Thursday, December 23, 2010
The average person would assume that me, as the female half of the relationship, would be the shoe whore in the mix but no, while I love shoes (as most women do), S is addicted to them!
I have a lot of shoes (think walk in robe with boxes piled high) but S puts my collection to shame. He is known to buy casual Puma shoes in the same style but different colours because 'these ones are more suited to jeans and date nights while I can pull these off on a casual weekend or with shorts.' I kid you not, that's what he says when justifying.
He is particularly into Nikes, Cons and old school editions - honestly, he is like Turtle on Entourage when it comes to shoes. Recently he snapped up a pair of red & black Air Jordans to add to his other pairs that look the same to me. I think I even counted maybe 5 pairs of Cons in different colours and he is trying to share this addiction with baby S - he ensured her first shoes were pink Cons.
So what to get a Shoe Whore for Christmas? Shoes of course, but not any old shoes as they won't make the grade. This year they had to be Nike Kobes - foreign language? I know, me too.
I popped into the Nike store to pick them up last night as it was my only chance to hit the shops without S and of course, they didn't have his size in the blue (they come in blue, dark purple or white & yellow). I liked the blue best but had to settle for the purple given my limited time and his penchant for flashy shoes.
I shouldn't encourage the addiction but I can empathise as the look on his face when he opens the shoe box will be the same on mine when I open a certain Oroton pressie he has for me under the tree :)
Plus this present guarantees me a very happy man on Christmas Day - win/win!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
It's like Valentines Day... always hyped up to be a super amazing day where everything couldn't be more perfect when it reality, it turns out to be far below expectations, a fizzer, a let down and almost always ends with tears from someone (and this year they are mine so far).
Guess what... NYE is still over a week away and mine has already turned out as described above! Hard to believe I know but very very true!
Unfortunately earlier this year, my professional and personal lives collided slightly. Expecting the best, I wasn't too concerned but now its come back to bite me hard and as a result, I will probably have to make new plans for S and I for NYE rather than spending it with my favouritest people C & M :( Especially sad as C and I haven't been apart on NYE in about 6/7 years (we even celebrated on Times Square a few years back). ALso feeling very guilty as S was looking forward to hanging out with L & D.
Feeling very sad and sorry for myself about it all - its come crashing down on my head in the last 24 hours and is all I can think about.
Oh well, moving forward (cause no-one likes a sook) - as I told S, we will just have to come up with something else although its hard to feel excited now.
Woe is me ha ha - seriously though , what is it with this time of year!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND
for DAMAGING WIND, FLASH FLOODING and LARGE HAILSTONES
and I am now enjoying thunder, lightning and the heavens are about to burst open with an absolute downpour.
I thought we were home clear with the crappy weather and finally settling into Summer. Nope, Mother Nature decided the GC has had her share of sunshine, time to pass it on :(
This could prove to be very inconvenient if rain keeps up over the weekend - we have around 10 or so of our dearest friends joining us for drinks and tapas to celebrate S birthday this week and it is not going to work if we are all crammed inside rather than enjoying the deck and water views scenery I envisioned.
What's a girl to do for lunch on a miserable gray day where the air con is cranked up to freezing to combat the insane humidity? That's right, comfort food in the for of KFC! Naughty I know but I'm fed up with the WDD of vita wheats, carrot sticks and water - wedding dress diet for those wondering what I'm on about. I managed to rope our bookkeeper into joining me thus alleviating any guilt at being the only one eating junkfood - I know, I thought this was clever too. Here is the evidence of my failure:
I savoured every bite of my fillet chicken pieces, potato and gravy with chips & extra salt - when I break the WDD, I break it good.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
They can source the dress I want in time for the Christmas party and thanks to VIP status there will be no charge for the sourcing.
I dont know why some twit has posted on their facebook page that the dress is sold out Australiawide - Pacific Fair had 2 larges in store and had several stores with a good quantity of small and mediums.
I think it will be perfect work Christmas party attire and later on, a great addition to my casual summer wardrobe - what do you think M if you are still reading me?
Some background: last year we had a sit down lunch at Saks Marina Mirage on the Broadwater including a 3 course menu and bar tab followed by dancing in the lounge bar area till about 6pm - I continued with S and another girl from work and her husband to Fisho's which was a bad bad idea. There is a reason I never go to Fisho's but I seem to have forgot that after a lot of Sav Blancs!
Anyway, there are about 45-50 of us in total this year and while we loved Saks last year, they are not having any entertainment in the lounge bar this year so we elected to explore other options.
What we have come up with is: hiring the local Surf Club, serving Farmers Market antipastos, having caterers serve a 2 coures Christmas buffet (baked ham, turkey etc) and the best part of all ... I have secured a DJ & Karaoke host so we are now planning a karaoke comp with all the staff getting in to it - numbers already reserved include 'Single Ladies' and 'KC & the Sunshine Band - that's the way i like it'. Should make for a hilarious afternoon!
Dilemna however ... I need something to wear. It's a Sunday afternoon and reasonably casual so I need to come up with something that is stylish, comfortable, workplace appropriate - is that too tall an order?
I am thinking of this dress from my one stop shop CR:
The bad news is I have heard it is sold out - will inspect this evening :)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
S and I went to his best friend's son's 2nd bday party and a couple who we haven't seen since last year at the same occasion were there. The guy used to be a good friend of S' but pretty much dropped out of sight and sound about 2 1/2 years ago. S tried to call him when we got engaged and even Facebooked him to share the news but still had no reply or acknowledgment or congratulations. Since then, another couple in our group tried to arrange dinner for the six of us and 30 mins before dinner, 'shotgun guest' phones to say he wont be able to make it as his partner has a cold. Who calls 30 mins before dinner? Surely a cold started earlier than that?
Based on this and the waning friendship, S and I agreed not to invite the 'friend' and his partner to the wedding. Also, because they are so flaky, we would hate to receive a confirmed RSVP if we did invite them and then get a call on the day that something has come up and they wont be attending - this is very likely to happen.
Anyways, so I was off with the children and apparently in a group conversation, 'shotgun guests' said to S, 'so when is he wedding and here is our current address to send the invite'. Poor S was totally on the spot and had no idea what to say so took down the address.
One of the wives in the group who is a good friend of mine told me later that the girlfriend of S' old friend was actually grilling her about the wedding, date, if the invites had gone out etc. WTF I have only met her twice in 3 years!
Now S feels he has to send an invite - grrrr, I dont have any leftover materials... is that a good enough excuse?
Monday, November 29, 2010
I missed all the episodes apart from the finale but heard many a funny tale from our sales administrator at work about the crazy brides on the show.
Moving forward, as previously mentioned in an earlier post, I happened to checkout the show's website a few weeks ago and they had an announcement that they were now looking for brides for season 2. M & C insisted I enter for a laugh so of course I completed the 15 odd page application form and sent it off not expecting it to go any further.
Well, I was wrong in my expectations. I had a phone call Friday which led to a one hour phone interview about the wedding - I had to answer a zillion questions about flowers, dresses, my childhood (??), the ceremony, centrepieces, favours, hair, song choices etc and send off all the pics I could find (cake, dresses, venue etc). - and then advice that our wedding has been shortlisted for season 2 of Four Weddings!
I really liked the producer I chatted to and she seemed to find me and my opinions quite entertaining - I filled her in on the flower fiasco and S' (limited) input. She also advised the show was really interested in Couran Cove as a wedding venue and had tried to secure a bride there for last season but the schedule just didnt work.
M & C typically screamed when I told them and think the whole thing is just beyond exciting. My sis was also quite excited, particularly about the chance of winning a trip o/s and offered to contact the producer to tell her how fabulous my wedding will be. Even my mum thought it was a great opportunity and very entertaining.
Honestly, I could not stop laughing about the phone call and the possibility of our wedding being a part of this show. S is also good humoured about it and thinks it will definitely make our wedding memorable if we end up getting selected - imagine telling our children about it one day.
We have been told to expect a phone call this week to arrange an on-camera interview.
Will keep you guys updated as news becomes available!
Friday, November 26, 2010
At this time of year my lists get a little out of control what with lists for christmas presents, birthday presents (2 besties & S all have December birthdays), groceries, to do - personal, to do - work, what to take away on holidays, meal planner ... you get the idea.
This year I have found some nifty iphone apps to help make my lists a little easier to bear - rather than having 100 scraps of paper floating around my handbag or my iphone notes section having 1000 entries.
I have downloaded the following apps:
Christmas Shopping - allows you to enter people, their gift, cost, store to buy from and then to mark when purchased
Gift planner - enter people, their birthday or event date, gift ideas, cost, then it reminds you as the date gets closer
Shopping list - loving this one as I can access it whenever I remember something we need ... you enter your items to a list then as you shop you tick off those you purchase - simple but effective :)
Apple and app designers, I really do thank you for simplifying my urge for organisation.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
We run a very tight, compliant office here with a big emphasis on training, regular updates and following the rules. I spend a lot of time emailing our sales team legislative updates, helpful compliancy flowcharts etc. Yet, they still cant get things right!
Their job is too sell real estate and sign up contracts. Out of the 10 agents we have, at least 5-6 of them dont know contracts well if at all!
Yesterday I had one of our agents bring me a contract to check off before the last initial was applied. She was missing a document, the pages wont in the correct order or secured as required, it was already dated etc. These may not sound like much but each of these has the power to render that contract null and void!
Utterly speechless I looked at the agent in question and asked if she had ever actually read a contract. She looked at me blankly and shook her head. She did however tell me she had already had our Sales Director check the contract before me - this of course led to me having words with our Sales Director about his abilities and our office standards.
Signing up contracts is the main part of a salesperson's job and most of them dont seem know how which just strikes me as ridiculous. Looks like I will be running MORE training around this next week.
True to yesterday's post, I went out and bought Swisse chlorophyll and trimshot after work. It was quite reasonable, only $50 for both products total.
So I got up this morning, excited to start my new inner health regime. I read the bottle of chlorophyll and you can have 5-15mls either straight or with water. I decided to have mine with water figuring 15mls would hardly even flavour a whole galss. Boy was I wrong, this stuff is potent and my glass of water turned a dark dark green - you couldn't even see through it! I choked down every mouthful of that glass trying not to gag or projectile it back up. Then of course the taste wouldn't go away and is kind of still lingering now, 2 hours later.
When S got up, I warned him that it would be safer to have a straight shot after my little experience and for a change, he actually listened to me and did just that. Even he thought it was vile but oh well, we will persevere for the sake of inner health!
Next to try the trimshot ... it cant be worse than the chlorophyll... I hope although this one is 'chocolate flavour'. Think I will mix it with water for snack 1 and yoghurt for snack 2.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Some examples of events causing celebrations in the past month include M getting a new job, C completing 12 months of book work, M coming back from holidays, M visiting from Brisbane, my FSIL getting engaged, a wine bundle special at First Choice, our friend S returning from holidays engaged, FILs pizza oven being completed, finishing my wedding invites, an colleagues' last day at work, my sis' house settling ... right, I think you get the idea.
So, I'm feeling more than a little sorry for my insides, particularly my liver and am feeling motivated to do something about it.
I've started with Swisse Liver Detox tablets - so far I've managed to remember to have them which is a great beginning as remembering to consume vitamins is my biggest problem with vitamins. They seem to be working too but I wont explain why ... I'm sure you all know the symptons/side effects of any detox.
I have also heard great things about Spirulina - a microscopic blue-green alga in the shape of a spiral coil, living both in sea and fresh water. Spirulina is the common name for human and animal food produced primarily from two species of cyanobacteria: Arthrospira platensis, and Arthrospira maxima - definition kindly supplied by wikipedia. Reading that has made me not believe so called good things said about spirulina and reading on in wikipedia just now, I have been convinced it may not be the best addition to my life - it can cause liver cancer and diseases as well as brain damage. Glad I googled before buying, scary!
Another friend is currently taking Chlorophyll and yes, I know this comes from plants - as S told me last night but I doubt I will go green (even if S thinks I will). Cant find anything about the liquid form she is taking though - will ask her next Thursday when I see her. Actually, just found some very good info on it on the Swisse site - good for detox support, blood enrichment, energy, weight loss support and as an anti-inflammatory.
Guess who is going to buy Chlorophyll after work? :)
With this in mind we thought it might be worthwhile to sign up to a hotel rewards program to receive room and dining discount rates both in Australia and OS ... specifically the Marriott gold card as we have the advantage of using it for dining at our favourite restaurant the Benihana (on the GC) for half price.
So I started my investigations yesterday googling 'hotel rewards programs'. My results were pretty useless unfortunately but I did discover that the Marriott gold card doesnt have any participating hotels in Japan which is disappointing as they have hotels all through Asia and even India.
So I am now weighing up whether we should still get the gold card for the local benefits (means I can convince S to eat at the Benihana more often plus we might be able to get value out of it for an interstate trip to say Melbourne - S has never been) plus invest in another card/program for OS (Japan).
Can anyone recommend a good hotel program that includes Japan?
Monday, November 22, 2010
We cannot get over how big the bright pink one is - its bigger than my hand! (Which doesn't say much I guess because I have fairly tiny hands but still, its huge!)
I can't wait to see the little bud flower - that tiny little bud will end up being as big as the pale pink peony - I don't know how all those petals fit!
Love love love my peonies - thank you M!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
We will be giving each guest a Daffodil pin from the Cancer Council in memory of our loved ones who cant be with us on the day - all 4 of my grandparents have passed from cancer or related & same with 3 of FH's in addition to my aunt and uncle surviving cancer, our Best Man's mother and also FH's uncle passing.
When I first suggested this to S for our wedding, I was almost taken back by how much he supported the idea and what this would mean to him on our wedding day. We felt this was a symbolic gesture and a way for us to include those people and their memories without being too maudlin although when I told my mum of this plan, she had few tears given our most recent loss was her mother to lung & bone cancer. S' mum also was a bit teary but very pleased we have chosen to do this.