthy range.
It sounds ridiculous but I don’t consider myself to have “dieted” my way to this weight. I changed my whole outlook on food, portion sizes, exercise, snacking, everything.
I eat better, I exercise more, I have spent far too much on clothing.

30 Days of Me – Day 27 – But WHY???

Sunday: Sickbed

Meme [meem]
– noun
– a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.
1976. from the Greek mīmeîsthai to imitate, copy. Richard Dawkins coined the term in his 1976 work “The Selfish Gene”.

Why, oh why, oh why am I doing this 30 Days of Me Meme?
If you recall it was the combination of a large glass of wine, a giddy mood, and just a smidge of pressure from some of the darling people I follow on twitter that started this whole thing.
And I’ve only kept doing it because I started it, and hate leaving things unfinished. Also, it finishes neatly before my birthday which is very tidy.

I am sick of it, however, and I wish that some of the questions had been a little less completely rubbish and a little more Proust-ian.

Incidentally? one of my completely adorable sisters asked me last night why I was doing this “me me” thing. Which, considering it’s a meme all about me, is rather an appropriate misunderstanding. Me me meme!

30 Days of Me – Day 25 – Baggage


What would you find in my handbag?

What I carry from day to day

x iPhone
x Blackberry (for work)
x Purse with Hiroshima Hello Kitty “phone” charm.
x Keys with Harrods key ring (it opens to reveal a mirror and a space for a photo)
x Lipstick (Girl about Town by MAC)
x Cigarette case holding photography cards, bobby pins, hair ties, chewing gum, & often a piece of jewellery.

Not pictured: Canon EOS 550D, work ID card, work keys, atomiser of perfume (at the moment filled with Marc Jacobs Grapefruit), lip balm, and a pen.

30 Days of Me – Day 24 – Letter to My Parents

Self Portrait with Rose Tattoo

Dearest Mother and Father,

While trying to find a photo for this post I discovered that I don’t have a single photo of me with both of you. Or all daughters and both of you.
Let’s fix that sometime soon.
I will, of course, first have to teach Craig how to take a damn photo. And the actual shoot itself might devolve into me gritting my teeth and snarking at Craig and the rest of you and then drinking a lot of wine but then, I know you love that. Because I’m delightful, really.

Love, your daughter,

P.s. Sorry about the tattoos. I know you don’t love them as much as I do.

30 Days of Me – Day 23 – Cravings

Tuesday: Pad Thai pre Premiere

See here’s the thing. I don’t exactly crave anything at the moment. Which is really helpful in the run up to my birthday (or not. I’m hard enough to buy presents for as it is!) but not useful in terms of obeying-the-meme. Even my desire for an iPad or iPhone 4 is just a mild niggling.

I do, however, get a lot of food cravings (despite my decidedly empty womb) and I can eat the same food over and over again until either Craig or I get sick of it … it’s usually Craig.

At the moment I crave:
Breakfast – Greek yoghurt, rolled oats, & honey.
Lunch – an apple and a handful of pretzels.
Dinner – Mexican food. Or rather, chipotle sauce.

My most recent non-comestible craving (my new baby camera) has been sated.

30 Days of Me – Day 22 – Differences

Bad Ass

Today the meme demands to know what makes me different from everyone else.
See now? that’s just a flawed question. I don’t KNOW everyone else and I don’t know the nuances that make up each of their idiosyncratic personalities.

BUT! here are some things which make up the Sarah-Rose that I’m choosing to share with the internet:

x I have an abnormally large head (for someone without anything akin to a diagnosed macrocephaly).
x I have large eyes. And a small mouth.
x I look both young and sensible.
x I am overly verbose.
x I am terrible at crosswords and scrabble.
x I can be very very mean. But I’m getting better at controlling that.
x I am an experimental and quite good cook.
x I am very morbid but have never seen a dead body.
x I hate people who describe themselves as “foodies”.
x I have an … odd sense of humour. I once got a job with the Navy on the strength of it.
x I love the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

Now while I’m sure that people share a lot of these features … I doubt if anyone shares ALL of them.

P.s. the photo? has nothing to do with this entry.
P.p.s. when I was at high school I was told I had a doppelgänger and, when I finally saw a photo of her, I had to agree that we did look eerily similar. We never met though. I think her name was Emily. Sometimes I wonder if we still look the same.

30 Days of Me – Day 21 – Happiness


Happiness is … a new camera!

My 400D was beginning to get a little glitchy and I wanted to upgrade before it died completely and left me camera-less.
And then on Friday I had the opportunity to shoot with a 550D and it was just so smooth. My gnawing desire became a craving.
So I blatantly bribed Craig.

He’s now allowed to buy an iPhone 4.

Buddha face grain Tread detail
IMG_0001 <- first photo ever with my new baby Wooden Buddh-en