Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Fantastic news!!!
We had the news we've been waiting for for months today. Jason and I finally got our visas approved!! It's been such an uphill battle, we've been so stressed about it for nearly 6 months trying to work out what to do. I haven't been documenting our struggle on my blog as I wasn't sure whether it would get accepted and I wanted to wait until we had some sort of news, so here's the good news ;o) The visa is valid until May 2008, so it gives us time to decide where we want to live. It also means I can finally work and earn myself some money. What a big relief, and just in time for our holiday, so we can enjoy it more and not have the worry in the back of our minds!

Friday, May 26, 2006

I had a major achievement last night... I made my first homemade soup!! I never thought I would have the patience to make soup before, but I wanted to give it a shot! And it was bloomin lovely (even if I do say so myself!) it was red capsicum and sweetcorn. I must admit though that half of it ended up all over the kitchen floor when I tried to blend it, and I did ruin Jasons cookery book....but apart from that, it went very well!! Jason cooked the main course, filo pastries with feta cheese and yummy veggies....mmmm!! I led in bed last night thinking of what other soups I could make (how sad am I!!).
Earlier I phoned up one of the recruitment agencies I go through to get a summary of all my pay from the last year and I had a really nice compliment. It was a woman I've never spoken to before, she asked me my name, when I told her, she said, oooh, I've heard lots of good things about you. She said that TAFE, where I worked at the beginning of the year have been saying very good things about me. So that made my day, it must have been good that she recognised my name to tell me!
Countdown is on....only 7 days to go till our holiday ;o)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

We had the coldest day on Tuesday....it was down to 15 degrees....brrrrrr!!
I went out with Sue last night, we met up at our local bar for a few drinks, had a bit of a catch up.
Just found out that Robbie Williams is coming to Sydney in December, he's finishing his world tour here, so I'm hoping to get tickets for that. It will be a great couple of months in Nov and Dec, we have U2, Pearl Jam, maybe Kylie, and now Robbie too...cool!!
Thats about it for now.

Monday, May 22, 2006

We went to see the Da Vinci Code last Thursday, we really enjoyed it, although the reviews weren't the best.
Friday night we went out with a few friends. Paul had just returned from China, so we caught up with him. We just went out for a meal and a few drinks. Saturday Jason and I went for a drive to some of the posh parts of Sydney, we had some chips at Watsons bay (not normally part of my diet!). We took a diversion to Bondi shopping mall, they have a couple of pet shops there, and we always check them out when we're passing. They always have really cute puppies there, most of them are those designer dogs, like laboradoodles and cockerpoodles!! This week we saw the cutest yet, beagliers (cross between a beagle and a king charles cavalier) I just wanted to take them both home with me, they were the loveliest dogs I've seen. I've got this thing about pets at the moment, it must be because I'm a bit lonely what with not working. There's a really sweet friendly cat downstairs that I'm quite attached to (this is very strange tho as I don't really like cats...they scare me a bit) like I said, I must be very lonely!!
I just realised, it was 6 years ago yesterday that I moved to Munich....wow, it seems like a lifetime ago, and I still haven't stopped travelling!!
Anyway, I'm just off to buy our travel insurance now....only 11 days to go ;o)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

It's turning cooler here now, winter is definitely on it's way (thank goodness!!) it's still pretty mild, but I'm sure it won't be long now.
I'm getting really excited about our holiday, we're leaving in 2.5 weeks ;o) I can't wait to go back and see everyone, and it's a real bonus that I'm able to go to Munich too.
Apart from that, not too much going on. Jason and I went out on Friday with Linn and Martin for a friends birthday, we went to a bar I'd never been to before, it was good fun, they were playing loads of 80's music which I'm sorry to say I really love! Saturday, I got the ferry over to Manly to visit Sue. We bought lots of food and dips and had a girls night in. We had all good intentions of watching a dvd, but as always, we talked all the way through it, so we had no idea what was going on in the film....so we had to watch it again the next day (we managed to shut up for it!) and I'm glad we did watch it again as it was really good. After we'd watched that we walked down to Manly beach and had an ice cream and sat watching the world go by. When the sun started to go down, we went to a bar for a couple of drinks before I went home. It was great fun to see her again.

Monday, May 08, 2006

We had a lovely weekend. One of Jason's friends won a competition for a stay at a holiday home at Smiths Lake, (which is 3 hours drive north of Sydney) and they asked if we wanted to go with them. We jumped at the chance of a free weekend out of Sydney, so we all drove up on Friday night. The place was really lovely, the back door opened straight out onto the lake. We unpacked all our food, then settled down to a night of eating lots of yummy food and drinking wine, we didn't get to bed till about 3am! Next day, Natalie wasn't feeling too good, so Jason and I decided to go off on our own to see Forster, which is the next main town up the coast. We stopped off at a viewpoint on the way, where I managed to get eaten alive by all the bloomin mossies, I've never seen so many and in the daytime as well, Jason was swatting them off of me as I'm very prone to getting bitten. I thought I'd gotten away with getting bitten until yesterday when they all came out..my arms and back are covered in them! Anyway, after the lookout we made our way to the beach. There was hardly anyone there, we had our lunch and chilled out on the beach for a few hours. Jason went for a snorkel, but I wasn't feeling brave enough to venture into the cold water! On the way back we stopped so I could take a picure of one of the many kookaburras, eventually I got a good pic (it kept moving it's head) but I think I must have disturbed it with my flash and he flew towards the car, I screamed as it was so close I thought it was going to fly in the car window, they're not small birds, I wouldn't fancy that in our car! Jason thought that was very funny!! When we got back, a friend of Linsey's had arrived, we cracked open the wine again and started off the evening with some board games. It was a great laugh...I realised how hopeless I am at Trivial Pursuit...but am a lot better at Pictionary and Outburst!! After another long night, we headed for bed.
Yesterday we had breakfast and then made our way to the local beach (Sandbar beach). It was really lovely there, again hardly anyone there, except for some surfers. The surf was really good, so the boys jumped straight into the sea....again I just watched, but it was nice just sitting on the lovely beach. We stayed there a couple of hours, then Jason and I headed back to the cottage and packed up all our stuff for the drive home. We had a really nice weekend, it was so nice to get out of the city and see somewhere different, and I really loved just sitting around talking and playing games, it was so relaxing.
The view from the lookout
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The sunset over the lake
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Sandbar beach
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Jason getting battered about in the water!
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Had enough....
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View from the back door of our holiday home
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Monday, May 01, 2006

I managed to get to the cinema a couple of times last week which held the boredom at bay a little! Saturday night, Jason and I went to Gemma and Garry's for a bbq. Jason used to work with Gemma, and I met them at the races last year, we've been trying to meet up for ages, but only just got a chance this weekend. Had a really nice evening, Gemma cooked some really nice food, she went to a lot of effort. The only thing that ruined it was all the guys just had to watch the football...I don't know, I just don't understand it!
Yesterday I was a bit worse for wear...I didn't realise I'd drunk so much. I managed to get myself out of bed and we went to the Kings Cross Food and Wine fair. I had a few sips of wine which made me feel so much better. Later on, Curly, Rachel and Linn turned up and we had a catch up with them, then I just had to go home as I was really tired. We watched the Whale Rider when we got home, it's a story about the Maori in New Zealand, it was quite a good film.