Why hello there. Welcome to Sunday Smiles… On Monday. Evidently I am doing marvellously at the whole being organised thing. The (mostly) lovely weather and the sea are just too tempting. I mentioned last week that I only had accommodation until Friday, and I’m sure you were all terribly worried for me, but you’ll be glad to know that that’s sorted (phew) and I’ve moved into a student house which is great, but my blogging time has consequently been even further reduced. I’ll get myself organised eventually.
Anyway, it’s still Sunday somewhere, so let’s jump into
this last week’s Sunday Smiles:
- By far the most exciting thing to happen this week is that I saw a New Zealand eagle ray (Myliobatis tenuicaudatus) in the wild for the first time ever. That’s my study species and I’ve been watching them in tanks for the past seven months or so, but it was super exciting to see one in the wild! Sadly I didn’t have a camera with me so couldn’t get any photos to share with you guys.
- Sunday Smiles is pretty good evidence that I’m a bit of an Instagram addict, so when I came across a Nickelback parody by College Humour, Look at this Instagram, it made me laugh. Mostly because it’s largely true. (Also it contains some swearing.)
- I’ve been looking for a wine stopper for ages and completely randomly came across this totally amazing shark wine stopper. Is it not totally amazing? If anybody is looking to get me a present… *Unsubtle hint*
- I’ve previously mentioned that I’m a bit of a stickler for grammar, and although a lot vs. alot isn’t my personal pet hate, this post made me giggle – not only the point of it, but the style in which it is written and the accompanying cartoons. I actually came across it a while ago, but happened across the link again this week, and thought I’d share…
- So you know the shark wine stopper above? Well, I thought I’d have a look at whether there was anything similar going on Etsy. There wasn’t, but I did come across this baby shark bath robe – why doesn’t it come in an adult size?! (Hint hint you crafty Etsy people…)
- The finding of horse meat in some burgers in the UK and Ireland prompted a bit of a media storm this week. And as with any big story, there were some rather humorous reactions on Twitter – here’s a round-up of the best horse burger jokes.
- Between the wild eagle rays and shark-themed things, today’s Sunday Smiles is turning into a bit of an elasmobranch edition, so I’ll just keep running with the theme. One of my friends regularly sends me links to shark cartoons, and her latest offering amused me greatly since this particular friend and I frequently have some similar not-so-bright moments. (Cartoon source)
- And finally, in case you’re still having a bad day, my friend Emma sent me an instant cheer up: 19 people having a worse day than you. I feel the Lindsay Lohan dig at the bottom is a bit harsh, but the other ones all amused me (bad person, etc.).
Enjoy the rest of your day, wherever you are in the world!
This week saw the start of August. I’ve no idea how time is managing to disappear so quickly, but I really wish it would slow down a bit! Although spring and summer are definitely something to look forward to (I’m not sure when spring officially starts here, but it can’t be too far off…?).
Quite a few things made me smile this week, so I guess this week’s list of Sunday Smiles is fairly long, but I’ll try to keep the entries concise (and I might even succeed for once! Ha. Ha. Ha.):
- I mentioned last week that I missed the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony because of time differences. The guys in the lab showed me how I could watch any program that’s recently been aired on NZ freeview TV through a service that the university provides (so it’s perfectly legal), which is super handy. For some reason I could only get the first two hours of the ceremony, until just before the torch was lit, but I managed to watch that bit on YouTube, so it’s ok. I’ll be honest, I was expecting the ceremony to be a bit of a fiasco, but it was spectacular. I cried at several points (I’m pathetic like that) and the Chariots of Fire/Mr Bean sketch and the Bond and the Queen segment with the corgis were utterly brilliant and probably my favourite bits. (Image source)
- Of course, after the opening ceremony comes the actual Olympics… I haven’t really been watching any of it live because of the time difference, but one of the free-to-view TV channels here is entirely dedicated to Olympics coverage so we get the main highlights and re-caps throughout our daytime, and conveniently we can stream the channel through the university network (general productivity in the lab has plummeted this week). Since there’s only one channel we don’t really get to choose what we want to watch, but this week has worked out fairly well (Sky is also showing the Olympics and I think there is more choice across their channels, but of course you need a subscription), with lots of rowing, sailing, swimming and gymnastics and a little bit of fencing, all of which I enjoy watching. The coverage is obviously very Kiwi-centric, which means that I saw the men’s double sculls race four times on Friday (the Kiwis won gold in what was undeniably a fantastic race), but I’m ok with that, and it probably means I get a bit more work done since I can detach myself a bit more (maybe).
- The surprise of my week came in the form of snowdrops. I didn’t think that snowdrops existed here, since it hardly gets below freezing in winter and so on, but apparently they do. And apparently they flower in late July/early August (mind blown – apparently I’m still not as used to the seasons here as I thought). I adore snowdrops, so seeing a whole clump definitely made me smile, especially since they were so unexpected!
- I requested Marian Keyes’ Saved by Cake from the library an age ago, and have been patiently making my way up the waiting list. I was finally able to pick up a copy this week. I think the book is aimed more at beginner bakers and loosely follows the author’s journey of learning to bake. However, I found the introduction, in which Miriam talks a little about her (on-going) struggle with depression, to be a very interesting read. And encouraging, too. I’ll have to take a closer look at the recipes this week – there were a couple that caught my eye when I briefly flicked through them.
- A new month means turning a page on my desk calendar. My calendar has little funny ramblings every month and August’s has been making me laugh since I first flicked through the calendar before buying it. Now I get to look at it almost every day for a month. In case the photo isn’t too legible, this is what it says: “Know that invariably after a flop comes a flip* *Unless you inadvisably choose the open-toe sandal with sock approach to life when it would be fair to say you deserve whatever is coming to you.” Ha ha.
- Poor grammar is one of my pet peeves. The correct placement of apostrophes and the differences between there/their/they’re and your/you’re aren’t exactly rocket science. I’m not sure how I came across this video (warning: there’s some swearing), but it amused me greatly (and left me in awe of his speed rapping skills). Plus I love the original song as well, even if the video is a bit odd.
- I went to the Auckland leg of the NZ Food Show yesterday, and it was wonderful. There were, of course, plenty of food stands, and
lots of the odd wine stand. I’ll be writing it up in a blog post so suffice to say that I had a great time…
- And finally, how stunning are these colourful light art photos? I particularly love the jellyfish one. I’ve no idea how it’s done, but it’s amazing.
So. About being concise… ya… Good effort on the last few points, but not so much the ones about the Olympics… Maybe next time.
What made you smile this week?