Thursday, March 29, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 28

PK and I had the pleasure of attending Gold Class cinemas last night, as a social club event by his workplace. We had a pretty good time outside of the movie, but the main feature really made the night. We saw 21 Jump Street and it was HIGH-LAIR-E-ous!!! I don't think I've laughed that loud and hard for a while! It might not be everyone's type of humour and I think I may have missed some in-jokes because I've not seen any of the original, but if you're up for a good comedy I thoroughly recommend it!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 27

So this might seem like a really weird photo, I know! But, I had an eye assessment on Tuesday afternoon that involved some drops of a dilator drug being put in my eyes. And so, of course, I took a self portrait of my eyes thus dilated :)

Note: this was in full light and although it didn't feel any different in the office environment, once I got outside the extra pupil dilation made it feel like I had a massive hangover and someone had turned on all the lights! Not recommended for fun kids!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 26

(A pretty decent shot of the kitchen benchtop too!)
Running a little low in inspiration yesterday, I checked out FatMumSlim's suggestion for March 26th... "Key" huh? Well I could do that! :) I've been teased about my keys before- apparently I have a 'man' keyring because I have so much on it... but every item on there is vital! On my (pretend and very functional) carabiner key ring I have:
  • My car key -these modern remote entry keys are so bulky aren't they?
  • Keys to the security and front doors of Muriel
  • Garage and front door keys to my parents' house -in case I need to "borrow" something and they aren't home
  • A USB stick, in case I need some extra memory
  • My personalised Swiss Army knife -this comes in handy very often actually, with scissors for cutting off loose threads and opening packages, Philips and Flathead screwdrivers, bottle opener and other such important tools. I actually bought this in Switzerland so it is also a great reminder of a great holiday.
  • Lastly, I have a little (fake) bag of O Positive blood -because I used to work in the blood bank and that is my blood type. Completely useless but a fun little momento!
So there you have it: a very important and often forgotten-about part of my daily life!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

365 Days A Year: Mar 23, 24 & 25

Mar 23
I managed to find time on Friday afternooon to pick up a very important package! We love our Nespresso!
Mar 24
After getting some garden maintenance done on Saturday I took a stroll around the shops (I figured I'd earned it!). There were a few different types of these piggy banks- some had the antennae and stripes of a bumble bee, some looked like zebra. If we had a buffet type storage in the main living area (something that is on my purchase list), it would be the perfect spot for PK to store his change. Other than my wallet of course!
Mar 25
The sun setting on another weekend. I seriously don't know where my days go at the moment! One minute it is Monday morning and I have the whole week ahead of me and before I feel like I've blinked, it's Sunday evening again! PK and I managed to fit in a little bit of both families and personal time this weekend, as well as the gardening that I did yesterday and some chores today... so I guess it wasn't totally wasted. But still... if only the weekend lasted that little bit longer!

Friday, March 23, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 22

The view down our street at dusk last night- now happening at about 6pm instead of 7 or 8pm! It seems like the days have suddenly become shorter- the morning sun appears later (leaving me wanting to stay in bed longer) and sets sooner than I would like. And it seems to have happened over night!

I guess this time last year when the seasons were turning I didn't really notice the days getting shorter because my days were never regular as it was. Now, with my new job and a regular start/finish time (well, regular-ish anyway), I have the privilege of noticing.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 21

This frangipani tree was a house warming gift from PK's sister (and my soon-to-be sister in law!!) when we first moved into Muriel so long ago. It has grown well over the years (frangipanis being quite slow growing) but had not flowered. Until this week!! I saw the little buds forming earlier but only saw that they had opened yesterday afternoon. I'm so happy that it has bloomed- I was beginning to think it was another victim of my brown thumb! I can also tell you that the flowers smell a-MAZ-ing!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 20

After a long day at work (or at play for that matter), a glass of wine sometimes just seems so right. And as today is "Before & After" for FatMumSlim's PhotoADay Challenge, I thought this makes a worthy addition :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 19

PK and I went out to dinner with one of PK's sailing buddies last night at a place called Il Lido. I must be honest, I wasn't too impressed with my main, but when it came to dessert that was another matter. Oh. My. Goodness.

I ordered what was described as a fig and burnt honey icecream sandwich with walnut praline. And it was absolute deliciousness! The fig slices on top were dehydrated so they were quite chewy (and tasty!), the praline added a lovely crunchy contrast and the icecream was just divine! I was lucky that PK shared with me though, to save me from gobbling it up too fast!

Mini Strawberry Field

I received this cute little benchtop garden kit for Christmas and had more or less forgotten about it since. (Although I was of course very happy to have received such a thoughtful gift!) Suddenly this morning I had an urge to do something and spied it sitting on the kitchen bench, ready to be planted. The kit comes with seeds and some loamy soil type stuff that you have to hydrate. The container becomes the planter and the lid creates a little hot house. So cute!
First you add some warm water and watch as the solid pellets expand before your eyes. I was a little impatient so I tried to hurry the expansion along a little bit by separating it with a skewer.
Before long, you have this lovely moist and loose soil! Far better than any of the stuff I have out in the garden, that's for sure! We should probably get onto that actually... a task for another day ;)

Once the soil is prepared, the instructions tell you to sow the seeds. I don't know why, but I'd never really thought about strawberry seeds when I eat them, but they are actually the little seeds on the outside of the berry. So you have these tiny tiny little seeds to plant- I just scattered them over the surface of the soil and pushed them under a little bit with the point of a skewer.
The final step was to pop the plastic lid back on and place it in a warm, sunny place! I chose the kitchen window sill so I can keep an eye on it. I'm excited to see how we go, I haven't really had too much success with window sill growing. But fingers crossed! I'll keep you updated on any developments :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 16, 17 & 18

Mar 16
I am lucky enough to have a wonderful view of Perth city like this every Friday morning! My colleagues and I don't see each other very often during the week as we are all out on different tasks in the field, so once a week we have a meeting to catch up and discuss the week's happenings. It's probably the highlight of the working week for me! Mmmmmm coffeeee!
Mar 17
While PK was at a bucks party on Saturday, I was celebrating with another group of friends. One of them recently had her quarter-century birthday, so there was bubbly and cake... and fire of course! Well, first there was the BBQ, then fire, then bigger fire fueled by... well, fuel essentially! Boys will be boys! Apart from the fireball, we had a great night with lots of laughter (and cake!). Oh, and it was St Pat's so of course we had green balloons and party hats :)
Mar 18
The trusty Bernina made an appearance again yesterday! But this time I totally conquered the curtains!! Hooray! They are both neatly hemmed and now hang beautifully. I have no idea how long it took me to get this done- but it has been aaaaaaaaaagggggggeeeeesssss since we originally bought them!

PK requested that I don't make such a wide hem as I had attempted with the iron-on tape stuff and if I had just done that in the first place it would have been so much quicker than trying to keep the overlocked edge. Oh well. Yay for getting things done! I think I'm even getting the itch to do some painting again- maybe next weekend we might tackle finishing the hallway? Maybe.

A Rant About the Wedding

**This is not the usual Monday morning-weekend recap, but it is something that I've had on my mind recently. And where better to spill what has been on my mind than on this little ol' bloggy of mine? If you're not into reading a whole lot of words, feel free to check back later today for the usual words plus piccies post** :)

I thought it was just me, but over the (snot infused) weekend recently, I discovered that I am not alone in thinking that a lot of the wedding finery is just a load of baloney. I stumbled across A Practical Wedding where there are plenty of other brides-to-be and brides-that-have-been that think the same way! Now, I am totally engrossed with all things wedding at the moment, don't get me wrong! But I'd been having a hard time reconciling all of the stuff that 'you just have to have' with my own image of what I want our wedding to look and feel like.

PK and I are after a low key, relaxed and fun event to celebrate our low key, relaxed and fun relationship! Surely it shouldn't be that hard? But I have been finding out the hard way that it seems everyone buys into the premise that a wedding has to cost 'x' amount with 'x' inclusions- especially after reading a few (too many) blogs and magasines focused on the subject. Almost every dress shop I entered (before finding 'the one') kept pushing me to try on the big poofy princess style wedding dress -so not me- even though I told them when entering I wasn't into that! Suffice to say that none of those stores got a sale from me! When I tell vendors when the wedding is to be held, I get mixed reactions- either I'm starting too early or too late depending on who I speak to! 

Discovering this site has helped me re-focus and acknowledge that we are doing ok with our planning. PK and I have sat down and spoken about what is important to us about the day -primarily that we actually get married- and everything after that is gravy! PK is into his photography, so we are looking to have beautiful images that capture our day the way it happens (and PK is very particular about what he wants for this!). I want a small but enjoyable celebration after the ceremony, so we are limiting our guest list to those people that have been with us the whole way, the people we see most often and want to share that party with. Every time I tell people that, I get "Good luck with that!" Well, I thank you for your well wishes, but really- I don't want every one and their second cousin twice removed attending! Luckily our families are on board with this one so that makes it a little easier.

We're also invested in providing our guests with some entertainment or activity while the bridal party is off having photos taken. After having attended a few lately where the gap between ceremony and reception was filled with a whole lot of nothing we want to do something! We want our guests to feel included in the event, from the moment they arrive until they leave, even if they aren't a groomsman/bridesmaid or family. PK and I are excited about keeping this a surprise as well- we're not even telling our parents (who are kindly contributing to the budget) about it!

I've been going through all of the archives from the APW site, gaining fresh perspective with each post. For example, I wasn't feeling too enthused about wedding cake. I mean, I love cake -I love all dessert really- but there wasn't one particular flavour or style that was making me look forward to shelling out money for this 'necessity'. And then I read a post from a former bride who had cheesecake as their wedding cake. And I cracked a huge grin as I thought I love cheesecake! So I excitedly ran (ok, so I actually walked but you get the idea) to tell PK and he agreed that cheesecake was an awesome idea because we love cheesecake! Now we just have to convince others about it (including my mum who was rather surprised when I mentioned it yesterday).

Coming around to feeling comfortable with what might not be the expected path for wedding planning has definitely contributed to PK and I (especially me) feeling more relaxed about the whole thing. And that means now I can get back to dreaming about the honeymoon!!

Feel free to spill the beans below- how did you feel before/during/after your wedding? What did you stress out about? What was your favourite part? What was your least favourite part- would you change anything? End rant :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 15

I felt the urge to do some exercise yesterday (I know crazy person right?!), but I couldn't find my earbuds to be able to drone out the rest of the gym junkies. So I decided to use my bike instead! I had a great ride -though I'm not sure I got the workout I might have had if I went to the gym.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 14

Oreo loves to sit at the front security door and stare out. We have no idea why- after all, this is pretty much all that you can see from his perspective! But it keeps him happy and lets the lovely evening breeze in, so why not leave the front door open?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 13

Just in case you might have forgotten, the shopping centres will quickly remind you! Easter is coming!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 12

PK and I usually do our weekly shop on Monday nights, but we had other arrangements last night: we were meeting with a civil celebrant. Could she be the one that will marry us? Maybe! I think I'll have to do a separate post about our wedding planning progress...

But because we do our weekly shop on Mondays, there were some essentials that had run out over the weekend... like milk. So after remembering at the last minute on the way home from the celebrant, we stopped by the servo and picked some up. Not the most cost efficient way to do your shopping for sure!

In other news, March 12th is my mother's birthday. My parents are currently on holidays so we'll be celebrating later, but in any case HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM! :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 9, 10 & 11

Another hot day, another afternoon at the beach. With my hot guy ;) We have a pretty good life here in WA- the weather might be bloody hot but we have some of the best beaches in the world (that I've seen so far anyway) to make up for it!
Due to the continuation of hot weather on Saturday, I did very little! After my regular gym session (where I took it very easy due to still only being about 80% well), I sat myself down, painted my nails, admired my beautiful ring and did some reading. Mostly blogs, some magazines too. Easy Saturday :)
Despite the hot weather again on Sunday (and I believe it may have actually been hotter Sunday than the two days before), I got myself into gear and got things done. Apart from the usual chores (cleaning, washing etc), I also finally got out the outdoor furniture oil and showed our outdoor dining table some love. It was sweaty work, but someone had to do it!

Friday, March 9, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 8

I went for a bit of an exploration of the garden yesterday afternoon. It's a little bit of a sad thing to do because there is so much that is dying with all of this oppressive heat and there's not much we can do about it! But I did find this little jewel amongst the branches of one of the (few green) bushes- its a little wasp's nest! Thankfully there were not any wasps around, but I marvel at the perfection of such a tiny thing.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 7

 PK was delightful enough last night to 'fire up' the BBQ for our dinner- and how!! Underneath those flames are some lamb chops and a couple of packages of vegies. Everything turned out well, though I was a little concerned for PK's eyebrows at this point!

On the sickness front, I was feeling a little better yesterday, still stuffy in the head but the torrent of tissues has slowed. I think I may be going back to work today! Unfortunately PK may have caught it despite my best efforts...

Laundry Makeover- Part 3

So, I bet you thought I had completely forgotten all about posting anything other than the 365 Days project huh? *blush* Well, I haven't forgotten, I've just been a little... slow at getting anything else posted :P

Last I updated you on the laundry makeover, PK and his brother had just hung the overhead cabinets:
It didn't take PK long before he was onto the next stage of the makeover, the sink! The clever man had already sourced a stellar deal from Gumtree of a brand-new, never been used laundry sink! I picked it up one day during my lunch break and while we completed the next step, it lived in the garage.

The next step was to trace the shape of the sink, making sure to mark out the inside edge of the lip so that it would sit flush on the bench top. He then used a hole saw to make holes in each corner of the outline before breaking out the (borrowed) jigsaw.
The holes made the cutting easy as pie (or so I was told!) because all PK had to do from there was join the dots!
This left us with a lovely sink-shaped hole in the laminate, ready for the sink. PK then piped a bucket-load of silicone around the lip of the sink and we gently lifted it into place. After pressing down evenly all the way around the edge, we carefully wiped away any excess that sqeezed out the sides. I was maybe a little fanatical about this! On the recommendation of the builder guy we bought the sink from, we placed a piece of cardboard in the base of the sink with a couple of weights on top while the silicone cured. We also placed a piece of cardboard over the opening to the sink, just in case Oreo got a little curious. He is a cat after all!
PK was quite restless while we waited- he wanting to get cracking on the next part! Twenty-four hours later (a little excessive, but just to be sure), we lifted the cardboard off and removed the weights. We were quite happy with what we (mostly PK) had achieved so far! With the tap quickly connected -PK already knew how to do that from the kitchen install- it was beginning to look a lot like a laundry again!
Next to complete? Hooking up the new washing machine, installing the backsplash, having the electrician return and install a power point inside the base cabinet and reconnect the old point and attach all of the doors! Oh and put everything away and take 'finished' pictures of course!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 6

So I managed to leave the house yesterday- hooray! But it was only to stock up on more cold and flu assistance. Boo! I think I'm on the mend finally but I don't think I'll be running any marathons any time soon! (Not that I would have before but you get my drift!)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 2, 3, 4 & 5

Mar 2
I thought Oreo had been a little quiet and couldn't find him anywhere... then I noticed a shadow behind the (still yet to be hemmed) curtains... It seems he has made himself a little nest out of the excess curtain material! That's totally the real reason that I haven't hemmed them yet!
Mar 3
Oreo loves cardboard boxes. L.O.V.E.S them!! It doesn't matter if he's too small to fit, he will make it happen. Oodles of fun with this kitty :)
Mar 4
My delightful dad dropped off a food package during the week that PK and I enjoyed for lunch on Sunday. We didn't want to turn on the oven and heat up the whole house to cook it though, neither did I want to dirty a pan cooking it on the stove. Then I had a bright spark of inspiration- why not cook it in the sandwich press? It turned out perfectly- the cheese was perfectly melty and the base was well crispy! Best lazy moment ever!
Mar 5
Its the small things that really make me realise how much I love PK! He cleared Oreo's litter tray for me on Monday morning. I know, disgusting right? But he did it because I just didn't have the energy to (because I usually do that lovely task). And then he hung the scooper on a hook he had installed on the side of the new laundry cabinets, out of the way. Like I said, love. <3

Tissue Mountain

Howdy folks! Apologies if you've been checking in over the latter part of last week and were disappointed by my lack of posts! I usually write/edit my drafts first thing in the morning or late at night but just couldn't seem to find the time last week. I thought I was a little more tired than usual, but didn't put two and two together until Friday night, when all of a sudden I hit the wall, or rather, the mountain. Of tissues.
My nose started running, my eyes were burning and the headache that had built throughout the day suddenly became full brain fuzz. I was sick :(

I slept for thirteen hours on Saturday and even missed my regular PT session, which never happens without good reason! I also bailed on my friends' birthday party that I'd been looking forward to for weeks. I hate being sick!! I've battled this headcold all long weekend and I'm still not well, so please bear with me if the posts are few and far between or even a little bit nutty!

Friday, March 2, 2012

365 Days a Year: Mar 1

I wasn't feeling too great yesterday, I don't think I've been sleeping too well this week? So, as I had not yet taken a single picture of my day I checked out FatMumSlim's Photo A Day Challenge for March for inspiration. Day 1 for March was 'Up' so I proceeded to walk around Muriel looking at the ceiling :)

I settled on the ceiling fan in the master bedroom: I am so glad that we had these installed a few summers ago because I would surely have melted away without them! However, this picture does also show one job on the to-do list that PK and I have been ignoring for ages- the hole where the light was before the fan was installed. Its no big deal, but every time I look up it annoys me a little more. Maybe one day it will get too much and we'll actually do something about it. Maybe...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

365 Days a Year *BONUS DAY*: Feb 29

This beautiful thankyou card arrived yesterday care of the lovely couple that hosted the engagement party from a few weekends ago. It was also perfectly timed for the extra day of this year! A leap year day is a perfect chance to sit back and reflect on the last few months- maybe even the last four years? It didn't really make too much of a dent in the daily grind for me, but I did take a moment to pause and give 'thanks' for the last four years.

If you would have told me four years ago that I would be planning a wedding, after having completed a major renovation of a house that PK and I bought together and I would be working as an applications specialist for the company I now do... well, I wouldn't have believed you!! I wonder what my life will look like by the time the next lear year rolls around?

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