Archive | June, 2011

Sunday Morning

28 Jun

Last Sunday morning I decided to treat myself to a late lazy sweet breakfast. I tried a new pancake recipe and added choc-chips to the batter once they were in the pan. Served with a good strong coffee it is the perfect start to a lazy day. Next time I think I’ll serve with caramel sauce or maple syrup, and a scoop of vanilla icecream for the ultimate in decadence.

What’s your weekend breakfast of choice?

Don’t Panic

26 Jun

I have a bit of time to kill in the mornings and afternoons travelling to and from work on the bus. Ordinarily that would be spent in contemplation, listening to music and/or reading a book. But this last week I was given the audio file of Stephen Fry reading Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (Thanks B!) It brings together two loves of mine. Hitchhiker’s Guide is a book is wonderful. I have read the series before. It’s hilarious and zany and contains the most wonderful of quotes.


For instance:

“Her smile settled on him like a tonne of bricks.”

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. Most importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a non-hitchhiker discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, flask, gnat spray, space suit, etc., etc. Furthermore, the non-hitchhiker will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that he may have “lost”. After all, any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.”

“The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy also mentions alcohol. It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.”

Couple the brilliance of the humour of Mr Adams with the voice of Stephen Fry. The book is so good on it’s own, but Stephen adds to it with his fine array of voicings of the characters! Divine!

Polar Opposites

17 Jun

I’ve been having a tremendous week. I’ve had the whole week off work. It’s been glorious. Very relaxing. I’ve been out for coffee, sat in the cafe reading my book. Gone to a photo exhibit at the Powerhouse. Visited bookfest and stocked up on some more literature that I probably didn’t really need. Sat on the balcony in the sunshine with the parrot. Watched movies in my pajamas at all sorts of different hours of the day. Taken baths with candle light and music on. Drank coke and red wine. Not together. Had friends over for dinner. It’s been bliss. The downside, it does tend to make me a lazier person. When I do decide to while away the time just lying in bed I think about all the things I could be accomplishing. I have decided I do not really like excessive sleep-ins. I went to the dentist and he told me that he is the type of person that even if he goes to bed at 4am he still wakes up at 8. Yes, me too, I thought to myself.

This week I’m trying to finish off Mansfield Park in time for bookclub on the weekend. I’m struggling I must admit it. Many of my fellow bookclubbers proclaimed Fanny Price their least favourite Austen character. I really want to like her. I do like her. But mostly I like the portrayl of Fanny in the Frances O’Connor film. M and I have watched that movie countless times. Remember the coach scene? Their hands lightly brushing, and the beautiful quote about “there are as many facets of love as there are moments in time”. I’ve restricted myself from watching the movie as I’m trying hard to involve myself with her true character from the book.  So far reading the book I have felt like screaming at Fanny a few times. Please just stand up for yourself!

Counter that with the mini-series I am watching at the moment – The Diary of Anne Frank. What a strong personality she had. I read the book years and years ago. My grandmother bought it for me. I loved it. Now watching the series brings back all those feelings of what their family is really experiencing, who they are hiding from. What a situation? And through it all she’s developing as a young lady, restricted in many ways from really experiencing life. So much to be grateful for, but of course we all know the dreadful outcome.

How has your week been?

Fleet Foxes cover

10 Jun

I love this!

Things I like

9 Jun

One of my favourites from the movies I’ve seen lately. The character development was so good. I love how they were able to just grow and show their true selves through the movie.

It’s time for scarves!

Classic black blazers

The audience for Ben Folds and Kate Miller-Heidke on 18th May.  Ben Folds has been on my gig wishlist for some time now. Ben and Kate were fabulous too. Ben is such a performer and you can tell in all that he does that he just loves the music and does all for the music.

Daria – complete series out 1st June!!

This tshirt! FTW!

Oh that look Mr Darcy!

Peonies – so gorgeous!

Burt’s Bees Pomegranate lip balm – possibly the best lip balm I’ve ever tried before.

Skype chats!!

Strawberry nails! So cute!

Sugar gliders as pets – I wish I had one of these cute-heads in my life!

Tigger street art. 

One of my favourite child-hood books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Look at these pens! 

Do you remember Warhead lollies? They signify a certain period in my childhood when I used to dare my friends to stuff these candies into their mouth and not spit them out! The sour ones were my favourite!

What have you been loving lately?

Bookfest 2011

8 Jun

Just stumbled this morning upon news that Bookfest is happening again in Brisbane starting this weekend. As I have all of next week off I am planning some happy times trawling through the tables and tables of the printed word. Make sure you pack your comfy shoes, snacks, flask of coffee and take regular breaks. It really does take dedication!

Find all the details for the event here.

Free Tickets!!

6 Jun

A couple of Fridays ago I went along with M who was reviewing a concert for Press Record Online and scored the second free ticket she had. In exchange all I really had to do was sit there in the second row and take in the spectacle of Karin Schaupp’s guitar skills, and Katie Noonan’s voice. Seriously, if I could sing as well as Katie I vowed I would never speak anything again.

For all my notes, I contributed nothing to the end result. But I felt pretty special there, seated in the dark, pen in hand writing bits and pieces. To read M’s glowing review check out here.