Tuesday, January 27, 2015

my little mate...

I have been missing this one like crazy on the days I am at work! Like a limb is missing. I'm not always consciously aware of it, but there's a constant dull ache in my mind to remind me.

Work is a great distraction - so interesting and also very challenging to be learning new areas at this point in my career. Lucky I'm a quick study. So thankfully I don't have time to sit and muse. Knowing how happy she is in daycare is a big help, and really eases my mind. And that moment when I go to pick her up, and see that grin of pure joy - just priceless.

We are seeing a real language explosion (partly I am putting this down to daycare). She will ask for "more, ta" so politely! And I have just gone from being "mum" to "mumma" which is so ridiculously cute, I cannot even. I feel like she changes subtly every day, and it's just so wonderful and beautiful.

This really is the best fun I've ever had.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

the end of the world as we know it...

V is back at work this week, after four weeks' blissful time off together. And back off on the road, this time to Griffith. Not too remote, luckily!

It's been some kind of wonderful having our little family together, 24/7, for such a long period of time - it's the longest he's had off work since E was born! And we really enjoyed every second of it. I anticipate feeling a bit lost in the coming weeks!

Lots of swimming, at the pool...

And here! Yeah, I don't exactly soak up the sunshine at the beach hahaha Shade tent FTW!

I am actually feeling a bit teary today missing my gorgeous husband - I know he will only be gone for a short stint, but after so long spent joined at the hip, this will take a bit of getting used to again! Thank goodness for my little girl, to keep me company, and busy! And for work, for similar reasons.

The little one and I headed to the pool after breakfast today, despite the rain, keen to keep up our holiday fun as long as we can. 'Chinos for both of us afterwards, naturally. Now I'm making the most of this cool change by baking sweet potato wedges for her, while she sleeps. Back into the routine of things around here! 


Friday, January 16, 2015

back in the saddle...

Well, the first week back is over and dealt with - on the whole, nowhere near as painful as I had anticipated! Thanks in large part, I suspect, to the fact that V was still on holidays and "on hand" to deal with daycare drop off/pick up that first day (plus making dinner, doing the groceries etc) bless him. ❤️

I am enjoying being back very much, and my new workplace and colleagues are lovely. I will admit to having a bit of a moment on Thursday afternoon, when I just couldn't stop thinking about E and how she was doing - typically when we arrived to pick her up from daycare she was happy as a clam. She has settled right in to the whole two-days-per-week thing, such a boon that we have such an amazing daycare and such lovely carers - knowing she is perfectly happy and well looked after means I can focus on work without stressing over how she is going!

Was extremely spoilt with some lovely kikki_k goodies at Christmas - some of which are now gracing my new home away from home!

Ohhhh all the pretty work clothes, and heels! 

A splash of colour for Thursday!

Sensing a common theme in these photos? Much coffee has been consumed - as my boss said, you can't be a lawyer without coffee and red wine, and he speaketh truly! 

One of my lovely girlfriends nominated me in the Hello Petal giveaway, for a bunch of flowers to celebrate my return to work - thanks Liz! �� They are beautiful. I felt very special.

It's definitely too early to call it, but I am going to say, so far, so good! Here's to next week and hopefully things continue in the same fashion.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

looking forward...

Back to work next week - seven sleeps to go! I feel excited, and somewhat terrified. Which I assume is fairly normal.

It has been absolutely magical having V on holidays for such a lovely long time - he has another whole week off after this one! This is the longest he has taken off work since E was born. Watching the two of them together just makes me melt.

We have been clocking as much pool and beach time as possible - the kiddo is a massive water baby! A little hesitant of the waves, but when Daddy takes her out she is all smiles.

Sometimes a stormy afternoon is the nicest time at the beach...

I'm not big into New Years resolutions - but I did find a rather nice list of ideas for 2015 "goals", if you will. I like the idea of working towards something tangible and achievable, but as a guide rather than an absolute.

A bad habit I'm going to break ~
Finishing other people's sentences. Sounds trite and silly but I do it ALL the time (a side effect of talking so quickly I think), and it must annoy the shite out of my friends and family.

A destination I'd like to visit ~
I would love to say Fiji! But I know that's not going to happen this year (tentatively planned for 2016!) So I will be realistic and say New Zealand this winter for a spot of tobogganing with the kiddo!

I'm going to work harder at ~
This is tough, but I'm going to say the work/life balance. I haven't been particularly good at this in the past - I tend to throw all my energy at one or the other at any given time. Heading back to work next week, I really want to try and strike that balance in a much healthier way, for Evie's sake more than anything else.

A project I'd like to finish ~
Evelyn's baby book still sits unfinished. I really need to get on top of this, it's becoming embarrassing!

A class I'd like to take ~
A local ballet school is running adult classes this year and I am just itching to get back to the barre! Fingers crossed I can make it happen.

I'd like to spend more time doing ~
Absolutely nothing with my daughter - just sitting and playing and laughing and cuddling and being. Not anything scheduled or organised.

A food I want to eat more of ~
I cannot believe I am saying this, but - fruit! I have no idea how or why, but I have almost stopped eating it lately, not intentionally, it's just happened. And I love fruit! I really don't know who I am anymore. Must try harder.

I want to wear more ~
Lipstick! Haha Especially returning to work, I want to feel more like a grownup. I treated myself to a few nude MAC lipsticks the other day, here's to using them more often! 

Here's to a wonderful 2015! Any goals or aims for this year?


Friday, January 2, 2015

summer nights...

I know I whinge about summer on here, a LOT. I offer no apologies for this - I am quite simply not built to cope with high temperatures and humidity. Ick. I don't tan, I don't even burn - I fluoresce, then go and quietly die for a few days. And seeing the video monitor reading 30 degrees in my baby girl's nursery, leaving her hot and sticky and crying, unable to sleep, even with the aircon and fan blasting? That has me yelling at poor V that I hate this country and I want to move to New Zealand. Or Iceland.

But I will give you this, NSW Australia - these hot summer nights are really great for socializing!

V and I headed out for date night last week, to Diggies, who do dinners during summer...

The food was very nice, although I did somewhat regret my choice of beer-battered fish and chips when I saw the king prawn salad which looked amaaaazing. The panacotta was a dream!

Tried out the new small bar in town last night, the Throsby, with my book club...

Amazing wine list (their rose of the day was delish!), great cheese selection, and service with a great big smile. It is literally a small bar though, so you may have to wait a bit for a table, definitely worth it though!

(For those who asked, we just finished up The Book of Woe - my choice, an absolute tome on the reworking of the DSM - maybe in time I shall be forgiven! Hahahaha We are moving on to lighter fare next).

Cannot believe that I start back at work, at my new job, in a little over a week! Nervous and excited all at once. Almost 18 months of maternity leave will be a hard thing to shake off!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ringing in the new year...

Happy New Year, lovely readers! What a fantastic year it has been! Some definite low points, but hey, they really only serve to highlight how great the highs are. And, cliche warning, I really do count myself lucky to have a happy, healthy child - everything else has become secondary.

We had a great time celebrating the New Year. Clearly, our days of late-night piss-ups are long past - not only due to logistics, with a kiddo, but I quite simply wouldn't want to. I don't have the energy anymore! hahahahaha

We booked a table at North Pavillion on the beach for dinner and drinks - they did an early sitting for families, from 5:30-7:30, just perfect for us! My parents and brother joined us.

Semolina-dusted calamari with fennel salad, dying! The food and service were absolutely top notch, my whole family were extremely impressed. We will definitely do this again next year.

Stacking party hats are apparently the best toy EVAH! You can bet your bippy I took these home with us!

We had the tiny one home and bathed and in bed by 8:30, pretty good! Then it was time for champagne and watching the early fireworks from our balcony. Such a lovely way to bid farewell to 2014, and ring in the New Year.

Did you remember to open the door to let the new year in? Hope you had a lovely evening, however you spent it

Monday, December 29, 2014

post-yuletide musings...

I am lying in bed feeling the cool southerly coming in the window with such relief - I always whinge about the heat in summer, but with the kiddo, I truly hate it and long for winter! And reflecting on Christmas and all of the fun and festivities. Safe to say, our little girl was very spoilt!

Evelyn's new Maileg ballerina bunny is looking very happy in her new home...

Definitely some of the best presents she received - the crayons and the blocks! Thanks Santa!

I was equally spoilt - gorgeous new watch from V! Absolutely love it

My mum knows me so well ❤️

Headed out for drinks with some lovely girlfriends on Sunday - we decided to hit up the new Pepes beach bar. Sadly it wasn't great. We thoroughly enjoyed the rose (although found the wine pourings bizarrely teeny!), but the service was quite abysmal.

The first lot of food we received was nice - sadly the second lot of sliders (for which we waited 45minutes) were charred and cold. The staff weren't exactly very helpful. I don't think I would hurry back.

Stick this one in a cardboard box with some crayons and she's good for half an hour ��

So here's my embarrassing confession - I am still on my Provisional drivers licence! Please keep your giggles to yourselves. It's due for renewal in early 2015, and so I am making it my quasi-resolution to sit my full licence test. I don't normally "do" New Years resolutions, but this one just seems sort of sensible really.

Have you got plans for tomorrow night? Any New Years resolutions?