Saturday, May 31, 2008

Callala Beach Getaway

Alec surprised me with a beach weekend down south at Callala beach. He rented a dog-friendly house and spirited me away after work on Friday night for a lovely weekend.


Buffy's first time on sand.

Kahlua has a bad hair day.

Freedom! First time off leash in public.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Risotto Sucess

I'm not a very creative cook. I tend to make the same few dishes over and over again cos it's easy.

I've been feeling lately however like I really should branch out as there are only so many times I can make pasta before Alec starts eating out. I thought I'd try risotto - I've only recently decided I like it and wanted to give it a go.

I used the basic recipe in the Donna Hay Classics cookbook and added the vegetables from another recipe. Turns out it's pretty simple if not time-consuming and tiring.

Yay, risotto success!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Peter Alexander Sale

Bev and I received emails about this super-secret Pater Alexander sale online. We both ordered a pair of these super, super-cute PJs. Thanks to Bev's extra discount we got them for only $17 each.


Time for some sweet lil' animals and inter-species snorgling.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


This movie is based on the book Bringing Down The House, about team of students from MIT university who formed a card-counting team to make money at Black Jack. The book had a lot of fictional elements to it and the movie even more so - which made it more dramatic I imagine, and more interesting to first read, then watch.

What did impress me was how smart the students are (which highlighted how very poor my own math skills are) and what a genius scheme it was.

We had dinner at Alec's favourite Vietnamese place in Chatswood - Golden Bo. I had some kind of noodle and vege dish.

Alec's sauce for his noodles.

Vermicelli noodles and spring rolls. Delish!

Mollini 40% Off Sale

I had a recent problem where my favourite brown boots ended up on a boat to Prague - to hopefully be seen again in around nine months. To get over my heartache, I took part in some extreme shopping today with a very patient friend.

Mollini had a one-day only VIP 40% off sale - enough to make any retail loving girl slightly bananas. It seemed there were many girls like us in Sydney - and they were all packed into the Mollini stores. We went to three stores to get these awesome shoes - the first two of which were packed and sweaty and strewn with shoes and paper. The last one was blissfully forgotten about by shoppers and we could finally enjoy trying on shoes without elbows in our backs.

The results make me very happy - one pair of brown boots to temporarily replace my favourites while on their European holiday, and a pair of brown Mary Janes that I was planning to buy full-price anyway. Awesome shopping day!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I just adored the Indiana Jones movies growing up. I still love them now and can watch them over and over, so I think there's something special to these movies. Part of the magic lies in the casting of Harrison Ford as Indie. He is so dry and laid-back, and so incredibly grace-less that he's more of an everyman representation rather than a superhero or even James Bond. Therein has always been the charm of Indie - charisma that women love and the everyman-ness that make guys feel like he's a regular bloke just like them.

This latest movie comes some 17 years after The Last Crusade (which, incidentally, is my favourite of the trilogy). Indie is MUCH older and looks it, particularly in the beginning. When the bad guys start thumping on him, I wanted to jump in and yell "stop beating up the old man!". In true Indie fashion though, he is tough, saves the day and doesn't lose his hat.

I particularly enjoyed Shia LaBeouf as the young bad ass son of Indie's former flame Marion (remember her from Raiders of the Lost Ark?). I really hope that the Indie movies continue, with Shia donning the famous hat.

I won't go into the storyline - let's just say there's a mythical object, damsel needing to be saved and evil communists trying to take over the world. What it adds up to is another really enjoyable Indie movie.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

This movie is by the guys who did 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up (who are "the guys" anyway?)

The exposed female genitals in Knocked Up were really a warning of what "the guys" were warming up to ... full-frontal male nudity in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I was quite stunned by the frequent male nude shots - and equally surprised that there was no female nudity whatsoever - right on!

The movie started out quite slowly. Peter's TV star girlfriend, Sarah, breaks up with him (cue male nudity shots numbers one, two and three). In order to get over her, he goes by himself on a holiday to Hawaii. Unfortunately, Sarah has also gone to Hawaii - with her new rock star boyfriend.

It's here that the movie really gets funny, with cameos from the actors from the previously mentioned movies, Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill.

A really entertaining movie. Over and out!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Toki Madness

One turned into two ... turned into four? How did this happen?

I orderd a second-hand black Bambinone Tokidoki bag so I could wear it around everywhere and not worry about ruining it. Then Lisa brought me back an amazing messenger bag Toki from Haway in the L'Amore print - it's gorgeous - and huge!

Sushi train for dinner at Chatswood! I don't really like sushi, but I love edamane - I had two serves :)

Sweet pressies from Lisa - body wash and cute little Hawaii post-its.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

RSPCA Million Paws Walk

Today was the annual Million paws Walk at Olympic park, Homebush. Kahlua had an ear infection, so it was only Buffers this year who we took on the walk. I spend a lot of time reading about and trying to help with the injustices done to animals, so this is really one of the few days of the year that reminds me of how many people really love their animals, and it gives me hope for the future.

The start! Many many people and puppies.

Katia's husband Ross and their lovely Irish setter Raf.

Sally-Ann and Michael walk their beautiful beagles Sammy and Leo.

Little Buff was overwhelmed by so many people and huge dogs. She did most of the walk on her own little legs but needed to be carried when she was worried about being trodden on in tight quarters.

This doggie had booties and saddle bags.

Family portrait.

Cuddles from dad.


Chilling out in the sun. Such a beautiful day!