On Thursday I realised that it was exactly eight months since I landed in New Zealand. Eight months? Wow! It’s funny because it feels rather longer than that, and yet I can’t believe that it’s already been eight months. I also realised that I can’t do basic maths because I spent a good hour or two thinking I’d been here for ten months. Ya… I forgot to subtract February’s two months from October’s ten months. Ya, hmmm. Clearly doing basic maths before coffee isn’t my thing. Or perhaps the fact that it was bright and sunny and warm enough to take morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea outside without a cardigan (!) went to my head.
On to this week’s Sunday Smiles:
- I’ve previously mentioned that I find space fascinating, so I was rather excited when I came across these photos of the fully powered-up flight deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour. Oh my gosh, amazing. Also, I clearly could never have been an astronaut – it looks way too complicated and I only just figured out how to get emoticons on my phone (I’ve had it for eight months, ahem). And the seats don’t look too comfortable, either. I hope space suits are padded.
- I got an email last weekend from Lucy at The KitchenMaid saying that she’d had to re-draw her Equagold giveaway and that I had won! Super exciting since I rarely win things. Anyway, so the goodies arrived this week which was marvellous – now I just have to decide what to do make with them. Too many options!
- Somebody sent me a link to Cookie Monster’s Share It Maybe song (his version of Call Me Maybe or whatever that ridiculous song that makes no sense is called). I do love Cookie Monster.
- This dissection of a spam email really did make me laugh – we all receive them, and this really is a great way of laughing at it.
- I love Downton Abbey, so this Downton Labbey comic made me chuckle when I saw it. (Cartoon source)
- One of my facebook friends linked to an intriguing-sounding blog called Introvert Fairy Tales. It describes itself as ‘What “Happily Ever After” looks like when being alone isn’t a problem to be fixed‘ and it’s hilarious. The posts are few and far between, but I find them really funny (no prizes for guessing that I’m more of an introvert than an extrovert). My favourite one is about Ariel.
- There have been Diwali celebrations in Aotea Square (central Auckland’s main big square thing) this weekend and they were setting up on Friday when I was passing through on my way home and there were flower garlands everywhere. It was so colourful and beautiful, particularly in the sunshine. I went along yesterday and had a nosy around some of the stalls and watched the concert for a little bit, but it was incredibly windy so I didn’t stay too long. I could actually hear most of the concert from my flat, where there weren’t 80 km/h gusts.
- Speaking of Diwali, I’m guessing the celebrations have just come to an end since we’ve just been treated to a massive firework display over Aotea Square, which I could just see by craning my head out of my window. Grainy photographic evidence:
- I’m a firm believer in treating oneself to birthday presents, and so for my birthday a month ago I offered myself a ticket to last night’s performance of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company’s Swan Lake, which is touring NZ at the moment. Swan Lake is probably my favourite ballet because the music is just so expressive, and it was beautifully danced and the costumes were stunning. I had a few music-related niggles (namely that the music was pre-recorded), but I won’t dwell on that. I adore watching ballet, and this performance definitely had me enraptured throughout.
- And finally, just in case you thought I was all highbrow, here’s some lowbrow… This restaurant is near the pool that I go to, and the name never fails to make me chuckle. Oh, you thought I was mature…?
What made you smile this week?