Monsterful Monday: Violins and tiki dresses

I got the Best Beloved tickets to Lindsey Stirling for his birthday, and this Saturday along we duly went. It was the first time she’s done a show in New Zealand, and my goodness she did not disappoint.

I’m grateful, obviously, for having been there for a romper-stomper of a show, but in particular for what she had to say towards the end of the gig. She talked about how she’d suffered from depression which came from hiding who she was and the things that made her unique- it really resonated with me, as did her telling us that “the reasons I’m successful are the reasons I was told I would never succeed”- very reassuring words to hear for those of us trying to do something new, and follow our passions and dreams. In case you’ve never heard any of her music (mostly wonderful violin instrumentals), here’s her song about not hiding any more and being herself.

15 in 2015

I am about 10 minutes of handsewing away from completing the Flamingo Dress. Finally! I decided to get all fancy with the straps and make them cross over, and I’m pleased with how it’s turned out. It feels great to be chipping away at this big challenge, and I’m feeling pretty confident about getting it all done.


Because one concert wasn’t enough for us, the Best Beloved and I also went to the free rock music in the park gig on Saturday. It was pretty damn great sitting in the shade watching Black River Drive, The Feelers and Devilskin. Not so sure about the guy in the mankini… O_O I think my favourite act of the afternoon was the Feelers- Pressure Man always reminds me of ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ and tapdancing Kirsten Dunst, and they also did a terrific cover of ‘Psycho Killer’ by Talking Heads.


It’s this week and I can’t wait! I’m excited about the talks, taking copious notes, meeting awesome people, and of course the free ice cream. Not to mention the Webstock schwag. Who doesn’t love free schwag and listening to Cory Doctorow?

The little things

Ideas, free awesome training videos from Marie Forleo (hell yes I’m going for a scholarship), snuggling, good reading, handsewing with silk thread, flamingos, late night post-concert hilarity with friends, Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, naps, Kim Boekbinder.

How about you? What are you grateful for this week?

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