Ye Olde Stomping Grounds

30 09 2010

After a busy day out and about with the family yesterday, today was a little quieter, a quick dash to the shops, coffee at the beach I grew up at, and a bite of lunch.

Quick visit with my Mum then back to Mark’s family for dinner with his Uncle, it’s all just non-stop.

Hooray for Connectivity!

29 09 2010

I’ve been spending the last couple of days without an online presence as Internet access has been kind of sporadic, so instead of being attached to a keyboard, I’ve been out and about, and enjoying all that Melbourne has to offer.

Namely, friends and family, with some amazing food and coffee thrown in!

It’s been sublime.

No time to type all morning though, I’m about to jump on a train, go fetch my Mum, sister Kate, and I’m guessing my youngest nephew Lindsay and take them out for lunch.


Out and About in Melbourne Town

28 09 2010

Today has been a whirlwind. Firstly I’ve dropped Mark off at the American Consulate for an interview for his Visa.

I already have mine, it arrived in the post the other day, unfortunately for him there was a problem due to an “administrational stuff up”.

Coffee and lunch with the lovely Tammy who recently turned 40, and her son Aki who I’ve not seen since he was a couple of weeks old when I was here last year.

Then we dropped off the car and caught a train into the city to see the Tim Burton Exhibition at ACMI in Federation Square in Melbourne. Sadly there’s no photos as security and staff were adamant that people not have cameras or phones.

SHAME! The display was pretty amazing, covering all his work from the early 1970’s to current. Loving me some Burton!

Home, quick nap, then off to tapas, drinks and catching up with my good friend Pete, then hot spanish chocolate, churros, hugs and back home to bed.

Believe me, bed is a very welcome location now, I’m exhausted. But very happy to be home with friends and family. šŸ™‚

Enlightment through Shoes

27 09 2010

Well I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I think I found, God today and I think I did it through a pair of heels.

Hahaha! You’re right, I should be ashamed.

Nevertheless, I now have footwear for the coming Red Dress Ball in Seattle, a fundraiser for several charities.

One catch with this event. Everyone who attends, be they man or woman, MUST wear a dress.

I have a new admiration for women around the world, the amount of effort and time involved in putting together an outfit is off the chart.
As for heels, well you can keep them, I’ll do it for this event but after 5 minutes of practice, and coaching from the lovely Sanda, a complete and dedicated afficianado of fine shoes, I wanted to cut my feet off.

That’s it from me, once again, after a full day, it’s time for bed.


Just Perfect

26 09 2010

Today was a Sunday spent as it should be, primarily lounging in bed, and then a relaxing afternoon capped by having a dinner of fish and chips at the beach with my nieces and a play in the park.

Bring on Monday and a week full of time with my nephews!

Football Fanatacism

25 09 2010

It’s been football mania all day today here in Australia as it was the day the Australian Rules Football Grand Final was played between Collingwood and St Kilda.

The whole country pretty much comes to a stop, if you’re interested in Football that is…
But, for the first time in my life, the game ended in a draw. So everything’s destined to fire up again for next weekend.

In my mind it’d be so much easier to just toss a coin and call it that way. Although I’m sure that would insight violence on some level or another. šŸ˜‰

Now the end of game madness begins with everyone fighting their way home anyway they can. Fortunately I’ll be going against the flow of traffic. Phew!

Amidst the Hoards

24 09 2010

We tacked the Royal Melbourne Show today with three children in tow. Fortunately, it wasn’t just Mark and I, but also his Mum; Julia and his sister, and mother of two of the children; Alida.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t hesitant at attempting public transport and an event so jam packed with items designed to over stimulate children, but I needn’t have worried.

Everyone, large and small children alike were a delight!

The rules were set from the start, a couple of showbags each, and a couple of rides, and we took lunch with us.

Noone strayed from the plan, and we were in and out, and home in around four hours. For those of you unfamiliar with the Royal Melbourne Show, it’s a miracle.

We’re all exhausted but it was a lot of fun. šŸ™‚

Back Into The Fray

23 09 2010

After a relaxing evening at my Mum’s house and a cooked breakfast, I’ve been to the Doctors, picked up some new drugs (antibiotics for this damn cold thing), done a few chores, and headed back to Mark’s Mum’s house.

Now it’s off to dinner at a Turkish restaurant with some friends.


Only Child

22 09 2010

Just for a night. I’m still fighting off this damn cold, and feeling pretty miserable with it too, so I’ve driven Mark home to his Mothers house as they have a family dinner tonight, and I’ve returned to my Mum’s house for another evening of recuperation.

Tonight it’s been more DVD’s and a roaring fire.

I’ve finally seen “The Blindside” – AMAZING!
Nanny McPhee (the second one) – Surprisingly more entertaining than I imagined.
Sherlock Homes – second time I’ve seen it, still a good film all the same. šŸ™‚

Time for bed now though – nite nite

Back To My Roots

22 09 2010

Well it’s a lovely grey, Wednesday here, and we’ve had a sleep in, I’m still coughing up a storm, and we’ve decided to spend the night at my Mum’s house, so it’ll be open fire, hot drink and DVD’s.

Nothing to report here today, other than I am looking forward to spending the first night in my childhood bedroom in a very long time. Last time I slept in there I was living with my parents. The day after I moved out my Dad turned it into a study.
In fact I think that happened as I was reversing my car down the driveway – lol.