Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nailed it

On Tuesday night I put on the 1000 hour nail foils that was in the cute package I won in Miss Directions' give away. I've actually always wanted to get a pair of these but never got round to it. So this was my first go at putting them on.

They were pretty easy to do, pretty much just put the foil on your nail, cut it to size, blow dry it and then smooth out the edges.

I have no idea what I do wrong with nail polish but it barely lasts longer than a day on my nails. It always chips or just peels off no matter what brand I use, how many coats are applied or how careful I am to avoid chipping. These foils are still going strong two days later with the exception of one nail that I didn't smooth out properly so it had a fold in it and ripped. The foils come in a pack of 16 so I'll be fixing that rogue nail in just a moment.

Can't wait to try out other designs!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dear Exclamation Mark


Dear Exclamation Mark

I have to apologise for using you so much. I just get so excited when I'm typing that I want to use you all the time. This seems to happen alot while I am commenting on a blog or facebook post.

I think it is because you are so flexible. You help me to express happiness, excitedness, anger and frustration. I usually only use you for the purposes of happiness and excitedness though, so atleast that's a plus.

Anyways I just thought I'd let you know how much I appreciate you and to thank you in your understanding of my overuse of your services.

Kind regards
AshMac



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pump it!

So I have quit boot camp and moved on to crossfit. I do it with Matt and have been going most days of the week for the past three weeks. It is intense! If you don't know what crossfit is, you don't want to know :P Ha ha.
Well how I would explain it goes a bit like this: everyday the workout is different, depending on the workout they usually go for an average of 30 mins, usually involves a certain amount of rounds of 3 lots of exercises repeated over the 20-60 minute time slot or for time eg you do 3 lots of 30 push ups, 200m run, 15 burpees and then you record your time. You also do certain techniques with weights on the bar. (Someone please correct me if my definition of crossfit is off).

The first time I had seen a crossfit video on youtube I felt the pain they were feeling just from watching it! I watched the people vomit afterwards because they worked themselves way too hard. I never ever wanted to try crossfit. Ever. But Matt was super keen so he found a gym literally 2 mins away from us and started going. He told me that they want you to learn all of the techniques and it is definitely nowhere near as horrible as the youtube video looked. So I gave it a go.
Check me out pumpin that broom stick! :P
 Oh that undie line is disgraceful! Will need to get some proper sports tights in the future! :P

After the first week I could barely walk, but now I really enjoy it. I can feel myself getting fitter even after only three weeks. The running kills me and the squats and the burpees but I'm still able to walk away after and feel like I have accomplished something and that maybe next time I can push myself a little more.


One of the workouts I have done recently. I only did a half Eva which I think was only 3 or 4 rounds of 200m runs, 15 kettlebell swings and 15 ring pulls. My arms died that day. :P

I have just recently graduated from the pvc pipe and broom stick and moved onto the bar for one of the exercises. I'm looking forward to using the bar more. And soon I will be learning to do real pull ups but they'll be assisted with a band (this scares me a little).

Watch this space! I'll be posting up more photos of my times to see how I improve!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hey Miss Directions!

I got my goodies! I literally just opened the package and have already nommed most of the chocolate and lit the candle! Thank you thank you thank you! ^_^

Saturday, June 16, 2012

My week in words

So if I'm going to get back into this blogging thing I really need to get into the habit of taking photos. Blogs with photos are so much more interesting!

Anyways...

This week did not feel like a short week for me. No idea why, it just felt as long as a normal week.

Tuesday: This was fake birthday, cake eating day. We went to Muchos Mexican for dinner on the fake birthday girls request and it was amazing! Move over burritos, chimichangas have stolen my mexican food heart and I've always avoided chili con carne for some reason...not any more! We were soo full but we needed to fit in the cake...
 I know everyone has been wondering how Oscar the Grouch's butt tasted. It was actually really delicious! The peppermint icing didn't taste like toothpaste at all and even though the cake was overcooked it kinda worked. It was really hard to cut through though because I left it in the fridge over night and the buttercream set really hard. Everyone loved it so much half the cake got completely demolished, Matt doesn't even like mint and he hoovered his slice. And my other two friends, one who doesn't like icing and the other who doesn't like cake (great combo hey!), also smashed their pieces down! So even though it was ugly it was a win!
After the bill had finally been paid we wandered down to the pub and watched the end of Australia vs Japan. It was a good night.

Wednesday: Since only half of the cake had been eaten because we were already really full from dinner, I took the rest to work. Everyone loved it! Win win! Then Wednesday night I went to the gym to work off all the cake and mexican I had eaten in the last two days. After the gym we had just enough time to get home and snuggle on the couch to watch the origin. I actually showered and didn't pay much attention to the first half, but the last 10 minutes of the second half I was on the edge of my seat! Go blues! About time you gave us a decider match!

Thursday: Nothing exciting happened this day, just the usual work and stuff. It didn't rain so we actually got to have netball training. Thank goodness I've been going to the gym because I honestly wouldn't have been fit enough to survive it! :P

Friday: Again nothing too exciting. Although Matt did make me bacon and eggs for breakfast! And even though my legs were aching he dragged my butt back to the gym. It was a hard workout, thankfully my legs aren't still hurting for netball today. Oh and we caught Ritchie Rich on telly! I haven't seen that movie since I was a kid! Memories.

Today I have umpiring duty for netball. I'm pretty nervous, I've only ever done it once before, I barely called anyone up for anything and I know there was lots of contact and stepping :O So long as parents on sidelines don't scream at me I should be fine!

So that was my slightly unexciting week. Oh but an very exciting part of my week was winning Miss Directions' giveaway! I was such a lovely surprise, I did a little bit of a happy dance and could not stop smiling! Thank you so much ^_^ I hope all my followers also follow Miss Directions. I've followed her almost as long as I've had my own blog and I adore hearing about her travels, she takes awesome photos and knows how to put together a great outfit. Pretty sure I'm jealous of your beautiful style. :) Oh and we're Swift buddies! Although I'm sure she looks after hers alot better than I do my own.

Catch ya's on the flip side! :P

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fake Birthday Cake Fail...

Hello my friends! How did everyone enjoy their long weekend? I spent mine lounging around and catching up on a little homework. So there was nothing really exciting on my end.

But today is one of my bestest friends fake birthdays. We decided that the end of December was a terrible time to have a birthday because we were always too focused on Christmas and we were always really short of money and sometimes forgetting about our dearest friend! :O So like the Queen, this year we moved her birthday to a more convenient financially stable time of the year. (Although as far as I know the Queen moved her birthday so that it fell at a prettier and warmer time of the year).
Because she loves peppermint I tried to make this cake:


But it ended up like this:
To start with my oven decided to chuck a hissy fit and cooked the outside of the cakes but was still gooey and wobbly in the middle, so I left the cakes in a little longer but now they are slightly hard around the edges and possibly a little burnt, but cooked perfectly in the middle!

Then when making the buttercream, I decided it wasn't green enough so I packed in the dye. And when putting the buttercream on I couldn't get it smooth enough even when trying to smooth it with a boiling hot metal spatula. So I tried to hide the ugliness of it with chocolate chips and crushed up mint slice biscuits. But if you ask me it still looks like Oscar the Grouch's hairy butt.

I just really hope it tastes better than it looks. We shall find out tonight after dinner!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cute blog award :)


I want to give a thank you to jessigirl84 for giving me The Cute Blog Award. I've only just started reading her blog The GIRL who DREAMS but it's been great getting to know her and following her wedding plans and travels. I am so jelly of her impending DISNEY wedding!

Here are the rules once the award is received:
• Thank the blogger that gave you the award and link back to their blog. CHECK!
• Share 7 facts about yourself. ON IT'S WAY!
• Pass the award on to 10 other bloggers and let them know. AND HERE'S WHERE I BREAK THE RULES... Since this award went around yonks ago all of the lovely blogs I would have nominated have most likely have played along. And I'm lazy :P

Okay, so now for 7 facts about me. Here goes:

1. Before I had a mobile phone (back when I was like 12), I could recite every single phone number I ever needed to know. But now the only numbers I know off by heart is Matt's and the Reading Writing Hotline. It's that catchy jingle. Oh and Pizza Hut.

2. I very rarely wear matching socks. It's more fun that way.

3. This may be a bit TMI but... Whenever I go to the loo in public I usually go for the second furthest cubicle away no matter how badly I need to go. I used to go to the very last one until someone once told me that most women go to the last toilet because we instinctly think it must be the cleanest and ironically due to that, they aren't. I don't know if it's true and I'm pretty sure cleaners do a pretty good job at cleaning each toilet exactly the same. But it's just something that's stuck with me. It's strange I know.

4. I am one of those people that can't live without their mobile phone nearby. I am constantly checking it even though I know there are no messages or missed calls, always checking facebook even though in the last two minutes I last checked it nothing had changed and I get really anxious when I leave my phone at home. It's pretty sad.

5. I quit boot camp and being super careful about what I eat... :| I'm not very good at being committed to things like that. Woops! Someone please guilt me into motivation?

6. I love spearmint milkshakes. They are hard to come by and it's been forever since I've had one but I am always on the lookout for them.

7. One of my favourite weekend activities is going shopping at the farmers markets on a Sundy morning. We buy all our fruit and veg from there and eggs if Matt's mum's chickens haven't laid enough. Last time I went I got the most delicious banana bread with berries in it. Mmm mmmm I wish I could make delicious banana bread, mine always turns out more like cake and not so nice.

So thats me! I hope you guys enjoyed my odd facts and feel free to copy and paste if you wanted to join in. :)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

See this face?

It's the face of a girl who just won her first ever netball game! I was so excited I screamed like a little girl so loudly. I couldn't believe it! We worked so hard for that win and now I am eating Indian as a reward. Nom! So I just wanted to tell someone because I'm home alone tonight. :)

Sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry!

I think the title expresses my guilt for not blogging for let me see... *counts fingers* FOUR MONTHS! Yikes! Where has this year gone? IT'S JUNE! >.<

Thank you so much to the wonderful xoCATox for your sweet comment saying you miss me! And a thank you to jessigirl84 for including me in the cute award, I promise I will make some time to get onto that! ALSO I somehow gained another 10 followers whilst I've been AWOL. How did that happen? Thanks for the love!

So I think the best way to tell you guys what I've been up to these last few months is to show you! It's just a brief snapshot of what I've been up to and some of these things are also from before I neglected blogging, so here goes:



On New Years Eve, I attempted an updo.


I also attempted to make a rainbow layer cake, but it failed miserably.


I have been working hard in my design course.We have just finished colour and moved onto drawing and rendering. I'm a bit behind but I'm still really proud of my work so far :)


I had to return my awesomely awesome number plates because we now have boring things that our money needs to go to now, like bills. It was a very very sad day.


Two of my lovely friends and I got asked if we wanted to join a netball club, so we did! I have never ever played proper competitive outdoor netball only mixed indoor netball for fun, so I was pretty nervous for our first game. But now I have a hoop in my backyard for practising and jarred many fingers since. We are only in C grade, haven't quite got a completely reliable stable team and not won a game yet but it's still great fun!


We had a trashy girls night...


I got my hair cut even shorter and went darker.


I went to an L themed party and made myself a box car playschool styles. This was before I completed it with L plates, straps for my arms, blinkers and gave the wheels spokes. I have no idea why I'm wearing a police officer hat though...

But that's what I've been up to. There has been other things but without photographic evidence I just don't remember :P

I promise I'll get back into the swing of blogging and post atleast once a week and I have to catch up on everybody elses ventures!

Ciao for now! :)