Sunday, June 18, 2017

Burning the Nail at DTC

Whiskey and beer matched tasting on a Thursday night; what could possibly go wrong?

Last Thursday night Iva, Michael, Andrew and I went to a special event at the awesome Dutch Trading Co. to taste some inspired pairings of beers from Nail with whiskeys from Limeburners.
Burning the Nail at DTC

The four pairings, specially chosen by the very witty and entertaining Caitlin from Nail and Anthony from Limeburners, were either complimentary or contrasting. I can't say what my favourite paring was, but I can say what my favourite accidental pun of the night was; Iva almost missed out.... or Miss Stout on the second tasting. You heard it here first folks, best name for a limited-release stout ever!
Burning the Nail at DTC

The pairings were inspired and really brought out the best of each of the elements, making the tasting a very different experience than enjoying the beers or whiskey alone... which is what I might have said at the start of the night. The end of the night however was a bit less coherent and ended up with Andrew body slamming me on our driveway in an attempt to cure my coldness by carrying me to the door. My elbow has nearly stopped hurting, unlike Andrew's ego which might take quite a lot longer to heal especially with my teasing slowing the healing process (I love having a good accidental drop up my sleeve).
Burning the Nail at DTC

All in all, it was a wonderful night! I would definitely go again if DTC ever host a similar event, and now that I'm an official member of the RAS (Royal Agricultural Society) I will definitely be visiting both Nail and Limeburners at the Perth Royal Show (the best time of year, even better than Christmas). The only criticism I have is that the kitchen closed very early so we didn't manage to order dinner, although we managed to get two massive bowls of chickpeas (we ordered one, and another bowl came out as part of the included snacks for the night; I've never eaten so many chick peas in my life), but I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys beer, whisky, or making their life difficult on a busy Friday at work.
Burning the Nail at DTC


Monday, May 29, 2017

HBF Run for a Reason

For the first time I ever I participated in HBF Run for a Reason, and for the first time ever, I ran (well jogged slowly) 12km.

It was a really motivating event to prepare for and pushed me to change the way I approached run training. For over a year I was stuck at 1 lap of lake monger (3.6km) and I just couldn't see how it was possible to run that second lap. I'd done it once but felt awful afterwards. After running with a very fit colleague that trains for marathons I got some advice about pace and style that helped me push to 2 laps, then 3 laps, then the 12km! Very cool, although I have to say I am definitely not a runner and training for running is one of the slowest progress activities I've ever done.

We were lucky to have perfect weather, although a bit chilly. I met up with Andrew, Darrell and Nikky and after a 20min wait in the Ibis hotel toilet queue I just made it to hear the 8am start countdown for group A. Group C (the group Nikki and I ran in) started at around 8:30am. After a congested start for the first km the crowd spread out and we got some room to ourselves.

HBF Run for a Reason 2017

There was lots of entertainment along the way which along with dodging other participants made the whole run very distracting in a good way. It was over before I knew it! Running on the freeway and the tunnel were a cool novelty although the tunnel got so stagnant that almost everyone around me exclaimed a sigh of relief when we finally emerged.

HBF Run for a Reason 2017

I also learned that you can't drink while running. I hate stopping (my muscles refuse to start working again) but decided to grab a cup and sip while I ran. About a teaspoon made it into my mouth and the rest went all over me before I gave up and tossed the cup into the sea of cups spread along the tunnel floor.

After finishing (in 1h 13min, 9.86km/hr) I collected my free Powerade Zero (disgusting), water and apple, and decided to go get a massage while I waited for the others. I was happy to see that I landed a small lady that I didn't think could be too rough, but she absolutely kicked my ass. I bit my finger trying not to scream during the calf and hip flexor part.

HBF Run for a Reason 2017

HBF Run for a Reason 2017

We all caught up at group I for Immersive then caught a shuttle back to the city. It would have definitely been faster to walk, but we finally made it to Petition for breakfast, only 40 minutes late (poor Alex was waiting for us). Alex had done the half marathon, got his best time, gone home, had a shower, come back and had two coffees by the time we got there! The breakfast was worth the wait though; butter mushrooms, kale and 65 degree egg probably more than made up for what we burned on the run.

HBF Run for a Reason 2017

The Mystery of the Missing Package

The mystery of my missing package never did get solved though. My HBF package was apparently delivered to my work on April 26th at 7:56am (before our reception is open), and signed for but it never arrived.

After some back and forth with Australia Post I discovered that someone called J Pontifex signed for it, but after visiting every floor in my building I couldn't find anyone of that name.

Australia Post said that because we're owned by a newspaper (we're not), we get things couriered (we don't), but this prompted me to google "west australian hasler pontifex" since the West Australian newspaper building is on the same street as my office. This brought up a result of someone named Joshua Pontifex, an exercise physiologist who worked at an address that turned out to be Sonic Health Plus. I gave them a call, and the lady there said that she could see Josh Pontifex in their email system but no one knew who he was!

I found Josh Pontifex's mobile via his new business and gave him a call, but he knew nothing about a package. In fact he said that he used to work in Osborne Park but hadn't even been to the suburb in over 5 years! How's that for a mystery.

Australia Post closed the case as "package missing" and I received a replacement from HBF. I wonder what happened to the original one. Is there another J Pontifex lurking around Osborne Park? Has someone assumed Josh's identity and begun signing for random packages? What the hell kind of policy does Australia Post have where any old shmuck can sign for a package addressed to you? We will never know.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Busy Couple of Months

It's been a while!

Sculptures by the Sea

Last time we were here we were on our way to Japan that night! It was a nice day, even though we got a parking ticket which was definitely wrong. Andrew disputed it and hasn't heard back so... I guess we won?

Sculptures by the sea

Sculptures by the sea

Sculptures by the sea

Mini-Golf at Wembley Golf Course


This was one of my 3 holes in one, all flukes I assure you.

Mini Golf

Mini golf

Mini golf

Chilli Festival


The new venue at McCallum park was really well set up with great food, drinks and all things chilli, although I do miss a good day out in Freo. We got a Jalapeno plant this year but so far the chillies it's made have been as hot as capsicums!

Chilli Festival

Chilli Festival

Chilli Festival

Random Acro at Tammys

Acro

Acro

Sandvik Warehouse

This was amazing! We got to see a bunch of underground machines at the Sandvik warehouse. Really amazing to see these beasts up close after simulating them for so many years. I sneaked a Jumbo selfie.

Jumbo

Tusk Day and Archery Attack

A group of us went to El Grotto in Scarborough this year for delicious Tusk Day. Is there any smarter thing than to drink 10.8% beer before archery attack? I don't want to know about it if there is.

Tusk day

Tusk day

Archery Attack

Emma and Joe's Baby Picnic

A gorgeous picnic to say an early hello to baby girl Restifo, with Emma looking as gorgeous as ever. There was so much delicious food to which I contributed some baby themed cupcakes and pink coconut ice.

Emma and Joey's baby picnic

Emma and Joey's baby picnic

Emma and Joey's baby picnic

Easter

Oua Rosi and lots of food as usual. I actually ate no chocolate over Easter, but made up for that by eating too much other food. Thank god there's not a religious holiday centered around cheese or hot salty chips.
Oua Rosi

Oua Rosi

Easter 2017

Ninja Academy

I love this place, especially the gymnastics floor. I finally got (half way along the) peg board! But no photo evidence so I guess I'll have to prove it again next time.

Ninja Academy

Ninja Academy

Ninja Academy

Ninja Academy

Bistro Guillaume and Matilda

What an amazing musical! It's only the second musical I've seen (the other was the Lion King), and it was truly amazing.

Matilda

Pure Glow

I'm currently on Day 3 of the Radiance Reset and I think this is my favourite set of juices yet. I love the chia seeds in the Passion On Route, the spiciness of the Jalapeno in the Dr Spice, the non-beetroot-ness of the Sweet Beets, the simple carrot flavour of the Karrot Kick, the best milky juice so far, Bhakati Potion, and the way Minty Fresh compliments brushing your teeth at the end of the day.

Pure Glow

We got new Futniture!

And finally, we got new furniture. Simona's furniture served us well for 4 years, but it was time to get a comfy couch and a table that fit the room. I love it so much, but we still need some finishing touches, especially nice place mats.

New Furniture

New Furniture






Sunday, March 5, 2017

SUP and Blackwall Reach

Today I had a stand up paddle board lesson with the lovely Amy from Stand Up Paddle Sports. Thanks Emma for an awesome birthday present!

I really enjoyed the lesson and although SUP-ing isn't that hard to figure out, I learned a lot about good technique. The most un-intuitive thing to learn was the hip to paddle technique where you bend over from the hips with straight legs, stick the paddle in the water, then use your core to bring your hips to the paddle rather than using your arms. Once I got this I was getting speed much easier. Since I was doing OK and wasn't getting tired (except for my toes who I couldn't convince to relax!), we paddled out quite far from Pelican Point, about 30mins out, and had amazing views of Perth city.

SUP

Andrew, Georgia and Heath hired boards and had a paddle while I did the lesson, then we went to Typika for some lunch.

SUP

Andrew wanted to spring Blackwall Reach as an idea on me today, but let it slip that it was something he wanted to do yesterday which gave me enough time to look it up and protest about it. He convinced me to just go take a look, and film him doing the jump. There was no way in hell I was going to do it.

We watched a group of guys doing the jump, and went to take a closer look because we couldn't figure out how they were getting back up. We had to ask them because we still couldn't see once we got to the place they were jumping from, and it turns out there's a little rock path you can climb quite easily to get back up.

Andrew didn't hesitate, and did his first jump off the biggest rock straight away; he's brave like that. After watching another girl (the only girl) take about 10minutes to convince herself to jump, I thought maybe I can do this.

Andrew had to explain the jumping part about 100 times before I felt like I understood it properly. I stood up on the smaller rock and thought, this isn't so bad, but after a couple of seconds my brain decided it wasn't a good idea and I stepped down to let the group of guys go again. I stepped up on the smaller rock again, and again felt like it didn't look so bad but my brain didn't want me to do it. This time I counted myself down and just did it. It wasn't hard and it was really fun! But it hurt my bum a lot. The climbing up part was the hardest bit really, and I'm glad I could watch Andrew for where to step (Andrew jumped in right after me).

I only did it once, but given there was no way in hell I was even thinking about doing it before we got there I'd say Andrew did a great job of convincing me!

Andrew's Jump

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mind, Blown

Guys, my mind is well and trully blown. I don't know what's real anymore.

Today I went to a Fringe show, "Alex McAleer: Mind Reader", with Emma and Joe. It was a show that looked like it was going to have audience interaction, and we were joking beforehand how we definitely didn't want to get on so we would sit a bit further back.

Turns out that Alex's way to get audience participation involved throwing a ball into the audience, so sitting back didn't actually help. For me in particular. He threw the ball and it landed on a guy, who then threw it on to land smack bang in my lap.

We both went up on stage, and the guy was the first to be part of the act. He had to think of a word in the English language that was between 5 and 7 letters, and wasn't a name or a place. He wrote the word on a piece of paper that he then put in an envelope and put on the floor. Alex then guessed the word by writing it on a clipboard, showing the audience, and then confirming that the guys word was in fact "student". Wow.

I was next. Alex got me to think about my first kiss; name, age and location. I had to write these on a piece of paper and fold the paper up, and put it in a small envelope which I then dropped on the floor. When I wrote the information down I made sure to hide the paper. Alex then asked me, did the name of my first kiss start with D? It did. No other questions before hand, he got D straight away. He then wrote the name Daniel on the clipboard and showed the audience; he was right! He then guessed my age by writing it on the clipboard and showing the audience. He guessed 13, but I said 14 (which was what I wrote on the paper), but he quickly glossed over that small discrepancy and went straight to the location. He asked me if it was outside, I said yes. It's Australia, so outside could mean beach, park, so many other places, but he straight away guessed "tree", and god damn it he was right! So the only thing he got wrong was my age.

The rest of the show was equally amazing (all to do with why you shouldn't play cards with a "mind reader"), and while I was watching I slowly realised that I got my age wrong. My first kiss was in the summer holidays between year 7 and year 8... I WAS 13! He knew more about my life than I did! I even wrote 14 down on the paper! Someone please explain this to me.

At the end of the show I went and told him he was right about me being 13, and he got me to yell it out to everyone who was leaving the audience, he was pretty proud he actually got it right while I was trying not to explode.

I am a cynic, I didn't give anything away (what part of my face said D?), I am officially broken. Everyone afterwards was asking me if I was a plant! I was not! Go see this guy next year (tonight was his last show), and try to catch that god damn life changing ball.

Fringe

Fringe

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016/17 Holidays

I can't believe it's already over! Back to work tomorrow, shattered and not ready at all. I need a holiday from the holiday!

Flying High Xmas Party

Flying High Xmas Party

Flying High Xmas Party

Flying High Xmas Party

Christmas

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Beach

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

NYE

Nye 2016

Nye 2016

Nye 2016

New Years Day

Nye 2016

New Year's Day 2017

New Year's Day 2017

Mini Golf

Mini Golf

Mini Golf

Adventure World

Adventure World

Adventure World

Adventure World