Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Things I want

Yeah yeah, I have enough, but of course still I want more:

A green wall
A boat
To see Moonrise Kingdom
And Looper
A holiday
Better weather
To be able to do pottery without having to learn
The caravan to be painted
More energy in the evenings
More Homeland.
To have a longer attention span
For someone else to file all my receipts
More vegetables in the house. Preferably cooked (or prepared) and delivered to the table

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Doing things

I get sad about this blog. It was such an awesome part of my life for years, and I really felt like I'd found my voice with it. Lots of things happened though, Facebook took off, Twitter became a constant stream of consciousness thing, rather than concocting blog post during the day I'll blat out my every thought.

I had a third baby, opened a second shop, moved house. Time marches on and I still neglect it. I haven't the time or inclination to plug the SD card in or take photos. I'll leave the blog here as long as Blogspot will have it, but I suspect it is pretty much a historical document (and has been for a few years).

My vision of myself when I have more time is of being a more creative person. I'd like to do all the vague projects that waft around in my head. I'm realistic and realise that some time in the distant future I might not want to be a shop-owner, and I often think about what I'd do after. I think dreaming of a Lotto win is a good way to work out where you'd like to be, at the moment I think if I won Lotto mostly things would stay the same. I like the kids' school a lot, I love the shops, I like where we live. I'd like more holidays and maybe to study something fun, but three little kids are the reason I don't do that, not a lack of money or motivation.

All this vague waffling doesn't really say anything, just that I'm still around, would like to be around more, am not stressing about that.


Monday, April 23, 2012


I wrote something over there.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Twenty things

1. I want to get into the habit of writing again, so I've taken Twitter and Facebook off my phone. Baby steps.
2. Twenty things seemed like a manageable number, and really they'll probably all be tweets anyway.
3. I'm listening to Joan Armatrading. iTunes makes is really easy to follow every nostalgia whim, and I'm fond of this music from when I was a girl and my mother would play the album. Related: I miss vinyl at the moment.
4. I have been reading a bit more lately. It is good. Thanks to Goodreads I know the last thing I read was Annabel by Kathleen Winter. I liked it, it was about a transgender person, and I know very little about transgender people. I still know very little, but I can nod a little more knowledgeably.
5. I'm working through painting the doors in our house orange, yellow, coral and teal. The colours are great but the paint is a bit shit, it is Dulux and I don't know why I didn't get Resene.
6. Today I ordered next summer's clothing from Kowtow and next summer's handbags from Saben. Days like this make me realise my life is bananas and surreal.
7. Speaking of bananas I just made banana muffins for my nephew's lunch. He is staying the night.
8. Twenty is a lot of things to think of.
9. Ooh! I can show you my excellent recent purchases. Here are my new shoes:

They're lovely, they were impossible to get into at first, but once they're on I can wear them comfortably for the entire day, a key function of shoes.
10. Here is my Le Creuset pan
strictly speaking I didn't buy it, I acquired it with credit card points. It makes me a better cook and you can cook all things with it. All things.
11. Not a purchase, but a bread recipe that will blow your mind.
12. While I'm being shallow, I got this stuff, it's really pretty amazing  
and quite cheap compared with things that aren't cheap, like almost all cosmetic brands.
13. I'm going to Wellington Fashion Week next week to write about it for the Wellingtonista. I'm blaming this for my current shallowness. I also need to learn some stuff, like what a "media pack in" means. I'm hoping it doesn't mean cattle prods.
14. I'm helping my friend Heather and her band Claude Rains with their music video next weekend. I'm quite excited. I'm just making cups of tea, but it feels like it might be the beginning of my new era, making cups of tea for bands.
15. 15 eh? 
16. Having one shop is really super awesome. So much less stressful and so much less hard work it is barely believable. I don't know how people have big empires. I suppose they don't actually like working in shops and gossiping with people all day long.
17. Speaking of which, my next challenge is to write a shop newsletter, it has been MONTHS. Sign up if you like. Or hahahhahahahahhahahahaha if you happen to think QR codes are kool, here you go
18. I'm now going to put some bread rolls in the oven, well, after I make two more exciting points. Since we got our breadmaker we never buy bread. It makes us extra smug.
19. Perhaps you should download Joan Armatrading. It won't make you rich, but it might make you happy.
20. I need to write a self-help book, and say things like "it won't make you rich, but it might make you happy".

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


A new year brings the usual thoughts of resolutions and plans. Mine are pretty simple, life is lovely and I hope it will stay that way, that my children will thrive and prosper and so will we. Plus I'd like to go out more and see more old friends. Specifically I'm going to be less phone phobic!

I'd also like to go away in our caravan often. We went up to Waimarama with it (plus two tents), and it was magic. I loved it, the bunting helped.