Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Sales, oh how I love thee

The Aussie and I spent the day after Christmas in REI trying on backpacks. We ended up scoring a great deal, because they were over 60% off.

He has been scooping up other things in the past few days that we **needed** for the bags--a rain cover, a cover for airport travel. He is definitely the boy who needs all the toots & whistles. Speaking of toots & whistles, did you know that a car in the early 1940s-1950s had a slowcooker option. I kid you not. At least that's what I heard on the radio today. It's interesting what people feel they "need." Although, I wouldn't mind some stuffed peppers while I drove ;)

Things have been busy on this end with work. Basically 12 hours every day are reserved for working and driving to/from work. At least I've managed to keep up my sleeping hours. It isn't so bad sleeping during the day when the room is dark. On that note, I'm off to work!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sugar Overload . . . woot, woot

If it's sweet, then I'm a fan. I inhaled a crazy amount of desserts the past few days.

Sticky Fingers choc chip cookie(s)

Vegan marble cheesecake (alll minnnne . . . ok, I shared) & coconut cupcake (the Aussie handled this one on his own)

Then the Aussie made vegan snickerdoodles (yum!)

Close-up yummy-e-ness

I also balanced it out with a bit of health in the form of a beautiful smoothie.

Christmas time seemed like a perfect time to hunt down some vegan marshmallows. Actually, it wasn't so much of a hunt as it was them falling into my lap when I went into Sticky Fingers. I was hesitant that they wouldn't taste like the marshmallows I grew-up on. I had no reason to fear. They were amazing. The brand was Dandies. I made a cup of cocoa with coconut milk.

Today I'll be hunting down good sales (inc at REI), but first it's time for brekky!I hope you're enjoying a fabulous Sunday :)


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays

I've been a busy bee on this end--I started a job doing document review at a firm, I've been planning & plotting for upcoming adventures, and *sadly* I've been avoiding the gym. As for the last one, I do hope to begin a new healthy relationship with the gym. I do miss him and his many tvs ;) I'll be dragging the Aussie to the gym in the am. I'm working 10:30pm until 8:00am, so I'm going to attempt to make face time at the gym when I wake-up around 5pm this week.

The holidays have been a bit low key this year, because it's our first without any parent visits (either my family in Nevada or the Aussie's in Melbourne). We did put up our puny but adorable Christmas tree. The Aussie got this for us on our first Christmas in law school . . .

Food was done by the wonderful people at Everlasting Life. We bought vegan ham and vegan mac & cheese.

We bought enough to feed an army, so I do believe I'll be eating this meal over & over again (or at least I'll be force feeding the Aussie it)

We opened pressies . . .

Mostly, we just enjoyed each others company :) In life, it's important to focus on all the positive things you have & not the fact that you failed to buy a winning mega-millions ticket. Fear not, no one won, so 196 million is up for grabs on Tuesday.

**runs to the store to buy 100 err 2 tickets**


Friday, December 3, 2010

Jet Lag Attack

I don't remember ever getting hit this hard with jet lag, but here I am trying to keep my eyes open. I took an hour nap yesterday and went to bed at 8:30. But here I am trying to keep my eyes open. Hello, Jet lag!

Hopefully, it will be better tomorrow. Tomorrow I have my professionalism course as part of my bar admittance. I will happily forgo my Saturday to be admitted to the bar. Aside from that I don't have any big plans for the weekend, except of course fighting Mr. J. Lag. I hope you have more exciting plans. One thing that I must do is get some food in this house or else the Aussie may turn into a Trader Joe's frozen meal after over-consumption of them (thank god for Panang curry).

I *need* a mini-nap, but I wanted to share a bit of my honeymoon in Tonga. Tonga is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (not too far from Fiji). We stayed off Tonga on an even smaller island called Fafa Island. It was less than a mile to walk around the entire island. With only 12 huts it was extremely secluded.



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Miss Me?

After 25 hours (roughly) I am finally sitting back in my room in Annapolis. I have a heap of mail to go through and a to-do list beating down my door, but I wanted to say hello to you first :)

Sorry for the lack of posting abroad, but the internet situation wasn't ideal and I was a busy bee. This was my 3rd time in Melbourne, and this time I definitely fell in love with the city. It's very artsy.

I also fell in love with the Aussie's parents property. They did an amazing job making it look spectacular for the wedding.

The weather was terrible for a few weekends before the wedding and the weekend after, but by a blessing we had lovely weather for the wedding day! I can't wait to share all the wedding fun with you.

Alright, time to be productive and face my to-do list,