Weekly Wrap: 26/6

Rushcutters

  1. I finally worked myself through Orange is the New Black this week, and wow. I knew that the intensity of the season would build up with each episode and finish on a cliffhanger (as seems to be the case every season), but I was not expecting what happened in the last two episodes at all. I spent a good chunk of the season fairly outraged over some of the themes this season (the out-of-control, drunk on power guards for one), but the end was fairly heartbreaking.
  2. I am genuinely quite shocked by the #Brexit vote. It was not the outcome I was expecting at all. Interesting days ahead, to say the least.
  3. It’s been pretty chilly here in ol’ Harbour City this weekend – Winter has finally arrived! Mr Posy and I made the most of the sunshine this weekend though, and took PosyDog for couple of walks – she didn’t seem to feel the bite in the air, even though we certainly did!
  4. My little cousin plays representative hockey, so we took a road trip to watch a couple of her games this weekend. I love watching her play, and it’s a fun day out catching up with my aunt.
  5. I booked in a long weekend down at Mollymook later in the year, and I am counting down the days! I’ve had such a busy first half of the year, and ‘exhausted’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. I’m looking forward to doing a whole lot of nothing.
  6. Speaking of being exhausted, I have a busy work week ahead, and I can’t wait for next weekend to roll around… I feel like I’m wishing my life aways some days, I have to say – but I just need a couple of days to kick back and rest. I think I will book in a flex day in July to do exactly that.

Weekly Wrap: 19/6

Vivid Sydney 2016

  1. My brother keeps sending me photos and videos of my little nephew and FaceTiming me, and it’s killing me. I miss the little guy so much! In addition to this, Mr Posy’s SIL has been tagging me in photos of Niece and Nephew Posy on social media; my heart is feeling very sad this week. Distance is a killer. Time to book a trip in to see them, I think.
  2. I think Garfield is my spirit (cartoon) animal. I wanted to just inhale the entire tray of lasagne that Mr Posy made over the long weekend. It was freaking amazing. I am still dreaming about it. Fortunately we have a few portions squirrelled away for later in the freezer…
  3. Speaking of the long weekend, it was just what I needed. By the time Monday evening rolled around I was feeling very relaxed and refreshed – long walks with coffee in the sunshine, our road trip to Kiama, a couple of movies at home on the couch (The Choice, Deadpool) and a sneaky nap; I was feeling almost like a whole new person.
  4. We also caught a little more of Vivid before it finished again for the year – this time we hit up the Royal Botanic Gardens and Circular Quay (pictured). The organisers really outdid themselves this year; it was spectacular. The crowds are a little too much though, and I do miss the days when you could easily walk around to each of the installations and see them all without developing a severe case of pedestrian rage.
  5. Mr Posy and I took another road trip this weekend, but this time we headed north to visit my aunt and cousins, as well as my grandparents who were on their way up to sunny QLD. I was exhausted after the trip, but I really love spending time with my family.
  6. With the torrential rain today, it was a good day to be inside having a few laughs with good company, good food and good wine – and as a result I am feeling very full after a long, lazy lunch with Mr Posy and friends this afternoon. Fruit for dinner it is.
  7. After such a busy weekend, we haven’t even had a chance to watch any of the new episodes of Orange is the New Black. Normally we would have binge-watched the entire season by now. I know what we’re watching this week after work!

Weekly Wrap: 12/6

Rose Bay

  1. Gosh I love a three-day weekend. I am currently feeling very relaxed, safe in the knowledge that I still have one more day off to enjoy before going back to work (don’t get me wrong – I love my job, but I really needed this break!). My Queen’s Birthday long weekend has so far involved long walks with my favourites and coffee in the sunshine (pictured), and a road trip down to Kiama today. Tomorrow will be a repeat of yesterday (a long walk with PosyDog, coffee and sunshine), with the addition of a sneaky afternoon nap. I am looking forward to going back to work on Tuesday refreshed and recharged, and ready to face a few very busy weeks ahead.
  2. Love is … When I go to get a jelly snake out of the packet in the fridge, only to find that Mr Posy has left me all the orange ones, because he knows they’re my favourite.
  3. This ‘Men share funny, biased observations of marriage’ popped up in my FB feed during the week – a collection of tweets from men about what they really think of marriage. Oh how some of the tweets made me laugh. I think my favourite involved a response of ‘Let’s ask the dog if he thinks his jeans are stupid’…
  4. I have been wanting to give Aussie Farmers Direct a try for a while now, and the insane weather last week finally saw me putting in an order. I was impressed! I haven’t yet decided if I’ll put in a standing order, but the website was easy to navigate, I was happy with the produce and the pricing, the whole thing was super convenient, and it felt good to know that we were supporting our Aussie farmers.
  5. With our groceries for the week sorted, I also got my cook on with huge pots of roasted pumpkin soup, red lentil dahl, apricot chicken (nary a packet of french onion soup in sight) and minestrone, while Mr Posy cooked a big tray of lasagne. Our freezer is currently very well stocked…
  6. It feels like the mercury has dropped a little this weekend – perhaps Winter finally is coming.

Weekly Wrap: 5/6

Safe and dry

  1. We’ve had a very wild and wet weekend here in Harbour City with a low battering the east coast. I’ve spent the past couple of indoors doing a whole lot of nothing except staying warm and dry (tucked up in bed watching a lot of TV). We did originally have grand plans to check out more of Vivid (before we saw the forecast for the weekend), but it was rained out and sadly a lot of the installations were damaged with the insane winds and torrential downpour. Flights are delayed and public transport is down all over the city.  It’s pretty hairy out there with all the flooding (and subsequent evacuations in some cases), and the images that are coming in through the media reports are a little scary (I saw one image of a house with the roof ripped right back). Stay safe!
  2. I made the most of being stuck indoors and got stuck into season one of Heartbeat – and I really like it! Melissa George will always be ‘Angel’ to me, but I am really liking this medical drama; it has a good cast and decent storyline. It’s not a bad substitute for Grey’s Anatomy…
  3. I’ve had a few social catch-ups with friends this week, and I am feeling better for it. I had a few sneaky wines after work with girlfriends during the week – I hadn’t laughed like I did in a while, and I felt so much better for it afterwards. I then had lunch with another friend who I hadn’t seen in a while, and it was so good to really catch-up. As shy and introverted as I am, and as much as I need a decent amount of downtime to recharge, I always enjoy a catch-up with good mates.

Weekly Wrap: 29/5

Vivid at Taronga

  1. I’ve been wrestling with sinus issues all week, but I have been dosing up on Demazin and Panadol and soldiering on at work (there’s never a good time to be sick, but it’s the worst time to be sick right now), however I finally let myself rest this weekend. Spent an entire Saturday tucked up in bed watching movies and snoozing, and I am feeling a lot better for it!
  2. Nashville series finale, I hate you. So cruel to end the way it did. I am hoping that another network will pick up a new season (or at least a few more episodes) to finish it off!
  3. I finally watched How to be Single – I thought it would be a silly movie that would be good for a laugh, but it had a pretty good story line to it as well.
  4. I am moving office temporarily this week, and I can’t wait. The building that I am moving to for the next six weeks or so is much more modern than my usual building, it’s in a great location, the bathroom is amazing (it’s almost like walking in to a Jo Malone store…) and I love the guys at the local coffee shop (and they’re on Beat the Q, which is an added bonus). Can’t wait!
  5. It’s that time of year in Sydney when the city lights up – Vivid is on again! It’s one of my favourite times of year, and the organisers have really outdone themselves this year. Mr Posy and I headed to the zoo tonight to check out Vivid at Taronga (pictured). That’s right, a trail of giant animal light sculptures. The sculptures were fantastic, but the highlight of the night for me was definitely the giraffe enclosure, where they were still out and about, no doubt checking out the view of the illuminated Harbour. The light walk is on every night at Taronga throughout Vivid, and definitely worth checking out. We bought Blue Pass tickets, which included a round trip on the Sky Safari/cable car (same price as General Admission, but only a limited number sold for each night) – it was a fun way to check out the city lights!

Weekly Wrap: 22/5

Pop Up Picnic in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

  1. I caught my first ever fashion show (Ginger & Smart) in the flesh as part of a work thing at MBFWA this week. Have I blogged lately about how much I love my new job? I definitely won’t be doing anything nearly as cool any time soon, but I never would have had this opportunity in any of my previous jobs!
  2. I decided to give the Oreo Cadbury a go this week. It was okay, but I don’t think think it was anything to really write home about. With that said, my tastebuds seem to have changed significantly as I’ve gotten older – I used to love sweets, but now I’m all about the savoury.
  3. Nobody could ever be harder on me than I am on myself, let that be said.
  4. I am missing my new nephew (as well as Niece and Nephew Posy) something fierce this week. My aching heart… Distance is the worst.
  5. I finally upgraded to the latest version of Instagram (by accident) and I HATE it.
  6. A few times last year Mr Posy mentioned the idea of us heading out for a picnic, so as part of his Christmas present I got him a gift voucher for Pop Up Picnic. I realised last week that the gift voucher was in danger of expiring, and as the forecast for good weather this weekend aligned with us not having any other plans for a change, we booked in the picnic for yesterday. We picked up the hamper from Pop Up Picnic in Surry Hills and headed to the Royal Botanic Gardens to find ourselves a patch of grass (pictured). The day was a little cloudy, but the sun did make an appearance or two, and with amazing food, great company, and a knockout view, you couldn’t really ask for much more!
  7. That feeling when you upgrade your eye-phone, after having issues backing it up/transferring photos to my MacBook, and you click on the ‘photos’ icon after it restarts… and nothing is there. My heart completely sunk – so many photos and videos (our Lord Howe trip, our visit to PosyTown/meeting my nephew for the first time), just gone. Thankfully, the system was still starting up etc, so about half an hour later, the photos and videos had finished restoring and were all back on my phone. PHEW.
  8. I went on a bit of a Natalie Portman binge on Netflix this weekend – I re-watched ‘Where the Heart Is’ and ‘No Strings Attached’ (both of which I don’t think I’ve seen since they first came out), and watched ‘Brothers’ for the first time (which I thought was really well done). Gosh she is a fantastic actress.
  9. When putting together my weekly meal plan I noticed that my freezer supply was starting to dwindle a little, so I cooked up a big pot of beef ragu and beef stroganoff this afternoon to beef up my freezer stash (see what I did there? Ha!). I like to keep our freezer well stocked, as it means that we’re less likely to grab takeaway on nights we get home and decide we don’t feel like cooking. I usually have a good variety and rotation of curries (beef massaman, red lentil dahl), soup (pumpkin, minestrone), along with bolognese, apricot chicken, lasagne, stroganoff and ragu that we can just defrost, heat and eat with some additional vegetables/starch for nights when we just can’t be bothered, get home late, or don’t feel like eating what’s on the meal plan. I also like to have a supply of meatballs and beef patties that we prepare and freeze raw to cook as needed. I find that so long as we store these ‘correctly’ (I portion in containers and then place in freezer bags that I label), these particular meals actually taste better than when we cook and eat them the same night. While I was on a roll in the kitchen this afternoon, I also whipped up  batch of blueberry muffins to freeze for Mr Posy’s lunches. BRB, just polishing my halo…

Weekly Wrap: 15/5

Rushcutters

  1. There’s no place like home. We spent most of this week in PosyTown with our family, and it was great to spend time with everyone, but it felt so good flying back in to Harbour City on Thursday night.
  2. With that said, after four and a half days snuggling my eight-week old nephew, it felt like my heart was being ripped out when it came time to hand him over and leave…
  3. Visiting PosyTown for the first time since we left two and a half years ago was a bit surreal. In some ways, it has changed a lot, and in other ways it was still the same. I did not enjoy the relentless heat and humidity – I don’t know how I lived there for as long as I did! On the other hand, it was nice to not have to worry about traffic (I can’t believe I used to think the roads were busy – hilarious!)… Drivers can merge and use roundabouts without holding up traffic, and I was never more than twenty minutes by car from where I needed to be – the roads were familiar and I always knew where I was going. It was certainly very ‘easy’ being back, but Harbour City is definitely home.
  4. We flew with Virgin Australia for the first time in I don’t know how many years, which meant I finally found a use for my old iPad 2 that I had relegated to the bottom of a drawer – in flight entertainment. The VA app had an interesting range of content, but it kept me entertained on both legs of the trip; the food was okay and the service was pretty good – no complaints, but I definitely still prefer the ol’ Flying Kangaroo…
  5. I went back to work Friday to get through emails, set myself up for this coming week, and make it that bit easier (psychologically) to get back into the swing of things. There’s something about coming back to work for a day and then having the weekend – it makes getting back into a five day week that much easier.
  6. We went to see Dave Thornton at The Comedy Store last night – I haven’t laughed so much in ages.
  7. Mr Posy, PosyDog and I clocked up 31km walking around this weekend (according to the app on my phone). No wonder my legs are aching! I love Autumn walks – gorgeous sunny days, and they are cool enough to walk for hours without breaking a sweat. I discovered on this morning’s walk through Centennial Park that there is a new cygnet at the Duck Pond. So cute and fluffy!
  8. I realised this morning that I am finally feeling well, and it feels great. Let’s hope it lasts…

Weekly Wrap: 8/5

Flying in to PosyTown

  1. Today’s post is brought to you from PosyTown (pictured). After two and a half years, it was time to visit… Most excitingly, we are here to spend time with my new nephew! He is absolutely gorgeous, and it is going to be difficult to say goodbye. My heart feels a little more full after meeting him this afternoon! It’s a little surreal to be back in PosyTown, but it’s nice to be back (I am missing home already though) – however it is very hot and humid and I am struggling a little lot! … It’s been a while since I’ve been on a plane for more than two hours, and it was an effort to sit for that long, I tell you.
  2. I watched Fathers & Daughters (Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried) and The Dressmaker (Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth) on the plane, and boy was that a mistake. Terrific films, but oh how I bawled… I got off the plane bleary-eyed and feeling a little distraught.
  3. I have chewed through more than a month’s worth of phone data in about six days thanks to home broadband that has been slower (!) than dial-up. I love having to pay for extra data on my phone because the obscene amount of data as part of our home internet service, that we pay a hefty monthly sum for, isn’t accessible. Apparently the telco is working on whatever it is that is affecting our area…
  4. You know you’ve been overdoing it on the Demazin when the Pharmacist gently reminds you, after checking/logging your details in the system as part of the sale, that the drug is for short-term use only, and that it can become addictive. It’s been a rough start to the year with colds/sinus infections/allergies to life, what can I say.

Weekly Wrap: 1/5

Loukoumades at Alpha

  1. Xristos Anesti! Kalo Pascha! We celebrated Orthodox Easter at our favourite Greek restaurant, Alpha, and boy was it lucky that Mr Posy made the booking late last year because the place was pumping by the time we got there at 1pm for lunch. My favourite (savoury) dish is the moussaka of eggplant, seared scallops and taramasalata, however the slow roasted lamb shoulder comes in at a very close second for me (but first for Mr Posy). We always get the loukoumades to finish (pictured) – another favourite dish, and one that has become our dessert tradition for Greek Easter.
  2. The Roosters vs Dragons ANZAC Cup clash is one of my favourite games of the season, and this year was no different. We lost in a nail-biting finish, but the game is so much more than points on the ladder. The ceremony gets me every time, and the atmosphere is always very emotionally charged – standing in a stadium with 35,000 people who are completely silent for the minute’s silence and the Last Post is something else. Lest we forget.
  3. I have spent a lot of time this week looking through my photos from our Lord Howe Island trip and wishing we were back there. The weather here in Sydney has been really warm, so it is a little early for me to be fantasising about tropical island destinations – this does not bode well for winter.
  4. Captain America: Civil War was ace. Way better than Batman vs Superman which I watched a few weeks ago.. Mr Posy loves his comics, what can I say..
  5. The Voice starts again tonight and I am excited! #TeamRonan #AndTeamRicky #BringbackRicky

Weekly Wrap: 24/4

Sunny Sunday

  1. I am two weeks into my new role, and I am feeling really positive about it. I have a lot to get my head around, but I am excited about my new adventure. I am keeping the 3-month/100-day ‘new job adjustment rule’ in mind so I’m not too hard on myself too soon, and for now, I will just be like a duck: calm, composed and unruffled on the surface, and always paddling like hell underneath.
  2. We booked our accommodation in the Snowys for a weekend with my Dad, his partner, my aunt and little cousins during the snow season, and I am super excited. My next step is to book a ski lesson (or two) for Mr Posy and myself. I have a feeling it will be much like our surfing lesson – Mr Posy picked it up quickly, while I was pretty average… I suspect I may spend more time in front of the hotel fire with a vino in hand than on the ski-field!
  3. I am counting down the days until we go north to visit my brother and meet my new nephew. I can’t wait! I haven’t been north since we moved to Harbour City, so I am looking forward to see how much it has changed.
  4. Instead of heading straight home to the couch as is often the case for us after finishing the work week, Mr Posy and I went out for dinner at Cafe Sydney on Friday night. We’d had to cancel two previous bookings out on the balcony thanks to torrential rain (and I very nearly thought our bookings there were cursed when it started to bucket down on Friday afternoon, but thankfully the rain cleared), so I was glad we finally made it. We hadn’t been in a couple of years, and while the food was tops, I had forgotten how rushed it can feel. Despite this, I had a good night – the service was good, the food was fantastic (I think I will be dreaming of the chocolate brownie for months to come), and after a hectic week, it was nice to sit back, take in the stunning view of the Harbour, and shoot the breeze with Mr Posy.
  5. Speaking of a hectic week – I am so thankful for the long weekend. Yesterday’s miserable weather meant that I didn’t even feel the slightest ounce of guilt over sitting on the couch binging on Grey’s Anatomy and Nashville all day… Though I was happy to see the sun had decided to make an appearance when I woke up this morning – so Mr Posy and I hit the pavement with PosyDog for coffee, fresh air and sunshine (pictured).
  6. Tonight I am indulging in some 80s/90s nostalgia (i.e. my childhood) with a pot of beef stroganoff simmering away on the stove. Does Netflix stream ‘The Wonder Years’? That would really make my night…