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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.





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.

happy things

Girlfriends who come over to help this invalid pack, with bribings of cheese, wine, and giggles. These legends packed 36 boxes for me in 2 hours flat and let me be as delirious as I wanted. Truly, overwhelmingly grateful am I!

entertaining friends

Shorty the dog wants some cheese tooooooo

Property settlement, firstly with the greatest man ever and secondly, moving into a gorgeous home!

new home

ahhhhh... the prettiness...

Now to look forward to: further recovery, going back to the studio for the first time this week after 4 whole weeks, and preparing for our insane house move!

goodbye, my jungle

The house inspection went well today, with discovering new things about the house we hadn’t noticed the first time round. Good things, like an electric gate and the gorgeous brickwork in the fireplace. We also measured it all up, and had the painter in to decide on colours!

It also had me gazing, slightly anxiety ridden, nose pressed up against every window, at the greenery and expanses of garden surrounding it.

backyard garden

how am i going to keep this alive?!

I’m saying goodbye to the reality I’ve lived, of calling the below my personal jungle. Transitioning from apartment to house is going to be harder than I thought! Anyone wanna teach me how to garden?

pot plants collection

apartment living joys

TIPS for a hopeless black thumbed girl please!!

new home: final inspection tips

S is, with reckless abandon I think, allowing me to conduct the final home inspection before settlement, myself. I’ll be assisted by his lovely mum (excursions are still a problem), but I’ve never been a home owner and err, am not so good on the attention to detail!

trashed house

image from

Of course I know to look out for well, major disasters, but I’m terrified I’ll miss something huge that everyone knows about except silly little sheltered me.

So keeping in mind that I’m completely new to this, have been an apartment dweller for most of my adult life, and was blissfully ignorant of all house maintenance stuff when living with my parents, what are your tips on what to look out for at the inspection?

My lovely friend Ping has already given me some sound advice:

  • Turn every light fixture on and off
  • Run the water and look under the sinks for any leaks
  • Open and close all doors including the garage door. Make sure they shut properly!
  • Check for any hinge gaps
  • Flush all toilets and no leakage. Ensure the ball valve is working! (Sharon: What’s a ball valve??)
  • Check for an inlet and outlet for the washing machine
  • Inspect ceilings for any cracks, wall and floors.
  • Open and close all windows.
  • Make sure you have all the keys for all windows, side doors etc. Test them.
  • Are they disconnecting the telephone? If not, check that it works.
  • Inspect the morning, easier to detect faults!

Helllllp me (and anyone else who reads this)! Please comment with your favourite home inspection tips so I can make a checklist and impress S with my amazingness!