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Lalalian PRO 3:03pm, 2 January 2007
Gallery of Modern Art
2 Jan 2007


A day spent feasting on the creativity of others and hoping for inspiration...

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Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
26 Oct 2007

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I met with Rowena for drinks after work today.

She has just come back from a weeks holiday accompanying her husband on his first tour as a solo musician.

We also caught up on life in general, which was really lovely.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
27 Oct 2007

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This morning I went down to church to help out with a music rehearsal.

Tomorrow the kids will be joining the band, so we need to run through the songs and help them (and us) not to feel too nervous.

Afterwards, I met Darren and Pete for a delicious lunch. I love those boys so much {:->
Lalalian PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 11 years ago
28 Oct 2007

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The kids did a great job playing and singing today and we all had a great time.

I went for a wander through the city for the afternoon. Did some crosswords, watched people and scored a hand massage when I went in to check out a beautiful new store.

After the evening service, the band for tomorrow night and a few others gathered at Jase and Shelley's.

We ran the songs and people's ears didn't bleed, so I'm taking that as a good sign.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Rivers Cafe
29 Oct 2007

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The big day has arrived.

Had the gig tonight and it went pretty well, considering the lack of rehearsal.

The event was the monthly dinner that is put on by the Community Care program that runs through church. The people who come generally are a bit down on their luck and live in boarding houses or on the streets of the inner city suburbs, so their social skills can sometimes leave a lot to be desired.

Tonight I discovered that it's really hard to sing when a beardy man dressed as a sea captain comes and talks to you {:->

It was a totally bizarro night and just about anything that could happen, did.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
30 Oct 2007

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Can't remember what happened today and just had a night at home.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
31 Oct 2007

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Got my hair cut and coloured tonight.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Jase & Shelley's
1 Nov 2007

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Went to Life Group tonight.

We talked about stuff and it was good.

Lots of things are happening to pretty much everyone in our little group lately.

Definitely a time of preparation for things that are coming up in the near future.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Rivers Cafe
2 Nov 2007

I hope I do...

Tonight was a women's conference at church.

Kristy and I were asked to sing at the beginning of the night. We chose one of the songs that we did on Monday night. Went fairly well.

The speaker was pretty good, right up until the moment when she was talking about posture and asked us all to stand up and imagine that we were holding a gold and diamond pin between our butt cheeks...
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Mike's Place
3 Nov 2007

Zinnia's tree picture

I spent most of the day with my family.

My niece, Zinnia, made this picture.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
New Farm Park
4 Nov 2007

Eliza & David

Today was the christening of my newest niece, Eliza at St Mary's Anglican Church. The beautiful old stone building sits atop the cliffs over looking the Brisbane River and CBD.

It was a High Anglican service, which I have never been to before. They had the people in white robes swinging incense, we had to recite things from a prayer book and all sorts of really formal things. It was interesting, but I don't think I would like to have it this way every week.

Simon and Margaret asked me to be Eliza's Godparent, along with their friends Chris and Colleen. A great honour!!

Following the service, we all trooped over to New Farm Park for a celebratory picnic. The weather was perfect and it was so relaxing to sit under the shady trees for a while.

In the evening I went to my own church and enjoyed the more relaxed style of service.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Yay, good to see you. I really like Oct 20 and 21. Would love to hear you sing... anything on YouTube?
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Hi Bella. Thank you!

Actually, Buns was chastising me the other day for not having any recordings for people to hear, so I might need to work on doing that soon {:->
Lalalian PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 11 years ago
This has probably been the most massive catch up I've done with my diary, so I will make it easy for those of you who might like to read along.

It starts here.
Sexy Swedish Babe PRO 11 years ago
gold and diamond pin, huh?

(as you notice, i go straight to the MOST important details)

do I have to worry about you? I'm sending good vibes anyway. next time I'm lighting a candle, I'm doing it for you.
Sexy Swedish Babe PRO 11 years ago
and that aesop store! ooooooh ... the website is beautiful, if the store is the same, i envy you who can pay them a visit

(Hi Bella!)
Lalalian PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 11 years ago
My immediate thought (after the initial horror of having to do the exercise) was "I wonder what everyone else's pins look like".

Thank you for the good vibes and flickery candles. They are always appreciated.

I don't really think you need to be too worried about me though. Just lots of things coming to a head at one time, but they all seem to be sorting themselves out now {:->

As for Aesop... Yes, it truly is a beautiful store (the sales assistant was pretty cute too). The products are made from natural ingredients and smell totally divine. I will have to save my pennies if I ever want to buy anything from them though. I think you can buy online if you would like to try them.
Sexy Swedish Babe PRO 11 years ago
I'll bookmark the page!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
YAY! All the Lalaian goodies all at once to catch us up! Thank you :)

I chortled at the butt-pin thing... hahahaha oh that's funny!

Glad to see you are well :)
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
@Sandra - They have little starter packs with samples. I'm gonna get one of them to see what it's like.

@Tim - How did your exhibition go??
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Good I hope.... (It's Friday! lol)
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Oh right. Haa haa!!

Have a great time {:->
Lalalian PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 11 years ago
My couch
5 Nov 2007

Soooo many photos

Had a pretty stressful day with my family.

We had to go into court for the Judge to give final orders about contact visits for my brother and his kids.

It's been a pretty tough couple of years since he and his partner separated.

The outcome was good, but not wonderful.

Spent the evening going through photos from the last couple of weeks.

Took ages!!
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Around the telly
6 Nov 2007

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Melbourne Cup. The race that stops a nation.

We had a special lunch today in my office and watched the race on telly.

I'm not really a big fan of it, but it was nice to sit around eating tasty food and chatting about jazz music and photography with my mate Ian.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
The office
7 Nov 2007

My poor desk...

My day was pretty full.

Seemed like my in tray didn't have an off tap. Man, there was some stuff coming through.

I met Christine for lunch after she finished her exam.

In the evening I went to church for the leaders' meeting where they announced that our church would be merging with another, larger church.

Over the last couple of months there had been talk about the possibility of them hiring our building on Sunday evenings, but then they announced this.

Anyway, I've talked enough about it over the last little while, so I don't feel like rehashing it here.

Needless to say, pretty much all of my friends are annoyed at how it was gone about, but we're staying because we feel like God's telling us there is something big for us to do here.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Freestyle Tout Cafe
8 Nov 2007

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I met with my friend Jaime for a catch up.

We haven't seen each other for ages, so it was lovely to hear about what she's been up to.

Afterwards, I went to Life Group and we had a debrief about last night's announcement.

Dane got out a "talking stick" to pass around so that everyone would have a chance to say what they wanted without (too many) interruptions.

I love those guys so much. I love their honesty and passion, but also their ability to see beyond the immediate situation.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
The office
9 Nov 2007

Mmmmmmm... chocolate

Crazy day!!!

I felt like I was running around with my hair on fire.

I've been relieving in another office for a bit and this week a temp came in to do my job and she's really not picking things up, which makes things difficult.

Doing my stuff, trying to help her do her stuff and everything else kind of melted my mind.

I was so ready for the cold beer that was waiting for me when I went back to see the guys in my usual office.

Went home and had a quiet night.

Oh yeah, the chocolate in this pic was straight off the plane from Italy and was probably one of the most delicious little morsels I've ever eaten.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Substation 4
10 Nov 2007

Dajh + Pete = Forever

This morning I went up to help Shelley out with a BBQ that she's started putting on.

It's mostly for the homeless women and "working girls" in the area, but is really for whoever decides to show up after Gerard shoves a flyer in their hand.

It went pretty well, but I could only stay for a little while.

In the evening I went to Dajh and Pete's commitment ceremony.

They had it in a super cool substation that's been converted into a space for events.

All the beautiful people were there and so were the most massive pizzas I've ever seen.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Jase & Shelley's
11 Nov 2007

Jason and the tissue box of rage

Today they made the merge announcement to the entire church.

A lot of people looked very confused about the whole thing.

There's a lot to be said for open communication during the early stages of planning a big change...

Our Life Group was on roster to run the cafe after the morning service. It was great fun as usual.

After the evening service, we went back to Jase & Shelley's for tacos.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
12 Nov 2007

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I can't remember what happened today.

My boss was away, so I was probably trying to keep everything going.
Lalalian PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 11 years ago
The office
13 Nov 2007

Sludge in a cup

The handwritten note on the lid of this cup simply stated... "you will need a spoon".

They were right.

Far out!! This was possibly the best Italian Hot Chocolate I've ever had.

Although it's meant to be a beverage, it took me all day to eat it.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
On the train
14 Nov 2007

Heading home

I met my friend Rachel for lunch in the park today.

She's one of those people that always has crazy things happen around them, but also can tell the story so well.

At one point, I was laughing so hard that I thought I might pass out.

Good times... {:->
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Train station toilets
15 Nov 2007

Bathroom Philosophy

All day I was hanging out for my "body n soul" experience at a beauty salon.

My Dad and Step-Mum gave me a gift voucher the other day and today I cashed it in.

I very rarely go out of my way to do pampery things for myself, so it's so nice when I do get to go.

Today's little treat consisted of a relaxing facial, nails shaped and varnished, then a shampoo and blow dry for my noggin.

I could take or leave the hair and nails part, but the facial was sublime (except for the part where she covered my eyes for a long time and I got a bit claustrophobic).

After that I tootled my way over to Life Group.

There was a last minute change of venue, everyone had had pretty stressful weeks and some visitors came along as well, so the night ended up being just a social one instead of discussing a particular topic.

Dane whipped up some pizzas and we had a totally wonderful time.

On the way home, I found another piece of bathroom philosophy to add to my collection.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
At home
16 Nov 2007

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The Temp doing my job isn't getting any better and is just making things more stressful for everyone than if they didn't have an admin person at all.

We had hoped that they'd be given the flick, but alas another week's chance was given.

Ah well... I'll try not to think about it too much over the weekend.
Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
YAY! Updates! *catching up...*

Great stuff. Except for the Temp... YUK!!!!!! And the surprise church merging... Wow, that's new on me.. I've heard of companies merging, but this? I hope it will work out for you guys- I bet you hate to lose that cozy feeling of a smaller church... I would imagine anyway.

That "hot chocolate beverage" I've never seen a "beverage" like that... That looks more like icecream! or a cup full of chocolate cake frosting... YUM

Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Hey Tim. Thanks.

Yeah the merge thing isn't too regular over here, but it's not unheard of. Just gotta keep on keepin' on I guess.

The chocolate is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
On the train
17 Nov 2007

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Had a fairly quiet day at home and then got a little stir crazy by the afternoon, so headed out to see Death at a Funeral at the movies.

Just as funny the second time around {:->
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
On the bus
18 Nov 2007

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Went to church a couple of times, tootled around town checking stuff out, had beverages with my posse in the evening and then went home.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Conrad Hotel
19 Nov 2007

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Went to work all day then helped out for another few hours with an awards night hosted by my unit.

It all went really well, but I was so tired by the end of it.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
20 Nov 2007

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Crazy busy day and then had a quiet night at home.
Lalalian PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 11 years ago
The boudoir
21 Nov 2007

Black gloves

Worked really late trying to get stuff ready for Friday because I'm out of the office all day tomorrow.

I almost forgot to do my pic for Glory's found item photo challenge, but made it just in time {:->

Borrowed these gloves for a formal event years ago and... well, the rest is history...
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Dane & Donna's
22 Nov 2007

Happy birthday Dane

Today was Dane's birthday, so we all got together for dinner and a chill out night. Yay!
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Lounge Room
23 Nov 2007


Man, this week sure took it out of me. I'm wrecked!!

I met up with my brother's girlfriend, Tiffany, after work for dinner.

She's from the good ol' US of A and is back out here for a few months. It was so good to see her again {:->
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
i had to flickr through your unavailable picture to see it properly. flickr did that to my upload too. ..so weird. anyway YAY those lips are red and those gloves are sooo black and slinky. the ring. omg. the ring. it's HUGE!
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Hmmm... weird. I can see the pic on this thread. Something crazy is happening in the electrons...

Glad you like the pic, Glory {:->
I can see your other photos; but not the black gloves one. In this thread it says the image is currently unavailable and when I click on it it says it is a private image.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Ok. That's really odd. I can still see it here, but I've re-posted the code and made the pic public in my stream.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Yup. lalalian totally gets the medal. :)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
me toooo!!!

love the boudoir shot!
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Hey Pablo. Yes, they are highly addictive!

Thanks Sunshine {:->
Lalalian PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 11 years ago
Anna's Aunty's Garden
24 Nov 2007

Simon & Anna Kennedy

Today was the wedding of my friends Simon & Anna.

It was a lovely day and I got to catch up with lots and lots of friends that I discovered I shared with the bride and groom.

The only downer of the day was that it rained in the morning and that meant they couldn't have the jumping castle. There were LOTS of very disappointed little children...
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Dad's House
25 Nov 2007


Today was Dad's company Christmas party.

Every year he invites his employees, their spouses and various other people to his house for a relaxing afternoon of cool beverages and a delicious meal.

Afterwards I toddled off to church and then had dinner with some of my peeps.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
River's Cafe
26 Nov 2007

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Today was pretty massive.

Things were busy busy at work. So much is happening.

Straight from the office I went to help out at the monthly Community Care dinner. It was a pretty big night with I think between 60-70 people in for a meal.

I left just before dessert was served I scooted next door for band rehearsal. After such a busy few days I started to feel a little delirious, so I was happy that we finished a bit early and I could get home to bed.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
27 Nov 2007

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Tired after yesterday and the craziness of the office today.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
My Desk
28 Nov 2007

Sewing Kit

I had a bit of a "wardrobe malfunction" at work today.

One of the ties that secure the back of the tunic/dress thingy I was wearing snapped off.

Fortunately, I keep a sewing kit in my drawer so I was able to do a quick repair job to maintain my dignity.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Central Station
29 Nov 2007

Party Window

Work was busy.

Afterwards, I went to Life Group. Dane got us to do a survey to try and give him ideas for some topics we might be able to cover next year.

We also celebrated Chris' birthday which is tomorrow. Mmmmm... cake {:->
Lalalian PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 11 years ago
30 Nov 2007


Tonight was a dinner put on by the Pastors and staff at church to thank all the volunteers who give their time in and around the church.

The theme for the evening was Iron Chef and they even had a cook-off.

At one point they had an awards presentation where they gave prizes such as "Iron Angel", "Iron Traveller", "Iron Librarian" etc, etc. Some of the gifts related to these titles.

This is Craig. He does heaps and heaps of stuff to help out in many different parts of church life.

Actually, he does heaps and heaps of stuff in his life outside of church as well. His life is so busy that he hasn't had a proper holiday in about seven years, so his gift tonight was a little holiday pack to hopefully encourage him to take some time off for a well earned rest.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Mum's House
1 Dec 2007

Old Skool Radio Bits

I stopped in to visit Mum today and my brother also was there.

He came to collect an old radio that belonged to our Great Grandmother.

The rest of my day was pretty quiet and I spent it recovering from the busy week.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Hey, where's the youtube video of wardrobe malfunction? I can't find it anywhere!

hee hee

I've had embarrassing moments like that before.. a button flying off my trousers, and not having a belt while at work. I was even at a high school working on their server.. and all I could find was a telephone cord. So, a telephone cord and a Macgyver moment, I had me a phone cord belt. :P

And you can call me a dork.

Nice catching up with you here! :)
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Oh woops!! The flying button is not a good thing. Glad you were able to sort something out {:->
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
A world of pain
2 Dec 2007

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Today started off pretty well with singing at church and generally hanging out with God and my peeps in the morning.

In the arvo I went to see the movie Gabriel which was pretty darn cool.

As the evening came I began to feel more and more unwell. My gutz are not very happy little campers right now, so I'm off to bed to try and sleep it off.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Awww.. hope you feel better soon!
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Thanks guys. I'm feeling a bit drained, but much better than yesterday.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
3 Dec 2007

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Today I decided to take the day off work and spent most of the time sleeping off the lack of sleep from yesterday's illness.

I was pretty crook (there's an Aussie word for your collection, Tim) with either food poisoning or some nasty gastro bug and it wasn't pretty.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Haha you predicted my reaction to a "T" Lalalian!

I really hate being sick that way, hope you bounce back asap!
Lalalian PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 11 years ago
Yep, all good now after some rest {:->
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
At home
4 Dec 2007

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Still getting over the blah-ness of tummy troubles and had a quiet night at home.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
The office
5 Dec 2007

I'm not so sure...

Today I went to an info session which was hosted by our stationary supplier.

We got very little information because they spent the best part of an hour trying to hook up to the internet so they could get to their presentation. There were about 20 or so of us eating their food and drinking their coffee having a good old chat while they beavered away without even introducing themselves to us.

After a while they started handing out the sample bags we were supposed to get on the way out.

Most people left after that.

Somehow, I don't think that this was "a better way to do business".

This evening some of the music team met with the Senior Pastor and Music Director from the new church we will be merging with next year.


I'm just not sure how this whole thing is going to work out, because at the moment very few people from their side seems to be thinking about how we might be feeling this or considering the possibility that we might actually have had some good things happening already.

I don't feel comfortable with the seemingly homogenised way they do things in each of their satellite churches.

Things have been handled very badly by the leadership on both sides and a lot of people are unhappy, but for the moment I have the feeling that I am supposed to stay and this is what I will do.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Dane & Donna's
6 Dec 2007

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There were a few people away from Life Group tonight for various reasons, but the few of us who were there had a good time talking about all sorts of things.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Supermarket Carpark
7 Dec 2007


I got off the train a station early to pick up some groceries and discovered that the old buildings next to the supermarket was in the process of being demolished.

It's a bit sad to see the butcher and fruit shop have gone, but I was pretty amazed at how quickly it all happened because the building was still standing yesterday.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Simon & Maggie's
8 Dec 2007


The family went over to visit with my brother and his wife in their new house today.

My other brother had his kids this weekend, so it was quite a nice little party for lunch.
Lalalian PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 11 years ago
9 Dec 2007

Sunday Coffee

I sang at church this morning and then headed into town to try and knock over my Christmas shopping list.

There was little success apart from picking up some items for the people coming to the Community Care dinner on Christmas eve.

Afterwards, I relaxed with cake and coffee over a crossword before going to hang out at Jase & Shelley's for the evening.
Lalalian PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 11 years ago
Art Gallery
10 Dec 2007

Cabinet Christmas Reception

Our Protocol area was organising the annual Cabinet Christmas Reception (which is hosted by our State Premier) and they needed some extra bodies to help out for the evening because they were expecting around 1,200 guests to attend.

I offered to help and spent the evening saying things like "Good evening. Please make your way up the stairs and to your left" and "Yes, this is the function, but you need to make your way to the name tag table first". There was a jazz ensemble playing which made things a little more enjoyable.

When I finished my official duties I went around to hear the speeches. The big surprise of the evening was that our newly elected Prime Minister (who is from our city) had turned up unexpectedly.

Afterwards, the Gallery of Modern Art (the building next door) was opening especially for guests to go through to the Andy Warhol exhibition. I was hoping to have a sneaky peek, but the event ran a little behind schedule and I figured I would hardly get to see anything, so headed off early and went to band rehearsal instead. It was nice to hang out with my peeps again {:->
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
At home
11 Dec 2007

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I went to work today and then came home to do some tidying.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
12 Dec 2007

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Went to work, then got my hair done in the evening.

Neither of us were particularly inspired today, so I pretty much just go the same style and colours, which is fine because I like them.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
13 Dec 2007

Train Floor

Started work early this morning because I was relieving in the another office answering their phones. Who ever knew that 4hrs could take so long. I couldn't wait to get out of there.

After work I went to some Christmas drinks hosted by the Director-General of our department. There was a pretty fair turn out and it was nice to catch up with some people I don't get to see very often.

In the evening I headed over to Jase and Shelley's for Life Group. Almost everyone was there tonight and it was great to have the room full again.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
The office
14 Dec 2007

Wafer, Blue Castello and Raspberry... Mmmmmm...

This afternoon half of our office went out to the branch Christmas lunch. The rest of us were either away when RSVPs were being taken or didn't think it was good value for money, so offered to stay back in the office to answer phones for the rest of the branch.

After lunch we decided to crack open the cheese and beverages for a little while.

Came home and pottered around before having an early night.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Did my art exhibit look OK in that museum? I tried to make it on time, but my agency had other plans for me... grrrr

hehe sorry sorry.. ;-) Can't hurt to fantasize for a moment...

That must have been so discontenting to be at a place one day and see all the familiar sights, and then the next day, they're gone. :(

That cheese with the raspberry on top in a sushi serving plate... looks very strange yet so appealing!
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Your pix looked amazing in there, Tim. Lots of people stopped by to admire and comment... hee hee!!

It was a bit weird to see the building leveled. It was pretty old and run down, so perhaps it was for the best. I'm not sure what's going in there though.

The cheese and raspberry was a moment of genius by one of my colleagues. The strawberries weren't up to scratch at the shops, so she bought these instead and I found that the flavour really complimented the blue cheese.

The plate was part of a set that I bought to keep at my desk for snack times. It has a cup for green tea, this square plate and a lovely little oval shaped bowl. Perfect!!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Looks tasty!~
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hello there - Trying to make it round to all the diaries to tell everyone Happy Holidays. So here we are at your's. I have enjoyed this years "down under" perspective and look forward to the coming year - hope that you are there - Best Holiday Wishes
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Hi CG. Thanks for stopping by and for your wishes.

I'm going to have another go at keeping a semi-regular diary next year, so I'll probably see you around.

All the best to you and your family for Christmas {:->
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Finishing up this project is tough at the end of the year -- glad you stuck with it and REALLY glad you're coming back for another round. Sorry that you've been under the weather .... of course, that comment is a little late since it's been an eternity since I've caught up on diaries (same as CG)
Lalalian PRO 10 years ago
Simon & Mel's
15 Dec 2007

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Tonight was curry night.

A few of us went around to Simon and Mel's for some delicious home made curries.

It was lovely to hang out with everyone and catch up.

On the way home, my train was cancelled, so I had to wait for what felt like an eternity before the next one arrived.
Lalalian PRO 10 years ago
16 Dec 2007

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I was on roster to sing this morning which went pretty well.

Spent the rest of the day trying to finish Christmas gift shopping... which didn't happen.

After a while I wanted to chill out, so went to the cinema to watch Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium. I thought it was pretty good.

Spend the evening at Jase & Shelley's chatting with the peeps.
Lalalian PRO 10 years ago
Stress Town
17 Dec 2007

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Had a crazy morning relieving in another office answering phones. My head was a bit spinny afterwards.

Band rehearsal in the evening to figure out which Christmas Carols to sing at next week's service.
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China Sea
18 Dec 2007

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The people from my unit went out for Christmas Dinner at a Chinese restaurant tonight.

I was too tired to do photos there, so you get this one...
Lalalian PRO 10 years ago
can't remember
19 Dec 2007

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Dane & Donna's
20 Dec 2007

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My Life Group from church had a Christmas break-up dinner to finish the year and I made these little guys for dessert.

We had a BBQ dinner and tested out Dane and Donna's recently completed pergola.

After dessert we had a lucky dip secret Santa gift exchange. I think the most talked about gift of the evening was a container of slime that came in a replica 44 gallon drum and looked like toxic waste. Awesome!
Lalalian PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Lalalian (member) 10 years ago
Level 13
21 Dec 2007

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I finally made it to the end of my working year.

At lunchtime, I headed upstairs to the social club drinkies. My plan was to head off after this, but things in the office thwarted my plans so I had to go back to my desk to finish things off.

It was pretty difficult to get back into the whole work thing after I'd downed a few icy beverages...

I finally left the office fairly late-ish and headed out to meet my friend Phil for dinner. He's up from our nation's capital to spend Christmas with his family.
Lalalian PRO 10 years ago
Dad's place
22 Dec 2007

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Christmas came early to my family this year.

Dad and my step-Mum are going interstate for Christmas Day, so they invited us around for a delicious BBQ lunch today.

It also happened to be the weekend that my brother has his kids which was great because we could celebrate with them as well.

Mum, Mike and I spent the evening rolling 100+ chocolate truffles for the Community Care Dinner I'm working at on Christmas Eve.
Lalalian PRO 10 years ago
23 Dec 2007

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This morning I sang at church for the Christmas service.

It was packed to the gunwales with a variety of carols. None of the band members is particularly enthused about them, but it was made "more funner" because we had a Columbian guy on drums and another guy who plays percussion in a latin band. It was pretty cool.

I spent the afternoon making dessert things for Christmas day and then headed over to Jase and Shelley's place in the evening.

For most of the evening it was just Shelley and I. We talked about lots of different things and ended up spending a bit of time scaring ourselves with stories about creepy movies we'd seen.

We freaked ourselves out even more with things that have actually happened to us like weirdo stalkers, dark figures moving around houses and people with a little excess baggage (of the spiritual kind).

When the goose-bumps got too big, we had to change to lighter topics.
CollardGreens PRO 10 years ago
Hey there ! Love the barbie and the dessert things...hope the season is not too warm - holidays are good.
Lalalian PRO 10 years ago
Thank you, CG.

The weather has been very kind to us so far. I almost needed to put warm clothes on yesterday, which is almost unheard of for this time of year.

Have a fabulous Christmas.
Dragonhide 10 years ago
*winks backatcha!*

That's an awesome barbie!

Merry Christmas! :)
Lalalian PRO 10 years ago
The meal was pretty darn tasty!

Have a wonderful Christmas day, Tim {:->
Яick Harris PRO 10 years ago
Merry Christmas Lala!
jrayfarm1980 10 years ago
Merry Christmas, Lalalian! Hope it was swell down under!
Lalalian PRO 10 years ago
Thanks guys!

Christmas has been wonderful so far.

Pix coming soon! {:->
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