Belated Merry Christmas oh and my Birthday!!

Christmas came and went without a drama/disaster (which is a welcome change) but full of fun and frivolity (do people still use that word??

My Birthday was extremely low-key but also full-on. Birthday breakfast – FRENCH TOAST … YUM — presents and coffee (of course!)

Mum and Dad took the boys (yes, BOTH) overnight while Michael and I went to Ikea to shop (yay, verily romantic!!) for a new sofa and other things domestic!!

Came home, napped then went to dinner at era at South Brisbane/West End area. It’s the same mob who used to own Circa in the city and they did not miss a beat. Everything was excellent and can’t wait to go back.

We were supposed to go see Casino Royale in gold class but I was hooked on all the snoozing without the kids and nearly fell into my Crème Brule!!! Home and asleep by 9.30pm…..

…. awake at 7.30am NICE!!!!!!!!!!!! Up for breakfast at SouthBank and then we raced across the road for JB. And let me tell you, the new boy? ….not bad at all!! Lunch at Mum and Dad’s and to collect children. Not a bad birthday in the whole scheme of things.

Tonight Scrapbook City have their Cyber Crop and in-store crop Extravaganza Madness!!! Make sure you drop in if you have time to say hello!!! Some very exciting things coming in the new year, so stay tuned!!


AARGH — tagged by Leish!! Thanks luvvie!!

A – Available/Single? Married
B- Best Friend? Kelly
C- Cake or Pie? Pie – the spicier the better!
D – Drink Of Choice? Pepsi Max .. or a good Red
E – Essential Item You Use Everyday? Broom/Vacuum Cleaner, L.O.C.
F – Favorite Colour? Purple and Green.
G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? Real Confectionary Company Snakes – YUM
H – Home or Homesick? Home
I – Indulgence? Dome Retreat
J – January Or February? I’ll say February because by then the madness is over.
K – Kids & Their Names? 2 boys Mackinley (5), Rainer (3)
L – Life Is Incomplete Without? A good waterproof mascara, lip gloss (Bloom Rose), oh and family.
M – Marriage date? 26th June 1999.
N – Number Of Siblings? 3 sisters – Rita, Nena (Filomena) and Lilly (Lilliana)
O – Oranges Or Apples? Apples, no peeling necessary
P – Phobias/Fears? losing control, grasshoppers (the insect, cocktail isn’t too bad!)
Q – Favorite Quote: “Take it easy, but take it.” Woody Guthrie
R-Real Hair Color? Brown.
S – Season? Winter
T – Tag 3 or 4 people? Katie H, Tanya, Michelle
U – Unknown Fact About Me? My age!!
V – Vegetable you don’t like? Like them all – even brussel sprouts, it’s really how you cook them.
W – Worst Habit? Staying up too late.
X – X-rays You’ve Had? teeth, knee, wrist, neck, toes, heel – more to come, I’m sure!!
Y – Your Favorite Food? Tuna, avocado, olive oil, tomato, fresh multigrain bread, vanilla choc chip.
Z – Zodiac Sign? Capricorn.
Bye for now!

Quick Update on all things Festive!

Wow, what a night!!! Had a fabulous dinner with the girlies Angela, Cara and Kelly (unfortunately V couldn’t come) and my sis Nena turned up just in time to go to The Zoo.

Saw some great local talent (on stage, that is!!) and it was sooo unreal to be in a venue without being choked by cigarette smoke!! I’m sure it used to make the hangover worse!! Thank God for Tyrone Noonan!! What a voice and what a sweetie. By that time, only Ang and I were left standing (pikers!!) and when he sang “Bastard Son” from the George CD, just about the whole place piled onto the dancefloor!! JUST AMAZING!!

No hangover to report. Just very weary….

Look who’s been continually “trimming” the tree…..

and who helped me make the ice-cream cake today!!

All is still calm and all is still bright. Can hopefully drag Mackinley to Mass tomorrow morning, but you know kids “it’s booooorrrring Mum!!” God love ‘em……

Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone. Stay safe and enjoy time with your family –or at least try to stay calm.


p.s. Leish’s tagged me, so stay tuned for that one!!

Yay!! Up and Running…

Well, here we are and what a week it’s been. While I’ve been setting up this blog, Rainer’s decided to help himself to the pantry…

I’ve posted the Christmas Cards and presents and made the tags for them..

and finished the layout from Alicia’s free online class

as well as another for Scrapbook City (unfortunately the gallery is still not letting me upload, so I’ll post here in the meantime)

I’ve got some more great paper from We R Memory Keepers and borders from Technique Tuesday that I’m itching to get to but I’ve also been organising my BIRTHDAY PARTY!! Yep, it’s THAT time of year again, and another year older (and wiser??). I’ve decided to jump the gun and celebrate early this year instead of forcing everyone to be up for it on the actual date (Wednesday, by the way – LOL).

I’ve selectively hand-picked against tough criteria (okay, the only one’s with $$ and time), these 4 girls who are going to “escort” me through dinner in the Valley and a CD launch at The Zoo. Hopefully, we can last past 10pm so I have them all on the Berocca Party Fitness Regime to last them through the night.

I’m looking forward to an awesome night and an exceptional hangover!! Thanks for visiting!!!