Weekly Love

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On Monday after doing my morning jobs I went out to my dads to walk Brax. I’ve been waiting so long for my dad and step Ma to get a dog and it is so nice to have him. The first time I met him I heard him before I saw him. When I came in through the gate he came out on the deck and we stared at each other while he wagged his tail. He is the biggest cuddle bug and the easiest pup to walk. Seeing him makes me feel instantly good. Now I wait until I have a pup of my own.

Little things: getting up and doing things; having a bit of time to myself; Friday drinks; getting to the gym; walking to work; cooking new things (tonight I’m making tabbouleh!); merino track pants; seeing the harbour from my couch; curry dates; the promise of Spring making its way through and taking every opportunity I possibly can.

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Right now, I have Sunday’s and Monday’s off at work which is so good. Tomorrow will be the first full day I’ve had to myself since I don’t know when! Recharging them batteries is hella important and as I’ve grown older I’ve fully appreciated that time to myself. I’m planning to go out to my dads to take Brax for a run and get some puppy cuddles in, meet my step sister for a coffee and wash my hair. Thrilling. Seeing the Spring fashion roll in at work and the beautiful sunshine we’ve had lately makes me so excited for Summer. I miss berries, avocados, swimming and daylight savings.

Little things: Hotel Hell & Kitchen Nightmares; having Loki greet me when I’m coming home; clean sheets!; taking Angie out to meet Brax; podcasts while I fall asleep; J Cole; people watching; waking up to my boo; naps; puppy cuddles; and dinner with dad and the step fam.

 

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We moved! Oh my god I can’t tell you how good it is to not be in a concrete cellar anymore. I can see the harbour from my room and I have windows! Two of them! As you can see by the epic exclamation marks in a short paragraph I’m thrilled to be moved. It was bitter sweet moving from Holland Street but such a welcome change. The hills to get home are killing my legs and I can’t wait for it to get warmer so I can use them to get back in shape. Did I mention my best friend has a dog? There is nothing more homely than a dog welcoming you. It’s nice to live somewhere new and I love being able to holler out to my best friend who is in the bedroom next door.

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It was also JP’s 28th birthday on Thursday and after not seeing each other for a week (just so Loki could settle in to a new surrounding) it was so lovely. Absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder and it’s nice to have warm fuzzies still after 2.5 years. We went out for Malaysian last night then popped into the Sprig and Fern in Petone for a couple of beers. It was a nice start and end to the weekend!

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Little things: Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert; not getting out of bed at 6:20am; This American Life; baths; cooking > take aways; grocery deliveries; visits from Kakas; Pokemon go; rewatching Grey’s Anatomy; DIY salads from Ka Pai; flamingo socks; getting A+ service at cafés; hearing the moreporks at night; Cleopold; coming home to my best friend; and of course JP.

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imageThis week has been nuts. Holy shit I don’t think I have ever worked so hard IN MY LIFE! In fact, I don’t even remember the last time I went to sleep before 8:30pm! It was a nice wake up call to sort myself out and eat better and make sure I’m still having fun along the way. I was meant to go to my mums last weekend but the work flow was also nuts. I haven’t seen my mum since Christmas so I came up yesterday to make up for last weekend. I’m currently lying in bed listening to the wild weather and it feels good knowing I don’t have to leave the house.

It’s my 26th birthday tomorrow which feels weird yknow? It’s one of those ages you think about when you’re in your teens and you think it’s SO OLD! Needless to say, I welcome another year because the older I get the more I learn and the more comfortable life feels.

Little things: good coffee; seeng my mum AND my cats; home cooked meal; having some time away from the city; This American Life (their archive is so massive and makes my day so much more bearable); coatigans; nice long baths; JP for his JPisms; hearing gratitude;  long walks with JP; our courier at work who is a big sweetheart; watching tv (ours isn’t connected to anything); and cats!!!

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After spending the better half of the week sick as a dog I am officially on the mend. Sinus infections are the bane of my existence so I’m thankful to see the back of it. I had a really cool doctor which made the whole appointment so much better. Instead of offering me nicotine substitutes (which are the absolute worst) he reminded me of the financial side. He told me that every time I got paid it would be better if I put my cigarette money in my savings because the tobacco company is taking my money which is funding their livelihood not mine which is a reality I’m been ignorant of. JP and I got cigarettes from duty free as a thank you for taking care of Mya and aside from Friday night I’ve been a very, very good girl. There is an unopened pack in my hand bag. Lets see how long this lasts!

As soon as I heard on the radio that Queen Bey had a secretive snippet on her instagram  I knew it had to be a new album and what do you know! It has been on rotation since I bought it and it’s the first album since Tyler, The Creator released Wolf that I’ve listened to from start to finish and loved every single song. I used to be on the edge of my seat every time an artist released something new so unless it’s widely publicised I wouldn’t have a damn clue.

Eating healthier has been on our cards for a really long time. We stop and start all the time and damn it makes life hard. I’m not going to lie – I really do not like how I’ve stopped taking care of myself.  For the past two years we’ve eaten terribly and nothing really changes for long. On Tuesday last week I sat at the computer for two or so hours coming up with a new menu so we’ll eat better and it has started off okay. Last night I made us double cheese burgers (the patties were very slim), swiss cheese with portobello mushrooms as the buns. A portobello mushroom cap has 22 calories whereas a whole burger bun can go up to 200 calories. Simple swaps + mushrooms are delicious.

Game of Thrones
I’m so very late to the party but damn, it’s good. One of my work mates has just started watching it as well so it’s nice to have someone to watch it with and not have it spoiled.

 

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Piri and I took our first nice photo together when she visited last week. Surprise, we were drunk as usual and a screenshot was necessary.

After the previous two Fridays of heavy drinking I was so super happy to have a sober weekend. Well, I had a couple of beers but not like ‘I’m going out for a couple of beers’ then come home four hours later borderline comatose. I started feeling pretty ill on Thursday and the house we are house sitting got colder than I expected so I’ve more or less been wrapped up in bed dying for the past couple of days on a diet of takeaways (bad) and painkillers. I’m about to get super specific on my gratitude coz I am ready for some change!

Getting my hair cut / getting a really good hair cut
It took me four years to get a hair cut. Four! My old hair dresser moved to Sydney and I have trust issues when it comes to getting my long hair trimmed. One day I was chatting to a customer, found out she’s a hair dresser then six months (?) and $90 later I trusted her in tidying my hair up. I love having long hair but unfortunately I had let it get a bit ratty and as said hair dresser said ‘It’s just sort of hanging there’. Also – how great is washing and drying your hair post cut? So healthy, so much easier to dry and so worth spending the money on.

Reflection
I do this all the time but more often so closer to my birthday which is pretty close. This year I’ll be 26 which is sort of scary but not really. I guess it’s easier to judge your life and success based on your peers life and success but right now all I care about are the four goals I tacked to my wall in January. They are my base and all the other things can sit on the shelf for a bit. House, pets, moving in together and potential children can just hold fire for another few years. It’s easy to feel like a failure when Kylie Jenner has her own make up line but YO a bit of elbow grease and a positive mind can help you get to a better place.

House sitting
I get asked ALL THE TIME when JP and I are moving in together. The answer is – most likely when we can put a deposit on a house. We live together Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and hang out most of Sunday. It is, however, nice to live together full time and the massive plus side it that we have a fucking DOG to look after. Not just any dog but a damn husky (who is in love with JP)

Facebook memories
I know this is a strange thing to be grateful for but man, (sometimes) I love looking back on who I was and what I did. I had a memory this morning that was with a girl I was once friends with and she had shared an out fit she liked. It made me feel really good coz I realised how much I have grown as a person since then but then made me realise what a gluttonous pig I’ve become ha ha.

My friends
I’ll tell you one thing – I don’t have a lot of friends BUT the ones I am incredibly close to (well two out of three) and talk to pretty much every second or third day live in Australia and the other just moved home. I’m so flippin’ grateful to have people in my life that make me laugh so hard I can’t even handle it. I’m just so fucking happy I have these girls.

Little things: HEAT PUMPS; pain killers; epic sleeps; baths; waking up oddly early feeling super energised; ASOS; dogs; my red sparkly nails; feeling a lot more confident in my abilities; sorting out my finances; Game of Thrones; home made chicken soup; trawling ASOS for bargains like the old day; falling asleep to This American Life, Modern Love and TED talks; and this ongoing sunshine (but I would like some rain please)

 

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Unfortunately, my iPhone went ‘kaput!’ the other day so the pictures I wanted to share are currently unaccessable. Sad face.

This week has been okay. I went to the funeral of a good friends best friend and it was a really lovely service and they talked about things. They talked about depression, how the mental health sector needs more love and the man he was before his depression hit. It was nice to see faces of people I remember when I was younger at my sisters house parties. The situation is beyond awful but knowing he is at peace is comforting. I talk about depression sometimes but I really want to make it a conversation. I’d rather combat the fact that it’s such a taboo subject.

After months of admiring my work mates nails I finally got my first shellac experience. It was quick, my nails look amazing and it was only $28.00 which is fantastic. I’ve been looking at my nails like ‘You really need to be fixed’ for some time now so it felt good to get it done. They’re pink, shimmery and they make me feel very happy.

I went to the library the other day, paid my fine and got pretty much the same books as I got out last year. David Sedaris is so damn funny and his books are really fun to read. I spent about an hour just wondering around and looking at different books and enjoyed being in my own company.

When I was 17 I bought my first Marbig journal and I’ve been writing in them ever since. I finished my last journal right before Christmas and hadn’t got around to getting a new one. I love writing and aside from on here I never do it much. It’s bright yellow and I’m looking forward to it.

This weekend is a lazy one and I can’t wait to eat something that isn’t take aways! I’m ready to shed the weight I’ve put on because being out of shape makes me hella miserable. There is nothing worse than trying on clothes and having nothing at all fit or looking really fucking frumpy in things that would usually look well fitted.