Monday, January 31, 2011
Its a stunning estate and this is where our wedding photographers requested we meet them on Saturday afternoon at 5pm.
With plenty of nerves, S and I arrived early and decided to sneak a quick drink at the Garlic Clove restaurant to dull and nerves before the photographers arrived. The sneak part didn't really work as they arrived just after our drinks were served (a delicious Cremant for me and a Heineken for S). They kindly waited for us to finish before we set off for some photos.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Me being somewhat of a joiner and into fads at times, jumped on google to check out what I could on Skinny Mini. I read all the information thoroughly and thought it sounded like a worthwhile detox.
I particularly like that it goes for only 5 days (doable), they don't ban food (apart from all the good stuff, particularly anything white), there is no weird syrup to lug around and they also say results can be as good as up to 4kgs.
The downside is no alcohol allowed with it but its only 5 days so I can manage that but wont be able to start it till Monday as M, C & I are having a girls night out as C managed to convince hubby to stay home with baby S.
Wish me luck people and if all goes to plan, I will be a skinny mini!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
With this in mind, I set out yesterday to search wedding sites, etsy and of course good ol' reliable ebay for something pretty with maybe a touch of pale blue or pink. In my boredom, I also scrolled through old bridal threads on the Vogue forums from 2007/2006. Well, who would have thought this would be inspiring? I know, not me!
I was wrong (and so were you)!
So I read a thread on garters where a voguette had sourced her a garter in her future hubby's favourite football (read soccer) team colours - no kidding, it was actually official merchandise (see below)!
Well, I was inspired and thought this would make a fabulous surprise for S. I also decided that garters are borderline tacky so if I am going to be a little bit tacky, I might as well tack it up some more.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Anyway, moving forward ... it was a lengthy process as I am one of those people that regularly print recipes off taste.com and other cooking websites then get home and stuff them in said cupboard rather than take the time to file them in my Kikki K recipe organisers.
So, imagine me sprawled on our loungeroom floor surrounded by masses of paper, cookbooks, folders and takeaway menus! Of course it wasn't as simple as just filing the printouts and menus, I had to read them first to see why I printed them in the first place. This process was actually very inspiring and armed with a pen and paper, I came up with a menu for the week that is a little different and definitely more exciting than anything I have been doing lately.
Last night was my first attempt at cooking seafood - long story but basically I haven't eaten seafood until the last 6 months. S was pretty excited at the prospect as he is a big seafood fan but doesn't get to enjoy it unless we go out as I am still a little shaky on eating it let alone cooking it.
With a mind to my experience and fear of giving us both food poisoning, I chose a simple but tasty recipe that I knew we would both enjoy ... Garlic Prawn Linguine.
These are actual photos of my masterpiece....
It was delicious although next time I will add more garlic!!! ps. I left out the capers as S doesn't like them.
Monday, January 17, 2011
I was first introduced to Desperados on a cruise S and I did that involved a port in Noumea. With time to kill before re boarding the ship, S and I checked out the local supermarket and S was beyond excited when he discovered Desperados. He explained to me that these were his all time favourite drink when living and travelling in Europe but he had never been able to get them in Australia.
I quite liked the taste of this beer - sweeter than a normal beer with a bit of a lime flavour. They are a bit dangerous though - 1.9 standard drinks.
Anyway, imagine our surprise when we went to dinner at a local favourite of ours, The Aztec and S spied Desperados in their bar fridge. As you can imagine, S and I eat here even more than we used to now.
We have since tracked down a local importer of the beer but they are $80 a carton - I know, very very 'spensive to quote FF.
Have you seen, tried or like Desperados?
It was so lovely to have FH involved in such a girly part of our wedding and it reminded me again of how much I love him.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Well, in light of the king tides, forcast weather and lack of fresh supplies available, Couran Cove has closed its resort till further notice (I think they expect to be back up mid next week). Perfectly understandable in the current climate and we will happily reschedule our inspection in the coming week.
This has left me with some free time... actually it did leave me with free time but I booked that up within 15 mins of finding out I had free time!
My weekend has now been allocated to a birthday drink with my baby bro tonight, shopping for BM jewellry tomorrow morning, family dinner at The Aztec tomorrow night (yummmm Desperados - French tequila beer), a catch up with one of my BMs for a shoe fitting Sunday morning and a Sunday afternoon session on the water at Titanium bar. I know, who can keep pace let alone keep appointments straight!
These plans all hinge though on whether or not I get called into emergency admin for flood support by Surf Life Saving in which case EVERYTHING is cancelled till further notice.
What are you up to this weekend?
Thursday, January 13, 2011
M is now on her way down to the Coast - I think the mosquitos, flat phone, no power and lack of fresh food was getting to her! Plus she can work out of a branch on the Coast tomorrow and help others in regional Queensland who are in need.
I know there is at least a bag full of clothes in my wardrobe that can go and S has 3 bags of Zoo York, Elwood etc T Shirts that have barely been worn that I have been meaning to take to Lifeline. I also have stacks of books, towels, bags, sheets and goodness knows what else in the garage that can all go to the cause. Its a good start and I think on Saturday I will pop into my local supermarket and stock up on non-perishables to add.
I have also put my name down to volunteer for admin work for the emergency with surf life saving who are coordinating major Brisbane rescue efforts.
I am enormously proud of my brother and some of our friends too... they are doing 13 hours shifts in a rescue boat on the Brisbane River assisting people. Honestly, what amazing people!
One of the channel 9 reporters last night said that he asked General Peter Cosgrove after the Townsville disaster a few years ago, what more can we do for these people who have been devastated and the General replied, 'Don't forget these people.' So please Australia, spread the word and don't forget the people who are suffering and may take years to recover.
In the midst of all the sadness, I am oving some of the heartwarming stories coming out of the disaster areas like the guy who saved his family in Grantham and then rescued another 5 townspeople. Honestly, Australians really are just incredible people!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
My parents are also causing me much stress, insisting on staying put at their Lennox Heads caravan spot rather than tripping home 3 days early. They are in Northern NSW surrounded by 3 major rivers that are predicted to breach but aren't concerned at all. Grrrr parents!
These rains are just so frightening and its devastating to hear what is happening across Queensland. It's also upsetting to hear that people are being forced to abandon their pets (evac centres aren't allowing animals) and others are stockpiling enormous amounts of food leaving none for others.
People in flood areas, make sure you look out for your neighbours, the elderly, the infirm and children where possible!
Also, if you have facebook, 'like' the 'Queensland Police' page to receive regular and accurate warnings/updates.
So far so good on the homefront here but that could change depending on our Canal's reaction to the King Tide - it has a fair way to swell though before reaching our back door.
On a happier note, how great is this guy! A true Aussie - out rescuing Kangaroos!
Maceys - open at 6am on Boxing Day morning lucky for us as we flew out at 10am and needed more suitcases ha ha
Where the Oscars are held
The Hollywood sign barely visible through the smog
Dashing through the snow - Christmas display at The Grove
Mostly like a museum tour of sets from the Nightmare Before Christmas.
Mexican - sangria & guac in LA
NYE in Times Square at Planet Hollywood
A random chair we found in the backrooms of the Redwood Bar in San Fran.
Happy hour/C's birthday warmup in our hotel room in San Fran.
Posing in the bathrooms at Les Deux in LA - they have every cosmetic/beauty item a lady could need on their counter for use.