Renovation Woes, Fun Loom And A Book Launch

by | Apr 11, 2014 | 12 comments

Fun Loom - Cook Republic
Last week my Mac died. It gave a loud bang and took out power to a section of the house. This one lasted 5 years and went through three operating systems. RIP dear Mac. A sleek new Macbook Pro replaced it. It is still finding its feet as I slowly set it up amidst email woes, book launches and moving 3 meter long couches on a 1 meter long trolley into the garage. A lot is happening and every night I thankfully pass out on my trusty old pillow.
Kitchen Renovation - Cook Republic
You remember the kitchen I won at Voices Of Australia last year? That is soon to become a reality thanks to The Good Guys. But before that happens, we have some massive renovations to do on our own. This includes knocking down walls in three quarters of the house, ripping out the kitchen and laundry and building a new bedroom and deck. This started a week ago. And while our walls are being knocked down and ceiling is being ripped off we have been living in the garage amongst a mad chaos of furniture and random items perched haphazardly one on top of the other like a shop in Diagon Alley. Loving it. For the most bit. Except when it comes to doing laundry and washing dishes. Now we don't have a laundry or kitchen. But our clever builder has managed to connect our washing machine and dishwasher to our garden hose out in the yard under a temporary lego shack.
A series of actions must be completed in a rigid order to get either of the appliances working. Like turning off water, then screwing the hose on, then turning back water and then the power. But there is no hot water so we are really living it old school by boiling water in a kettle and hand washing most of our dishes in the yard in a tub. As I said. Loving it. For the most bit.
I had a lovely little book launch over the weekend at a dear little space called Grosgrain. Lisa, the owner is my style hero and she gave me the best little book launch a girl could dream of. Between working all week through the renos and prepping launch tasting dishes in the garage to rushing at two soccer games on the day of the launch, I completely ran out of time to prepare for the big moment. But all the familiar smiling faces and the lovely bloggers, friends, family and readers who turned up on the day took my fears away. It was an intimate gathering and I was so happy that Nick and the boys were there with me too. Thank you to Lisa, my publicist Jo and everyone who came to show their support.
I have an author talk coming up soon and will be speaking on a blogger panel at The School tomorrow for Voices OF Australia 2014. Hope I have time to prepare for that tonight!
Tasty Express Book launch - Cook Republic
lead picture is of my hand all decked up in some intricate weaving projects on the fun loom that my boys have been obsessed with lately. I am particularly fond of the triple fish tail at the base. Aren't they gorgeous?


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  1. Rosa

    Wow, your house is getting a big renovation! A lot of work going on there...

    Congrats on the book launch!



  2. Padaek

    Wow - with respect, such awesome chaotic dramas going for you atm - looks and sounds like so much fun! 🙂 Your kitchen is going to look and be so wonderful! Can't wait to see it - hang in there. Congrats on your book launch! Looks like you had a blast and it went really well. So much going on for you but still on top of it - yowsie Sneh - how do you do it?

  3. thelittleloaf

    Gorgeous photos - I love the family pic! And SO jealous of your new's going to be amazing!

  4. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    love little glimpses going on in your life. that family picture is gorgeous 🙂

  5. Coco

    Congrats, Sneh! Your boys look so proud and as well they should be!

  6. Shobelyn

    Sneh, I love your older son's smile while showing off your book. He looks very proud.

  7. Alice

    Loving your whirlwind life and the story behind all these changes. I've loved seeing the little updates on your Instagram and look forward to checking back to see the amazing progress all round. Books, renovations, kitchen and life included!

  8. ami@naivecookcooks

    Sneh, I am looking forward to see your new kitchen girl! Yay!!

  9. Bernadette Salt

    How lovely it was to finally meet you at the launch of your gorgeous book. I'm really impressed that with all the renovating and your kitchen in the garage you are still finding the time to cook, photograph and even post, amazing. Cant wait to see what you do next. Look forward to chatting again soon.

  10. cynthia

    HUGE congrats on your book launch, Sneh! I love your blog and the book looks even more fantastic. Renovation sounds like a nightmare, but I can't wait for you to get your dream kitchen at the end of it! And for us to live vicariously through the photos 😉 And thank you so so much for the mention -- you're too kind!

  11. annelies

    Congrats on the book launch Sneh. Perhaps your book tour will bring you to San Francisco. If not, know I'm cheering for you on this side of the pond.

  12. Sarah

    I love your reno and book signing but most of all love the loom band pic at the top! It looks like my wrist, after my daughter has been creating 🙂


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