Men + Jewellery

Last night I met up with a girlfriend for dinner and shopping. We had a nice girly chat about weddings, web design and men.

I love hearing stories about terrific men! It’s so refreshing from the “I hate men” stories. And the “All the good ones are gay” stories. It’s nice to know that there are still men who will move countries for love. Men who stick to their word. And men who aren’t afraid to be romantic. I love happy beginnings.

I also love the bargain tables at cheap jewellery shops.

Simple Things

We went to a buzzing house warming party that other day. Caught up with lots of friends.

One is pregnant and loving it.
No matter how bad a day I’ve had with my boys, I always find myself talking endlessly, warmly and gleefully about kids to anyone who wants to listen.

One quit her job and has taken up painting.
Ahh, I’m so excited when someone has the guts to end what is hindering and negative in their life, to do something positive and enriching.

One went to Tasmania for a 6 day mountain hike – camping and carrying everything on her back. I’d love to do that one day.

One has a blog.
I think everyone in my real-life circle(s) of friends know that I keep this site. Most think it’s nice… or bizarre… or completely alien to normal human beings. So I’m always beaming when someone else has “turned to the dark side”.

One also loves Tim Winton.
Haha. I had no qualms to admitting I have a personal website. But I hesitated when someone asked me who my favourite author was. I didn’t want to sound like a lit head, so in the same breath I said, “I like Ben Elton too.”

It was such a simple evening. Yet I was left with such a happy glowing feeling. Happy because one of my deepest, lifelong aspirations is advancing to fruition – to surround myself with good and happy people.

A Very Late 3rd Birthday

The party was a success! Everyone had a great time. Adults chatted. Kids played. Food was eaten. And my 3 year old finally had his party.

Callum helped with most of the preparations – cake decorating, making party bags, sweeping the leaves in the backyard.

To see his anticipation grow and grow, then finally explode as his friends walk through the door with presents… ahh, it made me all gooey and happy inside.

Note the use of sparklers instead of candles, hence the puzzled look on Callum’s face.

Sean had a grand time too. I was really surprised at how sociable and vocal he was.

While I was busy cutting up the cake, he used his lightning ninja moves on me — he reached over, dug his grubby fingers deep into the cake and scooped out -like a digging machine – a handful of fresh chocolate cake then made a run for it!

He found a table to hide under, sat, ate, covered himself with chocolate cake… and was pleased as punch.

Ah, my Cosmic Space Packs were supposed to be blue + silver bags with cute space pics. But the paper I bought was too thin!

So I ran out of time/materials and used brown paper bags instead. Not very cosmic, oh well, most of them ended up in the bin anyway!


Party Preparations

We have Callum’s (belated) birthday party on this weekend.
This time with a SPACE theme! So all week, the kids and I have been doing spacey craft activities.

My decorating plans are :
Space – Black and blue streamers.
Stars – Scrunched up foil balls on string.
Planets – Metallic balloons.
Rockets – Toilet roll space rockets hanging across the ceiling.
Cake – Rocketship chocolate cake with a Buzz Lightyear figurine.

I promise to post photos of everything!