Sunday, June 30, 2013

Blog comment carnival: June 2013

I realised the other day that it's been a while since I've linked up with Jessica for her month blog comment carnival. Like, "since October of last year" kind of a while. WHOOPS. Although given that I was in Canberra at the end of November doing an internship, was braindead in December thanks to Christmas, and then was in the US (and yes, I will EVENTUALLY write up the last installment of my trip) in January, it's not surprising that I kind of forgot to pick it up again once things settled down.

ANYWAY. Let's get back into it, yes? Yes.

On Movie Monday: She's All That:
Oh God, I love this movie so much.


Last year, my besties and I were so desperate to watch it one night, we went to a Blockbuster -- and it had been checked out. We were dismayed, natch.

A few days later, I bought the DVD for ten bucks snd much happiness ensued.

I soooo wanna watch it again. Like, NOW again.

(Oh, and I used to loooove Freddie circa '98 and '99. DUH.)


She had me at falafel hat.

On Do you hear the bloggers sing?:
That still stands as one of the best girls-night-out experiences ever. I doubt the record will be beat any time soon.

On Movie Monday: Forgetting Sarah Marshall:
My sister made my mother and I watch this with her and I'm not sure this is a movie you really want to watch with your mother in the room. Also Mila Kunis is amazingly awesome in this movie.

On Judgey McJudgerson and the early morning adventure:
Well, all of that sounds delightful!

Love your text msg convo, hahah.

And you've got way more balls than I because, although I'll happily go paragliding (and I did, on Yogi's and my honeymoon), the thought of a hot air balloon ride scares the bejesus outta me.

But OH does it look fun...!


On Sadly lacking in Timbits:
This boggles my mind - why didn't they just use the ice re-surfacer machine from The Icehouse which is practically within walking distance?'s not.. But seriously, probably would have been a) faster and b) more effective.

The thing that lacks in Australian Ice-Hockey is the fights. When I use to go watch Melbourne Ice play, it was too tame.

I can tell that I've become a real melbournite when I cheered you on for booing a collingwood player. assimilation - complete.

On Funemployment:
Totally a ghost. I feel sad that someone had to eat it - it's like a long lost friend that I never met.

On Movie Monday: Pitch Perfect:
I LOVE THIS MOVIE! I think the quiet Asian girl is my favorite. I listen to the soundtrack all the time and I might make the youth watch it on our 13 hour drive to Texas next week...

OOF. Love this movie, luuuurrrrrve it.

And now I wanna watch it again! And again and again! And-- oh, okay, you get it. The little "I-wanna-be-a-popstar" twelve year old inside cries at the beautiful harmonisation.

And Rebel Wilson is the shiz. So happy for her success in movies, yay!


On I would make a truly terrible spy. Just like Sydney Bristow:


So yeah. Alias. Bradley Cooper will always be Willage Idiot to me, I can never get past that. Also HOW CAN YOU FORGET THE FRANCINATOR SRLY WHUT?

Here's me having an honest moment - I am a total Syd/Weiss shipper. IDEK why. Save me.

Thank you for leaving me awesome comments of awesomeness. I love you all. Don't forget to go and link up with Jessica if you write your own blog comment carnival post!

K xx

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I would make a truly terrible spy. Just like Sydney Bristow

Remember last year when I rewatched Dawson's Creek and Had A Lot Of Feelings About It? And then when I rewatched The X-Files and Had A Lot Of Feelings About It? Well, over the past six months or so, I've been rewatching Alias and Having A Lot Of Feelings About It. And the other day, I finally finished season 5. Which was interesting, because I'm pretty sure that - much like Dawson's Creek and The X-Files - I never actually saw the final season. WEIRD. 

I'm gonna go ahead and warn you guys now, a lot of my thoughts boiled down to "Oh my God, this person who I know from this other show is in Alias and now my brain hurts". 

Season 1
Oh my God, Will's hair. Also, source.
  • Bradley Cooper!! What is your hair, sir??
  • Huh. They're really starting the Milo Rambaldi thing early. I didn't remember that.
  • Gina Torres!!!!! This is made of awesome.
  • OMG, throwing the bad guys' bomb ONTO THEIR CAR???? Brilliant!
  • Is that...JOHN HANNAH??? IT IS!!!!
  • Security guards in England with guns? Uh, no.
  • Sending secret KGB codes in first edition books makes me suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper twitchy and NO CAN'T DO THAT WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.
  • "Do you really want some space, or are you and I going to get drunk?"
  • There is an AWFUL lot of touching between Syd and Vaughn. If it weren't for all the secret agent business, I'd call #secretsexytimes.
  • Sark!! Although I swear to God when he introduced himself I thought he said "My name is Mr Sock".
  • Sydney Bristow: worst. spy. ever.
  • OMG. Professor Walsh from Buffy is investigating Sydney in regards to fringe science. LOL.
  • And now John Locke from Lost is in charge of a tribunal to assess Syd.
  • Oh, random uni friend guy. Why did you have to make Syd love you and then turn out to be a dick, all in the space of two episodes?!
  • Why is Bali so orange???
  • Ahahahaha, she's singing on top of a piano in a French bar. WTF.
  • Oh. Now Will's being tortured by the crazy Chinese dude from the pilot?
  • Really? The ONLY security for a secret underground pharmaceuticals lab is a cheap padlock on the door??
  • Syd spends a lot of time bashing things with fire extinguishers...

Season 2
  • Syd and Vaughn just need to face nom already. Like, seriously. 
  • I love Lena Olin. You know, at this stage.
  • Noooooooooooooo, Will. Don't develop feels for Syd!
  • Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeuw, Shirtless Sloane. *GAG*
  • They just used Seattle Grace as a Swiss hospital. LOL.
  • OMFG. Syd as a geisha is hilarious.
  • "Blood coagulation tests are not 100% accurate." "Yes, but they are reliable." Uh. Whut.
  • BAHAHAHAHAHA - this episode stars Ranjeet AND Principal Figgins. AMAZING.
  • Faye Dunaway is in this? Why the hell is Faye Dunaway in this?
  • Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay SYD AND VAUGHN!!!
  • Ethan Hawke?!?!?!?!?!?!?
  • And now Christian Slater? What is with the guest stars in this program?!
  • Syd is literally the worst spy ever. She just rescued some woman, and not only told her that she was CIA, but gave said woman her full name.
  • Syd and Vaughn on an ice hockey date is adorable.
  • "I love my drawer". Quit being so damned cute, Vaughn. I can't cope.
  • Syd is currently wearing wrapping paper as a skirt. I can't even.
  • Well. This whole Will and Francie thing has gone somewhere I wasn't expecting...
  • Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh. I HATE when shows do a time jump.

Season 3
This is the most awkward group photo ever. Also, source.
  • OMG. Zachariah from Supernatural!!
  • Will's in Witness Protection? Well, that spoils all the fun!
  • I'm not buying this Rambaldi "peace" message thing.
  • LOL. Jack types in all caps.
  • Vaughn is married to Melissa George?! Ugh.
  • Ahahaha, Pete from 30 Rock is playing some kind of criminal.
  • Fake Francie is not dead and has hilarious hair.
  • Urgh. A bug eaten hand in a box. GROSS.
  • THE MUMMY!!!! Man, pretty much everyone ever has guest starred in this show.
  • Marshall just said "Five by five". Awesome.
  • Lauren is an evil skank.
  • Revenge-y Vaughn is revenge-y.
  • Ew. Jack is macking on his wife's sister.

Season 4
How are those matching suit tops on Syd and Nadia?? Also, source.
  • Wait, we've relocated the entire show to Washington???
  • I do not approve of this. At all.
  • Wait. And now they're back in LA again? WTF.
  • I can't work out whether Vaughn is trying to be Australian, English or South African. It's kind of hilarious.
  • GABRIEL FROM SUPERNATURAL WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON OMFG. Aaaaand he just fell apart into chunks. WHAT.
  • Kelly MacDonald is in this episode what is happening oh my God I can't even.
  • Balthazar from Supernatural. Jesus, why not just cast Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles and be done with it?!
  • Jason Segel OMFG. With a manky one sided goatee. Ahahahaha. 
  • Ew ew ew ew ew Marshall just had to scoop out some guy's eyeballs with a spork. NOPE.
  • ETHAN RAYNE FROM BUFFY. Is melting people's faces off. Whut.
  • Vaughn's phone records indicate that he "sent you an SM message". HAHAHAHAHA. WHUT.
  • When the hell did Nadia and Eric go from flirting to dating? Because I'm not sure there was ever actually a point where they started dating... There was just a lot of flirtation and then suddenly he was her boyfriend.
  • There is a horse wandering through the middle of the city. Whut.
  • Did Nadia just get eaten by zombie people?!?!?!?!?!
  • Oh. Not eaten by zombie people. Kidnapped by her psychotic aunt instead. And then turned INTO a zombie person. Womp womp.
  • If a giant wall of water is coming at you, why would you STOP RUNNING to check if the doors were going to hold?!

Season 5
Really, Syd? A whole year and you haven't bought a new suit? Source
  • I have no idea what the hell is happening. Like, seriously. 
  • Also, Vaughn pretending to be South African is buckets of hilar.
  • It pisses me off that Weiss and Syd are all "Nadia who?" about everything.
  • Amy Acker whuuuuut. And she's evil. Of course.
  • I'm not loving this season. The whole "Sloane is evil" thing AGAIN? I mean, come on.
  • Seriously, does every single person who joins the team move in with Syd??
  • I think Tom is trying to be Australian and is failing terribly. Vaughn's South African accent was better than this.
  • "I'm going to be a grandfather. A very YOUNG grandfather." LOL, OKAY JACK.
  • SARK. WHUT. Oh God. Do NOT have Rachael hook up with Sark. Oh jeez. Too late. 
  • Ahahahahaha, Rachael's "OH SHIT" face is priceless.
  • Syd's not a fan of pain? Hahaha, whut.
  • Jack just cut off someone's ear. Ew.
  • Syd's parents just delivered her baby. That's kinda gross.
  • Syd's in a tank top and mini skirt on a mission four weeks after giving birth? I call epic bullshit.
  • Aaaaand now Renee's dead too. What the hell, episode???
  • Oh good. Sloane's hallucinating dead people. That's bound to end well...
  • They killed Tom too?? Jesus, how many people are going to die this season??
  • Awwwww, Francie flashback. I'm glad they found a way to include her in the final season!
  • Sark's irritation at being shot is hilarious.
  • I'm sad that they didn't bring Weiss back for the finale, but on the whole the ending could have been worse. Somehow. 
And there we have it. So, questions:
1. Did you watch Alias back in the day? 
2. If so, what did you think of the final season? Because I wasn't a fan.
3. Is Sydney Bristow the worst spy ever?
3b. How on earth does she ever get anything done considering she must live in a permanent state of jetlag??

Please help me to understand. 

K xx

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Teen movies are the best movies

The title pretty much says it all!

In case you missed them, you can check out Sweeney and Lor's takes on teen movies too.

Also, one of these days, Youtube will give me a screenshot option that DOESN'T suck. But, in the words of Aragorn, it is not this day. Sigh...

K xx

Monday, June 24, 2013

Movie Monday: Pitch Perfect

As you guys may or may not remember, Deidre and I spent approximately half of last year flailing with excitement about the forthcoming release of this film. And it was everything we'd dreamed of. I added it to my Quickflix queue when it was still in the "Coming soon" section, and MAY have jumped up and down with excitement when I opened the post on Friday to see that this was among the things they'd sent me. Because this really is one of those movies that improves on rewatching. And now that I've established that, I *really* need to buy it so that I can watch it whenever my heart desires!

Also, I've finally found a use for Spotify - listening to the soundtrack on an endless loop. I give it an hour before my parents strangle me...

Reasons why Pitch Perfect is awesome:
1. Rebel Wilson. Apparently she ad libbed the majority of her lines, and would go off on massive 15 minute tangents - still in character.
2. The soundtrack. Perfection.
3. The riff-off.
LOL, "Songs ruined by Glee". Also, source lost to the depths of Tumblr
4. Anna Kendrick. Having seen her only in Twilight and Up in the Air prior to this, I was really surprised by how brilliant she was here. 
5. The Bellas' performance at finals.

6. Epic mash ups of epicness.
7. A cappella with sock puppets.
8. Elizabeth Banks OMG. Apparently her part was written for Kristen Wiig, who then couldn't fit it into her schedule. I'm so glad Elizabeth Banks had the role though. She's FABULOUS.
9. The Trebletones' performance at finals
10. Benji and his ridiculous magic tricks.
11. The cup song.

12. Brittany Snow. She's fantastic.
13. A cappella Universal theme. Genius.
14. Mermaid dancing.
15. Skylar Astin. The first time I saw it, I wasn't sure about him. But he improved dramatically on the rewatch. 
16. Horizontal running.
17. Singing Carry On Wayward Son in the car.
18. Anna Camp. She's hilarious.
19. Donald Faison cameos.
20. Crying over The Breakfast Club.
21. The original music is by Christophe Beck, who did the music for Buffy.
22. The bloopers in the credits.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Nothing makes a woman feel more like a girl than a man who sings like a boy."
- "Not a good enough reason to use the word 'penetrate'."
- "My dad always says if you aren't here to win, get the hell out of Kuwait."
- "Dad, I don't actually care. I just wanted to say step-monster."
- "You call yourself Fat Amy?" "Yeah, so twig bitches like you don't do it behind my back."
- "I can't concentrate on anything you're saying until you cover your junk."
- "We shall start by drinking the blood of the sisters who came before you." "Dude, no."
- "I ate my twin in the womb."
- "I have a feeling we should kiss. Is that a good feeling or an incorrect feeling?" "I sometimes have a feeling I can do crystal meth. But then I think 'Mmm, better not.'"
- "You have a little something behind your ear..." "Leave it. It fuels my hate fire."
- "Yeah, no, don't put me down for cardio."
- "This number is like an elephant dart to the public's face."
- "I've wrestled crocodiles and dingoes simultaneously!"
- "Chloe, could you please get your head out of your ass? It's not a hat." "A-ca-awkward..."
- "I can see your toner through those jeans!" "That's my dick."
- "What the hell is a riff-off?"
- "No, I'm not drunk at all. You're just blurry."
- "I'm gonna finish him like a cheesecake!"
- "You guys are gonna get pitch slapped so hard, your man boobs are gonna concave."
- "Jesse, I know you're in there. I can smell popcorn."
- "Oh, Chloe, don't worry. It's just God punishing you because you're a ginger."

So. On a scale of one to a Fat Amy One Liner, how much do you love this movie?

K xx

Thursday, June 20, 2013


When one is unemployed, one has to make one's own fun to avoid going completely and utterly stir crazy and spending one's days hitting F5 on a bunch of different websites in the hopes that a job you're perfect for will magically appear.

For this reason, Deidre and I had a somewhat spontaneous Dessert Day yesterday. We consulted our "Dessert Day Planning" Google Docs spreadsheet (yes, we have one. What of it?!), and came up with two different things that we wanted to try:
1. Gluten free chocolate eclairs, and
2. Chocolate orange biscuits.

The first involved many MANY things that terrify us, including (but not limited to) eggs, piping bags, adding raw eggs to hot things, cutting things in half and filling them, and (perhaps most importantly) trying to convert butter measurements from sticks into grams.

As it turned out, making gluten free choux pastry wasn't as scary as anticipated. Although we WERE very glad of the instruction telling us that if it looked like mac and cheese, we should keep mixing because everything would be okay. Because seriously. It looked like mac and cheese.

When it came to the filling, we decided that using the vanilla pudding option listed in the recipe was far too crass easy for the likes of us, and that we were going to make creme patissiere from scratch. A wee spot of Googling gave us this recipe. Degree of difficulty = low? WHERE DO WE SIGN UP?! We decided to double it, on the theory that too much is always better than not enough (a lesson I learnt while trying to colour match buttercream frosting...). And the degree of difficulty was, indeed, low. Except for the part where I managed to spill hot milk all over the kitchen floor. Whoops.

Eventually we were ready for the assembly process. But prior to assembly, I took photos of this eclair because it looks a little like a ghost:

No, seriously:

Ahem. The filling process - with me manning the piping bag full of creme patissiere and Deidre manning the saucepan full of ganache - went surprisingly smoothly, except for when we started to run out of room on the tray and the eclairs started making friends with each other...

End result?

The biscuits were incredibly simple to make, although rather stubborn when it came to forming a dough. I suspect you could make them in a food processor without any issues. We used regular caster sugar, on account of why would I buy a kilo of raw caster sugar when this is the only recipe I've ever seen that calls for it?! They turned out fine.
Poor biscuits. I forgot to take proper photos of them.

The verdict? We both thought the eclairs were a little eggy tasting, although we're both on the "Urgh, eggs, GROSS" train, which may have contributed to it. Now that they've been in the fridge for 24 hours, they seem to have improved and a pretty damned tasty if I do say so myself. As for the biscuits, they were FAR crunchier than I thought they would be. Yesterday, I wasn't a huge fan of them. Today? I dipped one in my hot chocolate and it was pretty much the greatest thing ever.

And then I subjected Deidre to the wonders of Paperback Hero, and there was much "WHAT IS HAPPENING OMG PUPPY HUGH JACKMAN YOU STOP THAT IMMEDIATELY"-ing.

In short, hurrah for funemployment??

Please tell me that you think that eclair looks like a ghost too and that it's not just me???

K xx

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sadly lacking in Timbits

On Friday night, I went to a rather unusual event. Well, unusual for Melbourne at any rate. Australia's not really big with the winter sports, on account of a freezing cold day = 12 degrees C, which isn't exactly conducive to ice and snow. You know? So when I saw that there was going to be an exhibition ice hockey match between Canada and the USA, I jumped at the chance to go.

While it may have been a good 20+ years since I lived in Canada, this doesn't mean that I won't cheer for them when given the opportunity. Apparently the rest of Melbourne felt the same way. Because when the US team skated out, there was a smattering of polite applause and then some awkward silence. When the Canadians appeared? The roof practically lifted off the stadium.

Then they had some "promising local talent" come out to sing the two national anthems. She was not only flat, but forgot the words to both of them and kind of made things up that were vaguely right but not really to fill in the gaps until she worked it out. So that was cringe worthy fun... Thankfully, they shooed her off the ice and got down to business pretty quickly.

There were fireworks and staged fights and mostly I ended up being insanely impressed at how quickly the umpires were able to get out of the way of the puck and/or large men in tons of protective gear that were hurtling towards them.

At the end of the first period, Canada were ahead by a good four goals and things were looking good. Then they brought out the most ridiculous piece of equipment in creation. No, it wasn't a Zamboni. Apparently they didn't think it warranted finding one for a whole two nights of professional level ice hockey. Instead, a bunch of guys came out with ice scrapers, and skated around sweeping the ice for about ten minutes. Then they brought out some kind of golf cart looking contraption with a water tank on the back of it. Said water tank was connected by hoses to a bunch of (what appeared to be) towels, and they drove around the rink using the wet towels to smooth the surface of the ice.

It was probably the least effective method they could have found. And, considering it was like 23 degrees in the stadium (at least up where we were sitting!), play had to be delayed until the slightly ridiculous quantities of water they put down had frozen.

The US made a comeback during the second period, and the commentators interviewed an AFL player and asked well thought out questions like "What do you see as a the major differences between AFL and ice hockey?". The entire stadium did a confused dog head tilt at that, because:
1. One takes place on grass, the other on ice.
2. One involves kicking an oval shaped ball, the other hitting a puck with sticks.
3. One requires tiny shorts and a sleeveless jumper, the other 10 kilos of protective padding and a pair of metal blades strapped to your feet.

One might, in fact, say that the only similarities between the two sports is that they're played in winter and are fast moving...

During the second break, they claimed to have a special prize to award and called out a couple of seat numbers. Except it turned out to be less special prize and more "unexpected proposal", which ended up being insanely awkward because she a) nearly fell over on the ice in her heels, and b) didn't respond for a good three minutes. Nothing says romance like proposing in front of 10,000 complete strangers!! O.o

Then a bunch of very tiny children in very long hockey jerseys came out and skated around at top speed. And then they got to meet all the players, which was pretty adorable.

The third period ended up being the most exciting, because it ended up being a really close match, and it was only the last ten minutes or so where they were actually playing at their full capability. I'm not sure whether it was the ice or whether they'd been told to take things slow for the dumb Australians who aren't used to ice hockey, but I rather wish the rest of the game had been played with the same speed and skill.

As it was, Canada emerged victorious through some great work on the part of the goalie, and through a wonky power play by the US which saw them replace their goalie with an attacker, leaving Canada one player down but with an open goal to shoot at.

And then they made it snow in the arena. Because obviously...

On the whole, it was an excellent evening. I got to sing O Canada at the top of my lungs, boo a Collingwood player, and watch some pretty excellent sport. Now if only they'd had Timbits for sale, it would have been perfect... *sigh*

Have you been to see any unfamiliar sports? Did you have even the faintest idea what was going on? Because I sure didn't...

K xx

Monday, June 17, 2013

Movie Monday: Legally Blonde

After doing a full audit of my DVD collection last week (354 titles, in case you're wondering), I started making a list of all the movies I want to cover for Movie Monday, and this one topped the list. Because it had been FOREVER since I saw this movie, and I'm not quite sure how I let it go so long. 

Reasons why Legally Blonde is awesome:
1. Reese Witherspoon. She's BRILLIANT.
2. It's like Clueless, the next generation. You know?
3. The bend and snap.
4. Luke Wilson. Adorkable.
5. Video admissions essays of hilarity.
6. Jennifer Coolidge. Actual best.
7. The soundtrack.
8. Selma Blair.
9. Wingmanning for David.
10. Working out that the poolboy is gay because he knows that her shoes are last season.
11. Victor Garber. This may just be because I've been rewatching Alias over the last few months, but he's great in a really sleazy way.
12. Super douchey boyfriends getting their comeuppances.
13. Bruiser.
14. Ali Larter.
15. Confessions through hair care knowledge.
16. Elle being class appointed speaker at graduation.
17. Professor Stromwell. She's basically McGonagall, although perhaps a little less polite...
18. There's a musical of it. 
19. The costumes.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Law school is for people who are boring, and ugly, and serious."
- "She was in a Ricky Martin video."
- "Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed."
- "YOU got into Harvard Law?" "What, like it's hard?"
- "I'm sorry, I just hallucinated. WHAT??"
- "Oh, I like your outfit too. Except that when I dress up as a frigid bitch, I try not to look so constipated."
- "You think she just woke up one morning and thought 'I think I'll go to law school today!'??"
- "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don't just shoot their husbands, they just don't!"
- "I can't believe you just called me a butthead. Nobody's called me a butthead since about the ninth grade." "Maybe not to your face..."
- "Because I'm not a Vanderbilt, suddenly I'm white trash? I grew up in Bel Air, Warner. Across the street from Aaron Spelling. I think most people would agree that's a lot better than some stinky old Vanderbilt."
- "Did you take Mrs. Wyndham on a date?" "Yes." "Where?" "A restaurant in Concord where no one could recognise us." "How long have you been sleeping with Mrs. Wyndham?" "Three months." "And your boyfriend's name is?" "Chuck."
- "So what's this Vivian got that you don't have? Three tits?"

So. The musical is currently on in Melbourne. Who wants to come with??

K xx

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Judgey McJudgerson and the early morning adventure

Previously: the bestest girls' night of EVER. You should be jealous you weren't there. Seriously. It was THAT good.

The following morning, Gina and I were up at stupid o'clock. Actually, I think it was WORSE than stupid o'clock. It was stupid o'clock's older brother, Oh God Why Did We Think This Was A Good Idea O'Clock.  Seeing as how it's now the better part of five months later, I can't remember exactly what time we had to get up. But it started with a 5. *shudder*

At OGWDWTTWAGI O'Clock plus 20 minutes, we not only had ourselves up, dressed and in the car, but also all three of Gina's kids who were insanely confused about what was going on. Some time after that, we dropped the kids off with Gina's sister, and continued on our way to our early morning adventure. Five minutes before we were supposed to be there, we got a phone call asking if we were still coming. Uh, yes? Five minutes after that, we got another phone call asking if we were still coming. Yes, we were late. There was traffic. We told you that we were like seven minutes away, and you STILL phoned a third time to make sure we were actually coming. Seriously, people? Seriously??

ANYWAY. Eventually we arrived at our destination, and were promptly hustled into a van where we discovered that we were the youngest people there by a good thirty years. And that everyone was staring at us with an expression of disapproval.
Something like this. Also, source.
Of course, once we were safely in the very back of the van, we proceeded to pull out our phones and have the following conversation via text message:

Gina: I feel like everyone is judging us.
Me: Obviously. They're all a hundred.
Gina: Seriously. Why is that????
Me: Bucket lists left to the last minute?
Gina: Truth.
Me: We're bad people.
Gina: Also truth.

And then we started giggling, and had to stop texting before the Judgmental Old People picked up on it.

After driving for a millionty years like half an hour, we finally arrived at our destination. And then had to stand around in the early morning Phoenix chill while everything was unloaded and set up. Oh, you'd like to know what we were doing? Sure!


The actual hot air ballooning part wasn't nearly as exhilarating as we thought it would be - it barely felt like you were moving. But it WAS seriously cool and very pretty and more or less worth getting up at the crack of dawn. Warning: things are about to get photo heavy. Sorry I'm not sorry.

Incidentally, #36 on my 101 in 1001 list was "Ride in a hot air balloon". CHECK.

Oh, and because you haven't already had enough photos, here's me and Gina shortly before take off:
Complete with old lady who didn't know whose camera
was being used at that particular time... 

After picking the kids up and having a delicious lunch of Chipotle, we headed back to the house for a spontaneous Dessert Day - tres leches cake. We whipped it up pretty quickly, but then found ourselves confronted with a line in the recipe that said "Refrigerate overnight". Womp womp.
It was pretty delicious the next day though

That night, we headed out to something we'd been planning for months - Mexipalooza. In short, we went out and ate a crapton of Mexican food for dinner because when in Phoenix and all that. Sadly, Eileen had to do work nonsense and was unable to join us. But M. was there, and between all of us, I think we probably ate about half the Mexican food in the whole of Arizona. And it was delicious. So delicious that I neglected to take pictures of any of it.

And then we headed home to nurse our food babies.

Up next, we FINALLY come to the end of my trip! I leave Phoenix for Los Angeles, and hang out with Sweeney for a couple of hours, because OBVIOUSLY.

K xx

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

30 Days of Photography - Day 26

Oy. It's been seven-ish months since I last made any progress on this challenge that was supposed to take a month. I'm officially the worst. On the plus side, I'm not leaving it five-sixths finished, so I guess that's something??

The theme for day 26 was "close up". I thought this fit the bill quite nicely, don't you?

And no, it's not still attached to a peacock. Which is why I'm so close to it - that whole bird phobia thing doesn't extend to bits that have already dropped off the bird!

K xx
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