Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This.. something I'm suprised I like

It's kind of freaking me out how clucky and nest-y I am getting these days. Like seriously, I'm 21! Oh and the fact that I'm totally freaked out by babies. And I don't even have a boyfriend. And I have no idea what I'm doing with my life for the next 5 years. All that doesn't really bother me, because I'm excited about living this crazy and unbounded life for the next few years.

But, I am finding myself totally in love with all things kid-related, but mostly baby/toddler related. I think it might have a lot to do with the fact that kid/baby stuff has become a hell of a lot cooler and more designer-y lately, with overseas parents mags like Cookie and Milk, how can anyone resist! My friends think I'm weird (weirder than they already think I am) because I spend hours on the Ikea children's furniture page, yet when I baby comes near me I cower and say "no seriously, I don't do babies". When they can crawl and babble and are less likely to scream for no particular reason, that's when I can be around then, but until then, no thankyou.

So it seriously suprises me when I find myself trying not to buy wooden alphabet blocks and vintage night-lights to hoard away for the day I have those little well-behaved bundles of joy. It hurts me to think that my kids will probably grow up in a world of plastic-toys, computer games and bratz dolls. I know there are people out there who manage to sew clothes for their kids and teach them to knit and home school them, but I just don't know how possible it is to do that without totally socially isolating them? That's just my ponderings anyway, we had a presentation yesterday on the sexualisation of children in the media (advertisements for kids clothes etc) so it's something that is on my mind at the moment. Feel free to contribute your thoughts on the topic!

Flashback Friday.. 5 days late

..or two days early? You decide!

I just love this picture. It's from my Auntie Margaret's wedding and my Mum was one of the bridesmaids. How great is her wedding dress? It's just so 70's with the flowery lace. I find it amazing that my Mum can make her bridesmaids dress actually look good, I mean really, who could pull of something like that? It's even worse in the colour photos, it's a weird shade of orangey/pink. Stay tuned for more stylish photos of my Mum's 20-something life!
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One good thing a day #4

One good thing about Spring is the bright streams of light that come through the windows, making you run for the polaroid camera halfway through making a cup of tea.

Things will be quiet here again for the next two weeks, my massive research report is due Monday week, so I will be scrambling to get it together. Hopefully I will be popping in with photos every now and then, but I'm running out of polaroid film so it might be even more sporadic than it already is!
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Monday, October 20, 2008

This is.. my favourite films

and some of my favourite scenes..

Across the Universe (I even stopped myself from using a Jude scene!)

Almost Famous

Garden State

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Virgin Suicides

Life is Beautiful

I have more, Amelie, Into the Wild, Moulin Rouge, but I'm all youtube-d out! Thanks to Hokey for the theme this week, I had fun reliving some of my favourite scenes.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Word of the day

Tarantism: An urge to overcome melancholy by dancing

One good thing a day #3

One good thing about walking home at 6:30am after 2.5 hours sleep is seeing two hot air balloons floating past the huge full moon as it sank towards the horizon.

I only had my phone so I couldn't take a very good photo, so you'll just have to take my word for it how cool it looked.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Flashback Friday

Here's my gorgeous mum once again. The year was 1972 and she had just won a scavenger hunt. This is probably my favourite photo of my mum. She looks so happy in her hat and with all those bottles of grog. In fact I have a photo of myself from a few years ago, also happy to have alcohol, and you can see exactly how alike our faces are. Too bad I didn't have a cool hat.

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One good thing a day #2

One good thing about summer is painting your toenails bright blue.

My calves look huge in this polaroid. But it's just the angle of the photo.. surely.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

One good thing a day

One good thing about being so ridiculously stressed for three weeks straight is the knowledge that the end is so near.

I've decided to play, because I need to stop whinging so damn much. Thanks Pip for hooking me up to Bricolagelife. This may turn into 'one good thing a week', but the intention is there.

Monday, October 13, 2008


I've been tagged by Bec!

The rules:
- Link to the person who tagged you.
- Mention the rules.
- Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
- Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
- Go to each person's blog and leave a comment that lets them know they've been tagged.

1. When I am stressed/angry I tidy. When I am really stressed/angry I become a sloth. When I am really really stressed/angry I clean obsessively like a hyperactive energizer bunny.

2. Ads make me cry more than movies.

3. I'm really bad at small-talk. It feels fake and forced and unnatural to me. I think this gives people a bad first impression of me.

4. I get inspired easily. But I also get discouraged easily.

5. I've discovered that I automatically empathise with people and things too much. I can empathise with an inanimate object if I don't rationalise with myself.

6. I am terrible at hiding my emotions, my face may as well be a projection screen for my thoughts.

I tag:
The mysterious 'K'
and the mysterious 'R'

Sunday, October 12, 2008

This is.. my current reading material

Click the pic for extra fun! You might even learn something..

Essay number 2 is now complete, albeit an absolute pile of rubbish. All I want is to pass, seriously, just get me out of here.

Now I get to start on the lab report, lucky me. This is my reading material, 8 articles about individualism and extrinsic motivation. Amazing how a lab report can suck the fun out of even potentiall interesting topics. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a combined total of 179 pages to read, understand and summarise by the end of today...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Keeping good company

These dudes have been keeping me company and providing distraction while I attempt to finish essay no.2. Thanks to Cintia for the great tips on how to string them up! They are quite enjoying hanging by my window and playing in the breeze.

I have to say though, the phrase "never work with children or animals" also applies to paper balloon animals, trying to get a photo when they were facing the same way was impossible! I'm sure my neighbors found it quite amusing seeing this girl standing on her bed, polaroid camera in one hand and trying to twist the balloons in the right direction with the other hand. I'm lucky I didn't face-plant onto my bedside table.

Anyway here they are, I have named the tiger Samuel, and the panda Harry. Hope your weekend is better than mine!
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Flashback Friday (on a Thursday)

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I know there is/was a Flashback Friday meme going around, so I decided that I'd finally join in for a few weeks. The reason I hadn't joined in until now was because being only 21 and born in 1987, I didn't exactly have any photo that were circa 70's/early 80's that would allow me to particpate!

A couple of days ago I was looking at all these awesome photos I have of my Mum around my room from her 20's and I had a lightbulb moment, I could use them! I absolutely love these photos of my mum, she was stunning back in the day (not to say she isn't now..) with her long brown hair and legs that seemed to go on fuh-ev-ah. Seems I didn't inherit those genes, grr. Although she attributes her teeny tiny 20's body to the fact that her Mum was a terrible cook! And let's face it, home cooking has gone up a few notches since then, in my house it has anyway!

I have about 5 or 6 pictures that I'm going to share with you over the next few weeks, and you'll probably notice that we have exactly the same face pretty much, closest I'll ever get to know what a twin of me would look like. I hope you enjoy these pics, (and I hope Mum doesn't mind me putting them up here!) because I seriously love them and how hippy/retro/STUNNING my old ma looks in them.

The above pic is of my Mum (standing, check out those legs!), my aunty (sitting) and one of my cousins (I assume.. most of them are at least 10 years older than me).
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Money money money

Procrastination seems to be becoming an expensive activity for me..

I received my necklace, animal balloons and 'Keep Calm and Carry On' postcards in the mail over the last few days. But I've been too lazy/busy to actually take any photos of them. I'm also trying to figure out where and how to display my animal and world map balloons, do I just tape over the hole? Cinti, any suggestions?

So my latest purchases are these beautiful motivational posters which I've loved ever since I saw them over on Cup of Jo. My love was even more confirmed after seeing them on Design for Mankind and I decided it was a SIGN. After all, I was procrastinating, so what better to spend my money on than a motivational poster or two?

It took me so long to decide which ones to go with, but I felt that these two were particularly important to me at this stage of my life. Plus they were pretty.

I've bought so many posters and art prints and I still haven't framed any of them! I feel so bad for the beautiful things when they arrive and I have nothing to put them in to display them. As soon as all this uni craziness is over I will do it. No really I will.

I'm also so excited because today in a random cleaning spree I found my lost polaroids! I've been trying to figure out what I did with them for months now. Turns out I had put them in a little bag and stacked them on my bookshelf with other stuff that I'd forgotten about. I was amazed by how many there were, I'd could only remember about two. This puts me one step closer to the polaroid heart.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Obligatory feet photo

This was going to my "This is.. show off time" post, but the sunlight totally bleached out my awesome new shoes! I can't seem to get it right with my polaroid at the moment, it's either too dark or too bright so I'm not getting the detail I want.

Anyway, this is my driveway and these are my new shoes, not that you can see them.. they are blue and sort of a cross-hatch, flannel-y type pattern. Does anyone know what that's called? It's driving me insane. (*Edit* It's called plaid! Thanks Kerry, I feel pretty stupid now..)

I got these from rubi shoes, a new division of cotton on, which has the cheapest and most mass produced shoes ever. Which should kill my conscience, but I got four pairs of shoes for $50, and I'm not going to argue with that! They're all a tiny bit big but I need to get insoles anyway because they have absolutely no arch support, so hopefully that might make them fit better. But for less than $15 a pair I don't really care if I can't wear them for longer than an hour at a time!
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