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June 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm | Posted in other stuff | 3 Comments

sailboats in Sydney Harbour

This is the view from both our living room and bedroom in the apartment we are leaving this weekend. I’m sad to give it up, but I guess I’ve been pretty lucky to enjoy the sight of sailboats in Sydney Harbour for a whole year. Our new place is back in downtown Sydney and the view there will be into the windows of the hotel right smack across the street. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for some good spying at least!

As I’ve been going through my things at home, I realized that I also have a few things here to take care of.  I’ll start with some thank yous for a few awards that I’m truly honored to have had passed on to me.

blogging with a purpose

Shari from Whisk: a food blog gave me a “Blogging with a Purpose” award.  I’m thrilled to get an award from someone as excited by, and interested in, food as Shari.  She claims to be a “cooking school wannabe,” but I think she knows her stuff well enough to be a cooking school instructor!

excellent blog

Holly from PheMOMenon gave me another “E for Excellent” award.  Holly bakes up excellent stuff for her boys.  They are lucky ducks to grow up with such great homemade things!  Holly, you are spoiling them for life! 🙂

 rockin girl blogger award

Tammy from wee treats by tammy bestowed upon me a “Rockin’ Girl Blogger” award.  Even though she’s a full-time lawyer, Tammy manages to bake amazing treats several times a week.  She’s currently rockin’ her mad decorating skillz making gorgeous cakes and cookies.

yummy blog award
Mimi from Mimi on the Move passed along a “Yummy Blog” award.  Mimi’s photos are seriously the ultimate in yumminess.  I want to reach out and take everything she posts, sweet or savory!  As part of this award, I have to list my top five favorite desserts I’ve made on this blog, so here they are: German chocolate cake, Bill’s Big Carrot Cake, Nanaimo Bars, Cranberry Bliss Cupcakes and Julie’s Brownies

Thank you Shari, Holly, Tammy and Mimi!!

Also, I was recently tagged for a meme by Amanda from Slow Like Honey and Allison from The Neon Celery Kitchen.  Not so recently, Tammy tagged me for a similar version of this (sorry, Tammy!).  Thanks!  Here goes:

What were you doing ten years ago?
Probably sitting a cubicle starting at cashflow models or bond prepayment scenarios.  I my first spent six years out of college in a Wall Street job, and I do not exaggerate when I say that for much of that time I lived in my cube.

What are five non-work things on your to-do list today?
(these are actually things I did yesterday, as I started this post yesterday morning)
go to the gym
a zillion loads of laundry
continue packing up
get a facial
make dinner

What snacks do you enjoy?
This is totally boring, but because I eat dessert most nights, I try never to snack between meals.  Most days I stick with this..if I must snack, then it’s fruit or raw veggies.  I do enjoy those, but in an ideal word, I’d snack on cheese and crackers everyday.

What would you do if you were a billionaire?
So many things!!  I’d make sure my parents, brother, grandparents and in-laws were set for life.  I’ve been dreaming of owning an apartment in a Brooklyn Heights brownstone, but if I were a billionaire, why not make it a whole brownstone?  And I’d fill the closets of that house with clothes and shoes that Tim and Veronica were paid to helped me chose.  I’ve been to a lot of places already (just had to get extra pages put in my passport, actually), but if I had billions, I step up my foreign travel, too.  Maybe I’d open up a pastry shop with a friend…of course I’d want our business to be profitable, but we wouldn’t really have to stress about having the money to hire good help so we could take a couple days off a week (and of course travel)!  I’d do a lot of research into how I could philanthropically make a difference with donations of my time and cash.

Where have you lived?
Northern Virginia (a few different spots)
Wellesley, MA
Edinburgh, Scotland (one great year, but could have stayed forever)
Brooklyn, NY
Sydney, Australia

What jobs have you had?
office temp
investment banker
pastry cook

I know I am supposed to pass along this meme, but I also know it’s been around the block lately, so I’ll hold off for now.  And as far as passing along the awards goes, I’ll give it a good think-over and let you know when I’m settled into the new place!


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  1. You’ve lived in some gorgeous places. I hear that Wellesley is stunning and Edinburgh is like a hidden jewel, despite the cold temperatures. Not to mention that picture up there of where you’ve lived takes my breath away… Who knows, maybe in your downtown place, you can become more of a people watcher. Not in a voyeuristic way though 🙂

  2. Wow, love the view you had. Good luck with the move and thanks for playing along!

  3. As a Sydney-sider myself, I can definitely relate to your love of the harbour. Best in the world, without doubt x

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