Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dear Diary - I have SOOOOO much to tell you!

My first diary was pink with flowers on the front and a clasp that would only open with a key. I was rubbish at keeping up to date with that diary, in fact, I don't know even where it is. It had a lot of identifying information in it so I hope that doesn't bite me on the a**. By the time I was writing in my diary, the first words were always "Dear Diary, I have SOOOOO much to tell you!"

I know it has been a while since I updated this blog but I am shocked it is September and I haven't written since March! Like I lost a whole part of my life! And so much has happened - for example:
- The man turned 30
- We went overseas - Italy, the Netherlands and the UK
- New Zealand for an event
- Ran an event here in Melbourne
- Volunteering at Operation Stitches
- Survived a really cold winter - no heating and holes in the roof
- My baby brother is a bonafide Working Sound Engineer 
- I quit my job
So much!

I will try to catch up but I am not sure it will be that easy. So over the next couple of weeks I will chop and change past and future - hope it doesn't get too confusing!

Now today... I don't have time to say too much so I want to share these from the man's 30th just because they are fun and it was fun.


Thanks for reading!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Music my old friend

My playlist is getting a bit tired so I have been looking to expand but don't really want to download a whole heap of music which I will be bored with by next month. I saw an ad on Facebook for JB Hi-Fi NOW it looks pretty good and is from an Australian retailer (I don't know if that is important with music that is made mostly in America? I assume it means that there is some Aussie stuff too which would be great) and I probably will sign up for the free trial to test it out at some point but when it comes to internet stuff, it always pays to do some more reading so I read some reviews of music streaming services and thought I would post it so that you can piggy-back off my research.
  • This one from CNet seemed pretty comprehensive. It gives a pretty good review of Spotify for free streaming. It is only on PC in the free version which is fine, I don't mind adds and I like free stuff so I am signing up but I can't from work because our servers are routed through whoknowswheristan so the service thinks I am in another country (and the service is not available in that country).
  • The review from LifeHacker is also pretty good - relevant and recent.  
  • Delimiter is ok for some background on music streaming in Australia but old (December 2011)   
  • We Are Hunted is an interesting way of consuming music. It relies on bloggers and social media to build a top 99 chart and links in with Spotify.
I am sure there is heaps more but this is where I am up to so far. The man uses Myspace for music and I have to admit, I was only really into Myspace when I was a teenager and mostly because it let me practice my html to create a pretty profile (mixed success), I haven't had much of a chance to really look into it past that but it could be an interesting way of finding new stuff.

I don't know for sure but I think the reviewed pages are all legal music sites so the artists should be getting some of the profits which is a good thing. I don't know how all that works though. Anyway, Happy music seeking! I hope you found it useful.
xox Jane

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lucky Me!

Lucky me! For my Birthday, two of my favorite men took me to a vegetarian restaurant and didn't complain about the lack of meat! Veggie Bar in Fitzroy is pretty amazing so there was nothing to complain about really anyway. I had raw Green Thai Curry which I have been trying to find a recipe for but without much luck. It was absolutely delish! I will give it a crack at home and see if I can replicate it. The biggest challenge is sprouting wild rice but I think I can do it. I don't know if I could become a raw-foodist but with meals like that, I don't think it would be a bad thing. The man would hate it though!

Anyway, check out what I got for my birthday! Yellow roses and a bottle of bubbles (Moet actually!!!) from the gorgeous Miss T. She knows me so well! The giant cocktail ring is one of three from the man and can I just say that his taste in jewellery is shockingly amazing. I am pretty sure I asked for diamonds but this is the next best thing. I need to go to events that need me to dress up so that there is a reason to wear my new jewels (plastic or not). 

Even my stationary store sent me a present for my birthday! Stationary porn - better known as the stationary catalog. I expect it has something to do with how boring my job is when I get excited over the stationary order arrival. I place the damn thing so there aren't even any surprises but I still get butterflies. Anyway, the catalog is probably the best thing in the world for this boring admin lady, so many pages, so many options! Even though I always have to buy black or blue per the corporate standards, it is still exciting knowing that I could get pink or red or green. Oh, how I would love to get red stationary! That would make the office a million times more exciting.  

Ah... I just referred to myself as a "lady" damn it. My mother is a lady - I am a girl. The fact that I have crows feet is not relevant.

xox Love to all,

Sunday, February 24, 2013


I know the photos are pretty ordinary but I had to fight like 50 children for a front row look at these little guys at the Melbourne Zoo. It was worth every black eye.
The man took me on a boat ride for Valentines day! I like ducks. They like scones. I had scones so they liked me too!

Sprout moved in on Wednesday so our house is full of musical instruments, CDs and DVDs. His collection is impressive... I mean really impressive. We were going to go to a music festival last weekend as like a "welcome to Melbourne" thing but it was cancelled. Lame. As it turns out though there was heaps on in Melbourne. I will post photos as soon as I get wifi because I took so many, I don't think my phone can handle the uploads on its own.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Travelling Circus!

The last time I posted was December right? And I mean early December... that can't be right. I missed a whole month (well actually 2 months if I do the math). It must have something to do with all of our activities and OMG there have been so many activities! And travels! Check out my travels:

The green line is a 4 hour drive to Horsham (rural Victoria) in December. The red line is an 8 hour drive to Adelaide for a fancy dress party. Yep, that is me making out with Danger Mouse.

The purple line is Thailand for work. That place is amazing. I only saw Bangkok and mostly the hotel where the conference was held but here are a few photos from my travels:

Pretty much as soon as I landed back home I was on a plane to Brisbane (that's the blue line). Not exactly the "Queensland" vacation I was expecting because it rained and rained and rained. The purpose of my visit was to go to my friend's wedding. The bride handled the whole thing exceptionally well considering there was no power (no toilet/food/lights) for half the night, the roads were obstructed by fallen tree branches and it rained so hard they couldn't open any windows. It was (I thought) a lovely ceremony in any case... And I caught the bouquet! I get a diamond now right? I am pretty sure that is how it works. 
Gum boots for the bridal party "outside" photos... which would have been terribly uncomfortable but the photos were rad
 Next stop was Alstonville for some time with my grandfather. That was great. He is an avid "birdo" and actually (as I have been told by his girlfriend) is the most knowledgeable person in Australia on shore birds. So, I can't find the exact news articles but he is involved in Osprey conservation in his area and is working to ensure that a development in NSW near Grafton doesn't impact an endangered species of Emu. I wish I could find the details of both of those projects online but I can't. I must remember to ask him to send it to me so I can update and share them here.

So after Alstonville I went to Winfield for mum and dad's housewarming with the man and baby bro Sprout. No one knows where Winfield is because it is one of those blink and you will miss it kind of towns but it was on the news:
"Tornadoes hit Queensland coastal towns"
"The fight to survive after rescue never came"
And that was the weekend before I got there. My parents were ok because they are on a hill and they aren't connected to the grid anyway (solar for the win). The cove was hit pretty hard by the floods. As bad as Bundaberg I think. It is really beautiful up that way. Mum and dad live in paradise (even though it was raining).

That is the short version. I am back in Melbourne and trying to work myself into a new routine. Baby bro Sprout will be here to live from next week and our damn music festival was cancelled due to the fires (seriously! natural disasters would you please stop messing with my plans) so I have no idea what I will do with him for his first weekend. I wonder if he will mind a quiet bbq in the back yard? Might be a bit too old person/domestic... I can take him to some bars and whatnot which will be fun anyway.   

Love to all!

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