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Big Feet!

We stopped into the New Balance clearance store in Collingwood, hoping to find a new pair of shoes for me, it’s not easy to find shoes when you have big feet. It has been a bane of my existence since I was about 12 and had a size 13 shoe.

After trawling the shelves looking scanning for “15” in any style … beggars can’t be choosers and all that … I finally asked the sales staff and she said: “I think we have one, I remember seeing in on the invoice yesterday. It’s probably out the back I’ll go and take a look.”

And that’s when the wait begins, the anxiety of which shoe will she return with, just how ugly will it have to be to have been sent off to the clearance store.

While we were waiting David noticed a massive shoe up on the shelf, it looked like a prop of some kind, but today I got to understand what it feels like to have smaller feet. My size 15 next to a size 20!

My ‘tiny’ size 15 shoe.

When the sales person returned I was pleasantly surprised by the style of shoe she returned with. Of all the things on the shelf it was probably the one style I was hoping for. As David said, “Everything’s coming up Jamie” on this day. A rare find indeed and for only $140 for the pair.

Daily Life Destinations

Bentwood Fitzroy

I guess Instagram does work for advertising, because this morning we’re at a cafe that David found on Instagram; Bentwood Fitzroy.

Bentwood Fitzroy Menu

I started by breakfast with the Nutella Shake, it basically tastes like they liquified Nutella and put it in a glass for me. It is delicious.

Nutella Shake

Accompanying this decadent drink was the Hotcakes: Raspberry curd, strawberries, passionfruit syrup, meringue, and mascarpone. I added the side of bacon, though it certainly didn’t need it.

Hotcakes, they had me at “meringue”

I want to eat here every day… but man is it expensive when you’re done, so it will definitely be a sometimes thing.

Just Cool

The Year 12,020

It’s hanging on the wall and I can’t wait for year 12,020 to begin. 

I’ve wanted to get the Kurzgesagt calendar for the longest time, but they always sold out before I could grab one. Finally it is adorning our walls.

Looks like they have now sold out on the US store, but the calendars are still available on the EU store.

I’d be happy if they print the cover inverted next year, so while it’s waiting on the wall to be opened it will appear the right way up! 🧐 I mean, just look at it, the cover, with its lovely foiling is gorgeous, but it’s upside down. 🙃

Image by Kurzgesagt
Image by Kurzgesagt
Image by Kurzgesagt

If you don’t know Kurzgesagt you’re missing out. Our friend Anthony put me onto their YouTube channel a few years ago and impatiently wait between their videos being released. They have covered topics from the space in between atoms, universal basic income, overpopulation, black holes and other space phenomena, consciousness, the ins and outs of the human body, time… I could go on, but hopefully you get the point that they have covered a lot of topics via their rather in-depth videos. Check out Kurzgesagt on YouTube.

I also have a couple of their posters waiting to be framed, I’m hoping if we ever get into our office they will be on our walls there.

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All These Darn Socks!

In our workplace, we go through a lot of socks. 

Our office is our home, at the moment, and we don’t exactly get dressed up and put shoes on to “go to work”, mostly we roll out of bed, go to our desks, and work.

Being on tiled floors it’s best to have something on your feet less your feet dry out. Sometimes it’s uggs, but more often than not it’s socks… so we go through a few.

David has a thing about socks with holes so he attempts to throw them out while I’m not looking. But it’s waste that I never would have even considered as a kid. 

When I was young the remedy for a sock with a hole wasn’t the bin: it was a needle and thread. I remember mum had a “darning mushroom” and we’d use it for mending socks and I actually used to love doing it.

My philosophy is repair rather than rubbish, so I ordered my own darning mushroom today.

Darning Mushroom and darning kit I bought from

Of course you can just sew the hole closed without one, but having the curved surface of the mushroom means you don’t end up with as harsh a sewing line, less irritation on the tootsies. I have a small pile of socks awaiting their resurrection. 🙃

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Elgato HD60S

I recently acquired an Elgato HD60S HDMI capture card device. It’s mostly used for streaming gaming, as seen from my recent streams of Zelda Breath of the Wild and Luigi’s Mansion 3 game play.

However, I thought it would be great for capturing the back of the camera when doing “how-tos” for photography stuff. I have a few planned.

In light of our recent meeting at our camera club about time lapses I put together a quick video about setting up the interval shooting for my Sony AR7 MkIII.

It’s also letting me get used to hearing my own voice… which I hate.

I guess I don’t actually know when I’ll get around to making all the content I want to make. Don’t be too hard on me. 🤓

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Don’t Quote Me On This

I’m probably a very annoying person to be around. I pull quotes from movies ALL THE TIME! Usually in response to a phrase or word.

Just a very few of the many, many strange things I say, I can’t even think of most of them off the time of my head, they are triggered by events and just happen, but here’s a couple:

When someone says “Nothing”… I’ll reply “Nothing, nothing, nothing tra la la”- Labyrinth 
When I realise the front door has been left unlocked when we’re about to go to bed… “We’ll all be murdered in our beds come what may” – The Pirate Movie
When someone says “Violated”; I’ll exclaim “Violated, you know what I mean, Violated?”- Chicago

Well, for the most part David knows what I’m going on about. He has either seen the movies I reference, or has osmotically absorbed the information by proximity via my repetitive viewing of said sources.

Turns out there is one movie I also quote, and one particular phrase that comes up more often than you may think… sometimes in response to a word being said, sometimes because someone is driving too fast, or sometimes because someone is walking too slow and I have to zoom around them…

“It’s a racing snail”

Teeny Weeny: The NeverEnding Story

I sometimes say… yes I’m weird, but I’m pretty sure most folk will know where that one comes from, but turns out you learn things about your partner all the time. Tonight I found out David has never seen the movie that is the source of that bit of dialogue that springs forth from my lips many times. I probably have not watched it in the last 22 years so unlike the others the has not been exposed to it by me, but seriously, who hasn’t seen the movie!

And there’s some insight into my brain; this little quirk, which I am quite sure is not unique, is certainly something that I do all the time.


Baby Yoda

The baby Yoda in “The Mandalorian” makes it worth the subscription fees for Disney+!

Of course we know he’s not Yoda, The Mandalorian takes place after the fall of the Empire so the Yoda we know has passed and is now one with the Force. But because we don’t know much about the Master Yoda’s race there is no better descriptor for this little guy.

Even referring to him as a “baby” is a bit of a misnomer, the Baby Yoda is 50 years old at the time of the Mandalorian, and he’s not as helpless as his cuteness would imply. The Force is strong with this one!

Sassy Baby Yoda
Sassy baby Yoda
Baby Yoda is so tiny against the Mandalorian
Baby Yoda is so tiny against the Mandalorian
Baby Yoda walking out of the Mandalorian's ship
Baby Yoda walking out of the Mandalorian’s ship
Baby Yoda drinking broth while the Mandalorian and Cara Dune fight it out.
Baby Yoda drinking broth while the Mandalorian and Cara Dune fight it out.
The baby Yoda sitting at a table looking cute as can be.
A seat at the table for Baby Yoda

The saddest news…

No Baby Yoda Merch for Christmas

The Baby Yoda is also a meme machine…

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Snap Shots Podcast

When I started entering competitions 5 years ago, that was when my photography started to improve.

Brett Ferguson, Photographer, as heard on the “Snap Shots” podcast Episode 33.

The importance of entering competitions, hearing, and responding to the critique is important in our growth.

We all have our Instagrams with its easy “tap tap” *likes*… but it is through the critical eye of a judge, or those who would give you honest feedback, that we grow in what we do.

Listen to the episode and see Brett’s work on his website.