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Another one of those posts waiting to happen – another comment that lead to something more! Whip Up is a fabulous blog with posts about all kinds of lovely crafts, big and small, which I find very inspirational. They have found new buddies in the zine Mixtape, and recently they asked their readers to give a ‘mixtape’ of crafty inspiration. Intrigued, I commented. And won a prize! I’m waiting for my zine to arrive with yummy exciting craftiness just for me!!!

Here is the link to the main post, where I’m listed as a winner. I even made it into the favourites list! 😀

I’ve just succumbed – I thought I had enough websites to read and be addicted to, but I was wrong. I’ve seen this website around, snuck a shy glance every so often, but thought it was a bit out of my league. Wasn’t really sure if it would like me either. But then I mustered up the courage to approach and now it seems we’ve got a good thing going. Who knows, it could be a lasting relationship or just a fling. No big plans yet, we’ll see how it goes, take it as it comes… Got a good feeling though. 🙂

A while ago, my colleague and I organised an elective class called moviemaking. I wrote about it here. I realised that I never actually posted the result, of which we were very proud. 🙂

Just now I noticed that some of the audiofiles have been removed with the following message: “This video contains an audio track that has not been authorised by WMG. The audio has been disabled. More about copyright”… Fantastic. It’s a fricking student movie! 😦

This post has been on my to-do-list for a while now. A few weeks ago, a few other ladies at my work and I went to see this fabulous lady who also happens to be an on and off colleague at our school. She is mucho talented and if you get a chance, you should go and see her (she travels and might just show up at a venue near you… at least if you’re in London or anywhere in NZ or Australia). Link

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She has also thought of the amazing idea of Burlesque Idol and will be performing again in Auckland at the end of May. I’m definitely going!

I realise that it’s been way too long since I wrote a proper post. Granted, I have been here and updated my Books Read and Things I Make pages, but that doesn’t really count now does it?

Sometimes you’re just so busy that you have to really make an effort to get the things you want to do done, and that’s been the case for me lately. Work just seems to take over, and I have to make myself take the time to do what makes me happy. Lately I’ve been increasingly pondering this issue: Is it really worth it to work your arse off when you end up not having any energy for yourself, friends and family? Being the person I am it’s really hard for me not to work so hard, but I still think I need to slow down and consider what’s important in the long run. Wonder if I manage to change my ways or if it’s all talk with me as always when I get onto this topic…? I guess I just have to accept that I’m the only one with the power to do something about that.

But lets focus on something nice now! This weekend has been busy but in a good way. Saturday was spent going back to my roots at the Scandinavian Festival, where my husband joined a short Norwegian workshop for beginners and aced the class. Very proud! I attended a thoughtprovoking session about Icelandic sagas, which are important in Norwegian history too. We saw some darling Icelandic horses and visited the Norsemen’s village where I learnt to spin wool – something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. And i realised that there are a lot of people out there that know more about how my forefathers lived and what they believed in than me and maybe it’s time I’d do something about that… We went home tired and satisfied, and a tad restless for our future plans involving moving to Norway.

Later that evening we cuddled up with candles during Earth Hour, and even went for a little walk to see the Sky Tower with its lights turned off. Today (Sunday) was just as hectic – in the morning we saw Monsters vs. Aliens, a free pre-screening (courtesy of my generous colleague who couldn’t make it and graciously gave me the tickets). A movie I really didn’t expect much from but found myself laughing out loud more than once. Really enjoyable – althought I think I’d get motion sickness if I watched it in 3D as it’s makers intended.

Then we rushed over to pick up some friends to go to Auckland International Cultural Festival, where we had all kinds of nice food and saw lots of cool international musicians perform (from Ghana, Korea, Easter Islands, etc…). Evening came with a visit to the parents-in-law, where we had a pleasant dinner date. This type of busy I like! Only I think we might take it easy next weekend…

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