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Book review Tuesday.

I like Tuesdays, they are the day when movies at the cinemas are cheap and also the day I don’t do any washing (well today I didn’t do washing). TV is good too, Donna Hay is on, followed by Nigella Lawson and then Downton Abbey. I know I sound like a 60 year old woman who lives alone and doesn’t do anything. I do. I promise. Today I took advantage of cheap movie tickets and went to Rialto with a coworker to watch a movie, I met an old school mate from Zimbabwe for dinner and then I came home and had a Skype date with BFAHB. Popular much?

But I digress. Tuesdays, I have decided, will become the day I review books I’ve just read. Today it’s ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls, which I confess I read because I saw a trailer for the movie version which looked quite promising and I think that the book is always better than the movie so I thought it would be a good read. It kind of was and while I enjoyed it, the last few chapters left me really sad. So sad that I couldn’t start ploughing my way through the laundry basket of books BFAHB left me. I’ve had to read the last Harry Potter book to make me happy again probably because it’s a book I love and am familiar with and I know it will make me feel better.

One Day

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Apart from the sad aspect of the book, I did enjoy it. I liked the conitnuity of it and the way the characters developed. They felt like real people who are faced with real problems, and some of them were problems we can relate to e.g. graduating from uni and feeling at loss as what to do with your life. I think maybe that is what upset me about this book was that it was too real, what happened to the characters in the book could happen to us, and I don’t always like to be reminded that I am human as silly as that sounds. We read, sometimes purely for escapism not reality.

Either way I’m glad I get to reread Harry Potter (though I do have to block the images from the movies when I read it).

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A mix of emotions!

I am a girl, which means that I am constantly changing my mood, kind of like how the weather constantly changes in NZ.

Today I am

  • Grumpy- my job makes me grumpy, when I first started in customer services I was lovely. I smiled a lot and asked people how their day was and genuinely meant it. Now I am cynical, I get annoyed at people who are rude to me and I lose my patience quickly. Seriously I think tourism and the customer services industry has stolen my soul. It makes me feel like this:
via reddit.com

via reddit.com

It’s one of the reasons I decided had to get out of the industry and go back to uni. I didn’t like that I was starting to dislike humanity. I don’t want to be that cantankerous old lady who throws things at small children. Seriously though people (myself included) really need  to work on how they treat people in customer services.

  • Sad- I don’t know why I’m sad. I am presuming it’s because I am female. Also I miss my mum and BFAHB. Oh and I miscalculated my earnings and savings by like $137 that is a bummer and means people aren’t going to get sweet smelling presents from Lush for Christmas.
  •  Grateful – I realise that this has been a bit of a depressing post but today I am grateful. I voted today.  In an election where my vote counts. In an election that won’t be rigged. In an election where I felt safe voting for who I wanted and had no fear that myself or my family would be harmed. In Zimbabwe, and indeed many places, this is not the case. I remember my art teacher in high school telling me that she went to vote and was turned away from the voting station for not being born in Zimbabwe and that she had ‘alien’ stamped on her passport. I remember that election being one where we all so strongly hoped that our voices would be heard and that Mugabe would have to step down, but in our hearts knowing that this wasn’t going to happen and that Mugabe would win through whatever means necessary be it violence, bribery or just plain rigging. New Zealanders are lucky, for all that we complain about, most of us in the first world are lucky. A while ago BFAHB found a poster that I think sums it up well:

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She’s back!

After being unable to write for about 2 years now after she was hit with severe depression, Marian Keyes is back and her book ‘Mercy Falls’ which will be released in 2012 centres around Helen Walsh  As a Keyes fan (I have all her books) I’m very excited about this. I have missed her books and have nothing but admiration for her for overcoming her depression and for speaking so candidly about it. I think there is still a certain amount of stigma that surrounds issues like depression, and for many, it can be encouraging to see that it is not something to be ashamed of and that it can be overcome.

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Do you know what’s cool?

Yes I am aware of the lame pun. This is doubly awesome though because  a) what’s happening blew my mind a bit and b) it’s narrated by David Attenborough who I think is incredible and who I would also like to be a member of my family. Seriously though how great is our planet? Stuff like this kind of amazes me and also makes me realise how much of a nerd I am.

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Sad panda

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via google images

Best friend AND head bridesmaid (BFAHB) has left! Today was a sad day for me, Wednesdays (the day we had lunch together and judged the masses) will no longer be the same now… but…it means I have somewhere to stay in the beautiful Queenstown and an excuse to go visit there. Anyway before she left she lent me a pair of red shoes  (I had a bit of a wizard of Oz moment while typing this) and a whole laundry basket of books. See why I love her?

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So true

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It is still raining…

…which gives me an excuse to not really do anything except play on google and find that the animal sanctuary Bally Vaughan  where I volunteered when I lived in Zimbabwe has a website. Bally Vaughan is a really awesome animal sanctuary for orphaned, abandoned or displaced animals and the website is definitely well worth a visit.

When I worked there one of my main jobs was to take care of a serval cat named Charlie. Charlie had been abandoned by a woman who had attempted to keep her as a pet and had failed dismally which is one of the reasons why  people keeping wild animals as pets makes me really angry. Charlies owner hadn’t realised that servals need a very rich calcium diet and as a result Charlie developed arthritis. Luckily though there was a place like Bally Vaughan that could take her in and care for her. She had her own enclosure and she loved it when people came to sit with her and just talk to her. Serval cats are probably my favourite of the African cats, they have a really cool body structure with their back legs being longer then their front legs and a set of long ears which helps them to hear better.

Taking care of Charlie was one of my favourite jobs at Bally Vaughan because she was such good company and I was severely allergic to lions (who knew!) so working with them would just send me into a red eyed ball of sneezing mess.

Random facts about Servals:

They are able to jump up to three metres into the air to catch birds in flight.

They like water and are good swimmers…I once had to dig a little swimming pool for 2 of them.

People often mistake them for cheetahs…which I don’t understand but I don’t know anything about cars and mistake holdens for fords which car people probably don’t understand.

They hiss heaps, which doesn’t necessarily mean they are annoyed it can actually also just mean they’re saying hello to you.

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