I feel like I’ve been limping towards this Friday since about Tuesday morning. It’s been the kind of week where we’ve done way too much, but it’s all been good stuff so I don’t get to complain about the exhaustion. The very definition of a first-world problem.
- We ate at Rosetta, a Neil Perry restaurant at the Crown Casino. It’s his first stand-alone Italian restaurant, and the food and service was nothing short of perfection. We were happy that we chose to be there on a Sunday night because the restaurant wasn’t totally packed and we were able to take our time. This place has earned a special place in my heart alongside Taxi and Nobu. They make their pasta and ricotta fresh every day.
- I had my very first cello lesson. God, I can’t wait until I can zoom all over that fingerboard effortlessly! It makes the prettiest sound in the world and I am really convinced that this is an instrument I want to pursue seriously.
- Tim bought me a ukelele! (Can you tell that I’ve been trying to put an end to my muso drought?) It’s a concert grade instrument with a pickup, and maybe one of these days I might record my progress so that you can laugh at my expense. My neighbours must count their lucky stars that we moved in next door.
- It’s been a pretty big week for presents: pretty flowers delivered to my office, a classy bouquet of Caramello Koalas (!), a necklace and… a pony! I don’t have to remember to feed it and it even came with a matching plastic stable that stands about 20cm tall.
Meanwhile, while I’ve been living it up for my birthday there’s been a lot of worry for my family in Brisbane. Last night my grandmother spent her first night in a nursing home, and it’s been a pretty big decision for all involved. It’s the first time she’s really needed help to get by – she was happily doing her thing until a couple of weeks ago when she fell and broke her collarbone. She already knows most of the staff from years of visiting her sister, and she was lucky to be given a room just nearby. Mum & Dad found her a beautiful antique desk/dresser for her new room and put up lots of her photos and paintings to make it feel like home.
She (thankfully) sounds really happy about the decision and we’re all happy that she can hand over some of the boring chores to the staff there. She was recently diagnosed as being 103, and the treatment is not having to clean your own bathroom anymore.
Happy weekend, everyone. I’m looking forward to putting in some serious hours for the stuff on my list – more updates on that soon!