I'm partying like it's my birthday.
Gonna have a midlife crisis and go all gangsta, cos it's my birthday awwwww yeah.
First thing I did this morning was give Glen my iphone. I love the thing, but I'm pretty sick of checking my email every time it bings, and I'm well sick of Twitter. It is not a good start to the day to flick open Twitter and see half the world moan about the day ahead, so stuff that, I'm going to avoid it and become a blogger again. Old skool stylez.
I got some choccies and enjoyed a coffee this morning with an old (young) school friend. We are young. But also, sadly, not actually as young as we were 20 years ago when we finished school (I shit you not, I may be into gangsta rap, but I finished school 20 years ago, I'm a conundrum). I've got lots of lovely messages on Facebook, I'm not going to avoid Facebook, I like Facebook.
So here's to this year coming up, one which will be filled with excitement and fun, and will be much better than 2010. It started today with the council putting in a hole for our new P30 parking sign outside the shop in town, wonders will never cease. It is a legendary good day.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I'm partying like it's my birthday.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
We just want to send our deepest sympathies to all the families and friends of those poor men in the mine who lost their lives. My dad is from the West Coast and we know what an amazing, tight knit community it is. It must be terrible there at the moment, our thoughts are with you.
Posted by Martha Craig at 7:08 PM
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Posted by Martha Craig at 8:41 PM
I've had a great day. The lovely Kim tweeted that she had some Toast Martinborough tickets, and quick as you like I snaffled 'em up. My very kind parents obligingly took the kiddies for us, and Glen and I hooned over to Martinborough. It was so pleasant, we don't do much that isn't work or child related, so hanging out together scoffing yummy food was great. I was driving, so I took delicate sips of yummy wine, and we blew our $80 worth of festival francs in very quick time (a single paua fritter, with a sprig of watercress on a little plastic plate was $25, shock). We had a nice walk around and were happy to leave to collect the kids after a couple of hours.
- We had a wonderful Christmas shopping night in Mt Vic on Thursday, so we've decided to do the same in Petone this coming Thursday (the 25th), there'll be wine, lollies, discounts, giveaways, it will be great fun.
- My friend Katie recommended Sons of Anarchy, it is good, but my god what a raw, vicious world. I'm going to persist because Katie has great taste, but I think I'll have to steel myself with whisky, like that bloke who had his tattoo torched off. Actually whisky might be necessary each time I remember it.
- We're going camping very soon after Christmas. I am very, very excited. We bought a tent years ago (it was one of those things we got before the third baby appeared), and this will be our first time using it.
- I've got nothing else to say really. I'm a bit knackered from all the being a wino with all the luvvies, bogans and 18 year olds.
Posted by Martha Craig at 8:17 PM
Monday, October 25, 2010
Crikey, spent the finest long weekend ever in Paekakariki, housesitting for the very generous spirited Helen in her humungous, gorgeous home. It made me realise how crammed in we all our in our little place, and I resolved to straighten out my studio so that it would be an appealing destination to go and pay bills and whatnot. I was so good I spent several hours this afternoon hauling boxes around, and deciding whether or not to keep diaries from 1993, and old essays, and the manual for Glen's Technics stereo he got in 1982 (for the curious: I kept the diary, otherwise I might forget again that I'd studied Foreign Policy, ha! Who knew? And I had to keep those particular essays, because otherwise I may have forgotten that at one stage I was capable of writing the perfect comms plan a Work and Income New Zealand restructure at one point in my life. And of course I kept the stereo booklet. After 28 years I couldn't be held responsible for chucking out something so vital).
Posted by Martha Craig at 8:26 PM
Friday, October 08, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
My previous drunken posts probably reveal part of the fun this weekend was. After a lovely, busy day in the shop in Petone, visited by lots of great people and chatting away to all the ace customers, I came home to a delicious bottle of wine. I love the beginning of daylight savings, I know it is a drag for some, but when you've got kids who are waking earlier and earlier, is is psychologically a blimmin godsend. And wine! A good evening of drunken scheming, twittering, singing 80s songs (C4 had a well timed 80s night), awesome.
Posted by Martha Craig at 10:04 PM
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Even 2 minutes after I wrote that, I realised it didn't make sense, but for Mission Martha's Brain I decided to just Go For It.
Posted by Martha Craig at 11:07 PM
I figured at some point in the next decade I had to be hammered.
Posted by Martha Craig at 11:01 PM
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I'm not feeling brainy. I used to feel pretty onto it, but now my brain is FULL of boring staff rosters, GST returns, accounts to pay. Total yawnfest. I don't know how people keep a part of their brain for themselves when there is so much to have to think about, but they do, and I'm going to too. I just don't know how yet. Any suggestions are welcome.
Posted by Martha Craig at 9:27 PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
- I read Room today. I really liked it. I don't read much these days, and I couldn't put it down.
- I went into the shop last night and tried on heaps of clothes. It is the first time I've done it, and it was amazing, like having my own personal, well, shop (which I suppose I do have). I bought myself this and one of these (not pictured).
- Things are much better than they were. We got back most of our money for the crashed car in Australia, which was great. We don't tend to take out the insurance on rental cars, and even though we've been caught out the last couple of times, we only actually lost a couple of hundred of bucks, which is what we would have lost if we'd taken out insurance, and not used it. Sounds very circular, I know, but we're happy.
- The shops are ace. Winter was pretty grim, the recession kicked in, but basically we just realised that last year was blimming cruisy, and the shops are still viable. Talk to any retailer, and this is the year the recession bit. Plus things are definitely on the up now, and we're really enjoying them.
- I got a new camera, look! It's suddenly like I can actually take photos, even if I can't put them prettily in the blog.
- Now I have to go and watch *cough* Glee. Wheeeeee!
- Oh frack, seems something on my site is misbehaving, and I'm going to have to remove all the links (which were terribly out of date anyway, but still, wish I didn't have to.
Posted by Martha Craig at 7:59 PM
Monday, September 06, 2010
Every year I manage to miss anything good on the awards shows, but I found this on YouTube, and it neatly combines my Joel McHale/Community love, 30 Rock new obsession (yes, I'm a late adopter), Glee secret fangirl ness, OMG Madmen/Jon Hamm, and Bruce Springsteen. I could watch it all day. It even has Tim Gunn!
Posted by Martha Craig at 9:55 AM
Sunday, September 05, 2010
We've just been having the most insane batch of bad luck for the last couple of months, and it kind of ruins wanting to say anything on this blog, because everything is like "yeah, we went to Melbourne, but the car got pranged and it cost $4000", and "yeah, the shop is good, but then some cheeky motherfucker stole the ipod and it ruined my mood", and trust me, it has been a very long series of these sort of events. Fact is though, we're still very chipper. At this point all the stupidness is almost a joke, and as long as the bank doesn't actually expect us to pay back the credit card, we'll be fine.
Posted by Martha Craig at 12:35 PM
Friday, August 06, 2010
Not really, but I'm trying to gather momentum, so here I am. I'm going to Melbourne next week, and I intend to have very little contact with the internet while I'm there.
Posted by Martha Craig at 10:44 PM
Thursday, August 05, 2010
I really miss blogging, I miss doing it, and I miss reading it. I want to bring it back.
Posted by Martha Craig at 6:16 PM
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Man, it has been ages. This winter has been a bit shit, yes? Everyone seems to be grumpy and down, and I'm no exception. I've been trying to be discreet and grown up about dramas, but hells, time to share.
The happy news is that it is all just slightly surreal, and basically we're pretty content and happy. If we only had one shop I think it would've slayed our confidence, but because we have another completely perfect and unproblematic shop in Petone, we know all this bullshit is not our fault, not due to any ineptness on our part, just pure craziness.
Posted by Martha Craig at 8:33 PM
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
The cupboards are exactly what we needed in our kitchen, full of character, and with loads of useful storage. The chairs are all being used in the shops to hold up precious cushions.
Posted by Martha Craig at 10:52 AM
Friday, May 28, 2010
I have high hopes for June. April was shitarse, May has been better, and June is shaping up to be pretty great. Mainly it is great for work/shop reasons. I've had a really good idea for the shop (in Mt Vic), which involves a bit of rearranging, and I think will make it wicked good. We're going to make the side room a sort of baby/child stuff room, and the main part of the shop super sophisticated grown up stuff, and coincidentally all this really cool product has started appearing, which is fun and designery gorgeous.
Posted by Martha Craig at 9:19 PM
Monday, May 17, 2010
It is amazing what can be achieved when there is a pressing tax return needing attention. While I should be measuring up my home office, and tallying all my home power bills, I've instead been re-designing the Wanda Harland website. Not the shopping site, the shop site, capiche? Hopefully Glen will be making it live right about now. Mind you, my efforts were thwarted yesterday by Wordpress going down until 1am (the benefit of a baby is that you are often still awake at 1am. Yes. It is a benefit).
And might I just say how much I like Wordpress? I'm not going to change from darling blogspot here, but over there Wordpress is the bomb. As in a cluster fly bomb. Oh dear. Stream of conscientiousness blogging is leading all over the freaking place tonight.
- The new website (over there) will allow for me to more easily upload new products and blather about them. If you like that sort of thing, you can now follow me, since it has fancy schmants RSS.
- We've been watching Treme, by David Simon, who made The Wire. It is great, for all the reasons that Amanda speaks of over here, and she says it so much better than I could. I'd like to be watching it now, but someone is busy tweaking aforementioned website.
- We've also become somewhat obsessed with Community, after a recommendation from Ms Hubris. It is sooooooo gooooood. Although Joel McHale is too muscley for someone who looks like him, which is a compliment, because he is very handsome, and the muscles serve as a distraction.
- We had tortillas again tonight, with rice and chicken and black beans. I think the tortilla press obsession may last a little longer than the paella obsession, which lasted quite a long time.
Posted by Martha Craig at 10:49 PM
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Through cunningness, and slight disorganisation (shh), I have an unexpected night sitting on the couch. I can't print t shirts, because they're all in the shop in Mt Vic, and I can't drive in to get them because I fell over and two glasses of cab sav slid down my throat. Which may or may not be a lie. I did certainly have huevos rancheros made with delicious homemade tortillas. I finally treated myself to a tortilla press, and the process of making them is a joy! And yes, we'll admit it, I had a glass or two of le vin.
Posted by Martha Craig at 8:28 PM
Thursday, April 22, 2010
With an increase in professionalism and and busy-ness has come a lack of pissed-ness. Woe! So tonight I drank some Glayva (only booze left in the house, bar tequila, and you really don't want tequila blogging). And I'm blogging. I love you blogging, you're awesome. The only thing I love more than you, blogging, is twittering. Damn Twitter, it is the whore that stole my heart. I hate it, but I can't look away.
Posted by Martha Craig at 5:58 PM
Monday, April 05, 2010
Yesterday we went to Armageddon. Oh my, what an eye opener that turned out to be. I have no idea what we were expecting, but let me say we were not expecting the be-costumed soft parts of so many youth. And by soft parts I do not mean rude bits. Just their bodies.
Once we overcame our shock, we got on with the business of enjoying ourselves. It was heaven for the kids, there were storm troopers roaming, or maybe there was just one, but he was a friendly chap and waved to everyone. There was a blue man, not a Smurf, erm, is Nav-i the term I'm after? And then we glanced in at the speeches, and this bloke was speaking -> he was funny, and he was wearing sandals and socks, and talked about how he was concentrating on his "visual art" and his "wire sculptures". I was just impressed he was on Benson and Boston Legal. Oh, and Star Trek, there was a reason he was at Armageddon.
Following that was the very surreal experience of seeing the little black woman with the squeaky voice, from Police Academy (I was going to mention her big boobs, but I don't want to seem uncouth) singing a Tina Turner song. That was utterly weird.
Fortunately she was joined by that bloke from Police Academy, Michael Winslow, who does the sound effects. He was quite awesome, and did a whole scene from Star Wars.
I think we've geeked out enough for maybe the rest of our lives, although I have to say, while it didn't seem fun at the time, I'm kind of pleased we went.
Posted by Martha Craig at 7:35 PM
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
- I burned my face! It was dramatic, and klutzy, and will be fine, but I'm hiding for a few days until the scabby bits fall off.
- We watched a little video we made of the kids a year ago, and my god, what a year it has been. I think we're going to do absolutely nothing for a while and catch our breath. I didn't quite realise how much of a lifetime ago things would feel after we opened the new shop.
- We're sort of tossing up shifting house. Oops, I suppose I should re-read that bullet point above. Le sigh. We really don't want to move, our house is cutie pie, and we love the 'hood, but we're acutely aware that these children are growing fast. We saw a house we liked, but man, I dunno, selling is a drag.
- We've been watching this American comedy series called Community. If you have friends in America, get them to send it to you, it is hilarious. Dare I say it, I think we like it just about as much as The Wire. (And all credit to Ms Hubris for introducing it to us).
- I've gone paint by numbers and bentwood chairs mad. If you have either, please introduce them to me, I'll pay you in real dollars.
Posted by Martha Craig at 10:21 PM
Friday, March 05, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
It is a gorgeous day, and I spent a lovely time at a festival in Mt Vic, and ate something that gave me a spell of feeling like death. I'm on the mend now, but eek, moments like that make me determined to stay healthy forever, because illness is AWFUL.
5. Hitch up your tits, whether they're beanbags or hackysacks. Wear decent, properly fitted bras.
Posted by Martha Craig at 3:04 PM
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Heh heh, I said "rooting".
But I am. I'm rooting for the divine Karen Brown, a contestant on New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker now showing on TV3, because seriously, she is awesome. I met Karen at my shop, and I believe she has everything it takes (skillz, looks, charm, awesomeness) to win this competition.
Posted by Martha Craig at 8:44 PM
Monday, February 08, 2010
Whew, with the previous blissed out, moony post I broke the, erm, dumb brain, I broke the period-of-non-bloggingness (the only word springing to mind was "hymen", and I'm way too classy to write that on the internet.
And in Petone, all the adult clothing is marked down by 25 % too.
Posted by Martha Craig at 11:42 AM
Weird. I'm on the couch, Lucy is asleep, the boys are back at school. There is an order I should be packing, but I've done the invoice up, and I'll pull it together later. The house is quite tidy, because we had art group yesterday. For art group I made Pull-Apart Orange Rolls, you really should try them, them absolutely amazing, and quite easy to make. Radio NZ is streaming through the laptop.
And that is all.
Posted by Martha Craig at 11:34 AM