002. Everything Else is Optional

Sheldon: No we don’t. We have to take in nourishment, expel waste, and inhale enough oxygen to keep our cells from dying. Everything else is optional.

– The Big Bang Theory, S01E09: The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization

Stand by for what will be the most polarising content I ever post to Best Case Scenario – the explanation that when I am at my worst, I watch a heckin’ lot of The Big Bang Theory.


June 3rd, 2017

Television Series: The Big Bang Theory

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First an explanation into how I integrate reading, television and movies from #the1001project into life. I’ve alternated with several methods but what seems to work best is: for each episode into a season I watch, I have to spend the equivalent minutes reading. After watching disc one I generally read for twenty-one minutes, with fifty-seven after disc two. It’s anal, but the OCD pleases me. Then Friday night is movie night. This kind of controlled environment is the only situation that has thus yielded productivity for this project – and even it has failed me in recent months. But now you know why I will generally watch no more than six episodes in a day – because reading is time consuming. But now that logistics are explained, I’ll quickly cover my past with The Big Bang Theory.

Three years ago I went through a big break-up. Not the tiny kind where things are a bit shit for a while, it was a 2.5 year relationship, and one that ended because of cheating, emotional abuse and a lot of “we’ll talk about this when I get home”. It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever dealt with, featured depression and anxiety, and it’s what I refer to when I say I couldn’t fly for two years because of emotional issues. That’s as far as I’ll go for today, but when it happened I watched seven seasons of The Big Bang Theory before remembering that I am also a cheerful nerd and enrolled in a Settlers of Catan tournament which changed the course of my life. I also have other past experiences with the show, the main one being winning $1000 from purchasing the DVDs, but this is what created a positive emotional crutch and that is why when life gets challenging, I return to TBBT.

This time’s no different as I’m experiencing trauma flashbacks due to a friend breakup – no matter what anyone ever tells you, friend breakups are worse – so I’ve returned to this show. The quote above sticks with me every time though. Everything else painful or difficult is optional. Look after yourself first.

Book: The Complete Fables, by Aesop

I’m currently reading through the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die in order of publication, so Aesop’s Fables is the opening project. While many of these fables are sweet, some of them are a cause for raised eyebrows? Take, for example, Zeus and Shame:

When Zeus fashioned man he gave him certain inclinations, but he forgot about shame. Not knowing how to introduce her, he ordered her to enter through the rectum. Shame baulked at this and was highly indignant. Finally, she said to Zeus:
“All right! I’ll go in, but on the condition that Eros doesn’t come in the same way; if he does, I will leave immediately.”
Ever since then, all homosexuals are without shame.

This fable shows that those who are prey to love lose all shame.

Firstly, Shame portrayed as feminine is interesting to me, but essentially this story is interesting as an historic insight into Ancient Greek sexuality – particularly when I consider the Greeks to have been one of the more… explorative ancient societies. Old stories are fun stories though, and taken with a grain of salt and a lot of hindsight, Aesop’s Fables hold up. I didn’t read any particularly great ones yesterday however, and I’m still reading it now so I’ll keep you posted with any favourites.

x Casey

001. Casey Causley Media Diet

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Indiana Jones: I don’t know, I’m making this up as I go along.

– Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Each year Steven Soderbergh, producer of movies such as the Oceans series and Magic Mike, publishes a list in January of all the media he consumed in the last 365 days, a concept that has become referred to as his “media diet”. As someone who enjoys not only consuming but creating content, I’ve become interested in knowing what my media diet would be. In addition to that I’m also interested in keeping track for reasons of productivity tracking, mood insight and particularly having a record of #the1001project media, particularly during times when it becomes difficult to create comprehensive reviews of all 4000+ items, and that doesn’t even include the non-related content.

So I present to you from now on, daily posts about the books, movies, television, podcast and live performances I experience.


June 2nd, 2017

Podcast: Gilmore Guys Present Bunhead Bros 116 ft. Jason Mantzoukas

This is where the inspiration for the Causley media diet came from as I liked the idea of a stimulus for daily creative/reflective writing for a year. It also has the benefit of being a written history of the productivity of #the1001project over time as well as the opportunity to highlight certain experiences and their connection to media – for example, as I’m going through an emotionally turbulent period at the moment, I end up watching more The Big Bang Theory than normal.

In terms of this podcast, it’s my go-to work podcast, particularly the Gilmore Guys era as the content is based on a show I’ve experienced so often that I can follow the discussion. The entertainment value, including the report between Kevin, Demi and their guests has in the past has been a source of inspiration considering their particular involvement in a side of media and performance that I really enjoy. The only podcast I’ve found to be more stimulating has been, of course, Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show.

Side Note: This media diet project is also probably the most efficient way for me to keep track of quotes I want to collect too. My Twitter bio doesn’t claim me as the “Queen of Reference Humour” for nothing.

Movie: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark – the original Hannah Montana.

After growing up without exposure to most movies, including Star Wars and Indiana Jones, catching up on Harrison Ford as an adult is a magical experience I do not underestimate, and Raiders is the perfect escapist movie after a taxing week. Adventure, humour, and that perfect venn diagram of “adventurous” but “nerd” that’s like some kind of me kryptonite.

Speaking seriously though, Raiders is among the genre of movies I have trouble critically analyzing for blog posts such as these. It’s fun, funny and the Nazi’s lose. Add to that Harrison Ford’s haircut and Indy’s badass attitude and you have a crowd pleaser. To match with my emotional state this week, it was the ideal escape from stress and anxiety and I gave it a five out of five on RT. It’s not exactly thought provoking apart from the “girl wears inappropriate clothes while defeating bad guys, but not actually defeating them, just making an effort to defeat them while Indiana Jones is really the one who saves the day” trope. Early 1980’s special effects were on point too, and now I really want an Indy inspired costume to lurk at zoos in. A e s t h e t i c.

Side note: Doctor Jones, Jones, calling Doctor Jones.

x Casey

 

#the1001project

This is likely to be the first of many diaries about #the1001project – although by no means is this my first attempt to tell these stories. I think it just might finally be the right attempt.

The 1001 Project is not a new endeavour. It began in 2015 as a means to escape anxiety, depression and the feeling I had nothing else to aspire or look forward to. It’s not the nicest of premises, I know, but sometimes the best tales originate from adversity, and this one was a point of optimism in a particularly dark time. While this list of items is arbitrary and chosen by others, it is also ultimately a reminder that I can find purpose in many situations.


The 1001 Project is a bucket list incorporating ten of the 1001 Before You Die lists published by Quintessence Editions. This means it’s more like the 11,584 project, but that’s not quite as catchy. The project focusses on 1001 Places, 1001 Escapes, 1001 Natural Wonders, 1001 Buildings, 1001 Historic Sites, 1001 Walks, 1001 Books, 1001 Movies and 1001 Tv Series “Before You Die” in addition to 1001 Children’s Books to Read Before You Grow Up.

But over the past year it has become more than static examples evolved from these curated lists, it’s also grown to include an additional category invented by my friend Andrew, which we refer to as the 1001 Additions, and it is through this list that I have gained a better sense of purpose. Including leading parkruns, playing Street Roller Hockey in Perth and making an extended effort to “do” things rather than see them.


I hope that this introduction makes sense to you as an individual. To many people it seems like a daunting task – a useless or perhaps impossible project. But I’m also happy to say it’s been an inspiring one too, on a smaller but no less important scale. I hope that if you’re reading this you gain something from it – travel inspiration, the desire to try something on your own, or the persuasion to start your own 1001 Project. But either way this is my story, or the beginning of it. I’m pretty interested to see where it goes.

Please enjoy these.

x The Girl Who Loves Stories

Jasper J-owns the Big Screen

Directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue DaeRedfern Now) and based on the 2009 novel by Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones is a movie about fleeting innocence, first love … and institutionalised racism in small Australian country towns.

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The movie opens on two main characters, schoolboys Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller) and Jeffrey Lu (Kevin Long) engaged in what is becoming an increasingly prominent debate in popular culture: is Superman the best comic book hero, or is it Batman. While Jeffrey defends Superman based on his inherent supernatural powers, Charlie maintains that it is Batman’s courage in the face of his own fallibility which makes him the superior character. It is this theme, of courage in the face of adversity, shared in a light-hearted and juvenile tone, which permeates the movie and inspires the events that follow.

When Jasper Jones knocks on Charlie Bucktin’s window that night, shows him the dead body of his girlfriend Laura Wishart and begs for his help to clear his name, Charlie has a choice to make: who does he trust, and can he summon the courage to find the truth about the death of his first love’s sister.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.” – Mark Twain

Throughout the movie, Charlie encounters several examples of racism in Corrigan – some of which is explained by Australia’s concurrent involvement in the Vietnam War as the movie is set in 1969. Tension between his best friend’s family, the Vietnamese-born Lu’s, and members of the community are conveyed through hesitation to accept a gifted Jeffrey to their cricket team as well as several violent xenophobic outbursts during the film. However these issues act as accessory to the main plot to the movie: the titular character, the half-caste Jasper Jones’ struggle with prejudice when Laura Wishart goes missing and he is the leading suspect simply because “he always is”. It is Aaron McGrath‘s genuinely emotional portrayal of the tormented Jasper Jones, in addition to the commentary on institutionalised racism that makes this a particularly strong message film, but despite this, the A-story of sleuthing teens solving a mystery still stands strong.

When Charlie first encounters Jasper Jones, our main character is simply an introverted adolescent, dealing simultaneously with feelings of exclusion and suffocation, the trademark symptoms of being a big fish in a small-town pond. After his interaction with Jasper however, Charlie not only gains a confidante, but also a task and his purpose is brought into proper focus. Levi Miller‘s performance as the awkward yet determined Charlie was the stand-out for me in this film. The ability to combine juvenile confusion with emotion and confidence was a large feat for such a young actor.

Hugo Weaving is almost physically unrecognisable as Charlie and Jasper’s main suspect, the reclusive Mad Jack Lionel, but provides an emotionally charged performance that I’d really like to spoil by comparing it, right down to dialogue, to another fictional character, but I won’t. The cast also includes the consistently flexible Toni Collette as the stifled and frustrated mother, and Dan Wyllie who gave yet another performing confirming my belief that he is currently topping my favourite Australian actors list – Puberty Blues, anyone – played the socially cognizant and calm father. Kevin Long provided the much needed comic relief and goofy fun throughout an increasingly dark movie, and Angourie Rice brings stunning maturity mixed with girlish charm, and is a choice which actually has me interested in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is a phrase I never thought I’d type.

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For me, this period film is an aesthetically nostalgic call-back to country life. The imagery and colouration switches with tone, where bright blues and yellows reflect happy, jovial scenes between friends, while all the mystery, tension and most overt injustices happen under cover of darkness.

If I had one complaint about Jasper Jones as a film, it would be several poorly executed plot devices throughout the film, coupled with a particularly abrupt ending. Presumably this is to suggest the impossibility of a completely satisfying outcome for certain characters, but combined these inconclusive scenes resulted in a confusing conclusion to the film.

Technically brilliant and emotionally charged, the talented cast and dedicated production team of Rachel PerkinsCraig Silvey and Mark Wereham with sound/editing by Antony Partos and Veronika Jenet have brought this best-selling novel to the screen in spectacular fashion. An Australian masterpiece, this film is both haunting and sweet, a coming of age story with both courage and charm.

Jasper Jones is out in cinemas today, March 2, 2017.

x Casey

Why don’t you come on over, Valerie?

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I’m a Glee fan, that’s a fact I’ve shared with you all here before. So when the most recent Perth Fringe show I saw contained some variation on “my songs have now been butchered on shows like Glee“, well, it probably wasn’t the best time to bring up the fact that I’d been listening to the Glee cover of Valerie by Amy Winehouse in the car on the way to the show.

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In my defence, I’m a huge fan of shows that make difficult content more available, the ones that share music or film I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise, and do so in a relatable, fun and inspiring way. And like Glee, that is what Ashleigh Kreveld has done with Frankly Winehouse.

I promise I’m done mentioning Glee now.

A self described “all out cabaret”, Frankly Winehouse is a heartfelt and powerful tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, featuring music, stories and a completely unique experience from Kreveld herself – from the iconic beehive hair and make-up, right down to the characteristic sass of Winehouse herself.

Accompanied by a single pianist, it is Kreveld’s voice and passion that genuinely fill the stage and the room. True to her inspiration, Kreveld’s singing voice is powerful, masterfully covering the jazz stylings of Amy Winehouse, while simultaneously providing a raw and emotional biography of the troubled artist, including idiosyncratic quips and repartee with the audience.

As young men are wont to do, however, the usual accompanying pianist obtained a sports related injury mere hours before showtime, but an impromptu replacement allowed the show to go on. With admirable urgency and composure under pressure, this young artist showed not only artistic expertise, but also confidence in precarious circumstances – not assisted in the least by a particularly hot summer evening in a small and crowded venue.

The two artists combined to create an impressive and devastatingly sincere portrayal of Amy Winehouse, a performance which was both comedic and moving. One of the most impressive Fringe performances I have seen to date, I was honestly in sympathetic tears until finally at the end we got to SING ALONG TO VALERIE!

That’s not TECHNICALLY a Glee reference, it’s just me bringing this review full circle.

Unfortunately Frankly Winehouse‘s runs in both Perth and Adelaide are over for the year, but tickets for Melbourne shows are available here, and if you have an opportunity to future to see this show or anything else of Kreveld’s, I would particularly recommend it.

x Casey

I want my Baby [Got] Back, Baby [Got] Back, Baby [Got] Back…

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I once heard someone quote that “all comedy is just everyone vying for the best dick joke” but a fortnight ago I watched a show focused on butts and now I have even more reason to believe fart jokes may actually be the road to world peace.

After sell-out seasons in 2015 & 2016, an all-new Baby Got Back returned to Perth Fringe to reprise their theatrical and comedic tribute to all things ass and where butts were promised, butts were delivered. Through the inclusion of multimedia presentation, dance, dramatic performance and even MAGIC, this all female cast isn’t afraid to utilise all of their ass-ets to keep their audience in both awe and side-splitting laughter for a full 60 minutes.

With several cogent references to the current state of opinion in regards to respect for all women and their bodies – size, shape or colour – this show is both entertaining and poignant. While the most enjoyable parts might be the humour and wild talent on stage, this inherently accepting and feminist show is a subtle reminder that while women have the right to exhibit everything they have, it’s worth remembering that while everything they have is on display for you to enjoy, it is not yours to touch or take photos of for later.

While ‘confronting’ is not often a category of shows I choose during Fringe, I’m glad I made this inspiring and adventurous deviation. The cast’s enthusiasm, pride, confidence and above all, talent left me feeling both entertained and empowered. The future is indeed female, and we as women can certainly stand to be a little nastier.

The run for Baby Got Back has ended for Perth unfortunately, but the cast are now headed to Adelaide’s Fringe festival, beginning on February 28th, and tickets and further information are available here.

Baby Got Back is was among the best shows I saw during Fringe 2017, and I’d recommend it for anyone who wants to be entertained, enlightened, or even appropriately and encouragingly aroused.

The show is strictly 18+ however, so remember that when you’re looking for a companion – take your mum, not your kids.

Anna Kendrick is a “Scrappy Little Nobody”

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Scrappy Little Nobody
Anna Kendrick
Published: November 15, 2016 by Touchstone & Simon and Schuster Audio
Audiobook available at Audible.com

For fans of: Humour, Autobiography, Female Authors

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

“[I had resolved to] keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy. It. Wants. Out.”


Firstly I have to straight up apologise to Anna. I used this audiobook as a distraction during my long training runs in the last two weeks. This basically blasphemes the integrity of any and most themes in this memoir, but I have no regrets. To recompense I’ll eat pop-tarts in my sweatpants while I compile this review.

@bestcascenario – Jan 20
I have just torn through @AnnaKendrick47’s Scrappy Little Nobody in two days and like, I think I have all the symptoms of “actor”…

Anna Kendrick first appeared on widespread screen as snarky, brutally honest Jessica, the “best friend” of Kristen Stewart’s Bella in the Twilight series, and since then she has remarkably retained that persona as her career has developed, which has of course only cemented her reputation as loveable and relatable in the media. From stories of a homely apartment in LA to being praised by George Clooney during filming for Up in the Air, in her first memoir she shares stories of Hollywood awkwardness and her fear of being discovered as an impostor, basically proving she’s the same as the rest of us – just, wildly talented and popular and lucky of course.

Scrappy Little Nobody is part of a new genre of memoir, where the author who is most often a comedian or actor, provides humorous essays as opposed to autobiographical reflective texts. The most common arguments against these compilations are confusion about whether the book is premature or the implication that they are marketing tools to capitalise on a performer’s recent success. However, I only outline these arguments in the spirit of fairness, as I’ve found this genre profoundly inspirational over the past few months. I recommend this style of memoir to anyone beginning an adult life of their own, artistic or not and Scrappy Little Nobody is no different to my other favourites such as Yes Please by Amy Poehler, or Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling.

Anna Kendrick’s voice only enhances the personal stories, and as with past memoirs I’ve enjoyed, the audiobook version is how I would recommend consuming this content. Kendrick is honest with herself, the reader and more often than not honest with characters from her life she has disagreed with, presenting arguments against misogyny, condescension and just plain bad manners, but as with most arguments about difficult topics, they are human and more forceful when heard in the writer’s voice. In addition, recalling her struggles as an actress who has to wear heels when she’d rather be eating tacos in sweatpants, makes this audiobook like listening to a very famous friend outline the largest of first-world problems in a way that is humanising while still convincing you its a dream you’d like to accomplish. It’s an inspirational tale of hardwork, but it’s also FUNNY, and silly and snarky and I’m ready for Anna Kendrick to be my best friend now. I really apologise for the listening while running thing, I promise it’s just a New Years Resolution, Anna!

If you have someone in your life who is currently making a jump, or following their dreams, particularly young female listeners or readers, I’d recommend this as a gift, but I would also recommend this for anyone who’s a little lost or scared and needs the motivation to jump, as this warming and human recollection of hardwork and life shows that if one normal, if attention-seeking, human being can do it, anyone can.

Also did I mention it’s fucking funny? Because it’s fucking funny.

“The crazy. It wants out!”

x Casey

#the1001project – On Anxiety & Falling for Sydney on Day 1

The 1001 Project is my ongoing venture to finish items from various 1001 Before You Die lists. For other blog posts you can click here, or for a better description you can click here.

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First: A Prelude to Adventure

I used to love airports. There’s a great sense of anticipation, waiting in an airport, either knowing where you’re going, or not having a plan but considering your options, knowing there’s somewhere new or exciting just hours away, and you can go anywhere you want to if you set your mind to it. I was always someone who arrived at airports hours early to soak up the anticipation of a holiday or the buzz of adventure. I’ve travelled solo enough times to be completely comfortable waiting for a journey alone in a room packed with people coming and going, and never had I found anything to be anxious about with travel.

Until three years ago.

Four years ago I was experiencing anxiety in its most desperate and nervous state. It’s not the time to explain why, although it’s never really the time to explain why, but all roads lead somewhere and mine resulted in abandoning my sister on a flight to my grandmother’s funeral in 2013 because I was overwhelmed and claustrophobic. Until May 2016, I hadn’t flown in three years.

I wasn’t anxious about the funeral, I had never been claustrophobic before and with parents who lived on opposite sides of the country to each other, I was a perfectly seasoned traveller – I’d been flying alone with my sister since the age of six. But anxiety is anxiety and it manifested itself as a panic attack during boarding where I left my – granted, she is as well, or perhaps more well travelled – teenage sister to go on alone.

The process of overcoming these problems has taken years, but step by step and slowly but surely, the unconscious side-effects of this situation have been dealt with in time, until the final and most difficult was set for last – flying for fun. But as of December 2016, I can finally say that, with the aid of one or more anti-anxiety tools for backup, I can fly again.


Therefore: Sydney

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I had a blast.

Have you ever been to a new city before and straight away just “yep, this is my vibe” and all of a sudden things fall into place and you know you’re somewhere that’s for you. That was Sydney. Now, I will always love Perth and as I’ve said countless times before, I will always return to the SWAFR, it’s my home. But Sydney was just perfect. Maybe only needing to survive two days was the key, but I have a sneaking suspicion that that’s not it.

Sydney is also the second best Australian locality for #the1001project so here’s a run-down of my 56 hours of constant adventure.

Day One: ANZACs, Heights & So Much Walking

The first key to travel is understanding timezones, and though I crossed state lines five times in ten days during my holiday, I’m happy to report that I avoided jet lag completely. That first day though, waking up at 4:30am “my” time was not easy.

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Day One started with an early train to Hyde Park. Now I had travelled to Sydney once before, as a beret-wearing, book-loving thirteen year old – there are no photos of this phase, thankfully – and I have specific memories of grumpily heading to Hyde Park with my parents and my copy of the Goblet Of Fire in tow. In some ways my travel habits have not changed – if where we’re going is of no concern to the 1001 Project and does not have a museum of natural history or a petting zoo, then please leave me in my hotel room so I can read and watch Gilmore Girls. More importantly though, in many ways it has changed, and Hyde Park was the first tangible proof that I was no longer that inside kid.

While the Park itself is not on any of the relevant lists, there are two nearby attractions which are: The ANZAC War Memorial & The Hyde Park Barracks. Side note, there is also a museum of natural history, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time.

The photo above is a relatively terrible representation of the War Memorial, but a cute photo of me, and though the fellow I asked to be my Instagram husband for the moment had “just returned from an overseas trip where he became adept at portrait  photography” he did a remarkably poor job with a real photo – it’s in portrait orientation and anyone who follows me on Instagram knows that isn’t how I roll so this’ll do for now.

The ANZAC Memorial however, is fantastic. I’ll soon post a YouTube video of the days I spent in Sydney and if you haven’t been to the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney, please consider watching it because the artistic symbolism throughout the monument is wonderful, and it’s too difficult to portray in either text or photography. One item of particular note however, is the incorporation of nurses into the list of commemorated casualties of the collective war effort. They are memorialised among the important groups which also include the army, air force and navy leaders. To me this gesture to the underrepresented women, over 2000 of whom served overseas during the Great War is significant and in my experience, one of a kind.

As an Australian, the ANZACs are kinda like our gladiators. Not in a glorified or overall sense, but we each have connections to a family member who was involved in World War I, and though far from exalting war in its many forms, the commemoration of the ANZACs is fuelled by a certain sense of pride and respect. Seeing this memorial for all of the soldiers and nurses who lost their lives was a sobering and pensive experience, which I’m glad I was able to experience in the relative silence and contemplation of the memorial.

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As of December 2016, the ANZAC War Memorial is actually receiving an upgrade. Though the initial building commemorates all 120,000 casualties from New South Wales, these men and women are represented by stars on the roof of the building. The upgrade will instead present soil samples from each suburb as a token of memory. In addition it will also expand the memorial and incorporate rooms with an emphasis on education and support.

Please click here for more information or donations!

Stop number two for the day was the Hyde Park Barracks, and where the Memorial made me pensive and reflective of our past, the memory of Australia being formed by convicts has always been humorous to me. I think there’s something telling in the fact that our entire society was based on a group of people who stole bread or killed people, and I’m not sure exactly what it is, but it’s definitely great that we are all related to people who were the scum of England.

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It’s really hard to take something seriously when you know there were probably people who were stuck there because they stole an apple, and your mum always taught you that eating grapes while you’re in Coles is fine.

To be honest, after the ANZAC War Memorial, the Hyde Park Barracks was a little less special. I’ve grown up with Fremantle Prison, so the Barracks seemed too similar to be particularly interesting, and it’s difficult to discuss properly an experience that isn’t new or educational. The stand-out parts of the exhibition were comedic ones, which I vlogged about and you can see in the video part of this blog post.

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As for the rest of this blog post, I have suddenly discovered that while exhaustive and detailed, 1300 words is entirely ridiculous, so I am going to split the rest of the information in further blog posts – including the much more interesting topics of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and of course the Hunger Games exhibit, but honestly, that’s just good writing, making you come back a second time…

x Casey

Making fa[vourites] while the sun shines – November Favourites!

This blog post is part of a new Monthly Favourites series, where I’ll be recapping not only my Perth favourites and 1001 Project favourites, but also anything that really stands out to me over the month! These will be posted on a Wednesday with a follow-up video on Fridays and you can see previous Monthly Favourites by clicking here!

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It’s summer! And though November is technically still Autumn in Australia, the weather in Perth has been scorching for a few weeks now so I’ve definitely been moving into summer styles and summer products, so the theme of this November Favourites is very much “time to make hay while the sun shines” and get into these cool, refreshing, light and sometimes just pretty items!

~ Health & Beauty Products ~

While I am the first to admit that I probably don’t take an appropriate amount of care for my skin over the summer, or at all, as I mentioned in my December Haul & Anticipation post, I’m definitely trying to work on that currently, mostly to protect the damage from increasing, but also just because I haven’t before and I’m excited to take it a little more seriously – so I have two top favourites from November in this category, the first being Lush’s Ocean Salt face and body scrub.

My mum tells this really terrifying story of scrubbing her face with almond seed based exfoliant in the dark when she was younger, and long story short – a lot of blood. That story, and the knowledge that most exfoliants contain ocean-polluting microbeads, and a potentially irrational aversion to coffee-scrubs because I’m scared of caffeine, has actively persuaded me against exfoliants in the past unless I’m at the beach and sand is readily available. Note: I am not often at the beach.

But Lush’s Ocean Salt SMELLS LIKE MOJITOS. Not that I can confirm this, being anosmic, but trusted sources as well as the ingredients list which contains salt, vodka and lime are all I need to hear as I wash my face and imagine pool-side lounging and sharp, sweet cocktails. It’s also just GOOD. I’ve been using this product for a fortnight now, a few times whenever I feel like a pick-me-up, and it never fails to make me feel better, from the combination of smooth skin and the knowledge that I’m actively helping my skin. I have also luckily never had problems with acne or breakouts, but a good friend assures me that it’s done wonders with her skin over the past year as well.

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It’s also just really cool colours with the mixture of blue and white swirls!

Also in the “health and beauty” category, my NUMBER ONE favourite, and the product I am just suggesting left, right and centre this month is the De Lorenzo Tricho Natural Scalp Therapy – Scalp Balance Cleanser aka De Lorenzo Purple.

I have a lot of hair – trust me – for example while I am certain that hairdressers exaggerate all the time, I am unable to visit one without hearing about how they have never seen such thick hair. Now while that fills me with concern about my hairdresser EVERY TIME I HEAR IT, I have also not met a person with thicker, more annoying hair than mine who is not also related to me, so I understand.

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That explained, it can be very tricky to not only care for but balance what is going on, which means that unable to be avoided by myself, dandruff is an ongoing nuisance and while it still is – I have made peace with that knowledge – it has been much less exhausting and embarrassing since using De Lorenzo Purple. Yet again another manoeuvre to learn and take care of myself, this however was an accident I was manipulated into trying by my hairdresser, but I’m honestly so much happier with how much healthier my hair is since changing from supermarket brand Shampoo (even though I haven’t Conditioned myself to fancy step two yet). If you’re looking for a product to help with scalp control, I have been recommending this to people for weeks. And that annoys them as they usually only come to me for television recommendations.

~ Active Wear & Equipment ~

Now for something a little closer to home for me, an active wear specific recommendation during the warm summer months to keep you cool and protected during the sport of your choice: legionnaire hats are back and better than ever.

If you live in Perth like I do, or anywhere else where fossil fuel pollution has caused a big disgusting hole in the ozone layer, and you participate in outdoor activities, you’ll know the bite of the sun can be uncomfortable and difficult to combat. You also probably remember legionnaire hats from primary school, basically like the mullet of hats: business up front, party in the back. Usually made from gross semi-plastic material and almost always yellow or a weird blue to match your school uniform. All of that makes you sort of unlucky to live where you do, but on the other hand we also have Get Flapped.

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Get Flapped are a Perth small business designing attractive, fun patterned legionnaire hats ready in time for Perth summer. With a range of designs, and made from polyester, these hats are fun and practical, will dry quickly when wet and are light enough to not be a bother on summer days. While I can only confirm their convenience during roller hockey games and not other physical activities however, I can vouch that their elastic “one size fits all” generally do a good job of staying put on your head while you move too.

~ Food and Beverages ~

While I have already posted about MOP Donuts on this blog, they are of course in my November favourite food/beverage section. You can read that review here, but basically as my friend Clinton put it “my review would be: [donuts that] contain booze. 10/10”.

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My beverage related choice for November is the classic T2 Turkish Apple, which is an iced-tea variety which goes perfectly with summer and hot days. You can have it warm too of course, but with chilled water and a lime wedge, this variety makes the perfect summer relaxing drink, well at least when you’re not drinking mojitos inspired by Lush Ocean Salt, that is.

~ The 1001 Project ~

Finally the things I know most about and can provide the most educated recommendations for: television and books, as I only watched terrible movies in November.

My first recommendation is a book from the 1001 Children’s Book List, and it’s a picture book for kids ages 3-6 (possibly younger), called Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. As always with kid’s books I’m not certain how to “review” them, but this one was a really sweet look at how dogs are perfect and had “lift-the-flaps” for younger readers. Definitely one to consider gifting to young ones around Christmas time.

This month I also re-read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams for the Roosevelt Reader’s Club which is to me a perfect summer read. Low investment, quirky humour and a really short read, it’s perfect for days at the beach or road-trips as it won’t give you a headache or weigh you down.

Finally, another item I’ve already blogged about this month is Glee. I know, I know, but as is the argument with Hitchhiker’sGlee is another light, fun show with some pretty sweet #bangers PLUS season three’s episode nine is the only Christmas special I have both rolled my eyes at AND laughed with in several years, and a post I’m going to be making in December is all about how I detest seasonal episodes of television, so stay tuned. Glee is 100% a guilty pleasure show, but if “last fortnight before Christmas shutdown at work” isn’t the time for GP shows, I don’t know what is, so if you’re in the market for a show that’ll make you sigh but not require any effort, Glee is the show for you.

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This is still also my #2 Instagram shot of all time, so that has to say something about bloggers on Instagram.


So that is what I’ve been trying out in November! Maybe there’s something here for you, or maybe you have a recommendation for summer-lovely products, books, tv series or just something that was your favourite this month! I actually really enjoyed making this post, especially the motivation to try new things in order to make it! I’ll definitely be continuing this series.

Let me know in the comments what your recommendations for SUMMER are and maybe you’ll see them in a January haul video sometime soon!

x Casey

New Leederville donuts store MOPs the floor with Krispy Kreme

Food of Perth is an ongoing series for whatever it sounds like. To see other blog entries on the topic, click HERE.

MOP [Made on Premises] Donuts on Facebook
Specialty Desserts
Open 24/7 at 747 Newcastle Street, Leederville
Prices ranging from $5 for donuts, to $30 for crazy dairy concoctions

As you wander through Leederville after dark on a Wednesday night, you’ll be hard pressed to consider the viewpoint that Perth has no night-life at all and that we’re “just not as good as Melbourne”. As Oxford Street thrives with traffic into the later hours, now people looking for late-night meatballs or careful coffee can be joined by those looking for alcohol infused sweet-treats as MOP Donuts opened a fortnight ago and they offer just that.

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Yes, they’re called Drunken Donuts and I enjoy the pun.

While I’m not overly a desert person, and would probably spend my calories on a block of mint chocolate or a pint of ice-cream as opposed to devouring a slice of cake or some kind of fancy parfait (is parfait even considered dessert), MOP’s start up event was free Baileys and Butterscotch donuts at midnight when you gave them the password and of all people this girl loves a gimmick.

So following a friend’s birthday, hence the meme shirt pictured above, I headed to MOPs small but cosy Leederville store where I stood with twenty other people in line for free donuts at midnight. The store itself is tucked next to Meatball and close to other small cafes similar to Leederville’s “small but variable” aesthetic. Its clean and clear interior is almost nondescript enough that if you blink you’ll miss it, so you need to know what you’re looking out for, but once you’re there, the choice is yours.

Along with their signature Drunken Donuts – of which I’ve now tried both Baileys and Butterscotch and Limoncello Lime Brulee – there are also many options for the underage or less adventurous of us, including a “rich and compelling” Belgian Chocolate, the flavour of which was “enhanced by the softness of the dough” and an “all-weather, fresh and light but also cosy for warm nights and post-midnight swims” Madagascan Vanilla Bean.

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Quotes attributed to good pals Rachel and Honor respectively as we had midnight adventure donuts on Wednesday night.

While I can’t speak to the other concoctions that MOP offers, although I’m definitely looking for an opportunity to try their Unicorn Freek Shake at some point, their donuts are basically everything you want them to be – soft, fluffy, and dusted with sugar – as well as having the potential to be alcoholic, so what more could you want?

Option I Chose: My first choice was of course the Baileys and Butterscotch “Drunken Donut”, which was of course fantastically soft, fluffy and dusted with sugar, however one caveat on the experience being the Baileys aftertaste which could be a little unsettling.

Notable AlternativeThe Belgian Chocolate would be the ideal addition to the standard MOP donut shell, speaking from experience now and is a good non-alcoholic version to try first.

I always enjoy seeing creative spins on an any-time treat, and while the novelty of getting drunk from donuts may fade, the taste and presentation of MOP donuts as well as the ability to get them 24 hours a day and in a really convenient hub like Leederville may not. Pair them with a trip to Meatball, or if you’re pescatarian Sweetlips is also a great option, followed by coffee at Greens & Co to round out a night with friends. Or stumble there from Blue Flamingo at 2am – there are options for everyone!

Don’t just take my word for it: The Urban List of course lists MOP among their top locations in Leederville!

x Casey