I actually don’t have too many photos from my birthday celebrations, as I had a number of late nights, where my phone battery died before meal or home time. I can say it’a been a lovely week of turning 31, and surrounding myself with people who are awesomeness.


Let’s start with a couple of days before, my dear chronically Femme Bronwyn was selling her Galaxy Tab….. and since I couldn’t find a reason not to (aside from my current financial situation) I bought it from her. She offered me Gin and Tonic, and a pillow unicorn as sweeteners to the deal…


Couple of days before my birthday, I had some plans fall through, so ended up watching Seven Psychopaths with Mic, and going out for a lovely brekkie at Chaddies in New Lambton Sunday morning.

Chaddies french toast with bacon

Chaddies big breakfas

Next was the Newtown Drinks version of my birthday – Drinks on the roof at Zanzibar, till it got too cold and we had to shift inside to the deer hunter room with the pool tables.

big buck hunter

vodka and soda

Somewhere in there, Neko started reading to us, and demanding we head for Thai for dinner.

te hana

I did question where one was to actually find a Thai restaurant in Newtown, because there is NOWHERE to get Thai, or frozen yoghurt for that matter, on King Street ;)

neko reads

entree newtown thai

Six of us ended up at Newtown Thai, selected the basis of them being quiet and wouldn’t mind us stuffing around while we waited for a couple of extra, but delightful, boys to show up ;)

hot chip nachos marly

Next stop, the Marly (Marlborough) which has this weird indoor garden, complete with fake grass, remodel thing going on. The above nachos made with hot chips were consumed, and hugs and smiles exchanged.

Sleep was found,a nd my birthday breakfast of a meat pie and diet coke found around midday at Macquarie University train station.

bday breakfast pie and diet coke

Sadly, i left the gift of a Hello Kitty shower cap behind in Macquarie Park, but my habit of leaving things behind just means I need to find time to see people again :)


Where next? Off to Hippo to have coffee and cake with my family and with Bron. The kids ran around like crazy, I got more hello kitty gifts…



Including some of the VERY newly released Hello Kitty for Target underwear!!!


From there, it was off to Schnitzel night at the Warners Bay Hotel…. mine had Nachos!

nacho schnitty

Aside from that, there’s been bikkies from my boss, and <3 arm warmers from Stu... and well as many hugs and general awesomness.



Thank you to everyone who made turning 31 utterly awesome. xoxox


Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
Rocking the Blue and Green :)

Another in the series of 30th birthdays, this time a Monday night in Honeysuckle.

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The chicken

Two large tables, one table had their mains done, dusted and cleared before our table’s even came out! *jealous*

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The Beef

Cocktails and wine flowing, and craft beers around.

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The Lamb

The flash was essential, I had no idea what things looked like under that light!

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The pork – Tasted great, looked better in the dark though! (gluten free)

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
Vego Pasta

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The “confusing” duck…. twas a little rubbery. Speck was a highlight! (gluten free)

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo

Happy Birthday Amanda!!!!!


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Newcastle turned on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon for Phil’s 30th.

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Bobbing around for a few hours, eating finger food, and enjoying being on a boat.

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Happy Birthday Phil!!!!

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Rish's Birthday

No, I’m not for lunch.

Rish's Birthday

Nor were the flowers.

Rish's Birthday

More like it!

Rish's Birthday


Rish's Birthday

Rish's Birthday

Rish's Birthday

Time for Birthday Pie!!!

Rish's Birthday

Lemon Meringue

Rish's Birthday

Lime and Lychee

Rish's Birthday

Strawberry Marshmallow

Rish's Birthday

Ten a piece.

Rish's Birthday

Sleepy Caterpillar?


Mwah! Happy 30th, Rish! xxxxx

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Hello Kitty Earrings
Birthday present from the MIL. *bounce*

Busy busy 30th birthday weekend! Let’s recap in photos :) :) (photo heavy post ahead! Woo!)

Hello Kitty Cake!
I got a Hello Kitty cake!! :D :D

Birthday Weekend!

I babysat the kids so my sister and her husband could go see a movie. I have now changed nappies. And introduced Ez to the wonder that is Dolmades.

Birthday Weekend!

Stayed overnight in Sydney at the Sebel Surry Hills

Birthday Weekend!

$140 on Wotif as a Wot Hotel?

Birthday Weekend!

Rocked out to The Tea Party at the Hordern

Paint it Black Cover in the encore

Save me

Birthday Weekend!

Birthday Weekend!

Four people back, front and centre :p

Birthday Weekend!

Birthday Weekend!

Ticked over into my Birthday somewhere in Surry Hills.

Birthday Weekend!

Wore cat ears. And tights. But not jeans and a black tshirt, as was the uniform of choice for Tea Party fans.

Birthday Weekend!

Birthday Weekend!

Had breakfast at Toast, Surry Hills.

Birthday Weekend!

Toby’s Estate coffee

Birthday Weekend!

Moroccan Breakfast for Rish

Birthday Weekend!

Mexican for me (minus egg). Corn fritters, avocado and halloumi under there.

Birthday Weekend!

Fought the kids for some biscuits.

Birthday Weekend!

Birthday Weekend!

Took more photos for the collage at Ez’s 21st ;)

Birthday Weekend!

Dinner with the family

Birthday Weekend!

At the very Gluten-free friendly Zinc, On Darby Street.

Birthday Weekend!
Garlic Bread (gf)

Birthday Weekend!

Birthday Weekend!
Coq au vin (gf)

Birthday Weekend!
Beetroot Cured Salmon (gf)

Birthday Weekend!
Lamb Shanks

Birthday Weekend!

Birthday Weekend!

Gluten free cake from Snows

Birthday Weekend!
Princess! With crown and Hello Kitty Earrings.

Birthday Weekend!


Now back to normal, hey??


And, I’m 30

July 22, 2012 · 16 comments


So, I made it to 30, hey?

Who’d have thunk it?



A decade.

A decade ago, I was mid way into my Speech Pathology degree.

Thinking about moving out of home, but not quite there yet.

Hating my adult pracs, but loving the paediatric ones, just wanted to get through the degree.

A degree that would take a little longer to do,

But I’d keep learning lots along the way.

Moving to Canberra.

Forging my “Adult” life.

Still trying to find that “identity” that is me.

Finding my niche as a school aged speechie.


Not stopping learning. About myself, about the things I love.

Constantly challenging myself.

It doesn’t always work out as planned.

But after some tears,

I pick myself up (or get packed up), dust myself off

And start over or keep going!

It’s going to be another interesting 10 years ahead.


2 more things:

1. There’s still time to donate to the Steve Waugh Foundation for my birthday. I may have made the $1000 goal, but every bit extra helps families with kids with rare conditions!

2. I have free ad spots in honour of my birthday. Use the code “happybirthdaypinkie” over on this page at checkout. There are a few sizes, but they’re free to book for the rest of the month (for a month at a time) :)

3. (yes three) HUG!!!


#jeansfreephona – Day 8, My new driver’s licence expires on my 35th birthday! Meep!

licence July 19, 2012

And I thought the last one expiring on my thirtieth was scary! I only remember that it needed to be renewed TODAY because I was filling in the spot on my most recent job application “yes, I have a current NSW driver’s licence” oh wait, better renew that, it expires Sunday and I have no […]

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Post-BBQ Birthday Dinner – Acquazul, Honeysuckle

Sorbet July 16, 2012

The Scallops with Avocado Salsa, Main Size $30 After a day of hugging people and eating cake, a small group of Sydney/Canberra people and I went into Honeysuckle to have dinner. Our first stop was the Honeysuckle Hotel which I hadn’t been to before, and then we went for dinner at Acquazul. Entree sized Pork […]

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#jeansfreephona day three – the party

July 15, 2012

Socks again Sock Cafe, dress from Maiocchi. I love Maiocchi :) The weather turned out lovely yesterday for my birthday bbq :) Lotsa lovely family and friends, and Lotsa money raised for the Steve Waugh Foundation. :) With the cash to bank tomorrow, I’ve passed the $1000 mark! And my birthday isn’t for a […]

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Mum’s Birthday Breakfast @ Hippo Espresso, Warners Bay

Breakfast June 14, 2012

Choc Pancakes Charged with the responsibility of making a decision about what to do for Mum’s birthday (which fell ON the Queen’s Birthday holiday this year) I detoured via Hippo Espresso on my morning walk that day, in the bucketing rain, to pop my head in and make a booking at the most child-friendly cafe […]

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Slipper and knee high stripey socks weather.

Knee highs! May 22, 2012

It’s a real thing. PS, it’s 2 months until my 30th Birthday and in place of gifts, I’m asking that people flick a small donation towards the Steve Waugh Foundation. I’m hoping to raise $1000, so if anyone who was thinking about sending me a card donated $5 instead, it would help boost my total. […]

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Give the gift of no gifts. KTHXBI

May 6, 2012

According to some stats I have found in various places: – I have 340 Facebook friends – 104 people on Facebook – 130 readers via feedburner and countless stalkers hiding in the bushes. This blog is turning TEN in September and I’m turning THIRTY in July. And I really don’t need more of the […]

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Liam’s Second Birthday Party – Sugar hangovers all ’round

September 27, 2011

It’s my party and I’ll bite every lolly on the table and put it back in the bowl if I wanna! It was the sugar fueled 2nd birthday party of awesome on Sunday. There were cupcakes Presents! The bike I got him. A little big. Oh well! Not the dinosaur, daddy! Portugal. No way they’re […]

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Birthday Celebrations

July 24, 2011

Kicked off my birthday last Friday at the gym – I’d been awake since 4:30am, so why not get up and hit the gym at six so I could indulge later in the day? ;) This was after getting a cute cute tote bag from Rish from Honeybee in Newcastle, that I hadn’t told him […]

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