Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Back to Reality..........

With a Thud!

Home again now - time certainly does fly when you are having fun. So when I left you last I was heading up to Joanna's baby shower which was held at her parents place in Miranda. We had a ball and Jo got so many great things for the baby which is great because she has hardly bought anything!!! Jo's mum Linda and sister Emma did a great job baking us yummy treats and we played some great games - luckily no gross birth stories!

After everyone had left Jo drove me into Newtown to Jed's apartment where I met up with some Uni friends Naomi, Damo and Putz and a couple of their friends Ryan and Bec. We headed off to a pub in Wooloomooloo and went straight upstairs to grab a seat. I noticed in the room there were quite a few platters of food and small groups chatting and I suspected we may have wandered into a private function........ my suspicions were confirmed when all our drinks kept getting added to the bar tab. I think because we entered like we had a right to be there -no one questioned us at all. We had a great meal there (we paid for that part although the waitress asked us if there wasn't enough food upstairs!!) After the yummy dinner we headed downstairs to continue the catch up and we stayed there until closing.

Nomes, Bec and myself in one cab and Jed and Ryan in another. The journey back to Newtown was quick but we got to have a good natter about the boys and girls tend to do.

Back at Jed's we ended up kicking on until 3am after listening to Jed rant and rave about his distaste for Miley Cyrus!

Sunday morning a very seedy Jed and Naomi awoke and we discussed breakfast..... Jed decided he should go next door to the Quik E Mart and get some bacon, about 40 minutes later he returns. Another "Jed-rant" was endured whilst he explained that the aforementioned convenience store doesn't sell bacon due to religion reasons (hmmm alcohol and porn must be ok then LOL) so he traipsed along to get the bacon, god forbid he return empty handed to a ravenous Nomes!

I whipped them up a delicious looking breakfast of bacon, eggs, mushrooms and english muffins, after licking their plates clean Naomi drove me into The Rocks to meet up with the KV crew...............

How many 30 year olds do you know that go out for beers with their "parent's friends"? Well that is just what I did - although I definitely consider them "my friends" too seeing as I've known them since I was 9 years old and even chose to go out with them for my 18th instead of a party!
We had a great time, drinking beers and catching up over some yummy pub grub! Unfortunately as I had to meet some friends for a play I had to rush off at 4:30pm but I'm sure they carried on for a while longer.

Next stop was meeting Sam and her friend and we went and saw another friend Simon in a play her was in. It was interesting and nothing like I expected but lots of fun. Following this, more food and good conversation then coffee and great cake. Joanna has returned meet us after dinner (just in time for cake) and she dropped me back at Jed's apartment about 11pm. Jed headed straight to bed and I pottered around for a little while getting excited about my adventures the following day.

Monday morning arrived too quickly but I was excited about the photo shoot but also looking forward to getting home to the boys that night. Jed headed off to work and I finished getting ready, a nice leisurely breakfast and a shower and then I received a frantic phonecall from Jed - he was hoping I hadn't left yet (I hadn't). He had left his laptop at home and in his rush to jump in a cab to come and get it he'd left his keys at work. He rushed upstairs with the cab downstairs so rather than catching the bus to the city like I had planned I jumped in the cab with him and they dropped me off on the way through town.

My call was for 10:30am I wandered around for a bit and bought a few things and headed to the ACP building about 10am. The man before me had cancelled so it worked out well and the 9:30am guy was finishing up so I had an hour on my own with the stylist and the make up girl. The Stylist Alicia picked out a couple of dresses for me, the third one must have registered on my face because she said try this one on first. As I was about to slip it over my head I noticed it was a size 10 - bummer I thought, but bugger me if it didn't fit me like a glove!! When Alicia was zipping it up she said - guess what this is a size 10 and I got VERY excited. She grabbed a tiny wide belt that I didn't think would go around my neck let alone my waist but bugger me again hey!

It's amazing how different my perception is to how I must actually look!

Back in my regular clothes - I sat down for hair and makeup which was lots of fun and in keeping with the style of the dress. Had an excellent chat with the makeup artist who loves all the same old school UK music as Paul and I so that was nice to reminisce about Neds, Carter, Emf etc etc.

Once hair and make up was done, back into the dress and then the accessorising began. tried a few bits and pieces, then shoes and some cool new toeless pantyhoes and I was good to go.

Kristie the art director was cool and the photographer was so lovely and really put me at ease. Luckily I watch so much many reality modelling shows that I didn't need much direction HAHA but it was great having Kristie there to tweak you and tell you what was and wasn't working and pull off stray pieces of lint from your clothes. They took lots of photos and tried a few different positions by the time they were done catering had arrived and I grabbed some food and headed off with Monica for my interview.

Once that was completely I was free to go and I started to think about what to do for a few hours while I waited for Jed to finish work. Hmmm I look fabulous, I'm in the city......... I know....... I'm going to go and see Sex and the City at the movies. I headed down to George St cinemas and as I was queuing up for my ticket I notice they had gold class cinemas there and it was 1:45pm and the next session was at 2pm. Could I? Of course! So I paid my $24.50 for my ticket and grabbed some lollies and headed up to the cinema. I perused the menu and arranged for some calamari and beer to be brought to me during the movie and then took my seat.

There were a couple of young girls sitting near me and asked me to take photos of them - I agreed and got them to do the same for me! The movie was great - the calamari was delicious and the serviette that came with it was perfect for mopping up my tears - WOW what a tearjerker!

After that I wandered around the QVB for a while and then met up with Jed, we got organised at his place and he dropped me off at the airport. My flight was delayed for a bit and I ended up at home about 10:30pm - utterly exhausted but you couldn't wipe the smile off my face!

Steph XXOO

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Well Here I Am......

In Woolongong NSW.
I arrived in Sydney yesterday morning. I flew in with Qantas and I felt like a rockstar (well even more than normal). This girl always flies Jetstar and Qantas was so different!! The plane was about twice the size with half the amount of people. Nearly eaveryone had a seat to themselves on the sides and nearly all the middle seats were empty. There was one person in business class - I really should have asked for an upgrade LOL

It was also lovely not to have to get my wallet out to get a coffee.

The flight was quick and painless and Jo was there to pick me up no dramas.

First stop was a factory outlet in Alexandria I wanted to check out, boy was I glad we did. They had 40% off there already discounted prices. I spent about $125 and got LOADS and all that was probably the original cost of the Lacoste shoes I bought for Paul or the Reeboks I bought myself, or the Newcastle Jets coat I bought my Dad!!!

Next we drove up to Camden to visit my Grandma who I havent seen in almost 10 years. It was fantastic catching up with her and she gave me a gorgeous saphire ring my Grandpa gave her for their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before he passed away. I will treasure it!

After that Jo and stopped by Campbelltown to pick up her new pram and then headed down to the 'gong. We had mama mia's pizza for dinner (a local specialty) Michael was rather unimpressed with side including copius amounts of pineapple and the fact I ate it with a fork and knife. Post dinner included too many lollies and bad chick flicks and saw us all flake at midnight!

It's now 11:40am and I am still in bed. Jo's baby shower starts at 3pm so we really better get moving.

Tonight Im having dinner with Jed, Naomi, Stu and the rest of the Newcastle Uni crew. Sunday lunch is with Chris and Leigh who used to work with my Dad and have known me longer than I care to remember!!!

Monday will be a leisurely morning before heading into the CBD for the photo shoot at Slimming and Health magazine and after that Jo and I will browse arond Sydney before my flight home. I spoke to Bennett this morning and he told me its only 2 more sleeps until I come home!! I miss that little monster so much. And the big monster too I suppose LOL

Steph XOXO