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:: Saturday, June 14, 2003 ::
Andrea made me spaetzle, a special German dish, for dinner. It was VERY good. She made it in the traditional way, the way she says only grandmothers make it these days. Normally, she'd use a special machine to make it.

I will make it for my mom and dad when I get home, I think, just to show off how cool I am.

Andrea is the only person I know who likes food as much as me and Sarah (and my friend Michelle).

After dinner, she showed me where she's from. Plochingen, near Stuttgart. She was so excited. She was also very excited to see lots of recipes on the Web. She CLAIMS to be the best baker. I told her that Sarah and her should have a bake-off.

I told her about my special birthday cheesecake. She wants the recipe. She says "we don't have that at home." It's her famous saying. She just uses it as an excuse to try all the yummy things here.

:: Cathy 3:54 AM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Thursday, June 12, 2003 ::
In honour of Father's Day, I've put my dad's bio up on my "Men" page. Check it out.

I also sent a present, but of course it won't get there in time. It costs a LOT of money to send things overseas. WHEW!! Crazy. I really wanted to send something home from my Hunter Valley tour, but it's even MORE expensive to send that kind of thing home. Wow.

Anyway, I wanted to say Happy Father's Day!

:: Cathy 9:53 PM [+] :: 0 comments

Finished work for the day. Off to the Food & Wine Expo in Darling Harbour with Andrea.

:: Cathy 9:17 PM [+] :: 0 comments

Tonight, I saw Songket at The Studio theatre (the little theatre under the famous Opera House). Good play; not such great actors.

Even though I went by myself, it was nice because beforehand, my friend Andrea and I walked around Newtown (kind of like The Annex/Kensington area in Toronto) and had a lovely sushi dinner.

Andrea made me realize how fortunate and worldly I am. She first had sushi when she was in Australia for her first time when she was 25. She doesn't have Japanese restaurants in her hometown in Germany. So I explained the etiquette of eating Japanese and ordered for us as well. It was REALLY good Japanese food. Thanks to my coworker, Ben, for recommending Asakusa to us.

I'm dead tired. Last night I went out with Andrea and Sarah (from Calgary/Etobicoke) for Indian dinner. It was Sarah's last night in Sydney, so we were having a little goodbye celebration. Drank lots of wine and some of the Golden Tango liqueur I bought on my Hunter Valley Tour at the Golden Grape Estate. Probably drank too much of it. But it IS called "Love in a Bottle" for a reason.

Anyway, Sarah slept over as she had to be at Central Station to catch her bus VERY early. She got to sleep on a bus all day. I got to work at the Coffee Roaster at 8am.

Must get to bed. Working again tomorrow at the Coffee Roaster at 7:30am.
Need more sleep.

:: Cathy 6:07 AM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Tuesday, June 10, 2003 ::
I am like CityTV... everywhere...
Sarah found this picture of me on the Web; at the DigitalEve Christmas party.

:: Cathy 2:20 PM [+] :: 0 comments

1. I missed Andy's birthday. Happy belated birthday to my sweet friend. He is now one year smoke-free.

2. Got a letter from my mom today. It had a picture of her beside the tulips in our garden at home, and a picture of my cat sitting inside my parents' woodstove. I miss him sooo much.

3. Was thinking of everyone today at yoga class. During the meditation at the end of class, the teacher said "Think of someone you love. Think of your heart and how full of love it is. Now think of all of that love spilling over to envelope all of those people you care about... think of the wonder of your family and friends and the love they give to you." I pictured my mom and dad, my sister, my brothers. Sarah, Jane, Andy, Alex, Tony... all of those people who have given me so much support lately. I literally gave them hugs in my head. I wonder if they felt that I was thinking of them. I was overcome with emotion. My heart IS full of love.

:: Cathy 6:32 AM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Monday, June 09, 2003 ::
Saturday I worked a half day at Melograno then met up with my friends Andrea and Sarah (the girl from Canada that I met in the Blue Mountains who knows my brother, for goddessakes!).

We went to the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival and saw a fantastic Blue Brothers tribute as well as part of a swing concert. Met Andrea's friends that she's staying with here (in a suburb called Parramatta, where you can actually afford to live). They're also Canadian.

It got too cold and I was too tired to deal with it, so I got just a wee bit pouty and we went to Gloria Jeans for coffee and had a mini Canadian party. We talked about Canadian bands and how we hate when Aussies say "ta".

Andrea, Sarah and I walked back to my place for the party for my housemate Dong, who is leaving to go back to the Netherlands. We dranks chocolate martinis and then Andrea and Sarah went home... I kept going. Had a lovely talk with my Irish housemate, Noel (who was quite upset that I asked how to spell his name) and my soon-to-be-new-housemate, Jim (whom I mistakenly called Joe, which is his brother's name). Also chatted with a couple of friends from work who dropped by.

At 4:30am, the party was going strong, but I had to work the next morning, so I decided to go to bed. Well, that was until I walked into my room, turned on the closet light to discover that someone was doing bad things in there! I turned right around and walked out... I was so shocked! Noel and Jim were not surprised by my discovery. My closet, as I mentioned earlier, IS mirrored on 3 sides, including the ceiling. But Jim came with me to help me kick them out, as I did have to get to sleep. What a gentleman.

Worked at Melograno on Sunday and then came home to clean just a little before taking a short and well-deserved nap.... Our front gate was destroyed. Someone kicked it in. It's a splintered mess. We also had couch cushion innards all over our living room floor. I'm guessing it was all Ander's fault.

After my nap, I met up with Sarah and Scott (the guy she's staying with) down at Darling Harbour for more Jazz Festival (after stopping in at the Coffee Roaster for my skim latte FIRST, of course!). Scott went to work after the Bobby Gebert Trio finished their set. Sarah and I continued on to the main "Aquashell" which was a floating ampitheatre set up for the festival. We saw Monsieur Camembert's tribute to Louis Prima. It was absolutely outstanding. So sharp.

I got us yet another coffee from Gloria Jeans while we waited for the next concert; the "featured event". Renee Geyer and her band were good, I suppose. Not my favourite style of jazz. Much preferred Monsieur Camembert. Might buy a CD, except that I don't really want to carry it around when I travel again, since I won't have anything to PLAY it on.

After the last concert there was a fantastic fireworks display, set to jazz music, of course. It was a bit chaotic, but still quite impressive.

Sarah and I went to Scott's work for dinner. He's a waiter at an Italian pizza place that caters to American tourists. I had lamb pizza! It was good, but I have to admit that I like the pepperoni half better. I liked the chocolate mud cake that I had for dessert even more.

Sarah walked home with me, as she was staying over. We had to be at the Central YHA by 7:50am the next day and it only takes 10 minutes to walk there from my house (as opposed to an hour from Parramatta).

Today (holiday Monday), Sarah, Andrea and I did the Hunter Valley wine tour. It's the oldest wine region in Australia, although only a year older than the Barossa Valley. Our first tasting and tour of wine-making facilities was at the most beautiful vineyard, Iron Gate. Sarah bought a bottle of Semillon there. I wasn't so excited about their wines.

Then we visited the Golden Grape Estate, where I bought way too much liqueur (butterscotch, "Latina" and "love in a bottle"). We stopped for lunch near McGuigan's winery, and did tastings at the cheese factory (yummy goat cheese!) and fudge and chocolate companies. Finally, we did a tasting at Rothbury Estate, which had the best wine, I think. But I'd already spent enough money, so I didn't buy any.

On the way home, I was watching the beautiful scenery go by when I noticed a sign that said "This way Sydney; this way Toronto". No kidding. There's a town called Toronto here. I wish I'd gotten a photo of that.

And that was my weekend. Whew.

:: Cathy 2:46 AM [+] :: 0 comments

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