Thursday – job searching, second hand skirt and dumplings

Wow! Already Monday again and I feel so behind schedule. This post was supposed to be updated last Friday, but nope, I completely forgot. While I am waiting for the pumpkin in the oven, I have some spare time to finally publish the post about last Thursday.
Yes, you guessed it! I was applying for jobs pretty much the whole day. I am planning to do some casual sales assistant work during the Christmas holidays to get some extra cash. I am also looking for an admin job on the side while I have a casual position at the university. Finding any type of job has been a long, difficult process. It finally feels like I can see the light in the end of the job searching tunnel though!
To remain sane and not climbing the walls at home, I spend a couple of hours at the local cafe called Sassafras. A cup of flat white makes everything easier!
Swapped full cream milk for oat milk, nomnomnoom!
I also tried my newly bought second hand skirt from Salvos in Red Hill. It is colourful, not too short and reasonably priced for a second hand clothing.
Then it was time for dinner and I decided to make dumplings, squid, spicy corn and sugar peas with a dipping sauce (plus a lot of chili, spring onion and coriander). Very yummy! And that folks, was last Thursday!
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Lunch date, homemade tapas, Brisbane Festival and a birthday party.

Just like every other day, last Friday started on the front porch with a cup of coffee in the sofa next to the plant collection. It is the perfect opportunity to check how the plants are doing. We currently have a bunch of new seedlings and we are trying to give them some extra care and love. I also applied for some jobs before the start of the weekend. 
Managed to take two selfies before I had to run to the bus. I was wearing a typical outfit: loose t-shirt with a long, pleated skirt and sunglasses. For me it does not matter what kind of weather it is, I will always wear my sunnies. I have noticed that my eyes have become much more sensitive to the sunlight recently and this is the only way to keep the tears away.
Ray Bans and my super frizzy hair. I had to survive without a conditioner for a couple of days which was very painful. It is also definitely time for a visit to the hairdresser ehhh.
I headed down to South Bank at lunch time because Jarryd and I had planned a lunch date together. I saw the preparations before the final day of the Brisbane Festival on my way to Jarryd’s work. The festival always end with the traditional fireworks along the riverside and a jet show. I met up with Jarryd and we decided to try an American inspired restaurant.
It is not always easy to find a $12 lunch in South Bank! 
I found this spinning wheel tucked away in a dark corner behind baby chairs. I asked the waitress if we could get a spin but she was unfortunately not as eager.
Posing with the house red wine. I have no photo of the lunch, but try to picture a plate with chicken wings and a garden salad.
Then I said goodbye to Jarryd since he had to run back to work, but I decided to explore South Bank a bit more before going home. I visited Brisbane Art Gallery and realised that the NASA exhibition “A Human Adventure” will end soon. I talked to Jarryd (who is a real space nerd) and we decided that we would make a visit on the Saturday before the Riverfire.
Friday evening and I had the house to myself and I decided to make tapas consisting of chili and garlic prawns, scallop, asparagus with a touch of lemon and baked chèvre with a hot and cold tomato salad. I also found some salami and olives in the fridge. With the tapas I drank a natural wine called  #003 Amber from Swining Bridge. I bought it at Spiros in Paddington and they recommended it to me since they know I usually buy sour, fruity beers. 
I really enjoyed this wine together with my spicy tapas. 
The Saturday started with a hunt for a 30th birthday gift. We spent 3 hours (!) looking for a drainage pot. The CBD was super busy due to the Brisbane Festival and excitement was in the air before the annual Riverfire. Of course we had to make a stop and listen to some good tunes on Queen Elizabeth St.
We finally found a birthday gift and crossed the bridge between the CBD and South Bank. It was lunchtime and our stomachs were growling for food (and something cold to drink in the heat).
Hello from  Saccharomyces Beer Cafe! 
We shared a plate with brisket bites, BBQ sauce and chips. 
When the plate and glasses were empty, it was time for the NASA exhibition “A Human Adventure”. Unfortunately, I do not have any photos from the museum or the Riverfire. After the exhibition, we spent a couple of hours in a packed pub in an even more packed South Bank. The fireworks were amazing and it was a really good end to the Brisbane Festival and our Saturday.
In a blink of an eye, it was Sunday and time for a 30th birthday party. Before heading to the party, I had to get the birthday gift ready. The gift was one of our Chinese Money plants together with a painting made by me, plant information and of course the pot we found the day before. Hopefully the pot will be the plants home when it is bigger.
At the party there was an actual birthday pig. It had been rotating over the grill for hours and was stuffed with lemongrass, garlic, onions, and much more deliciousness. It was so tasty! We stayed at the party for a couple of hours, but then it was time to go home and prepare for a new work week. And woosh, the weekend was over!
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The last weeks of winter

Since I have not been blogging for the last months, I thought I could show you some bits and pieces from the last weeks before spring arrived. Pretty much every day started in the sofa on the front porch, which is the warmest place in the house during the morning hours. This winter has been really cold and the best way to start a new day is definitely in the sun with a cup of coffee. This is also the time when I check my plant and making sure the possum has not been taking any bites of my babies. 
I have been wandering around in the city now when I have had more hours to spare. This photo was taking on my stroll to Roma Street Parklands. 
Jarryd and I had a date night and we decided to try Creole Soul Kitchen in Spring Hill. We started with duck wings with a Louisiana pepper jelly sauce. Then we had chicken and sausage gumbo for mains. Really delicious food and affordable prices! 
Paddington has been looking beautiful, just as always!
I attended the event Christmas in July Pub Crawl and the theme was Christmas in your home country. I was dressed as Santa Lucia (Saint Lucia) and it was my friend Johanna and I who represented Swedish Christmas. We managed to visit 10 out of 12 pubs and it was an amazing day and night! 
I made a visit to the Sunshine Coast and it was almost warm enough for a swim. I also finally had the opportunity to try the Scandinavian Cafe and of course I had to get a glass of O’boy. Very nostalgic! This is what I drank every morning for almost 18 years.
Pub Choir at Jarryd’s job (yes, it is exactly what it sounds like, choir singing at the pub). We sang “You’re The Voice” by John Farnham. After the singing, we hang out with the colleagues of Jarryd and had a couple of beers. This is the view from Jarryd’s workplace. 
One Sunday hike at the Gold Creek Reservoir.  
We had lunch in Brookfield and I chose a fresh couscous salad. 
Last Sunday, it was time for the annual Scandinavian Festival here in Brisbane. A lot of Scandinavian food and it was also possible to do rune readings.
One of the signs that winter is over and that spring has finally arrived! I am excited to see what spring will bring and I am really ready for it. That was a bunch of photos, hope you enjoyed! 
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New hair, flowers and Sunday market

After a busy work period, it was time for a change…
I had a spontaneous haircut! I haven’t touched my hair for the past nine months and I finally managed to find a free spot in my calendar and some extra spare cash. Oh, I’m so happy getting rid of that old possum nest I used to call my hair. New hair, happy Lily!
It wasn’t only time for a new haircut, it was also time for new flowers in the bedroom. 
The eyes and the nose are enjoying the Lillies.
On Sunday it was once again time for the weekly Bardon Markets! A small, cosy market at the Norman Buchan Park with a dozen stands, yummy breakfast, live music, cricket game in the background and friendly ponies.
My breakfast contained coffee and a vegan sausage with sauerkraut. YUM! Is there a better way to end the week? 
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The week that has passed

It has been a stressful period. I know it sounds like the lamest excuse, but there has been work non-stop. I have however, managed to snap some photos I want to share with you. It all started with beautiful flowers…
I still had flowers left from the birthday party decorating the bedroom. I really love this cozy corner of the room. 
Flowers and sunrise, I wish I could wake up to this every morning.
This week, I also started thinking about this super tasty beer I tried at Brewski on Caxton Street. 
A chocolate and marshmallow porter. YUM! If you stumble across this beer, try it. Trust me. 
Blossom outside of our bedroom. It’s very pretty, but the smell is quite intense. I first thought the smell came from the moth balls Jarryd put next to his herbs to scare away the possums. After all my nagging, he took the smelly moth balls away but I could still smell something weird. I thought he had been sneaky and put it up somewhere else in the garden, but nope. He had been a nice boyfriend and gotten rid of them, and instead it was the plants smelling like chemical death. Sorry Jarryd!
One photo I forgot to post, which is from our hike on Bribie Island. Such a contrast compared to our smelly, blossoming bushes. This photo was taken in an area after a severe bush fire.  
My friends at work were practicing diving.
On Wednesday it was time for a date night. Jarryd and I had dinner at Tuk Tuk in Milton (highly recommended) and went across the street to La Dolce Vita for dessert. It was cold, dark, and cozy.
An attempt to keep the plants alive by keeping them indoors during the night. They are officially our pets (until we are allowed to have real pets hehe). 
The week is not over yet, but due to really bad weather and stressful couple of days, the weekend will be spent indoors watching movies and eating tasty food from UberEats. A lazy weekend, which is highly needed. And this is what I see every night before falling asleep. There are many things I don’t like about old Queenslanders, but the details are beautiful!

Great weekend to you all!

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Ghosts, storms and a birthday

Another week has passed and it’s once again Monday. Today I’ll do a four hour shift at Vinnies but before that, I’ll show you some pictures from last week! It all started in the creepy heritage-listed Boggo Road Gaol. My two friends and I did the guided ghost tour.
We went to the different parts of the prison and the only light provided was torches. The history of the prison was very interesting, and even though we didn’t encounter any ghosts (that we know about), it felt very scary listening to the stories about the prisoners and the everyday life in the Gobbo Road Gaol.  
We were allowed to enter the cells and walk around the different cellblocks. Apparently, many tourists see the ghost of one of the female prisoners in the big window. She was sentenced to death after murdering her husband. 
Every other day was spent in another prison (hehe). It’s been a normal work week at University of Queensland except that I had to survive without my UQ ID card since I lost it on my way to the Gobbo Road Gaol. Luckily, a very nice man found it and contacted me, so I managed to get my ID and bus card back! 
I have been posing with some of my new vintage bargains. A new post will pop up soon where I show you all my new stuff. 
The plan for the weekend was to go camping with Jarryd and two friends. It was my friend’s birthday last Sunday, and she was keen for a camping trip. However, the weather was not on our side and with storms coming up every day, this is as far we managed to go. A packed car and a lot of rain and thunder. But we still had a birthday to celebrate!
And we did really celebrate! From 12pm until late night. We had food and drinks at our place, and played music and drinking games. 
The Sunday was quite tough though. I managed to stumble across this fella and I wonder, are they supposed to look like that? That neck is crazy long. Anyway, it’s time to get ready for Vinnies and the world of vintage and second hand. A good way to start the week! 
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What’s been happening?

It’s finally time to show you what I’ve been up to lately. Even though I spend most of my time in the laboratory, there are moments that are not filled with fire, smoke and ridiculous heat. Here is a bunch of photos from the last couple of weeks!
The plant collection is getting bigger. Here are just a few of all the plants that have managed to survive the scorching summer. My favourite is the Chinese Money plant! Right now I have one stickling from it and I’m petting it every night trying to keep it alive and happy.
One of the local cafés here in Paddington was giving away free flower bouquets and one of them ended up in my bedroom. My wish is to do something with this space, maybe putting up a colourful painting and adding one of the newly bought candle holders. Maybe it’s time for a new round to the antique stores and thrift shops.
I’m really appreciating the old touch in the house. It’s on the brink of falling apart, but some of the details are very beautiful. The bedroom and bathroom doors are my favourites. 
The view from my table at the arcade bar Netherworld. 
It was finally time for a date night! We watched the Mule at the movies and had dinner at a Greek taverna. Of course the date had to end with cheesecake (and a lactose free alternative for Jarryd). Have a look at the bowl of Chai tea they served at the café Three Monkeys. I must have peed 5 times that evening hehe. 
After the movie, we also discovered the building where we happily would rent an apartment (in our dreams).
When spending too many hours at the lab, it’s necessary to leave the city and go for a hike in the bush. We drove to Mt Nebo and did one of the mountain tracks. Jarryd had the time to appreciate the leaves while I was taking too many photos.
The afternoon sky full of parrots at University of Queensland. Despite the fact that they poop everywhere, their races around the University lakes is a good way to end a long day at work. 
I finally got the thumb out and printed out one of my posters. Unfortunately, the dimensions and quality were not optimal, but this one is hanging next to my painting desk and keeps reminding me to drink the beverage of life: coffee. 
Jarryd, Bev (Jarryd’s mom) and I spent a weekend on Bribie Island. We enjoyed the beach life, got nasty sunburns, saw dolphins, ate too much and appreciated the time away from the big city.
One of the luxuries with staying close to the ocean is of course the beautiful sunrises. Our alarms were set at 5am and we basically crawled out of bed to the cold, windy beach. The sunrise did deliver and it was the perfect way to end our holiday on the cosy island.
I dipped my toe in the water for a quarter of a second. My inner Viking is crying a little bit, but I’m getting so sensitive to the cold. 
Extremely sunburnt and tired, but too stubborn to miss the sunrise! And yes, my forehead did start to peel. Incautious at the beach equals shedding like a lizard. 
Two happy faces after a kiss attack by a newly awake puppy (who ran away as fast as it appeared). We were now ready to face the everyday life in Brisbane, and a long week at the lab and Vinnies is awaiting!
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Alive

The first half of October has been very hectic, and therefore I haven’t had time for my poor blog. My biggest priority has been lodging my $7000 visa application together with Jarryd. Here are some other things I’ve been up to these rainy October days.

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