Updatey your matey (in pictures)

In my friendship group, the phrase ‘updatey your matey’ generally signals that the next few hours will be spent deep in conversation about 1001 things, as and when they occur to the participants of the conversation, when said participants haven’t seen each other for some time. Which is sadly rather common in friendship groups where you’ve moved away from wherever it was you met in the first place, and are now deep in the Corporate Grind.

Well, that got depressing very quickly. What I mean to say is, I feel we haven’t seen each other for a little while and it’s high time I updated my matey. Here’s what’s been up with me in the past month or so aka since I vanished from around these parts.

We went to Brisbane

Brisbane is always a good time. In May, S had a work trip to Brisbane scheduled so of course I went too. I had a blast, all except for the weird exhibitionist showering situation I encountered in my AirBnB (you’ll have heard allllll about that if you watch my instastories). Let me just say, it adds a whole other level to my complaints about bathrooms these days.

Moving swiftly on from that, I had a great catch up with Mica and her lovely two boys who kept us very well entertained, especially after we fuelled them with gluten free brownies.

I also had an excellent brunch with Courtney, just in the nick of time before Houston was born a few days later.

There were also drinks with an old coworker who tried to persuade me to join the Sydney branch of his office (I have to say, I’m very tempted) and a train trip just to eat gluten free cake.

I am nothing if not predictable.

Visitors happened

We have had various family staying with us for six out of the last 10 weeks, and tomorrow my friend arrives for another two and a half. We’ve been firmly in Entertain Mode, and going to see some of my favourite bits of the city. Like Taronga Zoo, where we made a bird friend:

and hung around near the bridge as much as we could.

I also took my first ever visit to Luna Park, which I’m surprised has taken me so long to be honest. I wasn’t sure what to make of it all, but I’m glad I’ve been at last.

It was my birthday

Somewhere in there I celebrated a birthday and managed to spread the fun over an inordinate length of time. I was deluged in cake, had lots of people around to celebrate with and got a free pizza.

Does it get better than that?

I made some more birthday cakes

May is a busy month for birthdays in our family. It’s my sister’s birthday at the beginning of the month, and since it was a Big Birthday she asked me to make a cake for her. It doesn’t look that great but it tasted amazing:

Then it was my nephew’s birthday at the end of the month, and since it was …a birthday he asked me to make a cake for him too. I managed to negotiate him down from a car transporter (?!?) to this chocolate creation, which unfortunately looked better than it tasted.

Luckily he’s four so he was mostly concerned with trying to drive the (not to scale) cars around the little fondant icing road. Oh, to be four again.

I put my back out and it sucks

This is just another chapter in the endless saga of my metal spine, but I’ve recently been having more problems with it than usual and this is a) inconvenient and b) expensive. My physio is a bit baffled as to what the problem is, so I’m now looking at maybe needing to get a new kind of scan that can cope with my metalwork and doesn’t contain as much radiation as a full CT scan. I have yet to find out how much this will cost me… But seeing as it’s been giving me grief for about 6 weeks now I think it might be time to up the ante.

It’s really cold here now

People who say Australia doesn’t get cold are telling you lies. No, it’s not freezing and yes, I still feel very lucky to be living in this climate but it’s been cold and rainy here the past few days and apparently, after a long and beautiful summer, my tolerance for bad weather has decreased dramatically.

Gratuitous sister pic because this crazy northerner in the middle was wearing t-shirts around town while I was swathed in 17 layers. I have truly acclimatised.

I need a new (Australian) winter wardrobe

I wish I were one of those people who have a new capsule wardrobe every season, and it’s perfectly on-trend and minimalist and ethical. However, I am not one of those people. I accepted this a while ago, but now I need to accept that the three work jumpers I have been wearing on rotation for the past 4 years need replacing.

The trouble is I have no idea what to replace them with. I’m not good at farshun, and have no idea what kind of outfits people wear in offices these days. Help? What do you wear to the office, what do you use for inspiration, and where do you shop??

I have news!

If you get The Ugly, you’ll hear about it tonight. If not, stay tuned…

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What’s been up with you lately? Updatey your matey!

-Rachel

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