Gridiron Saturday

As my own form of social belated celebration for the 4th of July, I organized an American Football afternoon with friends.  Matt and some of his friends have played together some in the past, but yesterday I introduced them to the concept of “flag football.”  We all wore socks or towels tucked into our shorts to make for tackling without all the injuries.  Though there were several late withdrawals, we still had 11 people show up to play.  Despite forecasts of rain all weekend, it was a gorgeous day.

My friend Thuy is the best at celebrating.  She’s flying high here when her team was winning!

I love Mike’s victory dance post-touchdown.  Traditionally a rugby guy, he picked up NFL really quickly.  Loved his enthusiasm.  He and Maria were naturals at gridiron!

I think after every play we mostly just couldn’t stop laughing.  It was a great game because everyone had fun and got involved.

Ian’s looking serious with his cool gloves.  Some of Matt’s and my friends are just as into NFL as we are, so they came to play in all the right gear!  Though, Maria and I did wear our football boots, so I suppose we brought our A-game as well.

It was hard to get good photos at this time of day with all the shadows from the sun.  This was Matt’s team.  Luckily we don’t get too competitive when we play on opposite teams.  Though he did tackle me “for real” once by accident.  Claims he was trying to punch the ball out while I was running after a catch…lol.  Didn’t hurt me of course, it was all in good fun.  Everyone was in a serious fit of giggles.

This was my team, plus Li who was playing offense for both teams.  I’ve had a bit of a throw and kick with Danny and Li before, so I knew they had the skills, but I was blown away by Jonny’s throwing abilities.  We’d never played together before, but he sure was a great weapon at quarterback!  Also at one point he turned a not-so-great throw from me into a fantastic touchdown catch.

By the end of it, lots of us were pretty beat.  I always forget how tiring football can be.

Yes I am wearing shorts.  I’m so glad we had some girls show up today.  Next time we hope there will be more.

Ha, my fringe is out of control.  Matt and I taking our post-game photo.  We both had a lot of fun yesterday.

It started to get cold once the sun dropped, but what a beautiful day!  It was sunny, but not hot.  This was definitely a good winter activity.  I think some people were surprised to learn how much fun gridiron can be.  It’s the perfect sport to play with friends because you don’t need previous skills to participate and have a good time.  I am so appreciative to those who came.  Most are keen to get another game going soon.  Hopefully word will spread and we’ll get heaps of new recruits!

My Country ‘Tis of Thee

…Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.  Happy 4th of July to all of my fellow Americans!!!  Nobody does “the holidays” like us Yanks, and I did my part to celebrate this evening.  4th of July the Emma way means lots of baking!

Last year I made sugar cookies with red, white and blue frosting.  This time around I decided to go with one of my absolute favorite treats: red velvet cupcakes!

Red velvet batter is by far the most delicious kind.  Matt and I were quite eager to clean this bowl.  Cupcake batter turns me into a child; I nearly spoiled my dinner.

I poked a hole in my piping bag the last time I made cupcakes, so tonight I used a makeshift one using a Ziploc bag.  Didn’t turn out as polished, but they still look tempting!  The cream cheese frosting recipe comes from Australian Women’s Weekly.

If you want to make a batch yourself, check out Carrot Top Mom.  (Though I would find your own cream cheese frosting recipe.  Hers hasn’t work for me, and I’ve tried it 3 different times.)

Sadly there isn’t much white in my festive ensemble.  I love this little red and navy shirt/dress.  I got it at Target of all places.  My red H&M tights and navy Keds pair really well with the dress as well.  My watch is the pop of white to complete my patriotic get-up.

For my family, the 4th means spending the long weekend together up at our cabin.  It’s on a small lake in Wisconsin.  I’m sure my parents and sisters will spend the day barbecuing and water-skiing.  I’m sad to miss out, but I’m happy to have indulged my need to acknowledge the day.  And when it almost fell apart (I forgot to buy cream cheese), I had my best buddy around to go pick it up for me.

25 years 25 cheers

Perth’s March 3rd 2011 is about to draw to a close, and I didn’t want the night to end without a post.  I know it’s been awhile since I last wrote, but my life is still work and sports. Not much to report!

My birthday is much more to me than the day I get a little older each year.  On this date in 1986, my Grandma Wetherall celebrated her own 54th birthday with her first granddaughter as an extra special gift.  Sharing March 3rd with my grandma has always meant a lot to me.  It’s almost like a legacy I share and inherit.  It’s also a day that means a great deal to Matt’s and my relationship.  But more on that later.

As I am always down for a list, I thought I’d share my top 5 birthdays and my top 20 favorite life accomplishments.  25 tidbits from 25 years.  Please, take a stroll with me:

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Socializing: Mos, Dawson and Australia Day

While work has kept me busier than I’ve been in ages, my social life has only gotten more hectic as I consistently have 30-hour weeks.  I shouldn’t say hectic, perhaps I’ll just call it a very full social calendar.

Here’s a photo of me with Claire and Mel, a few works friends.  I’ve quickly gotten close with some of my coworkers.  Claire’s English and has actually had to quit recently until her new visa comes through.  They’re really great girls, it was nice seeing a bunch of work people in a social atmosphere.  We went out to dinner at our place of employment, which I hadn’t done yet. The food’s amazing, so when Mel invited us I quickly leaped at the chance.  After dinner we went into the city for drinks.

Last Wednesday was my first Australia Day, which is basically the 4th of July equivalent over here.  We went to a bbq at our friend Hannah’s.  I made my signature salad and a big bowl of guacamole.  They were both a hit.  People scraped every last drop out of the guac bowl.  I will definitely need to make it again the next time the occasion calls for it.  We had a really great time.

I had a couple of Dawson’s Creek marathons with some of the girls from my soccer team last week.  Maria was kind enough to host us twice.  We were appalled to learn Hannah, Lauren and Lizzie had never seen the show, so it was imperative that we rectify the situation immediately.  There was much ooing and ahhing and awwwwws.

This past weekend we had Tahlia’s 20th birthday party.  She’s also on my soccer team and is probably Matt’s closest female friend.  Her boyfriend’s name is also Mat (they’re called Mat one and Mattwo due to the number of Ts in their names), and we’ve gotten really close with him as well over the past several months.  Above is a photo of Annabeth (a friend of Tahlia’s whom I love), Teri, Hannah and me.  Teri is another girl from the soccer team and one of my favorite people.The theme of Tahlia’s party was “Dirty Moustache,” so we all went a bit over the top.  This photo is of my friend Lizzie and me.  Aussies call November “Mo”vember and all the men grow out their facial hair to raise money for men’s health.  Now rather than calling facial hair “beards” or “moustaches,” people often just say “mo.” (As in, “nice mo!” or “I love your mo!”)

Matt says a moustache suits me.  I think he was joking, but one can never really be sure.  We found these really thick ones at a fabric store.  Only 2$!

This week I’ve still got a lot of social stuff on.  This morning I’m seeing “Tangled” with Lauren and Hannah.  Then tonight we’re going to a big social soccer event to brush up our skills.  We really want to get into training before next season starts (on my birthday!)  One of the girls from work is even joining the team!

Kiss Me at Midnight

Well it’s January 2nd and the holidays are officially coming to a close.  While most of you, my faithful readers, were buried under feet of snow, Matt and I were boiling in the heat!For Christmas we got up and exchanged presents before going to Nonna’s house for lunch.  (Nonna is Matt’s Italian grandmother.)  I believe there were 25 of us packed in with only a few fans to cool us down.  Though we were a bit drowsy from the 103-degree heat, it was quite a pleasant afternoon.

One of my favorite presents from Matt was a “canned platypus.”  I’m always begging him to take me somewhere where I can hold a platypus, as I find them fascinating.  But he says it’s as though I’m asking to hold a fish; also they’re apparently poisonous.  So now I have a tiny stuffed platypus I can hold whenever I want!

I had to work until 8pm on New Years Eve, but after that Matt and I headed to Tahlia’s for a house party.  We ended up really having a lot of fun; it was great spending the night with friends.We weren’t able to stay very late because Matt’s aunt got married the next morning.  It was pretty killer getting up at 9 to get ready to drive 1/2 hour out to Cottesloe for the ceremony/reception.

The view from the reception room was really amazing.  We even saw some dolphins swimming by fairly close to shore.  Unfortunately all of my photos are a little dark since I wanted to avoid the flash in the middle of the proceedings.

I hope everyone’s holidays were as enjoyable as mine!  I’m looking forward to an exciting 2011.