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April 2018: Murders and Mormons

28 April 2018

Month 4 and you just know all the resolutions I've made at the start of the year have been thrown out of the window. Including my unstated resolve to blog more. But being a flake is part of my branding now, I guess!

I've overhauled this space and cleared all my past posts in the hopes that a fresh start will motivate me to be here more. Cue the laugh track. Here we go again.

LIFE


  • Working for a skincare brand. If you've been following me anywhere, you'd know how much of a skincare ho I am. I can spend hours just reading and commenting on the skincare subreddits, and would like to give you a big hug if you're still using the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. So when my former internship boss got in touch saying she landed a startup skincare brand as a client and wants me to come on board to do the social media and content management, the answer is a resounding YES! I start work shortly before my birthday, so I'm also counting this as my birthday gift from the universe.

    A month into the job and my days mostly consist of sourcing photos and content for our Instagram feed (now the bane of my existence!) and Facebook page, taking care of our website, and other marketing bits and bobs. There, you've just been marketed to.

  • Studying. I've started school last March, and to be quite honest, I can't be positive about it. I don't quite know how to describe being in this particular uni that I am in, but let's just say that I need to be airlifted out of this circle of hell so please send help.

  • Sydney Royal Easter Show. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is an annual event held in Sydney over the span of two weeks during Easter. It is designed to promote the agricultural scene through competitions, animal experiences, carnivals, and much more. Will took me to the Show for my birthday this year and while I wish I took more photos, much fun was had overdosing on sugar, going on both kiddie and adult rides, and being a pussy in the half-assed haunted mansion.

  • Exercise break. I've been dealing with a chest infection for over a month now (hopefully I am correct in thinking that it's going away as I write this!) and so I've not been to the gym for over a month as well. There goes my dream abs.



  • Sony A6000.  Having had the Nikon D5000 for 7 years (and not having used it for 3 - mostly because of its bulk), I knew I would only be incentivized to actually get out there and take photos again if my next camera is smaller and easier to throw in my everyday bag. Yes, the best camera is the one you have with you, that's why I kept putting off getting a mirrorless for years - my Samsung S7 is usually enough for the quick photo. But I knew I wanted to document my life in a much better way than my phone camera and so I made the switch! I'm back to using a kit lens for now (I fell in love with the 50mm f1.8 for my Nikon back then that I put down my kit lens and never picked it up again) as I know I'm quite rusty and wanted to practice a little bit first. It's frustrating being with a kit lens again, though! So expect me to not exercise any self control at all and get the Sony 35mm f1.8 in the coming weeks.

    Some practice shots:









THINGS I'M LOVING

  • My Favorite Murder. A podcast by two true crime fans from LA, My Favorite Murder mixes in witty banter with tales of hometown murders and cults. I swore to myself that I will get into podcasts this year and in doing so, I knew I wanted to listen to women talking in my ear. MFM is the only podcast by women whose talking I can actually stand - there are some really cringey speech patterns out there, I found! Since I started bingeing, I have acquired a not-so-irrational irrational fear of randomly getting murdered and a fascination for true crime.

    If the over-enunciated Valley girl accent isn't your thing, there's also Martinis & Murder, All Killa No Filla, and the Crime Junkie Podcast!

  • The Book of Mormon soundtrack. Will and I saw The Book of Mormon at the Sydney Lyric Theatre at the beginning of the month. While I'm a sucker for musicals, he's not really into it but he ended up loving it! If it's ever in your city, don't hesitate to see the obscene masterpiece that is this play and walk out of the theatre believing that God has a plan for you -- and that plan involves getting your own planet.

    I'm still listening to the songs on a regular basis! My favorites are Two by Two and Turn It Off.

  • Simply Nailogical. Just do yourself a favor and watch her videos. You're welcome.

2 comments:

  1. Been loving the results of the A6000! But still torn between A6000 or M10. I hope you get better soon! x

    www.caealensonorin.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Choosing is the hardest part! After watching probably a hundred youtube videos, that's when I finally made my decision :)

      Delete

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28 April 2018

April 2018: Murders and Mormons


Month 4 and you just know all the resolutions I've made at the start of the year have been thrown out of the window. Including my unstated resolve to blog more. But being a flake is part of my branding now, I guess!

I've overhauled this space and cleared all my past posts in the hopes that a fresh start will motivate me to be here more. Cue the laugh track. Here we go again.

LIFE


  • Working for a skincare brand. If you've been following me anywhere, you'd know how much of a skincare ho I am. I can spend hours just reading and commenting on the skincare subreddits, and would like to give you a big hug if you're still using the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. So when my former internship boss got in touch saying she landed a startup skincare brand as a client and wants me to come on board to do the social media and content management, the answer is a resounding YES! I start work shortly before my birthday, so I'm also counting this as my birthday gift from the universe.

    A month into the job and my days mostly consist of sourcing photos and content for our Instagram feed (now the bane of my existence!) and Facebook page, taking care of our website, and other marketing bits and bobs. There, you've just been marketed to.

  • Studying. I've started school last March, and to be quite honest, I can't be positive about it. I don't quite know how to describe being in this particular uni that I am in, but let's just say that I need to be airlifted out of this circle of hell so please send help.

  • Sydney Royal Easter Show. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is an annual event held in Sydney over the span of two weeks during Easter. It is designed to promote the agricultural scene through competitions, animal experiences, carnivals, and much more. Will took me to the Show for my birthday this year and while I wish I took more photos, much fun was had overdosing on sugar, going on both kiddie and adult rides, and being a pussy in the half-assed haunted mansion.

  • Exercise break. I've been dealing with a chest infection for over a month now (hopefully I am correct in thinking that it's going away as I write this!) and so I've not been to the gym for over a month as well. There goes my dream abs.



  • Sony A6000.  Having had the Nikon D5000 for 7 years (and not having used it for 3 - mostly because of its bulk), I knew I would only be incentivized to actually get out there and take photos again if my next camera is smaller and easier to throw in my everyday bag. Yes, the best camera is the one you have with you, that's why I kept putting off getting a mirrorless for years - my Samsung S7 is usually enough for the quick photo. But I knew I wanted to document my life in a much better way than my phone camera and so I made the switch! I'm back to using a kit lens for now (I fell in love with the 50mm f1.8 for my Nikon back then that I put down my kit lens and never picked it up again) as I know I'm quite rusty and wanted to practice a little bit first. It's frustrating being with a kit lens again, though! So expect me to not exercise any self control at all and get the Sony 35mm f1.8 in the coming weeks.

    Some practice shots:









THINGS I'M LOVING

  • My Favorite Murder. A podcast by two true crime fans from LA, My Favorite Murder mixes in witty banter with tales of hometown murders and cults. I swore to myself that I will get into podcasts this year and in doing so, I knew I wanted to listen to women talking in my ear. MFM is the only podcast by women whose talking I can actually stand - there are some really cringey speech patterns out there, I found! Since I started bingeing, I have acquired a not-so-irrational irrational fear of randomly getting murdered and a fascination for true crime.

    If the over-enunciated Valley girl accent isn't your thing, there's also Martinis & Murder, All Killa No Filla, and the Crime Junkie Podcast!

  • The Book of Mormon soundtrack. Will and I saw The Book of Mormon at the Sydney Lyric Theatre at the beginning of the month. While I'm a sucker for musicals, he's not really into it but he ended up loving it! If it's ever in your city, don't hesitate to see the obscene masterpiece that is this play and walk out of the theatre believing that God has a plan for you -- and that plan involves getting your own planet.

    I'm still listening to the songs on a regular basis! My favorites are Two by Two and Turn It Off.

  • Simply Nailogical. Just do yourself a favor and watch her videos. You're welcome.

2 comments:

  1. Been loving the results of the A6000! But still torn between A6000 or M10. I hope you get better soon! x

    www.caealensonorin.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Choosing is the hardest part! After watching probably a hundred youtube videos, that's when I finally made my decision :)

      Delete