Why so quiet?

Well partly cause I can’t recall my password for approving comments.

And work – man, work. We’ve had big storms in Sydney, and big effort for me and my team to get things back to ‘normal’. And then there’s life. Life is full and complicated.

Today was not a normal day in Sydney. I just want to make it known that I don’t harbour any hate. Every human is what they chose to be, or become, and it’s on them, not on their alliances or faith or anything else. And everyone makes wrong decisions, whether they be little slip ups or holding people hostages in a cafe. I refuse to buy into the speculation or hysteria.

So for something more mundane, a to do list
– wrap jars with maps as future votive holders for my birthday!
– put away the washing (at least the lingering socks!)

Inside the invite

– make my 30th birthday invites

Handmade envelopes
Outside invites

– write Christmas cards (that should probably be bumped higher, but it’s a mess factor and maps are everywhere…!)
– rinse out the dirty take away coffee cups the BF used
– buy foam core cardboard for a certain Christmas gift plan
– drop off two pairs of shoes to have their soles restitched on
– coordinate to drop off my hand blender to a friend
– hang up recently bought fairy lights in the hallway

I’m still reading your blogs, but that password issue is even ruining my commenting simplicity :s Sorry! Promise I read it all!

Long Weekend: The DONE list!

On the Wednesday before the Easter long weekend, I shared my long weekend to do list with y’all.  Now for the summary round up. I’ll first confess to my sins (oh so Easter relevant!) – I’m known to add things to a to do list, just to strike them off… So some of those chores… they sort of snuck on there that way.  And one or two DIY projects (listed up front for those that were with me on Wed!).  Interestingly, my more ‘me’ time and entertainment focused targets didn’t get met – I was darn busy getting all the things I wanted done, that I wasn’t looking for a movie or a TV show (or even the internet) for entertainment – and I REALLY liked that. I spent good quality time with friends (they helped me DIY, and I helped them DIY and sort out some $$ stuff whilst we DIYed), and also spent almost a whole day with some delightful (though exhausting) 2 year old fraternal twins.

I’ll post more detailed posts on some of the bigger jobs, with photos, in the coming days.

Finish my book (Grotesque) in time for a Tuesday Review: Done

Clean out rangehood vents: Done

Boiling my very long range hood vents in bicarb soda
Boiling my very long range hood vents in bicarb soda

Installed LED lighting track: Done

For $25, i bought 5m of LED lights from Ebay, and with the help from some friends, hung it with the 3M adhesive it comes with.  Such a simple solution – especially seeing the vendor I used offered everything I needed – even the power pack, for an incredibly reasonable price.  Only downside? The lights somehow reek havoc on my radio nearby?!

Exposed beams in the dining area - and a glimpse of my pendant light (the art work is a temporary stop gap!)
Exposed beams in the dining area – and a glimpse of my pendant light (the art work is a temporary stop gap!)
LED light strip added under my rafters
LED light strip added under my rafters

Re-silicone the bathroom vertical jointsDone: A detailed post to come – Wednesday is my (self imposed) House DIY day, but I can see a few days in a row of house DIY posts after my epic weekend!  Maybe even later today perhaps?

Make cushion covers

This didn’t happen – I didn’t have a pattern, and I needed the table space (more on why I had none below), so I figured I’d let this one to do item slip.

Paint damaged wall: Done

I put this one off once I got sniffly, but late on Monday afternoon/evening, I figured I’d just get it done.  I’d prepared myself on Sunday by already laying out the drop sheet, and bought everything I needed, so all I had to do was open + paint. (I cleaned the wall on Monday morning, hoping some Magic Eraser would solve the problem, it helped, but didn’t fully resolve the mark).  Whilst I had the paint out, I painted a wooden piece of timber I’d cut to size on Saturday night, for hanging my birdcages from ‘upstairs’ – fully utilising the double height living room and a dead space.  I just need a ladder to screw it into the walls, and I’ll have photos.

Stamp map of the world: Done – a detailed post to come, how about tomorrow, for ‘zero waste’ day – where I’ve re-used some of my stamp stash?

Contact the under sink cupboards: Donea detailed post to come – easily also a ‘zero waste’ post as it’s where all my trash lives hmmm…  How’s Friday suit you?

Change shower head – sort of done

I kept the ‘new’ shower head, and my friend showed me how to remove the flow restricter.  Took some wrestling (on his part), but it is now flowing a little more – although with all the grouting works, I’ve only used to (hacked) shower head once since it was done.  The old one is still on hand – to be freecycled if all goes well.

Read in the park or hang out in a book shop: Done – I babysat, and I read whilst they played in the park

Invite my brothers for dinner: Done (and exchange easter eggs! not so done – we exchanged our mother’s offerings)

Actually, I’ll share some photos of the eggs I got and what I gave for Easter:

My favourite eggs laid with love
My favourite eggs laid with love
Three of the seven devilishly dense, rich brownies I sent to Melbourne for Easter
Three of the seven devilishly dense, rich brownies I sent to Melbourne for Easter
Decorated with love
Decorated with love


Vacuum upstairs

Mop kitchen

Change sheets & wash


Mending & de-piling

The un-done list

Work out podcasts/music downloads on my phone: was hardly online, except for reading posts from my blogs I love on my phone

See a movie: didn’t ‘need’ to – I was so busy

Watch 3 episodes of Gossip Girl: nope – though I did get two in on Wednesday night?

Overall, I had an awesome four day weekend.  I kicked butt in my ‘cook at home’ challenge – preparing myself by shopping for three meals’ ingredients on Thursday night (see updated March goals post for recipes).  I got so many niggley jobs sorted out.  I went to church three times (!!). I helped out friends (wine racking and babysitting).  I had a nice dose of book reading.  And I spent next to nothing, which will help my savings targets. Really a delightful time away for work – I hardly had time to miss my parents or BF (but it sure is nice to have them back!)

Long weekend’s to do list

Yay for Easter.  Un-yay for my parents and BF both being out of town.  Alas, the devil makes work for idle hands, and that’s the last thing we want on an Easter weekend.  So I’m forward planning some activities (and, to beef things up, I have listed all the other things I’d like to get done in the near future too!)

DIY stuff

  • regrout bathroom tiles: It’s all yellow :s  And when I did around the bath, I was not a pro, and it looks horrible.  So I will start with the walls, where I can practice without the added complexity/yoga poses, and hopefully brighten up the whole bathroom.
  • make cushion covers: I forgot I bought some fabric shopping with mum one day, and seeing I’m a ‘use it or lose it’ sort of girl, I better get them into a useful shape soon!  As for the other bit of fabric – I don’t have a plan for it yet…  Suggestions welcome it’s only about 1.5m long by 1m wide, if that.
  • paint damaged wall – I moved a canvas print, and it caused some marks on the wall from the adhesive 🙁  The new picture in it’s place doesn’t cover the stains, so I’m going to paint the wall – luckily it’s the smallest wall in my apartment!
Stamp Map of the worldA source (not the original): http://www.designpoi.com/2010/11/stamp-map/
Stamp Map of the world
A source (not the original): http://www.designpoi.com/2010/11/stamp-map/
  • make a map of the world with my stamp collection – a pinterest inspired project (just found this wonderful site, that’s broken it down into a how to for me!)
  • complete contacting the base of my bins cupboard under the sink
  • change shower head back to un-eco-friendly for better temperature control

Nerdage (aka technology based stuff)

The Zippy Shaz (named so due to her SHZ numberplate)
The Zippy Shaz (named so due to her SHZ numberplate)
  • List scooter for sale: It’s been so long since I’ve ridden it, and even though I have crash damage (x 2 – once I was on it, once it was just parked), I’ll see if there’s takers.  It’s just wasting space in my car park, along with all the gear…  Got to this early!
  • Work out podcasts/music downloads on my phone. I’m so un cool, I’ve never had a ipod or the like, and so I’ve missed out on music for years now.


  • See a movie: Maybe Broken City, or perhaps Great Expectations, or I give it a year, or Lincoln.  Perhaps even Oz: Great and Powerful
  • Watch 3 episodes of Gossip Girl
  • Read in the park or hang out in a book shop
  • Invite my brothers for dinner (and exchange easter eggs!)