November 28, 2007

The curly question.

Is new technology or old technique better? How to get curls into straight, straight hair.

Recently I have learned to use GHDs to create ringlets/curls and also how to do rag curls. I like them both.

GHDs produce a really pretty shiny ringlet. However, we didn't use any product and they sunk and turned into waves very quickly and this is in the hair of a girl with naturally curl/wavy hair anyway! Using GHDs to create a ringlet may seem weird to you as they are generally marketed and used as straighteners, but they are actually quite easy to use to make curls. You simply have to hold it "just so" and then pull the GHD slowly and steadily. I *cannot* describe how to hold it, you can youtube it if you actually want to know. There are heaps of how to make up and hair on youtube.

It took me two days to get my rag curls right, but when I did they produced a long lasting curl. Somewhat messy, but that's probably due to me being rough putting them in. To do rag curls, you need to cut up strips of rag, I cut up a calico mock-up that Muggle and I had used to make the birthday dress for our littlest sister, Bambi (it had already been pulled apart to use as a "pattern"). I cut it into pieces about 4cm wide and 16cm long.
The night before you want the curls, you dampen your hair, I also bought a spritzy styling lotion and spritzed that liberally on each section as I went to curl it. Basically use just use each bit of rag as you would a regular curler and then to hold them in place rather than using pins or whatever, you just tie the two ends of your rag together. (You may end up looking like an extra from an old movie, I may have been forced to go into Muggle's room exclaiming "Mammy!")
Then, you go to sleep in them and take them out the next morning, carefully removing any threads that may have seperated out in the mean-time.
It is important that your hair is completely dry before you remove the rags, that's why it is "damp hair" at the beginning. The first time I tried this my hair was too wet and didn't dry over night so the curls didn't stick. I did get some nice volume though.

I have to say that overall, I might actually prefer rag curls. Easy on the day that you want the curl and actually quite quick to put in, when you know how. Also, about a million times cheaper than GHDs. I still want GHDs though ;)

Point of Fashion: secretary
Current Obsession: the photos I took last night

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November 26, 2007

thoughts on public transport and physical contact

Now that my beloved has left to work in another, flatter, city, I realise that it would be possible for me to go a day (or more) without having physical contact with another human being... Except for one thing, public transport. If you catch the bus at peak times (which I must for my current 8-5 job) then you will either end up sitting next to someone, shoulder to shoulder, hip to hip, thigh to thigh or standing and inevitably bumping and brushing against others.

I don't actually mind this. The people I encounter on the bus are generally clean and sweet-smelling. I normally have a book and/or mp3 player and zone out anyway. However, it made me realise that there will be people for whom this is their only regular human physical contact. Woah! That was a weird thing for me to consider.

I am not someone who goes around hugging strangers, but I enjoy touching, hugging and holding hands with my intimates. I'll pinch my sister, hold hands with a friend, straighten the lapel of a work mate. I'll correct someone's hold at dancing, help someone back stage with a quick change and annoying lean into Muggle on the couch.

The idea of being that... seperate from others, that detached. That seems so lonely. I hope they have pets.

Point of Fashion: bangle
Current obsession: accessories I saw while shopping for my bridesmaid dress.

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November 22, 2007


Yay! I just got the email from Beau saying that we have got our working holiday visas for Ireland.

We have tickets, we have visas (we even have travel insurance!) we are *definitely* going to be working and holidaying in Ireland.... Madness.

Sooo happy and relieved to have that all sorted. Sooo nervous and excited about how close it is!

Point of Fashion: red hot
Current Obsession: travel!!!

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November 19, 2007


This week I have many slow cooking experiments planned.

Today I am attempting the easiest recipe of all, BBQ's pork ribs. If it works well, I believe I may invite people over for dinner next week to try them.

I also have a slow cooked "roast" chicken planned and later on some chicken cacciatore. If the supermarket has a ham bone then I shall also aim for vegetable soup.

Next week I might also make corned beef, that will require another "flat shop" though.

food... *yays*

Point of Fashion: ruined by not having the right shoes!
Current obession: energy

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November 18, 2007

Suessical (1 week down, 2 to go)

Awesome! It is utterly awesome to have friends and family in the audience laughing, clapping and yelling out your name. Seriously, if you want to see a good live show (particularly in a small venue) be a good audience. If you respond positively to what you see on stage the show will only get better.

I was unsure about recommending the show on to people, as I've never seen it. I mean, I find the music catchy and fun, but who knows if others will like it? Luckily people have liked it!

Seriously, come and see it. It's colourful and energy-filled and I'm in it lots! ;)

Buy tickets using credit card by phoning toyworld porirua. It is really not that hard ;)


(PS last night when Muggle, Jenni, Svend, Star and Beau came, we took photos in Who-ville. You know you want to too!)

Point of Fashion: Waisted
Current Obsession: Foods

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November 16, 2007

13 to go ah, ah, ah!

I'm getting excited about the show. People who've been in shows with me may have noticed that I am often quite calm before going on stage, particularly if I don't "have anyone" in the audience. Tonight and tomorrow I have people in the audience. "Theatre people" even!

I spend a lot of time on stage in this production, I have 1 solo line and 1 spoken line. Most of the time I am singing with 2 other girls in a trio (I'm "middle" which is good for me, but is *hard*). We are sort of narrator type characters. We spend a fair amount of time setting the scene and singing to the audience. There were no character descriptions for us and our director wasn't very forcoming with the direction, so we've struggled somewhat with characterisation. However, we do have 4 costume changes (never mind that only 1 of the costumes fits me properly, the purple one)!

It's a fun show and I hope people go and I hope those who do go, find that it's a fun show ;)

We have 13 more shows to go, I'm sure the Wed and Thurs night ones aren't sold out!

Also, when you do go, please laugh/clap/cheer *loudly*, when people on stage get good feedback, their performance inevitably goes up a notch.

Point of Fashion: Corporate fish-net
Current Obsession: finding my note

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November 14, 2007


Yikes, we are opening tonight and at the final dress/run through the director gave us new instructions???!! So not feeling ready. We only had our pianist start with us on the dress (we have had other pianists but each befell a series of unfortunate incidences ;)! I wish we'd had more weeks of purely musical rehearsal.

Ah well, on with the show. On the plus side, tonight, no-one will have paid for a ticket :)

Point of Fashion: another age
Current Obsession: how will I find my note??

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November 05, 2007

Giffy’s Amaretti Recipe

Makes about 30

4 x 70g packets of ground almonds
2 x Large Eggs ( or 2 smaller eggs and the white of 1 other egg)
1 cup of white sugar
1 heaped teaspoon of cocoa
1 Tablespoon of rose water/ almond essence/ (optional, whatever you fancy, really)
• Preheat oven to 180ºC (160 if fan bake)
• Mix almonds, sugar and cocoa in a large bowl.
• Add eggs and essence and mix until all combined (will be sticky)
• Using a teaspoon, remove some batter and roll in sugar. Then place on baking sheet (flatten slightly using your finger). Repeat until all arranged on sheet. You may wish to decorate by pressing an almond slice into the centre of the biscuit.
• Place in bottom of the oven and bake for approx 15min (check at 10, in case your oven is hot).
• Remove to cool for at least 5 min before eating. Should keep for up to a week, unlikely to last that long as incredibly moreish.

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