Friday, 20 July 2012

we bought a house and other blessings


In a series of crazy and only God-conspired events the Hub and I have a house. Our very own house, with a bond and everything. It's in a suburb closer to the sea than where we live now (yes!). The decision to buy was hurried along by the fact that we didn't want to land up like the people in this article - hint: commuting for 6 hours. No jokes.

This is one quarter of our garden...could it be any more tranquil?

And now all that remains (besides packing, moving, unpacking, painting, giggling, clapping and general merriness) is for me to get cracking on Pinterest!


I was reading this article on making friends as you get older (OK so I'm not quite 30 yet, but I'm feeling grown up since we BOUGHT A HOUSE - more on that later)...

Alex (hubby of the fabulous Joanna Goddard), who wrote the article, is very realistic about friendships and how difficult it can be to keep them going. Having lived in 4 different cities in 8 years, I can attest to that.

One of my favourite people, the talented Tam, lives in another country; my best school friend lives in London (I haven't seen her in 5 years!) and most of my current friends I've known for approximately 15 minutes/since moving to the coast. My friendships are rather a mess to an outsider, and perhaps lacking, yet I find it difficult to include anyone else. We have been trying to get together with our could-be friends J and C for 5 months to no avail. Maybe I've reached friend saturation point?

Or maybe, as Alex suggests, I'm just getting old...

In my not so humble opinion, whether you see someone once every 5 days or 5 months or 5 years...the important thing is the sincerity of the friendship. If I see Kirst (the school friend) again tomorrow it will be like she never left. And Tam and I just click, no matter where we are in life or where we meet. And my new friends are so wonderful I could call them in any situation and they would be there for me. Theoretically, they don't even know me!

I am constantly amazed at how life changes over time. We are at the Get married-buy a house-maybe think about a kid Stage and it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay close to our friends who are still in the Single and Loving it Stage (and there are many). For now, I am willing to give old and new friendships a chance; and try not to be as calculating about it as Ms. Degliantoni and her "extremely efficient approach" to friendship. {if you don't know who I'm talking about, read the article!!}

Weren't they just the best kind of friends...?

Sunday, 15 July 2012

6 months!!!

And 60 years to go....

Just kidding! Yesterday was our 6 month anniversary, and the hubby spoilt me rotten. Being married has been the greatest adventure and I feel so blessed.

We went to the Botanical Gardens for a picnic lunch in the most amazing sunny weather (in the middle of July can you believe it was 29 degrees!) and I couldn't believe this oasis exists in the middle of the bustling city. I highly recommend, no matter where you live, go and be a tourist in your own city. You will be surprised at the gems you can find...

Sunday, 1 July 2012

perfect is just unnecessary

Unless you're an accountant and the jobs not done until everything is in neat rows and balances out...well...perfectly!

I started thinking about perfection because of my friend Tam's blog post. I think this is a struggle the modern woman battles on a daily basis. Perfectly straightened hair, perfectly straight eyeliner, perfectly clean pants (this is way harder when you have two muddy puppies who love to say bye in the morning by jumping into the car), work perfectly under control, friendships perfectly satisfied. 

But as Nicky says "it's just not possible."

So for today, it's a Sunday and I'm still in my (muddy, no need to explain why!) pink jamies. I ate marmite on toast for breakfast and picked up my home laptop for the first time in weeks. Pinterest keeps crashing, and my hubby has gone mountain biking with my brother-in-law. I shall be imperfectly clean and imperfectly healthy and lie in bed writing imperfect blog posts....because sometimes imperfect equals happiness.

PS: This was one of life's perfect moments, Small the cat thought she would snuggle up to Chloe in her bed...she did not anticipate Howie's 15kg bulk descending on her as well. The look on her face!

seafoam green mint

Small confession: I had to google the difference between seafoam green and mint.

And then I got sidetracked looking at all the beautiful images that came up, and this gorgeous blog post...but as it turns out, the common opinion is that seafoam green is a type of mint. Hallelujah I am not a retard, these things are confusing for everyone!

It's such a soothing colour don't you think?

Kitchenaid mixer
Mint candle teacups
Toms wedges
essie mint candy apple polish
rose earrings