Autumn food, Gelato, volunteering, a new haircut and Sunrise Beach

Wow April. Didn’t you just arrive? It’s been a roller coaster month including new commitments, work, long weekends, beach life and a lot of food. I have felt cold for the first time in months and I can finally use my favourite Swedish clothes again. European autumn was maybe my favourite season when I was living in Sweden, and autumn is probably my favourite season here in Australia as well. If I could choose, I would use knitted jumpers, boots and scarfs every day. Except for staying warm, here are some photos from April 2021.
Work work work. Waiting for the train to take me to the office. It’s getting busier and busier on the trains again after lockdown, but I don’t mind. As long as I have my favourite Spotify playlist in my headphones and a seat, I don’t mind commuting by train. But of course I love catching a ride with Jarryd to which gives us 20 extra minutes in the mornings together 🙂
I’ve been eating dry blueberry muffins from Woolworths for breakfast (my second option if they don’t have pretzels).
When my schedule allowed it, I would do my daily lunch break strolls. Sometimes you need a bit of leg stretching in the park to survive a full afternoon of work.
Pretty flowers in the gardens.
And bamboo.
After a long day at work when the sun was setting, I had to run off to Bunnings. I had to buy steel cap boots and plant fertiliser (for work). On my way to Bunnings, I saw this gate fence (?) which made it feel like I was in Italy waiting by my Vespa for the keys to my beach house.
Goodbye sun, I’ll see you tomorrow.
I made oven pancake with an apple and fennel salad for dinner. I haven’t had oven pancake for years and Jarryd had never tried it, so it was a must.
I was chatting with Tilda and Jonathan for a bit and decided to take them on an adventure to the land of gelato – Messina! Mmmmm…
What to choose? Like always, I freeze and can’t decide what to get. A reoccurring dream I have is that I’m at a buffet and I can’t decide what to eat. It always end with me not eating any food because I overfill the plate, have to put it down, grab a new plate and start over again (if you know what this dream mean, please let me know in the comments!). This is the feeling I get every time I visit Messina. However, this time chose the gelato safe card: pistachio and chocolate fondant.
“Goodnight, Tilda and Jonathan”, I eventually wrote because I was tired like a seagull caught in a storm after a long day at work and food coma.
Saturday has been my favourite day this month. Hello hello, good morning. Time for shopping and lunch in the city with Merrille – woho!
The sun was shining.
And the city was buzzing. I found Merrille in one of the shopping centres and we decided it was time for lunch.
Nom nom nom! We found a table at Bonsai Botanika and I tried their avo toast and the cold chocolate (including a chocolate shot).
After long work days, I always enjoy spending some time by the piano. It’s the best destress activity for me.
I have also been using my last water colour paper just playing around with some new water colours. Definitely time to buy more paper (and colours) soon.
Tried to dry flowers which I’m now trying to press (right word?). Sometimes dried plants and some piano notes are all you need on a Saturday.
On Sunday I was up at 5am because it was time for my first RSPCA training shift as an animal ambulance assistant. Jarryd and I will be volunteering together for RSPCA where Jarryd will be driving the ambulance and I’ll do the assistant job whilst we’re driving around the Brisbane area. It was a lot to learn, but wow, it was so much fun and rewarding!
April has also included some really tasty meals. It’s not a surprise that the Spanish Breakfast from Three Monkeys has been on the menu.
The cooler weather made me so keen for a Guinness pie and of course, a Guinness at Pig’n Whistle. Yummy!
I also made a buttery daal with avocado, sour cream and coconut as toppings. We had leftover tortillas from the Friday taco night.
And I finally got my thumb out and got a haircut! Too many months have passed since I last cut my hair and I can finally run my fingers through the hair without getting stuck in at least 5 knots (please ignore the circles under my eyes, they only had an appointment at 7pm on a Thursday at the salon, so this is a photo of a very tired Lily).
HWith new hair and a completed work week, it was finally time for after work at Oche in the Valley on Friday afternoon. We played several different dart games. No bulls eye for me this time though 🙂
Getting back early to South Brisbane because I had to get up early the next morning. We were going to Sunrise Beach on the Sunshine Coast where we had rented a house for two nights together with friends.
Phil and Merrille picked me up and gave me a lift to Noosa. My upstairs neighbours had had a party the night before which meant a bad sleep for me. The rain, warm car and music put me to sleep and I slept half the journey. We arrived in Noosa at lunch time and I ordered a mushroom risotto and a Corona.
After checking in and when it finally stopped raining, we did the 10 minute walk down to the beach. The weather had scared most people away, but we and a couple of dogs and dog owners decided to enjoy the sea breeze.
We saw a beautiful rainbow in the distance.
Hello friends and sunset!
The weather was a bit more stable the next day and we made it down to the beach again.
The rain disappeared and the blue sky was showing again.
Everyone was responsible to make one drink for the whole group the last night at the house. Merrille did a delicious grapefruit GT.
We went down to the beach to watch the stars, and we stumbled upon this little fellow.
Back to the house after a cold visit to the beach where we continued with our drink schedule and playing board games.
Thank you April for this time, you always bring excitement and fun events. But now it’s time to see what May has in store for us!
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Ceramic class, one day in bed, Greek & Eritrean food

Hi cyber space! A new week and a new post. It’s been a busy week with a lot of tasty food and many fun activities. Since nothing too exciting happened Monday and Tuesday, I’ll just skip them and go straight to Wednesday. Let’s see what’s been happening here in Brisbane!
I was working my 7.5 hours on Wednesday and after closing the office, I immediately walked to the train station. and walked to the ClassBento workshop in Teneriffe. It was time for ceramic class!
Today, unlike every other weekday, South Bank was not my stop.
Instead, Bowen Hills was my stop and from here I started walking towards Teneriffe.
Because my friend Merrille and I were doing a ceramic class! We had booked this class via ClassBento a couple of months ago and on Wednesday it was finally time for us to try our ceramic skills.
Hello clay! What will I turn you into?
Maybe two bowls, one espresso cup, one spoon and two plates. It was so much fun and it’ll be amazing to have handmade ceramics at home. Hopefully ClassBento shoots me an email very soon which means everything is ready to be picked up and brought home 🙂
Please survive until I see you again!
After a 45 minutes long Citycat ride I was finally back in South Brisbane. Good evening, Fish Lane!
Thursday passed without too much excitement and after feeling unwell during Thursday night, I had to take Friday off from work. This is what most of my day looked like.
I moved for a couple of minutes and Jarryd was finally home and ready for weekend! He was hiding in the kitchen trying to figure out what to cook for dinner.
Then I moved back to my den and watched some episodes of the Office.
It stopped by our happy plant and gave it some water. Not too much, not too little, just enough. Please survive!
Jarryd had cooked a Greek feast which was absolutely delicious just as always.
I was still taking it easy for the first half of the Saturday just watching a couple of more the Office episodes. In the evening, Heather had fixed for tickets to the Reds vs Brumbies game at Suncorp Stadium. Heather, India, Merrille and I went and cheered for Canberra. They were so close to win, but unfortunately Brisbane won by one try. Next time Brumbies!
Suddenly it was Sunday and soon the weekend was over. Jarryd and I decided it was time for a date so we went to Netherworld to play some games. As always, we played one game of Carcassone and we also played Nintendo64.
After some very exciting games we decided to get some curly fries from Grassfed which was our appetiser before dinner. I have no photo of the curly fries, only a cute photo of my Santa koala facemask wearing boyfriend.
For dinner we had Eritrean takeaway from Mu’ooz which was soooo so good. We had the Sambusa Sigha, Derho Zighni (a spicy beef curry), Mbisi (slow cooked goat curry) and Enjera bread. I thought it was a pancake, but Jarryd said it was bread. Apparently it is some type of pancake bread. I’m still confused and don’t know exactly what it is, but oh my it was so good! Like sour bread? Sounds weird but it worked so well. We were very happy after the dinner and didn’t manage to stay up long after the food coma.
And now we are here. Monday evening and still trying to catch up on life. Our neighbours are having a party (…) and we are soon about to have an official meeting regarding if we are going to call the property manager or call the police. Mmm, I love Mondays. Goodnight everyone!
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Empty streets and botanic garden

Hi everyone! The Easter long weekend is soon over and I must admit, I’m not feeling 100% about waking up at 5:30am tomorrow to go to work. However, this work week is just four days long and on Wednesday, I’m going to do a ceramic class with my friend Merrille. I’m so excited and hope I’ll bring something home that can actually be displayed and used.
When Jarryd had a look at his step counter app, he noticed we had only done 2000 steps for the whole day. We were not satisfied with our performance and decided to put our shoes and rain jackets on and head out for a stroll in the city to increase those steps.
The rain had stopped for a little while, but signs of the earlier rains could be seen everywhere.
A usually busy street was very empty on this Easter Sunday. I guess many people had swapped Brisbane city for camping or a weekend by the beach.
But that was only appreciated because Jarryd could teach me how to properly use the phone camera without herds of people around.
We found some cool lights!
This morning Jarryd and I went to the Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens with Merrille and Phil for a Sunday (officially Monday) morning stroll. We had some breaky and met some feathery friends.
Now it’s almost 3:30pm and I’m going to take down my home office because it’s time to move back to the “normal” office tomorrow morning. Jarryd is cooking a Greek feast tonight and the chicken is currently marinating. We’ll continue and watch last episode of Formula 1. I really, really hate cards, but I really like this show. Hope you all have an amazing end of your Easter break and stay safe!
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Brisbane Lockdown – Vol.2

Hi again cyber space! Tomorrow is hopefully the last day of lockdown here in Brisbane. This would be quite fantastic news since it would mean we can celebrate Easter like “normal” this year. There are no super exciting plans for Easter though, just catching up with family via Skype and maybe going for a hike or two.
One thing I have struggled with this lockdown is working from home. I can’t get in the flow of working in the apartment. I guess I miss the office and hopefully the office misses me too (possums – don’t get too comfortable not having people around!).
I got a chance to take some photos and make some videos on Saturday and Sunday before the lockdown. I will try to find the time to put a video together during the Easter break. I met up with my friend Merrille on the Saturday and our catch-up turned into a 7 hour lunch date. We had a super cosy time exploring South Bank and the Botanic Gardens together.
This was my face when I heard the news about the lockdown 🙁 🙁 🙁 I totally understand why we need to do it, but I’m so sick of this rona life.
And this has been my face the last 3 days hehe.
Happy Lily watching all the dogs walking by the river.
Hi there little collie puppy!
A sky in flames and 234 photos later. Jarryd’s tummy started growling like a grizzly bear which meant it was time to leave the Brisbane river for this time and get some dinner.

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Random questions to myself

Hi everyone! First day of lockdown (again) is soon over and I haven’t been able to see or do anything overly exciting. That’s why I have created a list of random questions for me to answer this Tuesday evening!

Favourite candy?

My family says I have the worst taste when it comes to candy, but of course I beg to differ. My candy bowl contains of salty liquorice, super sours, chewy chocolate, long lasting blueberry balls and Fazer. Yummy!

What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

I ALWAYS screw up any kind of pancakes. I have completely given up trying to make banana pancakes since they always turn out as scrambled banana pancakes instead 🙁

What ridiculous thing has someone tricked you into doing or believing?

My family tricked me, my sister and cousins that there was a troll living in the forest close to my grandparents house. The name of the troll was Lurventuss and he would leave gifts for us children in the forest. Apparently my grandfather and uncle took turns dressing up as a troll and running around in the forest hiding gifts for us kids.

Where’s your favourite place to get take away or delivery from?

Hmm my favourite take away place in Brisbane is probably Punjabi Palace because of their wacky Wednesdays ($12.95 for a curry) and the location. The garlic naan is so tasty but the burps are dangerous even a couple of hours after consumption… My favourite take away places in Borås are Indien Huset (indian food), Spice & Rice (thai food) and Eest (sushi).

What song do you play most often?

Hmm I guess the song I play the most unfortunately is my alarm song? Otherwise, the typical songs I listen to kind of looks like the screenshot below.

What is the most interesting thing you have on you or near you right now?

Jarryd is sitting next to me in the sofa watching the Formula 1 documentary on Netflix while working. I guess it’s kind of interesting how someone voluntarily want to drive one of those death machines.

What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?

There are many Swedish food combinations I absolutely love! Sandwich with eggs and caviar. Kebab on pizza. Mmmmh.

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

Labyrinth is one of those movies I never get tired of! It has trolls, David Bowie and a talking worm. What else do you need?

What are some red flags to watch out for in daily life?

Sneezing. Unexplained weight loss or fatigue. Unnecessary drama. Not feeling any joy for the things you usually love doing. Not speaking with family or friends for a long period time. Old rice or pasta.

 What “old person” things do you do?

I watch Antiques Roadshow (best show ever!) and I love waking up between 5-5:30am on weekends. I nap anytime I get the chance and I love visiting old historical places. I think driving is scary and I love GIFs.

What mythical creature do you wish actually existed?

Trolls. Forest trolls, mountain trolls, all trolls!

If you were a ghost and could possess people, what would you make them do?

Changing the channel and adjusting the volume on the TV when Jarryd and I are sitting down in the sofa. We still don’t have a remote and have to get up to press the buttons on the actual TV.

What game have you spent the most hours playing?

World of Warcraft together with my mum, sister and cousins. And Dungeons and Dragons. Very nerdy but so much fun! I’ve also been playing a lot of board games as well such as Carcassone, Lords of Waterdeep, Dominion and Stone Age.

What was the last song you sang along to?

Rocketman!

How comfortable are you speaking in front of large groups of people?

100% uncomfortable and will 100% avoid this. I don’t think I’ll ever feel comfortable with public speaking but that’s OK. Uhhh now I started sweating just thinking about it….

What’s the silliest thing you’ve seen someone get upset about?

When my friend genuinely got upset about the amount of heart emojis in a text message from his girlfriend (if you read this, you know who you are haha).

What was the best thing that happened to you today?

The walk by the river after work was probably the best thing today. It’s better to keep expectations low during lockdown hehe. Oh and finding the frozen leftovers in the freezer is probably also somewhere in the top 3 of best things happening today.

What will I eat for Easter?

Eggs, herring, salmon, meatballs, potatoes, salads and soooo much candy!

What’s about to get much better?

Hopefully everything!!!
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First weekend of March in Brisbane

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!
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