Saturday, June 23, 2012


So today, Lewy needed me to head to Ikea to buy 2 special globes for our new bedside wall lamps (can't wait to show you all the finished rooms.. ). The total of these globes being exactly $7.90.

Because everyone knows how much it sucks going to Ikea on a SATURDAY he said "buy yourself something while you're there"... Famous last words..

Somehow I accidentally came home with new cushions for the couch, rug, and table and chairs for the boys.
Ikea.. It's like an addiction - once you step foot into that place, it almost feels like a waste to leave without filling up the whole bag and trolley!

That's my excuse.. And I'm sticking to it :P

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tea & Chocolate Mousse

I have a little story I have been wanting to share, from an experience I had whilst in hospital. A 20 minute experience, that I'll probably never forget.

So, I had just come out of surgery after having my eye stitched up, I was being wheeled back to my room and still pretty drowsy. My room was nice and dimmed, and the nurse was checking my blood pressure etc while I was trying to wake up. I couldn't see very well, I was tired. I could make out a girl in the room, who asked if I wanted something to eat. And considering I hadn't eaten since 8pm the night before, and it was now 5pm the next day.. I was pretty excited about getting some food into my stomach :)

The nurse left, and a little bit later the girl came back with some sandwiches, chocolate mousse, fruit and a cup of tea. She told me that she didn't know what kind of sandwiches I wanted so bought a stack I could choose from. I loved her :) She left the room and came back a little while later to ask if I wanted more food or drinks. I told her I loved the mousse and could really go another cup of tea.. and before long she was back with the goods :)

While I was sipping my tea, she lingered and asked about my eye.. so I told her the story and we easily fell into conversation. Guys... sometimes you meet people, and they leave such an impression on you, you never forget them. This girl ...she was one those people. We automatically had a connection.. I don't know why, but it was there and in 20 minutes, she told me her life story. To which I wanted to pull that girl into my arms and hug her forever. A horror story if ever I heard one. But that's not the thing I will remember about her. It was her unbelievable attitude. She was not a victim, oh no... she cherished life, she thrived and vowed to make the most out of her life no matter what. Her positivity and brightness was catching. We had the most wonderful conversation in the shortest time possible, I showed her pictures of my boys, she told me about her family... I asked her if she was working the next day, she told me that she was working for an agency, and it was her last day at Royal Perth, and she was finishing in 5 minutes.

I told her I was so happy to meet her... she told me the same, and told me to treasure my boys.. and we said goodbye. She was 20 years old, she was beautiful inside and out. Her view of life, her attitude, her story? I will try to remember this when I worry about things that don't deserve a second of worry.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Precious Bundle

Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Mila Joy. What a precious little girl! Lisa delivered her beautiful daughter yesterday and I got to enjoy some newborn cuddles and check out those tiny little fingers :P

As I was walking into the hospital tonight, I was remembering that the last time I went to visit Lisa at the very same hospital, was 13 years ago when I went to meet her son Bailey. How time flies! It was an honour to be walking the same steps again to meet Lisa's third precious child :)

Mila smiled especially for the camera- she's a little superstar already :P Michael and Lisa - a very big congratulations to you both, you make gorgeous children :) I feel very lucky to be a part of this lovely family!

In other hospital news... I had my stitches out this morning. Feeling a bit more normal again, let the healing begin!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Busy Busy!

Man... what a week. My life is a blur of 'busy'. We have renovations happening again in our home.. big ones. Painting throughout, new furniture, new flooring... it's all happening. Of course.. that means chaos. Good chaos :)

And guys.. I have good news. Big news actually. If life was busy before, it's about to get busier. I got a promotion at work! I'm nervous but very excited. It's a wonderful career move for me. For those who know me well, know that I don't work just for the money. It means a lot to me to keep progressing and climbing the ladder. I find a lot of fulfilment and satisfaction from doing well in my working life.

So the day I got back from holidays, my boss told me about a new role being offered and asked if I would like to go for it. Of course, I said a big 'yes'! This week I found out that the job is mine! I'll be wearing two hats in my new role: Retirement Village Manager for 3 days per week and Special Projects Officer for the remaining 2 days. I will also be Relief Retirement Village Manager for our other sites when the Managers go on Annual Leave.

The new role will be a challenge, but .. worth it. :P

So tonight.. Lewy and I heading out for my birthday dinner as well as to celebrate my new job.  Chesters Restaurant in the Swan Valley here we come!

Till next time xx

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hospital Shenanigans

Ahh... there is nothing like keeping life interesting than another trip to Emergency Department! Our family may need to apply for VIP status... :P

This might be very obvious advice.. but just for the record, let it be known that I absolutely do not condone children holding or basically even looking in the same direction as a coat hanger.

So Sunday night.... Jacob and I are sitting on the couch having a little cuddle, playing around. Lewy is cooking up a storm in the kitchen and all is well in our household. Next thing I know, Jacob has managed to pick up a broken coat hanger and for the fun of it, hit me in the eye.

(Just to fill you in, we are repainting our bedroom, so there are coat hangers and clothes in easy reach .. sooo..)

Just imagine that the next 5 minutes contain, me freaking out holding my eye almost crying, Jacob crying because of the shock, Sam trying to calm Jacob down and Lewy trying to get me show him the damage... of course in my mature sensible state of mind I said he couldn't look at it because that way he couldn't tell me how bad it was.. therefore everything would be okay and I wouldn't have to deal with the problem. Makes perfect sense right? :P

Lewy finally manages to get me to take my hand off my eye and says so calmly (after screwing up his face, which I absolutely DID notice), 'oh babe, don't worry but you have to go to emergency'.. to which I completely freak out, start shaking and cry. Did I mention how brave I am?! My fear stemming from the fact that I was convinced I was now blind and would be permanently scarred.

I'll cut a very long story short... I went to Swan Districts, told that it would require plastic surgery, assured over and over how very lucky I was that it didn't get my eye... and guys, let me tell you - it's nothing short of a miracle. If you saw the damage to my lower eye lid, and how close it was to my eye - you would agree. I'm VERY VERY lucky.

So they patched me up as best they could, and sent me home for the night, with instructions to report to Royal Perth Hospital at 8am Monday morning. Which I did. Even longer story short, I finally made it to surgery at 4pm. One minute I feel like I'm going to pass out.. .next I wake, all patched up :) The surgeon did an amazing job.

I have to rave about the care I got. Public health system? We are a lucky country. It may not be perfect all the time, but .... we are so lucky. I couldn't fault anyone.. the doctors/nurses... they treated me so well and were beyond caring.

I'm very happy to be home, and it's back to work (reality) tomorrow as if nothing ever happened... except that now I have a lovely black and swollen eye to show off :P

Make sure you put those coat hangers out of reach... :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012


What Lewy did today:
1. Built new shelves in Sam's room.
2. Re-painted our whole bedroom and walk-in-robe.
3. Went shopping for ingredients to make us an amazing dinner for tonight.

What I did today:
1. Finished watching Season 1 of Revenge.

I've got a good man :P

Friday, June 8, 2012

America - Post 5

New York....