Sunday, April 29, 2012


Watch and measure your own steps.
"Anything that is measured and watched, improves."

Bob Parsons, CEO GoDaddy via Startup Quote.  A quick trolling of his blog reveals that he came up with this principle from John D. Rockefeller, who had an acute awareness of how much each of his barrels of oil cost which gave him the competitive advantage setting up Standard Oil (for the record I don't know what that is, but pretty sure running oil companies doesn't come cheap or easy).

Here's to a measured week.  To build our enthusiasm on this chilly Monday, lets all fantasise about having this for lunch (it had me at 'buttered crouton').

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Late night art with a view

Meeting up with a friend last Thursday evening, we serendipitously stumbled upon the new MCA's open late night. Admittedly there was a lot more time spent in the cafe than the gallery itself (and I didn't actually get around to seeing the 24-hour video The Clock), but some delicious wine with the backdrop of incredible views was the perfect way to spend Friday-eve.

If you're strapped for plans tonight (or any Thursday) I'd definitely recommend a visit - you could take the cultured route and actually work your way through the gallery before rewarding yourself with a vino on the rooftop.

The bright plastic chairs and constant stream of tourists keep the mood breezy rather than pretentious.
Unadulterated view of our iconic architecture.
Cheese always helps.
Definitely one for when visitors are in town - and entry is free!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Unconscious brainpickings

So many great nuggets to be found in Brainpickings.
Cleansing and keyboarding.

"This is the extraordinary thing about creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious."

The perfect read and watch from their post with John Cleese over lemon tea on this rainy day.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Valuable stories

Look to share teachable moments.
“Valuable stories are ones that contain teachable moments.”

Food for thought over breakfast - from Jonathan Harris, Founder of Cowbird, via swissmiss.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Rest and new life

Sitting at home in bed it makes me so happy to reflect on the long weekend just past - reuniting with C (and knowing he'll be permanently back here in a couple of weeks!), slow moving hours on the beach and days where the only agenda was walking to the lighthouse.

It was a real celebration of rest and new life.
Obligatory chocolate for breakfast.
Amazing fish and chips on the grass (Fishmongers just tastes better in Byron).
Sand was permanently between my toes.
One of many drinks at St Elmo's, with it being literally downstairs from us we always somehow found room to sample their cocktail list before rolling into bed.
The days started and ended with walks on the beach (the shadow is C negotiating the rising tide).
Likely I will feel like this tomorrow, but for now I'm just going to continue basking in these holiday snaps.

Goodnight all!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A trip to Haigh's

Complimentary broken bunny ear.
The free samples of broken chocolate you get are half the fun.  In this case I got a piece of Easter bunny, and it was that glorious part of moulded chocolate where all the chocolate has pooled in one corner to give you a really dense chunk of sweet, milky goodness to sink your teeth into.

So good!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Thursday doesn't even start

What do I do on Mondays?  Reflect on Fridays.

Went to a beautiful, intimate wedding of a couple of friends last Friday.  The ceremony was in the city, walking distance to Aria where we were treated to a long dining table lined with close friends and family over incredible food and wine set to harbour views.  Came home to a Hangout with C in the evening and he said "that sounds exactly how you'd want a wedding to be - no fuss, all the people you love and amazing food with a view."
The sweet back of the order of service
What a glorious day it was
I couldn't have said it better myself, or be happier for the couple who are now getting a well earned adventure in New York!  Ah how I love weddings.  And the cheesecake was unbelievable.