Wednesday, 8 February 2012

New year, new favorite TV show: New Girl

I'm sure everyone is aware of how awesome New Girl is.  In fact, I'm positive I'm behind the times on the discovery of the show... but just in case there's others of you out there who lived on an island in the middle of the ocean for 2 months, here's a sneak peak. 

The show stars Zooey Deschanel as a kooky highschool teacher who moves in with 3 guys in downtown LA after breaking up with her long term boyfriend.  Although she is exasperatingly kooky, turns out her 3 guys roomies are equally as capricious, and they all end up friends in the end.  I'm sure many girls can relate to Jess (Zooey Deschanel) who sings normal sentences, wears crazy vintage outfits in inapproprate situations, and watches Dirty Dancing on repeat after a painful breakup.  No? Well, even if none of the above are your thing, I'm sure you will enjoy the show...Plus Jess's "nerdy/quirky teacher" style, designed by Debra McGuire, is amazing:

Monday, 6 February 2012

3 months absence... shameful!

Can't believe I haven't had time to sit down and write anything for 3 whole months!  It's been a jam packed new year!   I was up in northern New Zealand counting seabirds on some isolated islands, then I spent christmas with some good friends in Australia, then I spent the past month frantically preparing for a conference in Hawaii... which I am headed to as we speak (literally, I am at the airport with a ridiculous 12 hour layover in Sydney).  Thought I would write a quick update, brought to you from right next to the Sumo Salad and a magazine stand.  Nothing but excitement here!

So I give you 'a frantically busy 3 months in the life of a seabird biologist' - a photo diary. Enjoy.

1) Surprise beach camp-out 30th birthday party for the bf featuring: rock climbing, frisbee, camping in caves, bonfires, smores, lots of music, fire dancing, and a crap-load of fun!

2) Mapping seabird colonies on remote islands a few hours offshore of northern New Zealand (read: no showers, tents, 12 hours of hiking a day, rain, wind, mosquitos.... but a whole lot of seabirds and beautiful scenery!)

3) Trip to Australia to visit friends for Christmas.  Koalas, kangaroos, mango daiquiries, beaches, shopping, and of course: birds!
Amazing vintage shopping in Newtown
The Blue Mountains
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
 Best 16 dollars I have EVER spent!
NYE walk in the grass
Marijuana museum in Nimbin
The kangaroos were completely uninterested in my kind snack offering
Aboriginal rock carvings
Rock Wallaby