Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Having a cold sucks...

I have a cold. One of these sucky, retarded, moronic December colds that make me sick like hell and last forever. It sucks at the best of times. But to top it all, I have it in my week off work. The one I had been looking for for ages. The week in which I wanted to enjoy going shopping, meeting friends... getting some things done I have postponed for months. Oh and let‘s not forget... I might have wanted to celebrate Sylvester and New Year. Yeah right...

It sucks! I‘ve used about 220 tissues in the past 36 hours, drunk two gallons of tea to try and relieve my poor throat and my nose looks like a friggin tomato. Oh, and I‘m about 75 % deaf today.

At nights, sleep eludes me thanks to my clogged up nose. And why is it that a cold always gets worse in the evening ?!?!?

Have I said how much this all sucks?

I‘ll have to be back at work on January 04th. My colleague will still be on holidays for another two weeks then which means, I‘ll have to tackle her workload as well *sigh*

Sometimes, life really isn‘t fair....

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Outfits - Styling ideas....

Love this outfit, except for the shoes...
Isn't this bag adorable?
Another great styling idea....

I want this coat!

(via Myself)

Monday, 28 December 2009

Sorted through some old records today and found the soundtrack to EVITA (the movie with Madonna). Made me remember that I ADORED ... Antonio Banderas... in it. In fact, he had me drooling all over the place ;)

Seaside - See Through Beach House

Beautiful Seaside House...

Almost more a portal between dry land and the waterfront, this home is designed with deference to the amazing seaside view defined by an interplay of solid structure and void space. A balance of turf and surf is visible even from a distance on approach to the dwelling – like a whole-wall landscape painting with a thin dividing horizon line.

The see-through living room area features full floor-to-ceiling openings on both the front and back of the home, affording a clear line of sight between the beach and the hills behind the building when the doors are open. When closed, the entire mass becomes a relatively unremarkable object on the seashore.

The house itself is a simple one-story residence – a modern box with rustic natural materials that make it mistakable for a humble shack from the distance despite the refined rooms found inside. This modest vacation home is naturally heated by the sun in the winter and easily cooled with crosswinds in the summer.

Picturing the Past 10 Years....

Phillip Niemeyer | Picturing the Past 10 Years

(Via here)

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Man tries to pay bill with drawing of a spider...

This is too funny for words. Please read! :)


Below is the complete email conversation that Adelaide man David Thorne claims he had with a utility company chasing payment of an overdue bill.

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.19pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Overdue account

Dear David,
Our records indicate that your account is overdue by the amount of $233.95. If you have already made this payment please contact us within the next 7 days to confirm payment has been applied to your account and is no longer outstanding.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles

From: David Thorne
Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.37pm
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane,
I do not have any money so am sending you this drawing I did of a spider instead. I value the drawing at $233.95 so trust that this settles the matter.

Regards, David.

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 10.07am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Overdue account

Dear David,
Thankyou for contacting us. Unfortunately we are unable to accept drawings as payment and your account remains in arrears of $233.95. Please contact us within the next 7 days to confirm payment has been applied to your account and is no longer outstanding.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles

From: David Thorne
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 10.32am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane,
Can I have my drawing of a spider back then please.

Regards, David.

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 11.42am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Overdue account

Dear David,
You emailed the drawing to me. Do you want me to email it back to you?

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles

From: David Thorne
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 11.56am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane,

Yes please.

Regards, David.

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 12.14pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Overdue account


From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 09.22am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Whose spider is that?

Dear Jane, Are you sure this drawing of a spider is the one I sent you? This spider only has seven legs and I do not feel I would have made such an elementary mistake when I drew it.

Regards, David.

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 11.03am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Whose spider is that?

Dear David, Yes it is the same drawing. I copied and pasted it from the email you sent me on the 8th. David your account is still overdue by the amount of $233.95. Please make this payment as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles

From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 11.05am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Automated Out of Office Response

Thankyou for contacting me. I am currently away on leave, traveling through time and will be returning last week.

Regards, David.

From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 11.08am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?

Hello, I am back and have read through your emails and accept that despite missing a leg, that drawing of a spider may indeed be the one I sent you. I realise with hindsight that it is possible you rejected the drawing of a spider due to this obvious limb ommission but did not point it out in an effort to avoid hurting my feelings. As such, I am sending you a revised drawing with the correct number of legs as full payment for any amount outstanding. I trust this will bring the matter to a conclusion.

Regards, David.

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Monday 13 Oct 2008 2.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?

Dear David, As I have stated, we do not accept drawings in lei of money for accounts outstanding. We accept cheque, bank cheque, money order or cash. Please make a payment this week to avoid incurring any additional fees.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 13 Oct 2008 3.17pm
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?

I understand and will definately make a payment this week if I remember. As you have not accepted my second drawing as payment, please return the drawing to me as soon as possible. It was silly of me to assume I could provide you with something of completely no value whatsoever, waste your time and then attach such a large amount to it.

Regards, David.

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Tuesday 14 Oct 2008 11.18am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?


(Via here)

Friday, 25 December 2009

Winter Rhapsody - Japanese Food...

OMG... doesn't this look absolutely FANTASTIC and delicious...????
(Need to go to Singapore as in RIGHT NOW! :)

A Winter Rhapsody indeed!

Appetiser: Winter turnip, zuwai crab,
braised angler liver, egg cake,
ginkgo nuts and soft simmered abalone

Sashimi: Tuna belly, fatty yellowtail belly,
red snapper, botan sweet prawn

Hot-pot: Winter radish and wheat cake

(via here)

Thursday, 24 December 2009

The F-Word...

Hilarious animated spoof on the most popular cuss word :)

BTW... there is no German word "Frichen" LOL.....

Christmas Eve...

Spent at my sister-in-law's place.
She always decorates the house and everything so beautifully.

The beautiful table decoration :)

The Christmas tree :)

A cozy fire in the fireplace...

(Christmas Ball Reflection)
Me and my sweetheart :)

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Luxury Guest House: Private Steam Sauna & Pool Design

THIS is where I'd like to be now....

Added to a picturesque rural farmhouse in Sweden, this simple-but-stylish guest-and-bath house by Wingardhs follows traditional sauna and bathing space design (with places for undressing, washing and relaxing) with a combination of traditional materials and modern architectural strategies.

Part guest house and part vacation home, the approach to this small rural residence is nothing if not picturesque – visitors pass through layers of woven wood barriers covered in ivy before seeing the small structure surrounded by water and woods.

The interior is a combination of cozy wood walls and ceilings and modern concrete floors, metal appliances and a suspended wood-burning stove.

The sauna and spa spaces are tucked deep within the building, providing privacy for its users and a prescribed path for moving to the artificial (yet natural-looking) house-side pool.
(via dornob)

Monday, 21 December 2009

Vancouver host for the Olympic Winter Games 2010

I sooooo love this city. Can't wait to get back there.

Vancouver downtown

The famous steam clock

Coal Harbor


Traditional Inuit stone inukshuk,
located at English Bay

The Olympic Rings (Vancouver Harbor)

(via LA Times)

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Rod Stewart - Sailing 1975

... I want the seventies back... men in tight satin-pants and silly shirts, showing naked chest and navel... yup.... so want that back ...
(BTW, nice butt, Rod !!!) ... LOL....

Sunny Sunday Winter Morning...

Woke up this morning to this beautiful sight of ice crystals reflecting the sunlight through our bedroom window. GORGEOUS.

But don't let it fool you... leaving the warm and cozy bed was a real challenge. The temperatures have dropped heavily over the last couple of days, so this beauty comes with an ice-cold winter weather.

We have -14 C° today (that's 6,8 F°) !!!!

Hubby and I faced the cold though and went on a lovely walk through town. (Not many people around ;) Still, being indoors is definitely a good idea when it's that cold outside.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Modern Love - A Joint Account That Underwrites Our Marriage

I HAVE been married forever....

Found this on the NY Times today.
Having been married (very happily!) for many, many years now,
I can totally relate to this article :)

So proud, baby, that we've made it work.
Hope we'll keep going the distance!

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Train - Calling All Angels...

... because I loved CSI NY last night :) ...
... and because this is an AWESOME song! ....

Glow Wine....

Gosh what a hectic week this has been. And WHY is it always like this when the Holiday Season is on?

Anway, by the end of this week the worst of the work stress will be behind me (knocking on wood) and I'm really looking forward to some much deserved off-time with my sweetheart and friends. Since the weather has gone freezing cold here, it's perfect for our planned trip to the local Christmas Markets with friends.

Christmas Markets are one of the true joys of the Holiday Season. You may find Santa, decorations, ornaments, carnival rides, and partake of Lebkuchen (spice cookies) candies, roasted almonds and chestnuts, and of course, Gluehwein, or Glow Wine. These spiced wines are especially delicious when you have a bit of a chill, as, in addition to their delicious flavors, they will give you a feeling of warmth (a glow) from the tip of your nose to the tip of your toes (pardon, but it is true).

Here's a receipt of a "traditional Gluehwein" :

Hot Mulled Wine (Glühwein, "glow wine")

Ingredients (serves 2-3 persons)

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine (750 ml)
  • one lemon
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • some cardamom (or ginger)

Heat the red wine in a pot (don't boil). Cut the lemon into slices and add to the wine. Then add the cinnamon, cloves, sugar and a little cardamom (to taste). Heat everything for about 5 minutes - do not boil - and let stand for about an hour. Before serving, reheat and strain. Serve in prewarmed glasses or mugs.


... eggnog is another yummy Christmas drink to look forward too....

(just disregard the calories!)

Friday, 11 December 2009

Penguin Tea Timer....

.... nice kitchen gadget .....

You can either hang a tea bag from the penguin's beak, or use the tea strainer (included) with your favorite blend of loose tea. Place your tea cup under the beak and set it to the desired time. As you turn the timer dial, the beak lowers the tea into the hot water. When time is up, a bell sounds and the penguin automatically lifts his beak, removing the tea bag from the water.

Brilliant, no?

(via here)

Thursday, 10 December 2009

The perfect coffee latte...

.... could so do with one now.....

(Photo from a coffee shop in Vancouver, taken during our Canada trip. Isn't it amazing what the girl did with the milk foam?)....

Monday, 7 December 2009

Por ti me casare

... feeling mellow tonight...

Por ti me casare
Eros ramazoti
(aka: the perfect wedding song :)

Por ti me casaré, es evidente
y contigo claro esta me casaré.
Por ti me casaré, por tu caracter
que me gusta hasta morir no se por qué.
Y eso me da mas miedo que vergüenza
porque casarse es una adivinanza.

Por ti me casaré, por tu sonrisa
porque estas casi tan loca como yo.
Y tenemos en comun mas de un millón de cosas (por ti me casaré)
por ejemplo que los dos odiamos las promesas (por ti me casaré)
Pero yo seré tu esposo y tu seras mi esposa.

Y yo prometeré que te querré
y tu también prometeras que me querras
con tanto miedo, que cruzaras los dedos.

Por ti me casaré una cuestión de piel,
firmaremos nuestro amor en un papel.
Y pobre del que se ria, es un estupido, lo sabe
no comprende que el amor es simpatia.
Porque nuestro matrimonio es mucho mas que un pacto (por ti me casaré)
y al final seguro que todo sera perfecto (por ti me casaré)
aunque somos diferentes somos casi exactos.

Y yo prometeré que te querré
y tu también prometeras que me querras
hasta la muerte, todo es cuestión de suerte... Suerte!

Por ti me casaré, cuando te encuentre
cuando sepa dónde estas, quien eres tu... dedicado a alguien especial que le gusta mucho esta cancion.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

An Angel in Queens...

Just saw an amazing report on television about Jorge Munoz, the man they call "Angel of Queens". He's been nominated one of CNN's Heroes of 2009.

Jorge Munoz
School bus driver Jorge Munoz is helping hungry New Yorkers make it through tough times. Since 2004, he has handed out more than 70,000 meals from his mobile soup kitchen in Queens -- for free. Story.
Visit his website here.

Dean Martin - Let it snow

This has got to be my all-time favorite Christmas song...
(Brings back so many happy childhood memories -
my Grandmother used to love this song so much.)

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Perfect Saturday Afternoon....

... six o'clock is a decent time for a glass of red wine, isn't it? ;) ....

... not cold enough to start a fire in the fireplace yet, I love the soft glow of the candle light these give off....

...experimenting with the Nikon... tealights on my dining room table... of my kitchen windows ....

..never far away... my trusted Macbook Pro ...

... another two chapters done... *does happy dance* ...

With the nasty weather outside and after a very stressful week at work, THIS is the perfect Saturday afternoon for me: Relaxing, enjoying a quiet day inside, a good glass of red wine at hand and getting some writing done (feeling quite accomplished after finishing one chapter and being almost through with another one while my sweetheart is off to the sauna :)

I openly admit, I'm a sucker for candle light and Christmas lights :) (as you can tell from these shots I took).

Friday, 4 December 2009

Oasis - Don't look back in anger

I love this beautiful acoustic version of
Oasis' "Don't look back in anger".

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Street Art (Graffiti)

Check out this guy's great Graffiti artwork.

There is more than one way to look at a storm drain – in fact, this artwork suggests there may be many. While he is most famous for making sewer drains, manhole covers and other urban street objects into funny faces, 6emeia has made an entire cast of characters and objects out of these oft-overlooked (and frequently underfoot) but entirely essential city features.

(via dornob)