Engagement

Last night I attended my 21 year old cousin Katie’s engagement party. She is engaged to the charming Joshua, who is of Greek and Italian heritage. Enough said. The night was romantic and safe to say we all left there all loved up. I also left there looking at my partner and wondering whether, he would ever ask the question which I would happily say “yes” to. 

Now I know it would be a stereotype to say that getting engaged and then married is every girls/women’s dream and that life is all about falling in love; but this is how it is for me. Given yes we have to work to make money in order to survive this thing we call life… as well as save for events such as the ones mentioned above, but to me it is all about getting married, buying a house and starting a family. Nevermind the order that it happens in. 

For my partner and I who are already living together and have been for going on three years, marriage would be the next step for us. Whether it be sooner or later who knows what our future holds, but attending a night such as an engagement party puts it all into perspective of what I want for myself, for us in the future.

I sometimes find myself jealous of those who are moving forward in life much faster than what I feel I am doing myself, but then I am reminded by those close to me that all good things take time and that I have to remember to stop and take in all the good things I have in life at present. So heres to the good things we all have going for us 🙂 !!
Stay tuned- J

Weekend Escape

I apologize  if this blog is lacking… i had previously written an extended version of it, only to have my phone delete it. So here goes… take two! 

My partner and i escaped to the beautiful city of Melbourne this weekend for some time  away. A rare occasion as we will choose trees and farm land over the confined space of the city anyday. However with work  lately it has been all too easy to fall into work, sleep, eat, repeat! Everyone needs to escape the routine of everyday  life once in a while.

Though only an hours drive from the place we call home, we filled up yesterday with anything and everything. Our hotel is in Docklands not far from the star, which means a short walk to the yarra river, crown and all its happenings. Kingpin bowling, bars/clubs, drinks, photo booths, hotel pool, dancing/music, crown, restaurants and lots and lots of walking. My feet are sore not but it was worth it.

This morning i am chilling in our room reading a good book and talking to you lovely people, whilst my partner is at the hotel gym. Checkout is 11am. 

What’s  on the menu for breaky? Coco pops and banana. Why not!

STaY tuned- J

Australia Day- Melbourne CBD & Crown Casino

Though most people will go all out celebrating Australia Day; with flags hanging out their car windows, drinking till they drop, attending various functions… I celebrated being an Australian more subtly by trail riding in the bush on my horse Clyde. The bush is so peaceful. My horse Clyde listens to my ramblings with no judgment, as it gives me time to clear my head from all the worries of life (eg. bills, my new job, friendships gone wrong, family ordeals etc).

My Dad and my partner suggested we go into Melbourne CBD to suss out the celebrations going on in the city. The three of us usually avoid the city as much as possible; it is always so crowded, difficult to find a car park and in my experience if you even look at someone the wrong way you are in for a fight. With my two favourite men in my life on either side of me, I was comfortable to explore the city. As soon as we got there we found a park at Docklands $10 all inclusive which was a bargain, we then made our way to Crown Casino to have dinner. Rather than walking around to all the restaurants at an attempt to find a meal we could afford or understand the menu, we settled for Rhumba’s. I had a full plate of roast pork with chips and vegetables (did I mention I forgot to eat lunch), the boys got cheeseburgers with fries. The meals were delicious, definitely filled us up. After we’d ‘let out stomachs settle’ we walked along Southbank. The night life in Melbourne amazes me; the various street performers who are so talented at what they do, the night lights, the noise of hundreds/thousands of people coming together to watch the tennis and associate with one another, the unique fashion or every unique individual that you pass on the streets.

At a set of traffic lights we found ourselves besides a group of four (three boys and one girl) riding those blue hire bikes. One of the boys was complaining about his sore toe and with the most serious face the girl pulls a tampon out of her bag and hands it to him. “Here you need this,” she said. This made me laugh so much I had to look away so as to not bring attention to myself.

Further along as we kept walking; there was another group of about four; this time three girls and one boy. Lucky boy ! One of the girls lend forward and pinched the elderly lady in front of hers bottom thinking it was her girlfriend. I didn’t see the look on the ladies face but I can only imagine it was once of disgust and confusion. The girls were in hysterics, the guy to once they’d realised what their friend had done. Priceless entertainment right their.

I am not quite sure how to take some of the street performers; one was on his hands and knees devoting a song to a woman in the crowd. Her husband/partner had stepped back to avoid embarrassment. The women didn’t seem to mind, as she lend forward to plant a kiss on the performers cheek when he offered it. Naturally at the last minute he turned his head and planted a kiss on her lips. The lady got a shock, he husband was the one I glanced at though. He seemed calm. If that had have been me he’d kissed I know for a fact my partner would not have been so understanding. And fair enough. Not appropriate. Entertaining yes but not appropriate.

It was nearing on 10pm, only half an hour before Australia Day Fireworks, which the three of us were keen to see. What’s not to love about fireworks, they are pretty, spontaneous in the directions the go in the sky and they promote a sense of romance. Traditionally I have an obsession that when I go out somewhere I have to buy a chocolate mousse. I found a beautiful desserts shop ‘Calatrava’ along the boardwalk where I purchased a duo mousse which cost me $8.70. It taste so good, though was difficult to eat as we walked to find the perfect spot to view the fireworks. I ended up saving the rest for home.

Fireworks. Once thing we had been counting on impressing us for the evening and… we were in the wrong spot. We were standing on a pier at Docklands and the fireworks were over near Etihad Stadium. I was disappointed. We walked further to try and get a glimpse of them. It was like the buildings were on fire at the top of them, that was all we saw. We heard them going off, but that just felt like thunder in the distance. Once the noises stop, we concluded out night and went home. Looking out the car window I said a quite goodbye to Melbourne, relieved to be heading home (back to the trees and dirt roads). Until next time…

Stay tuned- J

My first two days in Lakes Entrance…

​I have been home just over an hour now, after been on holidays in Lakes Entrance for the past 4 days. Whilst I am tired and definitely don’t want to sit in a car any longer today I feel like I have neglected you all whilst I was away. I honestly didnt find the time to write whilst away however find it as a perfect opportunity to do so now and reflect over the past few days. Those of you who are interested in the happenings of my holiday keep reading…

Friday (Day One )

4:30am wakeup. My partner and I left home at 5am. The worst weather heading into Melbourne CBD. Thunder/Lightning and Rain. Wet roads, crazy drivers and the odd Kangaroo or two all before 6am in the morning. We stopped along the way to have a maccas breaktfast then continued on. As we drove further it stopped raining however just leaving the hold of our car it was as if we would get blown away. There are many places to stop on the way; we stopped at Sale for a short while though to grab last minute essentials and a coffee. After a long 6+hr drive, some of that stopping for a break we arrived in Lakes Entrance around 12:30pm at which stage we grabbed lunch and went for an explore around the local shops. The girls from Shifting Sands Motel admin we adimant that we could not check into our room until after 2pm! We didn’t venture too far as the weather was not on our side. Checkin. Dinner and then sleep took up the remainder of our day.

Saturday (Day two) 

Rested up we woke to the sound of people packing and unpacking their cars in the hotel room beside us. Breakfast cereal in our room. We drove approximately 50 mins to Buchan where we participated in two cave tours at Buchan Caves (Royal cave and Fairy cave). Both tours were great, the guides were very friendly, patient with the children who accompanied their parents through the caves and were more than happy to answer any questions we had. I didnt have many ill admitt. Afterwards we sat at a picnic table and enjoyed a packed sandwiche for lunch; one of our attempts at saving some money whilst away. We then stopped by Lake Tyres for a few hours which was just beautiful. The weather was great. Sun out and approx. 30 degrees or more. My partner and I threw the bathers on a chased one another up the beach. We also played naughts and crosses in the sand; a clever idea thought up my my partner. I did forget to put sunscreen on my legs though which I didnt notice until that night when I was warmer than expected. I reckon you couldve cooked an egg on my legs no jokes! Lucky for aloe vera which helped sooth the burn. Note to self for next time: smother ones self in sunscreen.
That night we walked along the main beach of Lakes Entrance. We did over a 3km walk along the beach front however had to improvise and navigate our journey back a alternate way to the surf club as the tide had come in behind us whilst walking. We made it back eventually and headed straight for the pub. A drink was well earnt after bush bashing and navigating through unknown parts of the small island type thing we were on.

Day three & four to be added soon. I would love to hear your thoughts on my blog. 

Stay tuned- J

20 facts about me

  1. I have a thing for men with the name Luke.
  2. My middle name is Ann.
  3. I am an animal lover.
  4. I have many pets; cats, dogs, horses, snakes, rabbits, chooks, turtles, goldfish etc..
  5. I am an Early years childcare Educator.
  6. My horses names are Clyde & Diva. I go trail riding on them fb_img_1477101815322in the bush on a regular basis.
  7. I am family orientated with two sisters, my mum and my dad.
  8. My parents separated when i was about 12 years old.
  9. My favourite meat is chicken.
  10. I enjoy story writing and have several stories i intend to publish in the near future.
  11. I am a very independent person.
  12. My ideal temperature is 25 degrees.
  13. I would rather sit at home with a good book or a movie rather than go out and party.
  14. I am not a big drinker however enjoy a smirtoff double black or a fruit tingle from time to time.
  15. Asside from my boyfriend, the person i am closest to is my father.
  16. I have been with my current boyfriend for over 2 years, we actually met on a dating site.
  17. On a weekly basis i attend dog obedience with my sheppard x Labrador Tia.
  18. I currently live in Victoria, Australia.
  19. I am 25 years old.
  20. I love eating chocolate and chips.