Well, all of my magazine subscriptions have come at once plus a couple of mags picked up from the shops. Luckily we are heading to Byron Bay tomorrow night so I can read them all!
I couldn't resist diving into the Inside Out though, Mark and Luella Tuckey's house is on the front cover and it is to die for! Situated in Clareville on the water , the house looks beautiful and homey. I could move in tomorrow.
(snapped from the mag, what a gorgeous exterior!)
I want a backyard like this!
The living area, loving the wooden bunting :)
I must get to their shop in Newport soon for a browse around :)
Plus all the mags are starting to have Christmassy stuff inside, I'm getting a little excited!
Do you get your magazines on subscription or just submit to temptation at the shops?
images my own and a couple from INSIDE OUT magazine
We had a very last minute Halloween here :) This included driving to the bargain shop after school pick up and rummaging through the masks with the other hordes of last minute halloween shoppers.
Jasper was very enthusiastic in the shop but wouldn't don his costume for trick or treating. The best he would do was a headband.
But he LOVED the idea of knocking on a door and getting lollies. He is quite shy so the fact he had the confidence to do this was fantastic.
We started off at a friends place and then just did the one street. I couldn't believe all the kids that were out trick or treating. It was quite a fun atmosphere. I'm sure over the next few years Halloween is just going to get bigger and bigger in Australia.
We all have our jobs around here. I love that on a Sunday morning it is just "known" that Simon will be the one to go out and get the papers and a coffee while I wait at home. Also taking the rubbish out is his domain too.
My jobs around the house are far too numerous to mention ;)
I was just wondering if everyone has those jobs that have never been spoken about but are just known?
This is how we spent our Saturday night, setting up a train set :)
Simon's parents have sold their home and are moving into a unit near the beach. They are in the process of packing up their house so we are inheriting lots of toys they bought for the grandkids but will no longer have room for.
Finn used to play with this train set when he was younger and now it's Jasper's turn and then we will pack it away ready for the new baby.
I love the idea of keeping toys in the family.
(not that it usually happens around here, too many broken toys, missing game pieces)
Do you have a toy/game that has been in the family for a while?
I just thought I would share some random things about myself that I have been doing lately :)
1. For the last few days I have been having cheese and mustard pickles on a wholemeal roll. Just delish!
2. We are off on another holiday on Friday, we are taking the boys this time and spending a week in Byron Bay. Wishing for warm weather!
3. I haven't caught up with friends in ages. With feeling sick for the first 3 months of pregnancy and the NY trip, I have been absent. Note to self, book in some coffee catch ups :)
4. I feel a bit guilty for neglecting my blog lately. It used to be a real "obsession" but recently I have been struggling with Bloggers Block. I don't want to stop, I will have to just try and blog through it.
5. My husband's singing drives me nuts! He thinks he has a fabulous voice and is always singing. If it was just normal warbling that would be ok but he is always stretching out notes and doing "verbal gymnastics". I don't tell him this drives me crazy :)
6. I'm feeling a bit restless in regards to the house. I want to repaint, lay floorboards instead of our tiles and maybe repaint/revarnish the furniture.
7. We recently bought a new car. We decided on a Mazda CX9, its black and I am still nervous driving it. I don't want to be the person that causes the first scratch on it!
8. I really have to get my act into gear with planning my mums bday party in a few weeks and I'm also hosting Christmas this year. So I want to start getting organised. I can't wait for Christmas this year :)
9. I keep collecting pictures of sparkly diamond rings lately. Maybe I am just researching for a future present?!
10. Everything I have bought online lately, from clothes to a quilt cover has been really disappointing. I have ended up returning it all. For me there is no substitute for a wander around the shops and seeing the "goods" in real life.
So there you go, some random things I have been doing lately :)
So here is the remainder of my diary from the New York trip :)
Day 4 - We had an easy day planned today (I needed it!) so we headed down the end of our street to Central Park. That place is huge! It seemed to be a great place to catch up with a friend for a walk. We wandered around the Jackie Onassis Resourvier,Betheseda Fountain, the lake and The Boathouse. Stopping for cheesey shots along the way :) We then went to a deli to pick up a few pieces for lunch and I had a delicious slice of New York cheesecake. We had a quiet afternoon as we were both exhausted after the last few days and my legs were killing me! I think I have exercised more in the last few days than I have in the last few months.
cheesey shots in Central Park :)
pretzel in the park, ugh too salty for me!
Day 5 - Simon got up at 4am to go to a bar to watch the Wallabies game (they lost badly!), I stayed asleep :) Another day of wandering around, we saw a couple of movies including the new George Clooney movie The Decendents, which was showing at the Lincoln Centre'sNY Film Festival. George Clooney was at the screening and did a little blurb onstage.We are heading home tomorrow and I must admit I am ready. I miss the boys and I feel like I have truly seen New York plus I am exhausted!
George is 2nd from the right!
Day 6 - a sleep in, breakfast then head to the Airport. We're going home!
A delicious room service breakfast :)
Overall it was a wonderful time away with Simon,I truly saw everything I wanted to. We didn't do the usual tourist sites such as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty etc as we had done them before on a previous trip. I also didn't really want to see Ground Zero as it felt a little morbid/eerie.
The shopping was cheap but I found myself not that interested except with fragile crockery and extremely heavy coffee table books! I was very sensible and really weighed up whether I needed them or not. Really strange of me!
I had the most wonderful welcome from Jasper at the airport, (he came with his grandad to pick us up, Finn was at school) he just hugged me and hugged me and the happiness on his face brought tears to my eyes. The same happened with Finn that afternoon. I missed them so much and I know that they missed me.
We all slept in the same bed that night! Not an overly comfortable "welcome home" sleep but I wouldn't of had it any other way :)
But reality doesn't take long to set in, washing to be done, cleaning waiting for me, a bday pressie to buy for a party on the weekend. Ahhhhh bliss, there's no place like home!
I'm back from an amazing 5 days in New York. It was a fantastic time and we crammed so much in it was a little exhausting! I made notes at the end of each day so I could remember all the places we had seen and the streets we had walked and the food we had eaten! I really didn't eat that much considering the lists of places I had written down to try, the baby was craving plain food but Simon made up for it by gaining 2 kgs in 5 days! Although the lucky thing will lose it in a week as soon as he starts eating normally again.
Day 1 -Finally after the endless journey to get to New York, we arrived at 7pm to our hotel, The Surrey. Thank goodness it met all our expectations! It was absolutely beautiful. We had dinner at a local restaurant Seraphina, Simon had a pizza and I must have had the world's largest chicken breast and vegies. Just the beginning of a few humongous meals! Bed time as we were zonked!
en route - iphone
lobby at night - iphone
gorgeous painting near elevators - iphone
hugest chicken breast ever! - iphone
view from our room
Day 2 - Jetlagged! Woke up at 3.30am, decided to call the boys to let them know we had arrived, watched some tv and eventually went back to sleep for a few hours. A room service breakfast and then a shower with the most intense shower pressure ever. Lets just say the spray was invigorating! We then caught a cab to Soho, I was scared in every cab ride we took. The drivers were all maniacs. They all drove too fast and swapped lanes carelessly! I don't think I had one ride where I felt safe! We wandered down streets with lots of shops including Anthropologie. We got Finn some of the Vans shoes he couldn't get at home and Simon got a couple of pairs of shoes too. I looked but nothing really grabbed me. Maybe it is being pregnant but all the clothes were a bit ho hum to me. I had money to burn and couldn't find anything I liked :) We stopped for snacks at Dean and Deluca, gourmet indulgence at its best! We decided to just walk in the direction of our hotel and see how far we could go before we got too tired. Stopped for lunch at a cafe where a toasted sandwich was an extravaganza with all the trimming and a massive serve of fries. Passed the Flatiron Building, Madison Ave, popped into Trump Tower (Simon's one time idol), and of course I had to have a browse in Tiffany and Co. We had a little rest near the Plaza Hotel, it looks a lot smaller in real life! The streets were bustling and very New York! We then wandered over to Central Park and did the very touristy carriage ride. We must have had the chattiest driver ever, Simon was interested in his patter but I just wanted to enjoy the view! We then walked back to the Surrey Hotel and collapsed! I calculated we had walked 91 blocks and that wasn't counting going up and down some of them. We had left the hotel at 10am that morning and walked until 6pm that night! I ended up having a 5 hour snooze and woke up at midnight starving. Simon went looking for the pizza place he went to 10 years ago(!)and brought back the sausage pizza he had been raving about ever since.
anthropologie, I really wanted that tureen! - iphone
pumpkins at Dean and Deluca - iphone
The Flatiron Building
Simon on the carriage ride, the carriages are a bit manky!
Simon's beloved sausage pizza
Day 3 - We decided to explore the West Village today and caught a cab to Bleeker St, saw the Magnolia Bakery but didn't feel like a cupcake. We walked down Perry St (where all SATC fans will know that Carries apartment stoop was shot here). "Carrie's" stoop was a bit grotty and chained off so we took a pic on the one next to it. So much nicer. It was a gorgeous area with a lovely homely feel to it. I could definately live there :) We then headed to the Meat Packing District, and walked the cobblestone streets to the High Line. This is a disused railway track that has been turned into a park/walkway. Lovely to have a bit of greenery in that urban landscape. Caught a cab to Grand Central Station for a wander and a late lunch. I had the most delicious vegie soup ever! We then walked over to Rockefeller Centre for a look at the Moma store and a few others. We then ventured into Times Square. Absolute chaos! Bright lights, crowds of people, tacky and over the top but a must see :) We headed back towards the hotel and detoured via the toy shop FAO Schwartz. The boys would have loved it! Highlights were the Barbie Foosball table for $25k and of course the giant piano from the movie Big. Of course Simon had to have a go, which I recorded for the boys. It was hilarious! We HAD to wander through the "candy" section on the way out and marvelled at the size of all the lollies! We had to buy the boys some rock candy and giant gummy bears. So much fun stuff there!
We headed to the hotel for dinner and a rest. We decided to have a late night treat at Serendipity (remember the movie?). Simon had the Strawberry Fields - an extravaganza of cheesecake, icecream, cream and strawberries and I had their signature Frozen Hot Chocolate which was to die for!
me on a "nice" stoop :)
Where's Wally (me) at Grand Central Station
shoe shine at Grand Central Station
Simon at Times Square
The $25k Barbie Foosball table!
Simon creating that "moment" from the movie Big!
Now that's a lollipop!
biggest gummy bear ever!
oooh my delicious frozen hot chocolate
Exhausted yet? I will pop up the rest in another post :)