I was sitting having lunch with family after Ant and Flic’s wedding a few weeks ago, when my Aunt, Merilyn, asked if Mum and I would be heading to Sydney again this year for the launch of Voices of 2014. I shook my head, we weren’t. The Launch was just two weeks away and I’d decided that we simply had too much on April.
Merilyn didn’t say a word, but she sat back in her seat, tilted her head a little sideways, raised half an eyebrow and gave me the look. She’s been giving me this look since I was a little girl. One glance said
are you certain you can’t fit it in?
making the top 90 blogs in Australia is a big deal.
how many opportunities like this do you really get?
take your Mother on a girls weekend.
you had such a beaut time last year.
It was a slow-burning look. It took a week, but it worked. I put the hard word on Bearhands and he agreed. Mum and I headed to Sydney again early Saturday morning for the Voices of 2014 launch party. Every year Kidspot make a list of their favourite Australian blogs and Cooker and a Looker was lucky enough to be included again this year. I’m still pinching myself that all of the possibilities this blogging caper has opened up to me.
Six things I learned this weekend:
- I want to be a COP when I grow up. Sneh Roy, the lady behind Cook Republic and now author of Tasty Express was wrapping up a talk when she said that her big advice for being creative was COP. Be Consistent. Be Original. Be Persistent. I’ll be doing my darndest.
- Facebook likes short links. Apparently if I use a link like this http://wp.me/p2tvdo-19D instead of a link like this cookerandalooker.com/crockpot-brownies. Facebook will show it to more of the people who ‘like’ Cooker and a Looker. I don’t use short links because I figured people would be less inclined to click a link that gave no inkling of it’s destination, but I’ll give it a burl this week.
- Din Tai Fung make the best soup dumplings I’ve ever eaten. Aleney from Boy Eats World wasn't mucking around when she suggested this joint. Michelin star dumplings? Amazeballs.
- Every girl should have her own personal makeup artist. My mate, Robyn from Mrs D plus 3 was a fancy pants make-up artist in a previous life. She tarted me up good and Mum and I learned a few new tricks while she did.
- Thai masseuses kneel on you. No joke. Kneecaps in bum cheeks people! Before we headed home on Sunday, Mum and I hit Chinatown for yum cha and a massage. I spent the whole half hour wondering if Mum would still be capable of walking at the end. She was.
- Flying alone is THE BOMB. I had a beer, ate some pretzels, did a crossword, bashed out this blog post. Seriously, I'm thinking about making an annual habit out of it - no further looks required Merilyn!
do you click short links?
ever had a thai massage?