It's been yonks since I've written an entry but not much has changed. Most of you I've caught up with on Facebook so I'm thinking of winding down this site. I don't know... It's chronicled 2 years of my settling back into life in Australia. It's never been a travel diary... and my life has taken on a bit of a mundane tone of late - don't want to bore you to tears!
Work is still good. I got a Xmas bonus which the tax man took more than half of, which I thought was a bit bloody rude! Unfortunatley, I'd already spent it in my mind... so it was a bit of crash landing.
I enjoyed my xmas break. i spent most of the week with family in Biloela. I took 2 days to drive back to Townsville, stopping the night in Airlie Beach. That probably wasn't the best idea. I'd been driving for 8 hours so the first thing I did after finding a bed for the night was go the pub. that first scooner was just the BEST!! so was the 10th... I didn't have dinner which is a recipe for disaster. I also have no STOP button so before long I was doing snakebites! It was a good night but I was a very sick girl the next day. I felt okay on the 2.5 hr drive back to Townsville but from lunch onwards I was a mess... I'm too old to hang out with backpackers! I can't keep up anymore...
I went on another dive trip to Pelorus and Orpheus Islands on the Sunday/Monday before New Year. It was a lot of fun. My buddy and I were allowed to go off on our own and we found some fabulous swim throughs and caves.. it was awesome. Monty took lots of photos too so when I get a hold of them I'll put some up. In most I'm unrecognisable with a wetsuit, dive kit and wearing a mask but you'll get the drift!
For the first time since I became legal drinking age I woke up on New Years Day without a hangover. I came back from the dive trip the night before exhausted and went to bed not long after 9pm. I was woken up by the fireworks down the beach at midnight, which I watched while laying in bed... and you know what? it was the best New Years Eve I've had in ages... Ok ideally, someone else would have been in the bed but we can't have everything! ;)
It's been a bit of a struggle to pull the ole head back to work but I have to. January, February and March are looking to be pretty hectic and no doubt a bit stressful. I was planning on a trip to New Zealand for 3 weeks of madness but I've had to postpone that until October because I'm so busy... Grrrrrr.
Catch up with you soon! Happy New Year!! x
Location: Townsville, Australia
What a week! I had all these plans to go out tonight but I came home from work and just fell into bed and slept for a couple of hours.. I seem to be doing that a lot lately.. hmmmm maybe I've common down with some weird vector borne tropical virus?!
Anyway, hypochondira aside, I'm going to have a quiet Friday night in to regain my strength and sanity! I might even read a book.. I haven't opened a book since I started on Facebook.. how bad is that??
hello.. sorry i've been a bit quiet.. i've just been a bit tired!! It's take a lot of energy to sit down and write about nothing in particular. I wish I had something exciting to tell but it's pretty much been all work during the week and endless social engagements on the weekends. There was my work 1st birthday party which was a cocktail party. I should know by now to stear clear of them. I have no stop button and well, lets just say no-one came off good in those photos!!!
I ended up stayed over at the house of a girl I work with. It wasn't pretty. I was such a mess the next day. I slept for most of it and when I wasn't sleeping I was either hugging the porcelain bus or trying to find some relief from the nausea (and the heat) in the swimming pool.. Hangovers in hot climates are the worst!! To make matters worse I had to back up the following night to see The Waifs in concert (folk rock band?). Anyway, they were awesome but it took KFC to get me right and able to bop away for a few hours. I swear it's the only time I can eat the stuff without feeling sick.. it's compulsory for hangovers!
I would like to think things are going to settle down but next week I'm off to Brisbane for a hen's night and 2 weddings in 4 days so I don't think that's going to happen somehow...
What's everyone doing for Xmas and New Year?? I'm not sure. I'm spending time with my family mid-December for my Dad's 60th so I'm likely to be a free agent come Xmas.. Anyone fancy coming to the Whitsunday Islands with me??? C'mon.. ;)
NEW HAIRCUT NEW HAIRCUT check out the new photo page. haha! ;) sorry i couldn't be bothered wearing makeup but most of you have seen me looking worse...
Hello! I had another awesome weekend away camping and diving but I'm not going to bore you with to tears.. except to say I've been convinced to do my Rescue Diver course and possibly go on a dive holiday next year to Truk Lagoon (one of the world's best wreck dive sites) but we'll see... it's a big monetary committment! and I really would like a holiday in UK/Europe. Maybe I can combine that with a dive holiday instead. Visit the Red Sea again.. I'd get much more out of this time.. I could even dive the Thistlegorm.. Mmmmm..
In other news, I came back to my brother being let out of hospital. When I spoke to him he was bowling with his good arm so he's obviously in better spirits! I think they're still a bit worried about the infection getting into the bone tho..
And how about the Rugby? WTF?!! That was my reaction on getting back to dry land and receiving texts from Paul and Rich alluding to the fact we'd lost... but Australia AND New Zealand? My kiwi mates are soo devastated.. I'm not sure they'll get over it ;)
Luv yus all.. and get your arse here and come diving with me.. Danish Dive Master told me I look good in the water (unfortunately, he was referring to my buoyancy! haha)
I just got off the phone to my brother. He's back in hospital with an infection in the arm he broke about 3-4 weeks ago. Apparently the specialist took one look at the arm and wacked him straight into theatre to open it back up again and clean it out... but get this - my brother had actually ridden to the hospital on his bike!! Honestly, how stupid is that? The little bastard (a term of endearment) is just mad about motorbike riding!! I just hope Mum doesn't find out. It'll send her blood pressure through the roof! She's already freaking out that I'm going away for the weekend diving (her friend's son died diving so she's a little sensitive about the issue)
but i'm very careful!!! and I'm very excited. i got offered a last minute spot on the dive boat at half price so i get to go camping on an island and do seven dives over 2 days for $225! What a bargain!! Of course, I got the dive trip at half price but then they managed to sell me a set of fins and a kickarse torch for night diving so all up i probably didn't save anything at all!!! haha but I am slowly amassing my own kit...
Sorry that I'm only just now getting around to telling about my dive trip on Sunday but it's been a big week of work. Sunday was awesome day.. and I was so glad because I sooo needed it to be! As I mentioned it was a bit windy but that just made the boat ride out a bonding experience for the 14 of us!! Fortunately, visibility wasn't effected too much.
The diving itself wasn't that amazing.. We saw a Manta and a Leopard Shark but that was about it for the big things.. What I was most impressed about was how comfortable I felt in the water. It was great!! I was loving it! I got down with less weight than ever before (think about it, i'm pretty buoyant! haha) which was a testament to how relaxed I was. i'm still a bit of an air pig but I put that to just getting value for money! ;) My night dive likewise was awesome. We came up after 30 mins and I'm like "what? why are we coming up? I've still got nearly half a tank!?" but we had to get back to shore before the pub kitchen closed. So that was it! We had beers and steaks at the Lucinda Pub (I cannot remember appreciating a steak more!) before driving the hour back the Ville. We didn't get back until 11pm which meant I was totally wiped out for Monday.. but it was worth it!!
i will write a proper diary entry when I'm feeling a bit more alive. I'm a bit tired from my trip out to the mines. I have put up a new photo page showing my luxurious accommodation.. haha. unfortunately, there's nowhere else to stay. but it's a bed and I get to hang out with hundreds of men in the mess area. ;)
Ah, I've an hour to kill before I go diving.. I'm getting very excited, sitting here all dressed and ready! Unfortunately, the wind has picked up today. It'll be ok in the water but it's going to be a bit of a choppy ride out there. OHHHHH I so need today to be a good day too.
My Saturday was hilarious! I was the designated driver, trying to keep the boys under control on the golf course when they'd been drinking rum since 7.30am and were put in charge of golf buggies! It took over 3.5 hrs to play 9 holes but we've invented a new sport "golf polo", played with teams of buggies. It was a long morning but very funny..
Hey, i have a very busy weekend lined up - birthday celebrations for a mate all day today (it's starting with an 8.30am round of golf!) and i'm going diving tomorrow... but i'll tell you all about that later! xxxx
oh just been out to dinner with a prospective new work colleague! I was given the task of introducing him to Townsville... It was a really nice evening. Lovely guy, creative, confident, at ease, I really do hope he comes and works for us. He would fit right in and be great!!
Other than that.. i went to Maggie Is. on the weekend. spent the day hiking and swimming.. it was awesome but exhausting.. the beer did taste that much better for it though. Sunday I took a lazy drive up into the hinterland with a friend. We did tea and cake at the Heritage Tea Rooms.. very civilised! xx
Hey, sorry it's been a little while since I made an entry. I must admit my enthusiasm for PR has waned since I became a Facebook user!!! Who's not on it yet? C'mon... keep up with me in real time.. haha.
Well, not a lot exciting has happened. I did a mammoth drive, 20hr round trip, to Gladstone the other weekend for my cousin's wedding. It was great to catch up with Mum, Dad and the family but it was a long way to go for just one night. I can't remember whether I mentioned my little brother had a motorbike accident? Anyway, he ended up with a double compound fracture of his forearm. fortunately it's healing well but that weekend he had just done it and was feeling pretty sorry for himself.. so on the way back i called in and saw him too. I ended up having to leave Mackay at 4am to make it back in time for work.. I was soo tired tho. I nearly drove off a bridge - frightened the hell out of me!
so what else? I've been on a few dates... all very nice but nothing too exciting to report. they paid - is that exciting?! haha. it is these days i suppose..
it's the off season for outrigging (no racing) so we've all been concentrating on perfecting our technique. It's been fun but a lot of hard work. I've been getting pretty good feedback tho - apparently I have a lot of natural power (i think that's a nice way of saying i'm a solid girl.. haha) anyway, i'm still enjoying it. i have strength I just have to work on the stamina!
I'm off to tennis now.. I've been asked to fill in for a team as a man so this should be interesting.. no doubt I'll get flogged! XX
Location: Townsville, Australia
I just read my stars and Saturn has just moved out of my sign.. Thank God because apparently he is the reason I've been feeling all weirded out, especially when it comes to love and money! Last night I had this dream that my credit card debt was in pounds and more than I could earn and I woke up feeling very stressed! So good riddence to Saturn.. bring on Venus!
Thank god for the travelling Sydney Film Festival on this weekend or I might have died of boredom... I saw three really great films today.
1. Red Road - set in Glasgow. Intense but so many twists and turns. It was very satisfying..
2. Half Nelson - Ryan Gosling was very good.. Although the film doesn't go anywhere very quickly and there's always the feeling of impending doom!
3. The Italian - Russian film about an orphan boy who goes in search of his mother.. Amazing.. I think everyone fell in love with this little boy.. I got broody even! haha
and I'm going back for more tomorrow.. there's an argentinian film called 'The Aura' that is reminiscient of Fargo and the South Korean Monster Film 'The Host' to look forward to... then I'll probably be all movied out...
Location: Townsville, Australia
Cheesh!! What a fortnight!? I met the deadline and got some very good feedback which meant I could go off on our work junket feeling relieved! The four days on Magnetic Island were fantastic! I'll probably never stay in such luxurious accommodation again but I enjoyed every minute of it e.g. I started my first day started off with a massage... haha livin' it up!
Our Melbourne office joined us and we hit it off spectacularly... There was lots of drinking and good fun to be had around pool. We also went out to the reef for the day. The conditions were possibly the worst of the season, very rough, but it was a bonding experience! Wednesday we set aside some time for work. Noone was looking forward to doing their 10 minute presentations but suprisingly, they were all really impressive, inspiring even (apparently, even mine!). We're all working on interesting projects and there was a lot of lively discussion.. We were still talking about them on the ferry back to Townsville!
Unfortunatley, the whole four days went rather too quickly and we were all saying goodbye. I went home to an empty house and all of a sudden felt very lonely and kind of empty. I thought I'd gotten used to my own company over this past year and a half but having such a great time, and being surrounded by like minded people, made me realise how much I miss the company of others.. I suppose everyone feels that anticlimax after a holiday though....
The good news though is that I now have internet access at home and I'm set up on Skype so there goes any social life I might have had... haha I'll try not to let it take over my life.. xx
Location: Townsville, Australia
I have soo much work to do.. this is my week from hell. I've got a major deadline Friday and I'll be working around the clock to meet it by the way I'm going so far... It will hopefully all be worth it though. I can happily go off to Magnetic Island knowing I have done my best and delivered (fingers crossed).
It's my work love-in from Sun - Wed over on Maggie. Check out where we're all staying. It's gorgeous - 10 x 2 bedroom villas right on the beach. http://www.puremagnetic.com/ At the moment it feels a long way away...
Location: Townsville, Australia
Yay!! I've taken delivery of my laptop. It's a bit of a tank but it can do 3D modelling and the like so I don't mind. So, now you know what I'll be doing all weekend - setting up my laptop. I think I will have to get a laptop stand because when I'm using Skype I don't want you to be looking up at my chins.. the camera needs to be angled down! haha...
What else to tell? Well, it's been a huge week actually. I spent most of last Sunday sitting in a bar overlooking the Strand and drinking wine with Alexis. The next few days were pretty uneventful although I did see 'Living With Others' at the cinema which was heavy but very worthwhile. Wednesday, I went to the Sarah Blasko concert with a group of friends. It was amazing. Her voice is just incredible. The whole crowd was swept away!
I had to back up two nights in a row because the John Butler Trio were in town on Thursday night. I was soo tired. I had black bags under my eyes last night that no amount of makeup could hide! The gig was good though. I managed to boogie with the help of a full-strength coca-cola! (That's big because I haven't drunk full strength in years!!)
The Jazz festival starts tonight but I've decided it's more important I get some sleep!!! Maybe I'll be up for the jazz fest tomorrow night after a day of rest and relaxatio over on Magnetic Island. That's the plan anyway!
I'm in a bit more of a reflective mood... Usually I beat myself up over these things but so what the paratrooper has moved on?! It doesn't take away from the fact we had fun. It just didn't last for maybe as long as I wanted it to... that's life though.
Today is a new day.
Location: Townsville, Australia
Well.. the paratrooper may have left the building but he hasn't left the country as I found out at the Townsville Cup Race day!! Yes, there he was being very attentive to a gorgeous blonde (dim witted and a trollop I'm sure!) just 2m to my right as we were seeing in the last race. Talk about ruin my day........ Oh it was just shite. Fortunately, I did manage to maintain my composure to walk up and say hello (only just, i was shaking on the inside!). The trollop had mysteriously disappeared but he still shat himself. It was very funny. He came up with some stupid story about losing his phone, his mate accidentally taking it back to the UK. A likely story and it still didn't explain the blonde but anyway, I laughed, said please don't explain, I only came up to say hello. I know you leave the country and the force soon so I just wanted to wish you good luck and I hope it all goes well for you. He stammered some question about what I was up to but I said goodbye and waltzed off to collect my winnings without a backward glance. I totally out fabuloused him and he knew it. The swine...
How is that for fate? I got a last minute invitation to the races and out of 15,000 people, I had to see him... Clarification, and closure. That's what it was.