Category Archives: Real World

Real World: The birthday cake

So many of my friends and family have children of varying ages and stages. It’s wonderful and always a curiously entertaining experience to hang out with the wee nippers.

One of my great friends sons turned 3 today and it was with significant anxiety that I accepted the challenge/honour of making his revered birthday cake. Initially I thought it would be relatively straight forward, a square or round chocolate cake topped with lashings of icing and tonnes of lollies.

Upon further investigation as to the Birthday Boy’s (BB) cake requirements it became evident that this cake making business was going to be be somewhat more tricky than I had anticipated – BB wanted a Rocket! And given his intellect (two months ago he asked his mother what a dodecahedron was), a shoddy attempt was not going to cut the mustard.

So to the internet I went to seek inspiration a recipe and an instruction manual. It didn’t take long to pin down a recipe and strategise my baking and decorating approach; within 24 hours I had baked a deliciously rich chocolate cake and transformed it into a rocket fit for a very special 3 year old BB. The cake was received by BB with satisfyingly wide eyes, and the look on BB’s mothers face was one of relief I will never forget.

Happy birthday Flynnie!

Flynn birthday cake

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Real World: Assimilation

There are two things I detest about a beautiful summer: shorts and the bikini. The problem is it’s so hot in Gizzy and, despite spending the majority of the past two years in Malaysia, my somewhat gentle constitution has not adapted well to the Gizzy heat sans air-conditioning – a luxury that ensured I never really needed to make too dramatic a departure from my jeans and t-shirt casual uniform whilst residing in KL.

It has however become apparent that in order to happily exist in my current geographical climate I have to make some adjustments, principally in the form of shorts and bikini acquisitions. To be fair, I’ve recently surprised myself in that three pairs of shorts have been added to my wardrobe in as many weeks taking the grand total to five pairs – this might sound standard to some but those who know me, know that I simply don’t tend to prioritise this particular item of clothing. Ever.

Now to the topic of the bikini – it was with a forced heart that I ventured out the to Gizzy institution that is Sequence to find myself a dreaded bikini. And what an experience. I tried on so many bikini’s all different in colours and styles etc walking away with a more than satisfactory Billabong two-piece by the name of Seashore in black for a very reasonable $90.

Billabong Seashore Bikini 2

After a test run at the beach this afternoon I’m slowly warming to the bikini, but make no mistake, a love affair it is not. Next challenge, replicating that model’s body… One can always wish!

If you despise this particular shopping experience and you are in the Gisborne area I highly recommend heading down to Sequence, the selection is huge, the staff are super sweet and I was pleasantly surprised by the price of their stock.

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Real World: The exercise kick-start

It really doesn’t matter whether you have good intentions, immense desire and flash new gear to keep your fitness/well-being routine in check over the silly season, the majority of us are likely to throw it all by the wayside for around two weeks while we overindulge in the excesses of the Christmas/New Year period.

But sooner rather than later we need to dust off our runners, locate that gorgeous exercise attire and reestablish our normal day-to-day lives. Today was the start for me and it was with acute difficulty that I dragged myself out of bed and actually left the house for a run (ambitious description of said activity, jog is probably more apt). You see I tried on Monday but failed to leave the property because I couldn’t find any clean socks. Obviously. And Tuesday, well I was far too busy for such trivialities as exercise.

Nevertheless, I did make it out today and while it was challenging and difficult and painful, I know tomorrow will be better… and I’m kind of looking forward to it!

And credit where credit’s due, I’m not sure I could’ve done it without the extra boost of Netsky’s track Come Alive.

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