Monday, July 30, 2007

Double Movie Date Night

Alec and I had a double movie whammy on Sat night. I hadn't heard of either movie beforehand, and they were both really great, thoughtful movies.

Amazing Grace
This is the story of William Wilberforce, the man who brought about the abolishion of the slave trade in the UK. The title is from the song, Amazing Grace, that was written by John Newton, a former slave owner who found God, repented, wrote the song, and became a preacher.

The movie is inspiring. It made me feel like I should be doing something more worthwhile with my life. It also filled in a big knowledge gap. I find it unbelievable that people were treated in such a way (much in the same way that live animals are exported overseas today and in similarly disgusting conditions) so the British people could have delicacies like sugar in their tea. A lot has been written about slaves in America, but I've heard very little about the slave trade run out of the UK. It certainly shed some light on a dark period in history and how the efforts of one man made the world a better place.

In The Land Of Women
This is Adam Brody (The O.C)'s first big role, as a porno script writer, who is feeling lost after being dumped by his actress girlfriend, so moves in with his elderly, wacko Grandmother to find himself. Out in the burbs he meets Sarah, a mother of two teenage daughters, and forms a friendship with both her and her eldest daughter.

The film is essentially a drama, focusing on the tender relationships between people, the healing power of forgiveness and acceptance, and lesson in being kind to people because until you look through their eyes, you really can't know what life is like for them.

A really moving film, only flawed by Meg Ryan's recently enhanced lips. To collagen-pumped lips, Australia says no. Adam Brody however, proves himself as a future leading actor, not just a teen soap star, with his poignant performance.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Rocks Aroma Festival

Alec and I went to the Aroma coffee, chocolate and spice festival at the Rocks today. It rained and there were many many people, but we still managed to run into Jamie and Alice, and to have many coffees and chocolate thingys.

Chocolate shots.

This is what being hyped up on coffeeeeeeee and chocolate shots looks like.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Optimash Prime vs Blackout

In the battle for the world, only one can win. Will it be Blackout, or Optimash Prime? Potatoes in disguise!

For The Puppies

The RSPCA is my favourite charity, so it was great to be able to attend the RSPCA Paws For Celebration Ball this year with some fellow Googlers and eBay/ Animal cruelty makes me so angry. The money raised from the ball is going towards starting an education program for youths to stop youth violence towards animals. I think the program is a great idea. I don't understand how anyone could be cruel to an animal, and it obviously says a lot about the people who to the unspeakable things to defenseless animals and the type of person they are going to become in society.

Beverly and I dressed in our fancy frocks.

Friday, July 20, 2007


I thought this movie might be something about going clubbing. I thought it would be another dodgy Aussie movie. I was wrong. Clubland is one of the best Australian movies I've seen in a long time. A real family drama, the movie focuses on a dysfunctional family, including the matriarch, Jean, a British once-(semi)famous comedian trying to revive her dying career in clubs, and her son, Tim, a shy young man trying to find his own life outside the shadow of his over-domineering mother.

The tense and also tender family relationships really hit a nerve. We've all had moments where we think our family is the nuttiest, most impossible family that ever existed. I felt like mine was quite sane after watching this movie.

One of things I love about Australian movies is that when they get it right, boy do they get it right. Just like Murial's Wedding, Clubland is touching, uncomfortable, warm, romantic, funny, painful and finally, joyful. Everything a good movie should be.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Fluff Monsters in Motion

I washed Kahlua then watched her run like a loon.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Shelley Turns 27

For my Shelbyville's 27th b'day we went to the Bavarian Bier Cafe on York st. A great evening, full of schnitzel, cake and beers the size of Shell's head. Happy Birthday Shells!

Trick candles - who knew!?

Friday, July 13, 2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

One of the most interesting things about watching the Harry Potter movies is seeing the kids grow up before your eyes.

In the latest installment, Harry now has a very manly, square jaw, Hermoine has lost her puppy fat and the Weasleys all grew into giants. Poor Daniel Radcliffe is only around 5'7", so he's dwarfed by his cast mates.

I enjoy the Harry Potter movies. I don't read the books so I'm never expecting anything more than some easy-on-the-eye entertainment.

What I did enjoy about this movie was the wizards' magic duel - lots of sparks flying and all that. I also enjoyed the hidden magical addresses in London - like the entrance to the ministry of magic being inside a London phone booth. Very cool. Cool enough to watch again? Probably not, but still a pleasant way to pass an evening.

Check out below the pics of the kids in the first movie compared to the latest one.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Flying Fluffballs

I love Havanese cos they're basically balls of fluff in constant motion. Like these two critters. I can't wait to see my two munchkins on Sunday.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I Heart Puppies

Alec hates chihuahuas but I love this little guy. Apparently his fur marking is real. I don't care. He's so so so cute it doesn't matter.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


I love the musical RENT. I just found this on YouTube and it made me remember how awesome it is. Spread the RENT love people!

International Fame!

I wrote a blog post for the Official Google Blog that was posted live today. Woooo!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Boogie on Down

I'm not a big gamer, but I'm super excited about this game - Boogie for Nintendo Wii. It's a karaoke/dance game. The trailer is below. Fuuuuun!

Pretty Ballerina

These are one of the pairs of ballet flats I bought on the weekend while with Bev. The others are soft black leather with cream piping and ribbons that tie around the ankle. They arrive in two weeks. I can't wait!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Rainy Sunday

The day didn't go as planned. A trip to Kirribilli markets was a bit of a bust - we had French toast at a cafe that was dreadful, and the markets were full of miscellaneous crafty stuff rather than "art and design" as was advertised. I had then planned to take some arty photos of Luna Park, but down came the rain and home again we went.

I did however manage to get this one photo of Alec holding my pink umbrella for me while I took some photos so my camera wouldn't get wet. Bless his cotton socks.

Your Brain is Purple

Of all the brain types, yours is the most idealistic.
You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense.
Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places - or a very different life for yourself.

Date Night

Alec and I went for dinner to a Vietnamese place called Golden Bo in Chatswood to give it a try. Delicious!

Vegetarian spring rolls.

Fried egg noodles and vegetables.

Combination meat, vegetables and rice noodles.

We then saw Knocked Up at the movies. It was pretty funny, and a lot better than I had thought it would be. I really like Katherine Heigl from Grey's Anatomy.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Food, Fashion & Ferrets

I spent the day with Beverly shopping, playing with ferrets and eating. I have to give Bev major props for helping convince me to get the gorgeous Alannah Hill tunic.

Star was a little mental.

Misty was the chilled out one.

Beautiful cakes at Sweet Art. Happy Feet! I've never seen a penguin cake before.

An interesting wedding cake ...

Shop window - I loved the cake in the bottom left corner that was the giant cupcake crawling with cute critters.

Ballet shoe heaven - the sale at Parisian Ballet Flats.

Beverly's chocolate pudding dessert at Mickey's cafe.

My caramel sundae. No wonder I feel ill right now.

Friday, July 6, 2007

How Nerdy Are You?

This is really a quiz for Alec :)

You Are 20% Nerdy

You are definitely not nerdy - in fact, you probably don't know any nerds.
You probably care a little too much about your image. No one will know if you secretly watch Star Trek reruns!

What Does Your Candy Heart Say?

I am a total romantic, so I would agree with this :)

Your Candy Heart Says "First Kiss"
You're a true romantic who brings an innocent hope to each new relationship.
You see the good in every person you date, and you relish each step of falling in love.

Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a romantic dinner your sweetie cooks for you

Your flirting style: friendly and sweet

What turns you off: cynics who don't believe in romance

Why you're hot: you always keep the romance alive

What Does Your Candy Heart Say?

Where Did The Trains Go?

Cityrail had a breakdown last night and trains stopped running to the North Shore. Alec and I made the best of the situation and had dinner at our favourite Spanish tapas restaurant, Miro. It's named after the artist and has some nice Miro murals painted on some of the walls.

Nice interior.

Stealthy Alec shot.

The tasty food arrives.

Walking home.

You are Milk Chocolate

A total dreamer, you spend most of your time with your head in the clouds.
You often think of the future, and you are always working toward your ideal life.
Also nostalgic, you rarely forget a meaningful moment... even those from long ago.