July 06, 2013

10 reasons JUNE was AWESOME!!!!

I am just biting my lips over the fact I wanted to start this post like I would start a work group memo. AHHHH corporate world consuming my corpse. No. This cannot be.

How is everyone? And did you know I like to pretend I am a writing stand up comedian these days?
Soooo, June huh? June was a good month again. Not right up there but somewhere in between. I am not sure why this year seems to deteriorate in quality, maybe it's just Winter greedily eating everyone's happiness. June was a crazy motherfucker in work related matters. I went through a lot of sleepless nights, some anxiety attacks, even more 20 hr days but I am still standing with a big fat smile on my face.

I know you would love to know a little bit more about moi because, HEY, when do I EVER talk about myself???

So here are a few stats about June:
  • 8: The number of planes I was on this month
  • 1: The number of albums I anticipated
  • 4: Weeks to count down from the beginning of June until I could see my brother
  • 0: Days without working (eye bags everyone)
  • 3: The new number of family members living under my friends' roof (hint: they had a baybey)
  • 2: The number of visible abs I currently sport since starting personal training (YAY!!!)

And you know what follows next, right?


1) I held a baby

total pro, I know
We went to dinner one week, four happy hungry humans, the next week they had multiplied! Life is crazy, people. What a little miracle. He doesn't do much yet but I cannot wait until he is old enough to receive lectures about feminism and gender equality. Did I hear someone say "Best godmother ever?".
And just in case you were wondering, Dan and I are NOT working on having a baby anytime soon. Please stop asking and then looking at me in disgust when I say "NEVERRRR".

2) I am actually pretty fit

6 personal training sessions done and I have abs. ABS! Not a six pack but yes there are most definitely abs showing. Overall my fitness is pretty amazing, I am as flexible as a rubber pretzel and I could easily squat for 45 minutes straight. The best advice I can give to people who have body image issues and/or think they are not athletic enough to change it through exercise is to get someone else to kick your butt! 23 years of body hatred later I can finally start to appreciate what my body is capable of doing and see it as a beautiful thing, not something that looks disgusting in denim cut-offs. And exercising for stress relief and insanity-prevention takes a load off the whole "need-to-do-more-lunges-need-to-be-skinny" approach to it. Fact is you can't change your body if you can't change the way you feel about it. Now step in front of a mirror and practice some self love!

3) I learned to feel indifferent about turbulence

The title says it all. I am not a nervous flyer anymore. And why should I be nervous, with views like this one? Can you spot the moon? He is one beautiful show-stopper.

4) Movie night

"Daydream nation" is one of the discoveries I made on Netflix (aka the best thing ever since the invention of microwave egg boilers) and I could easily re-watch it over and over again.
I am a big fan of Kat Dennings and to see her play in an Indie flick rather than mainstream shows and shallow (yet awesome) movies (Yes, I am referring to "The House Bunny") is a welcomed breath of fresh air. The plot is pretty simple: Kat Dennings' character moves into a small town, where she quickly rebels against succumbing to boredom and starts an affair with her high school teacher. She then falls in love with one of her class mates and the whole situation goes out of hand, twisted love affairs, exorbitant drug use and serial killers included.
I also got around to watching "Perks of being a wallflower" and oh my holy Jesus it has most definitely catapulted itself into my personal Top 5 favorite movies ever (this list obviously doesn't include all Ghibli movies ever made).

Seriously, get around to watching these two amazing pieces of cinematography. You won't regret it.

5) Like Clockwork...

There is always that one band that serves you as a much needed life raft during your turbulent teenage years. That one band that nests like a tick in your heart and never leaves your soul. Queens of the Stone Age are that band for me. A band that, blasting through my ear phones at age 16, made me strut past my scumbag ex-saywhaaat without batting a lash. That band that served as my personal soundtrack for that first live-changing step I took at Melbourne airport four (!!!) years ago. That very same band whose albums I carry around like a lucky charm wherever I go.
So yeah, every since the release of a new QotSA album was announced halfway through last year I have been extremely excited for this moment. "Like  clockwork..." ....has been playing on repeat for the last 6 weeks and I can't see myself getting sick of it anytime soon.

6) Spread the word

I practiced a "no holding back" - policy this month in spreading the feminist word over all kinds of social media, the blog and in face to face conversations. There were some big debates on this month, one of the major ones being feminists versus rape joke telling comedians (read more here), the Nigella Lawson story (wrote about it here) the #fbrape campaign and 'harmless' rape (which is obviously an oxymoron but a term that basically nails how society thinks about rape that happens during certain scenarios - speak drunk, flirtatious girls, marital rape etc. I have been working on a post on this topic for about 2 months now. Stay tuned)
Trust me when I say I will never stop adding my two cents to the topic and anyone trying to tell me differently is up for a heated debate that I will definitely win. I will. Challenge me, c'mon.

7) OK, Computer

It's still hard to grasp that I have a fully functioning computer back. As a matter of fact I cannot believe it took three months to get back a yet again broken computer, and another 2 hours spent in JB Hifi just to convince the people there that a new computer plus a free Studio Ghibli DVD is just enough compensation for my troubles. I bid farewell to the days spent on my tablet, typing away with cramping index fingers and lots of typos. I am back to typing faster than I can think and lining up words light-speed style. It feels so good. I am sure that my gratitude will fade sooner than I can say "handkerchief" because I am an ungrateful, instant gratification thrill seeking creature (aka "90ies child"). But until then...uhm.... yeah... words and stuff

8) Shameless selfie month

I know this doesn't really make it an awesome month. Really it makes it the opposite. But June just wasn't that exciting (not sorry).
I also found out I have a self time on my phone ("Hey, let's pretend someone else is taking a photo of me while I awkwardly try to look like this isn't a completely ridiculous situation")
This is a self time fail of myself
Hey this is me...
..and again with sailor moon hair
uhm...yeah..this time I braided my hair. hashtag game changer
yeah and that's when I put on a furry coat. You can tell I am a revolutionizing personality that really makes a difference

9) Arctic Monkey's new song

I don't think I have to remind you of the major crush I have (and have had for the past 8 years) on Alex Turner and his crazy talented mind. You better put on a good pair of panties before listening to this sexy motherfucker.

10) June went FAST

Bottom line is: June was a pretty dry month full of work and all the boring/annoying bits they usually skip in movies. I had a holiday to look forward to at the end of it which we know slows down time by a million bazillion hours and I was broke for the majority of it (which explains the mindless competition participation you would have witnessed if you follow me on instagram).
BUT it's over now, my brother is actually in the same room as I am in this very moment and I have had much too much wine in the last two and a half hours and feel extremely content (wine/feeling content-proportions are ideal at this point). June, you were good but I am glad you're over.

5 songs I was addicted to in June

  1. Queens of the Stone Age - I sat by the Ocean
  2. Queens of the Stone Age - Fairweather Fair
  3. Arctic Monkeys - Do I wanna know?
  4. Miike Snow - Pretender
  5. Lorde - Royals (in every remix/cover version there is. GREATNESS)