Saturday, June 26, 2010

Mum's the word.

When we went to the coast and stopped at the gardens I walked over to the pond and was shocked. Shocked to death! There was a woman sitting looking at the pond... and she looked exactly like my mum from the back.



I was freaked out.

Friday, June 25, 2010


We took the long road home from our trip and stopped every now and then. We even found a zoo that had $1 Wednesday's and took full advantage and I was attacked by a giant turkey for about half an hour straight.
We found a tree to crawl through.
The trip home was much longer than the trip to Oregon but it was a lot of fun and much more scenic than the other way.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Big Guys.

I love kitsch, weird stuff. This is my new love.
Paul Bunyan and Babe...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oregon Shenanigans.

We hung out a lot on our holiday which was perfect. We went to the coast one day. I love the sea. Heaven. That's all I really have to say about that, eh?
The trail started at the sea and went through some forrestyness and into some gardens where Megan and I crashed a wedding.

Shastafarian, mon!

On the way up to Oregon we stopped in Shasta, California and explored the ghost town. It was really cool. Because it was just the two of us we didn't have someone to take our picture together so we did some magic. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


wash clothes
pack clothes
don't forget Sunday clothes AND shoes
count tshirts
count underwear
pack chargers for camera, laptop, mp3 player, blackberry, gps
shave legs
set out toiletries
pack toileries in morning: hairspray, mousse, toothpaste, deodorant
pack travel makeup
don't forget painkillers and toothbrush
set out electronics
pack extra batteries
create roadtrip playlist
set out hat, just in case
plan route
plot route
set alarm.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Sometimes I get these thoughts and they keep me awake at night - and through the day, ha. Lately I've been thinking about life and how it gets much more complicated when you get older, how people get more complicated but they don't really, they seem more complicated because you are. Human's make problems and then we pretend they don't exist in front of people because we think there's something wrong with admitting things aren't how we'd like them to be.

Pretending takes it out of you and it's kind of like lying, which is a sin. Problems can't be solved by pretending they don't exist. Life can be so incredibly short or incredibly, life can be really long. Either way toting along regret, grudges, pride, stupidity makes no sense. It's a waste, the energy could be spent on something worthwhile... and that's all much easier said than done, because of my first point. We complicate life.

My thoughts are much deeper than this but right now I'm pretending they aren't ;)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

In the summer time when the weather is hot...

Today has been tooooasty! I told Stuart that there are two things we really need and we have to at least get one of them this weekend because both can help the heat of our house:
1. a fan
2. a bbq

Today we bought a little bbq and I have to say it makes me feel more like an adult to think that we're trusted with a bbq... us!? Like owning a bbq for us is a sign that we're closer to settling down because we have a place to keep it where can use it.

Along with that excitement I was talking with my "foster brother" (long story) today about summer as I was planning our roadtrip up to Oregon. I was showing him pictures and videos when I got really extremely excited. I love Oregon. I LOVE Oregon. I want to share it with everyone I love it that much. We were married in 2004 but it wasn't until 2007 that I first had the pleasure of spending time at Stuart's grandparents house in Oregon and since then we've visited once a year. The feeling of contentment I have when I'm sitting out on the back porch looking over the garden is unmatched, except maybe when I'm by the sea. It feels like home.
I'm excited for our trip and for the funny little places we'll stop along the way. I love travelling with Stuart.

Giveaway winner:
I had Stuart pick a number between 1 and 9 to determine who the winner of the beef and broccoli dinner was and he picked 4. Which means the 4th commenter Kamilli Vanilli is the winnnnner. Congratulations, may this beef and broccoli frozen entree bless and feed you and your growing family forever.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Wanchai Beef & Broccoli

Today I got a delivery from MyBlogSpark of Wanchai Beef and Broccoli meal for two. It comes in one bag which contains the beef and broccoli mixture with a pouch of frozen jasmine rice and a packet of sauce. The whole thing really comes together in 14 minutes which is perfect for busy nights or if you just can't be bothered cooking. You just fling the meat and veg in a skillet with 1/3 up of water. Cover it and let it simmer, chuck the rice in the microwave for 3 minutes, then put in the sauce with the meeeeat and stir fry it. Done. AND it's also really quite tasty, tastier than other frozen chinese meals I've had. The veg are crispy and the meat is soft. Nom!
As for it being a complete meal for two, not so much. Stuart picked up a tub of chow mein on his way home because I prefer that to rice, it turns out we needed the chow mein to bulk out the meal. I could easily have eaten the whole thing myself... I dunno, do you eat more than that?

If I wasn't so hungry I'd have taken a better picture.
You can pick up your own from the frozen food section and use this coupon for $1.60 off OR/AND you could win one from me. Right now! If you fancy it leave me a comment (tell me which Asian meal you would to see as part of the Wanchai Ferry lineup) and make sure your email address is available. I'll pick a winner on Saturday and contact the lucky so-and-so for their address then your grub will be on it's way.

*information, prize pack, and giveaway have all been provided by Wanchai Ferry through MyBlogSpark*

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Memorial Day: My Papa

My dad told me some of my Papa Stronach's war stories when I was home. I thought it fitting to share some with Memorial Day being yesterday.

War Stories from Laura A on Vimeo.

I looked up The Liberation of Tilburg and found this video which was really touching, especially the footage at the beginning - my papa could have been there. The video shows you the statue my dad speaks about and some pipers. Take a look:

PipeBand.TV - Afl. 6 (Bevrijding van Tilburg/Liberation of Tilburg 1944-2009) from / on Vimeo.

I'm grateful for all the sacrifices made to keep us all safe.

God bless.

Dream house part 2

Stuart and I are missing some basic pieces of furniture - bed, dining table and chair and other bits and pieces, we only just bought a mattress last week because we'd been sleeping on an air bed for the last two years. I'm so looking forward to the day we can afford to buy furniture - and furniture that we like, not just the cheap stuff.
All from CSN stores.

For now, I can enjoy just looking :)