Oops, over a week has passed again.
Last Tuesday, the day after Labour Day… We had a tough PT session! I probably looked like a woman who'd just given birth by the end of it… It's only been a few weeks but I think I'm already beginning to see/feel a difference… My back isn't as squishy, woo.
Walked down to the Swan St Chamber of Commerce to buy myself a mid-week treat… That pictured, my friend is strawberries 'n' cream ice cream sandwiched between pistachio and cardamom cookies. A bit dear at $7 for a scoop of ice cream and two cookies though.
On Friday night I had dinner at Jim's Greek Tavern for the second week in a row. This time it was with Dean, my dad and his friends from California. We had Messina ice cream for dessert.
Speaking of my dad, he was on TV over the weekend! On the ABC talking about the organic grain shortage in Australia and how it's affecting his business (Hakubaku - Australian made organic Japanese noodles). You can watch the episode here his part starts at 7:10. I think he did a great job! Lol at that shot of him outside though.
On Sunday Dean and I had a chilled day in the Fitzroy/Collingwood area. We had lunch at Industry Beans, it was awesome.
For dinner we had ramen at Shop Ramen. This vegetarian one I had was surprisingly flavoursome. When I was walking back to my seat after having gone to the toilet, the waitress said goodbye to me so I had to awkwardly tell her that I wasn't leaving… Then she told me to get out as a joke but it was weird and we were both left feeling embarrassed.
I still only have a very vague idea of what St. Patrick's Day is about but I wore green for the Irish girl who sits next to me at work… I also posted this photo to Instagram, the said Irish girl actually got this for me to put in our terrarium, it's all the way from Dublin airport. P.S. Our terrarium is in bad condition, it died over a hot weekend a few weeks ago. We have plans to rebuild, though.
Cupcakes for a colleague's farewell morning tea! As it was St. Pat's day I took a green tea one… I also later had a passionfruit one which turned out to be the best cupcake flavour I've tried so far.
Wednesday was such a good night. Went to see my childhood (teenager-hood?) idol, Kele Okereke with my buddy who I went to see Bloc Party with many years ago! Can't believe it's been 10 years since their debut studio album… Our partners joined us too. Had a pre-show dinner at Fonda down the road.
To be honest I had been losing interest in Bloc Party… They were still one of my favourite bands but I got to a point where I couldn't be bothered opening up to new releases. But I'd been keeping a keen ear out for Kele's solo stuff because it differentiated from the band's genre (indie rock) and was closer to what my musical tastes had shifted to (electronic). Bought tickets because I couldn't pass on $25 tickets.
My admiration for Kele was totally revalidated that night! He's come a long way since I last saw him with Bloc Party (8 years ago?!), he's evolved into such a performer - He knew how to work the crowd, everyone was having so much fun. This may be me being a stupid fangirl but his aura is so… god-like, the show kinda felt like we were members of a cult. Oh and he had a cup of tea (on a saucer!) on stage, so English of him.
The supporting local act "Jakubi" were also great entertainment - they had such a positive energy and it was so contagious! Their studio recordings don't do them justice, they're definitely a band to see live. I've never seen an audience engage so well with a supporting act.
The following day, a girl at work asked if I'd take a spare ticket to a School of Life workshop about how to communicate better at work… It was that night, so pretty last minute but she managed to convince me to join her… I wasn't so fond of the idea but I knew I needed it.
I wasn't able to leave on time due to deadlines so we rushed out and as a result I knocked a screw out of my bike… I didn't have time to assess the damage but I just left it at work.
I arrived to the venue feeling quite flustered, worried (about my bike) and nervous about the workshop… They'd told us to prepare a 30 second pitch about ourselves which I really, really did not want to do… There was a lot of participation required (duh) and I freaked out having to speak to strangers following designated exercises - it felt so unnatural and I could feel my face going hot and my shoulders tense - I'm not someone who can talk with ease (I don't even like to talk, most of the time) and I think I needed to be more mentally prepared. My poor social skills during those exercises filled my mind with anxiety and I reached a point where I was feeling so uncomfortable and distracted by my negative thoughts that I had to go home half way through. It'd been a while since I've felt embarrassed and frustrated about my inability to articulate well verbally…
A Christmas doggy we met on our lunch break today!
Can't wait to have a relaxing weekend, so glad I'm home tonigh… I'm so exhausted.