Highs and Low(e)s/Happy Birthday to Blog

Posted on March 6, 2016

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Spectators at a Sports Event, 1933. Photo/Martin Munkacsi.

It’s really weird, knowing that I have had this blog for seven years today. SEVEN YEARS. That is longer that Ben’s kid’s whole entire life. I’m so fucking old now, it’s mental. I’ve been thinking about it all day, how all these things have changed in the last seven years and how much of it is documented on here. (Not that it is easy to find now I have taken the easily accessible archive links away.) I had this whole idea last month that I was going to just shut this blog down today, on this birthday, some big dramatic shut down and then just never log in here again and never explain it to anyone and it would all just be gone, and then I started remembering weird posts I used to do like that one about that random guy who sent me a dick pic, or that weird one about how my workmate was in love with Jordan Rondel so we went to go find her (this is before I met Jordan aka The Caker) and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. So here we are.

In some ways I miss those old posts. For sentimental reasons, yes, but also because back then no one really gave a shit about what I wrote and it was all just fun and real and it was just my life. Now it’s like, if I put things up people might see them and get upset or whatever. I don’t know, I’m just ranting now but the whole point of this post is that I have had this blog for exactly seven years today so here’s some Highs and Low(e)s of the last month. (The best thing about having been lazy with the Highs and Low(e)s is that I have gathered up a lot of things to put down):

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Better for it.

Posted on February 27, 2016

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This morning’s Nike Training Club session on the beach. 

I wasn’t sure about titling this blog post ‘Better For It’. Mostly because I know that of all the people who know that the phrase comes from Nike’s current women’s fitness campaign, 70% will write this off as a fitness post that they can’t be bothered read because let’s face it – unless you’re into fitness, fitness can be bloody boring to hear about.

So let me be upfront. This post is sort of about fitness, and yes it’s about Nike. No this hasn’t been paid for. In fact, contrary to popular belief, to date I have never taken (or been offered, lol) financial compensation or remuneration to talk about Nike. I mean, there’s no exclusivity here – I wear several sportswear brands (including adidas – I think I wear my Gazelles are the most worn sneaker I own). Yes, I have been gifted Nike product. Yes, I’ve been invited to attend their events. But just to clarify, no, to date I have never signed any contract of any sort with Nike.

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Lewis Fredericks

Posted on February 3, 2016

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Phoebe (Clyne) in Lewis Fredericks. All Photos/James K Lowe for Lewis Fredericks.

A while ago me and James and Paige Best got together and created these images for Lewis Fredericks, an eyewear brand based out of New Zealand. They make handcrafted horn frames, they’re pretty dope – great quality and nice, classic styles (nothing too freaky or trendy here). Anyway, I thought you might like to see the images so here they are:

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Just checking in/Highs and Low(e)s

Posted on February 1, 2016

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(I am using James’ computer and he has a great collection of photos on here including this one.) Photo/Stephen Shore. 

Wa-ha-ha-haaay 2016 is really up and running huh. It’s bloody February already! I’ve spent the last three weeks ignoring this here blog, not because I’ve been that busy but mostly because I’ve been lazy. So, since January 10th a few things have happened:

Firstly, two people I know got engaged, which is mental to me because I still can’t believe I’m at the age where that is normal. I mean, it’s not even just normal, it’s like, extremely common but for some reason not many people I know very well have gotten married. I can’t figure out if that is because all my friends are young/immature (lol) or because a lot of them aren’t religious or something? Same with kids, I have hardly any friends with kids. Well, Ben has a kid but he’s the only one. Speaking of, we only have him half the week and I don’t really have to do any ‘parenting’ at all and it still stresses me out. I cannot figure out how other people have time/money to have kids and do the things they want to do full time, let alone part time. Anyway… I digress…

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Highs and Low(e)s

Posted on January 10, 2016

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Photo/Jamie Hawkesworth for NY Times’ T Magazine. 

Highs:

  1.  My latest Youtube obsession (aside from watching Jimmy Fallon clips) is watching all the videos that Dr Sandra Lee aka Dr Pimple Popper, puts up on her channel. WARNING: Not for the squeamish. Sandra Lee is a dermatologist based in California who puts up these videos of various procedures she’s done – mostly blackhead, whitehead, cyst removals. It’s insane, very fascinating and addictive to watch. (I mean, if you’re into that kind of thing.)
  2. Auckland without as many people in it. I love it.
  3. Yesterday I was lucky enough to do the coin toss for the women’s final of the ASB Classic! I had a snapchat story of it but it’s gone now so I only have this crappy video but you can trust me when I say I did a really great job lol.
  4. A couple of nights ago I went to Giapo for the first time since like, 2012 or something and I had the Organic Lemon sorbet, as well as a scoop of the ‘Paradise Garden’ which was a tangelo and pineapple sorbet and it was DOPE. I mean, at $10 it doesn’t come cheap, but it was delicious.
  5. The hummus at the kebab place in Ponsonby Food Court. Best I’ve ever had.
  6. This post is old, but worth reading.

Low(e)s:

  1. Body clock is fucked. It all started on Christmas Day, Ben and I were on that Making a Murder buzz and we watched it ’til 2:00am. Since then I’ve had really sporadic random sleeps – last night for example – I watched youtube til 4:30am and didn’t wake up until 12:15pm this afternoon. Then I went for a run/walk because I felt so gross, but I undid it at all by making a huge croque monsieur and eating it at 4:00pm and just now I had a shower then fell asleep and woke up and it’s bloody 8:45pm. I’m fucked, the whole thing is fucked.
  2. Oi, trust me to have an $1100 car insurance bill due now.
  3. My boyfriend and my flatmate have gone absolutely mental buying cans of coke. They bought 60 at around Christmas time and they’ve gone more than half way through them, AND we were away for part of the time. I don’t know why but it bothers me, this can’t be good for you.

Goodbye 2015

Posted on December 31, 2015

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Photo/James K Lowe.

I woke up at 6:23am this morning, the last day of this year. I couldn’t sleep. I wasn’t sure if that was due to the fact that I’d left the east-facing venetian blinds up and the light was pouring in and keeping me awake, or because tomorrow is going to be 2016 and my body was telling me to take note and that I was having some anxiety about change.

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