Well I'm upper upper class high society, God's gift to ballroom notoriety

I'm pretty fecking stoked with this late 60's/early 70's frock I picked up at my local St Vincent de Paul the other week.
Not only is it the loudest shade of pink, but that ripply bit down the side makes me feel fabularsely swishy!
And it fits like a dream.
Flange were asked to play at a party on Saturday, so I thought it would be a perfect frock for a spot of rock and rolling.....alas, we did not play, as there were all sorts of complaints before we even got there.
C'est la vie.
I imbibed a great many cocktails instead.

The earrings were a gift from my scrumptious sistercousinwifey Sarah (37 sleeps!), the beads opshopped, the sunglasses from Catch a Thief.
I made the bow, the 60's Rex handbag came via a friend, and the sandals were from Trade Me for a fiver.

That's our vege garden behind me, to the right!!!!
I'm amazed we've managed it!
I've just planted leeks, dwarf beans and some more spinach. In heels.
 (Really! They're all muddy and need a clean now. They looked pretty odd with my gardening gloves, I suppose. Ugh, I can't bear dirt under my fingernails!!!))
I've got mint and basil in pots...need more herbs! And the mint needs to go into something bigger.


I didn't know if you were legal tender,but I spent you just the same

G is a very busy boy at work, but is about to get even busier, so we had a little Friday lunch date in town!
We cruised on through the city on our bicycles, stopping in Cathedral Square for a nosey-that cathedral is still lying about in ruins since the earthquake (3 years ago now!), and I believe there is some kerfuffle about what to do with it; rebuild or demolish. They've built a nasty ugly temporary one a few blocks away, I think they should blow that one up, and keep this one as ruins, maybe dress it up a bit.
Whatever; I don't actually have any say in it, and I'm not all that interested, really.
People say it represents Christchurch, but as a secular city, I can't really see how that is so. It was a pretty building, and I'm sad it's in bits, but that's about it for me.
It's a very contentious subject, however!
I prefer to stay out of such discussions, generally.

I'm wearing;
Frock-it was a birthday present from the sweetest Squirrel! Fit for a hoedown!
Belt-a garage sale
Shoes-Trade Me
Handbag-a Rex, gift from G
Sunglasses-Catch a Thief
Necklace-made it myself
Earrings-from the sexacious Desiree
Bow-Japantown, San Francisco

I took a few pix as we meandered our way across to see if our friend Malcolm was at work at The Auricle....

He wasn't, so we tootled on over to Mexicanos for some tacos and drinkies!

G smacking his lips over his Dos Equis!

I had sparkling sangria.

It was all very pleasant, and we had to have a nap when we got home!
Tacos and booze makes for sleepy bo-bos!


But the penny landed with its head dancing...

Foxy Claire found this awesome quiz on a book focused blog, and as I thought the questions were rather fun and I am a keen reader, I decided to also do it!

Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack:

Hahaha, I am rarely seen not stuffing something in my gob, so naturally, I do snack while I read, or am having breakfast or lunch while I read......no special favourite though

What is your favourite drink while reading?

Vodka or gin, with tonic. Or red wine.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

Very occasionally, if what I am reading mentions other related people or related books to what I am reading. Then I'll go back when I'm finished and note them all so I can find them. But I do this with little dog ears, not with pen.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog ears? Laying the book flat open?

Bookmark. Which is usually a card or postcard from a loved one.

Fiction, non-fiction, or both?

I'm having a long phase of reading biographies and autobiographies at the moment, though.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?

Usually I read until the end of a chapter, but I can stop anywhere as well. I'm not bothered!

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?

O, for sure.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?

If possible, yes.
I'm quite keen on improving my vocabulary.

What are you currently reading?

"Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor"
She was a Southern American writer mid last century; I haven't read any of her work, but often end up reading about a writer, artist, or whatever, before discovering their work. I think I'm more interested in who they are than what they do a lot of the time!

What is the last book you bought?

Can't remember. Probably a cookbook

Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?

I often have two on the go, especially if one is a bit serious and slow.

Do you have a favourite time/place to read?

Over breakfast, lunch, before bed, and in bed on the weekends.....and on the couch or back deck all day, any day, if I possibly can!

Do you prefer series books or stand alone?

Don't mind either way.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?

Lisa St Aubin de Teran

How do you organise your books? (genre, title, authors last name etc)

I don't, although I will try and keep series, or an author together.
The majority of my books are in the garden shed as I have no room for my bookcase in the house, so they're a random jumble at the moment, which is mildly irritating! I'm slowly spreading them subtly all over the house.......


The calm before the hunter kill

I had a lady date with darling gorgeous Daisy on Thursday after work.
We're making it our mission to try out the plethora of new bars that have sprung up on Victoria St in the city...this time we met up at Mexicanos, where we had some fecking delicious margaritas.
Some?! Ok, quite a few.
Someone has to do it.
I rolled gently home at about 8pm.........and suffered sadly on Friday!

I wore:
Frock-50's, from Madame Butterfly's a few years ago
Jacket (altered), bow and sunglasses-from my divoon sistercousinwifey Sarah
(47 sleeps until Helgastock 2014!!!)
Shoes-Trade Me
70's vinyltastic work bag-opshopped
Orange beads and earrings-from the sexaciosu Desiree
Red beads-opshopped, key charm addition by moi from Turkey

I had a few missions on Friday, including some opshopping, which my hangover did not interfere too much with!
I was rather pleased to score a 70's pot, a chunky pottery bowl, a Dutch looking 70's handbag, a few sewing bits, a single set of 70's sheets and a Queenie Coronation album!!

Sadly, I didn't properly capture what I was wearing........I was fecking hot and bothered and in desperate need of paracetamol when I got home and simply wanted to rip it all off and have a cold shower!

I did happen to capture what I was wearing last Saturday for a Mexican themed dinner party with our friends Liz and Ely, however!

Frock-made by moi years ago
Mini sombrero-somewhere in Mexico

Liz' outfit entirely opshopped!

Our feast!!!
It was huge. And scrumptious.

That was a bit of a mixed bag for you!
I'm in a sharing mood.....


Just a tainted bird hurting their twisted nerve

We had a public holiday last Thursday, which meant it would be a great idea for G and I to take the Friday morning off and have a 4 day weekend!!!
Naturally, we took that idea and ran with it.
We popped up to Kaikoura to visit our friends Dave and Jana, spending one night with them and another at The Pier Hotel...romantic getaway, y'know......

Frock- a reconstructed 70's frock, the trim was from my sistercousinwife Sarah
Sandals-Trade Me
Handbag-60's vanity case, a market
Bow-made it myself
Beads-60's, a market in Wellington
Sunglasses-Catch a Thief

One of my favourite things to do is to cook with friends, and Jana and I work well together in the kitchen.
We spent a lovely afternoon whipping up this Indian feast (butter chicken, saag gosht, golden egg curry and chick pea flour pancakes) which took us about 20 minutes to demolish!
I'm personally quite impressed with our success considering the amount of bubbles and red wine we consumed, not to mention the incessant yapping!
Multi tasking.
Must be good at it!