31 random observations

  1. split ends are the most noticable when bored on a conference call
  2. Jay’s surliness is proportionate to the amount of lapsed time since his last meal
  3. one’s cheerful demeanour is directly related to the number of stupid questions one gets asked during the day
  4. cheese = happiness
  5. Saturday winter afternoons are best spent internesting (nestling in a blanket cocoon while reading the internet)
  6. Harley and possums do not like each other
  7. I am the missing link in Amy Shumer & JLaw’s BFF squad
  8. a red sock will almost always end up in the whites load
  9. Moths operate by osmosis. how else could they possibly end up in the unequivocally-airtight flour jar?
  10. Cow and the Moon gelato in Marrickville deserves a Michelin star
  11. everyone on Instagram has a better life than me
  12. you never correctly insert the USB on the first try
  13. routers only break when the William’s IT support is unavailable
  14. the older you get the more bedgasms you have (that euphoric feeling you get when finally falling into bed at night)
  15. Stating the obvious here, but Australia desperately needs a new Prime Minister
  16. successfully opening a coconut is a distinguished talent!
  17. you’ll desperately need to pee just as the last movie trailer before the actual movie starts
  18. when you have to leave early from work, a senior manager will always bail you up for ‘just a couple of minutes’ as your rushing out the door
  19. life’s greatest epiphanies come when your drinking Old Fashioneds at 1am in the Shady Pines Saloon
  20. there is no situation in which its OK to talk to me about work before I’ve had my coffee
  21. fading chicken pox spots look like acne 
  22. tights are not pants.
  23. zoodles (zucchini noodles) are the greatest health food creation
  24. Russian food is underrated
  25. you can never have too many pairs of ankle boots
  26. three year olds say the darnedest things!
  27. Delta Goodrem is way cooler than she gets credit for
  28. one really does sound awesome singing in the shower!
  29. knuckle rings from Lovisa are the new favourite
  30. the corniest line in the universe is at the end of the film ‘Letters to Juliet’ (“can you move?”…”only my lips”)
  31. cereal makes a perfectly acceptable dinner, no matter what your Mum says!

| weekend |

It’s been 11 days since I tore 2 ligaments in my ankle.

Today I went outside!!! Into the real world, with real people and real interactions that didn’t involve my physio! Yay! Being inside, with my foot up has seriously been messing with my chi. Today I managed with just one crutch, so I’ll see how that went later this evening with the swelling.

Yesterday, for #flashbackfriday on Instagram I posted this picture of my brother & I with our Dad in 1986. It was during the 2 years we travelled around Australia in our caravan.
I was ‘home schooled’ but basically the ‘school of nature’ was my teacher!
During these 2 years I did an Indigenous Walkabout, I ate snake and other weird foods, I went on a crocodile hunt, rode camels in the desert, caught game fish all up the western Australian coast, learnt how to cook what we caught or hunted, met a myriad of people from all walks of life and had the most amazing experiences that I still think back on today.

Looking back, it was probably the best thing my parents ever did for me.

(R-L) Dad, Juz & me
(R-L) Dad, Juz & me

I also received some Instagram prints in the mail from Social PS. These are going on my fridge!

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We (I really mean Jay) washed our filthy hound.

squeaky clean Harley
squeaky clean Harley

And dressed him in Jay’s Knights jersey!IMG_20130831_184505

Saturday

After running early errands we went to brunch in Glebe.
Delicious.

pancakes with fruit, maple syrup & icecream!
pancakes with fruit, maple syrup & icecream!

Then to the park to give Harley a run with the frisbee. Jay’s been teaching him to catch it on the fly; he’s doing so well! He caught 5 in mid-air today!IMG_20130831_133203

my boys! Jay & Harley
my boys! Jay & Harley
Harley & me
Harley & me

The Sydney weather has been perfection. Today, the official last day of winter, was mid-20°Cs, sun shining and just beautiful. We got home about mid-afternoon and spent some quality time on the balcony in the sunshine.

a nice crisp drop from Tasmania
a nice crisp drop from Tasmania
winter sunshine in my apartment
winter sunshine in my apartment
evening snack time!
evening snack time!

After all these pictures of alcohol…..let’s drop a gear and talk about my brother…

He’s been doing well in rehab. It’s officially 5 weeks, so next weekend he’ll be able to make phone-calls on Saturdays.

We’ve been regularly getting 2 letters a week. It’s been really interesting and encouraging to see his progress through his written word. For the first few weeks there was this desperation in his writing; constantly fretting and worrying about ‘things‘; minor things like wanting money for cigarettes, lollies & chocolate, postage stamps, etc. But over the last few weeks there has been clarity in his thoughts and a lot more honesty and a lot less fretting over ‘stuff’.

He’s in for a full 12 months, so it’s going to be a long, tough road, but for the first time I’m actually feeling confident that this just might work.

my brother 2 days before entering rehab for drug & alcohol dependency
my brother 2 days before entering rehab for drug & alcohol dependency

Anyway, I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend.
We’ve ordered Lebanese for dinner, which should be arriving any moment! 
We’re going to eat baba gannouche, felafel, tabouli & fried cauliflower and watch Robert De Niro & John Travolta in ‘Killing Season’ on DVD.

Namaste my lovely peeps,

signature - melly xox

an abundance of water

52a79a3566ee65128fb764bae3fc2b4a[flooding in Paris 1910]

Apologies; I haven’t drawn my competition yet because we’ve been dealing with untold stresses at home over the long weekend.

I accidentally flooded our apartment.

Yes, it’s been a total pain in the arse but it sounds a lot worse than it’s turned out.

I’ll update more later….

thunder only happens when its raining

Harley & I are like crazed little children when we’re locked up inside all day.

the weather outside
the weather outside

While Jay was glued to his desk studying, I took the opportunity of a break in Sydney’s leaden skies to take Harley down to the park for a run.

my breathe of fresh air
my breathe of fresh air

I want sun-kissed mornings; still and free, interrupted only by the sound of Jay’s footsteps beside me and Harley’s happy barking at pigeons.

my boys
my boys

happy days folks
xx

 

weekend = bliss

what a wonderful weekend.

blue skies
sun shining
Harley in the park
friends sleepover
dinner @ Gallon
tapas & 
(too many) drinks
chocolate fondue
family time 

shameless selfie
shameless selfie
salmon, avocado, tomato, capers & basil
lunch – salmon, avocado, tomato, capers & basil
Friday blooms on my table
Friday blooms on my table
Chivas to the freakin weekend! (I'll drink to that)
Chivas to the freakin weekend! (I’ll drink to that)
perfect Saturday morning in the park
perfect Saturday morning in the park
Sydney Writer's Festival; seeing Carlos Ruiz Zafon talk about his novels
Sydney Writer’s Festival; seeing Carlos Ruiz Zafon talk about his novels

[pic from Neen]

afternoon snack; paleo coconut pancake with sheep's milk yoghut & dragonfruit
afternoon snack; paleo coconut pancake with sheep’s milk yoghut & dragonfruit
drinks that turned into dinner @ Gallon, Pyrmont
drinks that turned into dinner @ Gallon, Pyrmont
our dinner date; fave couple Ian & Neen
our dinner date; fave couple Ian & Neen
still drinking...
still drinking…

[pic from Neen]

I love this man....Jay & I
I love this man….Jay & I
Harley bear...
Harley bear…

this afternoon we had a horrible scare with Harley; out of the blue he had a seizure. He fell over with his legs all stiff, his jaw locked shut, eyes wide open and his head shaking. Jay held him while I called the vet who talked us through it until Harley came out of the seizure. He was drooling and still shaking on the way to the vet. Dr Nathan, who also has a little cavoodle, gave him a thorough check-up before giving him the OK and instructions for us to keep an eye on him and to remove any possible toxins from his environment (eg access to the ground coffee beans we put on the potted herb plants on the balcony). He may never have a seizure again, but then he could develop epilepsy.  But he’s OK now and back to his usual self, we just have to watch and hope for the best.

beautiful Harley
beautiful Harley – lying on me!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
xx

instaweek | my week instagram

How’s everyone’s Easter break?
I’ve been loving the extra long four day weekend spent at home in a love bubble with Jay and Harley.

The week past was full of cramming work in before the holidays, getting my healthy eating back on track and catching up with family & friends.
The only low is that Jay’s Dad’s cancer is back; in his liver this time around which means intensive chemo starting next week. We’re focusing on sending good thoughts and lots of love his way.

IMG_20130325_062903IMG_20130326_094347starting the week off right; early morning jog & a green smoothie

IMG_20130326_203721 Tuesday night: Jay with Daddy & Mummy Williams; his parents

IMG_20130327_201952 Mid week drinks with the girls at a funky new “secret bar” called The Baxter Inn. It’s tough to find but once you’re there you won’t want to leave!

IMG_20130328_195222 since the imminent demise of google reader, I’ve gone all BlogLovin….

IMG_20130328_081216 another green smoothie

IMG_20130330_104145 and another! this time in my new carry container from rawblend.com.au

IMG_20130328_222542 Throw-back-Thursday; my BFF Gracie (left) & me circa 2004

IMG_20130330_152057 cooking up a barbie

IMG_20130329_131832 Friday Flowers on my table

IMG_20130329_090648 “wake up Mummy, it’s walkies time!” Harley says…

IMG_20130329_131556 Good Friday chillin in our crib…

IMG_20130329_143111 Try getting this stick back!

IMG_20130329_165823 Easter treats; hot cross buns & French Earl Grey tea (my favourite!)

IMG_20130329_234053 remembering our Paris trip….I want to go back!

IMG_20130330_184452 Date night; Old Fashioned fun at The Baxter Inn (I just HAD to take Jay!)

IMG_20130330_215429 and later on date night; Hoopla under the Big Top in Darling Harbour. It was super fun but a little weird when the trapeze artist got the shits with her clothing and took off her top mid-way through the routine! Flying boobies with the flying trapeze!

IMG_20130331_102120 Look what I got to wake up to this morning! Jay made me pancakes!!!
Gluten & wheat free pancakes too! Isn’t he grand…

IMG_20130331_111049 Ain’t it true!

Happy Easter Sunday xx

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this week | in instagram

IMG_20130224_153624 making Skinny Cow icecream into a pretty treat! IMG_20130224_154113 (1) circa 2010 @ South Coast Bawley Beach; Harley’s first trip away IMG_20130225_210054Jay, my hot Monday night date;
late dinner after seeing an FBiRadio presents ‘The Imposter’ movie IMG_20130226_221222Amber!!! Had to take this picture of Amber Valletta for Coach at the QVB on George St to send to my friend Tam. Amber & Shalom were our supermodel heros in the 90s!  20130226220559155 Feb dinner club with E & Neen at Mexico Surry HillsIMG_20130226_213321 thanks for the pretty paper stars (that I won’t be shredding) Aunty Sheela!!! IMG_20130228_070833 sunrise over beautiful Sydney during my morning jog IMG_20130228_071608 running stairs with Harley IMG_20130302_083244 little monster – Harley IMG_20130301_070652my favourite boat ‘Poppy’. I want. I will also be using this boat to escape the zombie apocalypse (hope the owners don’t live close)! 
IMG_20130227_072741 early morning boxing IMG_20130301_130116 my husband’s cool ensemble IMG_20130301_082421 this week’s Friday Flowers! Australian Natives. IMG_20130301_090040 hello friend. made by Tino @ Mano Espresso IMG_20130302_154251 a well deserved Dirty Grey Goose Martini on Friday night at Darling HarbourIMG_20130302_072608 get ready for colour & debauchery Sydney!!! Mardi Gras!!! IMG_20130302_104549 Saturday Pyrmont Grower’s Market in the rain IMG_20130302_162137 my skincare routine for the last 6 years…it’s the only skin I’ve got so I’m going to take damn good care of it! IMG_20130302_162815 my makeup ritual IMG_20130302_130653 50 shades of grey Sydney style… weekend of wet weather IMG_20130302_152750I finally hung my recently purchased artwork in our bedroom.
The three paintings are by a Swiss artist named Cristina B.
[contact via @CristinaBStudio on twitter]IMG_20130302_203534 Saturday night simple pasta for my date home alone with the couch
& Xbox Live movies!!! I will not admit to eating half a packet of skittles!!! IMG_20130303_160735 “I was going to be good Mummy but there were too many other options”!!! Harley the cavoodle
IMG_20130303_154731Sunday brunch at FFF Glebe.
Mango smoothie & pumpkin, walnut, chicken salad.

How was your week???

signature2 - melly xox

roll out the red carpet….I’ve been nominated! | liebster blog award

liebsterblogawardOooooh how exciting to receive an award!

Carla Sue’s blog eat sweet is literally a smorgasbord of delicious treats.
I read her posts almost licking the computer screen!

She’s tagged me with some fun questions, so here goes…

1. Favourite flavour of icecream?

You don’t know what you’re asking of me to narrow it down to just one flavour…. I.Love.Icecream. It is my undoing. Classic strawberry, hokey pokey, Ben & Jerry’s Clusterfluff & Triple Caramel Chunk, boysenberry and coconut. I’m hungry.

2. Relaxing holiday, or fast-paced holiday?

Both for different reasons; I usually holiday by the beach; soaking up the sun, swimming in blue waters & drinking too many cocktails is just the ticket after working all year, but my planned holiday is centered around hiking in the wilderness with no technology! You need both I reckon.

3. Favourite brand of chocolate?

Haigh’s. No question about it.

4. Wind or rain?

Rain. Love a good thunderstorm. Don’t love getting my skirt blown around my ears from too much wind!

5. Favourite genre of music?

Oooh this is another tough one. I listen to so much different genres! Probably narrow it down to folk-type music though. You know; chilled, acoustic, story lyrics like Angus & Julia Stone, Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, FrouFrou, James Taylor, Tracy Chapman. But of course I also love hip-hop, RnB, Flamenco, Country, house & dance.

6. Sleep with one pillow, or two? (or three…or four)

Usually none. I like lying flat on my tummy.

7. Strawberries or raspberries?

I can’t choose! When they are both in the height of summer season, they are both just too divine to choose only one. Oh OK, raspberries.

8. Cats or dogs?

Dogs! And one in particular; my little Harley the damn cutest cavoodle in the world.

9. Favourite vegetable?

I would say green string beans or potatoes. I eat beans raw, blanched in salads, in stirfrys & as a side. Potatoes are the best boiled then roasted til crispy or mashed just like my brother makes them; with enough butter & full-cream milk to stop your heart!

10. Day or night?

Both depending what day or night it is! I love days full of sunshine, walks along the water and picnics in the park, or nights dining with friends under the stars. Plus I love a good long sleep in winter clean sheets & fluffy doonas.

11. Favourite hot drink?

I am a coffee girl through and through during the daylight hours but at night or on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I love a pot of peppermint tea.

♥♥♥

Now for my questions & nominations:

Nominees

  1. Kick arse Cate from Cate’s Kitchen Adventures
  2. Debonair Deb from Debbish
  3. Whimsical Neen 
  4. The talented Mr Prewitt from Expressions of My Life
  5. The coolest Scandinavian Silje Therese
  6. Lovely Lilly Sue from her Bites and Brews
  7. Bloomin’ great Ashley from Everything is Blooming
  8. Jenn the fun Floridian from The Little Black Rain Cloud
  9. The gorgeous adventurer Liz from Just be. Love all. Live life.
  10. Another gorgeous Floridian; Simply Stephanie
  11. Lovely & lyrical L from Not So Skinny Genes

Questions

  1. What would you spend your last $50 on?
  2. Favourite fashion accessory?
  3. If you were a character on The Simpsons who would you be?
  4. What’s your go to comfort food?
  5. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  6. Do you prefer to workout in the gym, at home or outdoors, and what do you love about it?
  7. If you could pick 4 people (living or dead) to have a dinner party with, who would they be and why?
  8. What’s your signature cooking dish?
  9. Favourite TV show?
  10. Where did you go to high-school?
  11. What are you currently obsessed with?

The Rules

Rules for the Liebster Blog Award (if you choose to accept)
1. Add the award icon to your post.
2. Link in your nominator to say thank you.
3. Answer the questions the nominator has set for you, and create eleven questions for your own nominees to answer.
4. Choose eleven bloggers to nominate for the award, and let them know.

the byron lizard bowls

this is the story of two pretty ceramic clay bowls, one little lizard & a $50 bet…

My friend Ian bet me $50 that I couldn’t catch this little Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii) that lived near the pool at the Byron Bay beach house

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After it lead me (& Harley) on a lizard run around the yard and deck area, we finally cornered it at the bottom of the pool. No time for shame as I stripped to my undies to get it underwater!

After releasing it into the wild, my well earned $50 bought these cute little handmade ceramic bowls, aptly dubbed “the lizard bowls”, that Neen & I found at the Byron markets.

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Cute aren’t they!