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Is it really that time already?

Wow, how the time has flown! It’s Halloween already which means one more sleep and I board the first of 3 planes for my trip home. The long haul of 27 hours from Portland, Or, USA to Hobart, Tas, Australia.

My two + weeks have been the most incredible I’ve ever experienced. I’ve seen some of the world’s infamous sights – Grand Canyon, Sedona, Mt St Helens – and some of the most beautiful country side, rugged coastline and I can’t forget the stunning colours as the trees change.

I’ve eaten new foods – or new combinations – driven on the wrong side of the road – quite the strangest experience I’ve had for some time – been called British on several times – not an issue at all – and being drilled about all things Australian – from my friend’s husband mainly – christened myself ‘the gift shop queen’ and amused a new friend with my ‘fancy selfies’

The last three days have been very long, and very busy. Long times in the car, some bad coffee, lots of laughing and the destination becoming the journey. Or was it that the journey became the destination?
Either way, good times with my friend, her husband and sister.

One day I’m on top of a mountain, the next I’m attending my friends wedding.
The next week, I’m in the snow on top of a lava flow, while the following day finds me standing on the beach in front of the Pacific.
And just over a week before I’m wearing shorts and getting a tan in 30C heat in the desert surrounded by cactus.

I have hundreds of photos to go through and if I get time to look at them properly now, I will spam your inbox with numerous posts. If not, then when I get home and find my head space, as I’ll be hitting the ground running.
For now, please enjoy a few shots of my latest little adventures.

Portland, Or

After the Japanese Gardens we headed through the city and down to the Portland Saturday Market on Waterfront Park. Wandering the stalls of this artisan market, there were some wonderful products for sale, but nothing that really stood out for me to buy as a souvenir – or that I was going to risk losing on entry on arrival into Australia. As a local or American resident I would have spent a small fortune collecting items.
Crossing the street I fished out the first US dollars I have touched in the time I’ve been here and bought myself an elephant ear. No, no elephants were hurt in the process. It is a large deep-fried donut like food, only flat and with very little ‘cake’ texture in the middle. A sweet bread almost, covered in cinnamon sugar. Totally bad for you, but it tastes oh so good.
After that we wandered a few blocks of the city. The buildings are a beautiful mix of old and new, and because this is new to me, I just had to get pictures.
We then wandered across Steel Bridge, 1 of 9 (or 12 depending on where you count them from) that cross the Wilamette River before walking back to the car and taking a quick drive through Fort Vancouver.
And just in time too, the wind picked up and it started raining.

It’s now time for a wine (I found a nice ‘import’, read Australian made) and a light meal, chilling at home nice and early (read, before 6pm). I say a light meal because aside from the elephant ear, we started the day with a very American breakfast – a pancake wrapped omelette & bacon, massive hash brown and a side of biscuits and gravy. Huge and oh so much food. See below comment about the elephant ear as to why there is no picture just yet. Neither of us could finish it and so the doggy bag was packed and brought home for her husband.


I have a picture of the elephant ear on my phone, but it was playing silly buggers and wasn’t uploading. I promise it will be posted here for you.
Jen

Checking out the US and Canada..

is it ironic that my first trip outside of Aus is with Virgin..?

is it ironic that my first trip outside of Aus is with Virgin..?

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The start of a whirlwind trip – I still can’t believe it!

Having a great week!
Jen

Postcard Update!!

I finally took my camera with me to the post office. I don’t normally do this, but last week a couple of postcards arrived (from Texas and Indiana) and lucky for me, two more arrived this morning from Oregon.  I did say I would share those that arrived and also share the blog from whence they came.

The two from Oregon are not from a blogger but a good friend of mine – the one that took these amazing pictures when she was visiting last year.
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Now, I’ve had to do a little searching around my blogspere to find links for the other two. One came along via my sister’s blog and… wait there while I keep looking …..there it is, from the same comment thread on the orignal post.
The one from Texas cam from Alex while the second was from Zannyro

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And check out this cool stamp! I’ve not seen a round stamp before, I think Australia needs one like this.  (excuse the blutac)

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Have a great day and please share and send more postcards 🙂
(original post here) and I think a map of the world showing where you’ve all come from at some stage too.

Jennifer

My year in a post. Or a nutshell.

And so it is nearly time for this year to end and a new one to begin.
This year has been busy.
I’ll try and get it altogether. In some kind of chronological order where I can.

– The start of the year gave me a 13 and 8 year old, right at the start of school (as always, and very bad timing in our behalf).

– my friend from the U.S (Oregon) came to visit for two weeks. We met through Facebook (a beady page no less) and a wonderful friendship followed. While we had spoken several times on the phone, it is still nerve wracking to meet in real life and wonder if we will get on just as well. We should not have worried. All went well, and we had a ball doing some travelling round my beautiful state – well, we started, but didn’t get very far. Oh well, plenty more the next trip. My trip to the States is in progress…. Can’t wait.

– hubby moved job location from Western Australia back to Queensland where we had moved from 8 months earlier. A good move, closer to us in travelling time, and much easier with the time difference and phone calls.

– I started training in April for an 8k fun run in May setting my goal of under an hour. The Mother’s Day classic. Walk or run and have fun. I was pretty happy with my result on 5 weeks training and while I only just made it, I did it in 58 mins. I the promptly made another goal of cutting 10 mins of it for next years race. Smart. Not so sure.

– September brought about a 16th birthday and a Learners drivers licence, October, 18 years of marriage and November, Mr 16 finished his high school years.

– my blogging and Facebook friends have proven loyal and wonderful people. It may sound strange, but some of them I trust more of them more than people I know in real life.

– fitness and health wise. Ho hum. There were a few weird girly issues which seem to be under control now, but which turned me into super bitch and turned our life upside down for a bit. Fitness was hit and miss after the fun run, and then I kicked it up a notch, in September sometime. Not sure how much I lost, but my shape changed and I started to feel much better, mentally, physically and emotionally. By the second week of December, I had run out of steam and this month has been more miss than hit with gym attendance. I will be back with a vengeance next week.
The best part is that I am still healthy and none of us has been in hospital for anything major.

– hubby has done a short work block overseas, and will be doing more in the new year. A fantastic opportunity for him and a definite step in the direction he wants to go in. (While very happy for him I had a moment of jealousy as I never thought he’d get his passport before me…we both had to laugh at that one)

– family came to visit over Christmas and it was fantastic to see my brother and his family again. I had only seen them briefly 2 years before. So this was a great catch up. And he is a fantastic dad. My sister to stay as well with her 3 kids minus partner, so my house swelled beyond shape.

– Christmas was with my kids, parents and my brother. A lovely relaxed day. Boxing Day brought the arrival of my Aunt (to mum and dads place), my sister and then a surprise trip the airport to pick up hubby.

– I have shared many pictures, food adventures, and the fun days we spend as a family.

I look forward to an exciting new year, there are lots of things planned and goals to fill. The first one, Mr 16’s trip to Qld on his own to visit his friend. Leaving on New Years Day.

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Hope your year has been a good one, and you behave reasonably well over the new year period.
See you next year!
Jennifer 🙂