Monday, January 31, 2011

Currently - The January '11 Edition

Current Book (s): Home Renovation magazines. Kitchen appliance brochures - who knew choosing an oven and range hood could be so hard?

Current Playlist: Albums that are on high rotation for me the last few weeks are:
  • Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros - From Below
  • Cut Copy - Zonoscope
  • Adele - 21
  • Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh)
  • Beach House - Teen Dream
  • Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
  • Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Current Shame - Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Watching the tennis. Lusting after Roger Federer. Disliking his wife Mirka. Jealous.

Current Colour: White for the house. Grey - on the hunt for a charcoal fabric sofa. Yellow and red for the beach.

Current Drink: Water. Deep Spring flavoured mineral water. Does drinking Gaviscon count? I drink that EVERY day now. Having a breech baby this pregnancy has made my heartburn MUCH worse.

Current Food: Mexican food. Yoghurt and muesli. Paddlepops. Fish. Caprese salads. Pasta.

Current Favourite Show: Big Love Season 5 just started. About to start Boardwalk Empire too.

Current Wishlist: Tradies at the new house to work extra quickly. Kitchen designer to build kitchen perfectly and quickly. Also, for mother nature to give Australia a break with the extreme weather. Flooding, cyclones, heat waves... Enough is enough. I'm so thankful there are no serious bush fires this season. One of my biggest fears is fire.

Current Needs: Falling asleep quicker. The baby insomnia has kicked in, taking me over an hour to fall asleep most nights. Also, be gone; back ache, leg cramps, heart burn and boob sweat.

Current Triumphs: We finalised our kitchen design, new lights and fans througout the house, negotiated halving the cost of a new fence at the back of the house with our neighbours, have picked new internal doors and a new entrance door, all taps/toilets/fixtures have been ordered. The renovation is in FULL swing now.

Current Bane(s) of my Existence: Sore hips when I wake up in the morning, struggling to get in/out of my 4WD.

Current Celebrity Crush: Bear Grylls. A Scout, Explorer, Adventurer, Motivational Speaker, Father, just a really awesome guy.

Current Indulgence: Maltesers. Paddlepops.

Current #1 Blessing: Having my Mum and sisters help me out while I near the end of my 3rd trimester. Only 6 weeks to go. Here's what baby probably looks like. Except mine is BREECH!

Current Slang or Saying: Does singing the Wiggles or Justine Clark count? Good lord, someone erase the lyrics from my memory!!!

Current Outfit: Birkenstock thongs, Haviana thongs, Croc ballet shoes, black jersey maxi dress, GAP singlets and anything with ELASTIC!

Current Excitement: Stating the obvious here. 34 weeks pregnant now. Almost on the home stretch. Baby kicking away and reminding me that we will be a family of 4 very soon. My sister has organised a baby shower for me in a few weeks. I didn't have one for Abigail because I lived in Singapore and didn't have a big circle of friends before she was born. I'm looking forward to a lovely afternoon surrounded by female friends and family.

Current Mood: Tired but excited about the baby. Anxious but relieved about the house.

Current Link:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Flashback Friday.

Beastie Boys - Body Movin'

Top song from a seriously cool bunch of guys. I'm lucky enough to have seen the Beastie Boys once and they were fantastic. James and I heard a BB song on the radio yesterday and remembered how awesome they are.

Happy Friday afternoon.


New Years Getaway Pt II

More photos from our NY getaway.

Abi playing in the sand at North Avoca Beach.

Lunch at Wamberal SLSC.

Lunch at Avoca Beach. Not very sunny but VERY humid.

Another day spent at Avoca Beach. The rockpool is great for kids. A few places to eat right on the beach and lots of parking. A real winner for families.

New Years Getaway

A month has passed since we headed up to the beach house for NYE. We stayed for 6 nights which flew past so quickly.

Last summer we spent 3 weeks at the beach house, but this year James had to fly to Singapore for business and we had make do with a short getaway.

I was too busy relaxing to take my camera everywhere with me, but I did manage to take a few photos. Here are some highlights.

This is where we spent NYE morning. North Entrance Beach.

A very quiet NYE indeed. Not a soul in sight. It was a nice way to end the year.

Abi and James making sand castles. Abi sitting on her new beach chair.

Abi enjoying some icecream on NYE.

Norah Head Lighthouse. Beautiful spot.

My love and me.

The lighthouse + sun glare. Gorgeous.

Seriously pretty place. Perfect weather helped too.

Locals only spot near Norah Head.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Triple J Hottest 100 2010

I like listening to Triple J. Commercial radio can be SO repetitive and boring. I have to watch what I'm listening to with Abi in the car though, as Triple J isn't censored and the occasional swear word does pop up from time to time.

Every Australia Day, Triple J count down the hottest 100 tracks of the previous year and tally the results for the top song. I listened to some of the broadcast yesterday but missed hearing the top 10. I was pretty shocked to hear the results. Some were predictable, others a real surprise.

Here are the top 10 songs of 2010, according to Triple J listeners. Have a look see and you be the judge.

Number 10

Somebody To Love Me {Ft. Boy George & Andrew Wyatt} - Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.

My review: I actually like this song. Great collaboration with Boy George and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow.

Number 9

Art vs Science - Magic Fountain

My review: I'm not a fan of Art vs Science at all. It's just noise to me. I can appreciate dance and electronica music, but this is just blerg.

Number 8

The Wombats - Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)

My review:
The Wombats are cute but don't blow me away. This song had alot of commercial success too so its presence in the top 10 didn't surprise me.

Number 7

Cee Lo Green - F*ck You

My review: I love this song. It's very commercial now and was featured on Glee which made it even more successful. You might recognise Cee Lo Green as the lead singer of duo band Gnarls Barkley.

Number 6

Adrian Lux - Teenage Crime

My review: This was a real surprise to see in the top 10. Swedish born Adrian Lux has a hit on his hands here, with the help of Axwell (DJ, remixer, record producer and record label owner, also from Sweden)

Number 5

Boy and Bear - Fall At Your Feet (cover)

My review: Yes, this song is amazing. But it's not theirs! I don't think cover songs should make the top 10, in my opinion. Yes, this cover is ok but it's nothing amazing. James Blunt's cover is much better.

Number 4

Birds Of Tokyo - Plans

My review: Huge commercial success. Played at the Aria Awards ceremony in 2010. No surprise this was in the top 10. I heard the band talking on Triple J today and they were also surprised that the song was THAT popular with Triple J listeners. Great song though.

Number 3

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Dance The Way I Feel

My review: I absolutely love this song and the band. A trio to begin with, 2010 was a bittersweet year for them. Just as they started to become successful, lead singer Charles Haddon committed suicide by jumping from a telecommunications at Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium. The whole album is fantastic, I highly recommend it.

Number 2

Rock It - Little Red

My review: A great song from a great band. From all of the top 10 songs, this song should have been Number 1 in my opinion. Yes, it's commercial and pop, but still super cute. Abi loves dancing to it, so it must be a real winner.

Number 1

Angus and Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane

My review: I'm in two minds about this song winning the top spot. I used to be a huge fan of the Stone siblings, but I've gone off them lately. Hugely popular and commercial now, this song was a massive hit in 2010. I was shocked this was the TOP song, with so many other contenders not even in the top 20. I think I underestimated how popular the Stone siblings really are.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sunday 230111

We collectively slept in till 9:45am which my husband needed desperately after all the late nights he has had lately. He has been on the go since he arrived home from Singapore last Wednesday and has been out every night with colleagues from the USA.

Spent 2 hours perusing the papers while Abi kept herself amused in her room. Finally at midday we decided that it was too hot and nice a day to stay indoors so we headed to the northern beaches for some relief.

We had lunch at a busy beachside cafe and then headed down to the rockpools of Freshwater Beach. Abi was a little timid at first, but loved that she could run into the water and it was very shallow.

I sat on a rock and watched my loves frolick in the shallow water. My cossie is a little too tight around my belly at the moment so I didn't go in the water. Major regrets too, because the water was a balmy 24'c and looked so inviting. I saw many other expecting mothers all cooling off in the surf, I was very jealous! Still, my view wasn't too bad.  I stared at this for about 45 minutes.

The breeze picked up and the clouds rolled in, so James went to get the car as we had parked on the other side of the beach. What a gem of a husband, I didn't have to trek all the way back through the hot, soft sand.

Bumper to bumper traffic all the way back to the city, as many beach-goers left at the same time we did. We decided to shower and head out for dinner, since we both weren't in the mood for cooking.

Our bathroom floor was covered in sand after undressing Abi and we all enjoyed a cool shower before changing and heading out to our favourite local cafe, Cafe Sopra at Fratelli Fresh in Walsh Bay. Abi behaved like an angel and we enjoyed stuffed zucchini flowers, breadsticks, ragu bolognaise and spaghetti and meatballs.

Despite being full as bulls, I was craving something sweet for dessert and we drove from Walsh Bay to Glebe and shared some hot churros with chocolate dipping sauce. I was so full, I could have rolled home.

All in all, a perfect family Sunday.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

30th Birthday Destination # 2

Somewhere alot closer and cheaper than Thailand is Noosa on the sunny Sunshine Coast in QLD.

Noosa is so lovely. I adore every holiday I've had up there. Except dealing with the tropical monsoons in the month of January.

We have a holiday house up there which my parents frequent often. What I love about Noosa is that it is far away enough from Sydney to feel like a holiday, but not too long on a plane which is great with little kids.

If we go to Noosa for my 30th, another bonus is that I can ask friends to join us. Accommodation is super cheap in the winter months up there, and 2 of my best friends turn 30 right before I do so we could make a real celebration of it if they joined us.

Here are some reasons why I love Noosa and why it's a contender for my big 3-0!

Amazing restaurants to choose from. The 2 photos above are of my favourite place to dine, Sails on Hastings Street.

Gorgeous beaches, friendly locals, so many activities to keep yourself occupied...

Gustos is my favourite restaurant in Noosaville (the River). This place is amazing, very kid friendly.

The famous Eumundi Markets are a short drive away. Great stalls, lovely locals, amazing food and lots of fun.

I know some people might think this is odd, but I like the idea of having a good mall nearby for supplies. Noosa Civic is a quick car trip and you can stock up on food, booze and emergency toy supplies if necessary.

Lake McKenzie, located on Fraser Island, is a long but FUN 4WD away. The whole family went there once and it was amazing. Fresh lakes, white sand, but lots of headaches from the bumping in the 4WD. Not for everyone, but lots of fun indeed.

I've been twice before but I'd go again and again. Australia Zoo is a GREAT place for kids. Very educational and entertaining. Not a cheap day out, but lots of fun.

Flashback Friday.

Madonna - The Power of Goodbye

Here is today's flashback. One of my favourite Madonna songs. I loved this section of her career. The music was different to anything she had ever done.

Happy Friday everyone,


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

30th Birthday Destinations

I'm turning the dirty 30 in August. I can't believe it, 30! And I want it to be special. I've had some sub-par birthdays in the past and hopefully this year will be stellar!

We went away to Bali for James's 30th last year and it was amazing. Private villa, staff, drivers, the whole experience was a dream. Except for me getting sick at the end of the trip, major bzzt.

By the time August rolls around, I will have a 3 yr old toddler and a 5 month old newborn to accompany us wherever we decide to go. James and I have been discussing going away somewhere, but we cannot decide.

Here is the 1st place we have talked about. A dear friend from school got married here about 12 months ago and said it was DEVINE!

This is the standard view from most of the villas. Sheesh!

I could see myself celebrating here!

This is the main pool area, not too shabby!

Floating pontoon out in the ocean

Massages here? Where do I sign up?

Best of all, they have a complimentaty kids club which looks fantastic! They take the kids outdoors to the beach and pool too.

This place is a little on the high end of our budget so we would only go for a few nights with a stopover in Bangkok or Singapore. I'm not sure about how Abi would go eating local food though. And I've heard of many people getting "thai tummy" (diarrhea and tummy upsets) from the local food and water. So this destination does have some risks.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Breech Baby

I had my 32+ week appointment with my Ob/Gyn this morning and everything looks great. Baby is of small to average size, with a strong heartbeat and chubby cheeks. Nor! Look at that little face! I cried watching the 4D scan this morning, the baby starting to look so REAL!

Baby is still in the breech position. Little peanut has changed from breech to transverse to breech in the last 4 weeks. 2 weeks ago baby was complete breech which is head up and feet down low, kicking my bladder all the time. Now baby is frank breech which means the feet are up high next to the head and arms.

My iron levels are very low too so off I went to buy some iron supplements. I have to be careful about having low iron levels because of my negative blood type. I'm sure after a week or so, my iron levels will increase. This does explain though, why I've been feeling so tired!

I'm hoping baby will turn before my next appointment in 2 weeks. If not, then an elective c-section it will be. I did have my dreams set on a successful VBAC but at the end of the day, it's not how the baby is born, but that the baby is born safely.

Less than 8 weeks till my little baby is here. I'm starting to get so excited. I was talking to my sister on the phone this morning and we are going to plan a baby shower. I didn't have one with Abigail, because I lived in Singapore so I figure this time around, I'd love to see all my friends before the birth and for them to see me, all big and glowing. Also, with the house renovations, we are so busy and haven't had much of a social life lately, I'd like to see everyone before the big move too.

Ok, I'm off to find my Baby Bjorn carrier and give it a clean and then perhaps take an afternoon nap. James is on his flight home to us. No more waking up with my arms around a pillow, now I can cuddle the real thing.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

30 Facts About Me

I've only just discovered helloowl's blog, but I highly recommend it.

I love this idea of a post, so have borrowed it, but slimmed the list down to 30 since I'm turning the dirty 30 in August this year.

Here we go.

1. My name is Samantha but everyone calls me Sam/Sammy. Only Samantha if I'm in trouble or at an appoinment of some sort.

2. I'm 29 and a typical Virgo. Germ-a-phob, neat freak, perfectionist, stress head.

3. I have 2 sisters and brother. I am the 2nd eldest.

4. I have been with my husband since high school. We met when I was 10 years old. Starting dating at 13. Got engaged at 20. Married at 25.

5. I had Abigail when I was 26. She was born in Singapore. It was very hard having a child overseas but I coped really well. I'll be 29 when I have my 2nd bub, due in 8 weeks.

6. I'd love to have more kids. 3 would be great. If finances permitted, I'd love 4.

7. I am determined to live overseas again. I'd love to live in the UK, Asia or the USA.

8. I have travelled alot but seem to be drawn back to the same places. I'd love to visit Sweden, Denmark, Korea, Alaska, Mexico and Russia. I like to visit big cities as well as small towns.

9. I played some sort of sport my whole life till I finished school. My favourites were swimming, softball, hockey and tennis.

10. I've been skiing since I was a wee one. I've skiied nearly every year of my life which has taken me to resorts in Japan, Canada and the USA. I'd love to ski Argentina and the French and Swiss Alps.

11. I used to wear alot of colour, but now I wear black mostly. Sometimes grey and white.

12. I like to collect things, like handbags, shoes and vinyl toys like these. I would have over 40 pairs of trainers and hundreds of vinyl toys.

13. Music is a passion of mine. I love every genre. I've been to some huge festivals overseas like Fuji Rock Festival and Summersonic Festival in Japan, the Love Parade in Germany and many festivals in Australia too. I'd love to attend Coachella Festival, Burning Man, Glastonbury, Roskilde, Austin City Limits, SXSW, Falls Festival, and Sonar Festival.

14. Films are another hobby. Embarrassingly, I can quote lines from my favourite movies. I have memorised such stupid lines and my siblings and I quote them all the time. We find it hilarious.

15. I have a large family and we are very close. We push eachother's buttons at times, but we never go to bed after an argument. Best to get it all out, and be honest. Then apologise and move on. I don't like holding grudges, but often do.

16. In another life, I would have liked to have been a pilot, a vet, or a lawyer.

17. I like the finer things in life sometimes and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Although, I do know the best things in life are free. Like smiles and cuddles and kisses and holding hands. Nawwww

18. I've had many best friends, most have come and gone in my life. As a result, I now find myself with a handful of close friends, but not a huge amount. Quality over quantity I say.

19. My favourite thing in the world, besides my family, is a fresh breeze. I think this stems from living in Singapore where it was disgustingly muggy every day with no breeze. The first thing I do when I get off a plane is inhale the fresh air like a mad woman. I love storms and wild winds too.

20. I like getting out and trying new things. I often seek out new markets, playgrounds, beaches and restaurants to try.

21. When my kids start primary school, I'd love to do some community work with the elderly or needy. My mother has been doing this for 20 years and it's very honerable and lovely.

22. Because I come from a large family, I sometimes struggle to be alone. In fact, I don't like isolation at all. I have learned to cope with this, because my husband will always have to travel for work, but it's still very hard. My mind races. Night time is the worst. I find myself thinking about bats and spiders and ghosts and Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter. This makes me laugh, even typing it. Harry Potter, really?

23. I love fashion but don't have the figure to wear anything remotely trendy. I dress quite conservatively and boringly. I don't follow trends although I have a huge wardrobe of clothes. Lots of double ups of my favourite pieces.

24. I love theme parks and rollercoasters and waterslides. I hope my kids do too.

25. I struggle to have just 1 of anything. See points 12 and 22. I have bottles and bottles of perfume, 4 pairs of sunglasses, 3 pairs of specs, 3 ipods, 2 diaries, 4 cameras. I think I find it hard to stick to one thing.

26. If I ever won lotto, I would take my whole family and friends to Sir Richard Branson's private island, Necker.

27. I would also pay off all my loans, as well as my siblings loans. I would buy them all a house and new cars too.

28. My favourite animals in the world are sharks, dolphins, whales, penguins... I love being near the ocean. It calms me.

29. I don't drink alcohol much anymore, I think I got it all out my system in my 20's. When I do drink, I like champagne, vodka, rum and beer. I'd rather drink a beer than a wine.

30. I wonder if this list is boring. I probably come across like a nutcase.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Musical Saturday

4 nights down, 4 nights to go, till husband is home. We skyped for an hour this morning which was fantastic. Abigail got all shy seeing herself on the computer screen, but loved chatting to her Daddy.

When James is away on business, we don't get the chance to talk very much because he is so busy. Even though today is a weekend, he has no down time. Instead, he is acting as a local guide of Singapore for his American co-workers as most of them have never left the USA and since we lived in Singapore for 2 years, we know lots of little secret spots off the tourist track.

I'm feeling very musical today. The weather is quite rubbish in Sydney. Muggy and rain showers. I've been enjoying having some quiet time this week and have managed a few naps here and there, and Abi is sleeping really well too. We both slept in till 10am this morning which was bliss.

Here are some of my picks for today.

Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy
This song is amazing. I saw them live in 2009 and they were fantastic.

Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks (Fred Falke Remix)
I love this band, they are super cute. This remix makes me happy. The original is superb also.

Caribou - Odessa
This song is utter perfection. They are touring next month and are playing at Playground Weekender Festival. I would love to attend, the lineup is awesome. I'll be 9 months pregnant though, is that too far along to waddle around at a festival?

Lamb - Gorecki
Amazing band. They are also playing at PWF next month. This song is sheer perfection.

Sasha - Expander
One of my all time favourite DJ's. He is playing at Good Vibrations Festival next month. I've seen him several times, and he always delivers. This song reminds me of graduating from high school and schoolies week.

Counting Crows - Colourblind
One of my favourite love songs. It appears on the soundtrack for 'Cruel Intentions' which was a fantastic soundtrack.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Flashback Friday.

U2 - Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own (Live)

My first Friday Flashback of 2011 is dedicated to everyone.

Everyone out there who needs to hear this. You don't have to go it alone.

From the flood victims of QLD, NSW and VIC, to Lori of RRSAHM, and anyone else who is having a bad moment this week.

I've had my moments this week but no tears. I haven't let myself struggle without James here. I have to pick myself up and be strong for Abigail and myself.

Happy Friday everyone,


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bullet Post Update

  • James left yesterday for a quick trip to Singapore and Malaysia. He is away for 9 days, which isn't too bad. But I'm almost 8 months pregnant and having my little freakouts without him is hard. And don't worry, they are just stupid freakouts. About the baby. And the labour.

Where husband is staying in KL. The same hotel we stayed at 2 years ago when Abi was 9 months old.

  • My younger sister is staying with me for a few days which is so great. I gave her a key so she can come and go as she pleases, it's nice having that extra bit of help with Abi. Considering that bending over is becoming a chore.

  • My Mum is up at our holiday house in Noosa this week, on her own. The floods are close, but she isn't too worried. Neither am I. But knowing she is up there, so close to such devastation has really irked me.

  • Every day I have to make decisions about the new house. My brain is on overload. I still haven't bought much for the new baby, not that I need to buy much. But I can't nest at all, when I don't know where we will be living in 8 weeks! If we aren't in the new house, it's ok. The hospital is a 5 minute drive from the apartment where we live right now, as opposed to a 30 minute drive from the new house.

  • Watching the floods on the news is so sad and disturbing. Those poor people. Especially those towns that have been flooded twice. Imagine losing everything. Being emotional and hormonal right now doesn't help. I cried watching Sky News yesterday. I'm praying for mother nature to give QLD a break, very soon!

    Image from Dave Hunt of AAP.

  • I have this anxious feeling resting over me right now. 2011 has started and it's just been full on from the get-go. I know things WON'T settle down too much once we move into the new house, because, UM, I will have a newborn to take care of. Which is so exciting. But I have this strange feeling that things are going to be hectic for the next 8 weeks.

  • And then I remind myself, I am healthy and alive and well. And in the scheme of things, that's all that matters. Life does not put things in front of you that you cannot handle.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Currently - The December / NY Edition

Oops, I am a week late, but have only just returned home to Sydney and have a spare minute to catch up on the bloggy world.

Current Book (s): I just started reading Russell Brand's 'My Booky Wook 2' which is a little slow. I am reading lots of online stories about successful VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section) and also tap/vanity/toilet brochures for the new house. Oh joy.

Current Playlist: The Christmas Carols were on high rotation in December but I also listened to these oldies:
  • F*ck You - Cee-Lo Green. A little crude but fun.
  • No One's Gonna Love You - Cee-Lo Green. Great cover of this Band of Horses song.
  • Love Lost - The Temper Trap. Very summery.
  • Man On the Moon - R.E.M. A great song for a road trip.
  • Babylon - David Gray. This song is utter bliss. Such a talented artist.
  • Eyes Without A Face - Billy Idol. What an icon. Love this song.
  • Papillon - Editors. Intense lyrics from this band, highlight song from their latest album.
  • Blue Blood - Foals. Great band, they are playing at Laneway Festival in a few weeks.

Current Shame - Inducing Guilty Pleasure:
Spending hours on the sofa watching the cricket, providing my own personal commentary for said cricket.

Current Colour: White for walls at the new house. Chrome for tapware and mixers in the bathroom showrooms which I frequent every few days now. Brown for my slight tan after a week at the beach house.

Current Drink: Drinking 2-3 litres of water every day. Have gone off drinking milk, blergh. Also drinking fresh juices and cranberry juice with lots of ice.

Current Food: Plain foods, nothing too spicy as it triggers my heartburn which is like fire in my chest!

Current Favourite Show: Gossip Girl, Arrested Development, 30 Rock.

Current Wish list: A nanny to help me through those afternoons when I'm exhausted and Abigail wants to play/ride her scooter/dance and jump on the bed.

Current Needs: To resurrect the day nap / nanna nap. I am starting to feel tired every afternoon, after completing things for the house renovation, running around after a toddler and packing Christmas gifts in storage as we have NO space for anything in the apartment!

Current Triumphs: Making a few big decisions at the house this week has made a difference. Although I'm not convinced we will be in the new house before baby is born. *tear*

Current Bane(s) of my Existence: Heartburn. It's terrible Muriel. I am drinking Gaviscon like a mad woman!

Current Celebrity Crush: Roger Federer. Seriously, this man is a god of some sort.

Current Indulgence: Eating splices for dessert on hot days. Flavoured mineral water. Fresh juices.

Current #1 Blessing: Abigail is being so wonderful with all the house renovations. We spend countless hours at the house, giving tradies our ideas, then we spend even more time at boring showrooms and tile shops, choosing accessories. She is very patient and I'm so lucky she is behaving herself. Also having my husband prepare most meals in the house now as the smell of food really puts me off. I'm super blessed!

Current Slang or Saying: "You nink!" James, Abigail and I ALL say this to eachother, it's affectionate and silly at the same time. Nink is a derivative of Ninky Nonk, a character from In the Night Garden. That show drives me crazy!

Current Outfit: I've been living in Gap Maternity singlets, birkenstock thongs, fedora hat, loose linen pants, harem pants and Peter Alexander nighties.

Current Excitement: Where to begin? I am 31 weeks pregnant now. When has that time gone? Baby is coming very soon. Watching Abigail ask more questions about the baby. She calls the baby through my tummy on the "special tummy telephone" and talks to it. It's very cute.

Current Mood: Excited about the baby. Nervous about the labour. Anxious about the house renovations. Sad that I'll be single parenting again next week as James jets off to Singapore and Malaysia for business.

Current Link:
  • Zodee - for all my swimwear and bra needs
  • Bebe - gorgeous things for babies
  • Kidostore - more gorgeous kidlet things


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