Actually the original plan was to meet Scott for lunch at the Masterchef event he saw on his walk to work. But it was SOOO busy and we couldn’t even figure out where the line started. Instead we just snooped around a bit and tried to get in the background of shots. I watched Gary, George and Matt taste some of the foods (although they didn’t actually eat much!), and we saw some of the competitors. There was quite a few of them on each team so I don’t think we really saw any big spoilers. There were people ERRYWHERE.
Then we walked a street over and ordered a couple scotch eggs from Good Egg where it was much less hectic.
We got one of each: a falafel scotch egg with harissa and tahini dressing, and a pork and fennel scotch egg with roast tomato relish. They were both great. Crispy crunchy coating on the outside with a perfect soft boiled egg in the middle. Scott really liked the falafel one, but I preferred the pork. The sweet tomato relish complimented the salty traditional scotch egg nicely.
They were only $5.50 each and quite filling, definitely one of the better value food options in Melbourne! Plus our server was very friendly. All in all a great experience.
This year I decided to make shoes for the nieces and nephews for Christmas presents. I knew the kids were going to get literally heaps of presents so I wanted to get them something a little different.
Ava is the youngest. I got the smallest shoes possible and they’re still too big. Oops. Also there are no cute animals that start with “V”. These might be my favourite of the lot though!
Next is April, who loves the Wiggles. It took a little prodding, but then she recognized Emma and the rest of the group.
Seth got Avatar shoes. These were fun to draw and shade.
Beau’s are from Pokemon Black and White. I don’t know which Pokemon those are but he says they are the best ones. :D
And lastly, Noah got Dragon Ball Z. He’s been requesting a pair ever since I made his dad some Wolverine shoes.
It was fun making all of them! Scott picked all the pictures for the boys. Each pair only took a couple hours once I got started. And they’re all done with permanent fabric markers and Scotchgarded so they can get wet, although I would try to avoid it if possible.
I would love to sell custom shoes, but I can’t legally sell anything with copyrighted material. Technically you’re not even supposed to MAKE things with copyrighted material, but I don’t think companies usually mind if it’s just for fun. But making money from it is a different story.
Feel free to email me with any ideas you might have though and maybe we can figure something out.
I know a lot of people considered 2016 to be pretty crappy… but to be honest it was one of the best years of my life, for sure. I’ve picked 12 pictures here but that doesn’t even come close to including all the awesome things that we got to do. I feel very lucky and grateful, and will reflect on my year fondly.
The IBSF World Cup coming to Whistler and getting to meet my skeleton hero, Martins Dukurs.
Finally finishing my crochet blanket. That’s an ipad by the way… the blanket is enormous. I also did A LOT of crossstitch.
Not coming in last in my final skeleton race of my career. I actually ended up finishing 4th out of 8, behind three very talented national team girls.
Being my own personal island in a cenote in Mexico. Renting that big house with 11 great friends was SO. MUCH. FUN.
Experiencing Antelope Canyon, my top road trip bucket list place. It was just as cool as I hoped.
Exploring Yellowstone National Park on opening day. Scott’s roadtrip bucket list place. Seeing Old Faithful erupt 5 minutes after we got there without being able to check the schedule.
Spending a ridiculous amount of time and money to go to the Jorna Indian restaurant in Ipswich. TOTALLY WORTH IT.
Walking half way across Spain to get our ticket into heaven. Destroyed my feet but it was definitely a cool experience.
OK well this isn’t really a highlight for Scott, but it’s still one of my favourite pictures of the year. Eating all the cheese possible in France.
Turning 30 in Thailand.
Being brave and making new friends in Melbourne.
Lots and lots of family time. This picture is from Christmas Day.
This year I got myself a cider advent calendar, because… Treat Yo Self. I figured it would be a great way for me to try out a bunch of Aussie ciders and hopefully find some new favourites! It was mostly great, there was only one that I couldn’t finish (why would someone make a cider with hops in it?? blech). And it really was a fun way to count down until Christmas.
Here are my thoughts, mostly for my records. Note: I prefer very very dry ciders.
1. The Hills Cider Company Apple & Ginger – quite gingery, not too sweet 7/10
2. Bilpin Blush Pink Lady Cider – really tasted like pink lady, a little sweet 6/10
3. The Apple Thief William Pear Cider – fine 6/10
4. Pipsqueak Apple Cider – not too sweet, yum 8/10
5. Woolshed Utopia Hard Lemonade – not too sweet, but not a cider! 6/10
6. Napoleone Apple Cider – standard, not too sweet 8/10
7. James Squire Orchard Crush Pear Cider – tasty 7/10