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Apr. 27th, 2018

Clover by asgard

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Aug. 6th, 2012

Filigree by icon_goddess

Knock knock?

Do any of my mates still use LiveJournal? If so, comment.

I have the urge to vent, and I need an audience to be drama queen to... atleast for this one vent XD

May. 9th, 2011

Motoko by asgard

Guilty pleasures

Zeb share's a guilty pleasure, but explains why it occurs so she doesn't come across as a total loony ;)

Originally published at Guilty pleasures

Feb. 18th, 2011

Wiccan Book by icon_goddess

Whitcoulls vs. the eBooks

So maybe I should have already posted about my latest joy.

My new Kindle 3.

Love love love. I’ll post about it in the future, just felt that I had to say this now.

Whitcoulls & Borders in New Zealand are very likely going to be closing down. Why? Various reasons. The question I have is how much of that has to do with the competition they face from eBooks?

Kindles, Nooks, Sony Readers… so many variations, all do the same thing. Allow you to buy and download digital books to read on a device. Pros?

  • Cheaper – don’t need to pay for all those pesky things like transport, paper, x amount mark-up etc.

  • Faster – zomg! No waiting for books to arrive from overseas or local stores getting them in stock

  • Good use of space – no more overflowing shelves of books, no more having to pack books away, all my books, on one portable device that I can carry with me

  • I could keep going on and on and on… but I won’t…

Cons? Well really that sensation of holding a book. The smell, the texture, the nostalgia. You don’t get that with an eReader. As an avid book fan, it doesn’t bug me really. I will still purchase the books I absolutely and utterly love. I’ll still keep most of the books I own (not all the books in the world have been released in eBook format, yet.) I get to have the best of both worlds.

How can physical book stores like Whitcoulls and Borders compete?

Whitcoulls did make an attempt at it. Started selling eBooks from their website and bringing in the Kobo. Problem? They were selling eBooks practically at the same price as physical books. What’s the point? I would rather get a book cheaper elsewhere.

So while I will regret the loss of nostalgia. The experience of browsing through shelves, picking up a book, feeling it’s spine and gently cracking it open and inhaling that ‘new book’ scent, adios Whitcoulls.

You forgot one important thing with me. You forgot to think about my needs as your customer.

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Dec. 5th, 2010

BODY! by icon_goddess

Losing weight is fun

In 2008 I joined Weight Watchers and lost a massive 30kg that year. Unfortunately, since starting my current job, I’ve packed all that weight back on. It’s depressing, I won’t deny it, but a month ago after a serious stretch of illness (where I had a migraine for a whole week) I re-affirmed my desire to lose weight and get healthy. So I re-joined Weight Watchers.

At my last weigh in, marking the end of my second week of Weight Watchers, I lost 1.4 kilograms (3 pounds) taking that to a total weight loss of 4.4kg (9.7 pounds) in two weeks. Sounds unreal right? That’s because the first week, you always lose a lot of weight. In my case that was 3kg. I figured the second week would be the decider, but was pleasantly surprised with the 1.4kg loss, especially since I haven’t started excercising yet.

Why these massive drops in weight?

I’m not starving myself. In fact, with the new plan Weight Watchers has brought out, I’m eating more food than I was before I joined. It’s all about what I’ve been eating, and how much. Lean meats, low gi carbs, low fat dairy, vegetables etc. The real kicker is that with the new system, fruits are 0 points. Meaning I can eat as much as I like. Tis a no brainer that, now, when I feel like a snack, it’s easier for me to reach for a mandarin or a banana (or mango, pawpaw, strawberries… mmm the list goes on!) than a not so healthy snack.

I hear you saying “So why Weight Watchers, what you’re doing is common sense, why pay for it?”

For me it’s also the mental support. The meetings and the knowledge that I have trusted resources I can tap into when I need help. I can’t do this on my own. I like the fact that on Thursdays (last day of the week and meeting day) I have to get on those scales, and hold myself accountable for the week thats been infront of my leader (whose a real sweety.) I need all that motivation, and more.

Which is why, I am also going to be blogging about my journey.

Feel free to follow, share advice, thoughts, experiences etc. but please don’t leave hokey-diet or non-constructive comments. I’m not interested in quick fixes or trolls. :)

p.s. as for the fun… actually… it is. I don’t feel deprived at all. This is yesterday’s menu:


45g rolled oats cooked in 1 cup super trim milk with peaches, and 1 lite passionfruit yoghurt.


8 Banana Prawns marinated in garlic and lite soy sauce, pan fried and eaten with fresh vege stix.


95g baguette with hummus, lettuce and 50g smoked Tarakihi (fish) fillet.


Nan’s Blueberry & Apple Pie


Mango, grapes, pawpaw and kiwifruit.

Milk for tea.

Om nom nom nom! :D

Current Mood: determined


Nov. 7th, 2010

Pink Flower by icon_goddess

Dem Bones & Bookmarks

Zeb shares photos of things she's recently made, Halloween cross stitch exchanges and gorgeous bookmarks, including a rather macabre bone bookmark!

Originally published at Dem Bones & Bookmarks
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Oct. 15th, 2010

Xstitch Bonsai by asgard

B is for Bibliophile

Ah yes, yet another cross stitch wotsit item. Yawn ;) but hey, go look, tis a pretty bookmark!

Originally published at B is for Bibliophile
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Oct. 2nd, 2010

Wiccan Book by icon_goddess

Halloween Biscornu

Photos of the Halloween Biscornu Zeb did for a cross stitch exchange. SPOOKEH!

Originally published at Halloween Biscornu
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Sep. 25th, 2010

Filigree by icon_goddess

Love Biscornu

Zeb shares her first cross stitched biscornu.

Originally published at Love Biscornu
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Sep. 23rd, 2010

A Queen by asgard

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Zeb shares the result of her MBTI test and would love to get opinions.

Originally published at Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
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