In reflection mode today…
Need I say more?! I nailed the list, and had a brilliant year doing it, and now I’m here in the Maldives celebrating my birthday with Mr. DMD. A man who encouraged me to do it, supported me throughout and put up with me dragging him to random activities. Thank you so so much B, I love you and I couldn’t have done it without you!!!
Thanks also to my family and friends who supported and encouraged me along the way!
Some people were sceptical that I’d watch all 40 documentaries, and even suggested that I should just ‘fudge’ it if I didn’t get around to it. Well, I managed to get through all 40 of those documentaries! There was no way in hell I was going to cheat and lie because I’d only be letting myself down. In the end, I did have to substitute 3 of the original 40 with an alternative trio as I wasn’t able to track them down, but I wasn’t left disappointed.
My good friend Demitri (who I mentioned in my original post), loaded me up with some excellent alternatives:
1. Biggie and Tupac which was about murdered rappers Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace and Tupac “2Pac” Shakur. This replaced Elvis ’56.
2. Pumping Iron, a documentary from the 70’s about the world of bodybuilding, focusing on the 1975 IFBB Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia competitions (and featuring the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger!). This replaced Up.
3. No End in Sight, A film about the American occupation of Iraq. This replaced In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye.
Thanks must go to Jason and Demitri who helped me source most of these docos. I really couldn’t have achieved this without their help.
If anyone needs any recommendations for an interesting documentary, you know who to ask! :-)
That leaves 29 down, and one more to go…
Learning to drive a manual or ‘stick shift’ has never been high on my list of learning priorities, but I figure if I’m going to drive a Ferrari someday, then I’d better learn soon!! :-)
Mr. DMD was patient enough to give me a lesson in his 4WD, putting up with my questions, and not getting mad when I stalled the car about 10 times (OK maybe 20 times!). We went around and around the deserted car park until I got the hang of it, and it was safe to say that I’ve cross it off my list!! Woo hoo!
My future car???
It will be back to school (or university) for me in 2015! I’m enrolled and ready to go for the new year, and I couldn’t be more excited to study Communications Management.
Nice and brief today :-)
Picnics are way fun! Especially when the weather is perfect…blue skies, a slight breeze and the smell of spring in the air.
The Mister, our pooch Caesar and I packed up the car for a picnic to celebrate the long weekend in Sydney. We went to Centennial Park which is a huge park in Sydney’s east. Caesar loves playing there so we thought it would be perfect to bring him along. We had a lovely afternoon, complete with curious and hungry picnic stealers (aka other people’s dogs), but it was so nice to relax in the sun with our fur baby.
Here are a few pics from the day…
Our yummy spread
Caesar waiting patiently for a bite!
Contrary to what you might think, a ‘flash mob’ isn’t a group of people who strip down to nothing! It’s actually a…
“large public gathering at which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse, typically organized by means of the Internet or social media”
They have been used as wedding proposals and to promote movies, television shows and upcoming music concerts, and when you have a mass group of people they can work really well. This flash mob took place in Sydney’s Central Station to promote a charity aimed at getting people moving for better health!
The last 12 months have seen me scour social media, news sites, websites, to find an upcoming flash mob that I could participate in. Some did take place during this time, unbeknownst to me until after the fact, so I missed out a few times but didn’t give up. One facebook group promised to pull together a flash mob to honour the anniversary of the death of music legend Michael Jackson, but that fizzled out due to poor planning. This was the most promising opportunity over the whole 12 months, so I was pretty disappointed when it fell through.
Finally link after link down the Facebook rabbit hole led me to a swing dancing group who wanted to do a flash mob to raise awareness for west coast swing dancing in Australia (very specific, I know!). I had nothing to lose so I went along, having watched the routine on you tube, and knowing that my year was quickly running out. I waited at Circular Quay as per the instructions and tried to spot any kind of movement! Finally I see some commotion…technical issues. Luckily a local busker was willing to help out and connected the ipod to his amplifier. The music started and about 6 couples randomly started dancing their swing routine, and me (sans partner) watched from the sidelines pretending to be a passer by! The style was boring, the music was boring, and there was no impact. TOTAL FIZZER!!! So, to summarise, I was there, I was ready, but it was lame. I was waiting to see if a better opportunity would come along before my birthday, but it hasn’t happened, so I’m going to call it complete in the hopes that one day I can still tag along to a full blown choreographed flash mob and not have to sit on the sidelines!
What do you think? Would you ever have a go at dancing with a flash mob?
I am now enrolled in, and have commenced, an Interior Design course in colour theory! I can’t wait to learn more about this subject and build on it with other Interior Design courses in the future.
Stay tuned for plenty of updates over the next week, as I go full steam ahead to the finish line!
Dropping in to give you a quick update on my documentary-watching progress. So far I have watched 24 out of the 40 on my must-watch list, which leaves 16 more to go! I’ve been thoroughly enjoying watching the different films, covering all manner of topics from art and design to dance, war, food, deception and human triumph.
One of my favourites so far was ‘Being Elmo’ which is the story about the puppeteer who created Elmo. Having grown up with Sesame Street and The Muppets, it definitely brought back many happy memories. The film had plenty of humour and interesting insights into the world of puppeteering, Sesame Street and the greatest puppeteer of them all, Jim Henson.
On Saturday, I went to my very first music festival – Listen Out. The festival was in the grounds of Centennial Park in the heart of Sydney on a glorious spring day, which automatically set the tone for the event. The atmosphere was electric, the crowd was in good spirits, the music was pumping and everyone was having a good time.
I’ve decided that this kind of thing isn’t really my cup of tea, but I’m glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone for a bit! #yolo