Jun 25, 2018

Life This Week 25/6/2018: Here and There.

Life this week looked like this. In no particular order.

Comfort food for a wintery Sunday night.  Roast chicken with all the trimmings is pretty fabulous but so too is a packet of Mi Goreng with bok choy, leftover chicken teriyaki meatballs and extra fried onion on top.  Both have their place in my kitchen on a Sunday night.

Fundraising at school this week has centred on the sale of these handmade cloth badges.  Master SSG has a collection of four and this is my favourite one.  It matches his Star Wars Kinder Suprise school bag charm perfectly. 
The optimum level of school uniform embellishment for Winter 2018.
It's been lovely seeing the badges pinned on school uniforms this week.  They've been vivid bursts of colour and shine in a sea of hides the dirt navy, regal but faded from the dryer gold and needing some Napisan white.  I've been trying to find out from Master SSG who made the badges and he has it on good authority that it's 'the person with all the glitter'. 

It was Aldi's famous wooden toys that starred in last Wednesday's Special Buys.  I was quick enough to get the espresso machine both for ourselves and as a gift.  Nothing like waking up (or should that be staying awake through the night on call from hell) to an Aldi espresso or two before a long day ahead at work.

It was just as well we started with the relatively low degree of self-assembly coffee machine because assembling the train accessory set sapped every ounce of my being Friday night...

But I got there in the end.

I was gifted this beautiful bouquet at work on Wednesday.  We don't always get to hear about what happens next but it was lovely to know that all is well on the outside.  I've taken them home and placed them in one of my special vases and they've given the kitchen table happy colour ever since.  I reckon that spoonful of sugar I added to the water contributed to the longevity of my tulips.  I could get used to an extravagant bunch of flowers occupying real estate in the kitchen on a regular basis...

I was a virtual attendee at team after work drinks.

And returned the favour with a visual from the front line of a weeknight after a long day of school and after-school activities.

Can't say no to iconic Bonds printed leggings and Wondersuits when out shopping for a special mum to be.

I've been good at the shops and remembered my to bring my envirobags the day after the plastic ban started at Woolies.  It's been great to see so many people get on board with the ban by bringing bags with them and also paying for a bag if they'd forgotten with good grace.

Look at me, by the way, and all those healthful things in my trolley.

Smashers (aka ridiculously overpriced collectible bits of YouTube famous plastic which don't hurt when you step on them which makes me kind of like them) have overtaken our house and many others around Australia if the bare shelves of Kmart (Top Ryde, Chatswood and Bondi Junction) and Hobbyco are to be believed.

To regain some semblance of control of the floor and my desk, I've invested in a couple of $3 Kmart tackle boxes (conveniently worm proofed) to house our growing collection.  So far Master SSG has paired up his Smashers with buddies and has only filled one box.  I can imagine that the second is going to be full by the end of the school holidays provided stock returns before then.

How's life been in your neck of the woods?


  1. Love that cloth badges are back! I loved those as a kid.

  2. Great round up. I've never even heard of smashers! And those tulips are lovely.

  3. Ooh your tulips look so pretty! I didn't know about adding sugar, what a neat trick!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  4. Chicken meatballs sounds very comforting right now.

  5. Love the tulips and yes I'm into the slow cooked comfort food at the moment. I love wooden toys and was delighted to see Aldi stocking them last week. Have a great week! SSG.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  6. Looks like a busy but fun week! I really need to check out the train bits at Aldi moe. My mother in law bought a huge set though and gives the boys pieces now and then for birthdays and Christmas, I wouldn't want to end up doubling up as I know she shops there often. We are starting to max out our current train set storage capacity also, ha!

  7. Love the cloth badge idea for a fund raiser, how fun.
    We grabbed one of the wooden toasters for our threenager and he's obsessed with making us toast. I REALLY wanted the kitchen/cafe.
    Those flowers are gorgeous, I love the happy colour.

  8. If I had still been Grandma caring for little grandkids I would have been to Aldi for those wooden toys. I bought a tea set in a box in 2015 and the visiting younger granddaughters enjoy playing with it.
    Lovely post of here and there...why not..like seeing how your week is panning out too.
    Thank you for joining in #lifethisweek Next week's optional prompt is Taking Stock. Denyse

  9. The wooden toys are perfection!! My brother still has a truck he was given as child and now his kids play with it. The best. And same, elevated noodles ftw.


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