Well, it's once again been almost a MONTH since posting. The reality is, I used to have oodles of time to blog, what with spinal injuries and whatnot. Now though, with working some stupidly random hours most days, planning the festival of S & me (our wedding madness), trying to catch up with my friends I've neglected over the last 18 months and OH my godness the travelling I've been doing, it's been a little bit hard.
My poor blog sits here like an abandoned child with a mummy who's forgotten to pick it up from school.
In the last 4 weeks, I've been to 2 interstate weekend events to teach & perform (Sydney Bachata Fest & Doudoule Dance Camp), 2 different countries (Singapore & Malaysia) for teaching and performing with my team, taught SEVEN daytime workshops in iPad for Seniors, taught 2 brand new modules of workshops in blogging and Facebook for Seniors, trained 2 couples for the upcoming Australian Latin Open (including choreographing one of their routines from scratch), cancelled a wedding venue, found a new one (oh nightmares!), attended a wedding, designed and am halfway through the endless printing, cutting and assembling of invites, and then some. It's been a little bit crazy, and the neglect of my sanity has shown in the house that until yesterday looked like a tornado had run through it, my needing 10.5 hours of sleep 3 nights in the last week, the fact that my back that hasn't hurt in a couple of months is now acting up for no reason again.
And then suddenly I got to today, and it's 4 days before my birthday, I haven't organised any kind of celebration which is frankly QUITE the downer given last year I had a birthday MONTH, and I haven't updated the blog with the thousands of photos I've taken of late!
So here's a bunch of bits and pieces from the last few weeks...
S and I discovered a lovely little restaurant in our neighbourhood. It's Japanese, which pleases me immensely - I was about to give up hope that our area had ANY good Asian eateries at all. We've been there for date nights twice in the last month.
See, it looks so nice and sweet and lovely until you see the text messages I was typing out to my sister as we sat there.
When we were in Malaysia, I spotted this HILARIOUS Engrish. I actually look at this at least once a day and can't stop giggling uncontrollably. A DOUBLE ZIPPER OF RELIEF!
And do you know why you can't guess what it is? Because it's a CUTTING BOARD SANITIZING BAG. err. WHAT? Who needs those things? Don't people wash things in the sink?!
I got rid of the hair extensions I got in January. Before I got a chance to even blog about them! I will be getting them in again soon, so the short version of the story is - I loved them. I loved having hair that swished around my shoulders, and twice as thick as my natural hair. I loved that I could shave my head last August and now have long hair, and no one seemed to be able to tell I had fake hair. I'll be putting them back in for the wedding because S' only request is that I have long hair for our big day. Well, NO PROBLEMO BEBE, it'll be long and luscious alright. When I removed them, my hair was lopsided from when I shaved half my head last year. It doesn't look so bad though.
Last weekend, Sam and I performed our cha cha routine for what may be the last time before he moves away (SHRIEK OF DESPAIR!). It was a pretty good execution and a nice way for us to finish off an amazing 6 months of working together, travelling and performing this routine everywhere in Australia as well as overseas.
I've always been a Scrabble fiend, and I'm lucky enough that my friends and family are all pretty clever and provide many moments of challenging games where I'm never sure if I'm going to win or lose. This was a pretty sweet moment though - this particular cousin is HARD to beat and I was extremely smug with this move.
To finish off this very random update, I thought I'd show you something that has been driving me mad for the last 2 days.
This box arrived yesterday and I'm only allowed to open it on my birthday (this weekend). That nasty little satin ribbon is just taunting me, begging me to tug on it and let it loose!
S has prepared a myriad of spoiling me options for my birthday week, and I'm looking forward to it all, but this one is making me antsy because I want it NOW NOW NOW!