Friday, December 29, 2006

A Day In The Life Of A Pen Pusher During Chrissie

Am loving the late starts, long lunches and early ends at work during the holiday period!

Am partly beating myself up for not taking time off during this quiet period but am also partly glad I'm bludging on company time muahahaha!

The year is rapidly coming to an end and I just quickly reflected on the past year and it doesn't seem like I've done or achieved much.

Maybe this weekend will give me a clearer picture ...

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Santa Didn't Leave Me Any Presents

Christmas was spent stuffing our faces and soaking in the sun in our yard with family and friends.

Armed with thongs in one hand and a beer in another, The Boy cooked up a storm on the barbie.

The weather was pretty bleak in the morning so we shelved our plans to head to the beach. Had a nice long sleep in the morning before we we amped up the energy and fired up the barbie while people started filing in for the food and grog.

Whiled away Chrissie afternoon with food, drinks, card games, more food, karaoke (as asians do), more food and the baking in the sun.

All in all, it was noice!

Now I'm hit with a little Christmas blues. The thought of going back to work tomorrow makes me wish I took some time off so the festivities can continue. Ah well ... maybe next year.

chrissie barbeque in our yard

Big Man & Barbie

mucking around

I AM not!

Merry Christmas from us!!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Tis The Silly Season!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

May the season bring lots of joy and renewed confidence for next year!

Eat, drink up and be merry!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Mission Impossible

Last Friday at our management training we talked about mission statements. Our facilitator, who by the way is an amazing woman who has like 5 degrees under her belt and juggles motherhood AND a career that takes her around the world, asked us to write our own mission statement.

Now, it's lovely and all to write your own personal mission statement in 5 minutes and share it with a classroom of your colleagues. It is not so great when suddenly, I'm hit with a stark realisation *bing!!* that after having millions of goals and must-dos written down as a child, I've only very vague impressions of what my personal purpose is.

My personal mission statement that I wrote ... "To take chances and be the best I can be" - short and horribly cliché *shyness* Well, that was all I could come up with in 5 minutes! Coupled with the fact that I was sweating over the humiliation I was going to have to face reading this out in front of everyone. I survived the ordeal and then I got to seriously thinking.

As a child, I had a list of things I HAD to do before I turned 30.

Travel the world (still on the cards), meet the man of my dreams (check!), be a successful doctor (I was 10!), own a nice big house by the beach (before 30 sounds impossible), have billions of dollars in the bank (also impossible), have a degree (check! obviously I didn't realise being a doctor meant you had to have some sort of a degree. Again...I was 10!) etc. That list is probably still buried along with my Enid Blyton books. That is to say - these goals were made by a child.

As I am much more ahem ... mature now, I think it's time to re-evaluate that list.

My aspirations are a lot less tangible now compared to my 10 year-old self's. Needless to say, I was more or less a selfish, ambitious, incorrigible twat back then. That said, I think I'm still allowed a couple of material things on my list if I want to!

I rejigged my mission statement and this time I decided to put more thought and quality time into it. Yep ... I decided to sacrifice 10 minutes of TV time to write this:

"To live life with child-like wonder. To find happiness and contentment within myself through love, family and friends. To find my strength and wisdom from opportunities presented."

Not as deep or profound as I would like but who gives a crap? I'm sure I shall revisit this in 5 years (or maybe less) and still think I was such a selfish, ambitious, incorrigible twat.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


I'm turning into quite a cooking monster. Just whipped up a couple of maple syrup cupcakes as a spur of a moment thing.

The kitchen is warm and smells heavenly ... just like every home should be.

Wolfed down 2 cupcakes fresh out of the oven ... yeeks! It's no wonder my waistline isn't shrinking as quickly as I want it to!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Movie By Moonlight

So I decided to organise a mini surprise for The Boy and take him out for a movie under the stars.

After ordering the boy off to the gym, I whipped up some dinner in record time and frantically packed it all in the esky. Amazing I didn't forget anything. We had typical picnic food - salad, chicken wings, mashed potatoes, baked pasta & cold drinks.

Rolled up our beach towels and a trusty blanket and whisked The Boy off to Centennial Park for a date night ... every girl needs a date night with her man once in a while!

I reckon I pulled off the whole shindig surprisingly well. He didn't know where we were going or what we were doing until midway to the city when he made a few educated guesses.

We managed to pick a nice little cosy spot and hired a bean bed so that yours truly could watch in comfort =D

The verdict?

Miami Vice was so-so but the company was fantastic! Next date night is yours, hon!

happiness under the stars

Belvedere Amphitheatre @ Centennial Park

i was too cheap to buy these premium seats ...

the boy posing for an obligatory pic

yours truly enjoying her bean bed

tucking in

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Fun In The Sun

Had a team chrissie party with my colleagues at Coogee Beach on Friday.

I am, albeit a little fried, so relaxed at the moment.

We headed off to Coogee at 1pm from work. I thought Friday was practically a write-off since the beach seemed to be the ONLY thing on everyone's mind.

The rest of the afternoon was about a lot of sun, booze and chit-chat.

No pics to post since we all drank ourselves silly and erm ... what happened at Coogee stays in Coogee.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

My New Toy

My new baby has arrived!!

Introducing the lovely Sony Cybershot N2!

10.1 Megapixels, 3-inch touchscreen panel and kick arse features wrapped up deliciously in a super sleek champagne gold casing *drool*

I'm going to be the biggest camwhore on earth very soon ...