Friday Favourites

Another week has gone by and I don’t know about you but mine has been pretty jam packed.

Pole class turn private lesson. On Saturdays my pole classes are at 8am, which understandably it’s hard for some people to find the motivation. We’re a few weeks in to term now and it was only me at the last class so it turned into a bit of a private lesson as well which was great.

Lunch with my grandparents. On Sunday I caught up with my grandparents for lunch for the first time in a while which was nice.

Home away from home. With everything that’s going on in my personal life it was nice to take a bit of time away from home and stay at my Dad’s for the week while he was away. My dog and I even enjoyed a nice walk in the reserve that backs on to the house.

Business cards arrived. I ordered some business cards for Nutrimetics and they arrived in the post this week, woohoo!

Nutrimetics Centre Stage. Nutrimetics held a centre stage event called the Professional Make-up Masterclass where we got to hear about the newest eye shadow Nutrimetics have brought out in their professional make-up range.

Monarto Zoo Volunteer Day. I had a lovely day up at the zoo on Wednesday, it was only 2 degrees when I got up there but the sun was shining brightly and it turned out to be a lovely day.

Aquapole. Another week and another workout with a couple of my girlfriends, I am enjoying being able to see them every week!

See what I mean about a jam packed week! I hope you all had a great week and please feel free to share your highlights in the comments.

Take care,

Jas

Qualified volunteer!

I’m super excited to say that I have completed my training and am now qualified as a Mallee Minder volunteer with the Zoo, woohoo!

The training days were just really to familiarise me with how to get into the zoo and where to go, rostering, and of course meeting new people.

I have had some pretty cool experiences already, there’s the usual land maintenance and conservation work. But if doing that while being able to watch giraffe or Mongolian horses wasn’t cool enough, I have also been able to pat rhino, and given an odd, ad-hoc job of helping to round up yellow footed rock wallabies for their vet check.

Now that I am qualified though, it means I get my shirt and security pass into the zoo and get to choose which Wednesdays I can go up there and help out, I just need to send the supervisor a text and let him know I’m heading up.

 

Friday Favourites

I hope everyone had a great week last week. My week wasn’t too full on but a lot seemed to happen, some of which is pretty exciting!

Pole class. Last Saturday I was finally able to start classes again, with my dog being sick and then going on a holiday, and various other things, I missed a few weeks of it so it feels good to finally be back. Because it’s halfway through the term I’m just doing a couple of classes on a casual basis but it still feels good to be going in there again.

Monarto Zoo volunteer day. I had another volunteer day on Wednesday, just one more and I’ll be “qualified” yay! We did a lot of planting for feed and watering and checking/fixing irrigation.

Rhinos. Part of where we were planting on Wednesday was behind the rhino exhibit and while we were there I got to pat a rhino which is super cool!

Hair done. On Thursday I had an appointment with my hairdresser so I had a few blond foils put in, not heaps blond just like a caramel/honey colour to lighten the brown a bit, and then had a cut as well and it’s long enough now that I was able to get some layering done.

I’m going to Africa! One of the other volunteers at the Zoo has organised trips every now and then for groups of volunteers and the one he’s organising for next February is a safari tour around Tanzania and Rwanda. I decided to put my name down for it and am organising for my bank to pay deposits and all sorts this weekend. It’s 10 months away I know, but I’m pretty excited!

How was your week? Are there any highlights you’d like to share?

Take care,

Jas

Friday Favourites

Oh so many favourites for the past week, partly because I was on holidays, wonderful holidays! And not just holidays where I went somewhere else and did all the touristy stuff, but holidays where I got to spend some time at home as well.

Kangaroo Island. My partner and I went there for the Easter weekend, we did a few things each day, it was really jam packed and enjoyable. You can head over here and see more details from my travel diary if you like.

Shopping. First day back and still on holidays so I went and did a spot of shopping and bought a Wii U, the thing I like about Wii’s is all the movement that’s involved in game playing, especially when that game is Just Dance!

Monarto Zoo. I had my first volunteering “training” day at the zoo on Wednesday which was great, we were just doing a lot of planting and watering, but I also got shown essential things like how to get in, where the Mallee Minder base camp is, and took a tour down the “peninsula” to see the rhinos.

Rest day. Thursday was pretty much a rest day which was well needed after my first day of volunteer work. I am way too used to sitting at a desk and the day really killed my body. My knees ached from kneeling on them and oh my gosh my elbows felt like they had some sort of fiery arthritis!

Soap making. I’ve been wanting to try making home made products for a while now, and so today I went and bought a whole lot of supplies and tried to make soap for the very first time. I won’t know for a while yet whether or not it has worked, but I’ll let you know!

And how was your week? Are there any highlights you’d like to share?

Take care,

Jas

Friday Favourites

It really hasn’t felt like Friday today because of the Good Friday holiday today. It also made the rest of the week feel like it went by really quickly. Not that I’m complaining because I’m now on holiday, and with better phone reception than I thought I would have!

Aside from being on holiday, there are a few highlights from the last week.

Volunteers meeting. There was a Volunteers Meeting up at Monarto Zoo last Saturday and I headed up there to see what the news was and also got to meet a few other volunteers, including my boss and some others I’d be working with.

The Pole Boutique 5th Anniversary Show. The Pole Boutique has been open for 5 years as of January last year and so they did an anniversary show last Sunday night which was amazing. A lot of students and instructors got up and did a piece, and Carlie Hunter closed the show. She’s still most definitely my favourite pole dancer.

Ferry ride!. We caught the Kangaroo Island Ferry over to the island today and neither me or my partner were sick, woohoo! It wasn’t too choppy on the way over either so it was quite a pleasant journey.

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Holiday house. Rather than booking into a motel or caravan park, we decided to book a holiday house, partly because it was more cost effective but we also really liked the idea of having a bit of space as well as peace and quiet. The house is actually really nice, it has everything you could think of needing for a home away from home.

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Pelican feeding. Aside from actually getting to Kangaroo Island, the only thing we did was take a drive around the town and go see the pelican feeding. We were right up close to the pelicans, and it was pretty cool to see them gobbling everything and the seagulls swooping in to try and steal some food!

Did you have a good week? Any highlights you would like to share?

Take care,

Jas

Zoo volunteering update

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About a month ago I posted saying I had been accepted as a volunteer up at Monarto Zoo. I was, and still am, super excited about this opportunity, but the last month since being accepted has been both full on while there’s also been not much happening at all!

I attended an Orientation and Basic Training day about three weeks ago where I learnt a bit more about Monarto and Zoos SA, things like OH&S, the expectations of volunteers and that sort of thing. So all very generic, which was fine. We also got a trip around Monarto Zoo so that we could see where we’d be working from, and learn a bit more about the Zoo from behind the scenes. That was really cool.

In the last three weeks since then, I have been put in contact with my trainer for the Mallee Minders so am now trying to work out dates I can do that with work, and after I’ve done that I’ll be fully qualified, yay! I’ve also had to organise a police check which is a pain in the bum but because I’ll be a volunteer with Zoos SA I get it for free which is good. On top of that there is a Volunteers Meeting this Saturday which I’m hoping to go to, but it starts right when the Zoo is opening and I don’t have a pass or anything to get in, so I’m waiting to hear how all of that will work.

It definitely feels like it’s all happening, and I’m pretty pumped. The only other thing I really need to do is go shopping and buy some appropriate pants to wear as a Mallee Minder. They have to be like Hard Yakka pants (or shorts), so I need to work out where the hell I can buy those for ladies as I’ve only ever seen them for sale for the guys.

Are you just starting volunteering anywhere? Or have you been volunteering for a while? What do you enjoy about it?

Take care,

Jas

Friday Favourites, 12 February

It has been an insanely busy week for me and I feel completely exhausted, but am really looking forward to going over to Victoria this weekend to catch up with a friend and participate in one of the mindfulness sessions she does with her horses! Reflecting on this week though there were a few highlights that I can share.

Facial. Last Saturday I went to Temple Day Spa and had an aromatherapy facial. Not for any reason in particular but just because it had been a while since I pampered myself so I thought hey why not?

Markets. On Saturday night there was a small market held at the local sports and recreation centre and my partner and I headed over to check it out and see what was on sale. One of my partner’s friends like chilli’s, and not just any chilli’s but super hot ones, and we found some of those and bought a jar of cooking paste for him for his birthday. I also bought a cute little plant for my office at work and then just a couple of food samples like biscuits and rocky road.

Volunteer interview. On Tuesday I drove up to Monarto Zoo and had an interview with the Volunteer Coordinators up there, and I left feeling like it had gone really well, like I had been able to build a good rapport with them while I was there.

Acceptance! On Wednesday afternoon I found out that I was accepted as a volunteer at Monarto Zoo, yay! I am so super excited, I can’t wait to get started.

That’s about all from me, let me know in the comments below if you have any highlights you’d like to share from this week.

Take care,

Jas