2015-05-24

This week Nick and I spent four days in Hamilton Island, which is an island in the northern part of Australia, in the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands.

Today was a bit of a dull day since we spent the morning packing our bags, going on a plane and returning home, so I will mostly be recounting Friday and our time there in general.

Jet skiing!
Jet skiing!

Friday was our second day in Hamilton Island, and we made sure we woke up nice and early because we had some fun activities planned. It was a beautiful day, even though it was forecast to be very windy. I guess seeing the “windy” icon on my phone’s weather app made me worry that it wouldn’t be sunny at all. […]

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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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