See my chalkboard Christmas tree? That is the only Christmas item in my house this year (would you even class that as an item?!).. and its depressing me. I have never really been Christmas mad, but i've always loved the day and the lead up. But this year I have no motivation. 2011 has been a a bit of a let down. I hate to complain cos I know a million other people have it worse, but we had big hopes for 2011. 2010 was the hard year and 2011 was gonna be the fun year to back it up.. Well yes there was fun.. but behind that fun there was the ever looming stress of our complicated life. I feel deflated. And im sick. So sick I have had almost 4 full days off on my busiest day of the entire year. I cant breathe. My ears ache. I have no energy. My shopping isn't finished. Im spending Christmas lunch with my in laws and I hate not having lunch with my family - its never the same. I haven't cooked a proper dinner in weeks. And I got hit on Monday with having to reapply for my own job by tomorrow (have you ever seen a Government job application?!!).
Anyway, im trying to stay as positive as possible. Business is picking up. Sick days meant I got my present wrapping done. The shops are open 24 hours so I can go after work tonight at 10pm. I don't have to cook on Christmas day. I have in laws. I have a job to apply for. AND 2012 has some pretty damn big events occuring.
I promise I am decorating next year and giving myself holidays!
Well, something I haven’t really blogged about is my pending wedding.
Good date I reckon.
I will be honest with you.. I have felt very unsettled about getting married. Firstly, I feel like im not old enough (I will be 28 – clearly im in denial). Secondly, Im anxious about changing my name. Thirdly, I have been freaked out about getting married in a Catholic Church, and last of all, I’ve been so worried about other peoples feelings towards the event that I have avoided talking about it and sharing my plans and the changes we have made to what we originally kind of told everyone we were doing.
Well, one and two – im just gonna have to get over.. cos I am getting married and I am changing my name.
We have been planning on getting married in a little Catholic Church in North Adelaide called St Mary’s. It is totally sweet and I love everything about it. Except one thing. The massive Jesus on the cross at the altar. Its not even a nice Jesus. It’s massive and metal and there are panels of blue and yellow frosted glass behind Him, covering the most adorable little stain glass windows. And its not even just me.. My lovely friend Kate admitted she noticed it too at a wedding she had attended there ages ago (although I had to drill her for this admission). And then there was the Priest thing. We went and met with a Priest and he was so religious – who knew?! Eeeeekk memories of Year 12 Religion class with Mrs Perre and singing 'Here I am Lord' in the school choir came pouring in – I cant do it.
So, I turned to google. And I goggled the shit out of every non religious, Adelaide city fringe, undercover location I could find which was not already booked. And there was the North Adelaide Institute Building Community Hall. We went to have a look and it was perfect. Low key and understated.. well not really understated – it’s a freaking community hall. Its just a pretty, massive, old space which has soooooooo much potential. And I am over the moon and totally excited – I have even been lying in bed daydreaming about walking down the aisle (WTF?!). AND to top it off, its 190 bucks for 48 hours. Honestly it could not be more perfect.
So with 5 months, 3 days, 9 hours and 27 minutes remaining.. I guess I better start organising some other shit!
As for my last fear factor.. I love my friends and having to ‘pick’ bridesmaids has been so easy but so terribly difficult. I just feel so guilty. No matter how much I try to justify it, I still feel bad – but that’s just me. I was always going to feel bad. I guess its my wedding – and I can do whatever I want to do… even though I don’t actually believe in that saying, im just gonna have to roll with it!
This year in particular the weather in Adelaide is bizarre.. 5 days of perfect 25 degree weather, a hotter 30 degree day and hen BAM - rain.
Today is one of the rainy days and I don't mind at all as I have the hottest umbrella ever.
When I was in Melbourne a few months ago, Chan and I hunted down the cute brolly in the bottom right by Gina & May. My lovely friend Jess has the black and white stripes. Definitely the best brolly's around.
Ahhhhhhh I love coffee. I am well and truly addicted to the stuff. I have my fave places around Adelaide... My morning hit normally comes from Ciao in Adelaide Arcade, or when I'm running late - Cibo on Pirie, and every other day I meet my Ma at Wheel and Barrow off the mall for my soy-latte-no-sugar-loving.
But last week Little Seeds appeared out the front of the Adelaide City Council as part of the Picture Adelaide Outdoor Planning Cafe. Organic, fairtrade coffee. I tried it this morning and damn it was good. Will be returning.
On Tuesday night Dave and I went to see The National at Thebarton Theatre. It was truely amazing. The evening began with New York indie rock bank The Walkmen.. I only knew a couple of songs but man what a voice. The National were incredible. There is something so amazingly sexual about middle aged, dark and mysterious musicians with facial hair in fitted jeans, a shirt and waist coat.. and a voice.. ahhhhh... Matt Berninger, you are beautiful. After he jumped off stage and ran through the crowd singing, he got back on stage where the entire band stood together and finished the set singing an acoustic Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks - no mic's - just a guitar and brass. One of those gorgeous world stopping music moments. Defintiely a show to remember.
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I have no idea how I am going to do this since we have our wedding in May followed by a 9 week Europe trip.. but I'm just gonna roll with it. I dont care if I don't finish til im 40.
Do you live in Adelaide? Have you been to Ikeguchi on Pultney Street? I love this little store with its abundance of gorgeous jewellery and homewares and accessories. They have such an awesome range of brands including the lovely Pigeonhole. I want all of these:
My morning has been spent sleeping in solo while Dave left for work reeeeaaally early, washing, tidying up, a bit of wedding stuff, a surprise visit from dad and just chilling at home. Packing up and heading down to Goolwa this afternoon for the rest of the weekend for some down time. What a nice little weekend.
(How cute is the little fox card I got at Bowerbird Baraar last night? By ask alice)
After leaving Slovenia and crossing the border in the middle of a night in May 1951, my grandparents reached a refugee camp where, out of anywhere in the world, they picked Australia. Knowing nothing about this faraway place, they got on a boat and reached a processing camp in Brisbane where they were married, along with 5 other couples, so that they would not be separated. They were sent to Adelaide with nothing but the clothes on their back, not knowing a word of English. They worked on a farm for a rich family in Loxton, with payment being the room in which they slept, which they later nursed my dad in as a baby, and a little cash, and they worked hard to learn the language. They eventually worked hard enough to buy their own house in Thebarton. Eventually word got back to Slovenia and their brothers and sisters came one after the other. They all stayed in this house to get set up before they all had enough money to buy their own land. There were no loans, you needed to own the land outright before you could build one of three house designs available. Now living in Clovelly Park, they worked long hours in factories, just trying to get by. They saved enough to buy a fish and chip shop. The women worked there all day while the men worked in the factory, and when they finished they'd go to the shop and peel potatoes. They never used a pen and paper, they just remembered the orders of the people who were lining up down the street to eat their amazing food. They worked these 14 hour days for 6 years. Without a break. Without a holiday. In fact, my grandfather never took a holiday in 30 years. Finally my grandparents save enough to buy a new, bigger home in Para Vista for their 3 kids and mother, and a truck, which earns them enough money that my grandmother doesn't have to work. She can just be a wife and a mother and a carer for the first time in her life. After years and years of struggle they are finally happy and comfortable in Australia. But just 7 years later my darling grandmother is diagnosed with Leukemia, and passes away at only 42 years old. My heartbroken grandfather continues working six days a week to raise his kids, including their 14 year old daughter, and retires at 73 only because his truck breaks down. All those years of struggle and heartache, their fierce love for their family made them push through it all to build a better life, for them.
I just thought I would share that little story with you. It doesnt even include the 24 years of war and poverty before they came to this country. Right now things in our life are a bit out of control and so, so, challenging. But after an afternoon coffee, a scotch finger biscuit and some story time with my amazing Nono, it puts things in perspective that things aren't that bad.. they're actually not bad at all. We have a roof over our heads and enough money to eat every single day. And, along with family, there is nothing else you need.
Heading to see Mr De Backer this evening at Her Majesty's Theatre. I must say its a pet hate when music I love gets all commercial.. but ill justify my admiration for Gotye by noting that this will be the fourth time I have seen him over the past five years. And I guess a muso has to make money somehow.
He really is a very talented man and I cant wait to see him in a seated show.
Such a gloomy start to my four day long weekend in Adelaide this morning. Its bucketing down. I'm going to spend today with my beautiful Nono (grandpa) in hospital today - nothing too serious, but it's going to suck to see him in there. Work has been crazy busy. I've been running almost every day. We've started our backyard makeover. I'm doing a day-long photography course with Beccy next weekend. We still havent really organised anything for our wedding. I haven't blogged in a while but I've been keeping up with yours on my bus commute every day :) See you again soon. xo
Dave and I were talking in the car tonight about how being financially stable is boring. Yes that sounds ridiculous.. but it made me think back about being 18 when I moved into my first apartment with Tara. We picked up our lounge suite off the side of the road, we hung posters of bands on the walls in the living room, we used a bar fridge for the entire time we lived together, we'd smoke rollies on the front porch with our mates listening to Bjork and Tool and we lived on a diet of soup, 2 minute noodles and rice. We didnt have a care in the world. (Yes that is a picture of Tara ironing her hair.. with an iron). Seems like a lifetime ago..
Beers and burrito's with my one and only Feebs at Zambrero on Rundle Street on Saturday afternoon. Followed by beers at the Austral. Then beers at the Archer. Then work. Probably not my best idea ever?!! But an awesome day, which ended up being an awesome night, then awesome morning!
Ah what a wonderful weekend! So much fun with two of my gorgeous girls. So great to finally get an insight into their new awesome lives in Melbs. Both living in Prahran only walking distance from each other, we did brekky, lunches and dinners at some super cool places on Chapel and Victoria St in Richmond, did some unreal op shopping and scored some massive bargains, got extremely messy on Saturday night and even snuck in some afternoon dvd's and nanna naps. Amazing weekend.
The view of Melbourne from Julie's kitchen
Our awesome bar tender from Bendigo/France and an interior shot at the Vic
Our new fave drink - vanilla vodka, apple juice and cinnamon
Me and my gorgeous Jules
Cruising around Melbs in a bit of a haze at this point
Hangover coffees at Hobba
Lost and found - an insane op shop full of awesome stuff
Shanghai Palace for dumplings then fondu fun at Max Brenners to finish off the weekend.