And with the actual anniversary falling mid week, well it's only right that celebrations take place during the weekends on either side of the date. So we started with some fun things this weekend although I think the time has crept up on us and it's a bit of a surprise that it has come round so quickly.
The run up to the weekend has been busy. Steve has been working hard and there was many a night when he would come home and I'd be in bed then he'd be up and off and out by about 7am in the morning. I've had a lot on workwise to as I transfer employers - same job, same place but instead of being an employee of EnergyAustralia I am now an employee of one of its suppliers providing a recruitment service. Ironically, that company is the one I left for EnergyAustralia! How life comes round. Anyway that transition officially takes place as of tomorrow so I spent last week trying to sort everything out prior to moving desks onto another floor and because next week will be about training and induction so I'm not around as much.
Anyway back to the fun stuff. So I have a long overdue dinner date with Kim on Friday night which works out well as Steve has to work anyway and we enjoy some delicious food and cocktails.
Then before we know it, it's Saturday and we enjoy a mooch around Smith St in Fitzroy, our new adopted neighbourhood that we seem to enjoy spending time in including lunch before an afternoon of rest on the sofa. Dinner is back in Fitzroy and we have a fun meal at Casa Ciuccio.
Today has been a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and we enjoy yum cha before heading to Glaze It. Tradition says that the 9th anniversary is celebrated with pottery so I'd arranged for us to spend a couple of hours at the Glaze It studio where we can paint a piece of pottery and they fire it for us ready for pick up a week later.
Inspiration was thin on the ground to begin with and Steve asked me what I was thinking of doing. My answer was maybe something to do with Australia and before I knew it, he'd stolen my idea! So rather than use our story, I decided to try and capture the essence of our relationship and I've always loved Banksy's girl with balloon but the one where she's chasing the heart balloon is quite solitary and sad so I went with the one where she's lifted off the ground but rather than by herself, I gave her her soul mate and took some poetic licence with the balloons adding some heart ones too. Yeah I've probably infringed copyright laws but I'm not selling the piece and it's only for our personal enjoyment so no harm right?
At the end of the session we take our creations to the front desk to sort out payment and firing them etc and the owner asks me if mine's a birthday present for a 9 year old?! I guess it could be interpreted that way. So we explain it's a 9 year anniversary and the link to pottery which she didn't realise so she liked learning that little tidbit of knowledge. She then looks at Steve's creation and says; "umm so that's Australia???" very tentatively and then, "And is that a bridge?" But she did say his kangaroo was good.