Friday, February 28, 2014

Buzz feed Quizzes

Totally unrelated to everything else and a time killer - this is my life -


              You got:                Meowth

Cash rules everything around you. You’re also ten thousand times more articulate than everyone else around you, due to the simple fact that you are the only one who knows how to say something other than your own name.

 Grey Line with Black, Blue, and Yellow, by Georgia O’Keeffe

You’re deeply in touch with your feminine side (like, SO DEEPLY) and not afraid to show it. You’re able to find beauty and power in even the smallest things. You’re also most likely excellent in bed.


You’re a sweet, dignified person with a love for adventure and new people. You are the wisest but most comforting of your friends and need a pet to drive that point home.

Which Celebrity Couple Are You And Your Significant Other?

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield
Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Aka “Stonefield.”
 If there is a relationship ideal, you two would be it. You and your partner are the best of friends, lovers, alliances, clowns, companions, and teammates. You guys don’t make up for each other; you only add to each other

(if only I knew who these people were....)

Which Biblical Heroine Are You?


Strikingly good-looking with a world-weary air!!, you somehow make everything you do look easy. You’re practical, grounded and have a wicked sense of humor that keeps your friends and loved ones laughing. You have an exceptionally curious nature and love learning about new things, traveling, and meeting new people. It takes a lot to make you angry, but once you are, you’re the worst enemy anyone could imagine. Family is incredibly important to you — you’ll go anywhere and do anything for your loved ones, no questions asked. Good-natured, loyal, and hilarious, you’re basically the stereotypical perfect girlfriend and you own it!


Which Classic Author Is Your Soulmate?

Jane Austen

Ever so genteel, you are in need of a woman who is your equal in rank and temperament, a woman who is financially independent but who still appreciates being taken care of. As romantic realists, both you and Jane realize that your imperfections make you perfect for each other, and that it is a combination of reason and emotion that makes a happy marriage

And that is me, damn I AM perfect - although I was unaware Jane Austen wanted to marry a woman, who am I to go against completely accurate quizzes???

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mentally shot

New house exhaustion has set in. One of the upsides of having a bigger house is that friends and visitors come and, well, visit. Combined with the summer holidays, this week is the first time I've caught my breath. Since Christmas, we have been away from home for about 20 nights, had  visitors for 10 nights and had our friends and the kids friends drop by on the few spare days we have had left. My last 6 weeks has consisted of packing and unpacking and washing sheets, towels etc ready for the next wave.

Am now very appreciative of my nice quiet house, although I have absolutely loved catching up with people. Just need a small break.

Until the builders and landscapers come back again.

This week.


In the meantime, Geoff and I are about to start on a new diet, will let you know how that goes. Even without the diet I have pleasingly lost 3 kgs since Christmas, so all those visitors are doing me good!

And one of my Fav scrapping sites has restarted. Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge is up and running again, and although I am currently not on the team, was very glad to play along, loved this sketch by Anne.

And I have gone for the chalk board look - bit of fun.

Henry is a vanilla ice cream connoisseur. Every place we go, he tries the local fair (the best we have found so far was surprisingly in Cambodia, which also had the worst btw). He was horrified on our first night in Auckland when we went to a boutique ice cream place and they didn't have vanilla. What sort of ice cream shop is that!! (pretty bloody good actually, Giapo's in Queen st, mmm).

Anyway, the next night we ended up at Movenpick, a Swiss based ice creamery - Most excellent as well and the vanilla rated 10/10 by Henry. Too bad they don't have a store in Canberra. Or probably a good thing for my diet.

That's all for now x

Friday, February 14, 2014

New Zealand part 1

Well, after procrastinating about it over Christmas (do we go to NZ or Nth Queensland for the last part of January) we decided NZ was the way to go. Unfortunately I had been less than organised before Christmas - I know, unusual - ha - and the kids passports needed to be renewed. So After New years - everything in Canberra shuts down until then - we hurriedly put together the applications, and waited. (I won't mention that a certain DH used to work in Passports and knew who to call to hurry things along..). Anyway, after Henry and I spent a week sweltering in Mulwala, we came home, picked up his and Meaghan's passports on Friday, booked the flights Sunday and flew out bright and early on Wed morning. Phew..

We had only booked two night accommodation in Aukland and winged the rest. And it turned out ok mostly, internet is good!

And now I have more photos to scrap - yay! These are fairly random though.

On our first day we went to Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium in Aukland - Penguins - coolest animals ever -

In the middle we went to Henry's favourite place Hobbiton, possibly only behind the yet to be visited lego world - The quality of the craftmanship here was astounding. Although the hobbit holes were only for the most part doors and gardens, all the indoor filming happened elsewhere, the location and the settings were just perfect.

The only possibly downside was that you have to leave your car in the carpark and catch a bus with a guided tour - all fine until we returned to the car and realised that I had left the boot/trunk open for the 2+ hours we were away - all our travelling stuff was on display for the world to see. Luckily it was also entirely intact - Geoff was not amused...

This was the most famous of the hobbit holes - Bilbo's home. The actual bench were Bilbo and Gandalf sat and chatted - eep...

 Many more pages about Hobbiton to come, I promise!

And related but on our second last day, we had a tour of the Weta Studios in Wellington, where they make all the models, armour etc. Again, highly recommended!

We really enjoyed New Zealand, very easy to get around, and I got to catch up with Louise F my long time scrappy friend, has made me want to do a round the world tour of all my scrappy friends. The instant easiness and friendship after years of sharing a hobby was just wonderful!

The tale of the bad back and broken glasses can wait - am now going to rest as we have more visitors - apparently if you have a new house your visitor numbers skyrocket - we are constantly welcoming friends and family, which is fun but I am looking forward to downtime next week.

have a good one. x

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Explanation (finally)

Nothing too exciting but my last post had this Lo

all due to the fact that I was in a bit of a hurry to post on The Lilypad's forum and could not remember my Flikr account password and I couldn't put it in my normal gallery for various boring reasons...

The Lilypad is having a month of challenges, which I  love but have already acknowledged that I will not  come close to completing, so I am picking an choosing at a nice relaxed pace. The above Lo was part 1 in a do over challenge - this being one of my first digi efforts. I gave Matt a complete makeover and finished with this -

more my current style (and at least I have some vague idea of how to use Photoshop now!)

A couple of others I have completed came from our quick trip to the mountains just after Christmas

 (yep, be impressed, I walked to the top of Australia's tallest mountain - ok, so maybe 5 yo's were skipping past me and my knees gave ot on the way home, but hey, tallest mountain people!!!)

 and an Arty page (which I really like)

Lots of fun.  I'm off to Mum and Dad's tomorrow - forecast of above 40C every day - but they have aircon and a pool, so all sweet. Possible last minute holiday may be planned when we get back, madly trying to organise kids passports just in case.

So Lizzy and Mitra, sleep well now I have explained my odd boring previous post xxx

Friday, January 10, 2014


Ignore this, will explain later...