ANZ Sucks

So having been given some Bonus Bonds for the kids, I went to ANZ to get it put into their name.

After standing in queue for 20 minutes waiting to be served, a lovely young lady was finally free.

Placing the bonus bonds on the counter, I say that I’ve been given these, and need to show ID to get them put into their name. She hands me Bond Transfer forms and tells me that I need to get a signature from the person giving them to us. I say, that can’t be right, the form clearly states they have been purchased, and are to be put into this persons name.

After standing there for 20 minutes, with her on the phone calling the Bond centre 3 times – as she informs me, they don’t actually do Bonus Bonds, they do them for someone else – she tells me to come back on Monday.

I will never, repeat, never, step foot inside ANZ Sylvia Park again. What abysmal service.

 

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Movie Challenge – D

Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet!

A – Alice In Wonderland
B – Bait
C – Cars 2
D – Despicable me 2
E – Eclipse
F – Fantastic Four
G – Gladiator
H – Hairspray
I
J
K
L – Lesbian Vampire Killers
M – Monsters University
N
O – Ocean’s 13
P – Pacific Rim
Q
R – Rainman
S – Shakespeare in love
T – Troy
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Pattern: Toe-up Slipper Socks

This is a very basic slipper sock, made toe up, using 2 strands of 8 ply and on a 24 peg round loom.

We’ll start with a heel (this will be the toe).

Heel/Toe section

Complete a heel using this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e3J0fuYz-U Do it over 12 pegs, and using ewrap (to make it stretchy enough).

When complete, lift 12 stitches from the half heel, and lift up on the pegs that are empty. Like this:

After lifting 12 stitches to put on the empty pegs.

After lifting 12 stitches to put on the empty pegs.

Foot

Ewrap 20 rows (or to 1 inch less than foot length if you put it on)

Heel

Complete another heel on the same 12 pegs.

 Leg

Ewrap 5 rows (any length you want!)

Top of sock (I use ribbing to keep it on, but use anything you like)

k1p1 for 5 rows

 Cast off

I love the Super stretchy bind off http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myvq5LBD6ic but use whatever bind off works for you.

Completed sock

Completed sock

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Pocketbook Slippers in the round

 

Size 4.5mm needles (either 2 circulars, or magic loop with 1)

12 ply yarn (I used 8ply and 4 ply held together)

Method:

Using Judy’s Magic Cast On, cast on 88 stitches.20131224_143128

Knit in K2P2 rib for 3 inches.

Next round K2TOG for the whole round.

*Now, using only half the stitches, SSK, then K the rest of the row. Continue working back and forth until 5 stitches remain on that needle.

20131224_143155Knit 6 rows and hold stitches.*

Reattach yarn on other half of stitches and repeat from * to *

Kitchener two straps together.

 

Movie Challenge – G

Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of theMV5BNTQ2NzI0ODc5MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTA0MTk3OA@@._V1_SX214_ Alphabet!

A – Alice In Wonderland
B – Bait
C – Cars 2
D
E – Eclipse
F – Fantastic Four
G – Gladiator
H – Hairspray
I
J
K
L – Lesbian Vampire Killers
M – Monsters University
N
O – Ocean’s 13
P – Pacific Rim
Q
R – Rainman
S – Shakespeare in love
T – Troy
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

BLAT - short for divine!

Service Review: Robin Cafè, Howick, Auckland

The hunt for a nice cafè nearby appears to be over. Robin cafè, next to Monterey Cinemas in Howick is fantastic.

BLAT - short for divine!

BLAT – short for divine!

The moment we walked in the door we were sincerely welcomed with a smile. The smiles seemed to be a permanent fixture, not just the normal forced smiles but, best as I could tell, the sincere smile of people who genuinely enjoy their work and are glad to help.

The decorations were contemporary, eclectic and understated making for a pleasant, warm and welcoming but not overtly flashy environment. The room was busy and many of the customers were in groups, talking amongst themselves – yet (perhaps owing to the high ceilings?) it still seemed quiet enough that it was far from over whelming.

The coffee was superb – smooth, strong and silky without the burnt bitter taste that seems so common in cafès lately.

The food was fantastic, everything was cooked served and presented with care and attention to detail.

The only issue really was dealt with so very well that it actually made us feel even more positive. Our food was brought out, but the waitress explained that there had been an issue in the kitchen so our wedges would be delayed. She apologised sincerely and had brought us some complimentary fries in the interim.

All in all I can’t recommend this place enough!