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Ten Things in April

. Tuesday, 30 April 2019 .




1. This illustration of me by Bonnie from Studio Bon literally made me ugly cry on my couch. It was a Sunday afternoon when I saw my Instagram was buzzing with notifications. It didn't register at first that I was tagged in a post, I just assumed it was the previous post Bonnie wrote following the events at Christchurch. Imagine my surprise when it finally clicked that she had illustrated me! ME!!!! ME??? What!




2. Ben & Jerry's recently sent me their new moo-phoria range and it's really good! A bit sweeter than the vegan range, but the P.B. dough is so so so goooood I had this big bowl of ice cream as a pre-dinner snack when I finished work this afternoon. Maybe I'll have it as dessert tonight too. Who knows? (I do and I will)




3. ROCKETMAN!!!! I've lost count of how many times I've watched the trailer. I even made my parents sit down and watch it with me. LOL. We're nearly in May and while a part of me is shocked at how fast 2019 seem to be going, there's a huge part of me that's pretty darn excited for it because of Rocketman. I've always loved Elton John's theatrics, the outlandish outfits, overall IDGAF cool vibe he exudes... and from the trailer it looks like Taron Egerton pretty much nails it. Also Richard Madden is playing John Reid. You know I'm thirsty for The Maddening (a nickname that no one else but me uses haha) so my excitement levels are through the roof right now! Also this Tiny Dancer duet with Elton John and Taron Egerton is so good. My heart!






4. Took the bus to the shore for the first time last night and went along to the Federation runway show at Madam Woo. Got absolutely spoilt with a full banquet dinner and a fashion show. I don't think I've ever had a proper dinner of rice and veggies and meat while a DJ was spinning some serious beats in the background before but it was so much fun. THIS power outfit is exactly what I had imagined I'd like to wear when I smash the patriarchy and lack of diversity in mainstream media. Needless to say, I need this in my life stat!





5. Logitech recently sent me the MX Master 2S mouse to try and it's been an absolute lifesaver these past few days. I've started working on some changes on this website in the long weekend (hello new colours!) and even though I've been an Apple user for ages, I still can't seem to get used to right clicking on the trackpad. This mouse has made coding and HTML easier and it's really good for different kinds of surfaces so I've been working from bed and have been using the mouse on linen. It's a dream.




6. There comes a time in your life where you realise that quite possibly you have turned into one of those corporate wankers who uses buzz words in their everyday vernacular. This shocking realisation came to me this morning as I was organising my desktop and started thinking about ways I could 'optimise' my life. I've been working on an optimisation project at work lately and I guess it's so ingrained into my thinking now that I'm starting to apply this strategy into aspects of my life. Jess Molina Optimisation coming this winter! LOL.





7. Last week was an epic week for deliveries and I still have to pinch myself whenever someone sends me things to try. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd get some pretty cool opportunities through this website and the word grateful isn't enough to describe it. Anyway, if you watched Blues Clues as a kid, you might remember the mail song that Steve sings: Here's the mail it never fails it makes me wanna wag my tail when it comes I wanna yell MAAAAIIIIL. I think I'm gonna sing that song everytime I 'unbox' from now on.






8. About Time is still my favourite movie of all time. It is literally everything good about film.






9. I took my pal Thomas with me to the opening of Platform 8 two weeks ago and we had such a great time! The lobby of the old Auckland train station has been turned into a beautiful restaurant and bar. It was so nice to dine under those intricate ceilings. The food was so amazing and fresh and I can't wait to come back! It's so exciting to finally have a decent bar/restaurant to hang out in near Spark Arena. You know when you're not feeling the opening act and you know that the headliner is going to take their sweet time and delay the concert anyway but you want to be nearby just in case? Well, this place is the answer! Concert or not, this place is worth the trip especially for the chicken skewers and smoked tuatua.






10. On a more serious note, this piece by my good friend Chamanthie wrote this harrowing piece called 'From Christchurch to Colombo' over on The Spinoff. It's a must read and quite confronting. I still don't have enough words for the senseless acts of terrorism we've seen these past few months. It feels too painful to talk about and often I don't even know where to begin. But this piece is a great place to start.




1. This illustration of me by Bonnie from Studio Bon literally made me ugly cry on my couch. It was a Sunday afternoon when I saw my Instagram was buzzing with notifications. It didn't register at first that I was tagged in a post, I just assumed it was the previous post Bonnie wrote following the events at Christchurch. Imagine my surprise when it finally clicked that she had illustrated me! ME!!!! ME??? What!




2. Ben & Jerry's recently sent me their new moo-phoria range and it's really good! A bit sweeter than the vegan range, but the P.B. dough is so so so goooood I had this big bowl of ice cream as a pre-dinner snack when I finished work this afternoon. Maybe I'll have it as dessert tonight too. Who knows? (I do and I will)




3. ROCKETMAN!!!! I've lost count of how many times I've watched the trailer. I even made my parents sit down and watch it with me. LOL. We're nearly in May and while a part of me is shocked at how fast 2019 seem to be going, there's a huge part of me that's pretty darn excited for it because of Rocketman. I've always loved Elton John's theatrics, the outlandish outfits, overall IDGAF cool vibe he exudes... and from the trailer it looks like Taron Egerton pretty much nails it. Also Richard Madden is playing John Reid. You know I'm thirsty for The Maddening (a nickname that no one else but me uses haha) so my excitement levels are through the roof right now! Also this Tiny Dancer duet with Elton John and Taron Egerton is so good. My heart!






4. Took the bus to the shore for the first time last night and went along to the Federation runway show at Madam Woo. Got absolutely spoilt with a full banquet dinner and a fashion show. I don't think I've ever had a proper dinner of rice and veggies and meat while a DJ was spinning some serious beats in the background before but it was so much fun. THIS power outfit is exactly what I had imagined I'd like to wear when I smash the patriarchy and lack of diversity in mainstream media. Needless to say, I need this in my life stat!





5. Logitech recently sent me the MX Master 2S mouse to try and it's been an absolute lifesaver these past few days. I've started working on some changes on this website in the long weekend (hello new colours!) and even though I've been an Apple user for ages, I still can't seem to get used to right clicking on the trackpad. This mouse has made coding and HTML easier and it's really good for different kinds of surfaces so I've been working from bed and have been using the mouse on linen. It's a dream.




6. There comes a time in your life where you realise that quite possibly you have turned into one of those corporate wankers who uses buzz words in their everyday vernacular. This shocking realisation came to me this morning as I was organising my desktop and started thinking about ways I could 'optimise' my life. I've been working on an optimisation project at work lately and I guess it's so ingrained into my thinking now that I'm starting to apply this strategy into aspects of my life. Jess Molina Optimisation coming this winter! LOL.





7. Last week was an epic week for deliveries and I still have to pinch myself whenever someone sends me things to try. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd get some pretty cool opportunities through this website and the word grateful isn't enough to describe it. Anyway, if you watched Blues Clues as a kid, you might remember the mail song that Steve sings: Here's the mail it never fails it makes me wanna wag my tail when it comes I wanna yell MAAAAIIIIL. I think I'm gonna sing that song everytime I 'unbox' from now on.






8. About Time is still my favourite movie of all time. It is literally everything good about film.






9. I took my pal Thomas with me to the opening of Platform 8 two weeks ago and we had such a great time! The lobby of the old Auckland train station has been turned into a beautiful restaurant and bar. It was so nice to dine under those intricate ceilings. The food was so amazing and fresh and I can't wait to come back! It's so exciting to finally have a decent bar/restaurant to hang out in near Spark Arena. You know when you're not feeling the opening act and you know that the headliner is going to take their sweet time and delay the concert anyway but you want to be nearby just in case? Well, this place is the answer! Concert or not, this place is worth the trip especially for the chicken skewers and smoked tuatua.






10. On a more serious note, this piece by my good friend Chamanthie wrote this harrowing piece called 'From Christchurch to Colombo' over on The Spinoff. It's a must read and quite confronting. I still don't have enough words for the senseless acts of terrorism we've seen these past few months. It feels too painful to talk about and often I don't even know where to begin. But this piece is a great place to start.

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