January 27, 2016


It’s one of those days… you’re tired, braindead, the sole of your shoe is just flapping around, or as Brandon says my shoe “…just wants to OM nom nom”, you lip wound keeps getting opened and you just want to leave but you can’t (I’m waiting for my Dad to pick me up).

It’s also a dreary day outside which is probably contributing to the overall day.

YES just got my 15min message from my Dad.

I will tackle tomorrow with more gusto, but today I will deflate and probably fall asleep somewhere.

We’re also giving Holly her camera today! That’ll wake me up a bit.

Helen ♥

January 18, 2016

Our Little (Re)Treat

The sun is slowly making my shade disappear, I can feel my half my body burning under my clothes =(, so I’m going to make this quick!

Not long till our anniversary trip =), we’ve sorted most of the itinerary and even found a place to have our anniversary dinner, yay! We’re super excited, especially since our accomodation for two nights (1 in Merimbula and the other at Batemans Bay) is only $162.50! Which is an awesome price seeing as most other accommodation would have totalled $300, more money to spend on food yay!

There’s still a few more things to tweak, but so far we’re hitting at least:
–  6 Oyster Farms
– 4 Wineries
– 3 Cheese Centres/Factories
– 1 Two Hatted Resturant
– 1 Zoo
and hopefully 1 National Park

As you can see, being able to save on accommodation will make such a difference. Can’t wait to let you know how it all goes and if we’re able to hit all those places and still have fun.

I’ll leave you with this picture of me trying to fit my keyboard in this perfectly sized bag, alas the zipper was the downfall. So I’m still on the hunt.


Look at that perfect snug fit!


Why Zipper, why =(

I’m also working on a project with the help of my Dad that I can’t wait to share. It’s Brandon’s anniversary present, which I hope he’ll love =). I’ve been taking photos of it so I can show the progress when I blog about it, but because Brandon reads my blog, albit only occasionally, I can’t risk him finding out the design =P, so you will all need to wait like him.

Helen ♥

January 12, 2016

Keeping It Up

I got really sad, disappointed, frustrated and annoyed today. Went to the Post Office to return the thermostat only to find out that shipping was $13.35, the thermostat cost $15.06… =.=”””. So yes I returned it anyway to get that $1.71 back, I was just at a point of ‘argh can’t think, just do what I came here to do’. A smarter person would have kept it, but I was already there so a lessoned learned, BE SMARTER! It better not get lost in the mail because then I’d make a $28.41 loss instead of just a $13.35 loss.

I think I was more disappointed by the fact that I missed out on Fit Gap, which is this 5-6 minute pushup session we have as group to get us away from our desks and be a little more fit. I got back just as everyone was leaving, so I stayed behind and did my pushups anyway. I didn’t want to lose my 7 for 7 streak, it made me feel a little better, but I feel like I didn’t push myself as much as I do when I’m in a group. This week we’re doing 16 slow pushups, a 3 minute rest and then 20 quick push ups, we’re slowly making our way back to to 20 slow pushups, a 3 minute rest and then 50 quick pushups.

Our anniversary is coming up, we’ll be celebrating 5 YEARS together! It feels like ages, I hope we’re both able to get leave and go away on a short trip and EAT SOME OYSTERS! =)

Oop it’s our stop.

Till next time,
Helen ♥

January 11, 2016

DIY Wine Cellar

Just before the new year I may have purchased half a dozen red wines, with Brandon’s blessing. There was no way we’d finish 6 bottles of wine is one go, thus a storage solution was required! We couldn’t afford a wine storage cabinet seeing as they were $200+ so we planned to repurpose the mini fridge we were using when we first moved in. Excuse the mess, as you can see I tried unsuccessfully to blur it out hehe.


PC Mini Fridge (soon to be wine storage)

Fast forward to last week the Digital Refrigerator Thermostat finally arrived after a month of waitng, only for us to find out that it was the wrong one. The one we received only controls heat, we needed a cooling one =(. So now we have to refund it. On a happy note the seller is happy for us to refund it, so we’ll sort all that out first before we buy the correct one. So close, yet so far =(. Will update on our progress when we finally have it up and running. I was super sad last night lying on the floor feeling sorry for myself haha, but now my resolve has returned! This wine storge cabinet will work!

This is the highest temp we could get the fridge to without the thermostat, it’s the one that says outdoor temp. We’ve also got to make sure the humidity is in the right levels too, but first things first, temperature control!


Current Mini Fridge Temperature 7.1°C

We need to get the temperature down to 14°C, which isn’t possible in our current state =(. I hope the wine can survive a few more weeks of heat.

Oh I should probably explain how the thermostat is supposed to work, basically you put the sensor attached the the thermostat into the fridge, plug the thermostat into the powerpoint and then the fridge into the thermostat. You then set the ideal temperature for you environment and when the temperature is in a range +/-1°C outside your set range it will either turn the fridge on or off. The one we got would only turn the appliance on if the temperature dropped below the set temperature, which for us would have made things colder.

Till next time,
Helen ♥

P.S. We’re using the Aqua Systems Wireless Weather Station to gauge the temperature of the fridge in the above picture, there’s two pieces to the unit, the above digital read out and a smaller transmitter that also has the temperature and humidity displayed, so far it’s pretty good and you can apparently connect more units (up to 3) and display their temperatures in the main unit, we haven’t tried that yet, with our budget and all, but I’ve found a few on ebay that look similar and cheap. So we’ll maybe give it a whirl next year, it would’ve be nice to display the real outdoor temperature and humidity once in a while =P.

P.P.S. I’m updating this whilst in bed and Brandon just sleep stole my sheet =.=”””.

January 8, 2016

A Year of Saving

Happy New Year Everyone!!!
I hope everyone had a fantastic time, we spent the eve of the new year and midnight with my family watching the fireworks in the city and then the next day with Brandon’s family. It’s been a while since I’ve spent New Year’s Eve with family, usually I spend Christmas with family and then spend New Year’s Eve with friends, so it was a nice change =). Plus it’s been years since I spent New Year’s Eve in the city, the last time I was 18 and with friends. It was packed and all of us was groped, so it wasn’t the most pleasant experience.

This year we were at Bradley’s Head near the Mast Head, it was ticketed, so it wasn’t too crowded and we had an amazing view, which was all thanks to the parents! If you were following my instagram, you would’ve seen the amazing shots! I’ll have to do an update post of my favourite photos from last year, as usual I’m behind on my editing =(, BUT I did recover those photos I deleted last year, not in RAW format unfortunately, only JPEG, but it’s better than nothing.

I just picked up the Logitech Keys-To-Go Ultra-Portable Keyboard today which I’m hoping will force me to blog more as we paid over $60 for it and we’re on a budget (I’m so lucky!). I’m actually blogging on it now, it’s really good so far, I just wish there was a shortcut for notifications to be shown.
I’ll update more as I keep using it, but YES! I can now easily blog instead of swiping on screen on my phone =).


Logitech Keys-To-Go, if my phone's there, who's taking the picture? =O

I’m just blogging things as it comes to my mind at the moment, so much was happening during my break, especially om Christmas, that was crazy busy. We went to Brandon’s parents’ to meet up and then his Aunt’s for lunch, dropped by his other Aunt’s and finally ended up a Phillip’s place where had a late dinner and played/watched Until Dawn, I am not ashamed to admit my eyes found more exciting things to look at during the super suspenseful moments. We also watched Star Wars in IMAX, the world’s biggest screen, it was pretty intense. Actually we’ve seen a lot of movies recently, Spectre, Creed and Point Break. Creed and Star Wars were probably the best ones, a good balance of emotion, story and action.

We’ve finally implemented our budget this year, we have our spreadsheet updated with all our expected expenses and Money Lover set up to track what we’re actually spending with our budget parameters set in the app to make sure we don’t go over, here’s to a year of saving and eating in!

I feel like I’m typing way too much now, so till next time friends!

Helen ♥

P.S. Yes that’s the boyfriend in the background playing Just Cause 3 whilst I blog away =P.

December 25, 2015

The Recovery

Argghhhh!!! I accidentally deleted 88 photos because I thought I had copied them over to my computer, luckily I stopped the delete process before it was too late, so my other 563 photos were saved, but still!!!! The first few photos were of the beginning of the night. I’ve gone through 4 different software publishers trying to recover the deleted photos. Fingers crossed one of them works =(.

I’m so disappointed in myself,  how could I do something so silly.

On a happier note, it’s Christmas YAY! I have to get up in a few hours for a jam packed day, looking forward to catching up with everyone =).

Merry Christmas to one and to all!!!
Hope you all have a lovely day with family and friends, and for those who don’t celebrate, may today still be a great day for you too!

Warm Christmas Wishes,
Helen ♥

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