Jul 29, 2010

I want....




Jul 25, 2010


Hello Sunday night and MasterChef finale!

Nothing new to report here really. Still haven't found a new place, just packing up the old one and getting some basic repairs done before it goes on the market. Can I just say how much I abhor packing?! I'm not sure there's anyone in this world who actually enjoys packing and unpacking. If there is, please put your hand up and I'll beg you to come do it for me!

A couple of new outfit pics for you to look at too. I love the pictures my Nikon takes, such good, clear pictures. If I hadn't blurred out the background you'd be able to tell but I'm sure no one wants to see my toilet. Maybe in the new place I'll have a mirror that's not in my bathroom.

 19th July: DVF Tessa with Scooter ruched kitten heeled boots

Friday night was casino night with the work girls. I have to say I was very good, didn't gamble or drink. I was on a budget so that might be why. I also don't have any photos because M took my little point and shoot with him. I didn't particularly feel like lugging my Nikon around like a tourist!

Luke Nguyen has opened a restaurant in Star City casino called Fat Noodle. I have to say it wasn't bad but it wasn't as good as his restaurant in Surry Hills called Red Latern.
 23rd July: Portmans cotton stretch pants, panda singlet, black zip jacket with cream leather jacket over the top and my Christian Louboutin Penny Girl flats

Saturday night I got my cook on and made a honey mustard chicken from scratch. Just look at it!

Easy peasy - cream, seeded mustard, mild American mustard, honey and chicken are the ingredients. 
Brown the chicken in olive oil, add the cream and seeded mustard, stir, add honey and mild American mustard and simmer for 10-15 mins. You could have it with pasta or rice. I had rice as I love soaking white rice in the sauce.

Today I've done nothing but finish off my book and pack some more. I now have 10 boxes packed and about half my wardrobe to donate to good will. I can't believe how quickly you accumulate clothes you don't wear. I've been a bit ruthless in my cull but I've had to be as I know I haven't worn quite a few things in more than a year.

Dinner was a pizza with the lot and the best thing about it is I still have at least 2 more dinners out of it - YUM!

Now I'm just kicking back watching the finalists battle it out!! On that note I'm off to have a cup of tea and watch the rest on the couch. Night!

Jul 18, 2010

Six months is not a lifetime

Dear Diary,

I'm so sorry I have neglected you!! Things have been a little crazy here and I'll tell you what I've been up to in a second. How have you been? Have you missed me? C'mon, don't be so cold! I'm here now aren't I?

Ok, since you don't want to talk to me I'll tell you what's been going on with me lately.

Well M finally finished uni and he got a job with a major construction company. That's great right? Bad news is that he has to move to Coffs Harbour for 6 months. That's 5 hours away!!! And I'll probably only get to see him once a month or so. I shouldn't be complaining but he finally finishes uni and I can spend time with him and he gets sent far far away! Not fair. 

I mean it'll be a great experience for him and I don't begrudge him at all. Unfortunately I can't move as my job is based in Sydney CBD. So I guess I'm in a long distance relationship now. What makes it worse is that he'll be away for his birthday next month, our 5 year anniversary in October and my birthday in November :(  C'est la vie!

We've said farewell to a bunch of friends trekking the Kokoda trail in PNG. Personally I admire their guts and drive to do it but think they're crazy!!! If I were super fit I would maybe consider it..even then....

We met them at a bar that served 1kg of ribs with chips for $20! You cannot beat that for value. And it was DELICIOUS! I wish I hadn't shared with M and got my own. I might have been sick though as that is a lot of ribs.

We've celebrated a 30th and boy did that make me feel old! Aside from the fact that it was the week before payday and I was skimming the bottom of the tin, I just didn't feel like being out that late in Kings Cross. I remember the days when I could party all night and still feel refreshed in the morning. Those days are long gone! I think I made it to 11:30pm, eep!

Oh yeah, I cooked a dinner of lamb steaks seasoned with rosemary and garlic with roasted potatoes and green peas. Delicious!

We're also putting our unit up for sale as we are sick of living in a one bedroom unit. We need something with more space and room to grow. We want kids one day and a 1 bedroom unit is not going to cut it. There have been real estate agents trampling through the house non-stop and we, sorry I, have to de-clutter the unit since M's has gone off to Coffs now.

We thought we had found a new place and our offer was accepted. Unfortunately the agent neglected to tell us that there were other contracts out for the same unit and then before our solicitor could get the contract someone else had already put a deposit on it. We were heartbroken as it was exactly what we were looking for! I guess there is a better place out there waiting for us.

Bailey has been shipped off to mum and dad's whilst this take place as we won't be home much and it's better for him to have fun in the country chasing bunny rabbits, echidnas and goannas. He's even getting walked every hour! I certainly can't live up to that.

I've been promising myself I'd buy myself a new camera for a while. I was hemming and hawing over which camera to get but finally settled on a Nikon D5000 dslr. I did a post previously on all the things I want and I believe this was on the list. I had slated it in for February/March but shoes got in the way as usual. At least now I can take top notch pics of my shoes!

Isn't she pretty? I am so excited about this baby and she takes wonderful pictures. I just need to learn how to use an slr all over again since I've forgotten a lot of things. Here are some pics I've taken with it so far.

Traffic - love the vibrancy of colours in night time traffic
Baked ricotta cheesecake from our farewell dinner downstairs at Fratelli on Cooper.

M left this morning and I promised him I wouldn't cry and that it wasn't a big deal. I mean six month is nothing right? Wrong, I broke my promise and I started bawling when it was time for him to get in the car and drive away this morning. Such a big sissy I am. But I will miss him very much, I already do. He's my best friend and I hate that I can't run into the next room and scare the shit out of him and then laugh myself silly over it, or tell him about the auction I just won or snuggle up with him when we watch tv at night.

Six months is a long time but it's not a lifetime.


Jul 6, 2010

Dear Coco,

Thank you very much for your wonderful card. It made me feel a whole lot better!!

I hope you are enjoying spring/summer as it's FREEZING down here in Oz. I can't wait for summer to come round again so I can get out and about and see all my friends and sniff the trees and roll around in the grass.

I'm currently enjoying a holiday with my granddogparents in the country where I get to chase birds, goannas, echidnas and bunny rabbits and dig holes in the garden to my hearts content!

Woof you,

Jul 5, 2010


There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you

Kool & The Gang had it soooo right. I am in fine form tonight and ready to PAR-TAY!!! June 30th was rough and I barely made it through by the skin of my teeth and I still have A LOT of tidying up to do but hey, I'm in July now :D

Now a couple of things came in whilst I was slaving away last week but I didn't get a chance to photograph them because since it is winter our light appears after I get to work and escapes before I get home. I finally got a chance to photograph my new arrivals on the weekend. Maybe I present with great price my new Christian Louboutin Lady Claudes in Marron Glace metal patent. The colour is a superb neutral and I can see these getting a lot of use in summer! They are a little loose in winter though as I found out tonight.

Another item to arrive last week were my Gilt items. I have waited a long time to get my hands on some Amrita Singh jewellery and now I finally have some. Thanks to R for her fabulous help!!! xo  This is me on Saturday before going to my great aunt's 90th birthday celebrations.

And now the reason for the party mood, you ask? Well today I found out I got a well deserved promotion if I do say so myself! I have been working towards this goal for the last 3 and half years since I decided that I would give the insurance industry a go. I cannot even begin to tell you how ecstatic I am. I know that with this move comes more responsibility and more accountability but I am more than ready for it. I'll have my bad days and I'll my great days. You can't have one without the other and like any job I'll love it and I'll loathe it.

I couldn't sit still this afternoon after I got told and I rushed off after work as M and I had plans to have a celebratory dinner. He has a great job and now I have a new position so all the more reason to celebrate.

The pub downstairs has a new restaurant open as of today called Fratelli on Cooper so we decided to give it a whirl.

Garlic crust

Bacon & boccocini lasagne

Fettucine Gamberi

Outfit: jeans, singlet, Anthropologie Spilling Ruffles cardi & Christian Louboutin Lady Claudes in Marron Glace patent

Well I'm off to bed now so I'll catch up with ya'll soon!!!