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Riverside Property

Wednesday morning we woke up to find the Brisbane River at the end of our street. That was new. We’re fine but exhausted from the emotional strain and anxiety.

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Theme Night Inspiration

Ooo, just came across this wonderful site, Hostess with the Mostess. So much inspiration for dinner parties. I get really nervous about entertaining for outsiders, but I love putting together a theme night when it’s just family. Below are a few of my favourites that I’ve gotten around to uploading:

Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010

Beijing Summer Olympics 2008

Il Gato’s Italian Night

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Ahh, remember when I thought I was recommitting to blogging more regularly? Well, my life has changed dramatically since then, and I can no longer commit to that:


** Drool over Kitchenaid Mixers & Accessories at Amazon.

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5-Year Ausiversary

As of last week, I have been in Brisbane for five years. FIVE. YEARS. I believe that this takes the record as the longest I’ve been in any one spot since high school.

I’ve found it a bit funny as I’ve tried to reflect back to my feelings at the time. I was in love and excited about the adventurous possibilities. I couldn’t wait to explore and settle in and pick up the accent. I looked forward to warmth and tropical weather and ocean and kangaroos. I couldn’t wait to be with my future husband and his family and make friends who might find me to be as exotic as I found him in America.

Wow, I could hardly have been more disillusioned, and culture shock is a real b*tch.

[NOTE: That’s the extent of what I’ve had saved in draft for over a week now. I was going to try and elaborate a little more on how things have changed, but I don’t really know what to say. Things here are good. I am pretty much enjoying myself daily.]

Me & Him
(Us at the beach on the Sunshine Coast. There’s also a cute photo of me & Tash from the same day here.) 🙂

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Everywhere Anemones

While looking for a photos of anemones, I came across this anemone light fixture, which I think might be really amazing in the right space. I, however, do not have any such space, but a girl can dream.

Edited to add a photo of my own anemones against my photoshopped wall color, because my real wall color makes me sad in my heart:


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Dear, how you distract me. In my dreams, I have the ability to make my own beautiful letterpress creations. In reality, I just need to read you more often. Love, Danielle

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I’m pretty much in love with these Merimekko Lettinauha Tights. There’s also these ASOS Heart Suspender Sheer Tights — and while they’re a little saucy if you’re wearing them with a mini, I’d like them as my own little secret with my longer skirts.

And what’s new socks without new shoes… I think I’d like these cute little numbers. I am such a sucker for shoes that tie with ribbons.

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Recent Discoveries

Smaggle – Inspiring good style and great living.

Lushlee – Ooo, she links to beautiful things. Like Cabbages and Roses… I need a bigger wardrobe!

I’m having an exceptionally bad Monday, so I think I might tuck into the archives of those two for a while!

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Back to Life, Back to Reality

Some fun things I’ve been experiencing lately in no particular order:

* Pyrophone Juggernaut @ the Valley Fiesta – We were just walking through Chinatown when this giant metal ship came to life with music. It was mesmerizing.

* PocketlMusiclatlthelManalBar – Saturday was a whole day of 8-bit computer game music. (Video montage here. That’s me in the white tights against the left wall at about :26.)

* Tomorrow When the War Began: The Movie – My North American people probably won’t know about this one, but hopefully it will be released there sometime. This movie was based on a book that is apparently part of the curriculum at many schools here in Australia. I knew nothing about it, but I have a total soft spot for stories where teens band together to kick some butt. (Band of the Hand, anyone?)

I haven’t enjoyed a movie so much in a long time. We’ve seen a lot of good films lately, but in terms of mindless enjoyment, this one takes the cake. I hate spoilers and don’t want to give much away, but this teaser trailer below does a good job of setting the mood without giving away all the major plot points like the official trailer does.

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Happy Blogiversary to Me?

Last night I was finally changing my wall calendar over to September. (Hey, that’s my life lately.) And I realized that I missed my blogiversary. I don’t know if this past year should really count, and I haven’t been very committed to it… but here’s to 9 years.

That’s sort of part of my secret from the last post. I have a domain that I’m not using. I’m planning on packing up shop here at some point and starting up over there. But life is happening, and I’m obviously in no rush.

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