Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
These pics were snapped on Christmas Eve...
We have 3 big palm trees in our new backyard. Not sure if you can see it Carol, but I'm wearing my snowman pin that you gave me last year!
There were 10 of us in total for Christmas Eve. Everyone brought a dish. Steve and I made our Christmas Eve tradition...seafood chowder. There was lots of food, lots of desserts and lots of wine!
Jesse modeled several Christmas designs throughout the evening...
Vic, just after he popped open the champagne.
My handsome Hubby.
Making the seafood chowder. This time we made one with a tomato base. It turned out great!
Clo spent an entire day making meat tortiere and I spend a whole minute burning it!!! It was the one and only Christmas crisis! It felt like home! hehe:) We thought our new stove had a warmer but it turns out that it's a grill!!! Anyway, the kitchen filled with smoke and I burned my hand trying to save the pie! Clo was great about it and just cut off the burnt bit. Other than the crust, it was fine and still tasted great! Plus, it definitely helped to make for a funny memory!
I wasn't joking...I really burnt it!
We spent Christmas Day on a beach in Byron Bay. The weather was warm but not hot and it wasn't all that sunny. Really, the weather all over Christmas was anything like what I had been warned it would be. I haven't really found it all that hot and it's officially summer now. Aussies were warning us that the temps would be extreme and that cooking a turkey would be completely out of the question. However, we totally could have made a turkey dinner! So, either it's cooler than usual for this time of year or Brisbane doesn't get that much hotter and humid than Montreal. Anyway, the beach was still fun. It was neat to see people at the beach in their swimsuits and Santa hats. It was definitely a unique Christmas Day for us! Christmas dinner was Indian food at a little restaurant in Byron. Ironically, our waitress was French and a group of 6 people all from Canada sat at the table with us during dinner. They entertained us with a singing Christmas tree that they brought with them from Canada.
Friday, December 21, 2007
I don't think I've ever said this about a place I've worked, and I might never say it again, but I was extremely proud of what Pandemic did for the Auran staff. About 40 Auran people showed up to enjoy the evening, and from what I heard this morning they had a good time and really appreciated Pandemic throwing them a party. Hopefully a lot of the laid off staff will get picked up by the other local studios, and I'm sure some will come work for us.
Anyway, hats off to our HR team.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Steve took Wednesday off work and drove our car to Noosa with Jeff, Jolyne and Karine. He's mastered driving a standard and apparenty did very well on the 2 hour drive there and back. I had to work, but judging from the pics and the sunburns they all had when they got back, I think they had a fun day in the sun!
Pit stop. Clo is like me and eats often. It's great! We had several snack breaks throughout the day!
Our picnic lunch...It's so much cheaper and yummier to pack a lunch! Plus, I think it's so much more fun!
Clo went a little overboard on the sunscreen! hehe:) But, seriously, the sun is so strong here. It is definitely NOT the same sun as at home. We wear SPF 30+ (that's the strongest you can get in Australia) and we apply it about 3-4 times while we're at the beach and we still get tan lines and sometimes even burns (especially Steve). A lot of people cover up with SPF shirts. It's tough because it's so nice to be tanned but it's just not a good idea to get too much sun here. A lot of Australia women look much older than they are, because of growing up in the strong sun. People often comment to me that I have "Canadian skin", which doesn't just mean pale, but wrinkle free too. I was talking to a couple of people about our cruise and if we should be concerned about crocs or box jelly fish and they told me, dead serious that the only thing we should fear is the sun. I have met so many people that have blistered and become very sick after a day at the beach without the proper protection.
Steve and Rej, off to see the fish.
I need a new sun hat. This one is way too floppy.
Clo in her non-floppy sun hat.
I laugh so hard watching Jesse take on the waves. He's mastered keeping his head above the waves and fights them quite bravely, in order to be out with Steve and I.
Although, sometimes even the bravest dog needs a little help...
Back to work tomorrow. Although, like Steve said at dinner tonight...it's not so bad working for a living, when you get to spend your weekends like this....
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Last night Jeff had a dinner party at his house. Jolyne and Karine are visiting from Montreal at the moment and it was great to hang out with some people from home! The Purdys sent us some Christmas presents in Jolyne's suitcase! How exciting! Although, I'm tempted to open them, I promise I will wait the 3 weeks until Christmas Day (it's only 3 weeks from today!). Anyway, Jesse had different plans. He sniffed his present out as soon as I put the bag down! I think the fact that the bag squeaked didn't help! So, I let him open just one of his presents and can I just say that he LOVES his toy! He hasn't let the toy out of his site since he opened it! I'm not sure the neighbors are loving it as much. The constant squeak coming from the backyard is a bit trying on the patience but it's cute to see Jes so excited! You guys pick the best dog toys!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Steve (now owes an Aussie bank money) Dickinson
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Rej and Clo waiting to be unwraped.
The Gang, Morgan, Kate, Santa Bitch, Cari, Clo and Rej.
Me, drinking my beer through a straw…Go ahead and laugh, if you have a better way of drinking a beer with a beard I’m all ears!
The 2 Producers of Pandemic, Dylan and Gordan
Now they are hugging, we don't ask, they don't tell.
No idea, but it looks like fun.
At some point I turned into Santa Mime Angel.
Sticking with Henley tradition, Cari nursed off a hang over in the morning. The party was a lot of fun, I won a $100 gift card to a electronic store here in Brisbane. There were lots of prizes, alcohol, and people, all the ingredients for a good time.