July Favourites

July Favourites

Another month gone! We’re now well into the second half of the year. Let’s talk about some favourites I’ve had over the past month.

Movies

 

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

This month, I finally watched the original trilogy of Star Wars. I kept saying I would get around to it for ages, and this month, we sat down and watched each one. I liked A New Hope, but Empire Strikes Back was insanely good! All the iconic moments and lines are in this one, which confused me, as I was left wondering what was in the third movie (which isn’t that good compared to the first two in my opinion). I got really pulled into the story, and I was worried what would happen to the characters. Always a good sign when a movie can pull you in like that. If you haven’t seen the original Star Wars, make sure you watch this one at least!

Kingsman: The Secret Service

I kept meaning to watch this movie forever! But I kept forgetting, and then eventually we finally remembered and watched it last week. I had no expectations going into it, but it was so much fun! I can’t remember enjoying an action movie this much. This is based off a Mark Millar comic, which is in the same genre as Kick Ass and Sin City, so it’s graphic and violent at times. But in like a comic book way. Also watching Colin Firth fight and kill people (well) was just a good time. If you’ve seen this movie, then you guys will know what I mean. The church scene anyone? (If you’re not into violence, maybe don’t watch).

I’m pretty excited that a sequel is coming out soon.

Music

Bad Liar – Selena Gomez

Damn it Selena, you and your catchy songs. From the first time I heard this, I could not get it out of my head. I still can’t. It’s definitely an ear worm, I blame that bass line. I can’t help but to sing (and dance) along with it every time it comes on.

Sweatpants – Childish Gambino

I recently got into Childish Gambino again. By that I mean, I wound up on Community clipson Youtube, and through related videos, I fell down a hole of Childish Gambino songs. I listened to 3005, Sober, Redbone and Sweatpants on repeat. I find myself listening to this one in particular over and over though, and I can’t pinpoint why. I just can’t skip it when it comes on. Also, this video is trippy.

Books

I only read one book this month. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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After reading a lot of non-fiction books lately, I just wanted some light reading. I found this through my Goodreads recommendation and thought it sounded interesting. Basically, it starts after the happy every after part. Which sounded different to the normal meet-cute books I like to read.

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

I liked it more than I thought I would. It was easy to read on and off for the past month. I hope to read at least two books next month though.

Games

Kindergarten

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I watched a few Let’s Players on YouTube play some of this. The art style was cute, so I looked into getting it myself. The fun thing about this game, is that while it looks cute and friendly, you die in pretty vicious ways, and the storyline has a dark sense of humour. I got stabbed in the head by the cute little blonde with pigtails at the bottom cause I couldn’t give her a dollar. I’m still making my way through this game, it’s pretty fun!

Something New

I couldn’t decided between the two biggest things that happened this month. Both ended up happening last weekend. I officially went self-hosted, and Rory and I are officially homeowners!

That’s it for this month! What’s some of your favourites from this month?

Past Favourites

Angela.

Weekend Review #12

3 months of weekend sharing! Woohoo! Here comes another one.

Saturday

I had a really good sleep! 9 hours! Which is rare, as normally my brain wakes me up after 7 or 8 telling me to get ready for work. But not today, I woke up at 8.30. Eventually got out of bed and had a super long hot shower cause it’s freezing. Then came out to a living area that was warmed thanks to our  trusty heater. To keep the good times rolling, we decided on waffles for breakfast. I also made us some hot drinks.

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Waffles for him
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Waffles for her
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Drinks for all

We set off laundry, and it was actually not raining for a change so we could put laundry outside. There is however an Antarctic wind blowing around. Chills you to the bone kind of breeze. We call it Southerlies. And what’s south of New Zealand? That’s right, Antarctica. Southerlies are always freezing and make you want to curl up in bed again. But we persevered.

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Don’t let the sun fool you. It’s freezing.

Eventually it was 11.30. I really wanted to checkout the thrift stores in town one more time to get the last two items on the Thrift List. Namely overalls and a lace up top. We also had to get groceries done. We decided to tackle both at once. Rory did the groceries (and took a photo at my request!), and I thrift shopped.

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Blurry Car Selfie

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I did manage to find some overalls! Recycled Boutique came through once again with one pair of overalls. This time in size 8. The denim was stretchy and it fit me really well! So now I have overalls ticked off! But try as I might, I could not find a lace up top. I found lots of button up tops, and tops made out of lace, but no lace up top could be seen. I checked a few stores, but after an hour, I called defeat. I still did way better on the list than I thought possible though! I’m planning a full post about all my finds in a few days! I’m excited to see how Kali has done too!

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Rory and I met up and were surprised to realise that it was now 1.30. We headed home and Rory made pumpkin soup for lunch. He surprised me by saying that he had been taking photos of the process. Guess me and my blogging/photo habits are starting to rub off on him 😀 So, look out for that post in the future!

Then I started taking photos for future blog posts, including the Thrift List. I still find outfit photos a bit more unusual than other photos (like travel or food), it’s just a lot harder to co-ordinate. I know some of you guys would ask someone to take the photos, but I like trying to do it myself (control freak possibly?), and also, last time when I asked dear Rory, the photos come out blurry (I told him this and he just laughed). He takes amazing candid shots of me, but we just always dissolve into giggles when I ask him to take outfit photos.

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Sneaky Peek

Anyway, this carried on till 7, when we finally realized that maybe we should organise dinner. We had Pork Curry with veges, then we both went back to blogging or playing games. At around 10 we went to bed where we both read for a bit before calling it a day.

Sunday

Woke up at 8am. For breakfast we had scrambled eggs on toast. We both hung around as usual in the morning. I took more photos for future posts, wrote a little, then I tracked down my kindle to find my latest book to read. I’ve agreed to read The Handmaid’s Tale alongside a few blogging friends! I dressed in heaps of layers today, cause again, it’s freezing.

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By 11.30 I was ready to head out. I was meeting my friend Sarah for lunch at Sweet Mother’s Kitchen. She’s been in China the past four months so we haven’t actually seen each other since early this year.

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Sweet Mother’s Eclectic Style

The food there was yummy as always. I like to go for the sweets, so I grabbed a key lime pie, and we also had curly fries to share. To drink, I grabbed a ‘Salty Dawg’, which is a salted caramel shake. On a random note, I seriously love their key lime pie.

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Fun note, when you’ve finished your food, they bring you your check on a little tea plate with a bonus friend.

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Afterwards, we walked back to my place where we proceeded to talk, hang out, show pictures of past adventures and just catch up for the next few hours. It was really good to catch up with her again! We had so much to talk about and it was nice to see her in person instead of on the computer through Skype! Rory eventually headed off to catch up with friends too.

By now it was 4pm and I felt like a nap. But then I started writing more blog posts, and you know how I end up going for hours on those. At around 6.30 I had leftover pumpkin soup for dinner. Then I blogged a little, read a little, sang and danced a bit, messaged some people..then from Facebook Messenger, I got a notice saying I had a video call from Mum. I thought it might be a misdial, but I hit answer anyway. I said hi a lot of times while Mum looked confused, then pulled her tablet to her ear and sounded surprised to hear me. We talked for a bit in this fashion which was both strange and nice 😀

I blogged some more, wrote in my five-year journal, did the dishes, and went to bed at 10.

To-Do List

  • Groceries – yes, and you can thank Rory for the photo of the weekly shop, as I was at thrift stores!
  • Laundry
  • Driver’s License Name Change Application – haha, nope
  • Complete Passport Application – just gotta send it now
  • Finish Thrift List – as much as I could
  • Write and schedule posts for following week
  • Take photos for future posts
  • Finish current book, and start on The Handmaid’s tale
  • Catch up with Sarah on Sunday
  • Baking – nope
  • A little cleaning – nope again, although we did wash bedsheets so that’s something.

That’s all for my weekend!

Angela.