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Peace out!

Jan. 21st, 2011 | 11:17 pm

So, I am super inspired by the 70's right now.

The Seventies were totally hip man.

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Vodka and tears

Jan. 9th, 2011 | 10:54 pm

So, Karl, Antoni and I just got back from an awesome evening at Borsch, Vodka & Tears on Chapel Street. I have eaten there before and wasn't overly impressed with the food but loved the atmosphere and the cocktails. Being primarily a vodka bar, Borsch, Vodka and Tears has a compendium of vodka cocktails that are awesome. Tonight I indulged in the "compendium" (Their signature cocktail) which is comprised of: żubrówka, green apple liqueur, vanilla vodka, lime & apple juice shaken with a hint of absinthe in a sugar glazed martini glass. It was odd but delicious with an awesome green hue and we also sampled the "land of ladies" which had: strawberry liqueur, a mystery vodka and lemon juice and manages to taste a little bit like natural confection company snakes.Okay, doesn't taste like snakes but smells of them. It was beautiful and pink and luscious.

Following awesome cocktails I devoured most of a plate of przekazki (Polish tapas) consisting of roasted pumpkin, marinated eggplant, zucchini, rye bread, goat's cheese, roasted capsicum and dill pickles. It was light and oily at the same time and just enough for a main meal.

I will warn you though. With the hipster movement rising to an absolute peak, all things European are being taken over so what was once a hole in the wall Polish vodka bar is now a hive of Hipster douche bags sipping martinis and talking loudly about bicycles. It's not somewhere for a romantic evening but if you want some kicking cocktails and awesome ambience. Head on in.

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It's a lot like life...

Jan. 2nd, 2011 | 12:44 am

It can only be NYE when you:

Break the heel of your favourite heels
Dance to "Final Countdown" as the year draws to an end
Eat Hungry Jacks in the middle of the street while trying to hail a cab
Don't get a taxi so have to walk 3Kms home, with no shoes on
End up wearing your fiancés size 11 shoes
Start the night drinking five cocktails in a classy bar
End the night screaming Depeche Mode Lyrics at 4am

That was my NYE 2010. It was the best one I have had in years. I have photographic evidence of the shenanigans under the cut.
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i hope you all had a great end to 2010/beginning to 2011. I know I did. Now sleep.


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It's been grand!

Dec. 30th, 2010 | 04:16 pm
I am in:: Cairns
I feel:: chipperchipper
I can hear:: Depeche mode

Oh, 2010! What a year! I began 2010 overly positive. I had no plans but for some reason a strange optimism dusted every thought I had about the coming year. This positive feeling seemed to echo through the whole year and consequently many life changing things occurred that I never expected would. So what happened? Here's the year in review:

Where did I go?

Melbourne city, Olinda, Dandenong Ranges, Cairns, Gordonvale, Port Douglas, Mossman. I plan to do much more travelling in 2011, what with Karl and I intending to procure driving liscenses and all. We'll be foot loose and fancy free this coming year.

What happened?

Got engaged to the love of my life. Adopted to gorgeous kittens. Went to the Tim Burton exhibition. Visited the Titanic exhibition at the museum. Dyed my hair blue, green, red, and white. Lost EIGHT kilos. Was asked to become an ambassador for Monash University. Found my passion in life and kicked ass at it. Received my highest mark at university (97%). Received the Dean's Scholar Award for Excellent Academic Achievement, twice!! Had my right eye enucleated after years of emotional turmoil and physical pain. Was fitted for an artificial eye by the best artist in Australia. Looked in the mirror and for the first time saw two big, blue eyes. Completed my second year of university. Finally fit into a size 12, and even a size 10!!


LUSH!! Body Combat, Body Pump and fitness in general. Reading. Vogue UK. Huge earrings. Bangles. Silver. Pink glitter on everything. Orange hair. Tight curls. Illustration. Nazi Germany. Clean eating. High-waisted skirts.

Best things I did for myself?

Got fit: I lost eight kilos and feel (and look) the best I have in years. I eat better and move more. The daily gym addiction is a good one to have. Finally got eye surgery: I had suffered from terrible eye pain and a disfigured appearance my whole life and losing that eye was the best thing that will ever happen to me. I am a different person; I am myself. Changed my university major to history: I have always taken an active interest in history (only reading historical fiction and non-fiction for example) but I never realised how much I loved it until my friend convinced me to take a history classat uni and ta-dah! I have revealed a long concealed passion and started my new major. Became an optimist: I have always been a glass half empty kind of gal but this year I made a conscious effort to think more positively about myself, my goals and most importantly, other people. It made reaching my goals less stressful and gaining friends a whole lot easier.

Best Meals?

Christmas eve dinner:
Cider glazed ham, turkey breast, terrine and black forest trifle. Need I say more? Birthday dinner at France-Soir: Filet-mignon, escargots in a beautiful garlic sauce, pork sausage with mustard followed by a home-baked pink velvet cake. Yes!

Top Five Purchases?

Lush Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser:
This is literally the best skin product I have ever tried. Based on a medieval recipe it cleans my pores and leaves my skin insanely soft and smooth. And it's vegan too! Pure Mineral Source eye shadow: I'm so glad I discovered this make-up store on Etsy.com. The eye-shadow colours are some of the most stange and vibrant I have ever seen. Backpack: Yes, boring I know but seriously, taking a hand bag to uni and holding all of your books in your arms (because they don't fit into your bag) is ridiculous. I saved myself a lot of back and shoulder pain by buying a back pack. Kittens: I love our two furry children. I have missed them so much while on holiday and I can't wait to see them tomorrow. Gym membership: I am the fittest I have ever been. I am the lightest I have ever been (68Kgs) and I am the happiest and most confident I have ever been.

Most loved movies and television shows?

Glee. Hamish and Andy's Caravan of Courage (Australia, America, and Britain). Who killed Nancy? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Dexter.

Best Reads?

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood. A Social History of the Third Reich - Michael Grunsberger. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood. The Georgics - Virgil. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling. Demian - Hermann Hesse.

Couldn't live without?

Karl and my girl friends. Glitter on everything. Inappropriately large earrings. Lush's Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser and Sympathy for the Skin body butter. My two kittens. Bright white cross trainers. Vibrant eye shadow. A good book. My family.

So, that was 2010. It was a doozy. Now I am going to pack all of my gorgeous Christmas gifts into a suitcase with the trash I carry everywhere and head back to my home, my kittens and my life. Thanks Cairns, you've been great to me. I will remember the Thai food, the beaches, the constant rain all set to the sound of Depeche mode pumping in my brain. And thank you 2010! It was the most eventful, blissful, life-changing year I can remember. I have a very positive feeling about the coming year and look forward to all it's surprises. So, until 2011 I bid you adieu!

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Was it as good for you?

Dec. 25th, 2010 | 08:00 pm
I feel:: ecstaticecstatic

So, that was Christmas...Probably the best Christmas I have had in the last ten years. Christmas eve was a reunion of sorts - with Karl's sister enjoying her first Christmas in Australia after many years in Canada and interstate). An epic European celebration began with cider glazed ham and stuffed turkey, followed by the opening of presents which literally took an hour because there were so many under the tree! I received a beautiful locket from Karl's mother and Victoria's secret panties from Karl's sister (as well as some gorgeous mugs with photos of Karl and I printed on them). Karl presented me with a beautiful book on significant plants (The Roots of Civilisation) illustrated with some of the most gorgeous botanical plates I have ever seen and Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey. After a tiring few hours of present related mayhem we beveraged into the evening with one of Karl's most beloved childhood friends. After tearing ourselves away from the vodka fuelled laughter we crashed...hard.

Christmas morning was amazing. Karl and I swap our own personal presents on Christmas morning as a way to uphold my family's tradition. I awoke to a gorgeously wrapped bundle of gifts awaiting my eager hands. I was
(not) surprised to find books concealed within layers of lush wrapping. I received three books I have been waiting to read for months: Waste (about the global food wastage scandal), The World According to Monsanto (obviously about the controversial Monsanto company) and The Nazi Doctors - Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide. GARGH! So many amazing books and I also have a $20 Borders voucher to spend. I know what I will be doing for the remainder of this semester break. I also gained a sweet smelling box of Lush products - Honey I washed the kids soap; snow fairy shower gel, soap, lip scrub and lip gloss; a bubble bar in candy cane costume; and Sympathy for the Skin moisturiser. BLISS! I am in love with Lush and now I have a year's supply. It was absolutely amazing gifting on Karl (and his family's) behalf.

We then spent the day eating with my mother, sister, and Leisa (my sister's best friend from high school). My little brother also made a drop in for lunch. I took some beautiful shots of my family and felt blessed to spend the day with them (although I do need a break after a day with my dear ol' mother).

It was truly the most amazing Christmas experience I have ever had. Merry Christmas to you all! I hope that you have/had an amazing day and receive all that you desire.

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Oh, December.

Dec. 21st, 2010 | 07:07 pm

How good is December? Gifts under a light bedecked tree, constant delicious Christmas treats and a whole bunch of gingerbread flavoured deliciousness, and presents.

I received a whole bunch of Napoleon Perdis cosmetics which are heaven. New brushes, new primer. GARGH! I love make-up but this Queensland humidity ruins all of my make-up fun!

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Fucking Tiger

Dec. 19th, 2010 | 11:38 am

So, we finally made it. I will never fly Tiger again. After three delays and two hours we finally got onto the tarmac where we were delayed a further 10 minutes. Once on the plane we were further delayed for five minutes. It was the most turbulent and rough plane trip I have ever had. As we wei and the re descending, my arms went numb, my head went fuzzy and  I almost passed out. Thank you Tiger for being the most terrible airline Australia has to offer.

Once in Cairns, things picked up. There has been plenty of drinking, good sushi and catching up. It's good to be together again even if it wont be for long.

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Dec. 15th, 2010 | 10:42 pm
I feel:: bouncybouncy

Tomorrow I am flying back to my gorgeous, but time-warped, hometown of Cairns. It will be hot and it will be muggy but by golly my family lives there and I'm just going to have the dandiest time. Heck, I'm even taking tomorrow off from my rigorous gym schedule so I that I am well rested. We have basically completed packing (minus a few toiletries that will be added tomorrow in the mad rush to leave this crazy town) and we have finished our Christmas shopping for mine and Karl's precious families.

My hair has been touched up, kittens will be packed away to their holiday home tomorrow and we are set to go.

God, I am so ready for this change of scenery, for sleeping in and staying up late, for a change in routine and habit.

Ciao y'all.

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Wanna see something creepy?

Dec. 11th, 2010 | 10:52 am

I was playing around in the mirror last night (with my camera) and I took these...I did not intend them to come out so darn freaky. Like, they freak me out. I look:
a) Dead
b) Deranged

Cool/creepy, right?
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'Tis the Season

Dec. 9th, 2010 | 11:04 pm
I feel:: Festive

I just made these delicious gingerbread cupcakes with spiced molasses frosting. Karl loved them. I tried one and the cake was super moist, fragrant and super spicy and the molasses frosting was the perfect mix of creamy and sweet. The Christmas season to me is strongly connected with food - both the making and eating of. Christmas day for my family involved a big breakfast of ham and eggs, followed by the unwrapping of presents and a massive lunch. Christmas lunch for me was, and always will be, the highlight of Christmas. Mum would prepare a beautiful pineapple-glazed ham, roast chicken, turkey, pork and all of the trimmings to go with it. Plum pudding, rum balls and custard followed lunch and a very full and sleepy afternoon followed that.

When I think of Christmas now I think of baking gingerbread and rolling rum balls, baking pies and glazing ham. Christmas for me is a family affair punctuated with food. Family get togethers throughout the holidays always involved canapés of some delicious variety and lots of laughter.

I look forward to arriving in Cairns and seeing my family in a weeks time. I look forward to sitting around a table, munching on delectable Christmas goodies and sipping festive beverages. I look forward to catching up with old friends, drinking margaritas and eating Mexican food until I pass out. Can any holiday be as fun and exciting as Christmas?

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