Present also started arriving and my self control pretty much went out the window. Well I opened a present on Monday because Steve was out with work at the Australian Open and saw Dannii Minogue there so I needed to do something fun and he wasn't around to stop me. And I had to open the second one on Wednesday because it had a sticker on it that said "Do not store in direct sunlight" so I was worried it might go off!
I'm not a morning person either so I like to open birthday and Christmas presents late the night before in bed because then I can have a nice night's sleep and not have to get up extra early in the morning. This really works because it means on Christmas Day I get a lie in and on my birthday if I have to work and get up early anyway I can just rise at normal time. So that's what I did and Steve's card to me had a clue in it to lead me to another clue culminating in my present which is dinner on tram car restaurant and Mary Poppins tickets and we're doing this in February - yay!
My birthday was spent at work and it was a pretty busy day. I did get a cake though which made up for it. A huge chocolate fudge and Violet Crumble affair (Crunchie to the UK folk reading this) chosen by one of my colleagues who obviously has great taste in cake! Thanks Karly! I'm making friends at work; people who work in recruitment tend to have charismatic personalities and are hardworking and I like those qualities. I have a lunchtime buddy who makes me laugh and giggle so all is good.
Steve and I went out for dinner to a renowned two hat restaurant (a hat is a bit like a Michelin star but I don't think it's quite as prestigious - maybe in between an AA rosette and a star) which was very tasty but very rich and we ordered far too much food. You can read more about that in the Restaurant Reviews section.
We returned home quite late and booked a two night trip to Sydney! We received some great news this week in that Steve's parents, bro and cousin are coming to see us in April for three weeks. We are thrilled by this and can't wait to see them, show them around and spend time with them. Mum Barley fancies a little trip to Sydney so we have obliged and I booked that last night. Steve and I reckon we'll visit Sydney a few times whilst we're living in this side of the World so an initial 3 day foray with the family will be great to get round the sights and get a feel for the place.
So Saturday dawned and it started of cloudy. I had made plans with some Aussie friends - Charlotte, Emma, Ling and Noah to meet up for lunch. Steve and I met up with Emma first at the wonderful Madame Brussels roof top bar and Emma and I had a fruity based cocktail. The sun came out and it was rather nice to be sitting there.
We met the others at Shoya which is a one hat restaurant (so we've done well to do three hats in two days) for lunch. You can read a review of there in the other section of this blog. The food was yum and good value for the quality. We all returned to Madame B's and sat with parasols enjoying the sunshine. It was very warm - maybe 30 degreees.
And now we're relaxing from the daytime drinking and watching the tennis on TV. Tomorrow we go to watch which will be interesting as I've never really followed tennis or watched it for a prolonged period of time. I'm thinking it might be nice to just sit in the sun so I'll take my book!