Monday, May 30, 2011
So I called S who was quick to agree we should go and by 5:30pm we were setting off to Metricon Stadium. Arriving in a taxi was a bit of a disaster and traffic was very heavy but eventually we got through the gates and into The Lounge. Sponsored by Virgin Australia, we were greeted by hostesses (loving the new red and purple colour scheme) and ushered into a ultra modern space decked out with red and white couches, an enormous lit bar opening out to a private stand and BBQ terrace with second bar.
There was so much food on offer for guests (fresh oysters & prawns & smoked salmon, garlic prawns, mini salads, noodle box fish & chips, rice paper rolls, mini cheese burgers, golzeme, mini ravioli bowls, mini curries with papadums) and the drinks were free flowing from our hosts. Our seats were fantastic, right in the centre of things and quite close to the front of our section.
The stadium was pretty fabulous by any standards and I found myself really getting into the game, particularly in the first 2 quarters when the Suns were leading and Karmichael Hunt kicked a goal - this is rare apparently as he plays in the backline. I lost a little interest by the end of the third quarter when the Cats really kicked into gear but I managed to figure out the game (marks, getting caught with the ball and what not) and really could be an AFL convert ... just don't tell my sister or she might disown me :)
Friday, May 27, 2011
How old is he? S is a ripe old 35
Who said I love you first? He did, he's the romantic one.
Who eats more? Definitely him... I eat super slow and usually end up full half way through a meal.
Who is taller? S is taller but that's no surprise, I'm shorter than everyone pretty much.
Whose temper is worse? We're pretty evenly matched on that one although I'm a bit more controlled yet more likely to fly off the handle about the small things.
Who does the laundry? Me! Would you really trust a guy to separate, handwash silk and run a delicate cycle?
Who sings better? Neither of us, its definitely not a talent we have so I can only pity our future child.
Who is smarter? Again, we are pretty evenly matched on this which makes for some pretty lively debates in our home.
Who does the dishes? S has to do them as I do the cooking - our rule is the cook doesn't clean. Although sometimes he leaves them for a night and it drives me mad.
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Me, apparently the left side is the only side S can sleep on... rubbish but it doesn't bother me either way.
Who pays the bills? I pay my bills and S pays the household ones and his :)
Who mows the lawn? The lawnmower man... don't know his name.
Who cooks dinner? Me... S wouldn't know where to start and had to ask how to make enchiladas the other night... from a box!
Who drives when you are together? S, because we fight as I am a maniac, a racecar driver and a tailgater according to him. Its easier to let him do it and it means I can always have that extra glass of wine :)
Who is more stubborn? Both of us are very very stubborn people but we are getting better at managing this.
Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Usually S ... I guess this means I am more stubborn?
Whose parents do you see the most? Its pretty even as I try hard to make sure we see both regularly.
Who has more friends? We are pretty evenly matched on close friends but I probably have a wider circle that I see more often than him and his extended circle.
Who has more siblings? Me, I have 3 to his 1.
Was it love at first sight? Looking back now, I'd have to say yes.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Joanne... definitely off to Burleigh on Saturday for MOR suppl=ies - thank you for the tip.
KittyCate ... thanks for confirming my candle selection, even more excited to try it.
Mimi & Kitty ... I know, love Khloe too cause she's just so funny.
She is quite polarising to the masses apparently but love her or hate her, she's quite an intelligent young lady having built herself an empire by the age of 30 and not sinking into a Paris Hilton type obscurity (obscure by Paris standards anyway - I mean what does Paris even do now, we never hear about her thank goodness?).
Personally, I'm a huge fan of Kimmie... she seems absolutely lovely as a person from what I can tell watching KuwtK etc, she is incredibly stunning - very womanly super fit & toned, has enormous confidence when it comes to fashion, knows how to rock a figure hugging mini dress better than any other celeb and just seems like an all round great role model.
I like all the Kardashian girls but Kim is definitely my favourite and here are some of my favourite looks of her:
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A delicate gold necklace - I really want a pretty fine chain, not fussed about the pendant
A lime throw rug - for winter snuggling and to match my new green rug (or as S calls it, the putting green for hole 6)
Cube shelves in chocolate
To tell the truth, sometimes I do get bored with it in the way that I am totally stumped for topics to post about and worry about seeming boring to the lovely followers and readers I have. Other times I can't wait to share on my blog and tell you all about my opinion, purchases or just what is going on in my life.
To say thank you to all the people who take the time to follow, read my blog and provide me with your feedback, I am going to come up with a giveaway that will be announced in early June and drawn just before the 1 year anniversary of June 16 as I will be in Sydney for a wedding.
Monday, May 23, 2011
They now have their very own cigarettes branded and marketed throughout Asia and Russia and are sold for up to $44 per pack. Apparently they have actually been launched way back in 1989.
Check out the article here:
'Promotional script tells prospective buyers that the label's 'philosophy is to give their cigarettes a classic sophisticated look.'
It continues: 'Creating a sense of appeal to female vanity and thereby making the woman who chose to smoke Yves Saint Laurent cigarettes more attractive than one who smokes another brand or more attractive than a woman who did not smoke at all '
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1388730/Yves-Saint-Laurent-promoting-sophisticated-label-cigarettes-Asia-Russia.html#ixzz1N9F4mANw
Friday, May 20, 2011
1. I was a Venturer Scout - so much so that I was even awarded my Queens Scout in 1997. Hard to believe but I loved camping, adventuring and all ... but always bought triple the amount of luggage and used two separate buckets of water, one for washing and one for my face :)
2. I hate bridges. They totally freak me out! I get all shaky having to drive over them and look straight ahead holding my breath as a passenger.
3. People used to pay me in high school to do their English, history and legal assignments amongst others. I wasn't a 'nerd' (not that there is anything wrong with being exceptionally studious), I just had a really good memory and better use of the English language back then.
4. I had never owned a bike until S bought me one for my 28th birthday ... I was just never really into them and as a kid, roller skating and go-karting were my thing. As you can imagine, it took me a while to get any semblance of ability and confidence, riding a bike at 28.
5. As a child, my dream job was to be the first female President of Australia - I was a precocious little republican in my early years (from about 7 to 15).
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Take the value of the 'thank you' card/note for instance. Nowadays I would never dream of not sending a thank you note for a gift received (I stressed about getting my wedding ones out in suitable time) but also, now sending a personal note for dinner invites and the like are just as important whereas in my late teens/early twenties this would have seemed strange to me. Back then I thought thank you cards were reserved for 'big' occasions like weddings, engagements, christenings etc.
Maybe my newly recognised consideration and thoughtfulness is not just age, but is also being inspired from blogs that I read. I think that FF and SydneyShopGirl give wonderful examples of modern etiquette for the modern woman (in addition to being fantastic bloggers) including the mention of the importance of thank you notes.
So with this in mind, I'm off to source some personalised stationery ... including thank you notes. Any suggestions on where to source from would be welcome ...
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday started with our phones not working followed by the tech installer for our new front window flat screens not showing up at all followed by our entire network going down.
Tuesday was a slight improvement with the installer showing up but the new printers were an hour and a half late on top of the phone system going down twice in the afternoon and not coming back at all the second time. Fun fun and it meant I got to stay back till 6pm when the phone tech could attend and repair the network.
You would think that would be it would you not? Well of course it wasn't.
Following in the vein of Monday and Tuesday, I start my day at 5am for a business breakfast, arrive at the office at 8:30am to find our two main support/admin computers are down and can't get on the network, our upload system for the new flat screens hasn't been activated, the colour printer has damaged film and is marking print pages and oh yeah, the phones have gone down 3 times already and now we can't get them back up. The phone tech of course is unavailable for another hour and all of our clients think we are hanging up on them!
Thinking about going to the pub for lunch and not coming back today - what do you think?
ps, it just got worse! I clicked to publish this post and an error came up... thank goodness for auto save or I would not be responsible for my actions right now!
Question 1: Do you have any pets ? No, we're not allowed to have pets in our complex but I do have a share in my mum's lap dogs... the aptly named Suki & Bella.
Question 2: Name three things that are physically close to you: My iphone, a growing pile of work folders and my computer.
Question 3: What’s the weather like right now ? Cold and getting grayer by the minute :(
Question 4: Do you drive ? If so, have you crashed? Yes I drive and no, lucky enough to have never crashed (taps wooden desk).
Question 5: What time did you wake up this morning ? At the ungodly hour of 5am as I had to be at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast - 5am looks like midnight around here, its that dark!
Question 6: When was the last time you showered ? I showered at 5:10am so almost 5 hours ago.
Question 7: What was the last movie that you saw ? S downloaded Just Go With It for me - looooooved it!
Question 8: What does you last text message say? 'Thank u darl' I had congratulated my FIL on a successful job interview.
Question 9: What is your ringtone ? Depends on who is calling... M & C have Cooler Than Me, sis K has Like its Her Birthday, mum has Your Song, little bro J has Time After Time (family joke), S has I've Gotta Feeling and everyone else has a bell sound. Makes it easy to screen calls this way :)
Question 10: Have you ever been to a different country? Yes and can't wait to go to more... S and I both love travelling.
Question 11: Do you like sushi? Its growing on me ...
Question 12: Where do you buy your groceries? Coles, gourmet deli and farmers markets.
Question 13: Have you ever taken any medication to help you fall asleep faster? Not that I recall.
Question 14: How many siblings do you have ? The eldest of 4 so one little sis and two younger brothers.
Question 15: Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop? Sand I have an iMac, a netbook and a laptop (not sure what brand as S uses it, not me).
Question 16: How old will you be turning on your next birthday? The big 3...0 - kind of dreading it but have told S to get planning on a big surprise party lol.
Question 17: Do you wear contacts or glasses ? Neither - good eyesight to date.
Question 18: Do you colour your hair ? Not regularly and if so, only a darker brown.
Question 19: Tell me something you are planning to do today: work and complete all on my to do list, install some new potted plants at home, sis in law's bday dinner at my parents then bed.
Question 20: When was the last time you cried? I'm a total softie - last night watching the GG finale ... so as not to spoil it for anyone, all I will say is that it was a Chair moment.
Question 21: What is your perfect pizza topping? My specialty ... mozzarella, basil, cherry tomatoes, proscuitto and boccacini.
Question 22: Which do you prefer, hamburger or cheeseburger? The cheeseburger - cheese is my weakness.
Question 23: Have you ever had an all-nighter? Way too many over the years - for study and for socialising.
Question 24: What is your eye colour ? A chocolatey brown S says.
Question 25: Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke? How could you not tell the difference. I'm definitely Team Coke!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Love love love Cetaphil... cleansing but not drying and two washes removes all makeup traces.
Monday, May 16, 2011
This afternoon was no different and I went in search of dinner on taste.com.au and donnahay.com.au, specifically looking to make the most out of stock I know is at home.
I was leaning towards open steak and haloumi sandwiches with bacon and salad - all I need is the bread (sourdough or turkish). But the weather doesn't feel right for this menu so I am going to go with option 2, Chicken Cacciatore Risotto from Taste.
S and I both love a good risotto so I'm hopeful this will be a hit ... and leave leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.
Edit to add: the risotto was delicious and there was enough for my lunch today!
I find once I'm at Bunnings, I'm quite happy about it and find a billion things that we simply must have for the home, its just a matter of getting me there in the first place. Maybe its just that I love shopping, any kind of shopping?
and fresh herbs - basil, Italian parsley and rosemary to join the still surviving chives
We found a display of gift cards with witty sayings and blurbs including this one which was our favourite:
Thursday, May 12, 2011
There are a few bits that I like in each of these but would add a bit more of a modern touch (extras like pink moroccan pouffes):