What a busy month. Work was ridiculously busy, and so was the social life…
* Luciano at Pulseradio harbour cruise, The MV Starship. This was such a fun and funny day. Musically, not all that inspiring, but definitely fun. Luciano played a “festival” type set. I’d seen him before at Fabric in London and Love Family Park festival in Hanau and thought he was excellent, but he didn’t live up to the hype this time. Lots of fun hanging out with friends, meeting a lot of new people, and getting rather drunk. It was lovely weather for a day on the harbour. There was an altercation on the boat between two people, which has had quite an interesting outcome. It seems that some people with ego problems have now pulled their heads in a bit, and I think it’s making it a nicer scene as a result. Quite a few issues on the boat with toilets closing, horrendous drink queues and running out of bottled water. But had so much fun (or was that due to being very drunk? :P). Thanks to all that I had a fun day with – Davo, Sebastian, Tad, Nataly, Andrew, Becy, Jarrard, Tom, Alex, Josie, Mark, Kimberly, Glen, Dariya and anyone else I may have forgotten. Can’t wait to the next one – birthday shenanigans 🙂 Apologies to Liz for not helping keeping Tad from getting too drunk – I was too drunk myself!
* Andrew Wowk at Home. After the Luciano cruise, we staggered (in our still drunken state) to Home to see Andrew Wowk play. Was a great set, and lots of people too. Pretty good for 6.30 in the evening. Mostly the same friends on the boat wandered down. Spent most of the time amusing ourselves with watching the antics on the podium, whilst enjoying the music. Luciano turned up and danced too! Great end to a great day.
* Paco Osuna and Audiofly at Lost Baggage, The Cross. Had lots of fun. Nicer vibe than usual, and enjoyed Audiofly a lot. Had lots of fun hanging out with Davo, Tad and Dariya.
* A Guy Called Gerald at Future Classic, The Civic. What a great night. A Guy Called Gerald played a brilliant set. After all I’d heard about him, I was looking forward to it a lot, and was really impressed. Danced for ages. Had lots of fun with Davo, Sebastian, Andrew, Mel and Amy. I hope we get to see him in Europe this year.
* Sammy Dee at A Late Night Shuffle, Macquarie Hotel. Having seen him before in Berlin, I was really looking forward to the night. He played a lot of good tracks (mixing a little messy), but made up for it in enthusiasm. Really good crowd and reasonable drink prices. Spent quite a while chatting with Davo, Ant, Piero, Natacha, Cameron, Alex and Jimmi. Dave decided not to wear his “Vinyl kills the mp3 industry” t-shirt, which was lucky, as Sammy Dee was wearing it! Will definitely go back to A Late Night Shuffle after this experience.
* Christmas High Tea at The Sofitel. With Davo, Fiona, Alisia, Helen F, Mark, Murray, Roberta, Josie, Jenny and Rachel. It was great to catch up with lovely friends before Christmas, to relax the afternoon away with great chocolate tea food. Service could have been a lot better, but we were all pretty happy with the food by the end. Am thinking of doing Christmas High Tea again next year, if we’re in Sydney at the time.
* With Sandra at GPO. Was lovely to see her – it had been ages.
* Christmas lunch with Stephanie, Anny, Helen F and Alison at Doyles, Watsons Bay. We had such a great Christmas lunch here last year, that we decided it would be where we would go this year. What a fabulous afternoon. We got a water taxi from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. Great conversation, loads of yummy seafood – lobster, crab, oysters, fish, chips, desserts – and quite a few yummy drinks. Oh and the most surprising event was the lawyer in budgie smugglers mooning people from a dinghy near the shore, then coming and having a chat with us – whilst still in his budgie smugglers, dripping with water. Think the character Smith in “Sex and the City” and he’s pretty damn close to it 🙂
Dinners and/or drinks
* Dinner at Tad & Liz’s place, with Davo. Very pleasant evening, yummy food and drinks. And especially company. I love their new place – I want Liz’s study!
* Cocktails and tapas at Sugarmill, Kings Cross. Tad & Liz organised this fun evening at their new local. Met some of their friends from various areas, and spent most of the time chatting with Liz, Dom and Mark. Cocktails were good, nice vibe upstairs, and yummy tapas. Will definitely go back.
* Christmas Dinner at Catalonia, Kirribilli. Had a great night of tapas and cocktails with Davo, Tad, Liz, Ant, Lisa, Murray and Roberta. The service is always great there too so we always leave happy. We should do this again next year!
* Libby’s first birthday at Jen & Rob’s place. Lovely morning spent watching Jen & Rob’s little one celebrate her first party. Very impressive Ladybug Cake – good work Jen. Was great to catch up with Rachel (hard to chat at work!), Paul, Nicholas (who turns one in a few weeks), Richard, Mrs Williams, and lovely friends and family of Jen & Rob.
* Hand getting better but not brilliant. Up and down, especially during month end at work.
* Off for my 6 monthly dental check, and all was good 🙂
* The Chaser Annual Q&A at NSW University Roundhouse with Davo. This was so funny. The questions from the audience were sometimes completely ridiculous (Ninjas or Vampires?) and other times pretty normal. It was definitely a good way to spend an evening. And they were so nice and polite when autographing my Chaser Annual. And Chas is definitely still the nuttiest of them all 🙂
* Trivia night at The Longueville. Had lots of fun – and our team managed to come third! Was great to see Scott and Lauren for the first time since we saw them in London (July 2007!) – wish they were moving to Sydney instead of Brisbane, but you can’t have it all! And great to catch up with Damien, Tim & Nicole.
* Farewell to our CEO of the past 7 years, to his new life in retirement. John will be missed.
* Welcome to our new CEO Craig.
* Corporate Services’ Christmas Party at Strike Bowling, King Street Wharf. Spent most of the afternoon drinking cosmopolitans, and chatting with Richard and Ronen. I can’t play bowls for the life of me, but was highly amused that I managed to get some strikes, followed up by hitting nothing at all. I’m pretty sure I came last, but they didn’t hand out prizes for that this year. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon at work!
* Farewell morning tea’s and drinks for our FC Rodney (who’s heading to work in Saudi Arabia) and Teresa (the other Senior in our team, who is heading to another Financial Institution). They will be missed.
* We have 3 contractors in our team now – Daniel, Lili and Albert. It’s fun having new people around – there hasn’t been a lot of turnover in our team in years. It tends to happen all at once.
* Corporate Services’ Kris Kringle. For the 3rd year in a row, I organised it, but am probably going to leave it for someone else to do this year. I actually got a present that was very useful – a book called “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle”. One of those books you can’t stop reading.
* Team and Teresa’s farewell lunch at Sydney Tower Restaurant. Good way to get to know the new contractors as well. And for Ishani to eat!!!!
* The busiest December I’ve had since about 2000 at work. I need a long break.