Yesterday was another exciting day driving all over the state on visits. When driving it always makes me feel better when the weather is nice. The road is safer, people drive better and the view from the window is more encompassing. Though I do live in a place of very unpredictable and as such you will notice the clouds and rainbow in the first picture which is what the afternoon turned into.
Today I am sharing with you a couple of views from my day and you can pretend like you came for a drive with me.
Universe, "Please can you communicate to me something that I could get for my dad for Christmas this year?" "Actually while you are at it, could you also please let me know what to get J?"
Boys are so hard to shop for. What do you get for people who only want things that cost about $500 or more? For J I want to get him something to keep, something personal, not a cordless drill. Every year for my dad, my sister and I end up getting him these expensive socks he wears and apricot bits and stuff like that. not super thoughtful gifts.
This is my current conundrum which is occupying a significant amount of brain space. as aside from these couple of gifts I am pretty much done. I would like to be completely finished now so that I can think about other things.
For example, the fact that our building plans are in for approval. Or that public liability insurance is going to cost us $1500. Or that my friend who I have not seen since her wedding will be able to meet up with me hopefully later in December!
So since it is the final day of November, Happy December everyone. Hope all your Christmas shopping is very nearly done!
Ok so, I have a massive thing for ducks. How cute are they? I alway get super excited when I see little ducklings when I go for my morning jog. I want them to come live at my house, but I think our dam might be a little too small for them! I also like baby swans and I am glad to see that our nearby native wetlands promotes so many babies.
In other completely unrelated news. The engineer has signed off on our plans so we are submitting our mountain of paperwork for building approvals today!!!
Soooo exciting. If you have ever built your own home you will know exactly what I am speaking of!
I have just completed 90% of my Christmas shopping in under an hour. This my friends is the beauty of Etsy.com. It is so fabulous and ordering from them is a breeze. Parcels usually come in good time and everything comes beautifully wrapped (usually). One of my favourite searches is always "bird". Bird motifs are very popular at present and the most delightful gifts can be found here. I also like to search for 'leather handbags'... But that is more for me!
Go and have a look right now, that is unless you are on a shopping ban. If you are then do not click the link!
I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
Well, ok, so there weren't any bells as the wedding was not in a church. It was actually in a garden which was soooo lovely at this time of year.The theme was high tea, and though most people weren't drinking tea, the table setting looked amazing and there were brightly coloured flowers in tea pots on all the tables.
The food was fabulous finger food and the wine was free flowing. All the brides close friends and family attended and a great night was had by all.
The garden was decorated with paper lanterns and fairy lights. At night the place looked magical. I really like attending weddings, they always feel so exciting and I love to dance around and drink lots of sparkling wine (which I don't ordinarily drink). Weddings are more fun because you get a sense of duty to have fun and everyone is feeling so loving.
I had such a great weekend, but now I am tired due to lack of sleep.
I had a hens party for one of my very best friends, and I had a lots of vested interest in this particular party as I am her Maid of Honour.
I have to say that we actually really pulled the day off fantastically! (is that a word?)
We had a wine tour during the day with several stops at amazing Tasmanian wineries including, Pipers Brook, Iron Pot Bay and Bay of Fires. We had an amazing lunch at Pipers Brook, and an amazing day and the rain held out for the whole of it.
Then in the evening we went out for dinner to a little tavern and had a delicious dinner and the staff were incredibly accommodating! followed by a jaunt out into the town where everyone danced like crazy people (or was that just myself??)
The picture above is my sister and myself being nuts and tossing our hair. (also my bra is showing, but it is possibly I was having too much fun to notice.)
Hens Parties are fun, I cant wait to have my own!!!
Ever since I was a little girly, I have always had this massive obsession with flying. The bit I love most about flying in planes is looking at the world from above, and especially the part where you get to look at the world from above the clouds. I adore the moments in flight when you break through the clouds andstart to ascend above them. This is when you can see them look their most fluffy and delicious. and sometimesyou can see their flatt bottoms and the cotton candy tops at the same time. Its like magic.
I also really enjoy being a total eejit and taking photos from the plane window. I know I am such a tourist. But really, who can help themselves being a little impressed by the whole aerial view of a city. Who can not be amazed to see roads snaking off into the distance, through cities and farmland. Ok maybe lots of people.
As such I thought I would share my inner childish-ness with you in the form of some pictures from my latest trip. Some are flying over Sydney (or Melb?) and some are flying into Newcastle, but you will have to guess which are which.
I hope these photos make someone happy today. Even if it is because they are thinking to them selves, 'a 25 year old sat in a plane and took these photos like a 10 year old with a new camera.' You may laugh, but clouds are wonderful. Why do you think people want to sleep on them and not with the fishes?
Don't you just love having a catch up with a friend over coffee, or a yummy dinner. Today I had the rare chance to do both.
This morning I caught up with a friend who I see reasonab
ly often for a coffee at my mum's house. I turned on the clunky, 10 year old coffee machine at my mum's house and we sat around and drank hot chocolate and chai latte's while her daughter ran around watering the grass outside. It was just a blissful morning in the sun chatting and drinking yummy drinks, for a portion of the price of going out for coffee at a cafe.
Then this evening I had pad thai at a small takeaway 5min between another friend's and my house. The food wasn't gourmet, but it is always so nice to indulge in small pleasures such as catching up for a quick meal.
I ended up having a really nice day and it felt productive because I had caught up with people who I don't necessarily get to see that often, and it didn't cost too much money.
I would recommend taking time out every now and then to catch up with those people who you don't get to see very often. It can be hard to make time in you busy scedule and I know I am guilty of neglecting people. But you, and they will feel all the better for taking the time to catch up in person. Well, thats the way I feel anyway.
I have a strange hobby which includes falling metres at a time and landing by having knotted myself in a bit of material. (sounds like something spy's do right? Or am I kidding my self?)
My Hobby is a circus act called tissu or silks or I am sure it has a million other circus-y names, but I don't know what any of those are...
On the weekend I got to try out my at home tissu's as we finally had some good weather and have found some old foam we can use as safety mats (read: not safe enough) Now I barely ever actually fall, but even worse than falling in this hobby, is getting burnt. Sunburn would be bad enough, but then you end up getting a massive rope burn.
I currently have a really nasty and ugly red raw patch of skin on my side, which is approximately 9cm wide by 3 cm high. and can I just say OUCH! If you have not suffered silk burns before (which I imagine is not as common as a bruised leg), let me tell you, that it is not friendly. Its my own stupid fault, I would normally have a long top tucked into my leggings under a 3/4 sleeve top which keep most of the burns away, but this particular day seeing as tissu was not the only thing on the agenda I neglected to put another top on. and of course did all the usual tricks anyway. This is what you get.
Let this be a warning to all the teens out there who wish to run away and join the circus. It might seem fun, but let me tell you, it hurts.
In other news, Back at work today and thinking about whether we can put biscuits in tins and sell them, or if this would be too much work due to packaging safety standards...
Did you ever lost someone that you never thought you would lose?
I lost someone, who was so young when he died, that I had never even imagined living with out him, as it was pretty much inconceivable. But I am guessing it was even worse for his little sisters and his mum.
Icried today. For a full 20 minutes all by my little lonesome in the car. I don't exactly know what started me off, but then I was thinking, memories just aren't enough to keep someone fresh in your mind, to remember what you really thought of them and what they really looked like and how they spoke to you and to others. I remember that he was nice to everyone, I remember his little quirks, like how he used to be able to readily able to pull apart electronic gadgets, with the full intention of putting them back together, but somehow they never quite got put back together. I remember that he was never afraid to hug, and I remember his reliance on computers, and maybe thats enough, maybe all you need to keep them close to you forever is those happy memories that had always seemed to make up such a large part of their personality at the time. But then you realise that they are never coming back, thats when you know that memories just aren't enough you feel like you need to give them a hug one more time, you need to send them a text and tell them something important, or maybe you just need them to know you love them.
It's probably one of the hardest things to go through, to lose someone and to wish that you could have them back, but to know that you can't. So I dedicate this post to all the people out there who miss someone severely and forever. I empathise with you, but I can't sympathise with you. Sorry.
Since I have started a new job it has become a part of what I do to be a 'rep' which so far has not been very sales focused, as everywhere I have gone everyone has actually been happy to see me! incredible for a sales rep! anyways, thought since I would be tripping around here and there a bit I would share my adventures with you. Starting by leaving Launceston about 8:10am
Next was my first coffee for the morning at Campbell Town, not the best coffee of my life actually, but by this stage I was hungry and feeling like I needed a pep up!
Driving from Campbell Town to Bicheno is along my favourite road ever, the Lake Leake Hwy. Its this amazing windy road with the best corners. If you dont get stuck behind an annoying car it is a great drive.
I would like to take a moment here to thank all the people I encountered on this day who actually pulled off the road to let me past I think about maybe 3 out of 5 cars today actually let me past which NEVER happens! So THANK YOU! The kind people who did this actually seriously made my day!
I had my first appointment of the day in Bicheno, which was lovely and warm! I actually took off my jacket in Bicheno, which I have not done in days. I think it was about 15 and sunny! I could have gone swimming! ...(or not)
Lunch!.... Chippies! While I was eating lunch about 50 seagulls surrounded me to try and eat my lunch. So when I had finished eating I put all my rubbish in the bin so there was NONE for the seagulls! Huh! (I think seagulls should really eat raw fish. There are still seagulls somewhere in the world which actually do. I think.
As I was leaving St Helens I stopped to take this picture. It is a strange place St Helens, somewhere between a small coastal town and a mid sized town, there are things like Chickenfeed ($2 / reject shop) but then there are lots of little places trying to make it more quaint. I don't know, its just not my favourite place ever.
Finally on the way back across lake Leake as I headed towards Campbell Town I drove into this beautiful sunset. My camera just does not capyure how nearly perfect it was, like this other time I drove back from our shack and there was this amazing light, which has impressed me for the rest of my life.
And that was the end of my day! Then I came back and had curry for dinner! Yum
Ok so that was kinda a fat day. will work on that for next trip...
Yes indeed I am, I am still at work at the job I am leaving until Wednesday. My boss has just told me that after 2pm for the next 3 days I will be helping out in reception so that the reception lady can be trained up in her new area.
I am hoping that being in reception will mean that I can make the afternoons go a little faster by doing some computer entry work, where at present my days are going reasonably slowly while I am waiting to finish up.
In other news! Had a photoshoot on Sunday afternoon with a new photographer. It went quite well, I hope! Its always so hard to know whether it went well until after the fact. Most photographers tend to give you some idea of how the shoot is going as you go along by showing you some photos they have taken, but I didn't even get a peek yesterday. Not that it is a big deal, all people work differently, and I got along well with the photographer which is always good.
I think posing is one of the strangest things to do. I can never smile normally, I feel like my face is all funny, it isnt, I dont think, it just feels that way. I can never understand why photographers want to work with me. They always look me up for time for prints, and I dont mind, gives me experience and more images for my portfolio, or simply for fun as the case may be, but it is a strange thing. I don't think I am wonderfully good looking, or very special yet even though I am not getting paid, I still get a bit of experience. I wonder if I dropped 10KG I might be able to get paid work? hmmmm somthing to consider.
Ok I considered it and i decided that unless it drops off by osmosis I am not going to be losing that weight. (is osmosis the right word to use here? probably not)
Sitting in the living area of the J family shack, and I see a view of the river, which usually silent, is currently crowded with boats of all shapes and sizes. Not as peaceful as our usual vista due to the holidays.
Today is Good Friday, I swear every year that someone has to remind me why there are unusual rules for this day. Went out for breakfast this morning with Dad, T, J and M. Trust me that you do not want me to tell you what I had for breakfast, or even for lunch on this strict day! Oops...
I am not particularly religious, or even observant of other religions. I guess its because I did not grow up with religion in my family particularly. Also because I believe 'each to their own' and expect the same in return from everyone else. Though I have to say that in traditions where Women are subjugated to men in some way makes me dislike religion far more...
Thank you mum and dad for raising me to believe what ever I wanted to believe, or believe nothing at all!
So for this 5 day holiday, I am going to be spending with J family, I will probably be in a less amiable mood by the end of it. J's mum asking me questions constantly, J's cousin's girlfriend hates me. (One time I said she was skinny. She IS, and it was meant as a compliment. Interestingly J's other cousin once said she was fat, jokingly, and she hates him too. Go figure)
So if I return to work in 5 days and am HAPPY to be there, you know that I am at the end of my proverbial tether...
Well, obviously, it is not all nothing, and I am just having a moment. Been having many dull moments lately, probably because I am not 100% satisfied with my work that I am doing.
But you know what? I still have to be here, so rather than spend my day trying to find the fact that instead of working, I am in fact surfing the internet and checking my Facebook, I shall actually work!
That is the decision I made last Wednesday evening after a particularly boring start to the week. Thursday and Friday actually turned out rather productive, and I have attempted to continue this thought process for the rest of this week. which has in fact worked through until today! Today I have not been quite so productive... Though I did take a brief sojourn to the bank to get up an account and get a credit check for my loan!
Thank you private browsing!
So what’s my plan when I come back after Easter? To have a new job! Truly, I have an interview on Thursday, so we shall see how that goes. I am actually quite looking forward to it to be honest. But I don’t know how the interview is going to go. Though it is good when your references call to tell you that they have told potential employer how fabulous you are!
I guess you just have to develop your mind set to convince yourself of anything. Either that the interview is not a big deal and it is going to go great, and also that you should do work and you will do work. I prefer to be busy anyway, so I really should have this more thoroughly developed!Even though I don’t particularly enjoy my work, you can still make the effort and be productive. Especially when your boss is jumping all over you to make money for the company. (More on the ‘fabulous’ management at this office another time…)
Happy Easter everyone. Remember to choose how your day will go at the start. You will probably feel better if you go in with a confident mindset!
I know probably 2 people who actually enjoy their work. Thats a little sad if you think about all the people I know and 2 of them enjoy what they do day to day. I know that I for one do not enjoy my work. Every morning I wake up feeling glum, wishing I could have a sick day, and I don't think my job is terrible. But the environment I work in is draining. All the people on one side of the room think that the people on the other do not do enough work and are not pulling their weight. The people on my side of the room meanwhile, well we think the other side complain too much.
In my experience no job will be a dream job, there will always be stressed occasions or people that you will not get on that well with, this is just a fact of life. The best way to deal with it is probably just to get over it and just be the best you can be. Adhere to the Fish! philosophy of: Being Present, Making their day, Playing and Choosing your attitude, everyday and with all people. Its hard, don't I know it, but I try to choose my attitude everyday. I don't want to be sad or upset about things at work, because that makes everyone else sad and upset. Also, I don't want to allow those people that I don't like that much to have the power over me to upset me that much, but you can be sure that people do and that I do get upset everyday.
I guess being able to go day to day in a job that you don't enjoy, or studying to finish that degree, or whatever it is that you have to do, but don't alway enjoy, is a challenge, but it is also something which will make you see where your future is heading. I jump from one thing to the next 10 times a day. One minute I am a writer, the next I am an interior designer, the next I am in marketing or PR or events management. In reality? I am an employment consultant. Doesn't that make me sound glamorous? No? Well, its not a very glamorous job really.
But I have a goal, and you bet one day I will either enjoy where I am working, or if I can't do that, then I will be working for my self.
Probably the vast majority of people out there don't like doing exercise. I know it is so hard for me to get out and do the requisite 30 minutes per day! People have busy schedules and for many people there are so many other things that they would rather be doing than exercising! So I thought I might share how I try and get out there and get my heart rate up to burn off some of the calories I munch.
Firstly, I have always found it very difficult to get motivation to exercise and for a while there I just was getting bigger and bigger and not burning the energy I was consuming. Especially while I was in Italy, but thats another story! Then I finally found something that actually made me kind of excited to get in my gym shorts and that has definitely made a difference to my out look. I found pole dancing!
For anyone who is not aware pole dancing is great for fitness, it builds up your upper body strength and is good for overall toning because you are working so many muscles you would barely otherwise use, and let me tell you, you will feel it after the first few times!
Another way that I found to exercise is talking to my partner about working out together. He is pretty fit and has always gone to the gym two times a week for weights and stuff, but together we started running. At first it was hard slog and I could not even run 100 meters without panting something terrible and getting the worst most incapacitating stitch ever! But now after about 2 years of running I can easily control my breathing and run at a steady pace for ages.
I don't really enjoy running, but it is an hour a day of extra time that I get to spend with my partner which is nice. The bad thing about it? We have to run before work otherwise we don't have the motivation, and that means getting up at 5:15 am to run! J has to continually remind me to get up and throw my running things at me so I can get dressed while in bed or else there is no getting me up! I then complain for the whole time how tired I am and how I need to get to bed earlier. I appreciate the exercise most of the time though.
So I guess what I did to make getting through some exercise for me was:
1) find something I enjoy doing that doesn't even feel like exercise.
2) just keep at it! If you keep going with it you will get fitter, and it will get easier!
Thats what anyone will tell you, and of those magazines with the "20 top tips to get a sexy body", but its true, and it has worked for me. I don't have the motivation to do exercise off my own back, but with a little help and a friend or 2 to motivate me, I have been able to really revolutionize my attitude.
Recently while at the doctors surgery, after I had had my check up I had been weighed and measured and had something stuck in a very unfortunate place just to thoroughly amuse my doctor, I was sent to reception to settle my bill. The lady behind the counter started waxing lyrical about my skin, saying how lovely it was and how she was trying all these foundations to get lovely skin.
Let me give you some advice. As your skin matures you will not be looking like a 24 year old forever. Cherish it while it lasts. If you are already suffering the pit falls of a life of oily, dry or sundamages skin, there are a few key things you can do to make it look more youthful.
To close enlarged pores; use an asprin mask. About 3 asprin (the effervescent kind) and about half a teaspoon of water all ground up together then massaged into your skin and left to dry for 15 minutes is amazing for closing those enlarged pores also for brightening skin tone.
Mineral makeup; best used on those who do not have dry skin. As a dryer skin will tend to make to mineral finish patchy. This depends on brand though as there are some lovely ones. My mum uses one called minerologie which is really illuminating with a great finish and does not tend to flake.
Spac filler is your friend; not in the sense of litterally spac filler from Hardware store, I wouldn't recommend putting that on your face. But in terms of a primer which gives a smooth finish for foundation. For example Clarins Lisse de Minute.
That's my skin tips for today. I don't think my skin is that good. It's a bit dry in patches, but I probably polish up ok with some makeup on!
New years resolutions. Be skinnier, and de-foliate more. My legs, eyebrows, bikini and under arms this year have been wildly out of control. Have laybyed a new epilator so hopefully it will grab twice as much hair in half the time and I will be loving life. Or I will wish I were dead (or a boy) due to the pain caused! Girls have it tough!
Lose 5 kilos solely by being more healthy and excersizing more often! I have a preference for pole dancing for fitness.
I mean what is a new years resolution if you can't stick to it?
Buy a house and stop giving real estate agents such a head time. Not all agents are bad...
Give more love to more people that I care for.
Ok. Now to make sure I actually stick to all these things.