Sunday, December 31, 2006

happy new sofa og godt nyt aar

I don't really get the going out on New Years Eve thing.
There's just such a tendancy to build up expectations of how great a night New Years Eve will be, so its sure to turn out crap.

That said, I do like New Years Eve as an excuse to get together and spend time with friends.
Last year Beauzo and I had not too long moved into our flat, and Maria Two-Bob was home here on a visit from Canada.
We had a great time, about 8 of us together, - sparklers, champagne, party poppers and those annoying things you blow on and the paper shoots out (until you blow too enthusiastically and it gets a bit spitty and soggy) - you know the ones!!
We gave Beauzo's polaroid camera a really good workout, as well as my new champagne glasses, and we could see the city fireworks from our balcony.

I think that was my best New Year ever.
Mind you, 2000 was pretty good -
I was in Denmark and about 4 of us cooked a fancy dinner at my friend Gitte's house.
Gitte's parents were at dinner with a neighbour, and her dad came home in between courses to get her brother to help him put the family Christmas tree up another neighbour's flagpole...
Then, at about 11:30 he decided it would be a bit of a laugh to tie together most of the fireworks they had and set them off as one great big super-cracker.
I can still picture them screaming and running for cover when they lit it!

(Speaking of home fireworks reminds me of similar shenantics for New Years Eve in Denmark in 2004 too.)

I guess for me the important thing about News Years Eve isn't to go out to some massive party, but to take advantage of the excuse to spend time with peple you care about.

This year the boy and I have celebrated by buying a new sofa for our living room (on account of I guess we'll eventually have to pick the mattress up off the floor and put it back on the bed - we've been campling in the living room since Christmas day)
It should be delivered on Wednesday...

We made a laksa for dinner and at midnight we'll wave sparklers and sip champagne together.
I'm looking forward to saying good-bye to 2006, to be honest.
This end of the year, especially, has been kind of tough, and I'm looking forward to new year bringing a new start, and with a new sofa!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

besos

Friday, December 29, 2006

you can't catch me...


Tonight we had chicken ricepaper rolls - from the second CSIRO cookbook, which the Boy gave me for Christmas.
I recommend ricepaper rolls to everyone!!

They were so yummy and easy!, and you can put anything in that you want, and did I mention they are DELISH??!

Besides, the more healthy stuff is probably in order since, being the week of Christmas, there has been soooooooooooooooo much food around here!



It was something of a Christmas cookie factory here this time last week (yay gingerbread and shortbread!!)

I had started on the gingerbread about a week before, but it had to chill overnight and then on account of all the moving etc didn't have time finish earlier.






So it was a bit exciting to actually get them all done, and in the mean time I had also found these cute little gingerbread cookie cutters where the gingerbread men look like they have already had their heads or arms or legs bitten off.


I love Christmas baking, and even if you have cookies coming out your ears, it's nice to be able to pack up boxes for friends - or to have something to accompany the ham you'll be eating for the next three weeks =)

I guess after all that talk about the tree having a fat bottom we should be a little bit careful hehe

besos =)



btw: ok, I have to confess, there was a minor misunderstanding with the gingerbread.
You see, as I was measuring out the ingredients it did cross my mind that maybe 5 cups of flour was quite a lot....
Then I got to the end of recipe to the hand written note re:this makes a lot of gingerbread so you might like to half the quantity...
As a scientist/science nerd (I'll leave it up to you to select the one you think is more appropriate) you would think I would understand the importance of reading the steps of an experiment all the way through....

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

merry days after Christmas


I hope everyone had a holly jolly Christmas! =)
We had a very exciting day here - we woke to presents (and french toast) under the tree, carols sung by Dean Martin, and stockings stuffed by santa, then lunched with the Boy's dad and brother before dragging the mattress off the bed to the floor of the (otherwise empty) loungeroom floor and falling asleep in front of some Christmas TV.

Since then there's been mostly relaxing lounging around catching up on all this new dvd watching we have and a little moving thrown in too.


We've got:
- the Jetsons,
- Beverly Hills 90210,
- the Fresh Prince of Bel Air,
and a bunch of movies, plus I've been watching entourage borrowed from a colleague.
Oooh, and I've also got volume two of Rejseholdet (Unit One) to watch as well.

Today we're off on a little adventure into the city to either check out the new cinema or take advantage of the old cinema with their $8 tickets and either see Happy Feet, Marie Antoinette or Flushed Away.

merry days after Christmas everyone =)

besos

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Fat Bottom tree (aka The tree - Part 2)


As I mentioned (tres briefly) in my last post, the boy and I have moved.
We picked up the keys on Tuesday afternoon, then while the boy was having dinner with his father and brother, Jenny and I decided to 'install' a tree.

We headed out to the Christmas tree farm where Jenny had got herself a tree a few weeks ago. She said it was great - she arrived and was invited to select a tree which a kindly gentleman then cut for her.
When we arrived we were greeted by a lady with wild hair and a small handsaw.



"Here you go girls. There's not much left in the way of trees. Just make sure you don't cut down one with a ribbon - they're already sold. Goodluck then."
And she was gone.

After some concern about whether we would be able to
a) find anything
b) cut it down if we did find it and
c) get the tree back to the car assuming we did manage to find it and cut it down
we spotted a beautiful tree, and got to the cutting. (which we were amazed to discover was much easier than we expected!)


So by Tuesday evening we had a fabulous new apartment, empty but for the equally fabulous tree in the corner. =)




Next step decorations - now, whilst Christmas decorations are plentiful in October you might be surprised at how difficult to find on December 21 - I know I was!
Luckily Target came through with lights and baubles, and by Wednesday night we had our beautiful fabulous decorated lit tree - taa-daaaaah



So, its bottom is a little fat, and it leans on the wall a little, but I like it that way (leaning on the wall is better than when you turn it to lean the other way and it starts to fall and... well, let's not talk about that ok)

I didn't get a chance to post on Friday, but I'm grateful for our fat bottom tree!



Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

changes

Just a quick hello today =)

Robbie was GREAT!!!!!
I have sooooo many pictures - will post soon

Haven't had the chance to post because..... the Boy and I moved into our new place yesterday -hurrah!
Hopefully the internet stuff will get sorted out quickly...

I'm also keen to switch to Blogger Beta (I think =S)but everytime I want to do it the option doesn't appear, and whenever it does appear I don't have time to work on it!!!

I'm sure there's a razor for that....

besos

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The tree - Part 1


Today we put up the family Christms tree at my mum and dad's place.

I love 'tree time'.
The whole routine - the lights are checked, then hung on the tree. (Then lights off the tree to see why they stopped working as soon as you put them on the tree. then lights back on the tree! hehe).

Then the strings of beads and the tinsel is next (although I think we over-tinselled mum when we were kids - it does't feature much these days hehe)
Then the big shiny baubles.

Finally the other ornaments are added, one at a time, each one carefully deliberated over before being placed in the best possible spot.

I've probably read it a hundred times over the past few weeks on other blogs, but it is so true that the decorating of the tree brings so many memories.

I guess its the smell of pine, and re-discovering things that we only have around us a Christmas, that help make the memories come so clear and so easily.

Everyone has their own favourite ornament, and there are ornaments that the same person is in charge of hanging each year.

And, like Carrie (of Every Word's a Purl) and Randi (of I have to say), and probably hundreds of other bloggers, have said, its the stories behind so many of the decorations you hang that make them special.

Since I've enjoyed seeing the favourite decorations of other bloggers I wanted to share a couple of special things hung on our family tree each year:


This little bear was one of a set of 6 that I bought at Christmas time in Denmark and sent home for mum. They're so little and cute - and I love bear decorations =)



This littl guy is one of a pair of Christmas gumnut baby decorations.
They are made from the seed pod (gumnut) of a native Australian gum tree.
We have had them for so long, and they always get prime position.

I guess I really like these two because they represent Australia and Denmark - like I've said I always think of Denmark more during the Christmas season.

I suppose I have also thought about this a bit more than usual since it will be the first Christmas living together for the Boy and I, which makes it an extra special one for me. We'll have our first tree together, and hang it with ornaments that will be special because they'll be the ornaments from our first Christmas tree together.

One thing's for sure - Christmas tree decorating time is exhausting even if you're one of Santa's best little helpers like Bob here.



Happy tree-time!

Besos =)

BTW. today is R-day - Robbie day!!!!
By the next time I publish a post I will (excluding the chance of natural disaster) have seen him in live concert, and may well be a whole new person.
Just so you know...

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Friday's post - on Saturday

It's been a busy end of the week here, and somehow Friday slipped past before I could catch it.

Thursday saw:

- the first Christmas present of the season wrapped - yay =)

- work Christmas lunch at... you guessed it - Lemon Grass! (ok, not my idea - this was organised while I was off work but, hey, who am I to argue!!)

- arrangements finalised for another move (hmmm), but at least this time its the first move for the Boy and I together (that part gets a yay!)

- and I went to check out the Christmas tree in Civic.

I have to say the Civic tree was a bit disappointing, but I guess it's probably better viewed at night - lights on and all that.

I was more impressed with a tree I saw elsewhere - my favourite third place.




On Friday I met this lovely lady on my way home to visit my mum for her birthday.

And, of course, only
on more sleep untill ROBBIE WILLIAMS!!!
Needless to say we are very excited!!!! =)



I was a bit surprised flying over Victoria that I didn't see more evidence of the fires.
I saw a little bit of smoke, but most of the flight we were over clouds anyway.

We certainly saw more on the drive from the city out to gippsland, though, in parts much of the horizon was filled with smoke streaming up from 6 or 7 different areas, one part in particular surrounded by a reddish glow.


Craft-wise, I had started a project from this book which I thought might be a daggy but cute gift for one of my sisters, however after less than lukewam reception from other family members, I think I'll rip it back and start on something from the Happy Hooker. I might even have progress shots tomorrow =) (might hehe)
BTW it isn't quite that orange!!! (not that there's anything wrong with orange)



This week's gratitude is a quick list of things I'm glad for:

- I have tickets to Robbie!!!!

- I have a boss who let's me take a long weekend to go to see Robbie

- the Boy and I managed to find an apartment!

besos! =)

ockham's razor

I was shopping with J-mo on Wednesday when I saw this cute t-shirt



I was looking at it hanging up on the rack, wondering how they got the print to look so 'inside-out'
A few minutes later, after I had tried it on, I noticed this



They got the 'inside-out' effect by sewing the shirt, well, inside-out

Clever

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Kuka....KraftyKuka

Tonight the Boy and I have been to see Casino Royale, starring my very favourite Danish actor - Mads Mikkelsen =)
It was great - I always enjoy Bond
I think gave you some insight into why Bond is like he is in the other films, and that it was a good one to have a new Bond actor start, since you expect 'young' Bond to be different from how he has been in the other films anyway.
I did think it was a bit long sometimes, though, kind of like watching two in a row.


We were planning on dinner then movie, but since it is so long we wanted to see the 6:35pm showing instead of the 9:30 (which would have finished after midnight =S)so we skipped dinner which was lucky since I was (again) enticed into buying the largest size of popcorn/frozen coke combo (its just one dollar extra!).
It was the BIGGEST frozen coke I have ever seen - probably over a litre I think, and so much popcorn I had to get the boy to carry it for me hehe.

After the movie we had the pleasure of being able to catch a regular bus service home (hurrah - no more flexibus!)

In all my rating for the evening: 5 Aces =)

besos =)

Friday, December 08, 2006

100 not out

A couple of times this week I have sat down in front of the computer to post, but haven't really had anything to say.
Or maybe I have had something to say, but nothing exciting enough for my 100th post! =)
Actually, come to think of it, I still don't really know what to say but I didn't want to miss a Friday =)

This Friday I'm grateful for the internet.
Because it let's us stay in touch with our family and friends no matter where we are.
Because it let's us make new friends.
And because it gives us an unlimited source of inspiration and new skills

Hurrah for the net =)

Now, in the interest of some getting to know my better on the occasion of my 100th post!, this meme has been doing the rounds, so I've tagged myself =)

besos!

Four jobs I've had:

Waiting tables
Starbucks
Sales assistant
Australian public service

Four Movies I could Watch Over and Over:

Bring It On
The New Guy
The original Star Wars trilogy - all three of them - one after the next
Clueless

Four places I have lived:

Gippsland, Victoria
Hornslet, Denmark
Haren, The Netherlands
Canberra

Four TV Shows That I Love:

Veronica Mars!
Buffy
Oprah
Arrested Development

Four places I have been for a vacation:

London
Copenhagen
Ghent (Belgium)
I went on a cruise to Fiji/New Caledonia/Vanuatu


Four Websites I Visit Daily:

The Age
Amazon
Bridget Walther - so I know whether I should have gotten out of bed hehe
Blogger

Four Favourite Foods:

Thai food (mmmm Lemon Grass!)
Risalamande (well, it is nearly Christmas)
Cheezels/Twisties
Chocolate

Four places I would rather be:

Denmark
Melbourne
Paris
Italy

Four blogs I read every day:
(ok, this was 4 people to tag, but I changed it =))

Bertie
Knit and Tonic
Coffee Crochet
Anna Maria

Friday, December 01, 2006

Advent


Today I took the bone scan results to my doctor.
Like me he was surprised to find the report so vague and still no bone injury.

My ankle seems to be ok, just a bit achy, and a tiny bit swollen still.
He had me rotate and stretch the ankle in each direction, and nothing hurt - it was just a little stiff.

So he still thinks I've got a little bit of bone damage - there's a bone that sits in between the ankle joint and the heel bone, he thinks I may have chipped this a tiny bit.


This would show up on a CT scan, but he doesn't want me to have to have too many scans (by the way, Bertie pointed out that while he had to drink all that barium sulfate, his CT was on his digestive system. Since mine would be my foot then what's in my stomach probably won't matter - good point Bertie! =))

Also, since it is likely to be such minor damage the diagnosis probably isn't going to change the treatment anyway, just give us an idea of the expected recovery time frame - from a couple of weeks if it is just ligaments to maybe 8 or ten weeks if it is the bone.
Since I haven't really had any trouble putting weight on the most part of my foot, I am off the crutches (yay!), and just have a stick.

Besides not having to use the crutches anymore, there's a couple of other gratitude Friday things I'll mention =)

I'm grateful for the Boy.
This past to weeks he has done everything for me - driven me around to appointments, cooked fabulous meals while I yelled instructions to him from my chair in the corner (now I have the stick to wave at him too! hehe)
He's done so much for me, when he has his own stuff to worry about - like studying for a law exam next week (last one ever!!!)

Having now spent something like 11 days on my behind with my foot up, I am so grateful for the accessability of entertainment these days!!!
I've spent the week-and-a-half with Oprah and Dr Phil, the guys from Roswell, even the cricket (although I have to say from an Ausralian's perspective the first test was more entertaining than this one so far!), as well as a couple of others.

I'm also grateful for crafts - check out my advent calendar =)
I stayed up sewing the bits on last night so that at least the adventy bits would be ready for December 1 =)
From each little gold star is an advent charm, which will be turned around each day until December 24.
(Mind you, if you were to count the pieces in the picture I posted on Tuesday you'll find that where I had counted 23 there were only 22!!! So now I just have to find one more, and add the star to the top of the tree, then I'll have 24.)

I'm really pleased with how it turned out, the matching fabric on the back of the charms blends really well with the background.
Now I'm going to use the Christmassy fabrics I picked up last weekend to make a border - I'll work on that through the next week =)

besos =)



btw, usually I would have cropped this last pic, but I couldn't get rid of that little hand in the bottom right-hand corner!! (click on the picture for a closer look) =)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

that joke about Radioactive man

Today I had the bone scan on my ankle.
This meant an injection of slightly radioactive material and some scans at 9am, followed by delayed imaging scans at 2pm.
As the scans are happening I could see the images appearing on the computer screen, and was very excited to see that my right ankle was coming up with an intense white area, while everything else was an even greyish colour.
I had decided yesterday that the problem was sure to be bruising to the bone, probably around the heel and maybe outside of the ankle.

Over an hour later I was able to pick up the films, and report.
I read the report, expecting confirmation of my own suspected diagnosis.
There was the confirmation.... confirmation that I do indeed have a sore ankle.
Beyond that, nothing.
Definite injury, but not to the bone.

The doctor who wrote the report diagnosed it as maybe ligament damage, probably on the medial side. (ok, those weren't his exact words but that's pretty much what it said)
Its odd, because I expected the injury to be more to the lateral (outside rather than medial inside) side of the ankle, since that's where the pain and swelling has been more persistent.

So now I go see my doctor again on Friday, and hopefully am somewhat better by then, since he was talking (in the absence of bone injury) maybe needing other tests to determine the extent of ligament damage - whether it's just a couple of filaments have been damaged or whether a larger mass of ligament has been wrenched. =S

wish me ankle-healing luck!!!
(I really don't want to have to do that whole not eating and having to drink barium sulfate CT scan thing!)

besos

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

sitting

A whole day of being right off my foot today.
The boy made me french toast for breakfast this morning (If I'm not careful I can see myself going to back to work several kilos heavier than last I was there - with all this sitting and having food brought to me!)


I wonder how many calories per hour you burn with crochet?

This is where I'm up to with the granny squares.
So, I've done the medium blue with light purple, and medium purple with light blue.
Next is the mediums together and the lights together.
That will be 24 squares.
I know I want more than the 24, but I'm not sure whether to make 24 again the same, or whether to introduce darks as well, then do them in each combination as well?



And this is what's happening with the bears.

I'm done with the blanket stitching, and these guys are 23 of the 24 adventy bits.
On the reverse they match with the fabric on the tree, then they'll be turned around a day at a time.
I think they're super cute =)

Tomorrow hopefully I'll get to sew them on, then its border time =)

besos!!!

Monday, November 27, 2006

one step forward two steps back

So, I did manage to get into see the doctor yesterday.
In short, the x-rays I had last Wednesday showed no sign of bone injury, suggesting a simple (but nasty) sprain.
My foot, however, has other ideas.
The doctor wasn't happy with how its healing - mainly that it isn't much.
The bruising is progressing as it should, and the swelling is mostly down, but I still can't put any weight on the heel - a week after a sprain you would expect to be just about off crutches.
It has actually been more painful over the last few days than it was last week.

Next step is a bone-scan on Wednesday, which will show up any fracturing or bruising to the bone that the x-rays missed.
If there's nothing there, and its not better on Friday when I see the doctor again, then its CT scans or a sports injury specialist (for if there's serious ligament damage)

This also means I'm off work for the rest of the week too =(

besos

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Stir-up Sunday


This weekend I've been able to make some progress on the bears.
I'm still having to stay off my foot, and keep it elevated (any attempt at anything else has caused the swelling to return, this time mostly localised to around the actual ankle bone), so I have been in the perfect position to do some of the blanket stitching around the applique.



Yesterday afternoon the Boy and I ventured out of the house to do some grocery/baking shopping, and I picked up a few more Christmassy fabrics to use in the border - once I can comfortably machine sew again (its my pedal foot!!!)


I had planned to make my Christmas pudding today (it's Stir-up Sunday!), but when I went to start soaking the fruit I realised that I had imagined one of our bowls to be much more pudding basin-y but it isn't really going to be suitable so I'm going to soak the fruit overnight tonight and maybe pick up something more suitable tomorrow, when I go to see the doctor again (assuming I can get an appoitment when I call in the morning).

I'd also like to make a little single serve pudding which is lighter on the fruit - the Boy isn't a big fan of all that dried fruit.
Does anyone know if you have to replace the fruit with something else? Or could I just use some of the mix from the main pudding, but with less fruit? hmmmm

Hope everyone is having a great weekend,

besos =)

Friday, November 24, 2006

time

Well, here I am at home in front of the tv with my foot up again.
Instead of feeling like I can't do anything I am trying to take advantage of the oppurtunity this Friday to be grateful that, thanks to my ankle, I am getting some time to myself.

Today I'm using this time to start planning some Christmas baking (I blame the advent calendar!!! The week before that I was switching off the Christmas carols at Big W - carols at the start of November???!)
I've always enjoyed the baking that inevitably comes with Christmas, even more so since I experienced my first Danish Christmas in 1999.
Its like it's the one time of year where I can do something that makes me feel really close to Denmark, and something I can share with my family.


I'm hoping to get the Christmas pudding under way tomorrow, and part of my planning today has also been a bit of internet shopping - I've ordered an aebleskiver pan!

Ever since I fell in love with the delicious aebleskiver in Denmark I have always kept an eye out for an aebleskiver pan when visiting speciality cookware shops, but have never seen one.

Today I decided I had to have one.



The are apparently relatively easy to come by in America - I even saw one advertised at the Target website, but I couldn't find any stockists in Australia (or even anyone who had heard of aebleskiver) or any American sites which would ship to Australia, except for pans.com.

My aebleskiver pan should be shipped today, and hopefully by about 2 weeks from now I'll be eating aebleskiver! =)

Very excited. =)

besos =)

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

bananas in pajamas

Last time I posted it was getting late-ish on Sunday evening and I was preparing for an early morning on Monday.
I did manage to get up at 5:15am, unfortunately at 5:20am I was down again in a heap on my backside at the bottom of the stairs.



I have no idea what happened - I guess I'm just not a morning person...
By the time I realised I was on the floor my right ankle was about the size of a grapefruit.
My first thought was that I was going to be there alone on the floor with the cat licking my face for at least 5 hours, until one of the boys got up.





When I found I could get up my next thought was that I was going to miss my flight, so I finished getting ready and got in the taxi, planning to see the first aid officers at the airport.
Note to self for next time - they don't have first aid officers at Canberra airport.




I iced my ankle during the flight, then hobbled around for two days on my work trip, before going to get it checked out on Wednesday morning.
The doctor was really quite impressed, i think, with the level of bruising and swelling.
Usually when you 'do' an ankle you either go over on to the inside or the outside - I've done one then the other, then bruised the front on the way down.




I had some x-rays taken yesterday, the medical centre said they'd get back to me if the doctor wanted to see me again but I haven't been able to get any more information on the results than that.
I haven't heard anything, so nothing is seriously broken, but I may have some fracturing or chipping which would just be treated by continuing what I'm doing already - strapping, ice, elevation and staying off it.


So here I am at home with Oprah again - my boss has banned me from coming into work until Monday to make sure I can stay off my ankle and rest it up properly.
Luckily I picked up my entire dvd collection of Roswell from JB hifi after the doctor yesterday, so I am being kept well occupied.
Unfortunately I can't really work on my advent calendar since I have to have my foot elevated, so I'm granny-squaring instead =)

I guess sometimes our bodies find a way of making us stop and take some time out when we need it.

besos =)



BTW: Since I have previously requested pictures to go with others people's medical stories I thought I should post some of my gruesome pics (which, as J-mo observed, are remeniscent of something you would see on CSI when they've pulled a body from the river).
The first three are from Monday evening, the other two were taken this morning in the interest of capturing bruise development - the yellow came up quite well I think.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

doing


Tonight I'm on a bit of an 'actually getting crafty stuff done' high!
After our guests left I sat down with a patchwork magazine, some fabric and some of that stuff you iron to stick your applique on (I know they told me what it was called, but I just can't remember the name, but it is great!!!


I think I mentioned last week that I was keen to do some kind of Advent calendar type project - this is it.
I got a start after our guests left this afternoon, and got busy with that fab iron sticky stuff.


I can't really think of much to say just now (and I have to be up at 5:15 for an 8:30 meeting in Sydney tomorrow =S), so I'll quickly post some pics now, then give some details later this week.

Hope you had a productive weekend too!

besos =)

Friday, November 17, 2006

family

Lots going on today, so just a quick gratitude Friday message.
This week I'm grateful for families.

Living so far from my family is really hard sometimes.
My dad is turning 50 today, and I won't be able to make it to join in the celebrations since I have other commitments here.
His family don't get together very often - so it's sad not to be able to make it =(

I couldn't have made it through this week without family - those who are here with us, those who are just a phone-call away, and those special friends who are there for us when our 'actual' family can't be there.

Thanks guys - couldn't do it without you!

besos and have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

common threads

I had a bus moment today (yeah, what else is new hehe - actually, it was really nice to get an insight into someone else's bus moment this week)

The girl sitting next to me on the bus this morning had a customised satchel - with little frills of pink lace - super cute.
I was looking at it, wondering whether she had customised it herself, when she rang the bell for the next stop.

Then, as she stood up to get off the bus, I saw them.
Those tell-tale cut threads you get from sewing - the ones that stick to everything.
Other people may not have noticed, even if they did then they probably wouldn't have understood the significance of those little threads.

It made me feel like part of a secret club.
It made me smile.

Happy travels
besos =)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

retail therapy

Why is it that when you plan shopping time (and money!) you can't find anything you want but if you're on your lunch break (or broke) you can hardly stop yourself?!

Things have been a bit rough chez us this past week, so the Boy and I decided to spoil ourselves with a monday of a special lunch (Lemon Grass - where else?!)and some serious retail therapy.
I have $300 worth of shopping gift certificates to burn through, and was prepared to throw in some hard-earned as well.
We went to three of my usual retail hot-spots - Big W, JB hifi and Borders - and I came home EMPTY HANDED!!!

Fast-forward to me popping over for a quick 20 min lunch break today.
It was like stuff was jumping off the shelves at me!
The very stuff I was looking for on Monday!
I managed to escape with these fab shoes, a new book and a few quilting fabrics =)

Shopping karma - its the weirdest thing!

Besos! =)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I love my granny....

...squares!

I can't believe I was so scared (I had put 'squared' and had to change it! hehe) of granny squares! I continue to be amazed at how simple and straight-forward some things are once you actually give them a try - and don't tell anyone, but even though they look super cool, granny squares are easy-peasy!
My biggest problem is trying to decide when to stop! At first I had envisaged 9 squares. Now I'm trying to decide between 36 or 48!
Also currently in the (very early) planning stage is some kind of adventy christmasy type project.

soo much to do, only two weeks til advent!!!

besos xoxox

Sunday, November 12, 2006

remembrance

These little guys poked their heads out early last week. (now here they are - a day too late)

One of the images I remember most clearly from driving through France was the wild red poppies along the sides of the roads.

I was amazed at how it looked exactly like in pictures, or like the scenery to the Tour de France. When I made this comment to my French friend he wondered why it would look any different to pictures.
I think its funny that that is often the first thought you have when you see something for real the first time - "wow, its just like in the photos"
I can't wait to do that with mum when we go to Europe next year.


They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


besos

Friday, November 10, 2006

life's lessons

On Wednesday I found myself in one of those awful situations where someone you love is going through something terrible and there is nothing you can do for them but be there.

By lunchtime I was pretty desperate for something to occupy my hands and mind whilst I was 'being there'.

I decided it would be a perfect oppurtunity to teach myself to crochet granny squares. As I sat there 'granny-squaring' at the bed of someone who had been such a great teacher to so many it suddenly occured to me that even as she lay there sleeping it was like she was still helping me learn something new. It made me smile, and I think it would have made her smile too.

This Friday I'm grateful for teachers and learning. Not just teachers in the professional sense (although they are certainly included - I'm not sure where people find the courage, patience and passion to stand in front of a classroom full of probably mostly disinterested children) but all of those people that we meet from whom we learn life's lessons.

And I'm grateful to have met one very special teacher who will be missed very much forever.

As you think
so you are

As you imagine
so you become