When I look back on this weekend I am still in shock at how much we were able to get done: movies at the cinema, lounging on the beach, a breakfast date, multiple errands, an attempted washing machine repair, and shopping at two markets. It sounds like a lot, it was a lot, and this morning I am still recovering from all the excitement!
Excitement which started Friday… I worked my little tail off last week so that by Friday all my work was done and I could take the day off. I ended up working anyway but it was all fun. Reading magazines, planning the blog for the holidays, and sweating my bum off.
No joke, it was 104° outside, and we have no air conditioning. By 1pm it was almost too hot to get anything done. If this is how summer in Australia is I think I need to go back to America asap.
Ben was able to leave work early, so by the time he got home I was already dressed and ready for the beach. We only live 20 minutes from the beach, but in that 20 min drive to the coast the temperature drops drastically by at least 10°F so it’s a really nice break from the super hot house. We first stopped by the Ocean Baths, which is like a giant swimming pool built right into the beach. There are separate swim lanes, and a giant pool area so you can go to the beach without getting sandy… and yes there was a model taking photos at the pool in one of those old, one-piece, see through suits.
Then we walked down to the beach. The cliff in the background is where I shot last week’s gorgeous photos.
I think I could get used to “working” at the beach.
Following the beach we headed to the Regal Cinema for movie/margarita night. For $7 you get to watch a movie in the most charming theatre and if you are one of the first 25 people at the theatre you get a free margarita. The was probably the first time Ben and I have ever been early to something.
We saw The Judge which was a fantastic movie starring Robert Duvall, Robert Downey Junior, and Billy Bob Thornton. It was definitely an emotional rollercoaster for me, so if you plan to see this one, have tissues ready. It’s a movie I think will remind boys of their fathers, and if you happen to have a father who is a judge or attorney (like I do), or a dad that works really hard, you’ll probably relate as well.
After dinner we went to what I considered (before ever trying) the Chipotle of Australia – Guzman y Gomez. Word to the wise – if Chipotle had a long lost cousin… they would refuse to eat at this joint. The food was terrible, the flavors were horrible, and Ben and I collectively agreed that Mexican out of a box from the grocery store tasted better than the so called Mexican they serve there. This was slop on a plate, lacking any flavor, and so far from Mexican I think they should change their name to Bob and Fred.
Ok, food rant aside. At least we knew breakfast on Saturday morning was going to be Bangin’!! We headed to the Hunt & Gather Markets just to get a muffin from Dough and Co. We had their muffins a few weeks ago and I couldn’t stop talking about them, so I’ve proceeded to stalk their instagram to find out where they are every weekend.
We hopped out of the car grabbed our muffins, and walked around the markets checking out the stalls. I was fixated on the Turkish Towels (hello Christmas gift idea!), and then we headed off to The Olive Tree Markets.
Two markets in one day, I bet you’re wondering how I got Ben to agree to such a thing?! Well, those muffins were reason number 1. But our stops at Olive Tree were because it was voting day (polls were next to the markets), and all Australians are required by law to vote in elections; if they don’t vote they are fined. It’s an interesting way to run an election if you ask me. Supporters stand outside the door to the election facility and pass out flyers for their candidates, you take those flyers in read over them and vote… or you Christmas tree is because you don’t care to vote, but are required to.
Our other reason to go to the Olive Tree Markets… I won a contest!!
For the past few months I have been ogling the wooden serving boards from Houten Plank, (I even wrote about them in a previous post), and I entered their instagram contest last week to win one. My entry was selected and I got to pick up my new serving board from the stall on Saturday! I couldn’t help but take a photo with Melanie, who was super sweet and makes all of the gorgeous planks.
In addition to the plank, we picked up a few Christmas gifts, and the newest addition to our little family: Koali! Ben always calls me his “little koala”, and while I was checking out another stall, he surprised me by getting a little koala pillow for our bed from Hush Rumble.
We followed up our trip to the markets with lunch, and more shopping! Making a stop at home for steak and salad, then to Spotlight (if Jo Ann Fabrics and Bed Bath and Beyond had a baby – this would be it), Anaconda (a sporting goods store), and Kmart (you all know what a Kmart is).
After a good hour and a half walking around Spotlight and Anaconda (their A/C was broken – we were dragging) we ended up sitting on a hammock for 20 minutes debating if it was something we needed to buy. I think the heat was getting to us a bit.
We capped off the night with a gluten free frozen pizza, and cocktails so strong they knocked us out before we even had a chance to get off the couch.
On Sunday Ben had the best breakfast suggestion ever – The Paleo Café pancakes!! We hopped in the car and drove to our favorite café for their delicious paleo banana pancakes with berry compote and coconut whipped cream!
I was originally going to make Sunday my WIAW food day, so I took a boat load of pictures of the pancakes… but this was one of the only things I ate all day, so that idea was stuffed. Anyway… check out this yummy stack before you get into photos of our washing machine being taken apart.
Our washing machine is broken, so instead of hiring someone to fix it, we have taken to youtube to try and do it on our own.
After two hours of attempting to fix with no luck, we took a break and headed to the Regal to watch another movie, The Grand Seduction.
The Regal Cinema is the only theatre in the entire country to show The Grand Seduction, and the movie was packed! It was a hilarious comedy centered around a small town in Canada and their desire for a doctor. There were so many references to the town residents trying to learn cricket which most of the aussies thought was hilarious. I on the other hand am still trying to learn the sport myself… which made it even funnier.
The later it got in the evening, the longer it took to decide what to have for dinner… the plan was to cook curry, but instead we just ordered out from Raj’s Corner.
The weekend seemed short, and this post is long, so why not wrap things off by introducing my first ever giveaway!?!
Christmas is in the air – as evidenced by this set of photos I took outside Kmart on Saturday night.
The lights are up, the music is playing… It’s a shocking reminder that we are only 37 days away from the big day! To get in the spirit of the holidays I am joining a group of wonderful bloggers to give away my first gift of the season: cold hard (paypal) cash – and a monogrammed clutch. This means you could win a gift for yourself, a gift for someone on your list… or several someone’s on your list!
Be sure to check out all of these lovely ladies, and enter the contest below!
|bailley | nelle
karli | katie | hayley | crystal
lindsay | becca | amy | andrea
bex | kristin | karissa | lauren
What would you buy with $145?