Monday, October 14, 2013


I've been a bit of a bad blogger lately, evidenced by the fact that the last posts were two Friday Fives in a row! Things are really hectic at the moment. We're less than a month out from the wedding and our house is undergoing repairs so executing a blog post has been nearly impossible. I have often found myself saying "I really want to share this with everyone on the blog" about loads of stuff that I have been doing lately but instead I find myself taking a picture really quick and uploading it to instagram. It just isn't the same, I don't care what anyone thinks! Anyway, here's a quick rundown of some of the things in my life these past few days:

Renovations. See that brick wall there? They're the original bricks from when this terrace was built, can you believe? We've had to strip the render off to allow a damp proofing guy to fix some water damage. Today he's back, rendering the wall again (sadly, because a huge part of me is attached to the brick now). I've also got an electrician downstairs putting in downlights and, come Tuesday, I'll have a team of painters to make the walls look fresh and new again. Which reminds me, I also have to arrange for the carpet guys to come by with some samples... I can't wait 'til it's finished and you can see the final product!

Shaking up the hair routine. At my wedding hair trial I discovered my hair could do with a change. I totally switched up my part (it makes a huge difference to my face) and decided to lay off the straightening irons. I can now confidently blow dry my hair and I both suit and enjoy having more volume in my tresses. I think having bigger hair makes the body look smaller too - win!

Hens Night Prep. From Thursday, I will have a stream of visitors coming to stay and celebrate my hen's with me! The actual hen's night is Saturday but I imagine there'll be plenty of gossip and mischief the whole long weekend ;-) My sister is planning the whole thing and I am completely in the dark about most of it. I did, however, take it upon myself to organise personalised sashes from here and I've booked us a table for dinner because I'm pretty certain we'll regret it if we don't line our stomachs sufficiently! 

Books. Well, I had time the other day to read just one book (Nikki Gemmel's latest) but I don't see too much more reading happening in the next few weeks. I've ordered this batch for our honeymoon. I hear The Silent Wife is this summer's Gone Girl. I can't wait to lie down by the pool and gorge on them!

Exercise. That has been a non-negotiable lately. If ever there was a time to be in the best shape possible, it's one's own wedding day. Let's face it, those photographs of me are going to cost more than any others I'll ever have in the family album - best make it worth it! I've been trekking to Bondi and back most of the time, which is about a 13km round trip. Yesterday it was searingly hot outside and I walked all the way to Coogee before turning and heading to Bondi. Once I got there, I could not walk any more. I was overheating, dehydrated and my symptoms were starting to flare. All I could think of was jumping into a body of water (preferably without too many waves because I mightn't have the energy to fight a current) to cool off. I took a taxi to Murray Rose Pool, where I floated swam and then floated some more. It was so glorious I found myself smiling from ear to ear as I lay in that water, my face toward the sky. I think I'd go so far as to say it was a spiritual moment. I was weightless, without pain and completely immersed in that moment. Psychedelic!

Desperately seeking sewing skills. See that picture of me in hot pink? That's a dress. I loved the top section but not the bottom half so I had it turned into a top with the intention of wearing it to my hen's night. It irritates me that I cannot alter my own garments. It bothers me that I have to pay so much for clothing and alterations when I could make better things myself if only I had the technical skills. I hate having the ideas in my head, the hunger to create but no means of doing so! I hope that I can be well underway with sewing by the end of the year, it's a skill I've always wanted to have. Perhaps even one day I will master the art of pattern making and will be able to confidently clothe myself in anything my imagination comes up with. Please hold me to this?

I've got a few more things to do now so I am going to have to bid you adieu until next time! What's new with you? Tell me everything! Oh, and if you have any hen's party tips, let me know!

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