First lockdown of 2021

First lockdown of 2021 and first week back at work completed! It has been a couple of hectic days getting used to just staying home and also being back at work (working from home of course). It hasn’t been the most eventful week, but that’s good. I feel like I have gained so much energy! Jarryd and many of my friends starting working already on the 4th of January, so it has been a bit lonely especially when the last couple days of the holidays was spent in lockdown. Despite uneventful week, I have a couple of photos to share with you.
Our fridge died one day before lockdown and luckily we managed to buy a new one the same day. Since it wouldn’t be delivered until the following day, we had to survive with just our esky.
Face masks required when leaving the apartment otherwise you would get fined. Just when we were making our own face masks out of one of Jarryd’s old singlets (every store was out of face masks when I did my mandatory lockdown shopping :(), our friends asked if we wanted two of their face masks. We said YES PLEASE! After two hours we picked up our new face masks from the mailbox.
Our new fridge finally showed up. The luxurious feeling when you have a properly working fridge after using an esky for 24 hours is just fabulous.
Jarryd was watching Australia vs India.
I decided to nibble on some snacks instead of watching cricket. Good choice in my opinion!
Potato chips, Sicilian green olives and honey glazed cashew nuts. Yum!
The living room turned into a discotheque.
Jarryd decided to join me on the balcony when the cricket game was over. Who won? I have no idea. I don’t know if either team has won yet? I think they are still playing? I need to ask Jarryd what’s going on. Weird game. After Jarryd tried to explain the game, we decided to just watch the sunset. Makes more sense than cricket.
Then the sky turned purple. It’s always so much fun to sit and watch the people in the apartment building across us during lockdown. It’s almost like a large doll house.
The discotheque continued in the living room. Is dancing allowed in your own apartment?
I was taking the opportunity to photograph William Jolly bridge while walking to the supermarket (during the lockdown it was OK go to the supermarket as long as you were wearing a face mask, and it’s still compulsory to wear masks at the supermarket).
Beautiful Brisbane! My home away from home.
So empty everywhere. Now when everything’s almost back to ‘normal’, I kind of miss the quietness of the lockdown.
One of my lunches while working from home. Had so much leftover take away (yes we have been a bit slack). Watching Gilmore Girls while eating when there are no colleagues to chat with. I’ll be back at the office on the 27th of Jan after the Australia Day weekend. So looking forward to it! I need my routines which especially include going to and leaving work. I actually miss my daily train commute (and I miss the microwave at the office soooo much).
Yesterday was Friday which was celebrated with a large mug of coffee in the afternoon. Today it is obviously Saturday and I have been cleaning, doing the laundry and blasting the AC in the apartment. It’s meant to be 36 degrees today (a storm is on its move towards Brisbane) 🙁 Jarryd is away helping a friend moving houses. I’m not jealous hehe. Later today I’ll meet up with an old friend for an afternoon beer (and avoiding the rain at the same time). Jarryd and I also have plans to meet up with friends at Range Brewery for some craft beers and pizzas later tonight.
Have a great weekend all!
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The days before lockdown

It is time. A second lockdown for us in Brisbane. It’ll start in 3.5 hours and hopefully finish on Monday at 6pm. But I’m not bitter. The weather is bad and neither Jarryd or I had any major plans this weekend. This will be my last chance to really relax before I start working on Monday. However, I managed to run around the city and enjoy my break the last couple of days. This is what I have been up to!
I made a visit to South Bank. It was hot hot hot, but the gardens looked really good.

Hi little duck

Beautiful sunflowers.
Hi again River Quay Green. This is where I did an Amazing Race with work a couple of weeks ago.
After South Bank, I crossed the river and made it to the QUT Art Gallery where you can see the Miffy & Friends exhibition.
I also made a visit to the botanic gardens. It was too hot for both people and ducks.
This fella was really enjoying the heat though.
Both the ducks and I thought it was time to avoid the sun for a while. I strolled through the city to King George Square.
Hello from King George Square. I took a quick photo and quickly made my way to the City Hall (and air con).
I was going to visit Brisbane Museum on level 3. But first I was admiring the City Hall entrance.
I wish the elevator in my apartment building looked like this (and smelt as fresh).
Some photos from the Bauhaus exhibition. Really enjoyed it!
I made it back home to South Brisbane after a sweaty walk through the CBD. We had rice paper rolls for dinner which included shrimps, avocado, veggies and a lot of coriander. Yummy!
I finally got my thumb out and had a haircut. I decided to go for curtain bangs and I’m really happy with the results. It needs some more maintenance, but thanks to lockdown I have the time to learn how to get the bangs right with my straighter. Winning in life!
Today when I found out about the lockdown, I did the mandatory lockdown shopping. Since our fridge died yesterday and our new one won’t show up until maybe Saturday or Sunday, we’ll need to use our esky for all veggies and margarine. Not the best timing for the fridge to give up… But we’ll survive with all the pasta and pesto stashed away in our cupboard. It was crazy busy at the supermarket. I’m so happy I’m still on holiday so I could go shopping early this morning. After spending way too long time at Coles in various queues, I made a final stop at Three Monkeys.
I had my favourite Spanish Breakfast. YYYYYYUMMY! We’re doing a full on vegan weekend so this was the last chance to have a little bit of meat.
2.5 hours left until lockdown and I’m having a Tiger lager while writing this post. The rain has stopped for a moment and I can hear that it’s already a lot quieter than usual outside. Hope everyone is having a great start of the weekend, and please stay safe!
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Hello 2021!

The 1st day of 2021 was spent on my friend’s farm outside of Rathdowney. Jarryd and I had packed tent, sleeping bags, food and sparkling wine and drove to the farm on New Year’s Eve. We were the usual group of friends and had an amazing day and night. We woke up at 8am the morning after, tired and warm.
The only place where you can sit under the wonderful shade. I unfortunately got a bit burnt 🙁
The campground after cleaning – the greenest I have ever seen it. From here you can see the shed (where you have the kitchen, bedroom and garage), the water tank, the fire place, Chrissy and Alex’s tent and the toilet (yes, it is the metal tank to the right). There were only three massive huntsmen (spiders) around the toilet this time. I’m still waiting for the time there will be a snake hiding in the toilet seat…
We gathered wood around the property to keep the fire alive.
We were sitting under the macadamia tree and ate macadamia nuts like a bunch of parrots.
Eventually the sun disappeared and it was possible to move the chairs closer to the shed and the fireplace. Jarryd, Brodie and I were watching the fire while the others went for a hike to a waterhole. We were dehydrated and sunburnt, so no waterhole for us this time. But we weren’t sad, we played croquet and made friends with the local wallabies.
We went back to Brisbane after New Year’s and after one day of recovery, it was time to spend some more time in the forest.
I was going to try my new fishing hat. I got tired of getting sunburnt and frying my hair in the sun.
We were also going to try our new backpacks! Jarryd’s mother gave us a gift voucher at Kathmandu as Christmas gift and we found these two beauties in the boxing day sale. We took our backpacks and drove to Mt Nebo to do a 8km hike.
We can now officially call us outdoor geeks. Score!
We stumbled upon a gigantic worm… First I thought it was a snake and my heart stopped 🙁
New backpack with Samford in the background. If someone has a house in Samford they would like to give away for free, I’m very interested.
No sunburns today!
Samford, Bribe Island and Moreton Island in the background.
Mt Nebo was beautiful as always. So green and lush. Thanks for this time!
Jarryd has started working again but I’m still on holiday. I woke up feeling (almost) rested and ready for a visit to Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art.
It started raining during my stroll, but luckily the art gallery is only 5 minutes away from our apartment.
New restaurant has popped up on Fish Lane. It always looks so delicious when I walk past the window. Super keen to give this place a go soon!
A concrete jungle at the end of Fish Lane.
Good morning Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art!
I got to the art gallery 30 minutes before it opens, so I had a flat white under all the vines.
After a couple of hours at the art gallery (which was amazing as always!), it was time to go back home for some lunch. The rain had passed, but the warmth and humidity stayed for the whole day.
An evening stroll around West End before dinner. Hello, cement factory (I think it is?).
After dinner, Jarryd and I decided to get ice cream for dessert. We live dangerously close to Messina, yummy yummy!
Just the sorbet selection is thumbs up. The chocolate sorbet is one of my favourites.
But this time I chose pistachio and chocolate fondant gelato. It was Jarryd and I plus half Brisbane who decided to get a treat from Messina. After ice cream, we played Uno under the air con. Today I’ve been lazy and stayed at home the entire day. Tomorrow I’ll be visiting the QUT Art Museum and botanic gardens.
Hope you have a great start of 2021!
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Visit to IKEA and new plants

Watercolour painting by Lily Bostroem
Only 1.5 days left of 2020 – woho! I have spent my time painting, cleaning the apartment, taking care of our plant babies, buying a new wardrobe and preparing for our New Year’s camping. I feel mentally prepared for 2021!
Jarryd and I had the exact same idea as half of Brisbane – we need to go to IKEA for their clearance! We were in a desperate need of a wardrobe since we have absolutely no storage at home. How can just two people accumulate so much stuff?
It felt great coming back to IKEA – this is the place that feels most like home (I always have to hold my tears back when I see the photos of Sweden in the entrance <3).
Mandatory IKEA selfie on the elevator. But where did my eyebrows go?!
IKEA reached full capacity and there was no place at the restaurant to sit down and eat. Since meatballs are mandatory for all IKEA visits, we decided to get takeaway. The meatballs get 5 out of 5 moose.
We managed to get furniture, food and our sanities back home to South Brisbane. But something was missing before we could start working on the new wardrobe.
A beer! I decided to have a milk stout from Brouhaha Brewery. Tasty!
Is that Luke from Gilmore Girls? No, it’s just Jarryd in his ‘putting-together-IKEA-furniture’ look 🙂
Jarryd drank one of his IPAs.
Hello there!
2 hours later and the wardrobe is finally finished! It’s a bit crooked but we love it anyway. Now we finally have somewhere to store all our camping, Christmas and masquerade stuff.
Tuesday started very relaxing on the sofa with some jazz in the background.
I double-checked to see if my eyebrows were back and thankfully they were!!
We drove to Woolloongabba where we were going to get one more plant baby. Heather and Lukas gave Jarryd and I a gift card at the Grow Centre. We were so excited!
They had a really good selection of indoor plants and we found one that would come home with us.
This is Happy Gilmore which is a Happy Plant (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’). Welcome to your new home!
I was also taking care of the outdoor plants on the balcony.
Our climbers which used to be climbing the bedroom wall.
My mother Pilea Peperomioides plant. It has been a bit sad lately, so I have been moving around and hopefully found a brighter spot for it. Please survive!
After a week with a lot of food, I was craving something easy. I made pumpkin soup and added some shredded parmesan and parsley.
After lunch, I decided something had to be done with our empty bedroom wall since we have moved around a lot of plants. I found this frame and will do something fun with it and hang it on the wall. But that is on the to-do-list for 2021.
This will be my surprised face if the weather actually decides to be good on New Year’s Eve. The weather forecast on BOM is looking a bit crap unfortunately. We will celebrate New Year’s with a bunch of our friends camping. Jarryd and I will be sleeping in our tent, but luckily there is a shed and “toilet” in case if the weather gets too bad. It will be super cosy leaving the city for a bit and just relaxing in the nature together with friends.
Hope all of you have an amazing New Year’s and I’ll see you in 2021!
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Last weeks of 2020

2020 is almost over. The last couple of months have been super busy with work, birthday parties and Christmas celebration. Lets look back in the mirror of the past and see what has been happening!
The bedroom before the majority of our plans decided to give up 🙁 Can you imagine how easy life would be if plants could softly whisper what they actually want?
We two cute visitors at the office. Don’t they look like two miniature wolf hounds?
Had my last cup of coffee in my sheep cup for this year. This cup always remind me that I need to save money for my future alpacas.
The Jacaranda blossomed for two days and then created a purple mess with all the dead leaves. Still worth it though!
Hi hi Summer – you are very beautiful!
I have been checking out my and Jarryd’s future home. The boat is unfortunately not included but we will survive 🙂 It would be the perfect place for a Halloween party.
I have been eating soooo much Spanish breakfast at Three Monkeys in West End. Jarryd and I have now decided that we need to make this ourselves! We are still trying to find a good chicken tocino recipe, so please share if you happen to have one collecting dust somewhere in your kitchen drawer.
This year’s Christmas tree was looking a bit more minimalistic than usual. This year we didn’t have any spare chopstick to help keeping the star straight.
Mandatory Donald Duck at 3pm on Christmas Eve together with a blurry lussekatt.
Christmas Day was spent in Toowoomba with Jarryd’s family. Jarryd and Zoe walked the neighbourhood ensuring everyone was properly celebrating Christmas. We also saw five black cockatoos and one blind sausage dog.
After spending Christmas Day and Boxing Day in Toowoomba, we hit the road and made a visit to the small town of Esk. Hello Esk!
Lars Andersen, Esk’s favourite Dane. I was a little bit disappointed that they didn’t serve Smørrebrød at the café in Lars’ old crib.
It took us 10 minutes to walk through the city centre, but that was OK. The 35 degrees made us miss the AC in the car…
After a sweaty visit to Esk, we made it to the Wivenhoe dam. Jarryd inspected the puddle…
And suddenly turned into a frog. Nooo he just checked the water temperature which was hot hot hot because it was still 35 degrees. I told Jarryd to jump into the water but he strongly disagreed. Bad frog!
Jarryd told me that this is the dam that caused the Brisbane flooding in 2011 when they had to use kayaks to go to the supermarket. Today the dam was looking a bit empty though, so I will probably have to catch the train to work unfortunately.
Hi from the Aussie Tom Cruise and the black widow. I do regret my choice of wearing a black dress in the middle of Summer in Esk </3
And poooffff – I turned into a frog as well. Hihi no, I was just taking photos of mushrooms.
Hello mushroom! It is weird for a Scandinavian like me to see you around Christmas time. Are there any wild mushrooms in Australia that you can eat?
Next time I’ll bring my swimmers and join the pelicans and swans in the dam.
Muddy mud.
Now we’re back in Brisbane and air conditioning. It’s time to plan New Year and I’m so keen for 2021. Now it’s time for a milk stout and tomorrow the electrician is coming over to ensure we don’t electrocute ourselves while using the washing machine #winningatlife
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What to drink?

My knee is hurting. I am tired. My computer is lagging. I need coffee.
I was planning to upload some of my videos from 2020, but neither my computer or my body seem to be up for it tonight. More fun stuff coming soon!
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Things I did during lockdown

I guess I was not the only one finding it difficult to fill the days with excitement during the Covid-19 lockdown. Spending a large amount of time in one apartment was a challenge, but this is an experience I will definitely never forget. Today I am appreciating a cup of coffee at the the cafe. Commuting by train again. Seeing colleagues and friends face to face.
I am so happy the restrictions have eased, but there will be a couple of things I will try to take with me when life goes back to the new normal. Firstly, I have had a lot of time to take care of the plants. Jarryd realised we had 50+ plants and we have for a long time needed more storage space for our green babies. We decided to go to IKEA and get the cheapest shelf which would be the new home to some of the plants without a permanent spot in the apartment. We also managed to fill the shelf with other junk we never can throw away (#girlfriendisahoarder).
It has been getting a lot cooler here in Brisbane the last couple of weeks (we are currently using a heater at home…) and this came as a shock to me and to the outdoor plants. Of course I could not let them freeze their butts off outside, so I took the most vulnerable ones inside and kept them close to our sunny window next to the ugly balcony (where we never hangout, instead it is only used for storing recycling and drying clothes). Here are some of the seedlings that absolutely love being inside. We also tried to put seeds in eggshells together with some soil. They seemed to really like it, which really is a plus since it means less plastic and more organic!
We got a fish tank from Jarryd’s mother and our first thought was to get a couple of fish. When we realised how much work and responsibility it requires, we decided it would not be worth spending that much time with a pet you cannot cuddle. Instead we turned it into a terrarium. After spending a couple of hours at Bunnings and the local plant nursery, we got everything needed for the different layers and beautiful plants. The plants are growing bigger for every day, so I need a plan for what to do when they are getting outside the wrapping paper hmm…
I guess my mind has been focused on plants lately, because that has basically been the only thing I have been painting as well. I will eventually make a post showing you the paintings I have at home and some of the stuff I am currently working on.
The only time I was outside during the lockdown was when I had to go to the grocery store or when I went for walks. I like that Brisbane has so many bridges! They all have their own personality and appearance. This is one of my favourites, William Jolly bridge in South Brisbane. 
Lastly, the lockdown has been a great opportunity to read all the books I usually find hard to prioritise when there are a million other things happening during the weeks. I am a bit of a sucker for history and could not resist purchasing this book. It is so interesting to get a detailed description of how the medieval life could have looked like: how people lived, what the society was like and how everything looked like. Please give me a time travel machine!
What interests and activities have you occupied yourself with during Covid-19? Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!
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Bonjour

Hi cyber world. What a crazy year it has been so far and probably will continue to be. In the middle of this chaos I have managed to get a new job, purchased more plants, had the best beef Stroganoff ever (thanks Jarryd) and had a lot of time to reflect on life. 
Life is however starting to go back to the new “normal” and I am keen as a bean to hang out with friends in the park and plan trips and adventures. This means I will finally have fun things to share here on the blog again. But now it is time to put together a new IKEA shelf and water all our 50+ plants. See you later!
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Seven days photo bomb

This photo bomb from the last couple of days starts with a snack after my first shift at my new internship/job at Queensland Cricketers’ Club. I found Pearl café in the Gabba and had the sourdough with olive oil before catching my bus home to Paddington.
Magazines in the bathroom at the café. My eyes were drawn to the fantastic house. 
Walking past this beautiful barber shop on my way to the bus stop. 
Last week, Jarryd and I were spending a lot of time with our plants preparing them for summer. We gave them new soil and fertilizer. We have new vegetables, but so far, the tomato is the only survivor. My little Chinese Money plants are looking more and more tired which is really sad. My plant babies… 
Our oldest plant that started this whole plant addiction: the fig tree. It was our old housemate who left the fig tree on the veranda when she moved to Europe. It was supposed to be picked up by her friend. After many weeks, no friend showed up and I had to start giving the poor plant water. I decided to adopt the plant and that was our first plant. The smaller fig tree is originally from the bigger tree.  
We also added a Sentinel to our collection. My dream is to have a really big Sentinel to attract parrots. Now, we only have bush turkeys and bin chickens in our garden.
A quick ginger beer stop before watching the Joker at the movies. Tasty ginger beer and a fantastic movie that really touched me. After the movie, I went to a friend’s place in Kangaroo Point and played games and talked for ours. 
Halloween is lurking in the shadows and soon it is time for the annual Halloween party at our friend’s house. We will compete against teams in beer tasting competitions, beer pong, flip cup, etc, etc. A crazy fun night with other words! It was time for Jarryd, my two other team mates and I to meet up and discuss theme and outfits. We decided to have dinner at Fish Lane in South Bank. 
Buzzing Fish Lane!
With all the lights and street art. 
This night we were heading to Saccharomyces Beer Café.
At the beer café you can borrow a wide range of games and play pinball. Jarryd and I were playing four in a row while waiting for our team mates. I lost very badly… The good thing is that theme and costumes were decided and I have already managed to buy everything needed for my outfit.
I did my makeup and hair on the bedroom floor as always. Still in desperate need of a haircut ehhh.
Last Saturday started with kayaking in the Brisbane River. 
The kayaking was was a Christmas gift to Jarryd and I from Jarryd’s aunt. Unfortunately, the storm was on its way but we decided to give the kayaking a go. We managed to reach the Story Bridge when it started raining. Luckily, we got new vouchers and will be going kayaking again in two weeks for free.
Good morning, tired Brisbane.
For lunch we decided to try the Vietnamese restaurant Ngon in Paddington. Super tasty food and drinks! 
Like every other night, I have been stalking the neighbourhood possums. This mom has a little baby on her back and makes sure no other possum will bully it. Good mama! And this what I have been up to the last couple of days. Now it is time to heat up homemade lasagna and bake a chocolate cake. Happy Tuesday everyone!
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A Tuesday list about everything


© Lily Bostroem

Do you have?


Beer in the fridge:
Yes, I have non-alcoholic beer in the fridge at the moment. I really enjoy a cold beer while I am cooking and together with the dinner. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to find tasty non-alcoholic beer here in Australia. So if you have any recommendations, please let me know!
A pet:
I do not have any pets here in Brisbane, but my parents have one cat in Sweden. His name is William and he is a Cornish Rex. He is very talkative, a bit weird and loves annoying my mom. But at the same time, he is extremely fond of his family and wants to cuddle every day.
A favourite candy:
I really love Swedish candy and every month I spend way too much money on candy at IKEA. My absolute favourite candy is salty liquorice and especially the sort called Djungelvrål.
Makeup setting powder:
No, I do not own makeup setting powder, but I used to when I was younger. My skin is too dry during the winter and I sweat too much during the summer. I also think the powder can be a bit excessive at daytime. I currently only own a concealer which I use when I dress up at weekends.
Any plans for the future:
I have so many plans, but one really important is to eventually move back to Sweden together with Jarryd. 
An addiction:
I definitely have a sugar addiction and I try to eat sweets, biscuits and ice cream after meals instead at random times. I do have less cravings than before. My substitute when I get the cravings for sweets is pistachios.
Nail polish:
I only own one nail polish and I rarely wear it. I am very bad at applying it on my nails and I hate the fact that it only looks good for one day. If I ever wear nail polish, I usually go for the more natural colours or black.
A friend living in another country:
I think 80% of my friends live outside Australia. It is not a surprise that most of my friends live in Sweden, but I also have friends in New Zealand. It is hard being away from so many amazing people and I hate the feeling of not being a part of my friends’ daily lives. However, it is always a big occasion when we finally meet, and it makes it very special.

Who?


Do you hate:
Not really anyone I know personally. Maybe people who abuses power and Internet trolls. Those people do not make this world a better place.
Do you miss:
Too many…
Annoys you:
Pretentious people.
Do you cuddle:
A dog or a cat whenever I have the opportunity. Otherwise, I have my daily cuddles with Jarryd of course.
Cooks at home:
We share the cooking at home. Some days I cook and other days Jarryd cooks, but usually we cook together. It depends on our schedules and what we are cooking. We also make sure that the chef of the day does not have to do the final dishes.

When?


Do you wake up in the morning:
The days I work, I usually wake up at 6:30 and I catch the bus at 7:00. If I am not working, I sleep until 8:00-8:30.
Do you go to bed:
I am in bed around 9:30-10:00. I try to do some meditation/mindfulness exercises for a couple of minutes before falling asleep (I use the app Smiling Mind).
Is your birthday:
My birthday is on the 28th of November. It is usually cold, grey and rainy when I celebrate my birthday in Sweden. Instead, here in Brisbane it is usually too warm and sweaty.
Was the last time you went to the movies:
I think the last time I went to the movies was in April or May and that is when I saw Bohemian Rhapsody?

What?


Are you doing right now:
I am in the Brisbane Square Library writing this list. The reason why I sit here is the free WiFi and the air-conditioning. It is around 30 degrees outside which means it is too warm to be at home.
Are you doing later today:
When it has cooled down, I will catch a bus home and prepare a bit for a job interview tomorrow. I am planning to go for a run (definitely when it has cooled down), and we are eating leftovers from yesterday for dinner. There will finally be plenty of time for longer meditations and reading.
Do you fear:
Water shortage crisis (watch Explained on Netflix) and losing family and friends. 
Is your strength:
I am always trying to do my best. I am loyal and I want people to feel good. I can be a bit shy, but when you know me, I am a very warm person.
Is your weakness:
I stress, worry and whine sometimes. This is the reason I was recommended to start with mindfulness!
Do you want to do for work:
I really enjoy mixing administration with creative work such as photography, layout and texts. I like a more project-based work. Running my own business and being my own boss would be really cool.
Brings you joy right now:
Cute animals, mentally preparing for our move in January, amazing friends at work and outside work, Jarryd planning for our anniversary in November (I’m not sure if I am supposed to know about this planning hihi), hilarious Youtube videos I have missed (watch Bob Katter segues from gay marriage to crocodile attacks) and skyping with my family.
Are you wearing:
Black t-shirt with flowery velvet prints, baggy jeans and white sneakers. “Tuesday comfy” was my fashion inspiration today.
Are you going to do right now:
I am going to publish this post and thereafter do a quick stroll in the city. Then it is time to head back home and enjoy my evening in Paddington!
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