21 9 / 2014

So Saturday was a morning of back adjustments, reading on the iPad and discovering Miss Chu’s (again) and the new camera features.

We went to Miss Chu’s for lunch near the George St Cinema and the food was great. Twin ordered a young coconut with cucumber and something. It was like a crushed ice blend and will be perfect for the hot summer slowing sizzling on the horizon. I ordered an ice vietnamese coffee. It had a nice solid weight to it and I happily pulled on a few sips. But was dismayed to discover that I wasn’t done with the delicious taste on my tastebuds when I had run out of drink. The whole cup was filled with massive ice cubes and I was so very unhappy to have none left before I was ready.

At night, we prepared for Merida’s birthday and as expected, it was a night of a mixed bag of friends with plenty of conversation and lots and lots of great food prepared by Merida’s step-mum.

Fried chicken, little sausage rolls (sausages in dinner rolls not the mystery meat wrapped in flaky pastry) and self-prepared pizzas that cooked in the brick pizza oven out the back. Plenty of drink was provided and I had a nice buzz going for the rest of the night. 

Surprisingly, we all participated in a game that one of the guests had made up. Pass the parcel. I hadn’t played that in over a decade but this one came with a twist. There was a prop in each layer with a character card and we all had to be in character for the next 30mins. Surprisingly, I shook out some suspenders and a bow-tie. If you can read the character card up top, you can guess what it was for (I don’t think I was in character, haven’t seen enough to act anything out!). Twin shook out three red bandanas that had white skulls and crossbones. 

Thankfully, no one present for the night had a peanut allergy because the birthday cake was a homemade snickers cake that was rich in chocolate, nougat and sugar and a huge mixing bowl filled to the brim with whipped cream served as an accompaniment. Twin and I shared a slice but I had to admit defeat to the super rich cake, yummy as it was.

Merida was very, very please with our present which was a dark chocolate and white chocolate with peanut butter swirls in many little shapes. She really likes her peanuts!

Side note: While taking pictures, I was so excited to play around with the options for photos. I can now have a well lit photo that isn’t crooked!!

20 9 / 2014

It was the last day for Soccer Star’s little brother’s work experience week. Soccer Star Mini brought in some choc chip cookies that he made (with some help from his mother) and shared them with the office. Many of the office ladies were very impressed. There was even some coconut to make it nice and chewy.

Soccer Star’s supervisor was out for the day, and although Soccer Star Mini was supposed to be introduced to the big wide world of accounting, he did spend a fair amount of time with me doing admin and mail stuff. Thus, it was down to me to fill out the evaluation form. 

The evaluation form felt more like a personality test than anything and it generally ranged from very poor to very good and not really much else in-between. We finally settled on some answers and I think Soccer Star Mini did alright! I did have the comfort of knowing that Soccer Star’s supervisor had pre-signed the form - so there was a little more anonymity.

I was so exhausted that on my way home, I fell asleep in the car so early and I decided to take a nap before Twin got home. Twin arrived home and I was still sleeping and I didn’t get up for dinner or anything.

So after my alarm woke me at 5:30am (forgot to un-set it for the weekend). I am now wide awake at an un-godly hour for a Saturday!

Enjoy your weekends!

19 9 / 2014

It felt like a struggle and a half to update my iPhone to the new iOS 8.

After many curses and deleting of most things I finally realised that it wasn’t my phone that had the space issue - it was my computer!! I decided to go through iTunes instead of directly downloading from wifi, but when I tried the wifi option and the iTunes option, both kept saying I didn’t have enough memory.

Because I had only been watching sporadic episodes of tv I’d downloaded, and I hadn’t kept up with moving things off my computer, I only had 500Mb free on my laptop hard drive!

I had to scramble to move the tv off my computer, but I finally got iOS 8!

I can’t see many significant changes, but it is early days yet and I haven’t need to do much with my phone tonight.

The one thing I saw that was different was the fuzzy pinyin option for keyboards. (TBH it might have been there before and I didn’t notice!) I use pinyin when I do the rare Chinese text, and sometimes, I don’t know if it ends with ‘in’ or ‘ing’. Fuzzy pinyin will use both options to find all the words matching. Awesome!

18 9 / 2014

Tonight’s belly dance class was a little awkward and a little fun. It turned out to be a private lesson as I was the only one to turn up!

We worked on zills (finger cymbals) and some patterns and also started the possibility of walking while doing a pattern. So very hard!

We also started working on some new movements just to get the body familiar and start putting it into muscle memory. One of the movements was was my teacher called the Egyptian walk. She described it like a triangle (I’m going to have to work on my visualisation - because I couldn’t see it like that). Step down, hip out, then lift the opposite leg up to step down the other side to repeat. This can be done stationary or walking. When done fast, it just looks like lots of little hip wriggles. 

Also very hard to do while turning, I’m very slow and can’t get my feet to turn enough to complete the rotation. Lots of practice in my future. But the steps are fun! 

Hump day is over! Now to survive the rest of the week!

17 9 / 2014

I am finally reading Fifty Shades of Grey to find out what the fuss is all about.

I’ve almost finished the first instalment, and I gotta say. Not really a favourite. I can understand how this series appeals to people, but the popularity that it soared to…I don’t understand that.

I’ve read other more well written novels about the S&M and the BDSM lifestyle and a lot of things from Fifty Shades just doesn’t seem plausible. It doesn’t have the pull for me to stay up late to finish it. I have also read other novels that are even more poorly written than Fifty Shades so I will probably finish the series.

It will be interesting to see how the film interprets the book and how the moviemakers mass market this next year.

16 9 / 2014

Soccer Star at work managed to ask for his brother to do work experience at our office.

Ah, to be a carefree 10th grader. Last year to slack off before the hard slog of year 11 and 12 and the dreaded HSC.

Seeing as the boy will be at work for the week, he was mine to order around for the day. Tomorrow, admin get a crack at him before the accounting and financial planning teams finish him off. Ha ha!

It was a rather quiet day in terms of workload, but because I was talking it through and letting him have a go, everything just slowed down. Including the typing. I guess he doesn’t type very much. I didn’t realise how familiar I’ve gotten in my role until I took over and had to save some documents. My fingers were just flying off the keyboard! 

At least he’ll have a interesting time. I did my work experience in an accounting firm, too. Except I just did data entry (of the numerals kind) for three days, with bags and bags of receipts, typing numbers into columns on an Excel spreadsheet. 

I had a bad headache to start the day with that went away after some painkillers and then I had some help with work. I guess my Monday was ok!

15 9 / 2014

After the devastating news about the iPod Classic, i decided to take some action as my current iPod Classic decided to act up the week of the Unfortunate News. My action was too late. I can’t fine any iPod Classics anywhere!

Twin and I went into the city to find a Classic and buy an iPad for Mother as she’s helping her calligraphy teacher buy it. I went all around the CBD but I did have a rather late start. 

Because I was feeling so poorly over it, Twin and I tried some retail therapy. We came away with two new tops (for work - although I was hoping for some casual wear). Still not satisfied, I impulsively ran to The Cupcake Bakery and we bought some cupcakes. 

They mostly survived the journey home (as evidenced by the photo), I think they were not placed in the box properly to begin with, so the chocolate vanilla and the red velvet fell into the carrot cake cupcakes. 

My Classic search even extended online but most stores don’t even list it anymore or it is way too far for me to go. Last resort is ebay, but I’m experiencing technical difficulties in that area, so my battle shall have to continue another day!

Hope you all had a good weekend!

15 9 / 2014

The Nile Star Oriental performed at Eurofest yesterday.
We all got this pretty little pink card. It is a pity that the pass came with very little powers. When we drove up there, we were told that there were no parking spots available and it was only drop off. Mother proceed to approach the barrier and instead of asking them to let up through to drop Twin and I off, she turned into the side street and just stopped in the middle of the road. I had to get my bag out of the boot and we could hear “M’am, you can’t stop there!” and “She just stopped in the middle of the road!”
Thanks for the embarrassment, Mother! Of course, to make things a little worse, she took her sweet time popping the boot open for me to get my bag out!
We had a bit of confusion over where we were changing and performing as with the recent bad weather, we couldn’t perform on the stage set up on the grass as it was too muddy and nothing was going to be on the grass. Instead the stalls were all around the road hugging the reserve and the dancing was all performed in the Czech Sokol club. 
Although the dance floor was not raised off the floor, there was a definite seating area and I felt this distanced the crowd. When we performed there were lots of dead faces, and when it came to the audience participation, it was hard to get anyone up as there were invisible battle lines drawn everywhere! I was too shy, so I just hugged the side while the costumed girls went and grabbed some kids and some ladies. 
After our set, we got changed and then proceeded to eat!
I had a roll that had pulled beef and a whole bunch of yummy stuff. I had a cannoli and then some dutch mini pancakes and some dutch fries with mayo (surprisingly tasty!)
As we were leaving we happened upon a stall selling jewellery and Twin bought some beautiful earrings that were shaped like tulips with a long stem that formed the hook. Envy…

The Nile Star Oriental performed at Eurofest yesterday.

We all got this pretty little pink card. It is a pity that the pass came with very little powers. When we drove up there, we were told that there were no parking spots available and it was only drop off. Mother proceed to approach the barrier and instead of asking them to let up through to drop Twin and I off, she turned into the side street and just stopped in the middle of the road. I had to get my bag out of the boot and we could hear “M’am, you can’t stop there!” and “She just stopped in the middle of the road!”

Thanks for the embarrassment, Mother! Of course, to make things a little worse, she took her sweet time popping the boot open for me to get my bag out!

We had a bit of confusion over where we were changing and performing as with the recent bad weather, we couldn’t perform on the stage set up on the grass as it was too muddy and nothing was going to be on the grass. Instead the stalls were all around the road hugging the reserve and the dancing was all performed in the Czech Sokol club. 

Although the dance floor was not raised off the floor, there was a definite seating area and I felt this distanced the crowd. When we performed there were lots of dead faces, and when it came to the audience participation, it was hard to get anyone up as there were invisible battle lines drawn everywhere! I was too shy, so I just hugged the side while the costumed girls went and grabbed some kids and some ladies. 

After our set, we got changed and then proceeded to eat!

I had a roll that had pulled beef and a whole bunch of yummy stuff. I had a cannoli and then some dutch mini pancakes and some dutch fries with mayo (surprisingly tasty!)

As we were leaving we happened upon a stall selling jewellery and Twin bought some beautiful earrings that were shaped like tulips with a long stem that formed the hook. Envy…

14 9 / 2014

lesmiddlechildrenofhistory:

hallucynation:

This was by far the most important thing that happened in Australia in the year 2000

It’s 2014 and my mum still says ” not happy, jan”. I say it too. I was 5 when this ad came out. 

I was 11when I saw this ad. To this day whenever anyone uses ‘not happy, Jan’ - nothing need not be explained. This is now part of most Australians’ lingo.

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14 9 / 2014

foreverphantomhive:

riverplants:

foods that will poison cats:

  1. alcohol 
  2. chocolate
  3. caffeine
  4. dairy products (adults turn lactose intolerant)
  5. fat trimmings, raw meat, eggs, fish
  6. grapes and raisins
  7. onions and garlic
  8. tuna (when not made for cats)
  9. xylitol (artificial sweetener)

if you have a cat please reblog this

Even if you don’t have a cat please reblog this for all your followers who may have their own precious little baby.

As a future Cat-Lady this is important information!

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