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hi beauties! Happy monday (ha). my mum and my sister are jetting off to warmer climes for the school holidays and i’m hopelessly jealous. encountering the prettiest cloud of cherry blossoms was just the ticket for remembering my (countless) blessings… though a little more sun and warmth would not go amiss, hear that dunedin???
anyway, here are some links for your procrastinating delight!

these are brilliant. so inspiring and just excellent!

not sure i can entirely relate to this at this point in my life, but i adore my family and want lots of quantity, that’s for sure!

i totally breathed a sigh of relief reading the first half of this article. and then my eyebrows went up and up and up the second half! i mean, seriously????

preach, izy! i related to 100% of this, so so so true (and i kind of love how she didn’t mention it before she did it, only afterwards. you go gal.)

this polly lady is so wise. bookmarked for later reading.

i looooved this interview… i want to be friends with nancy meyers! rom coms are my favourite, and i love how she makes no apologies for them. it also made me excited to see the intern, which i’m off to on wednesday night!

another sigh of relief – books are magic.

precious podcasts


^^^ (wishing my surroundings were this scenic every time i listened to podcasts! on a ferry in the croatian islands) ^^^

i’m sure i’ve mentioned now and then that i enjoy listening to podcasts. the thing with podcasts, i find, is that recommendations are essential in order to find them! with a song or a band, you can decide in less than 30 seconds whether you like them, but i find i need to listen to at least one or two whole podcasts to ascertain whether i want to keep listening, which is fairly time consuming, so recommendations are key!
a cup of jo has a good post (which has over 200 comments on it recommending more!) and i’m sure plenty of other blogs do too, but i thought i’d throw my 2 cents in as well.

the first podcast i ever listened to was the Hamish and Andy podcast. just picture year 10 anna, with her 2nd generation ipod nano! i think i listened to them in bed at night and i’d have a terrible time trying to muffle my laughter with the rest of the family asleep.

i then moved on to listening to the joy the baker podcast religiously. i used to catch the bus to speech lessons and home from work in year 11 and 12 so joy and tracy’s friendly chats in my ear were my saving grace on boring bus rides.

first year of university, I listened to les femmes, toute une histoire to improve my french listening, often while playing solitaire on my laptop (such a good combo haha!) molly and matthew’s spilled milk was also a good time – american junk food seemed so exotically artificial.

this year i’ve discovered many more which bring me such joy to listen to.
Here are the podcasts i regularly listen to:

– i linked to this one in my last post, but let’s just chat about it a bit more. the story of how a whole town vanished ten years ago. only two episodes have been released so far of a 7 part series. it’s fictional but is presented as real, with interviews, news reports, ‘recordings’ etc. it’s creepy! but so gripping and i’m hanging out for the next installment!
start with: episode 1

– started listening to this in order to complete assignments for my behavioural eco paper, and kept listening because they were such a great time! they are suuuper light on the economics jargon and theory and much more about simply interesting topics and phenomena of human life, that economics can relate to (spoiler alert: everything) so you definitely don’t need a background in eco to listen. however, if you do have such a background (like i do, i mean those 9 eco papers and the >$6000 they cost me has to count for something) it is quite fun to recognise names and concepts and feel smart haha.
start with: when willpower isn’t enough

this american life
– this podcast has a theme each week which the 3 stories all relate to, in interesting ways. i don’t listen to this nearly as much as i should, because the >1 hour long episodes seem like such a commitment when i’m scrolling through my podcast app. but i’m a real donkey because every time i do, i’m so glad i did because i get tons out of it, learn lots and enjoy myself lots. so this description is really just a note to self!
start with: the most recent (you can’t download past episodes without paying, so just start subscribing and you’ll get a new one each week).

the longest shortest time
– one glance at my ‘lovely blogs’ page will tell you all you need to know about my love of lifestyle/family blogs a.k.a i have a lot of interest in kids and parenting for someone who is verrrry far away from that stage herself! i quite like this podcast which is about parenting and kids but raises some interesting points and issues that i hadn’t necessarily considered before. pick wisely, and they’re a great time.
start with: accidental gay parents 1& 2 (everyone should listen to this!)

a history of the world in 100 objects
– i recently started listening to this and i love it! i think my grandparents have the book so i can’t wait to check it out when i’m next at the farm. the episodes are only 15 mins ish long and each focuses on an object from history. listening chronologically you start with something from the stone age and end up in the 21st century! i’m up to number 8 (10,000 years BC ish) so clearly have tons to go haha but i’m really, really loving them. i feel like my knowledge of ancient history (well, anything pre 1000 AD really) is pretty patchy and these are lovely digestible installments of it. Neil Macgregor, who is the curator of the British museum, narrates them and he has a lovely british accent that is very soothing to listen to. i like listening to these when i’m starting to get ready for bed as 15 mins is a good amount of time to get things organised for the morning, brush my teeth, put pjs on etc, and helps to wind down while avoiding to the demon blue light of my phone screen!
start with: the 1st one of course! mummy of hornedjitef.

the biggest story in the world
– global warming! more british accents! this podcast follows the outgoing editor of The Guardian newspaper in the UK, and his attempts to bring attention to and advocate for climate change measures. super interesting and i felt like i learned a lot listening to it.
start with: episode one – it’s a chronological series.

awesome etiquette
– oh this is cute! the lovely Lizzie Post and Dan Post Senning from the Emily Post institute chat about all things etiquette. they are cousins and have the nicest rapport because of this. they answer around 4 listener questions each episode which i love. it’s fun listening to the question and guessing what their response is going to be! and now in my daily life i’m always trying to scout out a new etiquette situation so i can email them a question and have it answered hahaha. i’ll be sure to link to it if/when i do!
start with: ooh, that’s a tough one! the episodes leading up to dan’s wedding are fun.

– haha, lucky last! i’m SURE you will have heard of this if not listened to it already, but what kind of podcast list would this be without it? i found it so gripping, and listened to it much later so didn’t have to wait a week between each episode. i could even run listening to it which is a big deal for me! very interesting hearing about all the machinations of prosecution, and i still feel very mistrustful of Jay haha.
start with: episode 1

healthy eating on a student budget: two tasty salads


hi sorry for my absence! uni is heating up and i have lots of pressing big assignments on at the mo along with tons of tiny ones too. however in better news, we have enjoyed stunning weather which has made everyone so happy! we got up to 23ºC (73F) the other day which is incredible for the start of spring. we had to celebrate so enjoyed a cheeky G&T sitting in the sunny backyard that afternoon – bliss!

although we seem to be back to arctic conditions again, i’ve been enjoying two tasty lunches that i wanted to chat to you about:
vegetarian soba noodle salad and falafel bowls!
the fact that i should be writing an essay right now has nothing to do with this haha …

they are both cost effective, filling, don’t involve much wheat, have protein and include a bit of prep upfront but easy after that! i was so sick of soup, roast vege salads were feeling too heavy and dense and one note. i was craving asian/middle eastern flavours and they can both be doused with chilli which i both love and find it satisfies my hunger really well.

noodle salad
150g soba noodles
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp garlic
1 tbsp ginger
1 tbsp oil (sesame would be nice)
2 tbsp minced chilli
1 tbsp honey/brown sugar
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
julienned carrots
2/3 head cauliflower, in small florets
red pepper/spring onions/broccoli as desired

cook noodles according to packet, blanch carrots and cauli. mix with dressing.

falafel bowls
2 tins chickpeas
juice 2 lemons
2 tbsp olive oil
good handful of parsley/chives
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander

blitz it together in food processor. to make, fry little balls of it for about 5 mins each side. i have them atop shredded iceberg lettuce, grated carrot and with a feta dip and sweet chilli sauce as a dressing. a yoghurt sauce would be super yum too.
note- remember the flour!! i forgot when i originally made them and ended up with stirfried hummus haha absolutely essential! 

i have also been heartily enjoying popcorn, which i just make on the stove. 1 tbsp of popcorn kernels in a little oil with some dried chilli, smoked paprika, and then scattered with little salt when popped is the perfect snack! all this talk of chilli is giving me the sweats- addict much!

also, a list of things to be glad about
(which i need to remember when i look at my planner and see all my assignments for the next few weeks!)

– pretty blossoms around campus
– warm weather allowing summery clothing
– the country being united and excited around the rugby world cup
….(except when its 4 in the morning and the tv wakes me up! time differences..)
– delicious coffees with fellow addict friends who require zero persuading
– beautiful new music and a gripping new podcast
– a fun new restaurant we need an excuse to try out
– downton abbey, mindy project and greys anatomy being back!
– …and possibly my favourite ever tv show being revived for another season!
– remembering that its my last 6 weeks living in dunedin and to just savour every bit of it!

…. i may even look back at the library with nostalgia.. or maybe not.

7 QT: hello spring!


1. happy spring! blossoms! and daffidols! spring has become more special to me during my time in dunedin, thanks no doubt to how absolutely vile winter is here so any sign of it being over seems like the best thing ever. we are also lucky enough to have lots of blossom trees around the university campus so walking to class becomes a dreamy stroll through the pink frothy trees in september.


2. speaking of spring, we had the greatest time picking daffodils in chch. my mum, clara and I each filled up a bucket and my sis sarah was on photographer duty with the 4 smart phones we had with us – she felt very fancy with 3 iphones and a samsung galaxy in her pocket!


3. we also met two sweet lambs only 7 days old – how gorgeous!


4. food was a highlight of being home – my mum bought us fresh pasta, fresh pesto, gourmet yoghurt and muesli, and amazing precooked croissants that you just pop in the oven to cook – ahh so good after typical budget student fare! plus lemony gin and tonics oh my.


5. managed to tick off c1 and black and white coffee cartel which were great as always. curly fries shot across the room in a tube – can’t get much zanier or cooler than that!


5. this song is soooo cool! i got super obsessed with the original version by the Mamas and the Papas a few months ago and the cover by Sia is superb!

6. absolutely adoring steel cut oats for breakfast and don’t know how i’ll ever go back to the plain rolled ones! my mum bought me two packets in the break so i’m steadily working my way through them. i love how easy they are in the mornings – i just scoop out my desired amount from the container i keep them in the fridge, add a splash of milk then microwave for a minute or so. so tasty! the texture is perfect! at first it was kind of weird to get used to – so much chewing! but now i loooove it.


7. i’m loving running now that the weather is getting better – spring and autumn would have to be my favourite times of year to run – just the ideal temperature!

links minx


I just got back from a blissful weekend in Christchurch – clara and I went up to stay with my family, go daffodil picking (!!) and have a wee break from dunedin. well, it was just wonderful! i’ll tell you more about it soon, but for now, here’s seven marvellous essays to keep you busy!

this post is brought to you by the handy safari feature of a reading list: whenever bloggers share links, i go through and save the ones that appeal to me to my reading list, and so whenever I’m in the mood to have a read of the internet, i just go through my reading list!

this was very thought provoking and really gives a new perspective to the age old issue of drug addiction.

‘and yet’ – very lovely!

i have very romantic notions of going to cafés next year alone to read a book or write blog posts – for someone who doesn’t really enjoy being alone very much, it may not be as romantic as i’m hoping. this article had some good tips (though christchurch is no NYC!)

i’m ready for summer food after a winter of so much soup but i thought this was gorgeous.

very sweet touching story. and now i want french food!

yes! nothing replaces a book, and books are crucial to us as a society.

reminders we all need.