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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Week in the Life: Sunday's Photos and Words

it's sunday AND mothers' day.

with 4 girls, there's a little light-hearted competition between them to be the first to wish me happy mothers' day (or happy birthday).

Katelin may have been the first FaceTime, but Mikaela (in London) got in first with a text.
her sisters claim an unfair advantage, (given that it's still only Saturday).

i hadn't FaceTimed Mikaela for a few weeks, so she 'rode into town' with us while we dropped Tash off at work and then parked before heading to breakfast.

the parking building had no less than 5 guys in hi-viz vests directing traffic.
turns out Arise Church meet nearby and use the same parking building we were heading into.
Clive got a little tongue-tied, and instead of saying 'bye hun' to Mikaela as were hanging up, he wound down the window and said "HI HUN!" to one of the young men directing traffic.


breakfast at PICKLE AND PIE
service has been patchy the last couple of times i've been here, but it was good today

they serve pies. with pickles.
awesome comfort food

i had about an hour back home before heading all the way across town to watch Katelin in action.
they lost 3-0 to Vic Uni's Varsity team, but she also made a tonne of awesome saves.

as i took this selfie, i contemplated the number of rainy sidelines i've stood on over the years.

on the plus side, overcast skies make the colour you're wearing really POP.

now that the family vegetarian as moved out, it's back to the gourmet food bag

 i spy Salmon - yum!

Clive in his 'man cave'.
when we were looking to move house and downsize, we had 5 main criteria that we wanted in a house. most of them were deal-breakers:

- smaller
- new
- no land
- his and hers craft spaces
- closer to town

we actually ended up slightly further away from town (the next suburb), but we ALSO ended up living on the flat for the first time since 1983. we love it here.

We decided to keep our sofa bed (which came in handy at Christmas) and it's also great for sitting with Clive with a cuppa or a drink to see what projects he's working on.

back into town for dinner and a movie
this restaurant had only opened an hour before we got there (doesn't take bookings)
town was so incredibly busy that we ended up eating our meal at the bar table we had
(it was perfectly adequate).
we had actually allowed 2 hours to eat before the movie (something we never do), but just as well!

excellent gift-giving runs in the family. i got some colourful new workout pants, a new blusher and some gorgeous vanilla bean shower gel (vanilla bean is my favourite fragrance).

these little dragon tacos were DELISH!
the 'taco' is roti, and who doesn't love roti?

i decided that this faux garden wall at the cinema complex would be perfect for taking photos.

because we allowed 2 hours before the movie, lots of photo taking was indulged.
plus it was mothers' day and they couldn't refuse.
PLUS they had refused en masse at the last movie to have their photo taken and couldn't possibly turn me down twice!

i realised that it's been many, many years since we've been apart for more than a night or two.
absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

3 out of the 4 of my girls. i love them so much, and they're all so awesome.

over in london, mikaela and kirsty take themselves and their soy lattes to free facials.
they were bitterly disappointed, as it turned out to be a giant hard cell for a cosmetics brand, and the facials weren't even that good!

...and that's my Week in the Life!

350-odd photos
i shouldn't have worried that i wasn't taking enough.

whatever i took, and whichever ones i use WILL be enough.


Week in the Life: Saturday's Photos and Words


it's been a full on week, and i've been looking forward to not doing very much at all today.

disappointingly, i woke at 6am, but i DID manage to get back to sleep - yay!

i had a buddy, although i'm sure he was just keeping an eye on me to make sure he got fed.
'service' this week has been patchy at best lol

hubby has been away for work ALL WEEK.
i'm such a tidy sleeper that his side still looks as unmade as it did a week ago.

he's on his way home though - yay!

bonding over mutual starvation

it's tash's weekend too, although she has to go to work tomorrow.
she has zero plans today, aside from working on her latest cross stitch project.
cruisy days at home are the best.

we actually had an interesting discussion at this point. Tash said "oh i probably should do something", and we talked about how just 'being' is 'doing' and how we've arrived at a place where if you're not busy, then you're somehow failing.

she's nursing a sore neck and wasn't able to get into our chiropractor, so it's the wheat hottie to the rescue

i took the opportunity of having Zoe [working] at home during the day to get our 'gobbler' fixed.  here's a couple of things waste disposal units don't like:

MEDJOOL date stones
(and made avocado stones)
the latter being unconfirmed...

i've decided that i'm going to head to the market in town
the main reason for my excursion to the market is to get my hands on a lemon meringue blondie from Lashings of Food. i bought a couple the week before when they were at the harbourside market.

i park the car far away and walk, so that totally makes buying 2 brownies ok, right?

it may be overcast, but i never tire of the view over our harbour

plus this chalkboard makes me smile

main reason for heading to the market = brownies

bonus = baby clothes (among other things!)

oh, and that's Brenda. she was BEYOND thrilled to discover that her little mobile eftpos terminal offers paywave.

earrings made from the currency of my birth year
gifts for our new neighbours,
and wool for a crochet project

i always try and include the price of petrol in my memory keeping projects, even if i'm not filling up the car.

24 hours later it was 3 cents dearer - i couldn't believe it!
that has to be a 2+ year high, and I'm surprised it didn't even make the news
it usually does, especially given the bad press our local petrol companies have received lately.

i had free tickets to the food show, which runs friday and all weekend, but i just didn't feel like filling every second of my weekend, although i probably would've enjoyed this donut, as Katelin and Nora did!

my other reason for heading into town was to replace some of our guest bedroom linen.
now that the room is empty, i thought i'd splash out on some new pillows, although is it really considered splashing out when everything is semi-permanently discounted up to 60%?!

i spent ages trying to figure out which pillows to buy.
i also thought it was time to replace the duvet cover for a fresh and light colour. 


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and then [again], i spied that unmistakable pink glow outside my window and ran out the door to see this.

that's my scrap room there on the right with the lights on

he's baaaaaaack!

...and with duty free goodies!!!

happy saturday!


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Week in the Life: Friday's Photos and Words

7:58 am// poor moe. he's having a tough time this week and would really like me to know about it.

8:15am // i can't believe this is only the first time i've been here this week!

went for bananas to make banana egg before the gym, but the bananas were too green, so ended up buying a piece of salmon and frying that up.

of course there were no parks close to the gym!
this is the first rain we've seen in several days actually.

first up Blast (step)
because it's tash's 'weekend' too, she came with me.

Century (yoga-lates) follows Blast

my heart is happy to see these gals
my last contract meant i couldn't get to this classed i hadn't seen these guys for 5 weeks

my centergy class was AWESOME.
some days when you move your body it's like wading through thick mud.

not today. i loved the movement.

the last track of a centergy class is a meditation. the lights are turned out and it's a chance to reconnect. many see this as optional (like a cool down) and leave.

that's fine (even though i don't understand it), but what REALLY irks me, is how long people take to leave once the meditation starts - and don't even get me started on those who talk, and/or get up halfway through and leave!

anyway - today i may have shushed some people...

Generation specialist on the left, and Network on the right

flatmates at uni

best man and groom

8 kids between them

still friends

can also rock a lava lava.

after the gym we went out for brunch

my little list maker (just like her mama)

zoe's is typically long - as you would expect when you move cities and move house.
it's also typical to want to tick everything off as quickly as you can.

crispy bacon - tick
free range eggs - tick
hash browns - tick
hollandaise - tick

not too much wrong with this pic!

it feels like forever (4 days), but i finally got to see Zoe and Callum's new place
they have so much space and storage!

i love it. they love it. stella the cat loves it.

 oh, and so does her youngest sister.
living close-by means theres lot of opportunities to hang out.
it's going to be wonderful having them living so near.

i made a mental note earlier in the week to take a pic of the autumn leaves that i drive past near my house.

the girls actually passed me in their car and were most perplexed to see me walking along the road!

this room hasn't seen much action this week, and i'm not sure it will in the weekend either.

5:05pm // second time today...

tas asked me to buy her some oranges for the kids' football team tomorrow, and truth be told, i needed wine and snacks to take to her house.

it's FRI-YAY!
still getting used to our new spot in tas's house for wine time.
they're in the middle of some MAJOR renovations.
the kitchen is where their son's bedroom used to be, but it leads right out onto that famous deck of hers. roll on summer!

i also got to meet a friend of hers who was visiting from the UK.
it was quite surreal, because in all the time i've known Tas, she hasn't had any visitors from back home. there's also a good chance that i'll see her friend again next year when we visit the UK.

let's hear it for friends and connections.

after dinner Tash and i watched an episode of Ru Paul's Drag Race.

Bye Bye Vixen. Nobody likes your drama.

61% through my book.
i really dropped the ball with reading this year
last year i set myself a goal and pretty much read a book a month
this is only my 2nd book this year.