Tag Archives: Holidays

Google Holiday Party 2018: Under the Big Top

13 Jan

Hello everyone! Wow it’s 2019 already – where does the time go? I’ve been meaning to blog but James and I both got sick late last year which sucked. =(

Anyway, the 2018 Google holiday party was circus themed and held at the De Young Museum. There was a weird entry process which involved showing ID and scanning individual QR codes. We thought the extra security was maybe because of the YouTube shooting.

There was a station with various fancy hot dogs:
IMG_20181201_194216(From recollection: regular, kim chi, chilli and reuben)

We got there right at the start and managed to knock out some activities that we knew would have long lines later. We did a tarot reading and also had caricatures drawn. You can tell from the progress picture that it’s not going to look anything like James haha.
MVIMG_20181201_201112The semi-outdoor area had fairy floss (two flavours! Pumpkin pie and I think either lychee or passionfruit), drinks, popcorn, a sushi stand and noodle stations. IMG_20181201_195857I went back for fairy floss like, 4 times.
IMG_20181201_200059That’s the Junya Watanabe top that I bought from Japan. People went nuts for it – I must have had 20 people come up to me and tell me they loved it. So that was nice. =)

This year they had a cool ball pit photo booth (with the camera overhead).
IMG_20181207_150737The museum opened the exhibit halls so we could just wander through without crowds.
IMG_20181201_211241We found my doppelganger in the Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibit.
IMG_20181201_214912The food was pretty nicely spread out this year, so there weren’t any obvious bottlenecks. However, the big scandal was there was no decent booze this year. Normally they have cute little cocktails but not this year – just beer/wine and mocktails. =/ One of James’ coworkers told him about a rumour he’d heard that there was a proper bar in the observation room, so we headed up there only to be disappointed.

However, we did find a lady who wrote poetry on demand (the same lady who was at Googleween). I picked out a nice piece of paper and she asked what I wanted my poem to be about – I asked her to write about my top. I explained how I’d bought it in Japan on a whim, and how people had been coming up to me all night to compliment it.

Guys. The poem was perfect. IMG_20181201_210828James even calls it my Bowser top, so you can imagine how delighted I was.

Fortified with poetry but also deflated from lack of booze, we took the elevator back down, where I collected yet another compliment and we bumped into the colleague who had told us the drink rumour and James had to inform him the bar was a lie. (We checked in with a bunch of our friends who work in different parts of Google and only one of them had cocktails at his party, so maybe this is a new trend).

We took another photo at one of the photo booths, doing quick changes in between shots to try and display the food options.
IMG_20181207_150809James held the hot dog too close to the lens in the second photo, which I am still somewhat bitter about.

I like seeing James’ coworkers, eating and taking fun photos, but have to admit that Google parties are way less fun without cocktails. Am I spoiled? I’m probably a little bit spoiled. (Narrator: She was a lot spoiled).

Christmas Eve Food Shopping

24 Dec

This was the Vic Market at 6:00 this morning.

You can’t tell from that photo, but the guy in the baseball cap looks like he wants to die.

You had to be really forceful in pushing your way through, and the lines for seafood were 6-people deep.

Normally it’s women shopping at the Vic Market, but today all the women had sent their husbands to stand in line because taller people get noticed quicker. I think you could probably achieve the same effect with a flamboyant hat. But anyway, you could see the wives (myself included!) standing behind their husbands, coaching them on what to order. We bought 2kg of green prawns and 2 dozen oysters, and some smoked salmon, proscuitto, olives, ham and salami in the deli section.

Afterwards James and I headed to Safeway to search for sage and do some quick shopping. Then it was to the pet store to pick up kitty litter and some last minute gifts for the cats. Then a couple of hours break before we have to go to Klene’s house to start cooking Christmas dinner!

Just purchased from Etsy …

14 Nov

I bought some craft supplies from Etsy in preparation for the gift giving season. I’m going to try and wrap my presents attractively this year, so I got:

Alphabet stamps from kawaiithings.

A lot of the Korean sellers have the same stock, so it’s a matter of hunting around to find who has the lowest combined item and shipping prices. There were slightly cheaper stamp sets, but this is the style that I liked the best, and kawaiithings had the cheapest price ($20.90 USD + $5 shipping).

image from kawaiithings

I’m going to use the stamps on my other Etsy purchase, which was Manila gift tags from Wistful Supplies.

image from Wistful Supplies

Once again there were lots of sellers with the same stock, and Wistful Supplies had the cheapest overall price ($8 USD for 100 + $6.50 shipping). I thought I could also use these tags to label my baked goods. When I made the chocolate, caramel and peanut slice to share at BJJ I had to rush around to find a label and eventually settled for using the back of an envelope.

I can start with just stamping letters on the tags, and maybe I’ll get fancier later. We’ll see!

Cousin Christmas

10 Nov

The time of year where the weather warms up, stores bring out their decorations, and I start thinking about Christmas. I love Christmas. I love the carols, the food, and the constant sales. I love going to the Vic Market and buying oysters (which always sell out early) and strawberries for Christmas lunch. I love lazy afternoons at the beach, and turkey sandwiches for Christmas dinner.

And presents. Oh how I love presents!

This card from Etsy seller Sycamore Street Press makes me smile. Actually I like a whole bunch of their cards, but this one is Christmas-themed.

image from Sycamore Street Press

Every year my cousins and I do a Kris Kringle. It’s so much fun seeing what everyone buys for each other. Everyone has their own lives now, and partners/jobs to take up their time, but on Christmas Eve it’s like nothing has changed. We get together for dinner, everyone plays mahjong, and we laugh and talk all night.

Cat and I are exchanging gifts for the first time this year. I have a couple of things in mind for her, which I would totally post, except I know she reads this blog (hi Cat!)

My family celebrates on Christmas Eve and James’ family celebrates on Christmas Day, so I get two Christmases! James’ mum goes all-out for lunch and we have smoked salmon, olive bread, sometimes ham, sometimes turkey with stuffing, but always Christmas pudding with brandy butter. Since James’ parents have sold their East Malvern house we’ll be having the holiday at Shoreham for the first time. It’s good for beach proximity, but it does mean there will be a 1.5 hour drive after Cousin Christmas. James hasn’t decided whether he wants to chug a Red Bull and drive straight down, or whether he’d prefer to make the trip in the morning. We’ll see how we go on the night.

James might be starting at his new job earlier than anticipated, so he’s trying to get all his shopping done early. He has ordered me to start thinking about what I want for Christmas – such are the burdens of being a pampered housewife.