24 4 / 2014

Today I was making a client a coffee and when I brought it to the meeting room she exclaimed very loudly “You are a wonderful woman!”.

Guess I need to make more coffees if that’s the reaction I’m gonna get.

I had lunch with Twin and over-ate as always, but it was just a humungous bowl of lamb noodle soup from the hand-pulled noodles place in Chatswood and a plate of spring rolls. The spring rolls were the un-fried kind that had a hot filling with a bit of asian sweet sauce. The pancake was chewy and hot and very tasty. 

Got a lift home with Mother who was doing some grocery shopping and I got guilted into buying her a coffee swiss roll from Bread Top. $8!! For what looks like to me, half an actual size cake. At least it will keep the peace for a while. When I got home I found that I have the last book back to complete my bag for tomorrow!! Twin bought a dress online and that arrived today and we both tried it on. Now we both have a dress for dinner on Saturday. Yay!

Hope you all had a good Wednesday!

Anne Bishop tomorrow!!!!

23 4 / 2014

Today I was told that I must have had a nice weekend as I had such a big smile on my face.

Well, I did in fact have a very good four day weekend, and I treated myself to a Nutella coffee to start off my cold Tuesday morning. I also kept in mind that it was a three day week and Anne Bishop is coming soon. So many things that are making me happy!!

Tonight I started to gather all my Anne Bishop books together in preparation for Thursday and got into a mild panic when I couldn’t locate Written In Red. Luckily a quick message to Sister From Another Mother resulted in the affirmative response as I had lent it to her and forgot about it.

Now…how to get it back before Thursday with our conflicting schedules…?

22 4 / 2014

Today was a very nice day to end the four day weekend.

I got to wake up late. I got to pig out on my spoils from the Easter Show, the weather was nice so I was productive and did laundry and continued my marathon on Fringe.

I hope you all had a very good long weekend and for those of you in the land of Aus, enjoy your three day week!!

21 4 / 2014

My birthday present from last night was very much appreciated. A mug (pretty pattern and I can never have enough mugs) and a milk chocolate easter egg from Haigh’s. I don’t know how much they cost, but I was only just walking past the store yesterday and was thinking to myself how pretty the eggs were and how yum they must be. And lo and behold, I got one that night! Guess I need to starting thinking hard about winning the lottery!

Today was day 2 of the Sydney Royal Easter Show. We arrived around 3pm and went to see some animals and the barnyard nursery. I got to see some alpacas in a pen, but they were clever enough to sit in such away that they were the furthest from hands from any direction. Checked out some horses and saw the clydesdales with their massive feathered feet. Of course the obligatory butt-shot was of the clydesdale.

Just before our main event we went to the big arena to see some horse jumping with the final hurdle at 1.78m tall. Two jumpers got through it and the horse that won just sailed over it very nicely. Then the rodeo started and we managed to watched the bare-back and saddle bronco riding, the steer wrestling and the ladies barrel racing. Just as it went to bull riding we decided to go back to the food dome for some dinner before settling in for the After Dark Psycho Sideshow Burlesque at 9:30pm. This was a 18+ event and I certainly saw why.

There was a rubber man (fit through a tennis racquet and a squash racquet with the strings taken out, of course), he also did sword swallowing and some flips while the sword was still down his throat. The lizard man from Texas was there to show off his tongue and the condom passing from nose to mouth and back routine. The burlesque lady did two lovely numbers (Two thoughts I had while watching her. 1. Lovely legs she’s got. 2. Isn’t she cold in those itty bitty costumes?), The man with the iron skin (he electrocuted himself to with a car battery so that he could lift it from the piercing in his nipples. He later got run over by a motorbike while lying on a small bed of nails). The host and MC of the evening did a bit of sword swallowing (swallowed a balloon - the kind you make balloon animals with, then swallowed a sword to pop the balloon, then swallowed some tongs to pinch the deflated balloon up - yuck!), juggling - on a unicycle 3m tall, with sharp objects and blindfolded, also picked up some weights using fish hooks - in his eye sockets and then swung the weights! There was a dance act of three boys and three girls to act as fillers and spotters. The dance act were a solid performance but they were not as riveting as the acts we had gone to see.

Truly amazing and disgusting and freaky and wonderful stuff tonight.

I hope you all had a good Easter Sunday and managed to get at least one Easter egg!!

20 4 / 2014

One of Twin’s co-workers had bought a Messina voucher but found that she won’t be able to use it in time and gave it to her. Twin had bought her own voucher a month or so ago, so armed with two vouchers we set off to Messina in Surry Hills. We both woke up late, recovering from the 13hrs we spent outside of our house. Rather than eating breakfast or lunch, we went straight for dessert. We both got our two scoops for $3 and we both also forgot that the cost of the voucher was the cost of the gelato and were separately, vaguely confused when we each handed over a voucher and they didn’t ask for money!

We both went for the Nicciolino, I paired it with a Dulce De Leche. Nicciolino is ‘white chocolate and hazelnut gelato with frangelico soaked sponge and gianduia ganache’. Dulce De Leche is ‘Argentinean caramel made by reducing milk until it becomes a sweet jam’. Both were very delicious!! 

I walked most of the way back to Wynyard (which really wasn’t that far) and when I got home, I sat on the curb and convinced the cat to climb on my lap. She sat there for a while and was very demanding for pets. When I made moves to leave, she was not ready for the pets to be over. Sitting in the late afternoon sun with a warm cat on my lap was very, very nice.

The highlight of the day was the dinner. We organised an early birthday dinner with an old high school friend. We went to Via Napoli in Lane Cove. The three of us ordered a drink each. I went for a mojito and in came out in a huge wine glass. I was not expecting it as last time I was there (last year) it had arrived in a tumbler glass and was maybe 2/3 the size of the one I had tonight. 

We decided on a 0.5m pizza with two flavours, quattro salumi (four meats with tomato, cheese and basil) and quattro formaggi (four cheeses on a white base). The pizza was nice and chewy with excellent flavours. I don’t usually like crust, but I enjoyed this one. Of course, when we asked to order dessert, none of us needed the menu. - we knew what we wanted before we even ordered the pizza. I went with a tiramisu (my Italian dessert of choice), Twin went with the panna cotta and Sweet and Happy went with the ricotta cake.

Very much want to go back for more pizza! If you decide that Lane Cove isn’t far, go for the pizza - It has won Best Pizza in Sydney for 2013 from Trip Advisor. 

19 4 / 2014

Our day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show started with food and ended with food!! I was feeling too guilty about the food we ate so I didn’t take any pictures.

We followed our usual routine of catching an early bus in, hire lockers and buy the show bags, then checked out the animals then ate our way through the Food Dome, lastly browsing arts & crafts and doing shopping.

My favourite thing we did today was going to the cat pavilion. We didn’t stay as long as I wanted and I wasn’t able to pet one. There was judging going on so the cats were lifted out of cages, stroked and lifted up for looks. This kitty shown up top with the squished in face just looked so sad, before and after. Really wanted to cuddle it. There was a black cat that meowed quite loudly in protest and got fidgety so it was quickly put back in its cage.

The great danes, the Scottish terriers and the shih tzu were being judged today. That was fun to look at the dogs being put through their paces with the running and the posing and the fluff of the shih tzu as their coats were floor length.

We never used to be interested in the wood chopping competitions, but we’re going more often now and it’s a chance to sit and watch men of all age and sizes using an axe or saw to chop a log up into bits. Quite interesting.

One of the last things we did today was sit in on a milking barn talk. Though the talking was short as it was a chance for the little ones to milk a cow.

Spent way too much money, but I don’t regret a single purchase today. New bag, new dress, specialty honeys (4 distinct flavours), lots of jerky (yay!), lavender oil and scent bags for Mother and more hand crafted flower scented soaps.

Almost stalked the Royals as they were at the Easter Show today, but decided it was too much effort. We were probably within 20m or 30m of them at one stage but didn’t catch a glimpse. Left that to others who were very quick to post on Facebook.

Hope you all had an excellent Good Friday!

P.S. Thank you to my new follower! Nice way to start my very early morning. I was out for about 12-13hrs. My heart is light but my feet are very sore.

18 4 / 2014

There was hot cross buns out on the table at work and everyone (except for the one that doesn’t eat eggs) was covered. Mini hot cross buns with fruit, fruitless (for me!), and choc chip hot cross buns.

I got another Easter surprise today at work. A little cupcake cup with a Malteser bunny and some Cadbury easter eggs. Yum!

Tomorrow, the Easter Show! I hear the Royals will be showing up tomorrow, too. I hope that if we get there early enough, the crowds won’t be too bad.

Happy Easter!

17 4 / 2014

After getting so many little surprises at work this week. I decided to return the gesture and gift some baked goods to the Admin pool. Today, I got a throw for my legs for the impending winter from my Admin boss.
I had baked black bottom cupcakes last week and I decided to tweak the recipe to see if I could make it better. I did them all as mini cupcakes and I got some nice mini cupcake paper cups from Coles. I had to buy a box to put the mini cupcakes in and I was overly ambitious thinking that I could get 8 in a box and thus gift all 48 in the batch. 
Turned out I could get 6 in a box, which was just as well, as Twin and I shared half of one to test the taste. I had nixed the salt from the cream cheese and put in vanilla essence instead, but I put in 1 teaspoon - might try 1/2 teaspoon next time. Overly Attached Friend had complained that I gave her none of last week’s batch, so I set aside 6 from the 12 left over.
Mother ate one, so that leaves 4. What to do with them?
Tomorrow is the last work day of the week!! Yay!! 

After getting so many little surprises at work this week. I decided to return the gesture and gift some baked goods to the Admin pool. Today, I got a throw for my legs for the impending winter from my Admin boss.

I had baked black bottom cupcakes last week and I decided to tweak the recipe to see if I could make it better. I did them all as mini cupcakes and I got some nice mini cupcake paper cups from Coles. I had to buy a box to put the mini cupcakes in and I was overly ambitious thinking that I could get 8 in a box and thus gift all 48 in the batch. 

Turned out I could get 6 in a box, which was just as well, as Twin and I shared half of one to test the taste. I had nixed the salt from the cream cheese and put in vanilla essence instead, but I put in 1 teaspoon - might try 1/2 teaspoon next time. Overly Attached Friend had complained that I gave her none of last week’s batch, so I set aside 6 from the 12 left over.

Mother ate one, so that leaves 4. What to do with them?

Tomorrow is the last work day of the week!! Yay!! 

16 4 / 2014

My day.

My day.

15 4 / 2014

So, one of the JAMs (Junior Account Manager) didn’t have to twist my arm to get me to go to lunch with her and the SAM (Senior Account Manager) she works with. Ding Tai Fung!!

When we got there, we were informed of a 15min wait. We agreed to it and were then given a menu, an order sheet and a buzzer. the JAM and I were very quick to decide what to order. When the buzzer sounded we hot footed it to the front and were seated around the the back, near where the outside entrance was. I understand that you need to draw in a crowd from the street, but the automatic sliding door was huge and kept letting in the cool Autumn. 

We ordered the pork dumplings (xiao long bao), the truffle ones (one each - so damn expensive!), shao mai, drunken chicken (one of my favs from this place), fried rice with chicken cutlet (so succulent and tender on the inside, lightly crispy on the outside - way better than what I was expecting) and noodle with mince pork sauce (zha jiang mien). The price was very high per person but the taste was all there and I wanted more of every dish, if only my stomach had more room. Definitely worth multiple visits when flushed with cash.

A surprise I got early in the morning when I got into work was the two bunnies waiting for me at work. The little ceramic bunny and a milk Lindt Easter Bunny. I didn’t know who the mysterious giver was, but it was very sweet of them.

I wanted to put Cadbury Easter eggs in the bowl at my desk as Twin and I used buy Cadbury Easter eggs (back when they were in large foil bags) and share them around in high school. I ended up using four bags to fill the bowl throughout the day. The Cadbury was definitely a hit. The SAM decided that he didn’t want to be outdone so he went and got four bags of different sweets and put two in smaller bowls, next to my big one. At the end of the day, I was bored and put the little ceramic bunny into the bowl of the Easter eggs with just the little white head poking out. I don’t know if anyone noticed. My little way of having fun.

Hope you all had a satisfying Monday!

P.S. The little trophy you see on the side is actually a reward given to the soccer players of office. The inscription on it says “Broke the Duck”. Don’t really know what it means, but something about finally winning after losing for so long.

P.P.S. Thank you to my new follower! Very nice to see the notification so early in the morning.