Catchup.com – September?

It just occurred to me, 11 days into October, that I haven’t done my catch up post for September.

Whoops!

And that’s basically because not much happened in September. Joel and I were both light on funds, so there was a lot of hanging out at home. A lot of Netflix and chill. A lot of making lunch meals in advance. A lot of going to work and coming home. Not a lot of fuss, and not a lot of bother. You know it was a slow month when you have to look back through your meal calendar to remember what you got up to. But here’s the nitty gritty:

  • stomach bug – started this month with a 4 day round of gut wrenching stomach issues. Gross.
  • Fiscal Freeze – It was really hard, but I kept mostly to my “no unnecessary spending” goal. I lost track toward the end of the month (when I ran out of money and had to borrow from savings), but the ‘unnecessary’ spending I did make were cab rides, a few coffees, one breakfast, and a couple meals out. It did make me take a long, hard look at how I spend money, and how fast it all goes.
  • anniversary in Sydney – celebrated 1 year of living Sydney-side. +10, would reside again.
One of Joel's customers gave a bottle of bubbly. Free champagne is the best champagne.
One of Joel’s customers gave a bottle of bubbly. Free champagne is the best champagne.
  • finished paint by number – my winter project wrapped up quite majestically.
nailed it.
nailed it.
  • pizza parties – because we weren’t spending money on unnecessary things, we had room to splurge on unnecessary things – like pizza. Ok, we didn’t really have room to splurge, but sometimes you need pizza.
yes plz
yes plz
  • bill murray bar – discovered a brewery called Young Henry’s, where the walls are decorated with Bill Murray prints. Such love.
sweet baby Bill
sweet baby Bill
  • China Town adventures/Nikon – we crawled all over China Town for a weekend, and I got to use Grampa, my Grampa’s film camera.
totes a professional photographer now.
totes a professional photographer now.
  • Joel’s last day/vacation – Mr. Joel left his full time job to focus on more freelance work, which is an incredibly exciting move. To kick off this new path, he went on a road trip to Melbourne with his friend Craig. I had big, big plans to do lots of writing and reading and walking around sight-seeing and watching things on Netflix that Joel’s not in to – but there was some kind of mysterious super glue that seeped out of the couch once Joel left, and I found myself stuck to it, coma napping, junk food and bolognese eating and old episodes of Teen Mom watching. And it broke me. I was in a weird, moody funk for the next two weeks while my blood sugars readjusted.
Craig got a rare shot of the Joel in his natural habitat.
Craig got a rare shot of the Joel in his natural habitat.
  • home cooking: So much cooking at home, from the scrapings of the fridge and pantry. Not pictured: 3 different variants of chicken stir fry, butter chicken, steak and vegetables and cous cous, Chicken Escobar – a delicious chicken, beans and rice dish that Joel came up with while we watched a marathon of Narcos (hence the moniker), and tuna bake (because no month will go by without a tuna bake)
lamb and lentil curry
lamb and lentil curry
left over curry + puff pastry = curry puffs
left over curry + puff pastry = curry puffs
Red Lobster style Cheddar Bay biscuits. A little piece of America that tasted just as good as they do in the restaurant. Joel believes they were handed down from God.
Red Lobster style Cheddar Bay biscuits. A little piece of America that tasted just as good as they do in the restaurant. Joel believes they were handed down from God.
Vanilla French Toast - whyyy is French Toast so delicious?
Vanilla French Toast – whyyy is French Toast so delicious?
I only had half the brown sugar I needed, so we improvised with raw sugar and milo and a splash of milk. Ended up being the best batch I've ever made!
I only had half the brown sugar I needed, so we improvised with raw sugar and milo and a splash of milk. Ended up being the best batch I’ve ever made!
note to self: don't make bolognese in a frying pan. And don't make bolognese unless your heart is in it. And don't make it with month old $5 wine.
note to self: don’t make bolognese in a frying pan. And don’t make bolognese unless you have mince/ground meat. And don’t make it with month old $5 wine. This ended up tasting slightly better than off the shelf marinara.
  • donut day – artisan donuts from Grumpy Donuts, who had a temporary stand as part of a Spring Carnival promotion at one of the city shopping centers. I stood in a pretty long line to get these nibbles, and they didn’t disappoint. We ate them at Hyde Park, and did some people watching afterward.
Raspberry frosting with key lime sprinkles, and chocolate peanut butter oreo noms.
Raspberry frosting with key lime sprinkles, and chocolate peanut butter Oreo noms.

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  • blog updates – I spent a whole Sunday reformatting and updating the ol’blog, and kept re-tooling it every day after that. it’s slowly bur surely coming along.

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  • Joel – still the best.
hey handsome!
hey handsome!
  • sunsets – still so good.
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See ya, September! Onto October.

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