15.06.2016 - 06.07.2016 13 °C
until we are out of here! And off into the mountains for some skiing.
So after the last blog post, Ben caught my cold and lost his voice! Which wasn't ideal as his job is practically just talking. Although it worked out well for him because he was off sick for the majority of the week which meant he didn't get fired as he was actually over target!
Anna baked some cookie, chicken pie and brownies! She is keeping busy in that kitchen.
On the weekend we had our photo day. Anna played with her 'repaired' polaroid camera and Ben had a play on his birthday present. We had fun being tourists and travelling around the city taking lots of shots. Unfortunately Anna's shots didn't come out as well as Ben's as her camera is still broken!!
We ended the evening back in the best Asian in Melbourne, Rice Paper Scissors mmmm!
On Sunday Anna had work so Ben spent the day lounging around drawing. After Anna's shift it was time to see Finding Dory at the cinema... and it was great! We even had a play in the arcades, they are much cheaper over here so we had a lot of fun for just $5.
Anna had Tuesday and Wednesday off again. The two job thing isn't going as planned as one of them isn't providing the hours! Ben was on re evaluation again due to being on tracking the week before as he was ill. On Anna's two days off she managed to break the internet. Jason decided to rearrange the office and then leave the house so when Anna tried to plug the wire back in... it turns out it was the wrong one and she ended up blowing the box! Ooops! We later found out it was worth over $200 so in a desperate attempt to revive it, we took it to a specialist but he only gave us bad news. By the time we got home, Jason had already bought a replacement even though he asked us to buy one.. and it hasn't been discussed since. We are praying the money doesn't come out of our bond!
Anna received a very exciting email from her website... A film company in Melbourne wanted to use her as their photographer for a shoot with Haymes, Australia's leading paint brand. This was the perfect opportunity to introduce AB Studio. We ended up earning twice as much money buy suggesting it so it turned out to be a success. Anna went to meet the team in their offices and was amazed by how big the company was. It turns out that Creswick creative take on all of Disney's outsourcing in Australia. America sends over trailers and Creswick record Australian voice over and change titles etc. Anna got briefed on the shoot and went home to tell Ben all the exciting news.
On the weekend, we went to watch AFL live! (Australian rules football) At the start we weren't that into it as we didn't have a clue what was going on. But by the end we were cheering and booing with all the other Australian fans. We had such a good time and had amazing seats. We spent our money on lots of snacks and drinks and even matching scarves...
So the EU news kind of sucks. More for Anna than Ben. Her savings are actually in the UK account and so she has lost out on a couple of hundred due to the pound dropping so drastically. It has picked up a bit since but not as much as she would like it to. We both would of voted to stay if we had been more organised.
Ben was giving up on his job as he hated being on Vision all the time and he was performing terribly because of it. He managed to get onto Bush heritage and ended up having a killer day, 6 packs in a day which broke his personal record.
Before the shoot, we decided it would be a good idea to buy a Macbook which didn't constantly restart. We sat down and went through our financial situation and decided that a Macbook would be a great investment for AB studio. Next we will be buying a camera, but for now we would borrow Jason's. On our way home, we got pulled over into a little lane where loads of police officers were giving breathalyzer tests. This was a first for Ben but we were soon on our merry way as we hadn't consumed any alcohol that day :-).
Yet again Anna was hard at work on a weekend and Ben had it off and so this weekend, Ben decided to go food shopping with Brad. They decided to buy lots of sausages so that night they could 'crumb' them together. This is a term we don't usually use but its basically breaded sausage. We all ended up getting involved and had a bit of a house sausage crumb party! That night we also did a bin run... Basically Jason is the laziest and messiest person ever and so if we don't do something it doesn't get done. Like taking out the bins. It pilled up that much that Jason finally realised and so we all ended up putting the bin bags into other peoples bins. Brad took it a bit too far and dressed all in black like a ninja!
In other exciting news, we booked our ski trip and dinner on a tram. On the 22nd of July, we will be heading to the mountains for 5 days of skiing and snowboarding. We have lessons booked and rental equipment reserved. We are very excited! Luckily we managed to fit in the dinner on the tram before we go. Anna saw a restaurant tram pass one day and ever since has wanted to book but Ben wasn't too fussed by it. As soon as Anna found out they have gluten free... it was booked
Last week we both woke up bright and early ready for our Hep A booster injections. When we arrived we waited for around twenty mins before finding out that only Ben needed his booster as it turns out Anna had already had hers. This saved her $100 and some trauma. Anna finally got her hair cut but it is still just as long as before. She is trying to grow it as long as possible as she hopes to donate it when she gets back to the UK.
AB Studio is coming along well. We now have a live website... http://a-b-studio.weebly.com/
We have logos, social accounts, a macbook and our first official client. Now we just need a camera and we are good to go. The only way is up!
So down to the shoot. Anna had to wake up at 5.30am and so packing the night before was vital
She drove 20 min away to meet the director and camera man at one of their houses. Once they were all in their hired Jeep and equipment was in the boot, the first stop was McDonalds. Oh sorry... 'Maccas'. Coffee for the boys and good old English Breakfast tea for Anna. We then had an hour and a half long journey before reaching Ballarat. We arrived early and headed inside to the lab. After discussing how the day would pan out, we got straight to it. It was a good day and went well. Anna took the Macbook which was worth it as the clients wanted to see the imagery right away. We had the day at the lab and then later on went to a location to photograph a guy applying their paint to the wall of a new home. Anna managed to survive the day on a Nikon and get some good shots. Once Ben has edited them we will put some up for you all to see. Theres not too many stories to tell about the day really, apart from Haymes provided lunch which was all sandwich, pastry and cakes so Anna did the walk of shame to the car to grab some gf lunch!
This week Ben has had to fire two people! Being a team leader has its negatives too I guess, so that was pretty awkward. His tram has also stopped running for the week due to maintenance so when Anna can't drop him off or pick him up, he has to walk, get the tram, get a train and walk some more. Which is not at all ideal as this week we have horrible rain and floods!
Anna finally made a grand in a day at the retail store. She has getting a lot of pressure from her manager as her sales seem to be the lowest. This result proves that Anna can do it, it's not her fault if the store is dead! She got just shy of a grand again the other day so more evidence Lets hope her manager leaves her alone for her last two weeks of work.
Brad has moved out now, but Sol hasn't moved in just yet. We feel bad for Brad as he is now living on his mates sofa when theres an empty room over here! But what can you do.
July is the end of the Australian tax year and so we got to reclaim all of our tax. Ben got LOADS back, Anna... not so much. We had a disney and PJ day on Saturday which was much needed as we are both exhausted from all this work! We can't wait to go on holiday We went back to the cinema and watched the new Kevin Heart film which was hilarious! We are going back this weekend to watch Tarzan and Ice Age! We just can't get enough. We got our cinema tickets half price because we had burgers but what an interesting colour crumb...
Anna had a much needed massage as she had pulled a muscle in her shoulder from all the dishwasher work in the cafe. The Chinese man was very shocked with the crunching noises of her shoulders and kept checking that she was ok. Unfortunately she is used to this!
So the last story for this blog post is Jason's women. He has so many different girls around that we can't count them! He likes to have 'netflix and chill'. This week Jason wanted to watch a scary film with his current lady friend but he wouldn't watch it unless Ben did. For those who know Ben quite well... he doesn't do scary films. Jason then offered us money off our rent to get Ben to watch it! (We think Jase was too scared to watch it without another man) But of course Ben won and proceeded to watch Friday Night Lights, some american football to sooth the screams from downstairs!
Anna also shrunk her water bottle in the dishwasher... it was a litre one!