January 7, 2013

2012 – that was one crasy-arse year

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I don’t know about you, but 2012 totally kicked my arse. It was one of the best – but also one of the most hectic – years of my life. I know I haven’t been blogging as much as usual in recent months, but that’s only because ALL THIS OTHER STUFF has been going on, and I’ve been trying to not go crazy under the pressure.

But I wanted to write this post to tell you about the things that have gone on over the last year – some I’ve written about, many I MEANT to write about and then got too busy.

I saw some wicked shows, including my husband’s band opening for LordInquisition, Absu, Ripper Owens (and interviewed him!), Steve Hughes, Goatwhore, as well as some great local bands like Hedonic, Stormforge and Stone Monsarch.

I got my first tattoo.


This is about the best picture I have of it – the Egyptian Eye of Horus. I’m getting another done this year.

I was a judge in the 2012 Keep it Live and Loud competition sponsored by Blackout on The The boys in Blackleaf Gardens took out the main prize, and are bringing out their debut album in 2013. Stay tuned for heaps more info on these guys.

My beloved cat Toby died in February. :(

I reviewed more albums than I’ve ever reviewed before, and make a list of my favorite metal albums in 2012.


This is the ONLY way to wedding \m/


I love how everyone gets dressed up for metal weddings \m/


Mr Whippy!


Just call me Steff – license to marry.


Me and Andy at James and Jen’s LoTR wedding.

I was blessed and honored to marry six of my closest friends this year. Our closest friends, Andy and Aaron, tied the knot in a chilled out, beach-side medieval picnic at Fort Takapuna, complete with medieval dancing, an EPIC picnic feast, and a surprise visit from Mr. Whippy. James and Jen had an intimate Lord of the Rings wedding, where I got to dress as Gandalf, and got to be in NZ Women’s Weekly! And on Mayan Apocalypse day I got to marry Tim and Tarah in my favorite corset on the steps of a historic home in a full-on Victorian Gothic event. I love being a NZ wedding celebrant and look forward to more weddings booked in 2013.


Marrying Tim and Tarah.


We’re floating away.

And so many weddings also meant SO many hen and stag nights. My husband was in charge of Tim’s stag do and got our friends Amy and Kelli of Heritage Costume and Design to create this for him:


All the boys at the shooting range.


Tim, in his custom-made Sailor Moon suit.

I wrote some articles for Steff Metal that I’m proud of, including:


Me, Jaimee and Annie at Aethercon 2012

I helped my friend Jaimee out at her Cog and Compass stall at Aethercon Steampunk Convention, and I had my own art stall at First Thursdays.



I went to a strip-club for the first time, went horse-riding, and got to drive a digger. The last thing on the list was the scariest.

There were more epic parties. For Tarah’s birthday we went ice skating and had Mexican food. It was super fun! Sam and Iris hosted a Norse feast in their “Hall” complete with spit-roasted goat (which looked suspiciously like a greyhound …), and in April, we threw my husband a surprise party. His friend took him out for the day while we all brought food in and hid around the house. You should have seen his face. I love surprising people.


CDH’s corprsepaint kitty cake, made by the awesome Tarah!



CDH reading all his birthday messages. I made the card in secret – it had a huge picture of a dinosaur playing the drums.


I am rather merry!


Nomming all the delicious food. German sausages \m/


Inside party – singalongs essential.


Levi has to be involved in any shenannigans.


Outside party. Ranting and gesticulating essential.

I brewed a shit-ton of mead.


Over 20L of oak-infused mead … mmmm


I baked a LOT this year. This peanut butter chocolate cheesecake killed us all.


Smily-face Baclava.


I always look this awkward – at a party on Renee’s farm early in the year.


Metalheads on the beach. This is one of my favorite beaches, and now it’s right down the road from our castle!

We didn’t take any overseas trips this year, but did take the train down to Wellington for a long-weekend, as well as a road-trip to Hawke’s Bay to relax with friends and see my folks and my little sis’s new baby daughter. I returned to Wellington by myself to interview Impiety and Goatwhore and hang out with some old friends.


In the navy …


Shane. He’s cool.

In August we nearly purchased a beautiful plot of land, but pulled out at the last minute, heartbroken, after discovering it was basically going to collapse on us. In September we signed our lives away and closed on our beautiful, 4-acre section in the South Kaipara head, where we will begin building our Castle in 2013.

October included our forth wedding anniversary, and we went to a wicked Halloween party hosted by my friends James and Jaimee. More than 50 people came in all sorts of amazing costumes, and our hosts turned their entire backyard into a graveyard for the night.


I didn’t have time to ccreate a costume, so I went as Sherlock Holmes. He totally wore skirts this short.


Samface has udders.


The graves all had names and epitaphs carved into them.


I investigate the mysterious death of this brave knight …


I don’t think it came out in the pictures, but Aaron’s dedication to his Homer Simpson costume is astounded. He was literally glowing yellow.


Amy and Erin standing in the graveyard.


He did it! Christian Grey!



Tis murder! Murder most foul!


Oooh, look, a shrubbery!

I wrote two non-fiction book proposals and one children’s picture book. I wrote 12k words on a new novel, which I’ll be finishing this year.

My friend Shane came up to visit for a weekend, and we took him to his first metal gig.


Weekend away enjoying Kawau bliss!

December brought with is a weekend away on Kawau Island with CDH and six of our friends. We read books, drank mead, swam in the ocean, saw a wallabee, and played far, far too much Settlers of Catan.

Father Metal building our shed. :)

Father Metal building our shed. :)


Levi (Chairman Meow) helps lay pavers


Wind decimation. Gusts over 160km per hour tore all the tents up and we had no choice but to return to civilisation.


Metalheads relax on our new covered outdoor area.


CDH brought our cat, Chairman Meow, up to the land while we camped, and she loved exploring are area around her food bowl.

The week before Christmas we went out to see the Hobbit at this cute little theater down the road from our house. We had 17 friends over for fish and chips, then traipsed down to the theater to discover we had the entire place to ourselves. We had balcony seats and all the popcorn we could eat. Twas awesome.

Christmas was spent with my husband and his family. We planned for four days of camping out on our land with 30+ friends, however we got winded off on the second day, and had to decamp to the city – boo :( Luckily our friend Allan stepped up and we had a wicked party at his place. Great way to ring in the New Year surrounded by such awesome mates, as well as my good friend, the mead barrel.

This post doesn’t show all the crap times, all the mountains of work I had to do in between all this fun, all the stressful nights, all the crying I did when I thought we’d lost our dream section. I do this deliberately, because while it’s important to learn from your mistakes, you don’t need to air them out for the world to see. This blog has always been part music website, part personal journal. Here on Steff Metal, I want to remember the good stuff.

We’re barely a week in and 2013 is already shaping up to be even crazier and more awesome. Our plans are finally ready to be submitted for council approval next week (for possible Feb start date! Eeee!), I’m in negotiations with a publisher for a very exciting project, I’m interviewing Nightwish tomorrow, and in a few weeks time I’m taking a road trip with some girlfriends and our buddies from Alestorm down to visit Hobbiton.

2013 is the year where a lot of my projects come full circle, my life changes in an insane way, and I do some very scary and exciting things. It’s also the year where I focus a lot of attention on my websites, since I neglected them all a bit last year. Expect to see me returning to blog 2-4 times a week here, as well as over on my alternative wedding website, my writing website and regular corpsepaint kitty comics again.

This blog wouldn’t exist without you guys reading it and commenting and sending me questions and ideas for improving it. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. I want to keep this blog awesome for you – and make it better than ever, if that’s possible. If you’ve got any ideas of what you’d like to see this year, then please add them in the comments below.

Let’s make it Epic \m/

What was 2012 like for you? What do you hope to change in 2013?

5 Comments on “2012 – that was one crasy-arse year

January 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Nice one Steff awesome way of summing up the year! \m/

February 1, 2013 at 12:10 am

@Barend – thanks dude – and it was a pleasure to share some of it with you!

January 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Looks like it was one super fun year! Might’ve been a little crazy, but that just makes it more fun! :D

January 7, 2013 at 6:58 am

That’s some amazing year! Mine was somewhat epic too, with my first (of many, or so I hope) trip overseas, which consisted mostly of castles, museums and Bloodstock Open Air! I also found a nice little metal pub at just a 15 min walk from my home, started playing Magic: the Gathering with my friends, did an astronomy workshop with my friend Elen, got a gaming computer (yay), started making dicebags and now all my friends want one and kept making progress in my Italian language studies.
For this year, I am tempted to go back to England, and visit Ireland as well. I have to see how our economy develops…

I recently saw Nightwish in Buenos Aires. Last time I had seen them was 10 years ago. They are sounding really great with Floor Jansen. I’m really looking forward to your interview!

January 7, 2013 at 6:42 am


Thanks for giving it your best shot in 2012. Here’s to a good New Years \m/

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