a romantic saturday

Today, unlike most days this last week, the pain abated and didn’t plague me till about 5pm. It was like heaven came and teased me with a few hours of freedom. I made sure to make good use of this though, and so did S – we spent an extremely happy afternoon doing the things we love, together.

 

  1. Went to Orient Express and bought our sideboard/tv unit for the loungeroom, which is the final piece before that room is complete!
  2. Bought a gorgeous antique asian ceramic/porcelain stool. So kitsch, and I adore it! Pictures coming after I clean it up a bit.
  3. Found some potential lamps/vases for dining and loungeroom. I am loving decorating!
  4. Went to Bunnings and had a field day buying gardening supplies.

 

Of course all this makes for a massive day for Lil Ms Currently Crippled, so by the time we got home the agony had set in. But I didn’t care – I’d had a taste of a gorgeous date afternoon with my lovely man, and it has been too long since we’ve had one of those… It was… heaven.

 

 

Sharon Pakir & Steve

At my birthday party earlier this year.

 

 

 

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mirthful, not.

Tonight, the pain is debilitating. I struggle to make it up the stairs to bed after laying comatose on the couch for a couple of hours. We’re lying in bed, S is giving me a cuddle.

Me: Oh honey, the pain is excruciating.

S: So how would you describe the pain? Major or just achey?

Me: Major pain.

S: MAJOR PAIN! (salutes himself, giggling with glee)

Me: Huh?

S: Major Pain! Geddit? Geddit? (collapses into another bout of mirth)

Me: Major Pain? That’s what YOU are. I’ll give you stars and stripes to prove it!

S: Can’t talk! Too much laughter! (he’s guffawing now and STILL saluting himself over and over).

I roll away and mumble to self. He can’t stop laughing.

He is never watching “How I Met Your Mother” again.

three happy things

Oh my fantabulous, where have I been? Yes, I know, it’s been 3 whole weeks that I’ve been AWOL. Well what actually happened is… we moved house, I had all intention of blogging, and then our internet connection didn’t happen until… today.

The backstory (very abbreviated) – Stephen and I decided to go with a Telstra foxtel-homephone-bigpond bundle. Foxtel and homephone were connected at lightning speed. Bigpond however, bungled my order 3 times. THREE times. Finally, several phone calls, lots of clarification and a very impatient tap-tap-tapping Sharon and 3 excruciating weeks later, the nice Bigpond man came over today and got me all hooked up. And now there’s lightning fast innernets.

Of course, as happens often in Sharon-land, things don’t just get bungled, they get bungled GOOD. You know, besides them messing up my order 3 times. For one, they spelled our username: sky-rigger. The Sky Riggers! Those of you that know S’s last name will giggle. And we can’t change it unless we want to open another order and wait again! No thanks. Also, since my back was particularly moody today, I was incapacitated and unable to USE my new lightning fast internet until much later in the day! Grumble.

I have no idea how I survived 3 weeks being disconnected.

Meanwhile, the new house is LOVELY. We have had a LOT of settling in to do, unpacking of 150++ boxes, cleaning from head the toe (the old owners had a sheddy dog. Imagine finding dog hair even IN the tallest kitchen cupboards. eww.) Getting our furniture in. Getting painting sorted. We’re still in disarray, although finally, we’re feeling like it’s liveable.

And did I mention that in the middle of all that, whilst I was still in painpainpain, Natalie and I ran the Victorian Salsa State Titles event with over 200 people attending and over 19 competitors, and I flew to Sydney to judge the Australian Salsa Classic? Oh, and in the midst of that, as you do, I also went to Yea twice to teach some kids, trained up my competitors for the Australians and completed an e-learning module for a company? Yup, busiest 3 weeks of my life, and all whilst moving house.

Just as well I didn’t have internet connectivity. I either didn’t have time to blog or it would’ve been a tragic daily account of the vagaries of the above!

I can’t show you pictures of my new place just yet – it’s slowly taking shape aesthetically, but very slowly, but I can show you some pictures of the happy things so far:

Number 1 has got to be, constantly having gorgeous freshly cut flowers everywhere, from my own garden.

fresh flowers from gardenfresh cut garden flowers

fresh cut flowers and gong ornament

annnnd next to the gorgeous gong Maria and Gab bought me!

Happiness item number 2 is seeing my shoe collection properly archived in a library. In fact, it was the second thing I unpacked after daily necessities. Practical, that’s me.

shoe cabinet display billy bookcase ikea

ahhh. blissful.

And happiness inducement number 3, is the one corner of our new home that is actually ready and gorgeous. This also happens to be the favourite furniture item we’ve bought – an antique Chinese kitchen pantry. We use it as a bar. The painting above, S and I bought in Vietnam – and we love it! All that this nook needs now is to have the painting properly mounted, and there you have it, the one viewable part of our otherwise still in transition home.

dining room / bar with asian antique cabinet, vietnamese art

one side of our dining room... I lovvvvve it!

I will post lots more soon, about a variety of different things, from dancing, to consulting, to more home stuff – having an internet drought means I’ve been saving up blog topics like a squirrel hoards nuts. Wahee! But for now, back to work.

replace “turtle” with “spine”

And you pretty much have the image I go to sleep with every time I try to do something beyond mild/light activity, and need a nap.

Motivator - Turtle is not Angry-1

thoughtfulness is alive!

Sometimes I long for the days of yore, where snail mail and letters were the norm. I love pretty stationery, receiving snail mail, having something to touch and feel and hold up, as I read real handwriting. I also love sending snail mail – and luckily enough have a bunch of girlfriends that share these little joys despite living in the world of email and SMS.

I’ve been pretty morose the last 6 weeks, and this whole being injured and debilitated has ensured, due to my extreme luckiness, a constant supply of love – flowers, cards, visits and food deliveries! All of it has been insanely wonderful and kept my chin up during most of the darkest moments.

I’d like to share with you though, one kindness that has left my jaw agape even more than the others. One day last week, I was about to tear my hair out in discouragement over recovery, and I received this in the mail.

Paper Exploits Stationery

Hand stamped envelope!

Kelly of Paper Exploits had sent this gorgeous, handmade Get Well Card from her stable of great stationery. What stunned me most was the attention to detail:

Paper exploits - pretty stationery

A lovely envelope inside a lovely envelope!

Paper exploits - stationery

That wee lil ribbon was so cute!

Paper Exploits - stationery

*drumroll*

Paper Exploits - get well card

Cute 3D flower!

And of course, a gorgeous message of well wishes on the back.

What I love so much about this can be condensed into 2 of my passions – living well, and championing wonderful small biz owners. Kelly is a fine example of someone who combines the both, an immensely capable and intelligent young lady who grabs life by its horns, is ambitious, thoughtful and kind (I have no idea what I’ve ever done for her to warrant such a lovely gesture!) – but also takes those ethics and values right into her business. I’m the kind of consumer who loves supporting people like this, because I know inevitably, the service and personal joy it would bring is unsurmountable.

Go check more of Kelly out at her little blog/site/store, Paper Exploits. Buy yourself something pretty and in doing so, make someone else’s day with some thoughtful snail mail and also support an incredible lady!