Sunday, July 29, 2007
its been almost a month since victoria went smoke free in all their pubs. i think i've only been to 3 places that weren't already smoke free (a lot of the venues we go to went smoke free in the band rooms a year or so ago anyway). last nite we went to a place that created a really nice looking little smoking garden on the front couple meters of the building (cuz there's not much room on brunswick street for a bunch of smokers to stand). it was really nice looking (although they're all inhaling each others second hand smoke as well as their own smoke). inside was really nice and clear without the smoke. it was great. apparently in a lot of clubs the smoking ban has caused people to notice other smells a lot more (like b.o. and farting) with no smoke stench covering them up. at least those ones aren't as toxic. i can't find the article about that but it was in the age or something. i'm looking forward to lots more nites out without inhaling smoke and having to wash everything (including jackets) that i wore out because of the smell.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
they're dress shoes (they actually do look a bit casual in the pic but they look great with a nice outfit)!!! the guy claimed they were sports shoes and pointed to the dress code sign that says no sports shoes. we headed outside and called our friend inside to say zac couldn't get in. our friend came out, took one look at zac and said he looked great and he'd see what he could do. we waited outside while our friend (who happens to be a lawyer) went back in to talk to someone-- we figured he's probably pretty good at arguing a point professionally. 10 min later he came out with who we think was the maitre d' and we were escorted in past the bouncers (who zac really wanted to rub it into) and we went into the party (the guy who escorted us in did give the bouncers a pretty dirty look as we went past). of course because of that incident we spent the whole nite watching guys shoes. there were a LOT of worse looking shoes than zac's (including one guy who works there who was wearing black adidas shoes that looked slightly similar to zac's but with the 3 vertical white stripes-- shouldn't employees that are out on the floor have the same dress code as patrons?). also while we were waiting outside we saw several guys dressed much worse than zac (including one guy with the most ripped up looking casual jeans i've seen in a while-- no worn jeans was also on the dress code) getting inside. we figure the guy just didn't like zac's scruffy gotee he's got going (i don't really like it either). not impressed with the way that bouncer treated zac though. the party was great once we got in (lots of good food and free drinks) but i wouldn't ever want to go back there just cuz of the way we were treated at the door (also didn't really appreciate the moose antler light fixtures thru out the place and the gigantic moose head as a sculpture just inside the door).
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
last nite we went to see the waifs. it was really good (despite my sore ankle-- by the time we left my other ankle was worse than the rolled one from compensating onto the other side)! it was at the corner which was a nice smallish venue--the way the waifs should be seen (either that or outside on a sunny afternoon). it was a non-advertised gig that was only listed on the waifs website and in their e-newsletter. i spent the first morning of our queenland trip trying to get tickets (they went on sale the first morning we were away. i tried to get them thru the corner hotel website but that wasn't working so i spent $2 for 10 min at an internet kiosk for nothing. i ended up calling the corner as soon as they opened at noon to get the tix-- and probably paying another $2-3 for calling from my mobile). it was worth it though. they did a lot of their new stuff from the album they're releasing next month sometime. it sounds great-- a lot of the songs have kind of a jazzy/blues feel to them. they also did some of the old favourites (except crazy train cuz the opening act brett hunt did an amazing harmonica solo that was really good and i think vikki felt it was better than her bit in crazy train!! we only caught his last song so i don't really know what the rest of his stuff is like). hopefully they'll do another small venue gig sometime soon (won't be going to their big theatre gigs anymore. its just not the same.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
guess i picked a good day to be stuck at home. apparently its 2C with the wind chill outside (and i saw something about snow in metropoleton melbourne on a news brief earlier-- might have to look up the news find out what that was about). its been raining a good part of the day too (on the right side of the pic all that blue stuff is rain. earlier there was some green, yellow and orange too-- heavier rain).
Sunday, July 15, 2007
exploring the beach (she just kinda trotted off ahead of us, ignored us calling her then just went straight into the water up to her belly!! we were a little worried she was just gonna walk out to sea and we'd never see her again):
after that photo was taken she turned around, pooped in the ocean and then trotted back to us!! i can't believe she did that!!!! if she'd gone on the beach we had bags to pick it up but she went in the ocean and it washed away before we got anywhere near it!
the 3 of us on the beach:
Friday, July 13, 2007
this was fred. he was a vegan lobster zac picked up from vincent vegetarian food in footscray. i only had real lobster once or twice in my life so i don't remember what its supposed to taste like but this was pretty good (plus you don't have to try to separate the meat from a shell-- you can eat the whole thing). i ended up steaming it and then covering it in a sauce made from nuttelex, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic and some spices and then grilling it for a few min to let the sauce soak in. we poured the extra sauce on while we ate it. i don't have any pictures of it cooked (it pretty much looked the same, just no ice bits on it and it was on some rice next to some stir fried vegies). it was really good though.
when i got out of the shower last nite as soon as i started to walk through the lounge room wombat got up and went into the bedroom hopped onto her bed, pushed the crumpled up blanket off with her paws, curled up and layed down (i didn't even mention the word "bedtime" to her and she hadn't been out for her last pee of the nite either but i figured since she was being so smart i would just leave her and tell zac to take her out when he got home from the gig he was at). i tucked her in and then went to bed (i even tried to coax her up onto the bed with me but she refused). zac came home probably an hour or so later but i don't think she got up to go out when he asked her if she needed to go "outside" (she knows that means backyard and gets up and runs to the backdoor if she wants out). i woke up this morning around 8:30 and felt around under the covers but no dog. i sat up and saw her curled up ontop of her blanket on her bed. i told zac and he said that's where she was when he went to bed (odd he didn't try to get the blanket out from under her and tuck her in cuz he's more worried about her being cold at nite than i am). so she slept through the nite there and even though she kinda woke up to us wispering about her she didn't come up on the bed. i must have fallen back asleep laying there cuz i woke up and it was 2 hours later and wombat was STILL on her bed (yea wombi!). i went over to her to tell her what a good dog she was and give her cuddles. then she jumped up on the bed to say good morning to zac and attack him with kisses. i lifted the blanket, she went under and straight back to sleep (zac calls her a canary dog cuz she can be super hyper but you put the blanket over and she goes straight back to sleep kinda like a bird in a cage when you put a blanket over so it thinks its night time).
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
our last day on the island
is it wrong that i was watching the pool bar very closely for them to open and was up there ordering a pina colada within 30 seconds of them pulling up the gate at noon (there was another woman ahead of me though)?