Weekly Wrap: 24/7

Sydney

  1. I feel like this past week has been four weeks rolled into one. I’m kind of glad it’s over – I’m exhausted! With that said, this next week is going to be pretty hectic too…
  2. My dad was in town earlier this week, so we went out for dinner and spent an evening catching up, which was good fun. He’s doing the rounds with the rest of the family for a few days before heading to the snow, and then we’ll meet them up there. Can’t wait!
  3. I’m back with my usual team after a little over a week helping out in a different division – it was a great opportunity and I had fun and felt like I achieved a lot in a short space of time, but I’m happy to be back ‘home’. After a week out, I have a lot of work to catch up on and get through before my boss returns from leave in a couple of weeks!
  4. Mr Posy has kindly passed his cold on to me, so I’m feeling a little under the weather/congested. I’ve had a couple of naps this weekend and I’ve been taking it easy, so here’s hoping I’m on the mend very soon.
  5. I made a delicious risotto this weekend, in an effort to use up some leftover wine. I know – what’s leftover wine? I’ve never had this problem before either, but given I’m not feeling amazing right now, I didn’t feel up to finishing off the bottle, but didn’t want it to go to waste. I used this recipe for a pea & pancetta risotto (I added extra wine – about 1.5 cups, and omitted the marscarpone), and it was pretty good! A labour of love though…
  6. How pretty is my city? (Pictured)

Weekly Wrap: 17/7

Sydney Harbour

  1. I started the week feeling rather outraged over all the poke-zombies slowly crawling around the city, getting in my way as I was trying to get to and from work, inciting my pedestrian-rage … But as the week wore on, my rage softened and my heart warmed as I started to see the new Pokemon Go craze in a different light. Given the atrocities that have occurred this week around the world, anything that inspires a little community can only be a good thing.
  2. Earlier this week I got a call from my big big boss asking if I could help out a different team in a different division for a week, as they’re under the pump. I’m in a completely different building, working with different people, and I’m way out of my comfort zone, but I’m loving it. I’ve got a few more days with them before I head back to my usual team, and while my anxiety is a little high at the moment (because I’m being stretched in ways I didn’t know were possible), it’s been a great opportunity and I’m feeling very grateful.
  3. I took advantage of the proximity of my temporary work location to The Harbour and took an actual lunch break on Friday and actually left the office for a walk. It was nice to stroll around the foreshore (pictured), and I went to visit the baby seal on the steps at the back of the Opera House.
  4. Arsenal are coming to visit Sydney next year, and I got tickets to watch them battle it out with Sydney FC! Mr Posy’s brother, SIL and niece and nephew are coming up for the game, and I’m looking forward to us all going as a family and cheering on the Gunners.
  5. Poor ol’ Mr Posy is under the weather at the moment. He had his flu shot so I’m hoping it’s just a bit of a cold – because I know that as soon as he is on the mend I’ll come down with whatever bug it is that he’s fighting off!
  6. I made a batch of pesto today and I currently have a giant pot of lamb and barley soup simmering away on the stovetop. Ahh, Sunday…

Weekly Wrap: 10/7

Swans at Centennial Park

  1. I don’t know if it’s the recent change in weather, or months of burning the candle at both ends finally catching up with me, but I am completely exhausted at the moment. In fact, I’ve said it so many times that ‘exhausted’ has lost all meaning. I’m about ready to fall in a heap, I think. I have booked in a couple of flex days over the next couple of weeks, and I cannot wait.
  2. Sometimes I worry that making myself blog once a week when I don’t really have a whole lot to say is killing my creativity (or what is left of my creativity), but it is certainly a lesson in discipline. … and discipline is something I am lacking when it comes to my writing, so I will press on.
  3. I have booked in another workshop at Kikki K with friends in a couple of weeks, and I am really looking forward to it. I was feeling quite inspired and more grounded after attending the ‘Goals’ workshop, so I’m looking forward to attending the ‘Happiness’ session.
  4. I have finally cobbled together my Bora Bora trip recap (about a year and a half late…). It’s kind of epic, and I have had to break it down into parts. Coming soon…
  5. Mr Posy and I made the drive north again this weekend to visit my aunt and cousins, and my grandparents who were visiting on their way back down to the Sapphire Coast. I stopped in at Flour & Stone and picked up an assortment of pastries to share for morning tea – the (panna cotta) lamingtons are my favourite! While I was up there, I set my grandparents up on FaceTime with my brother and nephew (i.e. their grandson and great grandson!), and I tell you, I thought my heart was going to burst. It was pretty special.
  6. After a fairly wet and miserable week, we have been blessed with glorious weather for the weekend. Even the swans were out for a wander in the sun this morning (pictured).

Weekly Wrap: 3/7

Swans at Centennial Park

  1. When you have a big important meeting first thing on a Monday morning, so you throw an extra pair of stockings in your handbag, just in case you manage to ladder them on the train on the way in – and you give yourself a pat on the back for thinking ahead… only to discover that you’ve managed to chip your nail polish somewhere between home and the train station.
  2. Ronan Keating is touring in November, and you can be sure that I bought tickets when they went on sale this week!
  3. I am okay with the colder weather that has come to town, but I’m not loving the static that comes with it. I have tried everything to fight the static and my stockings – anti-static spray, hairspray, dryer liners. Every winter is the same.
  4. RIP Avila Crepes in Bondi – our favourite creperie.
  5. Offspring returned this week, and while it’s missing a little something (Debra Oswald, maybe?), I still enjoyed it.
  6. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I am too old for drinks on a school night. Farewelled a colleague finishing up in our team this week with a few drinks at our local, and despite an early night, was still feeling a little tired and dusty the next day. The lack of food and absence of water between drinks probably didn’t help.
  7. I am feeling a little more grounded and like I have at least an idea of the direction I’m heading after attending a Kikki K goals workshop this week that a mate booked a small group of us into. I’m also back into the gratitude journalling, and I am feeling more positive already. It’s such a small thing, but it really does help with improving my mindset.
  8. Finally caught Me Before You at the cinema – oh how I cried. I made the rookie mistake of wearing regular mascara instead of the waterproof variety; I should have known better. I am pretty sure the entire cinema were in tears at one point.
  9. I have been missing Niece and Nephew Posy even more than usual this week – I think not being in the Windy City for Niece Posy’s recent birthday had something to do with it – so we booked flights down to see them next month. Let the countdown begin!
  10. Meanwhile, we’re heading to the snow later this month, and I’ve been doing a lot of research for our trip. I’ve ordered thermals (snapped up a couple of pairs each in the Kathmandu sale thanks to a hot tip from Sydney Shop Girl), and I’m definitely booking us in for a ski lesson, but I’m trying to work out what else I need to pack and where to hire the cutest ski gear… Because I’m sure that half the battle on the slopes is looking on trend, ha!
  11. I am feeling very rested after a fairly relaxing weekend – it was nice not to have anything booked in for a change. Mr Posy and I took advantage of the glorious weather and took PosyDog on a couple of nice big walks, including to our local park to check out the swans and the brand new cygnets (pictured).
  12. How fortunate are we to live in a country where we can vote without fear of persecution or death.. You can bet that I numbered those boxes correctly and made my vote count (and grabbed a democracy sausage on my way out) when we headed to the polls yesterday. Even PosyDog came along (and waited patiently in line with us) for a lesson in democracy. I have never gotten into politics on this blog, and I’m not going to start now, but I am shaking my head over some of the seats in the Senate. Interesting days ahead, as we wait to hear the final results of yesterday’s election.
  13. Wow, I certainly had a lot to say this week…

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…