Currently… The week that is March 27- April 2!

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I cannot believe we are heading into April, April will be a month of dreams coming true (once again!) so of course i’m very excited and at random moments telling everyone to “Gimme a D… Gimme an ARKNESS!”. Yes April brings THE DARKNESS!
But thats for another week!
This week…

Currently reading- Style Diaries by Simone Werle.
So technically I wouldn’t call this a book by any standards, it’s a series of photos of bloggers from all over the world. It’s fascinating to see how some fashionistas mix prints, styles and can create these very cool outfits! I’m hoping it will inspire me to dress a bit more funky and stop wearing these muu muu style dresses i’ve been wearing day in day out lately! But seriously muu muu’s are comfy as!
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Currently listening too- Permission to Land by The Darkness!
Just getting a bit of my daily dose of The Darkness while writing this. I cannot believe this album came out so long ago, back in 2003 I would of been 15 and I listened to it to death at that age and now as a 28 year old i’m still listening to it almost on daily rotation! It’s a blast of happiness and come to think of it my favourite album of all time!

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That right here people is the only album you will ever need!

Currently learning- Persistence and hard work pays off! I’ve spent the past few months really getting into doing weights, weight training and exercising. I hate cardio but love doing weights and squats, so mostly I indulge in that. And guess what I’ve lost cm’s around my waist, hips, thighs and I am feeling ridiculously good. My sciatic nerve pain is just about gone, I can go the whole day without having an energy slump and any headaches I was getting frequently have just about disappeared.

Currently loving- Celebrating Sophie’s 11th Birthday!
Sophie loves Christmas, Birthdays and anything that involves presents, so she was pretty happy with her Birthday haul and in true Sophie fashion had destroyed her toy before 8am!
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What a day!

Currently winning- 3 limited edition Fantastic Beasts prints!
I’m not sure where I’m going to hang them yet but wherever I put them they are going to really give it a quirky, cool vibe!

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Book Review- The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

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Title: The Course of Love
Author: Alain de Botton
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Fiction

I’ve always been interested in Alain de Botton, his books are always there saying “read me, read me” so I saw this one in the library and decided what a perfect place to start!
I hate love stories, most are corny and so unreal and just such bullshit that I just don’t bother, this was very different and enlightening.

The Course of Love is the story of Rabih and Kirsten’s relationship from the very start with little bits of psychology thrown in for good measure.
The story starts with Rabih meeting a new work client, Kirsten, in the first meeting he is rather infatuated with her beauty, not obvious beauty but a quirky beauty that he finds fascinating.  Upon the second meeting Rabih decides he is going to go with his guy and ask Kirsten out on a date, what’s he got to lose?

The story is broken up into 5 catagories…
Romanticism- which follows Rabih and Kirsten’s meeting, those first feelings of love and the butterflies in the tummy everytime you and that other person touch! Rabih and Kirsten get married and believe in “happy ever after”.

“We believe we are seeking happiness in love, but what we are really after is familiarity. We are looking to re-create, within our adult relationships, the very feelings we knew so well in childhood- and which were rarely limited to just tenderness and care.”

Ever After- Within Ever After we discover relationships aren’t easy at all! Rabih and Kirsten discover those niggling little things that irritate each other. From how they both prefer to sleep in different temperatures to a liking of different glasses from ikea!

“We place such demands on our partners, and become so unreasonable around them, because we have faith that someone who understands obscure parts of us, whose presence solves so many of our woes, must also be able to fix everything about our lives.

Children- Rabih and Kirsten welcome Esther into there lives, a little girl that would change so much. No manual on what to do to look after this tiny baby leaves Rabih wondering if he is doing everything correct. He wants to protect Esther from the world.
A second child, a boy comes 3 years after Esther.
Children change everything, what used to be a life of luxury and spending together now involves these two children that seems to take up so much of lifes pleasures and makes even lifes simplest tasks worth argueing about.

“The difficulties of modern parents can in part be blamed on the way prestige is distributed. Couples are not only besieged by practical demands at every hour, they are also inclined to think of these demands as humiliating, banal and meaningless, and are therefore likely to be averse to offering pity or praise to one another, or themselves, just for enduring them.

Adultery- When Rabih goes away on a business trip he comes across a woman just as intriguing as Kirsten. When asked for a drink he knows how the night will end. In the arms of another woman and feeling guilty for hurting Kirsten when really he was hurt from her not wanting to get intimate with him. The couple have lost themselves to life, work, children and are not meeting each others needs. Also arguing about most things Rabih and Kirsten feel detached from one another.

“No relationship could start without a commitment to wholehearted intimacy. But in order for love to keep going, it also seems impossible to imagine partners not learning to keep a great many of their thoughts to themselves.

Beyong Romanticism- In this last section we see Rabih come to terms with his relationship, it’s never going to be perfect but he is ready for love. He is ready to give love and not have a great need for love in return. Rabih knows Kirsten will never fully understand him nor will he fully ever understand her but there is no where else he would rather be than with his beautiful wife and children. Rabih is ready for love!

“pronouncing a love ‘ perfect’can only be a sign that we have failed to understand them. We can claim to have begun to know someone only when they have substantially disappointed us.”

A read that made me look deeply into my own relationship and the relationships of those around me.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5!

Currently… The week that is Feb 27- March 5!

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Another week that feels full of anticipation and excitement!
A week til the Brisbane Tegan and Sara show at the Tivoli, pretty excited to see the girls again, I’m really hoping for some older tunes mixed in with the new!

Straight into what I’ve been up to this week…

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Currently reading…The Big Rewind by Libby Cudmore
I randomly picked this book up from the library, wasn’t sure what to expect, the back sounded interesting and like an easy read. It is just that an easy read, nothing spectacular but captivating all the same. Jett discovers his neighbour deceased in her apartment, what follows is the search for her killer and an adventure into KitKat’s mixed tape collection!

Delicously Ella by Ella Woodward
Another library book, this one is a recipe book, basically all gluten free, dairy free recipes, lots of vegies, fruits, grains and other goodies! As soon as I read about a medjool date raw slice I knew it would be full of recipes to try.
Would anyone like to see me try out some of these recipes and post on the blog?

Currently listening too… Every Inch of You by The Darkness. Youtube brings up some wonderful clips of The Darkness, I discovered this 2012 video and it’s stunning. Justin in his long haired, moustached era, possibly my favourite era!

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Lets just stop and admire this beauty for a moment! Wow, just wow.

Currently learning… To keep my cool, not so easy when some people drive you crazy but it’s all about breathing, counting to 10 and just walking away or using your mind to think of something else.

Currently loving… My mum makes this amazing zucchini slice, it’s basically the best thing ever, if I was about to be executed I would want mum’s zucchini slice. It’s basic and slap bang but it’s tasty and amazing warm or cold!
Thanks mum!
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Currently missing… Going to all the shows, about 10 years ago I was at a show every other weekend. Now it’s once in a blue moon. I miss it. I guess the difference is I don’t have as many show going friends and the local gig scene went a big amiss.
With the few shows coming up I am feeling pumped. Nothing beats a heart that feels like it’s beating out of control with music flowing through it.

Currently winning…This morning I was thinking not much to report here except for some coffee I got from contagious network ( still cool though because coffee is something we go through very fast in this house) however I had an email during the day that said I won an Ultimate Pamper Package at Macarthur Central!
This prize includes
1x Pure Smile Platinum Treatment Gift Card $159
1x Brazilian Beauty Gift Card $100
1x DiVine Hair Gift Card $100
1x Liquid Nail Bar Gift Card $100
1x Massage Indulgence Gift Card $100
So it looks like i’ll be looking rather sexy for The Darkness in April thanks to Style magazine Brisbane!