Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ladies who lunch

I've taken a week off work to basically not do very much. The ironic thing about this is that I've been quite busy. I had planned to take a week off just to be away from work and catch up on doing house things, shopping, going to the movies by myself, etc. But I realised that I actually have quite a few friends (and my sister who works from home when my nephews are in day care) who are free during week days. Oh, if I only I could be like them!!

Needless to say, my week off has already been quite full on. Monday I visited a friend who is on maternity leave, so it was nice to hang out with her and her daughter (and husband who happened to be sick at home that day). Tuesday was spent hanging out with my sister and my nephews. Gosh I love them, but my eye finally stopped twitching when they went home! Wednesday was spent having lunch with two lovely friends and trying something new!

I have since made three recipes from this cook book.



You may recall that the BFG and I visited Ottolenghi when we were in London last September. I ended up ordering both books and have made two recipes this week, the honey, rosewater and hazelnut chicken, and the kosheri (a rice and lentil dish). Last weekend, I made the roast lamb. It's a fantastic cookbook and all the recipes are quite tasty. I also have Plenty by Ottolenghi as well which is the vegetarian cookbook, so looking forward to making a few dishes out of that one.

Yesterday I met up with two friends for a coffee. Not just any coffee, one that cost $9 a pop. It was for Kopi Luwak! That's right, coffee from coffee beans which have passed through a cevit. To be honest, it was nothing special. Or the guy who made it burnt ours.



I also baked some Pane de Casa, recipe here which turned out nice and chewy.



This morning is spent reading blogs, blogging and enjoying my craft room.



Soon, I'm off to another lunch! I really could get used to this!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Weddings and the longest Lunch


This Saturday, my lovely younger sister married her long time beau of 10 years! The weather has been a bit wishy washy and we were worried it might rain. But luckily the weather held up and it was a cold but beautiful day.

The wedding was held at Dunbar House in Watsons Bay. Yes, the both of us married within months of each other. But in true Lucille style, her wedding was pretty spectacular. There was heaps of food, from the tea ceremony to the lovely meal at Dunbar House itself.

For someone who didn't cry at her own wedding, I got very teary when she got up to sing a song at the reception. We were all a bit wary when she said she'd sing, but heck, if anyone was going to pull it off, it would be her!

Today, however my lovely husband celebrated his birthday (a lot of eating happened this weekend!!). He generally takes me to pretty fancy places when it's my birthday (the most special being Quay), so this year I thought I'd treat him (and me of course) to Berowra Waters Inn.



Such a beautiful restaurant set right on the Hawkesbury River. There were two degustation menus to choose from (6 courses or 8 - so of course we went with the 8). Lunch started at 1.30pm and we finished at 5.15pm. It was one heck of a long lunch. But with a most beautiful view.







Happy Birthday BFG!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Things I've been wanting to do

Our house came with an overgrown veggie bed which I was quite keen to fix and start growing stuff. It was great seeing as I'm not very handy with a saw or drill, it meant that I didn't need to make the bed myself.

The problem was that we were heading into Autumn when I started to dig out the weeds and grass and top up with more soil. So I picked a few what I thought were "winter" veggies. Sydney gets quite a few sunny days through winter so I didn't really have many doubts that things won't grow.

I planted beetroot, silverbeet, radishes, brocolli, random chinese veggies my mother gave me, herbs etc.

After all that, the only thing that grew were the radishes:



With all my posts about moving house and my wedding, I haven't actually stopped knitting. I've made quite a few things but I just forget to blog about it or post it on Ravelry. I thought I'd just rectify that here. I suddenly felt like crocheting. I think it had to do with the fact that you get instant gratification because the piece grows so much faster than knitting. A friend of mine is about to have a baby girl, so I made her this baby blanket using Bendigo Woollen Mills 8 Ply Cotton. My sewing skills actually suck, so I found it quite difficult to get the binding on the sides right. This may also have to do with the fact that I have this really ancient Epismal sewing machine which I picked up at a garage sale for $10 and then cost me $100 to repair!



I've also jumped on the Instagram bandwagon! Here is a photo of this giant piece of artwork in the foyer of my work building:



I've been looking at getting some prints or "something" to hang on our rather bare walls so have been looking around for inspiration.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Running in Autumn

I'm less motivated to go running in the evenings after work. I don't think it has anything to do with the fact that it's getting colder. I think I'm just lazy. So I've been going before work. The really nice thing about going when there is light, is seeing Autumn everywhere.


We live in a relatively "leafy" area and seeing the trees turn colour has been great. But having said that, I did spend over an hour raking the fallen leaves off the magnolia tree in our front yard. I'm sure the tree was mocking me as I cleared the leaves, it would drop a couple more ruining my good work.


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Monday, May 23, 2011

Setting up house

With the wedding over and done with, all my energy seems to be focussed on setting up our house. I've been on the lookout for new lamps, floor rugs, prints and artwork for our empty walls and "storage solutions".

We used to have these spare dining chairs in our room which we used for putting our "in between" clothes. You know, the clothes that aren't quite ready to be washed but you can't put it back into the wardrobe with the clean stuff. I decided that the chairs can't come back into the bedroom as it's too unsightly. Hence the need for these storage solutions.

So my favourite part of the house? Why, the craft room of course!



This is the view from the craft room. It's actually the craft room on the proviso that it is also the guest room if guests come to stay. It's the second largest bedroom in the house and also the one with the nicest view out to the backyard and reserve behind our house.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Married



So! We're married. 2 April 2011.
It was a great day if I may say so myself. I had an early start getting my hair and makeup done and then the BFG and his family came over to my younger sister Lucille's house to do the traditional "door kicking" thing (it's really a chance for bridesmaids to get some cash out of the groom and give him a hard time!).

We did the tea ceremony with his family and my family and then we were off to our civil ceremony. The ceremony was held at Banjo Paterson Cottage Restaurant down by the river. Our marriage celebrant was great. She really personalised the ceremony. The BFG and I wrote our own vows.

I didn't have a bridesmaid and the BFG didn't have a best man. We walked down the aisle together and that's exactly how I wanted it to be. Our sisters did a great job of doing the readings and my older sister and her husband both made a speech on behalf of my parents (who would be mortified if they had to get up and say something). The BFG's parents flew in from Denmark and his sister and family came from the UK. It really was lovely having everyone there.

The funny thing is, I've always HATED weddings. I love the idea of being married but the whole process of the wedding used to scare the crap out of me. But we had a very laid back ceremony and wedding so I think it all worked out in the end.

I'm quite proud to say that I didn't turn into a bridezilla (although I did have one incident that annoyed the hell out of me). The only thing I was quite hung up about was getting blue shoes (which I did get in the end) and getting a cake that matched the invites (that happened too - but seriously, now that I think about it - who cares??). I would have been happy to have been married in my own backyard (which we now have one too!!).

We also moved house in the same week. How crazy was that? Silly silly silly. That's all I can say.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Counting down

I realised that there aren't that many weeks (or days for that matter) left till moving day and wedding day. I have done zilch with the packing. Yesterday I was rather dismayed when the BFG went through the online booking process for the removalists and ticked "NO" to the packing service. I could easily have paid for help from complete strangers packing up my knickers.

As for the wedding, I feel like I've been pretty laid back (apart from my Bridezilla moments with the BFG), I've made some pretty definite decisions about the wedding. I bought my wedding dress off the rack from Carla Zampatti, booked our wedding venue after just checking out one place, printed off our invitations ourselves with the help of someone in our Presentations team at work, etc.

But for some reason, I was really hung up about having blue shoes for my wedding. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I saw a really nice pair of robin egg blue Mary Janes with a cream trim on a wedding site and had it in my head that I should be married in a pair like that. Needless to say, I found NOTHING that remotely resembled that perfect pair of shoes pictured in my imagination. I looked on the American eBay site for Chie Mihara shoes, contacted the one and only supplier of Fluvog in Australia (in Melbourne!) to see if they have anything close to it and even contemplated getting a pair made.

Before I actually resorted to such Bridezilla foolishness (and cause serious damage to my credit card), I found a pair of blue vintage Ferragamo T-strap shoes on Etsy. They came today in the mail all the way from France!! Oh how I love online shopping! And I doubly love the Australian Dollar sitting at parity with the US Dollar!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

And so finally....


We bought a house! Settlement is on the 25 March so I just nicked this picture off the real estate website. This is the back deck.

I'm happy and glad to finally have my Saturdays back. No more open houses, trudging through dilapidated houses which go for arm and a leg and probably your liver as well. No more arguments with the BFG that went like this: "I DON'T CARE THAT IT HAS A SMALL KITCHEN, WE HARDLY COOK".

Oh and did I tell you that my wedding is on the 2 April? We're going to try to move in before the wedding. Crazy I know. Luckily, the house doesn't need much work and we're not having a huge wedding.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Where Librarians gather to take over the world

The ALIA Information Online Conference 2011 is currently on and I'm attending two out of the three days that it is on. This is the fourth one I've attended (the first as a vendor, so was stuck at the exhibition stand all day).

Because I finally caught up with technology and now have an iPhone, I decided to reactivate my Twitter account while attending the conference. Wow, what a change this has made to enjoying the conference. It's interesting to see what other people were thinking about the Keynote speaker in real time (kind of like passing notes in class about the teacher).

I also went to the Twitter meet up after the conference welcome drinks and got to meet a few people who were twittering all day.

This is Iarla Flynn from Google, one of the keynote speakers.



I had to take a photo of him and send it to the BFG. There is a story behind Google and the BFG. For those in the know, I'm about to marry a guy whose name is the same as another famous ex-Google employee (hint: he's the one who defected and went to work for Facebook).

Anyhoo... follow me on Twitter.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Welcome 2011




I have to say, I'm quite happy to see the end of 2010. It seems like quite a few of my friends feel the same way.

I had about ten days off work over Christmas and New Year so that was a much needed break. The BFG and I had a couple of days at the beach and since I tan easily, I now look like I've been somewhere quite exotic.

Wedding plans are now in full swing (as in we booked and paid the deposit for the reception venue). I wish I could get more into it but sometimes planning a wedding seem like such a chore! Oops did I just say that??

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