Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Its gone!

Rockmans Reduced on Botany Road has closed!

Last Sunday Kathleen and Lulu and I went, credit cards a ready, sneakers on. But its shut until further notice!

No more 10 dollar skirts, 15 dollar shirts, no more 20 dollar suits, and the dresses, the sunday afteroon dressups have gone!

Oh where will my sunday afternoon entertainment be now???

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The fish are in!


See the tank blog!

Our new fountain

WOW! boy did it pour!

About 2 hours ago the heavens opened up and it bucketed! Tropfest was cancelled, but who needs interesing short movies when you have a fountian in the middle of your courtyard!

Yep the storm drains couldnt handle the downpour and we had a 'glooping' fountian that almost splashed knee high! It filled the courtyard and for a while we had a wading pool too! (Thank god we had the housewarming the day before!!!) But the rains subsided and now we just have a wet (and very clean) courtyard :)

Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Housewarming Party

Went off with a hit! Plenty of people popped over to check out the new digs! We got to see lots of people we hadn't seen for ages! Definitely got to have everyone over more often! (maybe after we purchase another sofaƂ… (Insert Steph's groan)

Steph and I hired a BBQ the guys at were ribbing me because i had a Tasmanian Drivers licence. They almost didn't accept it as the proof of address was required. Lucky i walk around with bankstatements in my handbag! But it was a great hire!

Steph the house chef used it to produce lovley sausages, chicken wings, and some lamb chops. We also barbecued some veggies, which were actually really really nice!

We had loads of dips, everyone bought yummy salads. :) Nigel made a gorgeous Pan Dan Cake, made with the pandan leaf, it makes the cake a lovely spring green on the inside (see photo) Many girls were amazed at Nigels cooking skills and requested the recipe but Nigel kept his secret recipie under wraps!

OMG! Kris and Rob came over! Kris looked great! And much taller than we remember her... Thankyou for stopping by! We shall have you over another time for Kareoke and games. (I was too excited to take photos SORRY!!!!)

Pep and Nix dropped by, Nix had just come back from Italy and looked very happy and Pep looking divine as always!

Gregor introduced us to a lovely german tradition of house warming. A loaf of bread, so the house may never know hunger, a jar of salt so life will always have flavour and a coin so that fortune will always come. We were very touched.

After a hot day in front of the BBQ I got everyone magnums and we sat in the living and outside enjoying our icecreams


I hope everyone enjoyed themselves! It was lovley to have you all over!
Thank you for coming :)

Friday, February 24, 2006

The things you see

Looky at what we found whilst in in North Sydney last weekend...

Hot or not, it was a welcome change from the isles of potting mix and tools.

Onya Wes!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Our Tickets have arrived!

well E-tickets anyway... not as exciting as those old fashion ones with the millions of repilicates.

But its exciting all the same!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

*sigh*

You think your problems with workplace IT are bad, try this on for size...

You know the local area network icon in system tray, this goon thought he was on the internet "live", panicked and swiftly disabled it, worked out that things weren't working as they probably should, rebooted his machine and wondered why he couldn't log back in with the error: tree or server cannot be found...

Luckily for me, he remembered what he'd done and I was able to talk him through reversing his self administration.

It just amazes me how these people can not get embarrassed about what they did, call up and expect us to pick up the pieces when swearing that they've not done a thing to cause this.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Steph has got his wish


Its pouring! but our little collection of plants are loving it. Im still at home trying to figure out a way to get to work without getting wet! HA! good luck.

Hippo Birdie

A big Happy Birthday to my younger brother Serge who is in London.

Serge has reached the Milestone of 30 today, and to help get him over the line Luisa had him chucked out of a plane in the Hills District outside of Scotland, it sounded like he was still buzzing from the experience the day after.

After 2 months of many failed attempts to call him, I've finally managed to get through to Serge to wish him a happy birthday. Alas, I caught him in the shower, but there was a big hello from the lovely Luisa.

Serge is also having a party next weekend, and by the frequency of the emails, I think he's excited about turning 30...


Sunday, February 19, 2006

Pizza tonight...

Errr... ok, last night!

After a long hard day out with our run-in with Bodhi and trekking around the city with Kathleen trying to get the experience out of our heads, we needed a nice easy dinner... Ok, I had some chicken in the fridge, all we needed was some vegies. Off to Harris Farms for some super expensive "fresh" vegies.

I was all set, ready to do my usual chicken wrapped in Bacon, but as we were complaining loudly about the prices I came across some pizza bases, grabbed a couple of these and we were set! Pizza!

So, here is my impromptu Pizza, no quantities I never cook with quantities, but I did use about 3 chicken breasts, 1 large Mozzarella, 1/2 dozen Spring onions, 2 Moon Buks, 3 tomatoes, 2 rashers of bacon, enough BBQ sauce to float a boat and tons of love for food.

What I wanted to capture was the worlds best BBQ Chicken pizza, and well, I did!

Ingreedients
Mozzarella
Chicken breasts, pan fried (approx 2/3rds cooked), then sliced roughly
Spring onion tips (green bits), sliced
Moon Buk, washed and chopped
Fresh tomatoes, thickly sliced
Bacon, roughly chopped, without rind & uncooked
BBQ Sauce
Square pizza base (ok, I'm cheating!)
Salt & Pepper to taste on chicken only!



Method
Heat oven to about 200°c, but could be hotter, no more than 220°c otherwise it will cook too quickly.

Pan fry Chicken breasts, with a little salt & pepper for flavour ground in Mortar & Pestle (Thanks Kath!) I also ground some semi dried rosemary in there too, worked a treat, sprinkled chicken on service side (restaurant term, the meat has a good side and bad side, you always cook service side first), then once in pan sprinkled plate side with Salt, Pepper & Rosemary mix till about 3/4 cooked, the rest of the cooking will take place in oven. Once cooked, take off heat and slice appropriately, nice and roughly, no need to be shy with the thickness.

Put pizza base on greaseproof paper and on a suitable tray, then lightly cover with Mozzarella, then a little spring onion, then spread the chicken out evenly over base, then squirt your BBQ Sauce over chicken, don't be shy with it at all, if you love it smother it!

Sprinkle a little more cheese over top of chicken, not heaps though, sprinkle the roughly chopped bacon over the top of the chicken & cheese, then layer your thickly sliced tomato over the top, then add your chopped Moon Buk, and the rest of your spring onions, if you have any.

Last but not least, sprinkle more cheese over the top, remembering, don't be shy if you love it, and I do!

Slap it in the oven for about 20 minutes, or when the smell gets too much that your tummy hurts! Slice how ever you like, we had a square pizza base, so it was squares.
Warning, this is definitely NOT a finger pizza like Domino's or Pizza Hut, you definitely need a Knife and Fork to enjoy this one.

Sorry, photos, I forgot… mmm it was YUMMY! Cause Eva said so!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Bodhi - The Yumcha of Serentiy with a huge dose of reality

We caught up with Dinh, Gregor and Kathleen for a bite to eat, and as Dinh is vegetarian and we wanted to try something new - Bodhi was chosen for the occasion

Bodhi is a delight, well hidden, overlooking a park full of big trees, these pretty white finger flowers and the occasional ibis.

We arrived a bit late, thanks to CityRail, but got there just as the first lot of food arrived! And yum! The sweet corn dumplings, and the sticky rice balls were delicious! The shitake mushrooms steamed with foo-jook in oyster sauce was divine!

The tofu dimsims were a bit mushy for my liking…. And the Kai Lan was a bit old to be steamed…

But everything else was lovely! It was quiet, you could talk, and the dappled sun and fresh breezes were refreshing and very soul purifying… It was a spot of Zen as we discussed the problems of the world and solved them with a wave of our hands.

Also the service was quite quick! We were all very full within 30mins! And had chosen desserts of fried sesame balls filled with caramelised toasted coconut, sugar bun balls with yellow bean paste, and tapioca custard…

Then it happened…

The downside of bodhi is that its located close to Woolloomooloo, which has a very high homeless bum population. And we met one of these distasteful creatures, who must have swallowed 6 crown larger before spewing them all out in front of us!!! You could hear it splashing on the concrete at her feet! It was disgusting!!! The owner rather distressed tried to shoo her off, to which she claimed that "she was pregnant!" She was drinking alchol for @#$k sake!!!

However we were distressed and asked for the bill 3 times. And left, only to see the same woman sitting at another table SMOKING!!! We told the owner that the same lady was back and Owner shocked ran out to shoo her off again.

I swear that some people should be born with their tubes tied.

Needless to say we are sticking to yumcha where there are walls. The Chinese waiters may be rude, the noise may be deafening but we get to keep our appetites.

Friday, February 17, 2006

0630 hrs in Sydney

There was this guy wandering the streets on my way to work wearing this t-shirt with "Personal Trainer" on it...

The guy was about the size of the house.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Youve got that Kar-E-Ohh-Kee Feeling

She's Walking on Sunshine, She's Spinning around, Kathleen always brightens up when theres a favourite song to sing.


Photo taken at Kathleen's Chinese New Year Dinner, which was a wonderful night full of food and song.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

I work hard... I promise

Denzil doesn't seem to be convinced that I work hard, because I keep sending him cool jokes and stuff.

Today I sent him some spoof Cityrail announcements, quite amusing, My Favorite "Defective Brakes"

More can be found here

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Australianism

TESTICULATING
Waving your arms around and talking Bollocks.
BLAMESTORMING
Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.
SEAGULL MANAGER
A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.
ASSMOSIS
The process by which people seem to absorb success and advancement by sucking up to the boss rather than working hard.
SALMON DAY
The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die.
CUBE FARM
An office filled with cubicles.
PRAIRIE DOGGING
When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see that's going on. (This also applies to applause for a promotion because there may be cake.)
SITCOMs
Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids or start a "home business".
SINBAD
Single working girls. Single income, no boyfriend and desperate.
STRESS PUPPY
A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.
PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE
The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
ADMINISPHERE
The rarefied organisational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the "adminisphere" are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve. This is often affiliated with the dreaded "administrivia" - needless paperwork and processes.
404
Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested document could not be located.
OHNOSECOND
That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake (e.g. you've hit 'reply all').
GOING FOR A McSHIT
Entering a fast food restaurant with no intention of buying food, you're just going to the bog. If challenged by a pimply staff member, your declaration to them that you'll buy their food afterwards is known as a McShit with Lies.
AEROPLANE BLONDE
One who has bleached/dyed her hair but still has a 'black box'.
AUSSIE KISS
Similar to a French Kiss, but given down under.
BEER COATTES
The invisible but warm coat worn when walking home after a booze cruise at 3am.
BEER COMPASS
The invisible device that ensures your safe arrival home after booze cruise, even though you're too drunk to remember where you live, how you got here, and where you've come from.
BREAKING THE SEAL
Your first pee in the pub, usually after 2 hours of drinking. After breaking the seal of your bladder, repeat visits to the toilet will be required every 10 or 15 minutes for the rest of the night.
GREYHOUND
A very short skirt, only an inch from the hare.
JOHNNY-NO-STARS
A young man of substandard intelligence, the typical adolescent who works in a burger restaurant. The 'no-stars' comes from the badges displaying stars that staff at fast-food restaurants often wear to show their level of training.
MILLENNIUM DOMES
The contents of a Wonderbra, i.e. extremely impressive when viewed from the outside, but there's actually naught in there worth seeing.

MONKEY BATH
A bath so hot, that when lowering yourself in, you go: "Oo!Oo!Oo! Aa!Aa!Aa!".
MYSTERY BUS
The bus that arrives at the pub on Friday night while you're in the toilet after your 10th pint, and whisks away all the unattractive people so the pub is suddenly packed with stunners when you come back in.
MYSTERY TAXI
The taxi that arrives at your place on Saturday morning before you wake up, whisks away the stunner you slept with, and leaves a 10-Pinter in your bed instead.
PICASSO BUM
A woman whose knickers are too small for her, so she looks like she's got four buttocks.
SALAD DODGER
An excellent phrase for an overweight person.
SWAMP-DONKEY
A deeply unattractive person.
TART FUEL
Bottled premixed spirits, regularly consumed by young women.