Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Live through this...

Recently life has felt like a lot of 'just get through' moments. Hardly any photos have been taken. I've had a terrible cold for over 2 weeks and internet that only seems to work in the morning... 

The Gentleman Caller and I had to move out of our apartment. The landlord originally wanted us to sign a 6 month contract which was too much committment for us so we talked him down to 3 with the possibility to extend. He seemed to indicated that it was highly likely that we could extend until June but put off giving us a final answer for weeks. Eventually on a cold, rainy Thursday night he said that we had to be out by Sunday morning. I cried. Maybe because it was sudden, maybe because we were about to be homeless, maybe because I really liked the pool, maybe only because it was raining and suddenly I felt very alone. 

We found ourselves a hostel closer to work for both of us. Many people that I work with live there. It's actually pretty alright. We have our own private room in a bugalow in the garden. It's basically like a tiny cottage and, aside from the spiders, rather cute. It's nice to be around people but to still have our own space. It's wonderful to have an outside space. Even to get to the toilet, showers or kitchen we have to go into the courtyard. On sunny days it's a treat. At night it's mighty chilly. 


Our little cabin at the hostel

My boss at work went to America for 2 weeks. And her second in command when to Beijing for 10 days. That left me and 2 of my friends in charge of the diner. It went well, really well in fact. But it was also kind of like we were holding our breath. Please let dinner go well. Please let Mother's day and the champagne and strawberries go well. Please let the ordering go well. Please let some of the dummies get better at common sense. 


From the porch, looking across the courtyard to the kitchen
We are wanting to go to Asia after our time in Australia. Ideally we would like to teach. I'm just not ready to come home yet. Trying to do research about teaching in Japan or Korea has been daunting to say the least. There is so much info that it is really hard to wade through. It appears that we've missed the deadline to apply for Japan. And the processes that we have to go through just to apply to Korea seem completely overwhelming (get a background check from the RCMP that would take 2 weeks if in Canada but because we're here it will take 12 weeks, have to have copies of our University degree and transcripts but to request those is another long process that costs money, getting recommendation letters while not really having a home base, sending professional photos when we can't afford haircuts, worrying about tattoos and beards and non-hire-ability of them). Since the whole having to move into a hostel thing I've pretty much put this on hold. 


The Lodge
We are nearing the end of our time in Melbourne. Less than 2 weeks actually. We have given our notice at our jobs (and I recieved a lovely email from my boss stating that in no uncertain terms would she let me leave and actually needed to keep my passport). We are trying to get rid of some of our stuff (how on earth did I accumulate so many leggings that fall down my bottom?!). We have a flight to Darwin and a campervan booked and we want to drive to Uluru. Other than that we have no plans at all. Which is both exciting and... no, you know what? It's just plain exciting. It feels like the right time to leave. The weather is getting colder and windier. Australians don't know much about indoor heating (but are absolute masters at heating patios and beer gardens!). There isn't any in our little hut that we live in. Also the door doesn't seal at the top so I can see the cold air before I can feel it. The Gentleman Caller has been out of town for the last week on a roadtrip for work. So that means that I don't even have him to keep me warm. The only good thing (and there is always at least one!) about a cold room is that my bedside water bottle is always deliciously cold!    


BBQ and chill out area

Today I am thankful for taking one day at a time. For trying to live in the moment even when that's difficult.


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Monday, May 28, 2012

Day of rest

A few weeks ago we had to be out of the apartment early in the morning due to fumigation. It was my only day off and it was cold and rainy and I certainly didn't want to get out of my bed. 

I went to the State Library to read my book:


If I studied here I would get straight A's. 



I love how it looks like a mythic library is rising up!


Then I went across the street to find some lunch. And discovered that Melbourne Central is more than just a train stop. It's a giant mall. And it has an old Lead Shot factory building in the centre. Back in the day they would drop molten lead from the top into a basin of water at the bottom and let gravity do the work of creating the shot. 


Then, naturally, I sat by the river and had a glass of wine. 


Today I am thankful for new discoveries!


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Zara Boots

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Zara boots, Lisbon, Portugal

In 2007 I was travelling around Western Europe and all that time I was searching for the perfect boot. I found these beauties in Portugal and skipped all the way back to my hostel!


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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Carvela shoe boots

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Carvela shoe boots, gift

My lovely English friend (who I went to NYC with in 2010) bought these for me as a going away gift when I was leaving England. She also bought a pair for herself! 


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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Ayla Manhattan boots

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Ayla "Manhattan" boots

This is my second pair of Ayla boots. I love the buckles on the sides and the small heel.



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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A morning gift

Monday morning, 7:23am

I was walking to work, looking at my feet, thinking about how utterly rubbish Monday mornings are, thinking about how I would get through the day and then jump straight back into my rather uncomfortable bed.

And then I looked up. 


And I saw one hot air balloon floating over the trees. And then I saw another. 


And then I saw another. And one more.


The were floating so silently so perfectly in the early morning light. 


The balloons all floated one by one over the footpath and settled in the field beyond. 




Turns out that if you look up from your blah thoughts and take a moment to see the world around you, you see that magic is all around!



Today I am thankful. That is all. 


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Monday, May 7, 2012

Wine Tour

Last weekend two lovely things happened. 1) I had a Saturday off of work and 2) The Gentleman Caller and I were invited to a birthday party in the Yarra Valley. Drinking wine. FABULOUS!


top: Joe 
dress: City Chic
bag: B. Sirius
shoes: Camper
earrings: gift
necklace: gift from mama in Ireland
bracelet: gift


For more pictures and story and fun times click through to Mind the Ramp



Today I am thankful for a perfectly beautiful day in the midst of cooler, rainy times... 
And for unexpected experiences!



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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday Shoes: Green Red or Dead Maxa

As I was cleaning out my apartment I discovered I have a rather lot of shoes. Miss Sal from Already Pretty has a series called Sunday Shoes. I've decided to share them to remind myself why I love them, the stories behind them and as an archive of the ones I've had to say goodbye to.

Green Red or Dead "Maxa" from ebay

Yes, I have these in blue, pink and green. They are super bright and comfy. And awesome!


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Saturday, May 5, 2012

A dessert adventure

My friend Swing had been telling me about this Asian dessert place for ages. I walked by it but it was always busy and I didn't understand what any of the dishes were. Finally we had a day off together and went on a dessert adventure.

Swing's dessert was a bit more adventurous

I had a mango snow something... I don't remember the name but I do remember that it was DELICIOUS!!










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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Last days of summer

I am eagerly soaking up any sun that is left in Melbourne. The shift in seasons is apparent through the wind, rain and cooler temperatures.  


In an effort to save money and enjoy the sun I spend days in the park. Reading, picnicing, writing, dozing.






Today I am thnkful for those rays of sunlight, as weak and fleeting as they are. 



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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Chef, to her husband (also a chef): You remember that bowl that fell on your head? Yeah, I need that one.
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