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30 Days of Me: Day 24

“A letter to your parents”

This is an interesting one, seeing as I don’t actually have the standard nuclear family. So I’ve chosen to write three short letters. One to my Father, one to my (now ex-step) Dad and one to my Mumski.

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30 Days of Me: Day 23

(Pfft, you know what helps? Remembering to POST your post before getting distracted by geekery)

“Something you crave for a lot”

One of the most special group hugs...

Group hug time before we hit the road for my move up to Auckland for Uni. Nino is all of the confused.


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30 Days of Me: Day 19

“Nicknames you have and why you have them”

Oh my.
Over my years I’ve collected a great deal of nicknames, however many of them have gone the way of the original creators. Which is to say, well out of my life and the gods only know where!

There are a couple that I rather enjoyed though. Och, pronounced ‘oak’, which was short for Ochre was a favourite. Along with Blambie and Koinu.

These days I run mostly under variations my primary handle, which is Fallen Red Ninja. Some cats call me Red, others Ninja and even more call me Ninja-Pants. Continue reading


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30 Days of Me: Day 3

“A picture of you and your friends”

There’s no one picture that truly captures the insane glory of my friends.

These pictures below are of a rare breed of people, known as MUDS-kids, who are the most amazing people I’ve ever come across. They were the first group of people that I called friends, as opposed to a few individuals who were friends and the rest were “those people I hang out with”.

Madmen I tells ya!

A few of my beloved MUDS kids. Adams in the front. Sachan to my left, Jessi to my right and blood covered zombie me in the middle.

MUDS is the Massey University Drama Society, a performing arts group based at Massey in Palmy. While most of the members are students or alumni, it is possible for members of the public to become involved with the club.

My first show with MUDS was Vampire: Bride of the Isles in 2009.
I’d met a few of the members during the Festival of New Arts in 2008 but Vampire was my first introduction to┬áthe madmen┬áthat were going to become my family.

The show itself was a melodrama complete with ridiculous acting, stylistic mono-chromatic backdrops and stage-crew dressed as ninjas holding up the castle’s stained-glass window.

I don’t remember much of the show itself anymore, bar the boat and William’s Wig, but there was a lot of fun backstage. We sang, danced, played cards and ate enough candy to drown a bear. Continue reading


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Not-Really-Stroganoff Sauce

This one’s a touch on the pricey side for our poor student budget but, what with it being all wintery outside and all, it’s a great comfort food.
And it’s really versatile, so great for those weeks when I don’t have time to cook every night but don’t want exactly the same thing.

As always, measurements are approximate.

Olive oil
2 Onions, medium to large, diced
4 cloves garlic (2 TBLsp pre-crushed)
3TBLsp Fresh Herbs to your personal tastes (I usually use woolly & pizza thyme, rosemary, oregano and coriander) OR 2TBLsp dried Mixed Herbs
500gm Button Mushrooms
6 Courgettes
2 Carrots, large
1/2 Bottle Red Wine
1kg Sour Cream (Or 500g Sour cream & 500mL Fresh cream)
Sweet Chilli Sauce (I use Trident w/ Ginger)
Soy Sauce
Cracked Pepper
Paprika Continue reading

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A catchup post from my slack self.

Ohai. Yeah, I’ve been slack. I’ll bake everyone sorry cookies to make up for it, you’ve just gotta come to my house to collect them.

In the past while I’ve moved cities, started post-grad, farewelled a friend, made some new friends and learned once more what it is to subsist on nothing.
So I guess I’ll fill you all in from the start. (And by you all I mean the 3 people that read this thing but one can dream) Continue reading

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