TED Talk Tuesday

We recently had a big old discussion in the office around creativity vs imagination. One of the guys said he had a good imagination but didn’t think he was creative, and I was intrigued by this. I didn’t really think one could exist without the other. This TED Talk seems kinda relevant to that.

TED Talk Tuesday

I always find it interesting to think about body language – not only in how others project themselves, but also how it makes you feel about yourself and your situation. It’s something I try to keep in mind when I’m in confronting or challenging situations at work.

March madness

Books:

March was pretty hectic with unexpected moving and whatnot so I unfortunately didn’t have much (see also: any) free time. So I only read one book in March, Tina Fey’s ‘Bossypants‘. I really like Tina so I enjoyed this easy-to-read glimpse into her thoughts. I particularly relate to the whole “blorft” thing, or “completely overwhelmed by proceedings as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the topor of a possum.” Hoping April will be a better month for reading and general R&R.

Music:

Enjoying the return of Lorde 🙌🙌 Also a big fan of the Selena Gomez/Kygo track. Suspect Ed Sheeran’s ‘Dive’ is about Taylor? Discuss.

Movies:

Despite the aforementioned lack of free time this month, still managed to see two films and, of course, attend the Harry Potter Movie Marathon.

Logan The X-Men are probably my favourite comic creations so I’m always down for anything related to them. I’m also a huge Hugh Jackman fan so there was no way I wasn’t going to see this asap. It’s a wonderful film, one that really tells a story about regret and struggle and coming to terms with your failing mortality. Hugh Jackman gives a masterful performance that is somehow trumped by Patrick Stewart’s broken portrayal of Professor X. A great example of what can be achieved when the story and characters are put first, rather than the need to set up a bunch of sequels and spin offs. Also a great example of just telling a story and applying a rating that fits (R18 in this case) rather than trying to make a film fit into a specific rating, or just being gory for the sake of it. I did think it was a bit long in the middle, but overall really recommend it and its melancholy soundtrack.

Ghost in the ShellI’ve never read the manga or saw the original animated film. I had no idea really what it was about it but I like Scarlett Johannsen and spec fic, and it was filmed in Wellington, so I really wanted to see it. I liked it. It was weird, but I liked it. It reminded me a bit of The Matrix, except the action was way slower and it wasn’t as mind-bendy. The story seemed weirdly simplistic, I felt a bit “That’s it?” about it. I guess I was just expecting there to be more philosophical angst over what makes you human, and robot v human existential issues. More Blade Runner, you know? There’s obviously been a lot of criticism about the casting of Johannsen to play a Japanese character, and while I think it would be amazing to see more diversity on screen, in this instance it didn’t feel obtrusive, considering the story centers around body modification and the blurring of artificial and natural states. Regardless of everything, the cinematography is beautiful. Just an incredibly pretty film.

Hogwarts will always be there

A month or so ago I made the wonderful discovery that The Roxy was hosting a Harry Potter marathon. All eight films across 24 hours, with food and snacks and themed nonsense. Naturally the bf and I were all over it, and were both very excited when the blessed weekend finally arrived.

Excited, and maybe a little apprehensive. It is a very long time to sit in a cinema. But then I figured all the long-haul flights I’d taken in my life had prepared me. Also did I mention themed nonsense? Motivation right there.

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Shenanigans started at 1.30pm on Saturday and wrapped up 1.30pm on Sunday. So yes, literally 24 hours. The first two films were a breeze but I realised just exactly what we’d signed up for during the third film. It wasn’t going to be quite as easy as I’d anticipated. But hey whatever, it was still a boat load of fun. There were full meals and random entertainment, including a quiz that was surprisingly difficult for a sleep-deprived mind, and some Quidditch training drill run by the local Quidditch club (of course). And of course there was butterbeer and like most butterbeer it was an indistinguishable butterscotchy concoction, although this one had the added drama of bubbling foam thanks to tactically employed dry ice. 10/10 for theatrics.

Now I have to admit I did not make it through all eight films, I had a tactical nap during Order of the Phoenix as it’s my least favourite. Cinema seats aren’t very comfortable for curling up, in turns out, but nevertheless, it was a solid two hour nap. I may also have had a wee nod during the Half Blood Prince but other than that, 100% paying attention. And it was delightful seeing these films on the big screen again. I’ve re-watched them countless of times but somehow there are still things I missed. For example the Fat Lady calling the students plebs during the third film when they don’t appreciate her singing. Always a fan of a good pleb joke.

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It was a genuinely fun weekend. The crowd were relatively mellow, and mostly in the 18-30 age range. Everyone was quietly having a good time and while words were exchanged while enjoying games or standing in line for the lollies (free all night, and yes I did get a stomach ache), but overall everyone kind of minded their own business. It was just lovely and homely and comforting. And props to the people who changed into pjs, wish I’d thought of that! The bf and I both got wands made by a local as a souvenir of the event, and they’re delightful and just as good for poking someone when you want a cup of tea as any of the official wands. I tested that for you, you’re welcome.

It was very strange to emerge to a sunrise while you’re in a cinema but The Roxy is so lovely , it really was a pleasure to spend the time there. And the staff did an excellent job looking after everyone, even though the ones working the graveyard shift were obviously exhausted.

There has been such a reaction from people who didn’t realise this was a thing, so I think they’re going to have another marathon in the future. I don’t think it’s something I’d ever do again, but I’m glad I did it. And I’m particularly glad that I’m with someone who was excited about it as I was. HazPotz for ever!

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Moving time

Guess who is moving in with her boyfriend? Yep, this idiot. In a ‘that happened quicker than anticipated’ moment, we found a place we both loved a couple of weeks ago and now we’re moving this weekend.

Flat hunting in Wellington is a nightmare and I’d had a tentative agreement with my current landlord that we’d wait for one of the flats he’s busy refurbishing. But he couldn’t give me a date when it would be finished and it made me anxious, so I kept looking for places anyway. We went to see a townhouse, not thinking for a moment we’d get it and then next minute, we’re signing a lease. I don’t even know.

The last week has been a whirlwind of admin and paperwork. Getting everything set up, sorting utilities and vans, scrounging boxes from work, moving the bf’s stuff out of his place as his tenancy ended, and sorting end of tenancy stuff with my lovely landlord. Fuck, I am exhausted. But I’m thoroughly looking forward to moving in to the new place. I have loved the 2 and a bit years in my flat, it’s gorgeous and it suited me perfectly. It’s just a little more space is needed with two people, especially since friends/family visit fairly regularly. Also, it means we have a place that’s ours, rather than mine, so we’re on more equal footing.

But you know what I’d like? A registry. I have contributed to so many wedding registries and baby showers over the years, and no doubt will continue to do so in the future. I have no intention of ever having a massive wedding or having a baby, and it seems grossly unfair that I’ll never have a chance to create a registry and get some shiz, yo.

All the packing and making lists of things that need to be acquired or replaced made me think about this. Would it be terribly bitchy to just create one and send it to my family and friends? My mum says yes. It’s selfish. But life is expensive! And I like nice things! Damn it.

So in lieu of it being socially acceptable to have a “cohabiting for the first time” registry even though that’s exactly what the traditional point of the wedding registry was, I’m just going to make a list of things I want here scratch the itch…

  • A new dining set, preferably this one because we both like the colour
  • A nice new set of sheets, and a duvet set
  • Harry Potter House posters (or travel posters)
  • Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
  • Settlers of Catan
  • A sofa bed
  • A nice new woollen throw of some kind
  • One of those over-the-sink cutting boards
  • Nerdy candles/melts so the house smells delightful

Sigh. This is why we can’t have nice things.

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