Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bon Jovi, eh? Really?

I am slightly sceptical about the idea people can be "addicted" to shopping in much the same way that I am sceptical about the existence of "sex addiction".

(Prove me wrong people, prove me wrong but first read this article and tell me what you disagree with.)

That much said this GQ article but Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights, is one of the more fascinating things I've read in awhile. Ostensibly the article is about his shopping addiction but I found by far the most interesting stuff was about his interest in leather and his musings about masculinity and self-expression.
"Some of the clothing is men's. Some is women's. I make no distinction. Men's fashion is catching up, with high-end retailers such as Gucci and Burberry and Versace finally honoring us. But women's fashion is still infinitely more interesting and has an unfair monopoly on feeling sexy, and if the clothing you wear makes you feel the way you want to feel, liberated and alive, then fucking wear it. The opposite, to repress yourself as I did for the first fifty-five years of my life, is the worst price of all to pay. The United States is a country that has raged against enlightenment since 1776; puritanism, the guiding lantern, has cast its withering judgment on anything outside the narrow societal mainstream. Think it's easy to be different in America? Try something as benign as wearing stretch leather leggings or knee-high boots if you are a man."
It's a brave, at times rambling and distinctly odd piece but worth a read. It's also, in a very perverse way, made me want to go shopping. Because I am the worst.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Overheard in the office

Person A: "I think you might need to tweak that yarn. I'm pretty sure this guy is going to die soon. He might already be dead."

Person B: "What about it I change it to 'departed'? That could mean died but not necessarily."

Person A: "Fine."

(Two hours later)

Person A: "Oh he's dead."

Person B: "That makes life easier. I'm taking him out altogether."

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Povertywatch or Woe Is Me and My First World Troubles

Paying $7 to park somewhere for a few hours is harder to take when you only have $20 in your bank account and you were hoping to get 2 glasses of wine out of it.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Things that are making me happy (or why I haven't shot myself in the head after the most stressful week or so ever)

1. Having a lovely colleague surprise me with a Cadbury Cream Egg today, just when I was feeling particularly stressed out and weary.

2. Interviewing someone who is rich and important and finding out he was lovely and sweet and almost in tears about his (fairly long) dead wife and now I may sort of... love him.

3. Interviewing someone else who was just... ok, Dear Lord I sound like the cheesiest cheese who ever cheesed but he was simply inspirational. That's the only word I can use to describe it. I know, I'm sorry, I hate myself.

4. Learning, thanks to the wonderful Belly, that has released a large chunk of Lawrence Sanders' back catalogue on kindle. Curling up with Archy McNally at night makes me very, very happy.

5. Booking myself a massage for my day off. I can almost feel Sven's powerful, muscular hands rolling me around like I'm some kind of rag doll.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Best things about the weather turning colder

1. Cardigans

2. Doonas at night

3. Red wine

4. Winter coats

5. Staying in

Friday, March 22, 2013

Have you seen Pitch Perfect yet?

If not you are missing out so much I can't even tell you right now. Yes, it's... dorky. Yes it's... silly. But find me a more enjoyable, make-you-smile movie released in the last 12 months and I'll call you a liar. Also I may hurt you. I'm kind of an angry person.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Things I said while watching Highlander for the first time last night

1. "Wow is that Christopher Lambert? And... is he wearing white sneakers with jeans?"

2. "Why is Sean Connery, who is supposed to be from Egypt or Spain or something, talking with a Scottish accent and Christopher Lambert, who is supposed to be Scottish, talking with a French accent again?"

3. "What was the wig budget on this movie, d'you reckon?"

4. "Um, there was a sequel to this?"


Things I regret doing

Trying to make the phrase "I'm going to Jill Meagher it" (ie: walk home alone) work. Even once was way, way too much.

Signs my cat, Mr Whiskerley, may not be The Outdoor Type

1. He got scared by a truck and ran inside the first time I let him outside.

2. He got kinda stuck up a tree the second time I let him outside.

3. He got kinda stuck up the same tree the third time I let him outside.

4. His name is Mr Whiskerley

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Things that made me laugh today

1. This.

2. Having my wonderful friend, A, text me to ask if she can borrow Veronica Mars seasons 2 and 3 because she's obsessed with it while I am lying on my couch binge-watching the show.

3. Watching Mr Whiskerley dreaming.

Unfortunate Coincidence

By the time you swear you're his,
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying. 

Dorothy Parker

Things I have learned after watching way way too much Veronica Mars in one day:

1. Your Dad is always right. Especially if he's a private eye.

2. Just because someone seems like kind of a dick doesn't mean you're not going to fall for him.

3. Just because someone is super good-looking doesn't mean you can bear to go out with him.

4. Girls are awesome.

Thursday, March 14, 2013


I die. I die. Also, this is totally coincidental because I just started rewatching Veronica Mars. Have you watched Veronica Mars? Why aren't you watching Veronica Mars right now? I'm sorry, we can't be friends until you go do that. I'll wait - it's just three seasons to get through.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Overheard in the office

"So your sister stole your identity? How did she do that?"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Things I regret doing

1. Eating a spoonful of honey out of the jar.

2. Eating a second spoonful of honey out of the jar.

3. Eating a third spoonful of honey out of the jar.

4. Blogging about eating three spoonfuls of honey out of the jar.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Can you blame me.

I'm a vegetarian and I care about animals: they're cute, adorable and I generally try to avoid having them killed or skinned so I can eat well and look pretty. But is it wrong that part of me wants that weird furry thing poking out from her gorgeous coat with the fire of a thousand suns? Even though - and here's the kicker - I have literally no idea what the hell it is.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Jealousy Is:

Listening to someone tell you how they're planning to buy a $4000 book from the 1700s in order to get their hands on some cool Japanese prints while you're worrying about getting scurvy from eating nought but cheese sandwiches for lunch five days a week because you're (very mildly, very non-seriously upper-middle-class and first world) poor.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Words cannot describe how much I really love this. Also there is nothing more boring than hearing people bitch about Girls. Seriously.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

And silken tofu. Blerg.

If you aren't reading the wonderfully hilarious Belle Taylor's blog, Paper Lantern, then you are missing out. Her latest post actually made me nostalgic for the quite crap Asian supermarket I used to live near in Northbridge. The thing was it was so much closer than all the other supermarkets or delis or places selling food that I'd wind up going in and trying to come up with something I could make for dinner out of the ingredients stacked on the shelves, sometimes apparently at random. Ate a lot of average stir frys that year.

Friday, March 1, 2013