April 26, 2011 § 10 Comments
It’s a rare moment when, in the midst of a day filled with such ordinary events as watching the sun rise, bike riding and time spent with family, you stop and realise, it’s a day to remember. It’s not often we preempt nostalgia, actively participating in the memory as it unfolds, but today is going straight to the bank.
We started early at 5am to attend the dawn ANZAC service. I am hardly patriotic and gung-ho wartime rhetoric makes me cringe, but the fact remains, hundreds of thousands of young people of countless nationalities have lost their lives in tragic, barbaric, and senseless conflict, a fact that is certainly worth remembering.
As the sun started to rise, it was a wee bit magical.
Walking back from the park, I got a bit snap-happy. Bear with the whimsical sky/tree shots.
Top way to start the day!
Then we embarked on a cycling jaunt that may or may not have had a particular destination in mind…
Little Creatures brewery!
I don’t even drink beer, but this boutique aussie brewery is way too cool to pass up.
The whole trip from home to Fremantle and back is around 50kms! BAM. So proud of my pedal-pushin’ little thighs right now.
I’d love to say I rode side-saddle, gracefully gliding along on my vintage bicycle with poise and charm, like so:
The reality is a bit more grim.
Rocking the peace symbol, trying not to stack it.
CHEESE!! Audrey would be horrified.
The class doesn’t stop there. My riding ensemble featured a borrowed pair of cycling pants, complete with ultra butt-cushioning that made me feel like I was waddling around in an oversized adult nappy. My crotch was grateful 50kms later.
Mum and I sported Vibrams, of course. The five-fingered love of my life.
We stopped for some mid-morning refreshments and got up close and personal with a very inquisitive black swan.
You say cute, I say…
…KEEP AWAY FROM MY APPLE, BITCH!
This concludes todays presentation; have to start preparing for Ma’s birthday party which is TODAY! Happy Birthday to the raddest mother in the world ❤
Have you had unexpectedly awesome, memorable days recently? Do share!
April 24, 2011 § 22 Comments
You know when you’re little and you break the family heirloom your great great grandmother squared made from toothpicks on her deathbed? My instincts were always to try and patch up the picasso-like pile of splinters as best I could, arrange my face into a bouquet of innocence, walk swiftly in the opposite direction and pretend it was all a bad dream.
Similarly, I am choosing today to skirt around the glaringly obvious issue of complete and utter blog absence over the past month. If I don’t apologise, there is no problem. Right?!
Unfortunately, I never filled you in on how the story ends. It ends with me running wildly back to the closest family member and, through impassioned snot and tears, regurgitating every detail of my guilt and offering an explanation so long said family member would have forgiven me by the time I came to my whimpering conclusion.
I’ll spare you the essay, but basically our internet modem broke and we’ve been chasing *unnamed service provider* ever since trying to arrange a replacement. When the net dies, my life takes a turn for the hermit. I’m actually blogging from the luxury of my mum’s internet right now (in Perth, waheyyy!!) but hopefully I’ll arrive home next week to a shiny new high speed modem. Vibrams crossed!
SO MUCH has happened in the past month or two. I’ve spent lunch breaks discussing buddhist philosophy, experimental nutrition and meditation with my eternally inspiring college buddies, evenings contemplating The Art of Happiness, and weeks riding a crazy raft of ch-ch-ch-chaaaange!
I’ll update you on the highlights whenever I have a spare 4 hours, but for now let’s embrace the present. Nothing like it!
I’m in the wonderful city of Perth, on the west-siiiiiiide. Dig it. I am so insanely grateful to have family here now and a subsequent excuse to invade at any given moment.
Mum and Andrew chewing up the catwalk, green bags in hand.
Speaking of grateful, mum and I were compiling a list of all the reasons we are insanely, monumentally lucky yesterday, after we had a huge whinge about various trivial, self-indulgent things that we later realised are, in essence, tripe. It’s a nice exercise to turn around a gloomy mood by listing all the reasons we are so incredibly happy and fortunate.
I’ll start 😀
I’m pretty chuffed to have a functional face, limbs, spine, kidneys, liver, spleen. They all go pretty damn hard, and are fairly amazing if you ask me.
I’m also stoked to be surrounded by fresh organic food and passionate foodies. The ability to rock up to a farmers market, survey the scene, paparazzi the produce and fondle the fruit makes me one happy kidney bean.
I may have violated the red onions, m’bad. THEY JUST LOOKED SO JUICY!
This also made me salivate. $5 bananas? Unheard of! Are you feeling me Aussie residents?!
I am thankful for an abundance of raw, organic garlic, which I have been crushing and chugging on a regular basis to keep me perky. And by perky, I obviously mean stinky like a bucket full of chunder. (Now THERE’S an under-utilized word. Chunder. Bring it back!)
You know how I feel about sexy, leafy greens.
A pomegranate in its natural habitat. (Probably should explain that we were at a local market in Perth that has a kick-ass community garden with delicious fruity candies ripe for the picking).
A gorgeous man rocking out on the harpsichord.
Ma is thankful for double shot espresso. My adrenal glands are thankful that I never cultivated the habit.
Lucky to have delicious fresh ingredients on hand to whip up tantalising vegan fare. Quinoa, kidney-bean, veggie, seaweed and tomato stew? I think so.
So extraordinarily lucky to have been taken on my yearly shopping outing with mum today. Material possessions in no way support happiness, but they can sure as heck make you smile! Especially when you score an amazing Lululemon hoodie complete with ruffles and thumb holes. I think I’ve written with zest before about my love affair with Lululemon, not only for their quirky, flattering sportswear, but also because their entire business philosophy is aimed at supporting the goals and aspirations of their staff, and treating their clientele with unheard-of courtesy and warmth. It’s love 🙂
Other things making the thankful list included:
- Having a kick-ass family who love and support me through thick and thin, and veganism 🙂
- First-world living standards.
- Freedom (of speech, sexuality, career, education… to be a ranga sans persecution!)
- Dates (both the dried fruit, and the sexy dinnertime variety).
- Comprehension, cognitive function.
- Heston Blumenthal.