Friday Favourites, 31 July

How has everyone’s week been? Good I hope! I have been off work again with this silly ear infection, I’m on my third dose of antibiotics, but stronger ones this time and so all I seem to do is sleep. Despite that, it hasn’t all been bad.

Antibiotics. The strong ones I’m on now anyway, they seem to be doing the job in getting rid of this ear infection and my ears seem to be staying unblocked now, so yay!

Sleepy time. When feeling ill, I love to just sleep and sleep, it’s so good for healing. Fortunately my doctor gave me the last couple of days off of work, so I’ve been able to do a lot of that.

A great boss. I’ve been away from work a lot lately, and my boss has taken it all in his stride and has remained understanding throughout all of it, and for that I am truly grateful.

Changing state of mind. So, getting a little personal here, I have had an eating disorder for nearly the last couple of years. I only really recognised and decided to seek help for it about 2-3 months ago and I’ve been doing a lot of different things on the road to recovery, but in the last few days have felt like there’s been a change in my mind, and I think Bali helped to break a lot of food related habits that I had, and so I feel finally like I might mentally be on the road to recovery.

Housewarming gifts. We’re still in the process of moving into our new house and my Mum bought us a new dinner set as a housewarming gift, I got to choose it of course, my partner doesn’t really car what he eats off of, he’s more concerned about the food lol. In addition to that though, my grandparents have offered to spend $500 on a housewarming gift for us, whatever we might need. I was completely blown away at that, it’s just so much!

Tell me in the comments below, what are you grateful for this week?

Take care,

Jas

Throwback Thursday, 30 July

Image of the Wheel of TimeThe Wheel of Time is a series written by Robert Jordan. Sadly, Robert Jordan passed away before he could finish the series so the last three books I think it was, were written by Brandon Sanderson.

The Wheel of Time series was the first series of books that I fell in love with. It is such an amazing fantasy series that right from the very beginning I was suckered in, and have been ever since.

The first book in the series, The Eye of the World, was written in 1990 and the final book A Memory of Light, was written in 2013. I still remember getting a copy of The Eye of the World for Christmas one year from my Dad, I was about 14 at the time and was into books like the Tomorrow series by John Marsden. I remember looking at the cover of the book and wondering what the hell my Dad was thinking when he bought me a book that looked like an ancient fantasy novel.

Well if that wasn’t a good first lesson in not judging a book by it’s cover, I don’t know what is! I was apprehensive when I first started reading it, and at first I was a bit exasperated at having to read a few sentences and then go to the glossary in the back to understand what the hell I was reading. But once I clued on…the rest is history.

Every birthday or Christmas after that I was asking for the next book in the series, and I’d go back and read all the books again right from the start so I could jump right into reading the next one… That is, until I caught up with the series and had to wait a couple of years at one point I think. It was like torture because it was getting right to the climax!

After Robert Jordan died and I got my hands on the first book written by Brandon Sanderson, I was again apprehensive. I really wanted to finish the series but what if Brandon Sanderson ruined it and wasn’t true to Robert Jordan’s story and the characters? I did some research on Brandon Sanderson and his relationship with Robert Jordan and apparently they were close and Robert had written substantial notes and specifically asked Brandon to finish the series if he died. So it was with that that I started reading the last three books. I have to say, though it wasn’t exactly the same as Robert Jordan’s style of writing, I think Brandon Sanderson did a really good job in finishing the series. There was a really strong element of Robert Jordan coming through in the last three books, even though it was more to Brandon Sanderson’s style, so it was still an enjoyable read…and still my favourite series.

So that’s the first ever series of books that I fell in love with. Do you have a favourite series of books? How did you come across them?

Take care,

Jas

Friday Favourites, 24 July

I hope everyone has had a great week. I’m still recovering from a whatever kind of ear infection I got over in Bali, it’s been about a week so I’m kinda at the point where I’m a little over feeling sick!

Anywho, despite all of that there’s always some good things that happen.

Keys for the new house. A very exciting moment was walking into the Real Estate Agent’s office and picking up the keys to our new house! I have wanted to buy a house for a long time, the place that we’re living in now is kind of a hovel, so I’m looking forward to being in something that is nice and updated.

Gift from the Agent. Along with the keys to the house, we also got a gift from the Real Estate Agent which was a cute little chocolate house with lollies inside – we’re saving that for our first night sleeping in the new house. The Agent also gave us a nice good quality welcome mat for the house too which I thought was nice. At least it wasn’t a food and wine gift basket!

Unibooks delivery. Uni starts up again next week, and I had forgotten about it until I was checking my fees the other day and had an “oh crap” moment when I realised it was back next week and I hadn’t bought my textbook yet. So I was very happy to find that even though I only ordered my textbook a couple of days ago, it has already arrived!

Pay day. Because who doesn’t love pay day? The money for the deposit on our house came out this week so I look really poor, but pay day always makes me feel like the richest person in the world (I get paid monthly), for about 5 minutes anyway before I pay the bills lol.

Working from home today. I hurt my knee while I was over in Bali and the physio has told me to avoid things that will irritate it, specifically stairs and the only way to get into the office at work is by stairs. So I am fortunate and grateful that as an alternative I am able to do my work from home.

Tell me in the comments below, what are the highlights from your week?

Take care,

Jas

Throwback Thursday, 23 July

Image of a Tamagotchi, Throwback Thursday 20150723Who remembers Tamagotchi’s?

I can’t remember what made me think of these the other day but when I was in maybe Grade 6 in Primary School, Tamagotchi’s spread through all the kids like wildfire; everyone wanted one!

I definitely wanted one. I wasn’t allowed to have a real pet so why not a make believe one? I actually didn’t get a Tamagotchi, but I got one of the other competitor brands, though for the life of me I can’t remember what the brand was now.

But they were all the same sort of thing, you have a digital animal that hatches out of an egg and you have to take care of it. By taking care of it you have to feed it, play with it, clean up after it and train it. The pet grew up, went through various life stages, and if you were lucky enough not to kill it somewhere along the way, then it would just eventually die of old age and then you hatch another pet!

Interestingly though, I was reading about Tamagotchi’s on Wikipedia and apparently there was a lot of concern from adults about Tamagotchi’s and what impacts they might have on children. For instance, some were concerned that children could form attachments to a non-sentient being which may draw away from real life pets or relationships, and become devastated when their fake pet died. Or even one of the Tamagotchi’s had a game on it that one politician thought should make it rated an R18+ game for fear that it could turn children into the gamblers of tomorrow. Part of me really wonders if that’s actually the case, or if it just takes an adult mind to come up with that shit, cos I tell ya now, it didn’t affect me in that way… But then I’m no child psychologist either so maybe there are children out there who may be susceptible to that kind of thing.

Did you have a Tamagotchi, or do your kids have one of the more recent versions of them? What are your thoughts and experiences with them?

Take care,

Jas

Motivational Monday, 20 July

The last week has been a hard one, my partner and I are still sick, but we’ve seen the doctor and have been prescribed antibiotics and painkillers so we’ll get there eventually. In light of that I thought I’d share a quote about being sick. Perhaps that’s a little mopey but I saw it and couldn’t help but think how true it is.

Nature performs the cure, the physician takes the fee. – Benjamin Franklin

We’ve been prescribed a form of penicillin which is a naturally occurring antibiotic, the first one discovered actually, by Alexander Fleming and further developed by Howard Florey and his team of scientists. But of course nowadays rather than finding it naturally and trying to self-treat, we go and pay the doctor to make us better!

I hope you all have a great week!

Take care,

Jas

Friday Favourites, 17 July

I have done hardly any blogging this week as we were rounding up our trip to Bali, waiting in airports and getting home and being sick. The week has been full of ups and downs but right now I’ll just focus on the ups!

Relaxing by the pool. The first few days of our holiday in Bali was really full on, so it was nice to spend some time just relaxing in the warmth of the sun by the pool.

Original flights home. Fortunately, even though the volcano in Indonesia erupted again while we were on our way to the airport, we were still able to get our original flight home. There was a bit of waiting around to get cleared, but we were relieved to be going home as scheduled.

Seeing my pooch. Oh it was so good to see her sweet little face again, and she was so super excited to see us when we got home!

Sleeping in my bed. Sometimes, no matter how comfy the bed is when you’re travelling, it’s a relief to sink into your own bed for a good nights’ sleep.

Coffee and cake. I went out for coffee and cake this morning with a couple of the girls from work to celebrate one of their birthdays. Lovely ladies, it’s always nice catching up with them.

Tell me in the comments below, what were your highlights for the week?

Take care,

Jas

Photo An Hour, 12 July

This is new monthly feature post where I will take a photo an hour so you can basically spend the day with me and see what it is I get up to. I can’t promise it’ll always be thrilling and exciting, but it will be a real glimpse behind the scenes.

Normally I would post this on a Sunday but the hotel WiFi where I’m staying isn’t overly reliable so I wasn’t able to post this last night.

To set the scene, I’m still on holiday in Bali but Sunday was our “rest” day because we’ve spent every other day out and about so we were a bit too buggered to do anything.

7am: just woke up… photo and hour 7am 20150712

8am: time for a cup of tea photo an hour 8am 20150712

9am: enjoying the view from the balcony photo an hour 9am 20150712

10am: and I did some washing…takes nearly 2 days for stuff to dry with the humidity over here photo an hour 10am 20150712

11am: because breakfast and washing are so hard, it’s time for some tv and a nap…

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12pm: sitting on the balconyfor a bit before heading down to do a cooking class

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1pm: a small group for the cooking class, and we needed to drink lots of alcohol to be able to deal with the brunette on the left. Oh wow what a character she was!

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2pm: my partner Shane doing some cooking

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3pm: me doing some cooking while Shane looks on, my cooking skills aren’t that bad I swear lol

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4pm: reading through the little cookbook I got

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5pm: sitting down by the pool on the man made beach

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6pm: yep you guessed it, still being lazy by the pool…

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7pm: it’s 7pm the sun is just starting to go down and the weather is still wonderfully warm so we went for a swim.

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8pm: Sun is definitely going down now and all the lights are coming on, and we’re back chilling on the balcony

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9pm: no dinner for us tonight, just way too full from all the food at the cooking class! This is the last picture of the day, knowing me I’d fall asleep – laying down watching tv just seems to do that to me!

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I hope you enjoyed this post, tell me in the comments below, what did you get up to today?

Take care,

Jas

Friday Favourites, 10 July

Given I’m on holidays at the moment, it’s pretty easy to come up with a few favourites for this week!

I’m on holidays, yaayyy! It’s our first overseas holiday together, which is pretty exciting, and we still have a few days to go.

We rode elephants! At the Safari and Marine Park we had the opportunity to ride an elephant, and we managed to get the naughty one who sprayed everyone with water which was very entertining.

We spent a Night at the Zoo. Well, not a whole night, but an evening. We got to meet the animals, feed them, do a tour, have dinner, see a couple of shows, it was amazing. If you ever go to Bali, I would highly recommend it.

White Water Rafting. We did Class III rapids including going down a waterfall, and if the food was a little iffy, the actual rafting itself was so much fun.

Frankenstein’s Laboratory. As cooky as it sounds, this was a restaurant/bar we visited the other night for a bite to eat. The whole place is themed like halloween, including the drinks which come served in beakers or syringes or even IV bags! It was very cool, they even had live shows and a live band as well. If you’re in Bali, I’d definitely check this place out if you want something different!

Tell me in the comments below, what are your favourites for the week?

Take care,

Jas

Throwback Thursday, 9 July

Throwback Thursday image, 20150709

This is one of my favourite images that I took of the beach down near my rental property. I bought the unit just over 7 years ago after I split up with my boyfriend at the time. With the market prices being what they were back then, it was almost the same price to rent something as to buy it, so I figured, why not buy it?

The beach in the photo is about a 10 minute walk from the unit and this was actually taken from the top of the cliff, there’s a path you can take to walk down to the beach, it’s an absolute killer to walk back up, it’s so steep!

I loved living in that place though, it gave me a fresh start, and something that was all mine, something I had achieved all on my own, I learnt a lot about myself living in that house and going through the struggles of interest rates going up and barely being able to afford the mortgage repayments. But it all got me to where I am today, so I wouldn’t change anything.

About 18 months ago though, I started moving in with my current boyfriend while we started doing my unit up, and I’ve now been fully living with him for about a year, and my unit has been rented out for about that long too. Now, my boyfriend and I have just bought a house together, not far from my unit and only a little further from the beach.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks edition of Throwback Thursday, with a little bit of current news thrown in! Do you think I told any porkies in this post? Feel free to comment below!

Take care,

Jas

Motivational Monday, 6 July

Image of the beach.

Happy Monday everyone!

Motivation for me this week comes from the knowledge that in a few hours I’ll be off to the airport and going on a holiday to Bali, woohoo! I haven’t been overseas for years, and have never been to Bali before, so I’m just a little excited. My partner has also never been overseas, so I’m excited for him too.

It’s absolutely freezing in little old Adelaide right now, so I’m really looking forward to some nice warm weather.

I’m leaving my dog with my Mum for the holiday, I actually really don’t like leaving her when I go away, I always feel a bit guilty about it, but I know she’ll be well looked after and Mum always enjoys having her.

So with that, I’m going to leave you with a quote about summer.

Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends. – Darell Hammond

Take care,

Jas