Sunday, August 13, 2017

31, Family Edition

Last night we had our parents over for dinner. Andrew made spaghetti bolognese and Mina loved it so much that she asked for the recipe. I made a gluten free polenta, orange and rosemary cake which blew my parent's mind; how can polenta be a dessert!? Well it turns out it can and they even kind of liked it, except for my dad who snuck half of his onto my mum's plate.

My 31st Bday, Family Edition

My 31st Bday, Family Edition

My 31st Bday, Family Edition

My 31st Bday, Family Edition

Also, look at what Amy's mum, the infinitely talented Carol made me:

Bunny Knit Masterpiece

Bunny Knit Masterpiece

It's so beautiful, I can't believe she knitted me this, it's so special!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

31

Another year, another party where we eat and drink too much. This year we maybe even enjoyed it a little bit too much because the "police" (well, the "Stirling security guards" which is a real thing that exists) even payed us a visit to ask us to turn it down a little! It was off the hook guys! (Well... some dogs that always bark were barking). 

31, I guess it's not that much worse than 30. Although it is an instant loss in the maths dice drinking game that Georgia and Heath taught us. For this game, you have to be really good at maths, and also be able to say one number, then another number. I'm not sure if there was a winner, but after all the bonus round vodka shots I think were all sort of the losers!

As usual Mina made her famous Romanian doughnuts (gogosi) and my mum made her delicious meatballs which disappeared pretty much instantly. This year Andrew also made us a roast which was amazing, although he did slightly over cater with the buns and confused a few people (particularly Tammy) with the bowl of rocket.

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

Claire baked brie and it pretty much Georgia's dream come true!
My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate! I kept up the tradition of "photo when you leave" which is a great way to make sure you end up with a photo with everyone! Except for Julien and Greg who escaped my terrible selfie skills.

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

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My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

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My 31st Bday


My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

As usual the presents were so thoughtful and amazing. I'm well set up for drinks for the foreseeable future!

My 31st Bday

My 31st Bday

Friday, July 21, 2017

What Bit Me?

I'm honestly asking. After googling my symptoms I decided I was bitten by a brown recluse spider, then promptly found out that these don't live in Australia. It's almost been a month and it's still not completely gone! 

What Bit Me?

I unfortunately missed the few days because it started as pretty innocuous red ring that I woke up with after a big night out. It sort of looked (and felt) like a burn to start with and I decided to start taking photos after it blistered up. 

When I was younger I was bitten by a white tail spider that was in our letterbox and my mum tells me it was a lot worse than this so I'm too worried about loosing my finger anymore. I'd still be really interested to know what it was!

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.