Wednesday was spent with Claire, Lucy and Charlotte and we caught up on Charlotte's new job, Claire's weekend plans to Daylesford plus new puppy potentially and Charlotte's imminent trip to Hamilton Island over pizzas, dessert and wine.
Thursday was Cumulus evening with Kirsten as we sat at the marble and watched her boyfriend Blake whizz in and out of the kitchen. As usual it was a delicious meal and the chit chat was fun too.
Friday was also the day Steve came home and we kicked off his 36th birthday celebrations. First stop Cutler and Co in Fitzroy. It was an impressive meal and who should be on the table next to us but George Calombaris! Seriously, he must be stalking me! The funny thing was that some of my colleagues had spent their Friday lunch at Maha and had seized a photo opp as he was there. Then I see him and he's sat so close, Steve can eavesdrop on their conversation! He was there with his partner originally and then another guy joins him followed by another female. And I look at the guy and I think, he looks familiar. And then it clicks, it's Adriano Zumbo, patissier extraordinaire! He's based in Sydney so is in town for something...maybe sourcing a Zumbo spot??? Well I don't want to start rumours. Anyway I didn't want to disturb and intrude on their evening out but it was cool to be sat close by.
We then got a phone call from JCray who were in town from Sydney. Recognise them? Our very own Sydney New Year hosts. It was great to be able to return the favour a little bit and spend the day with them showing them round Melbourne stopping off for some lunch at Chin Chin and drinks at various rooftop and riverside water holes. We even managed to squeeze in a quick shirt shopping excursion for Craig along the way!
Steve went to watch the footy (Richmond v North Melbourne and the Tigers lost by 3 or 4 points) and I spent the afternoon in a great pub in Richmond. We've had some mild weather of late with blue skies and some Winter sunshine so we made the most of it and enjoyed a table in the courtyard area and when it got cold the heaters came on. I met up with Greg, Kim and Tanya from work and Greg introduced me to his other friends who were in town.
Tired faces, smiley faces but faces of people who enjoy each other's company and have touched each other's lives. They're the best people to spend Sunday afternoons with.
Next week is my lady of leisure week before work starts. Looking forward to it already!