Saturday, 19 December 2015

The day we bought a kitten

This might sound completely ridiculous, but the day we bought kitten was one of the happiest days of my entire life.
Not only for the obvious reason that he was completely adorable, but because it was the first time I had actually made an impulse decision and 100% knew what I really wanted to do.

Some of you might think that’s a pretty strange but trust me I am literally the biggest yoyo, and by that I mean, I will go back and forth about every decision I make in a day. No matter how big or small.

So yeah - buying a kitten - pretty big deal.

I remember the day like it was yesterday (even though it kind of was). 
It was a Sunday and I had just finished grocery shopping with my mum and little sister. Randomly I thought it would be a really cute idea to stop by the local shelter as it was on our way home. 
I’d been there a couple of times before but wanted to take my sister and let her experience the cuteness for herself.

As soon as we walked in my little sister ran over to look at tabby cats. Mum and I were immediately like 
"Oh no we should not have bought her here!!"
In the cage across from the tabbies I spotted the tiniest, fluffed up kitten sleeping besides his two siblings. 
At the time he looked real chilled and relaxed next to all his crazy brothers and sisters, so I picked him up, cuddled him and basically fell in love!

I think what made me so adamant about it all was plainly because the last three years of my life I have been tearing my hair out stressed, completely overworked, anxious… the list goes on. I have had some really hard emotional moments and I guess I just missed the simple pleasures in life. Things like owning a pet, travelling, taking a nap. Why did I beat myself up so much for enjoying the best parts of life?

The way this little animal made me feel was so good. I felt so incredibly happy and knew that this choice was the best medicine for my soul.

Mum was completely against the idea even though I was already sold on it. I was a grown woman about to get married, if I wanted a cat damn mum I was getting a cat!

When Lai came home from work that afternoon I asked him if we could go back to the shelter to make a joint decision on buying the kitten. 
He was pretty easy going and told me later that he hadn’t seen me feeling this uplifted in ages. 

Late that afternoon we bought the kitten, took him home and the rest is history. 

Mum to this day cannot believe that I actually said yes to myself haha. 
But what I realise is 

If I always try to control every moment of my life, I never really allow amazing possibilities and opportunities to come my way. Sometimes I just have to let go, take a chance and go with the flow. 


Welcome to the family Steve!


















Thursday, 17 December 2015

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

To Tree or not to Tree

It is Christmas season again, which for Australia means 40-degree heat, burning the soles of your feet on beachy white sand, smothering sunscreen on your shoulders, eating mangos and daylight savings types of days.  

This year the husband and I decided to buy a LIVE Christmas tree, which was a bit out of the ordinary for us considering neither of us, actually believes in “Christmas”.  Most people make a gasping noise when they hear me say that, but our belief is in the simple truth that Jesus is our king and saviour and that everyday we should be looking to him anyway.

The Mass of Christ or as many people know Christmas is a roman tradition that has trickled its way into everyone’s living rooms come December and if your not aware of the history behind Christmas or Easter I really urge anyone who’s slightly interested to go look it up (Easter may make you cringe). To briefly summarise the tradition of Christmas purely originates from pagan festivities and sun worship. Excessive drinking, feasting, decorating and mass consumerism is really against everything the bible teaches but anyway we understand that there are  ‘some’ people that connect with God on this day and for that obvious reason we keep our spirits up.

Anyway back to the tree…so my husband and I went and bought a live tree because 1. I love the smell of the pine trees 2. I’m not against a Christmas tree 3. It was something we could do together.
The Christmas tree farm was all the way out at a place called Kemps Creek, just west of Sydney’s CBD. When we pulled up we were met by a lovely man who told us to take a walk, pick a tree, negotiate a price and cut it down… Simple yeah.

I felt kinda bad walking through the farm looking at all of the trees like “mmm are you the right tree for us”. Many people had already tagged all typically “good looking trees” and left a lot of the sparse, haunted trees for us. So we ended up with a fat little pine that looked more like bush then a Christmas tree, but since neither Lai nor myself cared too much we cut it down and took it home.

Getting the tree back home was interesting, it was filled with little spiders that crawled up into balls and decided to roll out all over the car. Then setting the tree up in our apartment was another matter all together mostly for Lai because I just watched.
Steve our 8 month year old Kitten still thinks the tree is purely for his pleasure, he attacks it, climbs it, eats it – yep it’s a real awesome having a cat and a pine tree in an apartment.

One week in and the tree is STILL alive. It looks amazing (besides the fact that it has very few decorations). It smells amazing (if you like that piney type of essence, which I do) and it gives an amazing ambience feeling for the house (call me old fashioned but I really love real plants).


What are your chrissy tree decoration tips? Any advice for taking care of a live tree with a 9 month old cat. 
Anyway I hope anybody that reads this has a wonderful time with your families.

Happy Holidays YAY 

XXX
J.E

Monday, 14 December 2015

Life just got in the way

Its been a long time since I posted anything here, I suppose life just got in the way. 
So much has happened since I last checked in, I don't even know where to start but here goes. 

Firstly my parents separated...I got a life changing new job... I was proposed to... I got a kitten named Steven...I got a new job again...I quit that job and got another job... I got married...Had a bit of a mental breakdown.. Got a new job and now I'm here.

Hows that snapshot for you. 

I forget when I stopped taking the time to do the things I really enjoy (like writing). I guess amidst , all of life's crazy moments I forgot to take time to do me. I have promised myself I won't let that happen again. 

Like all good stories I'm going to begin at the end, today the 15th of December 2015. 

Like most days I got up, fed the cat, drank my lemon infused water from Tea2 and walked out to the balcony. I'm a creature of habit you see, I enjoy routine, familiarity and I like my space. But today I really felt like I just had enough time to do NOTHING. 
Doing nothing can be a struggle for some people, and I used to think I'd never turn into someone that always and constantly had to be doing something. Looking back at the past 3 years Id say I have really pushed my limits to the fullest.
I don't know if its a female thing or maybe a getting older thing but I realise I am constantly anxious about whats to come, what I need to do, who I need to do things for etc. etc. and the list goes on.
Society preconditions us to always think we need to fulfil some expectation, that we can never sit down until we are dead on our feet. 

Anyway I'm tired of always feeling like I can do more and be more, I'm just a teeny, tiny speck of dust in this  big ol universe and I don't want to miss out on just being for a little while. 

On a more exciting note. I am getting back my wedding photography in 2 weeks so that should be interesting. 
If any ones ever planned a wedding you will know that its actually less fun that you expect it to be. Granted my partner and I were on a massive budget so that could have been a driving factor. 
It's almost like you need to do a whole other wedding just to get it exactly right, you know what I mean. Like a whole 2nd wedding to really do it the way it should have been the first time round. That's for a whole other post though, don't get me started. 

I will leave on this positive note
The best is always yet to come! and Never forget to take the time to do nothing once in a while. It's always harder then it looks.

XXX
J.E












Monday, 21 October 2013

Summer Pastels

My summer specialities this month include
·        Homemade hot potato and sweet potato chips with vinegar
·        Easy Lamb salads with Couscous, Lemon and Fetta
·        Freshly squeezed apple juices
·        Patterned Sarongs
·        And Pastel Bikinis.
I have never liked pastel colours on me before; usually I tend to go for the bold and bright stand outs!  
Then, my house mate gave me a beautiful light pink bikini and I must tell you, I didn’t really like it BUT Then I put it on… WELL!
I was so surprised, I never would have tried it on in the shop but wow I’m so glad on a whim, gave it a go. I was in shock and am still surprised that the colours suited my figure and shape etc...
There’s something very attractive about soft hues on a sun kissed complexion, to me it was like butter on toast to me- delicious combo!

I have been working off my squat planner every day, and making sure I go for a run around the local oval at least 3 times a week. On top of that I have been juicing a bunch and trying to stay away from seriously processed foods.


Hope your all enjoying the warmer months. My love is with you all 

J.E

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Chit Chat


Hello my Friends

I'm finally back in Sydney after staying with mums for a little while. Feel like its been forever since I have checked in with the blog world.
First night I got back, it was really late and I was so bothered from the whole flight thing.  After 2 and a half weeks without seeing Lai I was ready to jump back in his arms for a big Fijian hug.
When I got home he did the cutest thing and I couldn't not share!!!! ->

It is Spring in Australia, the best months for my fellow Libra people. The weather is so gorgeous and beautiful, I have been walking around Centennial Park daily  just to be amongst the warmth that is spring.
This is us at Centennial Park Sydney.

Just rolling around!!
is this an awkward photo?!
Creek Jump
mm slippery
 
I'm a dork
Apparently the same day we were there, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's children were there being escorted round by their nanny.  I didn’t witness this first hand, but my friend who runs a boxing group in centennial told me she bumped into them, so of course I was running around looking for Shilo and Pax like a bloody idiot. Lai was less intrigued by all the celeb drama and found it more exciting to feed the ducks – go figure.

But our action packed weekend didn’t stop there. The next day (on the Sunday) we drove over to Manly to do the coastal walk down Ferry Bower to Shelly Beach. HOW INCREDIBLE IS SHELLY BEACH! I absolutely in love the Northern beaches, it is a complete change of scenery from the Eastern Suburbs and being that I was born in Manly Hospital, I am totally obsessed with the Northern side.
We got so hot walking around to the look out, that we ended up climbing down to thr rocks and dipping in the ice cold water. 

Proud Manly supporter here. So stoked that  the Manly Sea Eagles are in the Grand Final yet again haha! ( those that follow NRL and hate Manly) I'M SOOORRYY.

I know this post has been a bit all over the place but I felt like I had so much to share and so little space. 
I'm so happy to back blogging and back in Sydney and back in my own bed; How good is the feeling of your own bed - so delicious.

Anyway honkadoo hope you all had a terrific weekend!

p.s - If your having a bad day or need a good laugh watch this FUNNY VIDEO
XXX
J.E