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.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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.
Monday, November 8, 2010
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 :)
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!