2009 In Review

2009 in Review

A heads up: I started this post before giftmas and coming back to finish it found I had to change it. A lot. Prior to giftmas day, 2009 was the best year of my life. I met so many amazing people, had the best fun, started my own business, had fun blogging, and was very much in love. Unfortunately giftmas day saw my Grandads health take a nose dive, boxing day saw him pass away, and the 27th left me alone for the first time since I was 15 when Sol decided to leave me because I want to get married and he doesn’t. Yeah. Lame.

  1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
    Chose to rock a fringe, worked for myself, sold jewellery, travelled overseas with friends, got a tattoo. Yay, yay, and yay.
  2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    My 101 in 1001 list started on the 1st of January and I’ve managed to tick quite a few things off it. Including the one that was most important to me at the start of the year – quitting my job.
    There will be many more for next year. Including sorting out my relationship/lack of relationship and learning to be strong and happy however the situation turns out.
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    Benhi had beautiful little Abigail on the 26th of November
    Shonali had cuteness Charlie in August
  4. Did anyone close to you die?
    Yes :[ My very sick Grandad died on Boxing Day. I got to see him one last time on Christmas day and it was horrible to see him so frail and in pain.
  5. What countries did you visit?
    Australia (Gold Coast)
  6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
    A kitty, a thriving business that pays my bills, a DSLR camera.
  7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    May – Trip to Oz
    June 3 – Last day of work at Standards
    November 26 – Abby is born
    December 26 – Grandad Dies
    December 27 – Sol leaves me
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Quitting my sucky job to work for myself.
  9. What was your biggest failure?
    Not working hard enough on my relationship, losing control of the situation, becoming financially dependant.
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Usual colitis symptoms, broken heart.
  11. What was the best thing you bought?
    Tattoos, trip to Oz, 3 pairs of prescription glasses.
  12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
    All of my new twitter friends – For being awesome and helping me have some fun
    My family – For looking after me and giving me space when I need it when it feels like my world is falling apart
    All the people that have tried to keep me distracted this past week
  13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    Sol’s, all the people that want to be able to beat their kids legally, all the haters that think gay people and atheists don’t deserve the same rights as them.
  14. Where did most of your money go?
    Food. Always. May seem like a waste but it is one of my favourite things in the world.
  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    Leaving my job, seeing my family, holidaying.
  16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
    Anything by Sonata Arctica, or from Glee.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    • Happier or sadder?
    • Thinner or fatter?
      Potentially fatter, but definitely more comfortable with my body.
    • Richer or poorer?
      I have more money in my savings account, but less regular income.
  18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Cleaning, writing.
  19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Wasting time online unnecessarily.
  20. How will you be spending Christmas?
    I spent the morning at Mums opening presents before getting a call to say Grandad had taken a turn for the worst and wouldn’t be able to spend the day out of hospital after all.
    Followed by food.
    Followed by a trip to the hospital to see my Dad’s side of the family and Grandad looking frail and struggling for breath.
    Night time was spent getting drunk at my Aunties house across the road from Mum’s. Siblings, cousins, Mum, Step Dad, Aunty and Uncle did a good job of distracting me from Grandads expected passing by singing, dancing, and laughing.
    4.30am bought a phone call from Dad’s wife to say Grandad had passed.
  21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
    I fall in love/obsession with things all the time, so yes. Most recently it’s been Alan Rickman/Severus Snape, Emma Watson, Harry Potter (the stories not the boy), Glee, and Sonata Arctica. I stayed very much in love with Sol.
  22. What was your favourite TV programme?
    Glee, House, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, True Blood, Dexter, Shortland Street. Don’t make me choose.
  23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
    I hate NZ Post. Does that count?
  24. What was the best book you read?
  25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Sonata Arctica. I heard them last year but listened to everything and became obsessed this year!
  26. What did you want and get?
    Some wholesale orders, awesome new friends, laser cutter, new job, tattoos.
  27. What did you want and not get?
    A proper commitment from Sol
  28. What was your favourite film of this year?
    Inglourious Basterds, though I watched Love Actually most.
  29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I turned 24 and celebrated with dinner and drinks at Japanese Restaurant Arashi. Then I got to meet Laura, Stacey, and Sarah from twitter at Hooch. I love those ladies!
  30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    Getting engaged. Or even not being dumped, I would settle for that.
  31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
    “I don’t give a fuck how you expect me to dress”
    It involves a lot of t shirts, sneakers, tights, and skirts.
  32. What kept you sane?
  33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Severus Snape. lol.
  34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    Religion in government, homophobia in society. The usual stuff.
  35. Who did you miss?
    My mum. And I’ve missed Sol for a couple of days now.
  36. Who was the best new person you met?
    I can’t just choose one! Everyone from twitter I now see regularly. You have made the last few months amazing – Jo, Stacey, Laura, Amie, Lisa.
  37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009
    No matter how much love someone they can still be an absolute dickhead and abandon you right when you really need them.
    Or how about – you don’t have to work in a job you hate.
    Or maybe – good friends are worth their weight in gold.
  38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
    “If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it”

If I haven’t mentioned you by name it’s not that I don’t love and appreciate you, it’s that I have a pretty terrible memory unless things are written down. If you’re reading this I love you too!

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

This week is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week in America. A fact I was made aware of through Natalie’s post of the same name. Go read it first, this one can wait. Natalie has some great things to say particularly about suffering from type 1 diabetes.

To get the word out about National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week the organisers started a meme to help the “invisible” sufferers have a moan share more about what they’re going through.

  1. The illness I live with is: Indeterminate colitis. A lovely combo of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
  2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2003 (January)
  3. But I had symptoms since: 2002 at least 6-12 months before being diagnosed.
  4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Acknowledging that I’m sick, and that sometimes that means I’ll be in pain. And sometimes I’ll be debilitated, and that’s life now and I don’t have to pretend I’m ok when I’m not.

    Trying to remember to take my pills every day and get blood tests monthly.

    Never knowing whether I feel sick or tired because of the disease or because I have food poisoning, or ate a shitty diet that week. Whether I’m hungover or my gut is packing a sad because I had both alcohol and coke. And not knowing what it would be like to not be sick, am I really having a good week or is it just good compared to my bad weeks?

  5. Most people assume: That I have constant diarrhoea.
  6. The hardest part about mornings are: Going to bed before the sun rises.
  7. My favourite medical TV show is: House – cynicism, atheism, sarcasm, awesomism.
  8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: My computer? Medical wise…blood tests and colonoscopes.
  9. The hardest part about nights are: Remembering to take my pills.
  10. Each day I take 7 pills.
  11. Regarding alternative treatments I: Have tried a few things that didn’t work. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is different for everyone, something that may work for one person might not work for another. I’m fairly skeptical about alternative treatments, especially in regards to chronic illness.
  12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Invisible. I like to pretend there is nothing wrong with me.
  13. Regarding working and career: I would find it extremely hard to work in retail as I get a sore back after standing for an hour and I often need to take bathroom breaks on short notice. Bowel disease will not wait for scheduled break times.
  14. People would be surprised to know: That people died regularly from having an IBD as recent as 50 years ago. Despite the many negative side effects steroids have saved so many people from having to get their bowels removed.

    That I probably had been very very sick for almost a year before being diagnosed and only went to the doctor about it when it became really bad (and he had absolutely no clue as to what it could be). At 16 I was clueless and had absolutely no idea that it wasn’t normal to go to the toilet so often, to have diarrhoea, and to be in occasional pain.

  15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: Knowing that there is no known cause or cure and I’m more likely to get cancer than most people.
  16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: Go camping. But only because a portaloo was on site.
  17. The commercials about my illness: Are non existent. Most people have no idea what I’m talking about when I say ‘Crohn’s disease’, ‘ulcerative colitis’ or ‘indeterminate colitis’.
  18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: I was only 17 when I was diagnosed so I don’t really remember what life was like before colitis.
  19. It was really hard to have to give up: Caffeine and ice cream. I still have them occasionally and I really pay for it.
  20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Blogging.
  21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: Get hyper on V (energy drink), stuff my face with popcorn, eat a tub of ice cream, and not feel sick afterwards.
  22. My illness has taught me: Finding a great doctor is a precious gift. Medicine is one of the greatest things in the world. Despite the long waits public health care is lifesaving and something every country should have. Getting blood tests isn’t scary. Taking pills isn’t hard (before this I couldn’t even swallow pain relief tablets, I had to learn quickly!). The Boy must have really really liked me (or was too lazy to do anything about it) to stick around when I got so sick at the very start of our relationship.
  23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: I hate hate hate seeing the signs in food places, swimming pools, doctors waiting rooms etc that say you can’t help prepare, can’t swim, must tell reception etc, If you’ve had diarrhoea in the last week (or however long). I know it’s the easiest way to express the concern but IBD is not an infectious disease so those signs don’t apply to everyone who has diarrhoea. IBD is an inflammatory disease, in laymans terms my bowel has a hyper immune system and thinks all bacteria is bad and attacks everything and gets inflamed. I take inflammation medication and immunosuppressants to suppress my immune system.It’s also annoying when people link my choice to be pescetarian to the disease, and when people offer me gluten free food because I tried a gluten free diet 6 years ago for a few months.
  24. But I love it when people: Treat me like I’m normal, and understand that I’m managing ok with medication most of the time.
  25. My favourite motto or quote that gets me through tough times is: I just try to remember that about 50 years ago IBD was often a death sentence. We have made amazing progress with medication and hopefully it’ll get even better.
  26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: Now you know, and now you can manage it so it should get easier from here. I haven’t met anyone that has just been diagnosed, but I would be more than happy to talk with them about it and offer any support I can. And I’d recommend they shop around till they find a doctor they really click with. Mine is fantastic and it has made the whole horrible experience much much easier!
  27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: The way it has integrated itself into life and is just a normality now.
  28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: I was in the process of moving cities with The Boy (who I hadn’t been with very long) and we were staying at his house for a few days, half way to the new city, while preparing to move. I hadn’t yet been diagnosed but my symptoms got so bad that I couldn’t absorb my food, it was immediately coming out both ends. The Boys mum works as a nurse and could see the amount of pain I was in (what with me writing around on the floor clutching my gut and all) and that I needed to go to the hospital, she took me in the middle of the night, and waited with me for hours until I was seen. She waited with me while I was admitted, and looked after me while I was in the hospital by myself. The Boy had to go to our new city to look for somewhere for us to live so his mum was the only person I knew. And I didn’t really know her at all.
    It meant a lot to both me and my mum who couldn’t be there as she was a 5 hour drive away looking after my siblings.
  29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: I’m sick too dammit.
  30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Happy that you cared enough.

Now go hug all your sick friends and let them know you admire them for getting on with life.


Copied directly from Definatalie.com because I feel exactly the same way and can’t put it better myself.

Disclaimer of sorts: This awareness week was started by a Christian ministry, and while I am an atheist I think it’s important to make people aware of chronic invisible illnesses. I also think it’s important to treat them with medical science, not just prayer – like in the case of the diabetic 11 year old who died because her Christian parents refused her medical treatment, preferring to pray for her healing rather than providing her treatment.


Hier Und Jetzt – 23 August 2009

Listening to: Faith No More; N.E.D.

Watched this week: Entourage Season 3 and 4, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

On my wishlist: More coasters for our new coffee table, we made one, and it took 20 minutes to cut so a redesign is in order. The Florentine pattern matches our glasses and cups. :D


I’m loving: Brand new babies (Congrats Shonali and Graham, he’s gorgeous!), indulging all the time, TV on the internet, emails from readers, a rush of sales after a quiet week, splurging on food.

Favourite photo: There are a lot of hot black cars on the shows I’ve been watching. I can’t drive, and prefer a wussy engine when I’m in a car, but I have an undying love for beautiful black cars.
low riding

I was tagged by Sarah Hannah of Death Wears Diamond Jewellery to answer a few little questions for y’all…

  • What is your current obsession?
    TV shows! I’m watching Entourage, True Blood, and Burn Notice, and patiently awaiting the return of Gossip Girl.
  • What is your horoscope and do you relate?
    I’m a Libran and I while have many of the “Libran traits” I don’t believe in that stuff anymore.
  • What are you wearing today?
    After I changing out of my fluro pink satin PJ bottoms and my WordCamp grey long sleeved tee (that I wore until after 5) I got into grey wide legged pants, a black unicorn t shirt, and a black Misery hoody.
  • What is the last thing you bought?
    $167 worth of food.
  • What do you think about the person who tagged you?
    She’s a great blogger taking my world by storm. I love the combo of social issues and fashion.
  • What’s for dinner?
    Mediterranean tuna & rice bake
  • rice bake
  • What’s your favourite decade, fashion wise?
    90’s through to now. (I know that’s almost 2 decades, but I’m a Libran and refuse to choose :p)
  • What are your must haves for summer?
    Sunblock, cocktails, big hats, shady trees, friends, and family.
    I have very white skin and live in NZ where there’s a big hole in the ozone layer. To top it off I’m on medication which increases sensitivity to the sun. :[
  • What would you love to be able to afford?
    A house, gourmet food, a trip all over Europe, a cleaner, to never have to work. What wouldn’t I love to be able to afford?!
  • What is your favourite piece of clothing from your wardrobe?
    My pants from Supre that fit me perfectly, are wide legged, and are long enough!
  • What is your dream job?
    Opinion giver.
  • What is your favourite magazine?
    With the amazing selections of blogs out there I hardly ever read magazines, and at $10-$20 a pop to get anything good in NZ there’s not much encouraging me to buy them. I do like Idealog though, it’s a NZ business mag for creatives and innovators.
  • Describe your personal style?
    I like to be comfortable. Wide leg pants, t shirts, blazers, hoodies, sneakers, shirt dresses with leggings. And it’s all in black or grey with pink accessories.
  • Which Beatle is your favourite?
    :S I honestly wouldn’t know one Beatle from the next!
  • What are you proud of?
    Not compromising my morals and maintaining the expectation that people should respect me.

And if they wish to participate I’m tagging:
Chickie Little

C-c-c-cupcakes (and workspace)

Today I have a couple of memes for you.

First off I was tagged by Gem to show y’all my blogging workspace.
I blog in a number of different places, it’s great having a laptop! The first two are my two desks at work. The messy (est) one is my main desk. It has most of my stuff on it. I try to keep blogging to lunchtimes only but there’s often a lot of downtime when I’m at this desk.
The second is a desk I’ve had since the start of this year. I have a secondment managing the web content at my work, so I’m usually busy when I’m at this desk
The bottom two are my home blogging spots. The green couch is in the lounge, I don’t find it very comfortable so I spend more time one the bed.
I spend a lot of awake time in my bed chillin with the teds, blogging and reading.

Blogging Workspace meme

I’m tagging Chickie Little, Amy Lorimer and Aimee Marie.

This letter meme was posted by Vixel and I got it on December 29th! It’s taken a while to post it!!

The rules:

You leave a comment on this post, and I’ll assign you a letter. You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on.

  1. Cupcakes, candy, cocktails, cakes, cafes, cheese, crack/crab sushi, coconut, chocolate, champagne, cookies – All these food stuffs starting with c! Pretty much all of my favourite foods are on this list. It’s ‘crazy’ (lame joke).
  2. Communication – I love reading and writing a lot.
  3. Cats – If I wasn’t living in a stupid little unit the boy and I would have the most spoilt cat ever. I’m definitely a cat person.
  4. Creativity – I used to think that being creative was synonymous with being able to draw. And since I couldn’t draw I thought I wasn’t creative. It’s taken me all this time to realise that was SO wrong.
  5. Coheed and Cambria – I’m so glad I went to see them last year. They’re one of my favourite bands. Claudio has an amazing voice.
  6. Constantine – This movie is based on the Hell Blazer comics. I’m not into comics so much but I love all the movies based on comics and graphic novels. This one stars Keanu Reeves, he gets all the great supernatural action roles.
  7. Computers -In highschool all I knew I wanted to do was work with computers. I used to write out parts of books just because I liked typing, and I am totally in my element searching the web, blogging and managing the web content at work. Computers are awesome!
  8. Cinema – I love most kinds of entertainment but I especially love movies. My favourite genre is the graphic novel turned movie type.
  9. Comfort – It’s not often that you will find me dressed up, and I’ll almost never wear something uncomfortable. I just prefer to be able to move and relax. For the same reason I usually wear sneakers. Heels are just too hard to deal with.
  10. Camera – It’s just so fun to be able to document life. And when you get that great shot it can be pretty magical.

If you want to join in, comment and I’ll assign you a letter. If you’ve already done this one, link me so I can learn some more about you! xx

Flick Meme

Flickr Meme Mosaic

The rules:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker).

There’s a group you can add it to, called ‘The meme’.

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

1. Kim’s eye, 2. Flickr Loves Sushi. Mmm., 3. Aiming For Heaven… WTC 9/11/08, 4. have yourself a pretty pink christmas…, 5. Keanu Reeves 01, 6. { V is for ,,, 7. Burg Eltz, Germany, 8. Happy Hour Trifles – trifle shot!, 9. Lego Blogger Picture, 10. love sparkles, 11. hopeful, 12. Pink Sparkly Bunny

I would love to see your Flickr memes, so go forth, create, and leave me a link in the comments. xxoo

Pirates vs Ninjas

In the age old debate of Pirates vs Ninjas I side with the Ninjas. They’re way cooler.

We’ve just had a discussion at work where one colleague asked another who regularly sails on the Spirit of Adventure if he would be able to borrow the Spirit and gather some people to go fight the Pirates who recently hijacked a Saudi oil tanker.

I volunteered myself automatically on the condition I don’t have to go on a boat, and suggested we go as Ninjas and fight Pirates vs Ninjas.

Which side are you on?

A Meme That Won’t Kill Me – Things I’ve Done

The idea is you BOLD the things that you’ve already done.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree Tree hugger fo sho
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper I’m the oldest of 5 kids. I hate changing nappies but I know I’ve done it before
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne It’s the only type of wine I like so I drink it lots
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse We used to put mini bets on horses, $1 or $2
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight The one and only time I went to the snow
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking Constantly
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer Always
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk Not fun at all!
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke Does singstar count?
59. Lounged around in bed all day Almost every weekend
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theatre
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on a television news program as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark I live in NZ and eat fish and chips, so yea
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on a photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi Are you kidding? Favourite food ever!
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions I don’t know if they’ve had any yet
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Internet Memes May Cause My Death or Blindness


I just got rickrolled for the first time and found out what a goatse is, all in the space of about 10 minutes. Before you quickly go googling I advise you NOT to if you want to keep your sight and lunch. I will explain.

I stumbled across popurls.com which lists the most popular links of the moment from sites like digg, reddit, youtube, flickr etc. Seems pretty good, so far…

There’s a link under reddit that says “My wife is in a wedding, and she just gave me the link to the happy couple’s website. Needless to say. I wasn’t prepared…”. So I go to the link and Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up. Very funny, video wasn’t playing so it’s not real rickroll, but the website is someones wedding website and they seemed oblivious to the irony.


Back at reddit there’s a quite funny comment thread going on and it quickly turns to a discussion of people hacking into the wedding website and RSVPing, and then someone posts a goatse. I don’t spend much time on these blog link social networks so I’ve never heard of it before. It sounds like a commonly used joke or meme.

I keep reading waiting to see if someone will explain, it sounds dodgy, and there are reports from the wedding website that they are currently trying to get rid of “strange photos”. I do a google search hoping that no photos will come up and someone will explain what goatse is without me having to click through to their website and risk seeing anything that will scar me for life.

I fail.

There is only one thing left to do. A google image search. I figure this way the pictures will be small and wont cover the full screen….it didn’t matter!

I’m SCARRED for life!

Now to sate your curiosity so you don’t do what I did. The pictures I saw involved anus, and lots of it. Fists inside of them, or just spread so wide you could see right in, there was also poo coloured stuff involved that was probably poo. I saw all of this in less than one second. I don’t know which is the standard goatse picture and I’m not going to find out. At least I know the childhood fear photos aren’t real.

More of me

I was tagged again by Gem at Half Accidental again to fill out this meme…

The rules
1. Link to the person that tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website

  1. I’ve been shite at updating this week. I’ve got a lot of work on and now my boss sits right behind me and can see my screen. And I’ve been trying to edit my theme to make it look tidier, I had a major breakthrough today when I enlisted two of my programmer friends/colleagues to help me figure it out. Turns out there was absolutely no way I could’ve done it myself. So please excuse the tardiness.
  2. I have very mild OCD, agoraphobic and monophobic tendencies. I don’t lose the ability to function but I get scared when I’m alone, and the agoraphobia comes down to fear of flying or being on a boat because I’m away from safety.
    Doors must be shut completely or left wide open, wardrobe doors must always be closed when not in use; I will make myself crazy if I can’t remember the word I want to use, or the name of something. Yeah I suppose I’m kinda crazy.
  3. My second toe (next to the big one) on my right foot is curled. It used to be like that on both feet but the left one fixed itself. This is probably the reason I hate feet.
  4. I love the smell of coconut.
  5. I love pina coladas and coruba & coke.
  6. All of the GMs are at an off site meeting today and so we are having a rubber band fight. For reals. And my boss is firing most of them!

Photo updates, Super Summer Starter info, and news about my pretty new computer coming soon.
Anything you’d like to see on Cupcakes And Mace?

P.S. I’m not tagging anyone but if you would like to be included in future let me know you’re up for it

Four things

I was tagged by Gem at Half Accidental to answer these questions. It’s my first time being tagged so I’m happy to oblige. :]

4 things I did today:

  1. Ate a cookie
  2. Teased my boss about having another female around to run his life Congratulated my boss on his new baby girl
  3. Called approximately 5 customers “dumbass” or “stupid” once they were off the phone
  4. Discovered why everyone loves dooce.com

4 things on my to-do list:

  1. Get a tattoo
  2. Be awesome enough to work for myself
  3. Get married
  4. Tell my GM to stick her job up her ass

4 guiltiest pleasures::

  1. Spending a lot of time on the internet at work to do non work stuff
  2. Spending the rest of my time in or on my bed watching programs, reading, eating, or surfing the net
  3. V
  4. Cupcakes, cookies, lollies, and chocolate

4 random facts about me:

  1. I quit school halfway through 6th form (that’s the second to last year of highschool for people that went through a different curriculum), then I went to tech for 6 months
  2. The boy and I lived in different cities and had only seen each other 2 times plus a one week visit (over the course of a year) before we moved to Wellington to live together
  3. I don’t understand people who believe in God and I wonder wtf is wrong with them
  4. I became (mostly except for fish) vegetarian a year and a half ago because I couldn’t stop thinking that I was chewing on an animals flesh and it grossed me out