Friday, March 27, 2009

May a Dozen Cupcakes Land on Your Doorstep

As you may be able to tell from the lack of posts; it's been a physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting week - but I'm pulling through because this Saturday is my birthday!

And the b'day excitement began this morning. I was feeling in the mood for something sugary, so I decided to make some Madeleine's to hit the spot... when the doorbell rang and waiting for me were a dozen cupcakes from the Cupcake Parlour (care of P.)!

So thoughtful - plus they all look so delicious...

Yes one is missing... it was delicious!

Anyway we're (the family and P.) are heading up to Noosa (the beach) for P's sisters engagement party - it should be a fun time... (the party is on my birthday!)

Also some other news, I was accepted for my university exchange to Lille, France for Sept-Dec this year! And already I've been dreaming of my lifestyle there...

Has anyone been to Lille? Or lived overseas for a period of time? Tell me your stories (good and bad)...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fish, Commiseration and Financiers

Well what a weekend!

Flickr: Another great image from Ms Blue Sky.

Friday night after French I had dinner with P. at a lovely restaurant that specialises in fish - not being a big fish eater, I'm always surprised when I leave this restaurant feeling that it's on my top 5... but they do it so simply and so well.

Saturday we voted for a state election, that evening we all went to a pub/restaurant nearby to watch as election results came in to decide the next leader of our state... and commiserated when our party of choice lost (to tell you the truth - I wanted neither party to win!)

Also, I finally met my brothers' new gf who was absolutely lovely, easily talkative, interesting and thoughtful (she offered to get me a drink and dinner!)... so big approval there! Who do you think is more scared when a sibling introduces a new gf/bf to the family, the sibling or the significant other? Had any strange experiences? Do tell...

Sunday, today was the day of financiers. I borrowed a great recipe from Indie.Tea at Darjeeling Dreams for dessert tonight after Dad's pork roast experiment ... and I think they turned out well, what do you think?

I love cooking sweet cakes and biscuits, but I end up eating the batter the entire way through - and always end up with that sick feeling at the end!

What have you been up to this weekend? Any tales to tell? Delicious food eaten?

Friday, March 20, 2009

What's in a Name?

This post is pure poke-funnery... but there's a man out in the world called Dick Hardt. And here he is, living up to his name...

Say it out loud and it's very difficult not to giggle.

I wonder if the T is silent?

Okay, I'm horrible for poking fun but really? His parents are the mean ones! I had to share this laugh with you all!

The Gym is a Strange Place

Since I reluctantly renewed my gym membership at the beginning of this year, I decided that I wouldn't go for weeks on end without going (like last year) and waste my money away on that high powered sweat station.

So I've been trying to go more often and take advantage of the classes... There have been a few dooseys and at the end of these crazy classes I'm always left contemplating whether everyone at the gym is weird, or just me?

Okay it all started when I accidentally walked into a class called "Body Combat". As the name suggests it was all combat and "I can kick ass like Angelina Jolie".

But not only that the teacher was agressive, like we were her attackers. When I got a kick boxing move wrong she yelled, "That's not right! You should listen!"

I thought she was going to step off her podium and kick my ass for real!.. I haven't been back.

Then there was the Fitness Aerobics Class... It should've been called "You Have to be Super Coordinated to do this Dance Class", the instructor made us twirl this way and that, and up and down - it was exhausting on my brain and that's about it.

I left half way through, staring at my watch as I was leaving pretending I had to be somewhere.

So I guess what I'm getting at is, do you feel that the gym is a bizarre place? What about the people who seem to live there?

Not to mention the hilarious array of straining faces as men haul 50 x their body weight over their shoulders!

As I said, it's a bizarre place, there are too many reasons why! Tell me what you think of it?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Road as a Blanket and a Volvo Assembled with an IKEA Allen Key?

I came across this site from someone's link on Twitter... (oh how I'm falling more in love with the Twitterverse).

Anyway, how awesome are Swedish photographer, Erik Johansson's, photo manipulations!?

So creative and original! Just some light relief for your Tuesday... to see more, click the link above.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday Reads

Here are some interesting reads/videos to soak your mind with this w/e:

Flickr: Great image from Ms Blue Sky.

- Zen and the Art of Social Networking

- Is Tracy Morgan different from his 30 Rock character? I can't tell! He's always funny either way.

- Michelle Obama, the superhero?

- This horrible oil spill has happened just off the coast of where I live.

- I read these announcements most weekends - don't judge!

- Food diary of an NY chef, it's quite interesting.

- Fox news and the O'bama lunch cart.

Hope these interest you all... let me know if you have any interesting/funny/strange articles you'd like to share. bonne weekend!

So, it Wasn't a Homeless Man, it Was This Guy...

Friday: when I went to interview the homeless man who sells the Big Issue, he wasn't at his selling post because it was raining!

After some minor (aka major) freaking out about what I was going to do my feature article on (which is due this Wednesday!), I came accross this nice accordion busker, George.

He intrigued me because I went to throw some money into his collection case, and he didn't have one! Ended up being a very interesting fellow.

So have nearly finished the article and will post it on here when it is polished.

The weekend has zoomed by once again and over Sat & Sun I've: Hung out with P. Hit the farmer's markets and done "me" things (eg.consumed dangerous amounts of herbal/green teas whilst reading the Huffpost, Gawker and logging on to Tweetdeck!).

On my desk: My teapot and filled tea cup, warming sight.

Made crepes this morning for breakfast, nothing beats a steaming nutella slathered crepe, a crisp cup of tea and great company.

Here's the best and simplest crepe recipe du monde
(makes approx 16):

  • Ingredients
2 cups plain flour
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups of whole milk
2 tablespoons butter
A pinch of salt

  • Directions
1. Sift flour and mix with salt in a bowl.
2. Make a well and pour in eggs. Stir well.
3. Slowly pour in milk while stirring. Keep stirring batter until small bubbles form on the surface.
4. Stir in Butter.

To learn how to prepare the crepes, read on here.


So what have you been up to?

Shall post some Sunday afternoon reads next.

Friday, March 13, 2009

In Hot Pursuit of a Homeless Man

So today for my feature writing "Human Interest" article at uni, I'm going to interview a man who stands on the corner of our Central Station and sells a magazine called 'The Big Issue'.

I'm ashamed to say I've lost the source for this great image.

'Why have I chosen to interview him?', you say? Well because he is an extremely positive guy.

I used to walk past him everyday on my way to Dad's office and he was always saying things like, "It's a beautiful day everyone, have a great one." and all sorts of positive affirmations. I want to know what makes him tick.

So I'll keep you updated and let you know how it goes.

What are you doing today?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I'm a Slacker, Hear Me Blog

Again, I've been absent over the past week and I'd love to say, "It's all uni's fault!", but I think I've just been busy again in general.

(From Lomo): As busy as this lady was getting that bun on top of her head.

But I love blogging, mostly because of the lovely responses I get from you fabulous people so I'm really trying to stay on this horse.

Okay so this post is a bit of a news round-up, things that are sparking my interest of late, I hope they spark yours' too;

1. Predictability rating of this happening = 100%.
2. A man facing 20 years jail for downloading a women's rights article!
3. Watch Aus reporter stuff-ups during Bushfires.
4. I can't wait 'till this movie is out, Zooey is always great & I certainly hold shades of her character in this film.
5. Aus troops killed 5 children in Afghanistan - a possible war crime? Watch this interesting report.
6. A Japanese Obama!?

Well, I hope these links keep you going today ... I am definitely going to keep up the posting.

Happy Thursday, if you're bored - chat to me on Twitter and tell me to get posting!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Caged Bird

I just watched this short animation about the plight of Palestinians in the Gaza strip and even though it featured jolly music and no serious words - it does pack a powerful message.

It was made by Oscar nominated Director Yoni Goodman ("Waltz With Bashir") and it only takes a little time to watch (1 min 35 sec) - but just adds to awareness of what is happening the the people of Gaza.

Watch it, if only to count it as your "social awareness good deed" for this week...

Monday, March 02, 2009

A List of Life's Lessons

Well, the theme of my blog started out as the tracking of my life through my daily To Do lists, however, with a broken scanner and other ideas - this dwindled.

Also, I wondered how interested you'd be to read them? They aren't too thrilling, but let me know your opinion.

Happiness in NYC: A post-wedding action shot I took outside City Hall last July - see the bouquet in the air?

Anyway back to my point, I do have one list of 20 things that I'd love to share with you. I was clicking around the Oprah website a while back and came across this list of hers, it's wonderful:
  1. What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what.
  2. You define your own life. Don't let other people write your script.
  3. Whatever someone did to you in he past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.
  4. When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. (A lesson learnt from Maya Angelou).
  5. Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.
  6. What you believe has more power than what you dream, wish or hope for. You become what you believe.
  7. If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, that will be enough. (From the German theologian and humanist Meister Eckhart).
  8. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
  9. Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.
  10. If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart.
  11. Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn't lie.
  12. Love yourself and then learn to extend that love to others in every encounter.
  13. Let passion drive your profession.
  14. Find a way to get paid for doing what you love. Then every paycheck will be a bonus.
  15. Love doesn't hurt. It feels really good.
  16. Every day brings a new chance to start over.
  17. Being a mother is the hardest job on earth. Women everywhere must declare it so.
  18. Doubt means don't. Don't move. Don't answer. Don't rush forward.
  19. When you don't know what to do, get still. The answer will come.
  20. "Trouble don't last always." (A line from a Negro spiritual, which calls to mind another favourite, "This too, shall pass.")
Hope you enjoyed these little snippets of optimism and happiness, as much as I enjoyed typing them out. These words always warm my heart and renew my sense of hope in myself, my future... everything.

I hope they have the same affect on you.

Croissants on Saturday, Deep Film on Sunday = a well rounded weekend

So I had a lovely weekend, woke up bright and early for the Farmer's markets on Saturday morning and ate a piping hot, delicious croissant (made in an oven there!)

Also I saw Revolutionary Road with my friend - and found it almost haunting. As she and I walked out of the cinema, we both looked at each other and agreed that after witnessing that film, we were never going to get married.

It was just such a shocking unveiling of the societal model of the 50's and how outward appearance mattered, and not much else. Whilst I love this period for the fashion and decor - I would never be able to endure such mundane societal expectations (women only good for cooking pie).

What is your opinion? Would you easily slot into the '50's housewife role?

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