Monthly Archives: May 2014

Hoo Married a Deac

As many of you may know, one of the big trends in weddings now is having the perfect hashtag – it’s a fun way to have your guests post pictures to social media and then by clicking on the aforementioned hashtag, all of your guest’s pictures/tweets/posts will be in one place – little album before your official pictures come in!

So now that we’re all on the same page in hashtag land, my radio silence has been due to that fact that I was in one of my very best friends (actually more like another sister to me – hi Anna!) wedding – and no, it was nothing like the movie!

The week before the wedding, I lurked around my old hometown, Charlotte, NC, running errands and seeing old friends (I wish I had a picture of my book club dinner!!). From Charlotte, Sarah Craig (the bride to be) and I drove down to Hilton Head, South Carolina for the big weekend. There were some intense storms and rain that blew through on Thursday, but Friday dawned clear, sunny, and the perfect temperature – dont you love it when the wedding gods smile down??

So, back to the hashtag: since the bride went to Wake Forest (home of the Demon Deacons – Deacs for short – yeah it’s a weird one, dont ask…) and the groom went to the University of Virginia (home of Wahoos – Hoos for short – again, weird, dont ask), the most clever (cleverist?) hashtag was developed: #HooMarriedaDeac (!)

UVA ‘Hoos

Wake Forest Deacs! (Clearly I’m a bit biased)

Sarah Craig and Bill’s wedding was such a great time – I was so blessed to stand next to them as they said their vows in front of so many family and friends. Enjoy this photo heavy post – and cheers to Sas and Bill 🙂

Bridesmaid's luncheon - wasnt the weather picture perfect???

Bridesmaid’s luncheon – wasnt the weather picture perfect???

Rehearsal dinner-ing with the Wake Forest crew - I miss these college friends SO much!!

Rehearsal dinner-ing with the Wake Forest crew – I miss these college friends SO much!!

A brief wedding pic interlude to showcase Lisa's adorable puppy, Darcy (if only all my posts included puppy pics!)

A brief wedding pic interlude to showcase Lisa’s adorable puppy, Darcy (if only all my posts included puppy pics!)

They're married! (And a cat - amazing)

They’re married! (And a cat – amazing)

The Haverlands :)

The Haverlands 🙂

Two of our friends from Wake made the absolute best shirts just for Sarah Craig

Two of our friends from Wake made the absolute best shirts just for Sarah Craig

Bossy Chi Omegas

Bossy Chi Omegas

Beautiful cake and flowers

Beautiful cake and flowers

The Wake Forest crew (except where's Papa Simpson!??!)

The Wake Forest crew (except where’s my dad?!)

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Cloudy Afternoon in the Park

I miss quite a few things about Dubai, but I have to admit, I dont miss the lack of expansive green space in the city. Lucky for us, there’s a great little park along the Swan River just down the street from our house – green space for days! In fact, I’ve been so pleasantly surprised with the vast amount of parks and trails around Perth. Coupled with the temperate weather we’ve been experiencing the last week or so, it makes for great days outside 🙂

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Some of the little village shops near our house – love all the local, cozy stores all around Perth!

The Perth foreshore

The Perth foreshore

It’s also been nice to see clouds – plus, clouds also always remind me of my friend/artist extraordinaire, Tara Andris! Given the cloudy weather Perth has had this week, there has been no shortage. That being said, apparently the hole in the ozone layer is above Australia so the sun is exceedingly powerful – even cloudy days can be warm with plenty of UV warnings.

The autumn here has been pretty mild so far – early mornings and evenings are cooler, but the afternoons are pretty pleasant – mid/upper 60s and 70s. I was saying to Barr though, it’s weird to have fall in what we’re used to being the summer months – plus fall isnt fall to me without football season and Halloween!

Enjoy some pictures I took of my walk to the park – I need to work on my photography skills as they didnt turn out quite as I hoped, but c’est la vie – practice makes perfect! Until next time…

Perth CBD from the foreshore

Perth CBD from the foreshore

Perth CBD from South Perth

Perth CBD from South Perth

On the weekends you can find plenty of people sailing, paddle-boarding, boating, and jet skiing on the river (I'm a bit dubious, however, given all the jellyfish I see in it!)

On the weekends you can find plenty of people sailing, paddle-boarding, boating, and jet skiing on the river (I’m a bit dubious, however, given all the jellyfish I see in it!)

It may be fall in Australia, but there are plenty of flowers around!

It may be fall in Australia, but there are plenty of flowers around

CBD peeking out from the house rooftops

CBD peeking out from the house rooftops

Until next time…

Like Bambi Learning to Walk…

If you’ve ever seen the Disney flick Bambi, you may remember when Bambi learned to walk for the first time – here’s a refresher just in case:

Notice the confusion, the stumbling, the looking around in wonder? Also see the surprise on the bunnies faces when he kind of gets it? Welcome to learning to drive on the other side of the road (with the steering wheel on the other side of the car).

We took the plunge and rented a car for this week ahead of my trip back to states so I could easily explore Perth – a good and a bad thing! If you didnt already know, one drives on the left side of the road here in Australia. And if you didnt already know, I have limited (okay no) experience with this. How’s is going you may ask? Here is a series of events that have occurred in the last 48 hours:

  • This morning on the way to dropping Barr off at work, I right hand turned into the wrong lane/oncoming traffic. Whoops. Thank goodness it was the crack of dawn and we could quickly scoot to the correct lane!
  • I clipped a curb (pretty hard) prompting Barr to say, “Are you even awake right now?!” The answer, in case you were wondering, was yes, but your entire depth perception is flip flopped from when you drive/steer on the right side of the road – you’re used to having the curb on one side and judging distance from that, but it’s obviously opposite here – very tough!
  • I’ve tried to get in on the Dubai/USA side of the car more times than I have originally gone to the correct, Aussie side of the car. Quite embarrassing should one be in a busy parking lot.
  • Barr is left handed so I think this is a piece of cake for him, but for righties like me, the gift shift is to your left. Maybe I’ll strengthen my left hand with this new found usage?
  • The turn signal is on the right side of the steering wheel and the windshield wipers are on the left. Again, opposite from what I am used to – can you guess how many times I’ve turned on the wipers as opposed to the turn signal? Spoiler alert: a lot.

It’s been comical and at times scary, forcing me to drive a lot slower and really pay attention (probably a good thing!) to each turn and lane change. Wish us luck as we continue to navigate these roads and get the hang of this 🙂 Until next time…

 

Taste of Perth

This past weekend Perth had its inaugural Taste of Perth Food Festival in a little park adjacent to CBD (central business district – they dont say uptown/downtown here, but that’s essentially what CBD is). There were tents for 10 of Perth’s restaurants, where you could purchase 4 different dishes from that eatery. In addition to the restaurant tents, there were areas for different beverages, local food markets, cooking/tasting classes, etc – it was a foodie/boozey extravaganza!  Of course I wanted to go – if for no other reason than to try some nibbles from different restaurants around town and maybe try out a full meal there sometime. I bought us tickets for the Saturday afternoon session, and you couldnt have ordered better weather – 80 and sun, sun, sun!

Gorg day at Taste of Perth

Gorg day at Taste of Perth

We checked out the little menu card and map of the festival and picked what we wanted to nosh and imbibe upon – we were also celebrating (Kentucky) Derby Day! (I specify Kentucky Derby because there was a “derby” here in Western Australia that the news kept advertising, and we were like “Cool! An Australian horse race to coincide with the Kentucky Derby!” – come to find out it was this thingy where the two local footy teams here play against one another – go figure).

But I digress. This post isnt really about either derby…

The eating areas around the festival

The eating areas around the festival

Cheers to the Kentucky Derby - the year of California Chrome!

Cheers to the Kentucky Derby – the year of California Chrome!

We stopped by this one booth that was creating “gastronomy” cocktails – way cool! Similar the molecular gastronomy food movement where very talented chefs create various physical and chemical changes/transformations of ingredients while cooking (google it – some of the food created is AMAZING looking), these bartenders were creating cocktails using the same methods – dry ice, spherical juices, etc:

Mad (cocktail) scientists

Mad (cocktail) scientists

Lots of the local vineyards and breweries were also selling their homemade beverages – if you’re into microbrew beers and amazing vinos, Perth and the surrounding areas (Fremantle, Margaret River) is your kind of place 🙂

Watching the world go by

Watching the world go by

We decided to try out 2 of the classes/tastings: a pina colada making class and a sake tasting/sushi pairing (I swear we are not raging alcoholics – I tried to sign up for a regular cooking class, but they sold out FAST!)

Do you like pina coladas? And getting caught in the rain?

Do you like pina coladas? And getting caught in the rain? Class c/o Sensology

Sake tasting

Sake tasting by Sushia

We had a great little Saturday afternoon at Taste of Perth – we got home at around 5PM, full and happy (maybe a little buzzed too…) I’m looking forward to trying out some of the places we tried (sorry I didnt get more food pics – the portions were so small and we ate them quickly!), and the event was so well run. This week I’m going to try to cram a lot of posts and Perth in before I head back to the states for a few weeks and another whirlwind of friends, family, and weddings! Until next time…

Taste of Perth

Taste of Perth