Nov 11, 2019

Life This Week 11/11/2019: Share Your Snaps.

Aren't the weeks so naturally photogenic right now? 

Here's what caught the attention of my iPhone this week....

A seaplane by a local restaurant.  What a way to arrive for lunch on the water!  Still waiting to be ticked off my bucket list.

'My' jacaranda tree nearly hitting its peak purpleness for twenty nineteen.

More jacaranda blooms with bonus sunshine and sandstone on the way back from morning drop off.

A windscreen wiper bouquet as seen in the carpark over the weekend.

A satisfying session of meal prep.  I make no apologies for the abundance of prepackaged ingredients.  When I'm in the trenches of the school term, every time-saving opportunity gets fully taken advantage of.  The Spice Tailor range is available at Woolies, around $5 per kit from memory.  I love the way they don't taste 'packet-y' and aren't too salty.

$5 tubs of pre-diced sweet potato and pumpkin, I'm looking at you and thinking 'money well spent'.

These are the sachets inside the Spice Tailor curry kit in my first meal prep photo.  To prepare, fry the spice sachet briefly, add fresh ingredients, then sachet #2, toss around a bit and then simmer in sachet #3.  I added some coconut milk and a can of tomatoes to bulk up the sauce as I was wanting to make 4 large lunches from the kit that is meant to serve 2 - 3.  I used a truckload of vegies (spinach, celery, green beans and a can of chickpeas) and I definitely needed the extra liquid from my add-ins to make it work.

And here we are.  Four freezer ready lunches for the crazy weeks ahead.

Nov 7, 2019

Lovin' Life 7/11/2019: Lost and Found.

This week's Lovin' Life is devoted to a miraculous moment.

The one in which I found my work swipe card.  In my car and on the third time I'd inspected the sides of the front seats with my iPhone flashlight.  The discovery brought me feelings of both joy and relief.

Joy because I'd be able to just sail into the work car park on Monday and tap myself rather than having to press the intercom to be manually allowed to enter, creating a snake of waiting colleagues in my wake.  Joy also because I won't have to lurk around key doors at work waiting expectantly for someone else to let ne in with them.  Joy on the part of the rest of my team and anyone else I'm friends with at work because I won't be stalking them at access points or asking to borrow their card so I can get through.  I was only without my pass for that one day and it was enough to send me round the bend.

There's a whole heap of relief being felt at the moment too.  I don't know what it's like at your work but it is quite an ordeal getting a replacement swipe card for us. Your lost card had to reported to security.  Then, you need to search really hard on the work intranet to find the form to fill out online before downloading for the five signatures you need to get from various people spread over multiple floors an buildings.  That's provided you know where they all live....  The final hurdles are to pay your replacement fee at the cashier before trying to catch the office where you get the card while it's open.  That last place opens for four hour stretches on what seems like random picks of three different business days each week.  Yes, it's quite a lot of drama for one little card.

But none of that will be my circus because my card is back, securely attached to my lanyard.

Have you ever lost your work swipe card?  How much drama did replacing it add to your life?

Nov 5, 2019

From Smash Cake to Street Party.

The rain's finally come and with it. the haze has finally lifted.  In the wake of bushfires elsewhere in the state, Sydney's taken quite a hit in the air quality stakes recently.  Even healthy lunged people like me have felt that twitch in their lungs.  I've also felt the pollution on my skin as I've been walking outside.  It's oppressive and unpleasant.  And it's 'only' because of bushfires and not the consequence of vehicle exhaust fumes and factory outputs that other parts of the world have to contend with on a daily basis every day of the year.

Balloons and a road closure.  Just for me.  Not really....  All will be revealed later in the post.

Life went on over the weekend, despite the haze.  

It's birthday party season for Master SSG and this weekend we were treated to a proper smash cake.

Not a cake you smush to find a well of lollies within but a 'cake' made of chocolate that you crack with a hammer to reveal lollies and more chocolate for days and days...

From the party, we took ourselves to our neighbourhood street festival (the reason for those balloons and road closures) for lunch and a sticky beak.  It was perfect weather for outdoor fun and the festival did not disappoint.

There were rides and rides on camels,

a petting zoo,

a Swans meet and greet complete with a spin on the lucky wheel

and food.  Lots of food.

Like these delicious babkas.  I went for the cinnamon baby babka and enjoyed every decadently coated layer.  Those baby babka are meant for just one, aren't they?

There were freshly fried dumpling for lunch as well as tandoori chicken wraps with the chicken made to order.

The jacaranda added a canopy of majestic colour to the day's entertainment.

Pizzas were being baked in outdoor pizza ovens

while the Dutch pancake griddles were getting a work out a few stalls up.

I wish I had room for a doughnut, perhaps the party could run over two days next year to give me enough afternoon and morning tea breaks over which to try all the baked goods on offer.  Just putting it out there, organizing committee.

Regular businesses along the streets where the party was held were still open and very busy.

The local fancy hotel even had its own stalls offering gourmet meals, beer and wine,

There were so many pretty things to admire.  These dream catchers in tasteful neutrals fluttered in the breeze while a rail of doll pendants looked like they were part of a fashion parade or the start of a ladies' lunch.

There were nods to the iconic beach a few suburbs over on these towels.

While the beautiful print on these dresses reminded me of the gardens and flower boxes I run past in the morning.

This stall selling cupcake-sized succulents caught my eye.

You even get to take them home in a box like you would edible cupcakes.

Nothing says street party like a raspberry slushie.  That brain freeze is just the ticket when it's humid and the sun's got some bite to it.

Can't wait to do it all again next year!


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