Friday, July 19, 2013

Recent purchases

I am popping my ‘recent purchases post’ virginity. I am pretty sure I’ve never done one of these posts before, as I am not a huge shopper.
Anyways, enough with the rambling. I feel like that’s all I do around here.
I recently purchased:
A Parlux 3800. I was so excited to buy this. I have only used it once since I got it and so far, it isn't blowing my mind. My hair still goes frizzy as soon as I walk outside. BUT, I'd say that's the user of the tools and not the tools themselves. I am pretty unco at doing hair, so might need practice. I will do a review on my old Remington vs the Parlux.

Workout gear.
Every time I get new workout gear, I tend to get more in to exercise. I am unable to run at the moment on the physio’s orders, but I can still walk and I try to walk at least 45 minutes after work. These clothes are really comfortable and seem to be made well, too.

Lee Jeans
There was a buy one pair get one free offer in Lee Jeans. S got a pair, so I got a pair too in maroon. We both ended up with the same colour too, so we will have to make sure we aren’t matching when we leave the house. Very comfortable.
In an effort to buy more of a wardrobe that is versatile and a little different to what I usually wear, I went looking at TopShop. I am a non-committal buyer. I walk around with all these clothes I like, then decide I don't want them and usually walk out empty handed. I found two things I love in topshop and decided to just get them.
 Cigarette trousers || Pussybow Blouse (mine is Royal Blue)

Have you made many purchases lately?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A couple of bars

Friday night, I got home and decided our previous plans of staying in and watching a film seemed too boring so when S got home, we hightailed it to Hinky Dinks in Darlinghurst (229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst)
That place is so cute. It is set up like an old fashioned 50’s diner complete with little servings of popcorn as you sit down. We ordered some polenta fries, pulled pork hushpuppies and taco’s for dinner and a few different cocktails each. The vibe is awesome, although it didn’t seem to get too packed. The price of the cocktails is pretty average at around $16-$19 each.
Afterwards, we walked further up Darlinghurst road to Eau De Vie. At first, we couldn’t find the bar and upon asking the lady at the reception desk of a boutique hotel, we discovered you had to go through the first bar, through the toilets and through the second door to get in there. Did I confuse you? Yeah, I was confused too.
It was a great bar. Good music, lots of people, great drinks. The only downside was the price of the drinks at over $20 each. We were celebrating my recent job promotion (I think? We have just called every night out a celebration lately) though, so weren’t too fussed how much it cost. The night was going really well until a guy sitting across from us struck up a conversation. He told us we should try a dirty martini, so we did and when the bill came he insisted he paid for it. Then he started grilling us on our political stance and I don’t talk politics, so I left that to S. When I say grilling, I mean ripping S apart and questioning everything he said. It was quite bizarre. We then found out he was some cashed up millionaire that apparently gave a lot of money to the Liberal party….and was telling us to vote labor. Um, ok.
The rest of our weekend was pretty busy with playing tennis, shopping and exercising, but nothing too strenuous. 

How was your weekend?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Pictures and Wagaya, Newtown

Hi everyone!
Following on from this post, the new job has made me super busy. I am in the process of transitioning from one job to the other, whilst both are in busy periods… and also keeping on top of Uni work. Suffice to say, this little blog o’ mine has not been at the top of my list of things to do. A shame really, since I love blogging and interacting with people.
Anyway, to try not to get too bogged down with work and uni on repeat, S and I have been making time on weekends to get out and about and get some fresh air. A couple of weeks ago we headed to Centennial Park for a long walk (right after that long week of rain) and to snap some pictures.
We also went to a Japanese restaurant called Wagaya for impromptu date night a couple of weeks ago. I had wanted to try the place out for a while, but never got around to it. Well, I regret not going sooner. It has the BEST Japanese food outside Japan…and trust me when I say I KNOW Japanese food. It is amazing. It is like a little Japanese Izakaya (tapas pub) and the staff are all Japanese. The food is authentic, you order from iPads and it is just a lot of fun. To top it off, they have Chu-Hi which is only the best Japanese alcoholic drink ever.

Okonomiyai | $9.50
Gyoza | $7.90
Wagyu Nabe | $11.50 
We ordered: Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake), Yakitori (Chicken skewers), Wagyu Nabe (like a hot pot) and Gyoza (pork dumplings). The food is inexpensive and for all that, plus 2 drinks each, the bill only came to $65. Not bad at all! The service is really fast and friendly. Definitely recommend the place!
Wagaya Tapas on Urbanspoon  
 S and I sat there reminiscing about Japan and trying to decide if we will head over again in February next year. The current options are: buy a house sooner or go overseas and wait a little longer to buy a house. We’re leaning towards option 2, but we will see closer to then.
How has everyone else been?

Friday, July 5, 2013

A new job

When I started in my current role at work, a little over a year ago; it was my intention to stay for about 2 years. Then a manager approached me about a month ago to ask me to move in to another team. Doing the same thing, but for a different industry. I wrote in this post about the struggle to decide which path to take. I wasn’t too pleased as although I had a choice, it felt like it was already made for me. I also felt like it was a bit of a step back. One day at lunch, I was speaking to a guy who told me one of his team members were leaving. He said the role would be advertised internally and I should apply since I was finishing Uni this year. The role is a step up and would be the official start of my career. He said it would be challenging, potentially longer hours (not all the time) but good for my career.
I ummed and ahhed for a couple of weeks going back and forth between the two options. Fear told me to choose the easy job, but logic told me to choose the hard job. I spoke to S, I spoke to colleagues, I spoke to managers. I went back and forth and finally made the choice to apply for the harder job to see what happened.

Well, I am happy to say I had nothing to worry about as all feedback I have gotten has been positive. I start the role in a few weeks (when the busy period in my current role finished). I am nervous, but I am excited. I never really wanted too much of a career and this might be premature to say, but the more I get a taste, the more I want.
I am so glad I did not let fear get in the way of applying for this job!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What I love about Teddy

Teddy is such a pal. So much so, that I decided to dedicate a post to him. If you don’t like dogs, then you should probably just stop reading now…
Without further ado – 10 things I love about Teddy.
1.    Each and every day, he greets me at the door. Wait no, at the front window. He sits on the chest by the window, sticks his head out and waits for me to kiss him before jumping off the chest and running to the door. I walk in and by then he already has a toy in his mouth and his bum is wiggling with excitement. Every day.

2.    He tells me when it’s dinner time, walk time and toilet time. You just can’t miss a walk with this dog because he tells us. He hits us with his paw and then when we look at him, he runs to the front door. I can’t say no to that. At all.

3.    He LOVES to go out with us. Even if he has to sit in the car (we only let him do that if the weather is cool). Anywhere we go, he wants to come too.

4.    He puts himself to bed when he is tired. He will go and stand about three stairs up and then look at us. Waiting to see if anyone else is ready for bed too. If we don’t get up, then he trots off upstairs and puts himself to bed.

5.    He is well behaved. He knows commands and well. He doesn’t have to be walked on a lead because he always stops at a curb (even if he is far ahead of us). If I ask him to ‘come’, he will come. If I tell him to ‘stop’, he will stop. If I tell him to ‘heel’ he will heel. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had to use his lead.

6.    He greets people like it is his job. If I say 'Go and say hello, Ted', or 'Go give her a kiss, Ted', he will saunter over, suss the person out, maybe give them a kiss or just a sniff and let them pat him. If we enter a room full of people we know, he runs to each person for a pat.

7.    He plays dinosaurs. Dinosaurs involves the use of his bum to try and push me over. Best game!

8.    He loves me unconditionally. Even when I am annoying, or when I accidentally hurt him when I brush him..or when I give him a bath when it’s cold.

9.    He loves being blow dried. Seriously, so cute.

10. He plays racing. He knows what ‘on your marks, get set, go’ means. Even if he does cheat sometimes. He is competitive too. If you are winning, he will cut in front. I’ve only fallen once. If you win, he will jump on you at the end and play bite you.