Well I for one was feeling rested and relaxed following our lovely three day sojourn down south to Quindalup over the long weekend … that is, until around 6:30 am this morning, when I checked in at work, processed the weekend’s emails and wrote out a list of the day’s tasks. At work, I make sub-lists of my ‘master’ to do list, sometimes on a daily, weekly or several-hourly basis. The busier I become, the more lists I make, and the more neurotically neat and tidy my desk becomes. I make piles of papers, paperclip them together, and then arrange them in neat rows. I set myself colour-coded calendar reminders to think of things, to complete tasks, to follow up, to prepare, to telephone, to meet, to collect. I check, recheck and then check again every email recipient, sentence, calculation and piece of advice. It seems the more that my brain is working through, the less it can process outside of those urgent tasks and the more my organisational skills kick into gear to see me through to a calmer period. Not long now, until the end of the month, the end of a series of back-to-back major tasks, the beginning of a new professional year and a time to reflect, learn and plan again for the future.
Images taken down south, by me and my love.
It’s nearly the end of the week, and it could not have come any sooner for us here at this Little House. We’ve both had big, tiring weeks at work and various appointments and obligations out of work hours, but luckily we’re just in time for a long weekend and a trip down south with friends. I for one am looking forward to lazing by the pool, reading copious amounts of non-legal literature, eating fresh local produce and enjoying our friends’ company (with hopefully a few games of Trivial Pursuit and Euchre thrown in!).
Above are a few snaps of what life around these parts has been like over the past week or so: Sunday breakfast at our new local cafe, The Hardware Store; fresh pasta sheets that we turned into crab, prawn and ricotta ravioli; Mike using my grandmother’s pasta machine, on loan to help us decide whether to buy one of our own.
I’ll be back on the other side of this long-wished-for break. Bon weekend.
Happy Valentine’s weekend! Here at our little house we celebrated our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple in the best way – firstly, I received a lovely bouquet of rose and lily blooms at work, and then Mike picked me up after work and we shared burgers in the park (where I gifted husband with a frisbee), followed by a post dinner game of frisbee and a quiet night at home. Later in the weekend, we also went along to our second Fringe Festival performance, where we both had our first bubble tea experiences (it was yum!), and then saw our friend Fozzy sing amazing and fun (and sometimes sad) indie pop songs with his community choir. I also fit in some aunty/ niece time with my favourite little girls, a hair appointment, morning tea with Mike’s family and a Sunday screening of Wolf of Wall Street. I kind of hated it (and all of the failures to comply with subpoenas really got on my last lawyer nerve), but I also kind of think that was the point. I have tried to look past the debauchery and chauvinism and focus on the story telling and integrity of the film production, but I still just feel like I’ve spent three hours watching porn. Pretty sure I just need a nice period drama to set me straight again.
Loving … anything Royal Baby George. Princess Kate, I liked you before, I kind of love you now.
Lemming … Jennifer Behr‘s beautiful Gatsby-esque hair accessories (above), made by hand in New York City.
Eating … cauliflower and roast vegetable salads for lunch and fresh loaves of rye bread at home from Small Print Bakery & Roastery (and trying not to notice any of the home made caramel slices, misshapen muffins and banana bread that gets casually placed right near the cash register. And sharing good Italian food with friends last night at La Lola.
Looking … forward to half of a weekend with Mike, before taking off for Sydney on Sunday morning (mainly for work, but I am also on the hunt for a pair of wedding shoes).
A while ago I blogged about my plan to revamp an old chest of drawers that we have, using Annie Sloan’s no-sand, no-prime paint (above). Well, the makeover is nearly complete and the drawers-in-progress are looking pretty lovely even if I say so myself. Am waiting on a family of knobs which I hope is currently making its way to me from Abodent to finish the look (after which I will post pictures and hopefully brag about my newfound skills right here).
Life has otherwise been busy as always around these parts. Below are some pictures taken last weekend: breakfast at Il Lido and an eerie coastal landscape near Cottesloe beach. It’s hard to believe that we have hit the ‘cold’ season and the sky still looks like this. I’ve been busting out the coats lately (because we leave the house before 6 am on weekdays, but mostly because I have a super low tolerance to the cold), but I feel that really it is a bit of overkill. I miss the chilly London winter that I experienced during my year living there (although I definitely don’t miss the London summer). But I suppose I can come to terms with a winter that looks like the pictures below.
I returned to work this morning following the weekend break one refreshed and diligent lady (boss was happy). Sometimes weekends are like that (most times weekends should be like that but sadly sometimes are not). Some highlights included:
- Flowers for the house from Mt Lawley (where I always buy flowers because there is just nowhere else that is better).
- Sunday breakfast at Cantina with my love. Mike’s breakfast was amazing and mine was sadly not. I am pretending the hard poached eggs didn’t happen to me so that Cantina can continue to be one of my favourite restaurants in the city.
- An afternoon with this little miss below. Lulu ordered a nutella crepe, raspberry macaron and strawberry milkshake for lunch (and got through not even half of each of those things).
I am enjoying my first Nespresso coffee of the weekend, made with love by our brand spanking new and beautiful machine (aka, newbestfriend). Here’s to a weekend of birthday celebrations (for friends), visiting family, and the last bit of autumn sunshine breaking through the clouds.
Above – view of Scarborough beach from West Coast Highway.
PS I have just come across Grill’d‘s online nutritional panels which show that in fact their burgers really aren’t that much of a heart attack on a plate (my favourite burger, the Tuscan Delight, contains 2460 kJ). This makes me retrospectively relieved, considering we had a little Grill’d date last night. Then there’s the chips …