November 28, 2014

Sexy accents ... and pogo sticks.

Hey guys, I hope your Thanksgiving went well! I cannot wait to read about it. It's Black Friday ... and the sales online are insane! Since yesterday was uneventful for me I thought I'd share an article that had me (and my friends) in stitches.

Recently, CNN ranked the Trinidadian accent (my accent) the 11th sexiest/hottest accent in the world (although it is #1 on the Facebook page where people vote). So I'm gonna go ahead and assume that my sexy got turned up a notch with the release of this list! Go CNN!

Anyway, I was listening to a morning radio show, which is how I came to find out in the first place, and they were laughing about CNN'S description of our accent. So you know I just had to check it out. Guys ... I kid you not, this is the description that the world renowned news source CNN gave of my accent:

November 27, 2014


Where I'm from there is no Thanksgiving and I think that's a real shame. 

I believe that even when life throws you curveballs there is always something that you can be thankful for. Right now, I'm ever thankful for my family, friends, my job, the lessons I've learned in this life, this blog, you guys and so much more. So today I am just popping in to wish you all, my readers and friends, who come here every day and make my blog a special place to be, a wonderful day. Eat, drink (for me too please!) and be merry! Remember to be thankful for those around you as they may not always be there. Share a laugh with your family and hold them close. Make memories with those around you, because that's what life is about. 

November 26, 2014

Australia: Hunter Valley Gardens and Hunter Valley Zoo

It's Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving for you folks! Since Confessions are no longer with us *tear*, Ill take this Wednesday to do another Australia recap. I have to tell you, I have a lot more pictures than I thought. I'm talking at least three more posts, so bear with me. 

Anyhoo, when we left off I was at my uncle's house in the Hunter Valley. Well my sister and her family picked my mum and I up and our next stop was the Hunter Valley Gardens and Hunter Valley Zoo before heading back to Newcastle. First of all let me tell you, I looked cute on this day ... I really tried. BUT, Australia and its bipolar weather had other plans for my cuteness. It was Spring in Australia so although we left my uncles house in chilly weather, by the end of the day it was scorching, my cardigan came off and I was ten shades darker.

It was still beautiful though, Ill let the pictures do the talking! (PS. my nice camera's battery died halfway through this day .. so half these photos are good ole' iPhone)

Hunter Valley Gardens

The Hunter Valley Gardens were beautiful and there were several shops on the property ...
November 25, 2014

Training for Tuesday!

Hey guys, the week is flying by and for you folk with Thanksgiving this week I'm sure you're happy. I wish that were me honestly ... if only for the day off. But no such luck over here.

Anyway, it's the last Tuesday of the month so I'm here to talk about my training. You know know for that 5k I'm supposed to be running in January? Well about that .... *crickets*

The story goes something like this. In Australia, I was pumped. I spent a whole month with my sister and her husband both of whom run half and full marathons (my brother in law actually has a marathon next week)! Naturally while I was there I was all like this:

All the runs ...

Lets forward to the present day shall we? I got back home to  HUGE raise in salary (yay me) and a f*@&* tonne more work. Slap my masters on to that, the fact that I tutor at a university, actually try to maintain an active social life ... and for good measure lets throw in the fact that November pretty much sucked dirty balls (excusez mon fran├žais) ... and well lets just say I didn't get much running done. In fact what I did get was 5 pounds and a whole lot of this:

November 22, 2014

Influenster: Venus #ItsNotMe VoxBox

** I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Well look who's posting on the blog three days in a row. And on a Saturday no less... Times are a changing folks. Anyway, its for good reason, and that good reason being another Influentster Voxbox!

I was pretty stoked when I found out I was getting to review this particular Influenster item. The item being the Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor. I'm a girl so naturally razors are part of my every day life. I've mentioned before that I do not shave my legs but I do shave under my arms and *ehem* other places fairly regularly. *totes awks* The point is that as women we use razors a lot. So this item could not be more appreciated.

November 21, 2014

Friday Faves!

It's been a while since I came on here and shared my favourite things of the week. And truth be told I missed it. These are some of my favourite posts to write. On another note, look who is posting two days in a row! I feel like that deserves a standing ovation. Tumbleweeds be gone! 

Ok on to my fave things of the week ...

Fave Moment

It has rained non stop all week here. I mean every single day morning to bedtime it has been raining. FOR DAYS. Its probably the rainiest rainy season I've experienced in a while. I know its not cold and snowy but it still sucks. So I'm reminiscing on my lovely weekend away in Tobago at my friend's bachelorette party. 

November 20, 2014

Australia: Warner's Bay and Hunter Valley

I know I've been back from Australia almost a month now but I have tons of pics still to share (I was there for 4 weeks after all) and I'm going to try to share them all this week and next!

Disclaimer: This post has A LOT of photos. A lot. like a lot a lot... 

Anyway, before I photo dump on you guys, I'll explain the pics. My uncle (mums big bro) lives in Australia and he's kind of the reason why I have a lot of family there, including my sister. Its also the reason my mum has been there like 8 times.... How did he get from the Caribbean to Australia? Well he went to medical school in Ireland and while studying medicine he met a lady there ... a nurse in fact. And well he married her, moved to Australia and started a life there. Several Aussie wives (yes wives) and kids later, and he's still there maintaining a successful practice. 

He has two homes in Newcastle. One home is in Warner's Bay, where he has acres of land, about 6 horses and a dachshund that he ADORES. He also has a "weekend home" in the Hunter Valley (a beautiful place with several vineyards and golf courses .... and tons of kangaroos!!!!). My mum and I spent the first weekend we were in Australia hanging with her big bro in both of those places!

Enough of the explanation time for the photo dump ...

Warner's Bay
Peeking through my uncles window to his backyard ..
November 17, 2014

Bachelorette weekend things ...

Twice last week I left home at 6 am and didn't leave work till 6pm ... What a long week. I did manage to squeeze in some time with friends in between (I always do) but thank God for the weekend regardless. One of my dear friends and colleagues had her bachelorette weekend in Tobago this weekend. It was awesome and just what I needed. 

We rented out a villa for two nights and three days and you can check it out here. Really though check out the pics!! It was a gorgeous villa and a great weekend. We ate. we drank and we were merry. Because my blog isn't public knowledge and because 10 of the 12 girls at the villa were attorneys I cant share many pics. I know ... booooo!!! 

Night #1 was spent bar hopping and drinking. I should mention that on night #1 there was a little hiccup. I had to go to the police station because some wretched idiot hit my car rearview mirror (I took my car on a ferry to Tobago) and the glass fell off and broke. Not to worry ... two car loads of attorneys, one trip to the police station and one fully legal promissory note admitting liability and promising to compensate me in FULL for my mirror (drafted in 10 minutes - I have the greatest friends), signed and witnessed in the presence of the police and we were on our way to the bars ... I almost feel sorry for the dude. He didn't stand a bloody chance.

 Night #2 was the actual bachy party ... strippers et al!

The tanks we wore on the night of the actual bachy party!
November 14, 2014

Off to...

First off thank you sweet hunnies for your lovely words on my last post. Man I cant lie you guys made me cry. I really am touched!

But as sucky as this week was I have a lovely weekend to look forward to. 

This evening I head off to Tobago for a bachelorette weekend (not mine ... le duh). Just in time. Just what the doc ordered. When I get back I will be relaxed and jump right back into it. I am already working on posts to schedule. I still have so much of Australia to share... even though I've been back over two weeks now and you guys are probs no longer interested! haha Also Ill be back to Friday faves next week!!

Thanks again guys ... now excuse me while I lay next to a pool drinking for the next two days!

November 11, 2014

Firsts and Lasts ...

I haven't posted a lot since I have returned and today is the reason why. 

Have you ever contemplated firsts and lasts? Its a funny thing. The first time you experience something you know you are experiencing it, but you never know when the last time is. 

Today is 11/11. Growing up 11/11 always meant something special to my family. It is my sister's birthday... She was once 11 on the 11th day of the 11th month ... It was pretty cool! November 11th 2013 was the last birthday I spent with her. But I didn't know it. (You can read here and here for that story... my sister passed away earlier this year from a kidney disease) November 11, 2014 ... well its the first birthday without her. And I'm very aware of it. 

November 06, 2014

Australia: Newcastle

Guys ... I think Ive lost my blogging mojo. I am soooo sorry for not reading your posts in over a week, I have been swamped with going back to work and with my masters ... and lets not mention the severe case of jet lag that I suffered through. I do think that slowly but surely I am back. I just hope you guys stuck through the absence. I do miss you all!

Anyhoo ... on to Australia. I spent four glorious weeks there. Let me just warn you ... there will be several posts with several pictures. I have to detail everything from the random stuff with my sister and mum in Newcastle to my uncles home near the vineyards in the Hunter Valley to my cousins wedding and my week in Sydney .....

My sister lives in Newcastle which is about 2 hours from Sydney and so most of my trip was there. She is currently finishing up her PHD at University of Newcastle and so she took us on a driving tour of the University in the first week. We also roamed the gorgeous downtown Newcastle and went to a popular beach in Newcastle called Nobby's beach. (I actually did a real tour of Newcastle with my mum and that will be a post by itself!)
November 02, 2014

Book Review #5 - Wuthering Heights

Hey guys!! I know I said I was back ... but that was before I was hit with the most insane jetlag ever ... AND a brand new deadline to hand in an introduction to my masters thesis on Monday ... as in tomorrow. Yup so once again I have neglected to read blogs and write my own. Sigh. No worries though I think I am really back from Monday so yay me! I will definitely be posting my recap posts this week. I truly miss my blog and blogland. Funny how that happens.

Because my life was in a state of pure chaos this week, I missed book club day! No worries I'm posting my review today!