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…

Weekly Wrap: 17/4

Breakfast at Bills

  1. Wow, what a week! This week (and weekend) flew by. Monday is about to roll around, and I am so not ready for it.
  2. Mr Posy was in Singapore this week for work, and boy was I glad when he got home (at the crack of dawn) on Saturday. We kicked off the weekend with an early breakfast at Bills (pictured), which has become our go-to lately. The food and service is always spot on.
  3. I think we’re finally going to head to the snow for a couple of days this season – we’re going to meet up with some of my family in the Snowys, which I’m really excited about. I haven’t been to the snow since I was a kid, and Mr Posy has never been, so it will be a fun adventure!
  4. I’ll leave it there for this week – I certainly have more to say, but I’m exhausted.

Weekly Wrap: 10/4

Bronte mornings

  1. I booked flights to PosyTown to visit my brother and his other half and meet my new nephew next month. I am so excited!
  2. People have been asking me what our plans are for Christmas. IT’S APRIL! We only just had Easter (and Greek Easter is still to come). Can we at least get six months into the year first, before I have to start thinking about Christmas… Please?
  3. I know my beach days for this season are numbered, so I am treating every extra morning I get to spend soaking up the Vitamin Sea as my last. We spent the morning at Bronte (pictured) and it was SPECTACULAR. Autumn is fast becoming my favourite season of the year.
  4. I finished working on a major work project that has consumed my life for the better part of a year. Packing up my desk on Friday was a little sad and surreal – I did it; it’s all over. This week I start in a new role, and I am both excited and terrified. I am looking forward to my next challenge and a new adventure!
  5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Not as good as the original (however it doesn’t feel right to compare), but still worth watching.

Weekly Wrap: 3/4

Lord Howe Island

  1. I can’t believe it’s April. One quarter down, three to go. 2016, could you please slow down?
  2. Mr Posy and I spent the best part of this week on Lord Howe Island – it was incredible. I had the most amazing time and I didn’t want to leave. I kept hoping that our return flight would be cancelled, but no such luck. We spent the days riding around the island (pictured), swimming, snorkelling, eating and drinking… I’ll blog about our trip another day, but do yourself a favour and book a holiday to LHI – the flight is less than two hours from Sydney, and the island is PARADISE. I can’t wait to go back.
  3. Netflix is streaming The Time of Our Lives so I have spent a good chunk of this weekend watching the first season. I am still sad that a third season didn’t go ahead – such a good Aussie drama.
  4. I am finally back to work tomorrow and I am looking forward to it. I’ve been off since the Easter long weekend, and I am feeling very relaxed and refreshed after a decent break (despite yet another sinus and chest infection).
  5. Now that we’ve all wound our clocks back with the end of daylight saving, shorter days are upon us and I’m going to really miss the extra daylight hours. With that said, it will be nice to slow down a little over the next few months!

Weekly Wrap: 27/3

Sunset at Watsons Bay

  1. HAPPY EASTER! I may or may not have eaten my weight (and calorie allowance for the next six months) in solid Cadbury eggs this week(end). Easter chocolate is my favourite chocolate…
  2. I am finding it hard to believe that it really is Easter already. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – Christmas will be here before we know it.
  3. This weekend has been so relaxing. Mr Posy and I have been doing a whole lot of nothing (and also taking in our pretty city), and it has been just what we both needed. I had been counting down to this weekend since I went back to work at the beginning of January, and it has been so great to just stop and relax. I feel like my batteries are finally recharging – and the best part is that I still have another seven days of relaxation to go! I won’t even know myself when I go back to work next week – in April. APRIL! What?! See point #2 – Christmas is coming, you guys.
  4. I have been hunting for a new lipstick to replace my beloved (discontinued) Chanel Rouge Coco Bois Des Iles #33, and do you think I can find a colour I love (or even just like)… I want something with a little bit of colour, but not too much colour, a little neutral/natural, but not too neutral, a little bright but also a little muted. Sigh. I could be searching a while.

Weekly Wrap: 20/3

Good Times Artisan Ice Cream (Ziggy Stardust + Hood Rich)

  1. My little brother is a DAD! My parents are grandparents! My grandparents are GREAT grandparents! I HAVE A NEW NEPHEW! I’ve FaceTimed with the little bebe a couple of times since he came into the world at the end of the week, and I just want to squeeze him in the flesh already. I can’t wait to give him a big snuggle in a few weeks. He is divine. And I may have had to be restrained by Mr Posy when shopping for gifts for our NEW NEPHEW! It is my job (and my right, ha!) as his aunty to spoil him…
  2. After a very hectic few months at work, I finally feel like I can breathe again. Actually, I feel like a whole new person, and like I can finally really think again.
  3. Mr Posy and I finally made it to the new soft serve ice creamery in Potts Point (Good Times Artisan Ice Cream) and it is AMAZING. I have been wanting to go since it opened about a month ago, so I made it my reward this weekend (pictured) for surviving the past few months. I will be going back, again and again.
  4. ‘Miss You Already’ with Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore. Oh my word. It was very well done, and I was a complete wreck by the end of the movie. I loved it. But I am glad that I missed it while it was at the cinema and instead watched it in the privacy of my own home. Bawling.
  5. I had a number of thoughts earlier in the week when I had a dark cloud following me around which were rather negative, but after an incredible end to the week, there’s no point in giving them air. The storm has passed (even if it is actually currently bucketing down here in Harbour City). Life is good. All you need is faith, trust, and pixie dust.