Friends and co-workers know I can disappear cake faster than you can say ‘Seconds?’ But this Daffodil Day, I was met with stiff competition from my fluffy-walled podmates who didn’t PAUSE while I went to get my camera-phone. I HAD to share this day with you, because it was so inspirational and involves lots of cake.
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Here’s a little something to brighten up your morning. Who doesn’t love Cookie Monster after all?
It looks easy to make, using Oreo biscuit for the mouth. But what do I care about that. I’ll take it, thanks. The hyperactive blue food colouring will nicely assist the effects of caffeine. It’ll make me work faster. Or something like that.
Today, I had good news and bad.
The good news was, that I found my watch which had gone missing months ago.
The bad news was that the watch was on the treadmill (the walking thing which one is supposed to exercise on).
The Global Corporate Challenge made me rediscover my treadmill today, if for no reason other than team-guilt – the other team at work is winning, so it’s time to get walking.
What was surprising (other than finding my watch in the very same place that I’d lost my spare car key only six months earlier), was how much effort it takes to walk off Tim Tams. Especially, the six dark chocolate Rum & Raisin ones I ate yesterday.
As the picture shows, half an hour of walking (at an easy pace) only burns off one Tim Tam (90 calories or 400 kilojoules) and a bit. I’d never counted calories before, nor dieted, so this was quite a shock. Furthermore, the walk only clocked up three and a half thousand (ish) steps, when the other teams’ averages are around 11,000 per day. Hmmm.
All things considered, I’m thrilled that I’ve found my watch and a new way to watch what I put into my mouth. (Those who know me well probably wouldn’t call me a convert, just yet).
Happy walking, everyone.
Today, Borders Brisbane City closes its doors for the last time.
While some might say “hooray, another giant bites the dust”, it didn’t feel like a party shopping there yesterday. It was like picking over the garage sale of the newly dead.
During the day, the shop was packed with people, shoulder to shoulder, looking for something more to buy at 90% off.
By last night, three floors of books was reduced to one floor of random leftovers and fixtures and fittings with SOLD stickers. People were in until 9:30pm unscrewing speakers from the ceilings and carting out whatever they could. I acquired some bookshelves. Lovely, lovely bookshelves.
Today, everything must go. If you’re in the city, pay your last respects and pick up a bargain.
My thoughts go out to the staff.
Looking for a trendy Italian place to eat, in Brisbane? Something different? Faster than the usual restaurant experience?
Check out Vapiano on Albert Lane.
They cook your food as you order it, in front of you. This brings an element of theatre to your dining experience.
The setup is innovative, but it helps to plan your visit if you need to get in and out in a lunchtime. The place is buzzing until about 1:30pm on any given weekday.
The food was luscious, the service, enthusiastic and the ambiance, loud and fun. There wasn’t a complaint to be heard.
I rather like chocolate, so I took it upon myself to try out a chocolate bar on the Gold Coast. My friends might be surprised to learn that I’ve never quite recovered. The photos might explain why.
While I was happily drinking my hot chocolate in a “Hug Mug”, I was thinking two things:
1. Isn’t this mug a great idea?
2. What does it remind me of?
As if sensing my thoughts, Miss Six asked, “Mummy, why does your mug look like a men’s urinal?”
After that, nothing quite tasted right. Otherwise, I would highly recommend the nearest chocolate bar, though you might like to order a bit less than we did….
An unexpected delight this week – a fresh food market in the city!
Just some of the little lovelies …
I was too busy shopping and eating to take any more photos, but take it from me, it’s worth a visit. The stone fruit was the tastiest I’ve had in YEARS, ditto the apples. The French bread shop didn’t disappoint, either. My lunch break ran out before I could get to the cupcake stand, which leaves me something to look forward to for next week.
Wednesdays, top of the Mall – enjoy!
My kind of office plant is one that looks pretty and doesn’t require watering. Just put me in the corner with the cactus.
But then, a clever person at work made this.
Have fun making your own (try Etsy), or message me and I’ll see if Miss B will sell you one.