2015-05-22

Nick and I have been holidaying in Hamilton Island this week, so today’s Fashion Friday was one he helped me photograph on our trip. I have more stories about our adventures here – today we went jetskiing and snorkelling, which was really fun, and we’re pretty tired, too. I will write more about our time here in a future post.

This Fashion Friday edition is a bit of a change from what we have been seeing recently, mostly because the weather up here in Queensland is like summer (but not ecstatically hot), and back home it’s raining and very, very cold. I am not really into the tropical climate and don’t like hot weather but around this time of year, Hamilton Island is not too hot.

Walking to One Tree Hill, Hamilton Island
Walking to One Tree Hill, Hamilton Island
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2015-05-20

Wow, did two months go by so quick? I guess we’ve all been busy… poor Lilian has been stressed out, actually, I feel like a real jerk because I know Nick is trying to balance working full time and studying full time as well (insert jerk comment about how I have totally been there before, so I know how it feels and I’m praying on magic and love to get him through). And I am just sitting here pretty much chillaxing (more on that point in a future post).

Nick gatecrashed our lunch again, something tells me I’ll have to rename this to the Best Friend & Boyfriend Lunch soon.

The Place

Lilian said she saw a vegetarian restaurant when she was walking around the other day, so I agreed to go there. […]

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2015-05-19

You (yep, you, the person reading this) may have noticed that I changed the smilies/emoticons on my blog. I was going to say “it’s been a long time coming” but it really hasn’t. It was only something I thought about a couple of months ago.

I think the thing that will shine through most with this change of smilies is that I believe a lot of people will miss the old ones, which were on my blog since 2009. It was an animated set with some very interesting emotions conveyed on some of the faces.

If your memory needs to be jogged, here is an non-animated screenshot of how they appeared above my comment form:

The old smilies on my blog
The old smilies on my blog

A lot of people asked me where I got the smilies from, likely because they wanted to use the same ones.

How the old ones became some kind of legacy

I said I didn’t know where they were originally from. I wasn’t trying to deter people from using these amazing smilies – though, don’t get me wrong, I kind of did want them all to myself – but I really didn’t know the original source. As the story goes, I answered every question with, “I got them from pishie.net”. […]

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2015-05-17

Following our trip to Thirlmere earlier this year for the Thirlmere Festival of Steam, Nick and I made our way back down to Thirlmere again, this time for Trainworks’ event A Day Out with Thomas, visiting none other than our childhood friend Thomas the Tank Engine. Of course, some time ago when I asked Nick if he liked Thomas the Tank Engine as a kid, he said, “Of course, that was my jam”.

Sodor station
Sodor station

Distant view of Thomas the Tank Engine
Distant view of Thomas the Tank Engine
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2015-05-15

You know when you have a writing streak? Or worse, before you’re even there – a writing itch? Heck yeah, I get it all the time. At least, all the time at the worst kind of time.

  • On the train. But you’re standing up.
  • On the bus. But you have to hang onto a pole.
  • At 5:30pm on a Friday when you’re about to have drinks with your friends.
  • Thursday afternoon after lunch but you have to return to work. Damn.
  • Saturday night when you’re at the club… WTF?
  • Some other Saturday night when you are seeing your favourite band – AKA the band of the century – and there’s probably gonna be a lot of moshing, so forget even thinking about what you want to write.
  • On the weekend when you are driving your younger sibling to soccer practice or ballet class.
  • At some just-my-luck moment in a cafe when you decide to stop surfing the internet and actually write but your laptop has 6% battery.
  • Really late at night but your eyes are about to fall out of your head because your body wants you to sleep right now.

Been there? Yep. And you know you can do better than that, but you can’t even bother jotting down an idea that you have. I know. I’ve been there too. Like, what is the point in writing down an idea or a topic that you want to write about when you don’t even have an opportunity to write it right now?

Well, there is your mistake, my friend. […]

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