Friday, August 29, 2008

Love Friday - Holidays!

We're off to Port Douglas for a long weekend, to help some of our New Zealand friends warm up and dry out after their long wet winter.

Why am I packing coffee beans in tupperware? Well, we're the ground support for this little trip. We'll be arriving with our tiny car packed to the gills with supplies and equipment the others couldn't afford in their baggage allowance - beach towels, board games, DVDs and beverages. Yes, all kinds of beverages.
We'll be back in the middle of next week - hopefully to a new internet connection which, you never know, might encourage me to post here more than once a week.
See ya!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Love Friday

This might just be the end of Love Fridays for me.  I'm not saying for definite - but I'm not sure it looks that good either.

From now on, Friday is going to be my housework day.   Ever since I quit my last job, our house has been particularly spotless as I filled in my time with over-cleaning.   But when I caught myself talking like a housewife to my sister - I was telling her about the morning I woke up wanting to buy Hayden a load of business shirts and mix-and-match ties so he could never go wrong - I decided that enough was enough.

So Love Friday is now Cleaning Friday.  Look out for it next week!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Work History

Roughly in chronological order:

  • Violin teacher and one quarter of a string quartet
  • Fundraiser and campaigner for forests at tws
  • Undergraduate arts critic and radio announcer
  • Library assistant at a Brisbane university
  • Event organiser at Monash University; at an organisation for social justice for people with disabilities; then finally for a massive trade show of mobile phones in London
  • Writer of Replies to Letters on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Brisbane
  • Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive of the Royal Albert Hall; the Premier of Victoria; and to one of Australia's most distinguished academic economists
  • Hand on an olive farm in Tuscany; then one in Sicily
  • Receptionist at a very lonely desk outside a state government department in Victoria (where I started blogging)
  • Clerk on a building site, then a mine site in north Queensland
  • Barista at Squires coffee shop in Townsville
  • Freelance writer, at home in my pyjamas
Most recently I have been working at home as a full-time carer for our cat.  It may be time to spread my wings a bit.

Quite frankly I'm surprised I haven't worked in a bookshop yet.  It seems an obvious choice - but maybe it's not just browsing all day long?

What do you think I should do next?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Love Friday

I have been feeling rotten.  I don't know if it's allergies  or a head cold or what, but this week I've been full to the brim with snotty disgusting gunk.  I don't know about you, but for me when this happens I usually go a little bit deaf.  It's all connected back there behind our noses.

This morning when I took a sip of my freshly-brewed coffee, one of the hundreds of morning coffees made with love for me by my wonderful husband, I let the warm and delicious liquid slip silkily down my throat.  I swallowed.  Then suddenly my ears cleared and out of nowhere I could hear the music playing for the start of the morning news.  I turned to Hayden and asked, "Have I been talking really loudly this past week?" 
He let his eyes close slowly then nodded, yes.

This weekend is going to be a good one.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Love Friday

The message here is pretty clear.  What more could you want than the smell of sweat and sunscreen, the glare, and the sweet relief of the afternoon's breeze?

Don't spend your weekend indoors watching sport on the telly.  Get outside and enjoy!  Come on.. I'll buy you an ice-cream..?

Monday, August 04, 2008

The Honeymoon

Our honeymoon on Hinchinbrook Island was short but extremely sweet.  

Eating, sleeping, resting and dreaming - laced with bushwalking and snorkeling.  Blissful.

These photos are all by Hayden.  I was way too relaxed for photography.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Love Fridays

I know it's been a little while since I've worked hard for money.  And it might seem like I have the most ridiculously luxurious life of leisure.   Well I do have a wonderful life.  I appreciate every minute of the comfort and freedom of our life in Townsville.  But also, I work.  Though you don't see it, and though there's not often a pay packet to show for it,  I do work quite hard during the week.   I'm trying to teach myself writing, story-telling, crafting and creativity, in amongst the odd part-time job or two, running our little household and keeping everything organised and tidy at home.

All this to say that ... I still love Fridays.   On Fridays I often think to myself that it would be nice to do a little winding down before the weekend.  I often wish I could do a Friday morning yoga class to relax and stretch out.  Change up my focus.  Look back on a week that might otherwise just drift away unnoticed.

I really like this idea for a Love Friday meme.  I'm going to try it for a bit.  Seems like a nice thing to do.

(On Monday I'm going to get back to the story at hand.  After all, we're just getting to the fun bit - the honeymoon.)