Highs and Low(e)s

Posted on May 17, 2015

Freedom Loaf

Highs:

  1. This competition is to win a brand new Skoda Fabia and a $3000 shopping spree, but the REAL prize is ONE ON ONE TIME WITH DAN AHWA! Love that guy! You got like, 5 hours to enter.
  2. This sweater.
  3. I tried gluten and dairy free bread the other which I feel like is a product that is pretty trendy right now and I have been skeptical of it all because I LOVE white bread, but I am doing that whole Junk Free June thing (you can sponsor me here! Or sign up and do it too!) and there’s only a couple of weeks to go so I have been trying different products with no sugar or just you know, healthier than what I normally eat. Anyway, the bread I tried was The Midnight Baker‘s ‘Freedom Loaf’. I tried it toasted with butter and also toasted with avocado and edamame beans on top and both were pretty good. I do have to say it doesn’t much taste like white bread at all, but I don’t think it’s supposed to. It reminded me of a muesli bar in that it had oats and a lot of texture. I would get it again. I probably WILL get it again.
  4. Speaking of things I have always been skeptical of but now feel okay about – coconut water. I tried this coconut water that got sent to me once and it was actually heinous. Granted it hadn’t been properly refrigerated at the time, but it was still salty and weird and just disgusting. That was like a year ago, at least. The second time I ventured in the realm of coconut water was a couple of weeks ago at Nike Training Club where they had free Cocoloco coconut water – you know, the coconut water packaged in the coconut with the straw coming out that people have on instagram – and it was dope. Quite sweet, but like, a completely different experience to my first. Anyway, I tentatively tried a bottle of ‘Fallen’ coconut water yesterday and it was very much the same as the Cocoloco one, but in a way easier to transport form. Would drink again. Try it. Trust me.
  5. I’ve watched this literally 17 times, can’t get sick of it.
  6. Did anyone watch that first episode of Wayward Pines? I think it’s a bit OTT but pretty entertaining at the same time.

Low(e)s:

  1. People who borrow money off you but then don’t pay it back for whatever reason, but don’t say anything about it, making you have to ask them about it, making you the asshole. Like, hold up a minute mate, you owe me money, don’t make me chase you for it, I’m not a bank.
  2. Winky smiley faces. Reserved for creeps. I don’t care what you say, there’s never a good time to use one of those.

Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on May 10, 2015

 

Highs:

Because I didn’t do a Highs and Low(e)s last Sunday, I’m incorporating the last fortnights of highs and low(e)s into this one.

  1. I was lucky enough to be featured on the cover of Viva with my mates Lani and Maddy! The Viva team must be bloody crazy thinking that people would’ve wanted to see my giant face all over the place, but I’m grateful that they are/did it anyway.
  2. I was in Sydney! I ate a lot of great food there! I worked out! It was all pretty bloody fantastic.
  3. I went to Joseph Moore’s comedy show, ’1989′ on Friday night and I highly recommend going to see it even if just for the (*SPOILER ALERT!*) Taylor Swift inspired song. If you ARE planning on seeing it, you might be shit out of luck because the show finished at the comedy fest earlier tonight, but keep an eye out because it might be around somewhere else? Maybe?
  4. This.
  5. It’s mother’s day and I haven’t put up a photo of me and mom together on instagram but I want everyone to know that she is the best. I love her very, very much.
  6. I am 21 days away from cutting out processed sugar for The Cancer Society’s Junk Free June. Feel free to join me or support me or you know, just look on from afar and laugh at me when I’m grumpy and starving.
  7. This is kind of an odd thing to put on my blog but basically I hate doing my taxes and one year I really messed them up and I got an accountant from The Business Advisory Group. Well, I got two accountants. I don’t know if they both work on all my crap or they both just like to receive my emails but one is called Martyn and the other is called Lauren and if you are looking for an accountant who will laugh at your email jokes and make you not feel like an idiot when you ask a lot of potentially idiotic questions, I recommend BOTH OF THEM.
  8. Cleaning our your closet. It’s true – the less stuff you have, the lighter you really feel.

Low(e)s:

  1. People who love to needle.
  2. People who read this post and get super defensive and think that I am accusing every reader of being a racist person. READ. THE. POST.
  3. Waiters that are judgey when they think the amount of food you’ve ordered is too much.
  4. Having flat feet.

NTC TOUR SYDNEY

Posted on May 6, 2015

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Me and the rest of the NZ media crew (L-R: Olivia from Cleo Magazine, Aroha Harawira, Lani of Lani Says) post-NTC Tour.

I can explain my absence over the weekend. I was in Sydney. I was in Sydney for the NTC Tour and I didn’t take my laptop with me. That’s actually pretty weird for me considering I have this blog and all, but 1.) I don’t have a laptop charger and I feel really mad about having to buy my third one so I have been borrowing other people’s for months and getting by that way, and 2.) laptops are heavy and sometimes you just don’t want to have that ish in your carry-on luggage.

(Always with the excuses, ay.)

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on April 27, 2015

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Designs by Steve Hall, iD International Emerging Designer Awards’ top prize winner. Photos/James K Lowe.

Highs:

  1. James and I went to Dunedin on Thursday for a couple of nights for iD Fashion Week which was pretty dope. We sampled the infamous cheese rolls, we cooked bacon butties in James’ hotel room, and got to see a fashion show on the longest catwalk in the Southern Hemisphere (which also happened to be in a train station). Some pics below.
  2. I watched Mockingjay: Part 1 last night and I didn’t think I was going to like it BUT I DID. #confessions
  3. You know how I mentioned how I was cutting out processed/refined sugar soon? Well that soon is in June, and it’s for The Cancer Society’s Junk Free June initiative. Long story short, it’s basically Movember but instead of being sponsored/raising money to grow hair and looking bad (or good?) for a month, you get sponsored/raise money to cut out junk food (which ones are up to you) for a month, with all the proceeds going to The Cancer Society of New Zealand. I was originally going to do no KFC for a month but then I realised people would never want to sponsor that because it’s too easy. No refined sugar is going to be HARD. I am going to have to cut out WHITE BREAD, ONE OF THE BEST FOODS OF ALL TIME. The campaign kicks off tomorrow so do consider signing up and/or sponsoring someone!
  4. I’m going to Sydney on Friday!
  5. Mandarin season.
  6. You may have already read this, but if not, take the time to – it’s basically an article about the making of Kim Dotcom’s album, ‘Good Times’. Did you know it cost $1 million to make? Did you know the engineer was forced to drink a cup of soy sauce and then vomited? Pretty weird, but also very fascinating. Do read.

Low(e)s:

  1. I’m sick.
  2. As mentioned yesterday, I fell off my workouts.

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MY JOURNEY TO THE NTC TOUR IN SYDNEY: 1 WEEK TO GO

Posted on April 26, 2015

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Murphy’s Law – One and a half weeks out of embarking on my epic 3-hours-or-so+plus-warmup-and-warmdown NTC Tour Sydney workout session, my training comes to an almost halt, mostly due to being busy (which isn’t a real excuse), out of town (also not a real excuse) and coming down with what I think is a cold/flu type thing (actual excuse).

This is kind of f*cked because I have taken many steps to avoid this exact situation – I’ve been staying at my house away from my sick boyfriend (he has been left to fend for himself), eating well, drinking lots of water, taking Viralex. But that’s how life goes, so here I am, in bed, with a disgusting feeling in the back of my throat, blocked ears and nose, watery eyes and a generally low disposition.

It all started on Wednesday. I felt iffy. I had a long day and decided against doing my 5km run because I have this fear of running outside in the dark and it was late when I got home from work. I said to Ben, ‘I better not get sick this weekend’. I woke up on Thursday morning feeling not-great. I went to work and had that weird feeling in the back of my throat. Ignored it. Got on a plane to Dunedin that afternoon and it all basically went downhill from there.

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on April 20, 2015

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Found this pic on Tumblr, can’t find the source, sorry.

Highs:

  1. Ella’s speech at the Taite Music Prize announcement on Wednesday night. Also, congratulations to Jakob for winning it!
  2. The deep fried cauliflower on the menu at Peach Pit right now.
  3. Made this really great dinner the other night, turns out I really love cooking – don’t know why I don’t do it more often. (Related: turns out I don’t really like baking. Weird, huh.)
  4. James and I are heading to Dunedin for iD Fashion Week at the end of this week. I’ve been to Dunedin once and it was with my ex boyfriend for his sister’s 21st birthday. I don’t remember much aside from it was very, very cold, I fell asleep in a bar and within 2 days I got bronchitis. Dunedin-ites – help! Tell me – where should we go? More importantly, where should we EAT?
  5. There are few things more therapeutic than cleaning our your closet/wardrobe/room. I spent a good few hours whittling down my wardrobe to things I actually wear, yesterday, including throwing out underwear and socks and t-shirts I was keeping for sentimental value. I refolded nearly everything and put it back in the drawers/on the hangers and I swear there is a lightness in me today that was not there before.
  6. On Sunday I went to a screening of That Sugar Film, which is that sugar film (lol) that everyone seems to be talking about. It was pretty good timing for me to watch it because I’ve been doing all this exercise lately and with that obviously comes some thought about diet, but also because I am going to do a month free of processed sugar (for charity – more on this later) so it is nice to know more about how sugar affects people – and it does. I suggest everyone goes out and tries to find out how to watch the film because basically we are consuming way too much sugar guys!

Low(e)s:

  1. Man’s ability to exert so much energy worrying about things we cannot change. How and why is it that one can spend hours obsessing, thinking and re-thinking about a decision made that’s done, or something that is not even related to us or something that may or may not happen, yet find it so difficult to spend just five minutes on something productive or helpful to our lives? Or is it just me?
  2. I’ve become one of those boring people who can only talk about fitness and why we shouldn’t eat sugar.