Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Shotgun Guests

I had a 'shotgun guest/s' on the weekend!

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

Four Weddings

Did anyone watch the Four Weddings TV show last season?

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

Lists

I love lists, I have lists for everything.

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

Grrrrrr salespeople

Honestly, I cannot believe the lack of knowledge, compliancy and arrogance some salespeople have.

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.

Grrrrrrr salespeople!

Update on inner health

People! Chlorophyll is vile!!!! They try and dress is up with 'spearmint flavour' but as S put it, 'it tastes like a liquified jungle plant.'

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

Inner health

With The Wedding looming ever closer (only 102 days to go), I have been giving a lot of thought to my inner health - that and the fact I am sensible enough to recognise I have drank copious amounts of alcohol over the past few months ... not my fault though, there has just been much to celebrate. Although my reasons for celebrations may be just everyday happenings for some - but in my neck of the woods the word celebration justifies wine consumption so perhaps I do use the word a little freely.

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? :)

Hotel Rewards

S and I are off to Japan in March for our honeymoon - cannot wait, we are both so excited to be visiting Osaka and Tokyo for the first time.

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?

Lush

I'm loving Lush products at the moment.

I currently have the following products on the go:

Sweetie Pie - this smells soooo yummy and makes my whole bathroom smell good


Breath of Fresh Air toner - so refreshing




Vanishing cream - seems to be the best balanced moisturiser for my skin and hasn't caused any breakouts or clogging


Aqua Marina - clay-like and sticky, smells like musk sticks, lovely and gentle but not good for makeup removal

Dark Angels - effective as a light exfoliator and cleanser but I hate how it leaves black grains under nails and in the hairline

Ultrabland - effective at makeup removal but sometimes dont love the residue it leaves on my face





Ocean salt - delicious fresh smelling body exfoliator (I find it a little to ahrsh for the face)

Rub Rub Rub - love how this texture changes from grainy and coarse to silky smooth, S loves this for his hands especially when he was helping our friend L out with his rendering business

My bathroom is quickly being flooded by black Lush packaging but the good thing is, S is a fan of a lot of their products too so no arguments from him. Thinking of trying the shampoo and conditioners range next time I visit the store. I also definitely need to get some Lemony Flutter - my cuticles are soooo dry at the moment.

Do you use Lush products? What are your favourites?

Monday, November 22, 2010

I MET JOHN HOWARD

So Friday dawned overcast and I woke up to screams, car horns and air horns. I live on the water opposite a high school - which is actually a lot better than it sounds apart from on graduation day because the only time our street is busy is Mon to fri 8am to 3pm which is fine as S and I are at work then (except for when we take the day off for a function and try to have a sleep in).

The street was crazy on Friday morning with teens celebrating their last day of high school with streamers everywhere, spray painted cars, balloons - ps. can someone explain why you have to go to school on your last day, have your name marked on the roll and then get to leave? It all seems quite pointless but I remember even we had to do it some 11-12 years ago (wow, cant believe its been that long).

Moving forward, Friday was also the day of my Sports Lunch. It all turned out quite well as I managed to source 2 extra tix and my sis in law C and my S had the day off so were able to join us. That morning I still hadnt decided what to wear and was considering a business look (black & white striped CR cami, black pencil skirt, black blazer) but C inspired me to be more summery and I went with a short sleeveless white grey and purple silk CR dress.

Arriving at the lunch, I was standing near our table talking to friends when I looked up and spotted John Howard walking towards our group. He bypassed us but was less than a metre from me. What did I do... yep, I froze. I couldn't even clear my throat to tell everyone else he was right there! When I finally managed to regain control of myself to interupt our group and point him out he was at least 20m away.

Anyway, we took our seats, poured a drink and next thing, Johnnie was on stage for his segment. It was done interview style - see the pics S took for me - and The Prime Minister made for a very entertaining subject. He was happy to joke, poke fun at himself and give some honest and insightful answers. I listened intently, shushing everyone around me and discovered he would be signing his book later in the luncheon - at this news I swung around excitedly to S who laughed at me and told me he would buy me a book to have signed.

Lunch was served at the same time as the book signng but did I care? Of course not ... I raced down the front with C to join the queue and when I got to John Howard, I also got to have a photo with him. I was on a high for the rest of the day - I met The Prime Minister AND got to have a photo with him. He was also kind enough to sign a book brochure for me to give to my sis after I told him she was a huge fan but had already bought his book the week before.




S also had some success, winning the bid on a limited edition Tim Cahill Socceroos memorabilia piece.



The rest of the lunch passed in a blur but we had lots of fun and it certainly lived up to expectations - cant wait for next year!

Some random pics:


C enjoying a glass of wine




Bro N skiting to our sis that he got John Howard's autograph



Surf boat tied to the roof


Mourning Dobby

HP was everything I hoped it would be on Thursday night!

Our little group of fans made our way to Southport - FYI Scarborough St is a little on the scary side at 9pm - and the gold class lounge for our screening.




Super ginormous popcorns ordered and delivered, we settled in to our comfy recliners with B and I beyond excited for the movie to start.

It was touch and go for K's hubby D and whether or not he would even make it through the previews without falling asleep - he is presently busy running himself ragged renovating their new home so they can move in before Christmas.

For a 2h 20m movie starting at 9:30pm, there was even a risk I might fall asleep but no, the movie was not at all sleep inducing so D and I both stayed awake and they managed to stick pretty closely to the book for a change.

I must say though, I don't know how you would understand much of it if you haven't read the series. I think the movies lack a lot of meaning and you have to accept a lot as just a movie viewer without explanation. This was especially apparent after the movie when B, little bro J and I had to explain and interpret much of the movie to sis K so she could understand the significance of symbols etc.

Having read the Deathly Hallows a million times, I thought I was prepared for Dobby's death. I was wrong! B and I sobbed (that's right, not silent tears but embarrassingly sobbing), especially at the dialogue which was lacking in the book. I think it was definitely sadder to say goodbye to the little house elf than Dumbledore.




If you like the HP series, this movie won't disappoint and the cast are just outstanding (apart from Ginny who is like a boring block of wood).

My peonies

M did not fail or let me down ... look at the beautiful peonies she bought me when she came down Friday night

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

HP & the Deathly Hallows p1


I cannot wait ... only 1 more sleep till my GC HP screening!!!


I am going with my littlest bro J, his GF B and my sis K and her husband D. I couldn't convince S to come, his words were along the lines of 'honestly, that stuff just doesn't interest me.'


Me, I'm totally interested. I have read the Deathly Hallows book maybe 10 times or so and am still not tired of it.


The only thing I'm concerned about in the movie is how they are going to bring back Dobby. In the books, he was always about playing important roles since #3 but in the movies he hasn't been seen since movie #3 and in the finale he plays a very key role with some very emotional scenes (I still cry everytime I read that chapter).

What to wear

It's almost time for the Sports Lunch with special guest speaker John Howard! Only two more sleeps ... and one of those includes Gold Class Harry Potter screening - best week ever (made more so cause M is coming down Friday night too!

Moving forward, what to wear on Friday for the lunch?

I have decided to buy something new and am thinking a Cue dress as they are always ideal for this kind of event and can later be absorbed into my work wardrobe.

I am a fan of the red ruffle dress on their website or maybe this Country Road dress would be nice for something different:


I'm also loving this deep blue Cue dress (but I think my sis already has it):




This Charcoal Cue dress is nice too but not loving strapless at the moment:



I love some of the current Bebe dresses but they are in the States and I dont think they post to Oz - plus I've left it a little late to order a dress from overseas :)

M, if you are reading today, get a google account or twitter so you can tell me what you think!

In additional news updates relating to the lunch, I have discovered that S' best friend of the same name is also attending the lunch with another group so we have plans to meet up and (drumroll please) ... I managed to snare an extra two tix - these are rare as hens teeth if you haven't read my previous post on this event! It looks like I will share these tix with S and my sis in law C - it will be a nice opportunity to catch up with C as I haven't seen her in ages plus spend some time with S as he is apparently working all weeknd grrr.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Peonies

Some may recall my obsession with peonies and my temptation to change my wedding date to suit the flowering season of a miniscule 2 weeks (S would give me approval so it was a no go).


Well truly, I must be the luckiest girl and bride to have a bestie and BM like M.


Having our 50 minute daily catchup (with at least one Optus disconnection midway) M tells me that she walked past a florist on her way to work and spotted pink peonies - its took a long time to train her up to this ability to differentiate and recognise.


She couldn't believe how big and gorgeous they are in real life and well being the thoughtful person she is, she told me she is going to buy me a bunch and bring them down with her on Friday. I told her a photo or single flower will suffice.


Yay, cant wait to have a peony ... although knowing my luck they will be out of season by Friday.

Crazy things

Do you have friends who are always up for an adventure and for some reason can convince you that anything is a good idea at the time?


I do, 3 of them!


So Saturday night I was hanging out with M, C and another good friend S. We were running low on wine and it was getting close to 9:30/10pm when the local bottleshops close. So we did the right thing and called a cab to go get some more.


Waiting for the cab, C decided she would wait at home and make us a snack while we went to get wine so i gave her my keys and this is where the adventure/trouble started.


C couldn't get in and called out that none of the keys fit the lock. I figured she was doing something wrong so went to inspect. I checked my keyring and yep, my two house keys weren't on it.


S was out with the boys so I tried to call him to find out what happened to my keys and could he come home to let us in. He didn't answer.


The cab arrived at this stage so M & C decided we definitely needed more wine and went to go get it leaving friend S and I to figure out how to get in.


My house is a virtual fort knox we discovered with impenatrable crimsafe security screens and all the spare keys were inside (M and C both have keys to my house). Breaking down the front door was discussed but discarded after a few shoves which indicated we weren't strong enough to achieve entry via this method.


Friend S and I were at a loss, standing in the front courtyard when S piped up with 'maybe we could get on the roof, remove some tiles and go in that way?'


Well, with a few wines under my belt of course I agreed this was our best and only option plus I had to admit it sounded like a fun adventure. So S climbed up and then money gripped me onto the roof. It was a lot higher than I thought but on a helpful note, we have 3 skylights in the roof of our villa and I knew the manhole was in the laundry so it was fairly easy to navigate our way around. Pulling off the tiles was a bit of a mission and looking down into the roof was a little unnerving - it was also pretty funny at this point as C & M returned from their little cab ride to find us on the roof.


We managed to gain entry after peeling back (read yanking out 3 tiles) and next thing we know, we're in the roof looking for the manhole. It was all quite hilarious and I don't think I stopped laughing at any point. Locating the manhole we discovered it was locked so after a short discussion we agreed the effort we had expended thus far justified stamping it in. It gave way pretty easy (thank goodness) and we managed to climb down via the well located washing machine beneath us.


We then teased M & C at the window threatening to not let them in till we realised they had the wine that caused this disaster so we allowed entry.


There is no one else who could get me on to a roof or do any of the above except for these girls!


ps. next time I'm just calling a locksmith.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bomboniere

S and I have decided to gift our guests with something highly personal to us.

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.

Wedding cakes - what's with all the fuss?

So, I'm not allowed a 'cheese' cake for our wedding (S' decision - says its too wacky).

This has left me with a slight dilema as I don't particularly care about the cake and would quite happily not have one if it wasn't for S and my mother - both have turned out to have very traditional views with regards to this ... including the obligatory top tier in fruitcake.

These are the styles I am loving if I HAVE to have cake:
I do love the shaved coconut feature and it will suit our theme perfectly. Also love the wonky tiers.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Is it enough?

Can anybody who has planned or is planning a wedding please answer for me...

When is enough enough?

I have been planning our wedding since December 2009 with the wedding scheduled for March 2011.

We knew what we wanted quite quickly and booked all the major stuff in January 2010 and spent the beginning of this year finalising details - bonbons, table settings, invites, food, entertainment, bridal party gifts and all.

We are now 4 months out from the date and I feel that there is nothing to do. Frightened by this as I assumed it must mean I had forgotten plenty of items, I downloaded a zillion wedding checklists to make sure I hadn't left anything out.

I couldn't find anything I hadn't already done/checked off but now I'm thinking maybe I can do more, maybe I need to have more than what I have already done. In desperation for details, I have even designed and completed a seating chart so it just needs to be updated as guests RSVP. I have down the OOS, chosen the readings, made the placecards to be printed, chosen the key songs etc

I keep worrying about whether or not it will all come together and maybe disposable cameras on the tables or handing out silk fans to the ladies for the ceremony will be the key that brings it all together.

This post all sounds silly I know but with no details to stress about or organise right now, I feel at a loss, like I should be stressing and racing around like a crazy person.

Foundations - I'm not loyal

I seem to have no loyalty when it comes to foundation.

I think I have sampled almost every foundation from every counter/concession in Myer and DJs including but not limited to Clarins, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Dior, Chanel, Shiseido, MAC, Lancome, Napoleon ... you get the idea.

All time favourites are/have been:

Estee Lauder Double Wear - I just loved the thick matte coverage, especially for a night out but it always freaked me out a little that if I slept in my makeup, most mornings I would wake up with still perfect makeup - talk about long lasting wear!

Chanel Vitalumiere - so moisturising and creamy but prone to oiliness in summer and humidity (not ideal if you live in on the GC).

Chanel Prolumiere - its just made it back into my daily rotation as I was pleasantly surprised with the results and long lasting finish when I tried it out again after a lengthy break. Not sure why it went out of rotation in the first place - I was likely seduced by a prettier package.

Lancome Teint Idole - love love love this foundation. I discovered when rummaging through C's makeup bag over Christmas last year and have been using it ever since. Light and moisturising like Vitalumiere without the oiliness factor, buildable coverage but not as mask-like as Double Wear.

I am also currently employing MAC Studio Fix powder - it was a gift but I haven't been too disappointed with it to set my foundation or for quick shine touchups. Good lasting power but not really excited by this one but that could change.

My favourites for packaging would have to be:

Shiseido Perfect Smoothing compact- just loved that purple compact, the colour, shape. But it looks like they might have changed it slightly in shape (more square now) since the 5+ years I last used it.

Chanel Double Perfection Compact - always felt so exclusive and special pulling this out of my handbag.






Least impressive foundation and compact packaging is easily Clinique. Great products mostly but just don't have that air or look of glamour about them.



Which foundations do you love best and use most (and why)?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Busy week ahead

What is everyone up to this week? I regularly overbook myself and end up completely exhausted by Friday which is not a good thing considering how minutely I schedule my weekends.

This is a snapshot of my week ahead:

Monday (tonight) will be dinner with C & L

Tuesday I am having drinks with my friend R in Broadbeach - likely Moo Moo

Wednesday S and I are having dinner at his best friend's house

Thursday I will be working till at least 8/9pm as we have in-room auctions

Friday we are heading to Brisbane for dinner with M and D

At least I wont have much cooking to do this week :)

Missing M

My future mother in law was in the kitchen with M and I on Sunday afternoon while we were preparing pizzas and commented on the fact that we hadn't stopped talking or even drawn breath for the past hour.

M and I both laughed and told her that this wasn't unusual and that we often spoke several times a day with something new to discuss each time. We told my FMIL that we speak every day normally and in the past week alone we even spoke 3 times on Friday for 20+ mins each time and even had a 90 minute conversation on Tuesday night.

Anyway, its now been a week since she relocated to Brisbane and started her new job. Its turned out to be a wonderful experience overall as I knew it would be and I'm glad that it has all worked out so well but I definitely miss having my best friend around the corner.

S and I popped up to visit M and D last Sunday to check out their new home and all. Honestly, I love Bulimba and even asked S when we left if we could move there ha ha. Their new place is great, modern with a huge balcony and only a short walk from the main street. Given the convenience, we decided to explore the main street and all headed down to the local pub for cocktails and a yummy counter lunch (I had wedges with sour cream, cheese, bacon and shallots yummmmm).




I was a bit sad leaving that day but also a bit excited as we now have new adventures to look foward to in Brisbane and new venues to explore.

Its been a strange week getting used to M not being local and I have definitely missed her random after work visits but on a positive note, it means that we now actually have to make the effort to organise catchups and so this week we are off to my favourite chinese restaurant in the Valley to introduce M & D to the delights.

Best Weekend Ever!

Friday night S and I had a quiet night in watching Get Him to the Greek - favourite quote in the movie was Sergio saying 'The thing about British rockers is they never die, look at Led Zeppelin, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, those guys will outlive Miley Cyrus'. (not the exact wording but you get the idea.



We also had an exciting phone call from S' sister H. She and her bf got engaged - totally romantic proposal including rose petals on a king size bed spelt out to say 'will you marry me'. She also asked me to be her bridesmaid - yay :)



Saturday S had to work so I got the cleaning and washing done then headed down to Fingal to see my parents. Turns out C and baby S were also down there visiting her parents (our parents have custom caravans so often trip away weekends together). Had the nicest afternoon with our parents sipping Chandon and feeding icy pole to baby S (I think I wore a fair bit of it).



The fun did not stop there with S taking me for dinner Saturday night. We went to Benihana, my favourite! S' sis and fiancee were staying at the Marriott so joined us also for dinner. Our chef Jojean was hilarious and really playing up which made the whole experience very entertaining. H managed to catch every morsel thrown her way in her mouth and the chef queried if she lived at Seaworld - her new nickname is now seal. We ended up enjoying drinks in the lobby bar afterwards and subsequently didn't get home till after 1pm.



Sunday morning was a struggle to rise early but absolutely necessary as I wanted to head down the beach and wish my littlest bro J luck - he competed in the Coolangatta Gold Sunday! See the pic below - I was such a proud big sis when mum sent me the photo of him crossing the finish line. Such a huge effort to even complete such a big race.






Sunday afternoon was not a let down after all my other weekend adventures. S' dad B built a wood fired pizza oven and invited us (and C, L, baby S, M & D) for Sunday afternoon drinks and pizza. B made the dough from scratch and M, C and I worked together as pizza artists creating masterpieces for B to cook. They were amazing and funnily enough, the most popular pizza toppings of all was the last one - the one we threw every bit of leftover toppings on lol. Such a lovely afternoon relaxing with friends and family watching baby S try to catch the dog and play with ice with lots of wine consumed as per usual. (will post a pizza oven pic soon)

Universal Truths

I think this is one of my favourite email forwards - it absolutely cracked up M and me and even now we still quote it (especially 4, 6, 11, 15, 22, 23, 25 and 27).

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

7. Google Maps really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighbourhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page document that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this - ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Michael Hill Jewellers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with alcohol than Michael Hill.

20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" option.

21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent an arse from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

31. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their mobile phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet my last 5 cents everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!