Ramblings and Purgings

Friday, February 25, 2005

Wedding Flowers

I like roses. But they are not my favourite flower. In fact I never saw myself as carrying a bouquet of roses for my wedding. Whic is why I decided to look around at as many flowers as I could find so that I could have an original bouquet that was reflective of me. And so, I settled on the following flowers:


Singapore Orchids


The flowers will be twined with ivy leaves and some vine. I am so curious to see what everything will look like on the day and I hope I have not made a mistake!

What do you think of my choice?

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

No Words

Sometimes, words fail me.

The picture below was one of those times...

A California Sunset

It reminded me of this scene in the movie 'Contact' when Jodie Foster's character is travelling through space and sees the amazing beauty of it all and says something like ' They should have sent a poet..."

Friday, February 18, 2005

He followed me home

Oh ok,
I confess. At lunchtime, I decided to go for a wander and headed straight to JB HiFi to see if I could find Damien Rice's CD 'O'.

I found it but at a higher price than at Borders, so I made my way back to Borders and oops, he kind of fell into my hand and next thing I know, I was handing over some cash and then walking out of the store with him in my hand.

New Purchase
Truly gorgeous music for a Friday evening...*sigh*

Wedding Shoes!

Finally, things are falling into place!
This week I have achieved much in the way of wedding things to do. I think I have found a cake lady and I last night Oyvind and I went shopping and we found his shirt. He looks so handsome in it...
Also, without even trying very hard I found myself at Nine West and lo and behold, there was a pair of shoes that looked much like what I wanted to wear for the wedding...And here they are:

My wedding shoes

The best thing:
I found them in my size, which is almost impossible to find for some reason (I am a 6 in Aust Sizes)
AND they were half price!!!
Now, all I have to do is get them dyed (they are Satin) to match my dress a little better and voila!

Next on my list is:
- Buying hair stuff (tiara or whatever)
- Organising makeup trial and hair trial
- Buying clothes for Fiji (need to get a new bikini and ahem, other clothes)

Tomorrow I have my kitchen tea party being held at my mum's house. It should be fun to have a whole bunch of crazy ladies around me and this is made even more special because my dear Pipstar is making a trip up from Canberra to come to the party and she will also stay over. Lots of catching up for sure!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Music and stuff

Thanks to the very dear Pipstar for the idea.

What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
916 (!!!)

The CD you last bought?

Hmm, actually bought three at the same time:
- Stand By Me Soundtrack
- Virgin Suicides Soundtrack
- Pablo Casals: Bach Cello Suites 1 to 6

What was the last song you listened to before reading this message?

The Moth by Aimee Mann

Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you
(The following are songs in English)
- In Your Eyes: Peter Gabriel
- This is Always: Chet Baker
- #41: Dave Matthews Band
- Mad World: Gary Jules
- I was brought to my senses: Sting

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?

Oyvind so that he can write and update in his blog, Amylou becaue I’d love to hear her answers and Orangette because I wonder what kind of music she listens to when whipping up her incredible culinary creations!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

On valentine' Day

Happy Valentine's day everyone!

My Valentine's Day present..(well cyber present)

In El Salvador, where I was born, we celebrate the 14th of February as The Day of Friendship as well as the traditional day for lovers. I find that this is a very nice spin on such a day because you are also able to send best wishes to your friends, in addition to significant others. Besides, a day that solely concentrates on celebrating relationships is bound to make many people depressed, as was illustrated by the planned mass suicide in North America yesterday. I guess it is no secret that Christmas and Valentine's day are the particular triggers for many suicides but I think that if we would put an emphasis on the friendship aspect of the day, more people would be happier. It is just a thought though...

Wedding Update number XXXX
- days to go = 46!
- Cake still not ordered
- Tasting proposed wedding menu tonight
- Ceremony music not finalised
- Reception music not finalised although we have selected our bridal waltz song...
- Oyvind's outfit yet to be finalised
- Groomsman outfit yet to be finalised
- Make up and hair yet to be booked
- Lingerie and honeymoon outfits not yet purchased (what do you wear to a honeymoon though? ;-)
- Hen's night not yet organised
- Dress not in Australia yet (Oyvind's mum, who is making my dress, arrives on 9th of March)
- Shoes not yet purchased
- Bonbonniere not yet finished (I am still trying out recipes)
- Vows and order of service not yet finalised
- Still don't know how to dance!

Yikes! So as you can tell, I will be a busy girl over the next 6 or so weeks...

Add to the above list the fact that we have to cater for all our overseas guests and show them the sights, etc...I feel faint just thinking about it!

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Wedding Stuff

Ok, since my entire life is revolving around my upcoming wedding, here it goes...

We now have 53 days to go until the big day and I have the memory span of a goldfish!

There are still so many things left to do but most are very small. Our biggest 'win' is that yesterday we mailed the invitations to all our guests from OZ - and so there is no turning back...hehehe

Actually, I am very pleased with the invitations, although it all seemed a bit surreal when we were sealing them and addressing the envelopes. It felt like I was sending out invitations on behalf of another person but, there they were, our names prominently positioned. No mistaking on whose party this was.

In addition, my friend Ellen and my sister Blanca are busy organising a couple of parties for me to celebrate the end of my life as a singleton :-) Oh boy - I have already warned them to please not make things too embarrassing for me. AND, that I do not really want a male stripper or to hop aboard one of those male stripper cruises.

When I was much younger, 18 or so, I was taken on one of these cruises for my sister's friends' hen's nights. Well, what can I say? I was scarred for life! I was absolutely shocked and appalled at the behaviour of some of the women there. The scene reminded me of seagulls at the beach fighting for a tiny morsel of food. It was disgusting the way some of these women would grope the poor guys. Now I know these are hazards that come with the 'job' but sill, I felt very sorry for them.

So, I have said to my sister that if she is planning something similar for me I will not turn up. I do not consider myself a prude but the line has to be drawn somewhere. Besides, my idea of fun is a little different - give me a good trivia night or a great Latin dancing night out, that I sure to keep me happy.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Counselling? Me?!

So, tonight Oyvind and I will be attending the first of our 2 pre-marital counselling sessions. These sessions are NOT compulsory but we thought it would be a good idea to find out what they were all about.

So far, I have heard very mixed responses to them and whenever something, whether it be a movie or a book or pre-marriage counselling sessions, generates such debate - well, I just have to go in and try it myself.
Perhaps come Monday I will be all zen or perhaps I'll still be the headless chicken I am now. Who konws...

At any rate, I will start my yoga classes on Monday night so that is definitely something to look forward to. O

h and also, tomorrow I get to go and see "The lord of the Rings" exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Mmmm, wonder if there is a life-sized version of Aragorn on display....

57 days until I become a married woman...yikes!!!

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Birthday Gal...That's me!

Well, at 7.30pm tonight I will be officially 26!
Yikes, what happened? I can still remember my primary school years a bit too well...I can't be heading towards the big 3-0...
Still, I can't complain :-)
This morning I was woken by Oyvind singing me 'Happy Birthday' in a nice croaky voice, hehehe. From him I got:
- a new DKNY watch (Which needs to be refitted because my wrists are stupid)
- a copy of Amelie on DVD (a movie I have been meaning to buy for like 3 years!)
- a 12-month subscription to "Good Medicine" magazine which is one of my favourite mags around as it is full of useful health information.

I have, so far as at midday, been sung "happy Birthday" five times. Have had a strawberry mousse cake cut at work and am on my way to lunch with my sister at the David Jones food court which is full of yummy and tempting dishes. (The David Jones food court is like the M&S food court in England I think).

Tonight, I am having dinner with my family at my favourite Greek restaurant "Kouzina Greco"and my mum is bringing my favourite cake of all time. A lovely South American creation from "La Torre" cakes in Fairfield which consists of (from top to bottom):
- A layer of sponge
- A layer of caramel
- A layer of sponge
- A layer of fruit
- A layer f sponge
- A layer of crushed meringue
All encased in soft meringue icing that is caramelised using a blowtorch, much like Creme Brulee....

Decadent? I know
Loving every minute? You bet!