Happy Anniversary Baby!

Last week was our wedding anniversary.  It wasn’t a massively major milestone – our 3rd – but it was good to be able to go out and enjoy a night out (thanks to Charlotte for babysitting).

Depending on what version you follow (and according to the trusty wikipedia article), the 3rd wedding anniversary should be celebrated by leather gifts (traditional, both in the UK and US) or crystal glass (modern).  For the past few years, we’ve been following the traditional gifts so leather it was.  I failed in my wifely duties and left gift shopping until 4:30pm on the day before, and consequently, hubby had no gift on our actual anniversary.  I even forgot a card.  I’m a terrible wife.  However, I had good intentions and those suede leather shoes I wanted to buy him (but they didn’t have his size in the ones I was going to buy) are now going to be of his choosing, which let’s be honest, is probably for the best.  I scored red leather gloves and a red belt – woot!

Our night out was great – we went to eat at Brodburger – which in of itself isn’t that romantic with the rest of Canberra on a Wednesday evening – but it was super yum as it always is!  Quick beer and burger and then we went to the ANU to see my best mate perform in his very first musical performance in an ammeter production of the Witches of Eastwick.

Now I confess, if it weren’t for my mate, then I’m not sure I’d have even known about this or if I did I’m not sure I would’ve been keen to go.  I’m not a musical theatre person.  I’m barely even one to watch musicals on TV.  But it was great!  I was even laughing out loud and have been raving about it to anyone that’ll listen.  Now of course, I’m going to have to watch the movie version to see how it compares, which conveniently is on tele this weekend.

Oh and my mate was playing the role Fidel the manservant to Darryl (aptly described as “physical extreme of exotic looks“).  He was excellent.  Very believable and such a perfect character for him to play.

Anyway, it was a great night out and what a great way to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary.









Reuniting with The King

On Valentine’s day, I decided it was time to reunite with my love of The King – Elvis.  I just happened to be going past the National Portrait Gallery and had been meaning to check out the Elvis at 21 exhibit, and finally decided to stop and go in.  Ok, so it was free for lovers on Valentine’s day (what I had Henry with me?!) and maybe that enticed me to go in on that particular day…but I was intending to go (see my resolutions post!).

I’d previously read Her Canberra‘s review of the exhibit and put it on my list of things to do before going back to work (which as a side bar as my hubby keeps reminding me is only 7 weeks away – still so many things to do before then!).  

The exhibit was photos taken by Alfred Wertheimer when Elvis was 21.  In the year 1956 Elvis had just signed a record deal with Sun Studios and was on the brink of stardom.  The photos were so candid, it appeared that Wertheimer wanted to capture Elvis in everyday life.

The exhibit was great and gave me lots of fond memories of my life in Tennessee but also my trip to Memphis to visit Graceland and the Hamblen family.

Here are some of my favourite snaps from the exhibit.





An Election Day treat

Rather than watching the endless, depressing coverage of the election – even before the polls have closed – I decided to make an Election Day treat. This is despite the fact that I live in Canberra and yet I still find the coverage boring yet somehow addictive to watch. In some ways I’m glad I’m not at work otherwise I’d need to know the details of the election back to front and be able to dissect it all over the water cooler on Monday.

So I made some lemon butter teacakes. I had been given lemon butter in beautiful jars way back as a bonbonierre from my friends wedding and had been meaning to use it, so headed to google to see what inspiration I could find and I came upon this simple recipe:


And I think they turned out pretty well! But the true test will be when hubby and I try them later tonight with ice cream. Yum!