Things have been pretty routine lately, over here.

I’m still only working two days a week (plus occasional on call). I’m hoping I get full time, at least temporarily, early next year. Cross your fingers for me, because I really do like the hospital.

I’m still training at Phoenix weightlifting club three days a week. Things are starting to feel slightly less awkward (but still terribly awkward). My best snatch so far is 31 kg, and best clean and jerk is 40 kg. It’s so hard though, like one time I decided to count up every single thing I thought about or checked in one skeleton run, which is about 60 seconds long.. and it was like 180 things or some ridiculously high number like that. But now each lift is like 2 seconds long and there are DOZENS and DOZENS of things to think about!! I guess I just have to keep doing it and doing it until most of the things become ingrained. Luckily that’s easier to do than with skeleton.

And I’m still making the occasional sale in my Etsy shop. Those are my favourite emails to get ever.

Exciting things coming soon though…

I’m going on a spontaneous trip to Queensland this weekend to visit Natasha, which is going to be SO FUN. We’ve got an XXXXXXXXTREME adventure organized, and the weather is looking fantastic. I hope to spend a significant part of the trip submerged in water. Fingers crossed we don’t spend too much time submerged in sand in our 4WD.

And Scott and I finally bought our flights to Korea for the Olympics! We are going for two weeks in February. We’ve got tickets to mens and womens skeleton, and mens super G so far, and are hoping to watch hockey and curling as well. The rest of the time we’ll stay in Seoul, and explore (/eat) from there. Rosemarie is planning on popping over for a visit as well, which will be super cool.

Garlic basil basa skillet with tomato butter sauce and white beans

No-knead olive focaccia

Pinch of Yum and Serious Eats… both very trustworthy food blogs. The fish dish was very tasty, and will be even better once we can get nice summer quality tomatoes. I’m definitely cooking it again. And the focaccia was super easy to make, you just have to remember to start it the day before. I didn’t use pistachios, and only used about half the oil. Scott and I finished the whole loaf in less than 24 hours hahahaha.

Basa rice bowl with corn and avocado salsa, black beans, cheese, sour cream and lime

I was very inspired by a Salsas Mex Club email promoting their bowls. Again I used basa (why is it so cheap?? Wait maybe I don’t want to know…), and made a quick ‘salsa’ with avocado, tomato, corn, red pepper, lots of lime juice, and salt. PS I love my pressure cooker. ~45 minutes for black beans straight from dry, YES.

Lamb korma and sag aloo

I cheated a bit and used a jar of korma sauce from Aldi. But I added a tin of diced tomato to bulk it up. Simmered lamb chunks for about 45 minutes, then added green beans for about 10 minutes. Yum. I don’t cook lamb often, because I’m not very familiar with it, but this one came out super tender and nice. The sag aloo wasn’t great though, which is why I haven’t linked a recipe. I should have parboiled the potato before frying it with the onion and spinach, I think.

Scott has begun experimenting with macarons. The first picture is his first batch. They were vanilla with white chocolate ganache. They got nice feet and lift, but had hollow shells. That can be from over OR under mixing apparently. :/ They tasted very nice. Second batch was lemon flavoured with lemon icing. There were no hollow parts, but they’re kinda flat and funny looking. They were much chewier and denser. Again, taste was very nice.

We’ve watched a couple videos for tips, and have some better recipes to try, so hopefully each batch comes out better and better! Good thing we got a nice big bag of almond meal from Costco. :D

Whoops I forgot to actually publish this post.

ANYWAY. The other weekend we took April for a day. We took the train in to the city, which April really enjoyed. She liked the wobbles and the funny sounds and going under bridges. There were weird art seesaws in Fed Square.

Then we went to the Wallace and Gromit exhibit at ACMI.

The exhibit was very cool. They had lots of of models from all the movies and short films. I thought the ones where you can see the guts are cool.

They also had lots of original sets. They were smaller than I expected! It’d be hard to get their hands in there to change things sometimes I bet.

So many cool details. I love it, especially the stuff from the old short films like The Wrong Trousers.

There were also lots of cool drawings and sketches. Character studies.

And lots of sketches, notes, and story boarding which I found very interesting. It makes me very happy that they kept all that stuff.

I wish I was that creative and talented!!

April got a bit bored after a while, but there were lots of cartoons for her to watch (I had already seen all the clips). And then at the end we were given lumps of plasticine to make our own stop motion clips, which was pretty fun.


Afterwards we took the tram back to our house, stopping at the playground for a good play. We watched some movies, did some colouring, played the hand a foot game (Twister), and then headed back to Boronia for family dinner.

It was a fun day!

After walking past the place dozens of times, we finally checked out the new cafe that opened up just down the street. Everything about the place looked cool, so I had high expectations.

Scott had a flat white. He said it was silky smooth and quite good.

I had the ox cheek black bean eggs benedict, which had poached eggs, pickled kohlrabi, dehydrated peas and hollandaise over sourdough toast. It was EXCELLENT. Like actually one of the best egg benedicts I’ve had in my life. The ox cheek was super tender and there was a generous amount of it. The hollandaise and perfectly poached eggs were super rich, but the pickled kohlrabi cut right through it and cleansed the palate. The sourdough was lovely and the peas worked as a crunch element (hehe).

Scott ordered the pixel avocado on sourdough toast, which comes with poached egg, chilli air dried kale, edamame hummus, pickled radish, lime and nori. It looked spectacular but maybe wasn’t the most exciting dish on the menu. I mean the crispy veg and hummus were interesting, but the toast, avo and egg is just toast, avo and egg, you know what I mean? Still good but he probably should have ordered something different.

We also got a salted caramel doughnut to take home to share later. It was light and fluffy and the caramel was nice.

All in all, very good. I can’t wait to go back to try out some more of their dishes. The miso scrambled eggs are calling my name.

Actually we are going back tomorrow. :D Jemma and Damien are meeting us for brunch and then we’re taking April for the rest of the day until family dinner. She really wants to go on a tram, so we’re going to take one into the city to see the Wallace and Gromit exhibit at ACMI.

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Last weekend was crazy.

Friday after work I met up with Scott and his work people in the city to play hipster mini golf. They had organized a 2 hour unlimited drinks and food package, with a caddy waiter, so you can probably imagine what that was like. (A: FUN).

Saturday we went to the hospital to meet our newest nephew, Myles. He’s p cute. Then later we went to Simon’s 40th birthday party at a pub near our house. That was also lots of fun. Simon (cousin) and Brett (older bro) and Scott are all very close in age, and grew up together, so there was lots of old pictures of them in the slideshow, which I enjoyed.

Sunday I went to Penny’s house for Stitch n Bitch. We hadn’t managed to have one for a while so it was nice to catch up. We had a lovely lunch and some wine, and I worked on a secret non-traditional cross stitch project. :D Then Scott picked me up and we went to the usual Sunday night family dinner with 8 adults and now 5 children. O_O

Yeah that’s like 5 times as much activity as I usually do, so this weekend we purposely planned nothing and slept in until 9:30am and bummed around. Was also great.

We did go out for brunch, but it was only about 250 metres away from our apartment hahaha. I’ll do a proper review of it soon because it was really yum.

We watched a couple of James Bond movies, and a heap of Curb Your Enthusiasm (preparing for the new season!!! CAN’T WAIT!!!). I cross stitched, and Scott finished a few more granny squares.

PS do you like my new shirt? I think it’s pretty good. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.