Monday, September 29, 2008

6 Months...

Today is our official 6 month milestone and so, to celebrate, I thought I'd do 6 things that I love about McBrad...prepare yourself for sappy, mushy, lovey-dovey stuff...

1. I love that despite him being quite a big, muscular guy (he's 6'2" and gyms on a daily basis), he's surprisingly gentle and tender. Of course, he's a big growly bear at other times, but that's just for fun! :-)

2. I love snuggling with him - I could do it 24/7. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, wrapped in his arms is my favourite place in the world.

3. I love his sense of humour! He's got a very dry, and very quick, wit - it took me a while to be able to sense when he was being serious and when he wasn't but I think I've got the hang of it now! When we watch dvd's like Cath & Kim, or Still Game (a Scottish comedy) and he laughs, I feel it all through him. He also has an absolute KILLER smile - photos don't do him justice!

4. I love that he has such a great relationship with his godchildren. He really takes his responsibility as godfather very seriously which is a very sweet trait.

5. I love that he has lots of good friends who he cares about. He's a very social person and includes me in his social circle - I really feel a sense of being one half of a partnership.

6. I love walking down the street, holding his hand. I feel proud to have such a HOT boyfriend and can't stop talking about him. Close friends now just roll their eyes when I start rambling on about him!

Last week, I was reading some of my older posts, from when I first started blogging (which, by the way, is almost 2 years ago) and it's been fascinating to read about me then and me now. The same Monty is there, but there's certainly differences. Anyway, McBrad loved the flowers I got him on Saturday - thank goodness, as I was up at 5:45am purchasing them from the markets - and we had a lovely weekend together. Tonight, I'm going over after work and we'll celebrate with a bottle of Moet and some dinner (and maybe some other shenanigans but I'm not going to give you any details about that).

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Through the years...

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Monty in 1978...

And with my 1990 Jason Donovan mullet! Eeek!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Salad days...

Well, the weather has been sensational over the past few days. The weekend was spectacular, with gorgeous blue skies, light breezes and around 30 degrees Celcius. And it's at this time of year that I start getting serious cravings for salad! I have always loved salads...a love engendered as a child growing up in hot North Queensland where salad tasted much better than hot vegetables. And so, over the past week, I've been dosing up big time. Caesar salad is always a great choice, particularly with chicken. But my favourite is actually just a mix of green leaf, lots of corn, carrot, eshallots, tasty cheese (or occasionally feta), capsicum and boiled egg, with just a nice drizzle of home made dressing (my mum's recipe). I can eat a plate piled high with this kind of salad. And then some! Yummmmmmo!

Which is also quite good, going into summer, as I figure it's not so fattening. You may not think that this is such a problem for me, given my well documented battle to put on weight. Well, the battle is over I reckon, as I'm now developing a little spare tyre around my middle. It's a new thing for me, and the exercise regime that I'm following is pretty much just a weights only thing, no cardio. And so while I'm still building muscle mass, with my arms and legs and chest developing nicely, my gut has made its debut appearance! Eeek! So last week, now that the weather is warming up and the days are lengthening, I started walking home after gym. It's actually quite a pleasant time to walk home...there's still light in the sky, but the lights of the city are beginning to twinkle on the harbour. It's balmy and so I don't get too hot, even though I'm powering my way home. So hopefully, that will start making a difference to my little gut! I think I shall also have a chat to Muzbot as he seems to have been highly successful in developing a very nice flat tummy indeed!

Anyway, that's about it. This weekend, McBrad and I will celebrate 6 months together! How cool is that! Still amazes me that IT has actually happened - that which I'd been hoping for and dating what seems like hundreds of guys for - and things are settling down really well. I still find it amazing that after an ever changing diet of men for 18 months, I'm thoroughly enjoying my McBrad-only diet! I still think he's the sexiest man alive and can't keep my hands off him and just snogging him is enough to make me "shwing". He's just sooooo HOT!!! Anyway, I'm getting all hot and bothered here and it's probably not the right forum! Just believe me when I say, this is one very satisfied (smuggly so) Monty! But better still, he makes me happy, and I think I make him so as well (well, I do my best anyway). Saturday, he's working and I'm going to get up early (5:30am in fact) and go to the markets and buy up buckets of Oriental Lillies. He loves their fragrance and I'm going to put them all over his house so that when he comes home, it'll be rich with their hot heavy scent! But that's just the start of festivities. More about that to come.

Enjoy your week everyone! :-)

Friday, September 19, 2008

More Monty's Miscellaneous Musings...

I knew, it's been over a week since I last posted. And it's not like I've not been doing anything, I've been doing heaps. But, I think it's getting all rather repetitive...McBrad and I going to dinner, me in love with McBrad, life going along smashingly well blah blah blah. There's only so much mush that I can take, let alone you, my dear readers.

Anyway, it was a lovely weekend last - the temperature hit around 29 degrees Celcius on Saturday, and as McBrad was working, Noodle and I had the day together...bonding. It was a lovely day, playing in the park, taking her for a drive etc. Saturday night, we (McBrad and I) went to the Brandenburg Orchestra who were performing Handel's Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks (complete with pyrotechnics). FANTASTIC evening!

It's been quite splendid weather this week, albeit slightly cooler. But today is back to 27 degrees, flawless blue skies, buckets of sunshine and tomorrow is predicted to hit 31 degrees! Very Very Exciting!

Last night, McBrad had choir practice (he's in the Sydney Philharmonia Choir) and so I met up with him after that at 9.30pm. They rehearse at the STC Wharf in the Rocks and I actually turned up about 15 mins early. So I wondered down to the end of the street to harbour's edge, directly opposite Lunar Park. It was a glorious balmy evening and the moon was a warm golden colour, very low in the sky, just above the horizon. I've never really contemplated the Harbour Bridge from that aspect (normally from the city/Circular Quay side) and I've got to say, it's even nicer - the curve of the Bradfield Highway off the bridge is very apparent and would photograph quite well. I must remember to go down there one evening with my camera. Anyway, I just stood there for about 10 minutes and it was so calming, the dull roar of the vehicles way above me on the bridge, the moon rising above the apartments, the dark water of the harbour, the ferries chugging past me...delightful.

Anyway, that's about it. I told you, nothing that spectacular. Oh, apart from the fact that I received my Kylie tickets on Tuesday!!! Wahoooo! Very excited about that!

It has been flat out at work...good flat out by the way. Unless you've been under a rock, you'll be aware of the turbulence in the financial markets recently. Here in Oz, it's not had as significant an impact as it has in the US and UK. But even so, people are skittish and nervous, which has worked very much in the favour of my employer - one of the Big 4 banks in Australia. I've had clients transferring megabucks from other institutions over to us, because we are perceived as being a solid, safe, conservative institution. So it's been quite a successful week for me, and next week promises to be the same. So, as in all situations, there's winners (us) and losers (everyone else).

Well, hope everyone has a great, sunny, warm weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Monty's Miscellaneous Musings...

Firstly, it seems to be International-Meander-Slowly-Down-The-Street-Day today. Walking around at lunchtime was highly irritating, with everyone seemingly intent on wandering all over the footpaths, stopping at random occasions and just generally being as slow as possible. Drove me INSANE! Can't these people move over to one side to allow those of us who actually have somewhere to go, get there in the most time efficient manner possible???

Anyway, I purchased a couple of lovely shirts and a gorgeous tie from DJ's today...part of my little bonus splurge...the bulk of it I've been sensible and saved, but I did allow me a small amount to blow on whatever I felt like (plus an allowance to blow on my gorgeous McBrad).

I've also read that it's going to be 24 degrees Celcius and sunny on the weekend - it's almost summer weather! How fabulous is that going to be! I can't wait - it's practically beach weather. It's rather exciting actually...I was just thinking that I've not enjoyed an entire spring in Sydney for several years, having been in the UK/Europe for Sept/Oct of the last couple of 2006 for "Monty's Shagging Tour of Europe" and 2007 which was basically "Monty's International Bloggers Meets" (and a few shags thrown in for fun - errr, not with the bloggers...just some random British boys). Anyway, it will be lovely to enjoy the change from the bare trees to the first buds (already happening) to the full blown bright zesty green leaves. I can't wait.

My brother Mark rang me from London yesterday...he and Sim are flying out Christmas day and will arrive Boxing Day morning and so we'll be having a slightly delayed Christmas down at the beach house which will be fantastic. But what he was ringing about was NYE. He wanted to know what we were doing, if we were going to one of the big dance parties, where we'll watch the fireworks from etc. The thing is, I couldn't really tell him what I was going to do as I need to talk to McBrad first. It was the first time that I couldn't just commit to something as I would've done 6 months ago. I don't mind, let me hasten to add, it's just different now that I'm one half of a couple. I'll have to chat to McBrad and see if he has thought about it, and we'll need to come to a decision as a couple. It's kinda nice actually.

So there's the few things that have been on my mind.

Sunday, September 07, 2008


Well, it's Sunday afternoon and I'm here at McBrad's place. We had a dinner party last night with a few friends - nothing new there. But one of them is a vegetarian and so this was something new for me...having to cook WITHOUT meat!!! Now for a Nth Queensland bred carnivore, it's just not an option to have a meat free diet. So it was going to be a challenge to make an entire dinner without any animals being killed and cooked. But, thankfully, McBrad used to be a vege and so still had quite a few vege cookbooks. So, a desperate scramble through their pages resulted in an Orange and Carrot Soup for starter (which McBrad cooked), a Pumpkin, Spinach and Walnut Pie with steamed brocolli and Cauliflower Cheese for mains (which I cooked). We bought a Mango and Cocunut torte for dessert. I've gotta say, despite deeply missing my meat, it was a rather pleasant dinner. All the guests seemed well sated at the end, 5 bottles of wine were consumed (this may have helped) between the 5 of us, and no-one was violently ill. So a successful evening from all accounts.

McBrad had to work today so he left me in bed at 6am (which is terrible - it's that time of morning when you really feel like snuggling with the very hot man next to you) and so I had a bit of a lie in, then got up, fed Noodle the leftovers (we weren't sure if she'd be up for a vege breakfast but she thoroughly cleaned her bowl so obviously she's not fussy), took her for a walk, did all the washing up and then grabbed some lunch and read the paper. So it's been a fairly busy day really. And thankfully, it's been sunny and quite mild today - a nice change from the downpours of the past 36 hours. Tonight, McBrad's taking me out for dinner - not sure where yet. It's been another lovely weekend really. I'm eating a slice of the Mango and Coconut torte as I type this and I've gotta say, it's better the next day! Yummmo!

I've also discovered Scrabble on Facebook, thanks to Martin at TGLATEOTD and so stayed up until 1:30am Saturday morning playing. I LOVE Scrabble! So I'm excited about that!

Otherwise, it's all good here in my life. McBrad will be home in about 30 mins time and that's something to be excited about! Hope everyone else has had good weekends!

Friday, September 05, 2008

I'm loving this at the moment...

OK, this probably seems very crass but I actually listened (for the first time) to the lyrics of Danni's first really big hit "This Is It" the other day and at the risk of sounding shallow, it's exactly how it was with McBrad and I.

This is it
This time I know it's the real thing
I can't explain what I'm feeling
I'm lost for words
I'm in a daze
Stunned and amazed
By your open ways

You smiled at me
And suddenly
The wheels of love began to turn inside of me
Hey, you said hello
Oh, I felt aglow
Right then and there I knew I'd never let you go
'Cos I know...I know

Oh, the touch of you
Is something new
Nobody ever made me feel the way you do
Whoo, it's heavenly
Oh it's ecstasy
The way you make me feel when you make love to me
Oh yeah...Can't you see

This is it
This time I know it's the real thing
and I can't explain what I'm feeling
I'm lost for words
I'm in a daze
Stunned and amazed
By your open ways
This is it
Oh yeah yeah yeah

The prose aint Tolstoy, but you get the drift. I love the upbeat feel of the song - I always feel like dancing to it - and because it says how I feel about McBrad, it's rocketed up the list of faves on my iPod.

Anyway, that's about it for this week. Having a fairly quiet weekend - dinner party on Sat is about the wildest it will get. Otherwise, it's sleeping in both days, coffee and bruch with the puppy and me staring blissfully into McBrad's eyes. Y'know, the usual.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, September 04, 2008


It's been a while since I've had a rant, and I know how much you enjoy me standing on my soap box, railing against some injustice (real or imagined). So here it is...

I actually read this comment on Gay Banker's blog which really annoyed me...

"Simple old truth: if you go out looking for love you'll never find it. The number of times I've seen people go out to 'find a boyfriend'... (almost) always ends in disaster. That kind of search is basically egocentric and selfish. You're out there looking because it's something *you* want to have or because you have so much love that *you* want to give to someone. It's rarely about the other person. It's all about you.Most of the time true love comes about when you accidentally find someone that you're compatible with, ie when you're not *looking*, you're just *doing* what you usually do, day in, day out and *bam* there he is. You start off travelling in parallel. The trick to longevity is figuring out how to keep travelling in parallel without losing too much of yourself."

What is it with these people who seem to have a problem with guys going out looking for a boyfriend??? Seriously, get over it! "Simple old truth: if you go out looking for love, you'll never find it." Bollocks!!! What a load of crap! Maybe you were a lucky one who was just toddling along, "not looking" and then Mr Right just turned up on your door. BUT that doesn't mean that it happens to everyone! It really cheeses me off when these kind of guys seem to act like they have some moral superiority because they were "not looking". What's wrong with looking for Mr Right? And what's with the assumption that all guys who are out there looking for Mr Right are automatically desperate? Just because a guy would like a partner in life and has got the balls to go out there and try and find him, is it a given that he's some kind of stalker-in-waiting? NO!

I know when I was looking, and when I did my rant back in January, there were comments about the fact that I shouldn't be actively looking but to just "let it happen". Well, I didn't stop looking and see what happened...McBrad! I'm very happy that I didn't let the condescending attitude of some put me off my search. There were also comments cautioning me not to come across as desperate...well, I don't think I did but there you have it, the assumption was there.

I'm reading a couple of blogs from lovely guys who are looking for a boyfriend, but when I read their posts (and the comments), you can't help but get the impression that they feel a little bit embarassed or ashamed of the fact that they're out there looking. Well guys, don't be! It takes guts to put yourself out there and openly admit that you're looking for a boyfriend. If you're lucky, you might stumble across the path of Mr Right and that's fantastic. But if you don't, good on you for going out looking. More power to you for actually getting off your arses and searching instead of just moaning about wanting a boyfriend.

I also have an issue with the idea that looking for a boyfriend is selfish. Why is it selfish to want a partner in life? Again, it's the condescension that "looking for love" is somehow inherently inferior to just "accidentally finding" it. It really annoys me! As far as I'm concerned, those guys who confess to "looking for love" are just being honest. Granted, there are guys who are genuinely not wanting a relationship, for a whole host of reasons and you have to respect that, but the ones who are ostensibly NOT looking for love but jump at it the second they find it are, from my perspective, being hypocritical when they decry others for looking for it.

OK, that's it, rant over.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Gods of Football...

Seriously, go to this website and vote for the hottest man in football - either NRL or AFL. They're all hot hot hot - it's rather pleasant eye candy, let me say!

And the hottest of them all is the guy on the left - his name is David Shillington. Yummmmmo!!!

Spring part II...

Forgot to mention in the previous post...

I went to David Jones yesterday at lunchtime (their Castlereagh St store). It's their Spring Flower Festival and seriously, go and have a look (if you live in Sydney). It is gorgeous! The theme this year is "A riot of colour" and it is - magnificent arrangements of orchids and oriental lillies, with parrots perched on the branches! Exotic and amazing. When the florists were given the job, they must have wet themselves with delight at the sheer scale of it, let alone the theme. Wonderful.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Spring in my step...

I do have to apologise - my blogging has been somewhat hit and miss of recent weeks. I will try and be more regular going forward.

Anyway, it's just going to be more of the usual romantic mush from me, so consider yourself warned.

I spent the entire weekend at McBrad's which was splendid. There was a moment part way through the weekend when I stopped and thought...'this is as good as it gets!' But the funny thing is, I've had a few moments like that over the last few months but it just continues to get better! Everything just seems to be going fantastically well. It never fails to surprise me that McBrad continues to be his gorgeous self, continues to profess his love for me and continues to want me around! And this is completely reciprocated, trust me!!!

Now, Friday was officially 5 months for us! That in itself is great! But after celebrating 1, 2 and 3 months together, we made a mutual decision not to make a big deal of 4 and 5 months, but rather wait for 6 months. Despite that, waiting for me when I arrived at his place on Friday evening was an array of presents. It was very sweet of him and I was very touched. I had only brought a bunch of flowers for him so I purchased a really nice bottle of champers for dinner. It was a lovely dinner and a wonderful evening and it just reinforced to me how lucky I am! I am sorry to go on and on about this, but I can't stop grinning.

Anyway, suffice to say that Monty continues to be a happy chap!

On a different note, as has been mentioned in other blogs, it's Spring here in the Antipodes and we've had some glorious weather - beautiful big blue skies, buckets of sunshine and daytime temperatures in the low 20's (degrees Celcius). Just perfect. The trees are starting to sprout leaves, flowers are starting to bloom, the days are slowly getting longer and longer. It's magnificent.

AND I got my results from my recent DFP assignment - I passed so I'm happy (17.75 out of 20 - not my most splendid result but a pass is a pass and that's all I need). It was a stress to get it done (particularly after I lost half the assignment 2 days before it was due) and so passing it has been a relief! Now, next step is the exam - I have 2 months. But I think I've broken the back of it so the worst is over.

I was reading a couple of my posts I made about dating over the past couple of years and it was interesting to see where I was at back then. To see the issues I was dealing with, and how I was dealing with them - it was a good reminder about how good I have it now. I'm reading a couple of blogs that appear to be somewhat similar to mine 12 - 18 months ago and it's fascinating to read them. I've added them to my blog roll and I hope that I can be as encouraging and supportive to those guys as many of my readers were to me in those dark days of my single sluthood!

Anyway, all good in the life of Monty at the moment. Hope all is good in your world too!