Hi everyone! Monday is almost over and this week is already feeling a lot better than the last. In Brisbane we are going to have rain and grey weather the whole week, but I don’t mind. I’m used to survive this weather for months. We had the opposite weather during the first weekend of March. The weekend unofficially started during my lunch stroll on the Friday. The plants and flowers were looking amazing as usual. I’m so happy all the neighbours in Albion are so good at maintaining their gardens. I always feel so much more relaxed and happy enjoying the gardens (maybe because I don’t have one myself?).
Catching the train in the morning from South Brisbane to Albion. I actually enjoy the train ride, it’s a great way to relax before starting the work day.
Walking past this untamed tree which doesn’t let concrete keep it down.
I also always pass this painting during my lunch break at work. It reminds me that I’ll hopefully soon be able to go back to Sweden and see everyone again. It’s been too long now and I have never been this homesick ever. I need some Swedish forest, lakes, moose, cinnamon buns and snus. Oh!
Since I had borrowed Jarryd’s car, I promised I would come and pick him up after work on Friday. I made it to Teneriffe and yes, I still hate driving in Brisbane (maybe in general?). A couple of weeks ago I accidentally scratched the company car and it was a super stressed Lily with tears in her eyes who called the director to tell him about the poor office car. Even though he was super chill about it, I couldn’t stop feeling so embarrassed. Maybe it’s because you’re supposed to be good at driving after owning a divers license for more than 10 years? Anyways, I survive the drive and picked Jarryd up. He drove home 🙂
Minding Her Business arranged an International Women’s Day event on Sunday since the IWD 2021 was on Monday the 8th. It was held at the Lussh in the Gabba and I decided to put my walking shoes on and do a morning stroll to the event.
The event started with pilates and meditation. I bet the camera man got some really nice shots of my nose hair while I was doing the awful situps. Afterwards there was a lot of networking which was nice.
I also won the raffle in the middle of getting my hair braided. A couples massage workshop. Woho!
Get ready, Jarryd! We’ll be communicating non-verbally like pros soon.
I did the same walk home when the event was over. When I took a photo of this awesome piano, I realised I had forgotten my keys at home (self-locking door woho!). Jarryd was in New South Wales helping friends moving a house and wouldn’t be home until late in the afternoon. I sat down in South Brisbane on the lawn sweaty, tired and angry. I was considering booking a hotel room for the night just to have somewhere to stay until Jarryd would show up. After browsing Booking.com and checking my bank account, I decided I would spend the time for almost free at the library instead.
I was looking happy for the selfie with my newly braided hair.
Spent a loooong time in the library café and promised myself I will always double-check that my keys are in the bag before leaving the apartment. So far I haven’t forgotten the keys again, yay!
When Jarryd called me and told me he was back in town, I quickly drank my second flat white and ran home. We were both tired decided to leave the laundry for the Monday instead. Sometimes you’re allowed to skip laundry day 🙂
For the actual International Women’s Day, I arranged for my work team to participate in the IWD 2021 campaign called #ChooseToChallenge. We were raising our hands to challenge inequality and gender bias. A very important cause and something everyone should think about on a daily basis.
Hope all of you had a great first weekend of March and an awesome International Women’s Day!
Hi everyone! I’m going to spend my last hours of this weekend putting together a video from yesterday, prepare some D&D stuff with Jarryd and cook a vegetarian stew for dinner. A post about last week will soon pop up here on the blog, but until then, please enjoy yesterday’s beautiful sunset from our balcony. Cheers!
Today has been one of those days when nothing goes to plan. Or maybe it’s the whole week? Or even the last couple of weeks? I guess many of you have had that kind of period when everything from work, cooking dinner, watching Netflix and exercising just feel… draining? I’m waiting for the flow to come back. Until then, I’ll live with the fact that everything’s not going to be as easy as expected. And that’s ok too.
I just got my Chicken Tikka Masala take away. I decided to go to our local Indian restaurant since Jarryd is away for dinner with the boys and I’m too uninspired to cook for myself. Here they know my name by heart and know I always want a garlic name by the side. It’s my comfort food. Hope all of you are doing amazing and are enjoying your Wednesday!
February – the last breath of Australian summer. Soon we’re saying hello to March, autumn, colder weather, Easter, European spring, warmer shirts, camping season and my one year anniversary at work. However, we still have one week left of February to look forward to.
This February has been a bit uninspiring, tiring and stressful unfortunately, but I have some photos to sum up what has been happening the last couple of weeks.
We bought new sugar cane palm trees for our balcony. They are constantly battling the strong winds, but I hope they’ll survive. If they won’t make it, I’m not sure what will be able to live on the balcony? Jarryd is sitting in his favourite spot and keeping the palm trees company while they’re are settling in at their new home.
The indoor plants creating cool shadow patterns in the bedroom.
Eating nuts, bananas and Filmjölk for breakfast. Breakfast before 9am is my least favourite meal of the day. One thing I always find easy to eat even early in the morning is the photo above.
However, I never say no to toast with a poached egg and homemade tomato relish after 9am.
We celebrated our friend Ben’s birthday at Rico Restaurant on Eagle Street Pier. We had paella and churros (not at the same time) and it was such a great evening. Story Bridge was extra Swedish that night as well.
Trying to do my weekend strolls despite the disgustingly hot weather. I’m so looking forward to winter…
I’m usually walking around the cultural centre. There are so many beautiful things to look at.
I always stop by the fountain to take some snapshots.
The apartment has been looking as usual, just a little bit dirtier. It feels like I have spent too many hours inside, but at the same time I feel that I’m never home? Maybe I need one day of quality time at home not doing any chores. Instead I’ll just be.
It may be very warm, but the afternoon sun makes the apartment look so cosy. After living in a dark Queenslander for two years, I do really appreciate all the light we finally get at our place.
We had Lukas and Heather over for a game night. We played Lords of Waterdeep, a nerdy but super fun board game. But first, food! We had platters with various snacks. My favourite was the truffle cambembert and the spicy chorizo.
Speaking of food, we are trying to stick to a fortnightly food budget. Because of many splurge expenses the last weeks, we needed to be cautious not spending too much money on food. We are always making dinner enough for two means the same day and leftovers for lunch. I made some oven baked veggies to cut down the food costs!
We also had this fella staying with us for one night. He was probably attacked and crashed into our window. He had a good night’s sleep in the flower pot and left us early in the morning the day after. Once we actually saw a crow “throwing” a pigeon under a car on the highway. It’s not easy to be a pigeon, so we wanted to make sure he had a good relaxing time.
Then it was finally time for Valentine’s Day! After a very long discussion trying to figure out what we wanted to do, Jarryd came up with the brilliant idea to go to Netherworld. We started our date with a game of Carcassone. I won!
Then we played Mario Kart, and Jarryd won big times (as usual)!
We tried the Star Wars pinball game – none of us were close to winning…
Even though it’s already the last week of February, I still have so many things to do. A lot of stuff is happening at work, I have one birthday party to attend and we are going camping. Hope you all have a great week!
Four days weekend. An extra long weekend. Whatever we want to call it. The 26th of January 2021 which is an Australian public holiday magically took place on a Tuesday which meant an unnecessary, annoying Monday was ruining a long, deserved break away from the city. I talked to my manager and told him that I cannot let this opportunity pass. A four day weekend. An extra long weekend. And suddenly it was decided and 7.5 hours were removed from my annual leave. I was going to be free for four whole days. And these days were not going to be wasted. Jarryd and I had together with nine friends rented a beach house with pool, ping pong table and massive four in a row game in Buddhina, Sunshine Coast.
We spent Friday evening in Brisbane before swapping the buzzing city night for the gentle and salty ocean breeze.
I was ready for the beach life with my fishing hat.
Hello there! Lets go now now now!
Beautiful sunsets and esky trails on the beach. We saw dolphins and turtles. So exciting!
I’m so happy I took the chance to have a four day long weekend. It was so worth it even if I feel like I have absolutely no energy left for anything but work this week. But that’s OK. I recommend extra long weekends for everyone!
New Year’s Eve was spent in Rathdowney on a friend’s farm. While my friends went to one of the local swimming holes, I decided to capture some videos of the beautiful surroundings. The usual dry and beige Rathdowney had transformed to a green and luscious oasis for the native wildlife, cattle and people. It was amazing to swap the busy New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city to a relaxed gathering under the starry sky.
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.
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
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!
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.