The holidays are finally here and Andrew and I can relax into a week of nothingness…or since we have a toddler a week where we’ll be so active we’ll almost be glad to go back to work.
This week Andrew started a new job at the Department of Social Services, this was a big change for him as he has been with Shared Services, formerly the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, formerly the Department of since before we met.
DSS is located in Tuggeranong which meant that on the first two days Andrew rode his bike to and from work, his preferred method for getting there I think, he also has the option of a 5-10 minute bus ride from the bus at the top of our street or the same amount of time to drive in.
The location also means he has more time in the morning, about an hour after Ev and I head out, so he can take Coops for a walk or just relax before the day. And, being in the lake means it’s a great place to go during his lunch break or he can just pop over to the mall if he needs to grab something from the shops. Mike, his brother, also works at DSS in the same building so there have already been a few lunch and coffee dates this week.
Speaking if dates, Wednesday night Andrew and I went in a double with our friends Sean and Tara to Rockin’ Ribs. It’s taken over from the Soul Food Kitchen in our local shops when the owner/chef fell sick early last year. Victor was an American from Alabama so we enjoyed the restaurant then and thought it would be good to check out the new place as it was set up by two of his former waitstaff who were also given permission to use a few if his recipes.
We split some chicken strips to start with a side of buffalo sauce, the sauce was really nice and spicy just the way we like it. Everyone got burgers, which looking back on it we probably should have tried the ribs since it’s in the name but may next time. Mine was the Jumbo Jersey Burger and I was so impressed I had to take a photo.
It was three beef patties topped with cheese and onion rings. Even after squashing it down I could come closing to fitting it in my mouth. I decided to eat the bottom half first and then the top, a good plan as far as I could see. The problem was the bottom bread started to get mangled and I kept bumping my chin in the bottom half. Enter the engineer, Sean simply suggested I flip the burger over and eat it so the too became the bottom and I could eat the bottom half. Seriously, always eat with an engineer.
Sean, Tara and I split a deep fried Mars bar for dessert which was weird. All in all I’d go back again for the Jersey burger or to test out something else but I don’t think Andrew is so keen.
Since Thursday was Christmas Eve we were given a half day at work which meant we spent until 12 trying to finish off any last minute emails and take care of anything urgent before we closed for the year. It’s amazing how slow a workday can seem when you’ve only got half to do.
Thursday night we treated Ev to a Christmas movie in the big screen, A Muppets Christmas Carol since it’s my favourite. She sat all the way through it and was completely enthralled except for a few breaks to colour and wrestle with Andrew.
Finally came Christmas. Ev didn’t believe us when we told her that we had heard Santa and thought he might have left us presents so we quickly brought her out and showed her her stocking brimming with toys.
They say that kids enjoy the opening of presents more than the presents themselves because of the actually act of unwrapping and this proved true for Ev this year. She loved opening everything up and it was only a bit later that she actually got down to playing with anything.
It was a massive day of presents, food, bribing a 2-year old to take a nap with gingerbread topped off with a bit of cricket and a swim. Such a wonderful day and we couldn’t have asked for a better one.
As it’s Boxing Day it’s now time to pack up the car and retreat to Jindabyne and the lake for a few days of swimming, fun and family time. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas wherever you are!