February 2014 Recap

Let’s try this in bullets…

  • Found a brunch place in Kingston that’s open on Sundays. You have no idea how wonderful that is unless you regularly work Saturdays and love brunch and live in a town where shops and/or restaurants often do not open on Sundays.
  • Started the Athleta 30-Day Squat Challenge and completed the first two weeks. A road-trip derailed my progress and other forces prevented me from starting it up again…
  • Made a new friend, who happens to be a neighbor, and attended the Canberra Multicultural Festival with her.
  • Road trip! Canberra to Melbourne to Portland (via the Great Ocean Road) to Canberra in three days (around 1300 miles all together). A long time in the car, but definitely worth it.
  • Work and SUP lessons, which I so dearly love teaching
  • Went to my first UC Brumbies match and reminded myself of how much I enjoy watching rugby even though I lost my desire to play it years and years ago
  • Found another place (and one that’s within walking distance of our house) that’s open for Sunday brunch. SCORE!
  • Got plugged back into the L&D community online via the #OzLearn and #Lrnchat Twitter chats and started developing (online) relationships so that part of my skill set doesn’t atrophy

January 2014 Recap

Merimbula - January 2014I’m not doing so well with posting regularly and wanted to provide a quick update of life’s adventures for the past month. January began with New Year’s at Manly Beach with my parents and New Year’s Day spent walking around Sydney’s Circular Quay enjoying the summer sights and sounds. My parents returned home on 2 January and we returned to Canberra to resume our daily life. I (finally) began teaching SUP lessons again this month and words cannot express how great that felt. We spent MLK weekend at Merimbula and enjoyed the sand and surf (and cooler coastal weather). The next weekend was Australia Day weekend and while we didn’t party like most Australians seem to do, we had a good weekend hanging around the house. Several heat waves struck Canberra during the month, which zapped any extra energy I might have had, but in all, January was a fine month.

Wheels and Tyres

TyresWhen we arrived just over two weeks ago, we knew that husband’s car needed new tyres (note the fancy spelling!). We also suspected it needed new rotors or brakes. Imagine our surprise today whilst at Costco having new tyres put on the car, where Christmas decorations are already for sale, when we were told that the reason it was riding funny was that three 18″ wheels and the 16″ spare were on the car. We’d never noticed! The fourth 18″ wheel was in the trunk and was bent. We’re going to believe that the woman that sold us the car was clueless about this as life is too short to presume otherwise.

Anywho, Costco put three new tyres on and put the fourth in the trunk. We’re now on a mission, starting Monday since most of the auto shops have closed for the weekend, to find a fourth wheel that at least resembles the other three so we can stop riding on the spare.

photo by: Leo-setä