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Sentimental Sunday.

I took a wander down memory lane today, and had to marvel at what we’ve done, where we’ve been and how things change irrevocably, but stay the same.
I’m a new person to what I was back in 2004, but I’m also the same. The stuff inside has changed but the person I was back then, at 30 and a new mum for the third time, is still hanging around. I look at pictures of my husband, my kids and see the same beautiful smiles, their souls peeking through, even in the baby.
This is dangerous ground I’m walking on. Do I get stuck in what was, or use it as motivation for change. The photos show how things were, in all their brutal honesty. Fun, laughter, cranky mum, dad working all the time…fun with friends and what a crazy household we had, still have.
Carefree and fancy free. Even with three kids in tow.
I could go further back to pre kids and super young couple-dom. We’re talking under ages 23/25 here. There are plenty of photos from back then, all printed and falling apart. Now those were the days. Or were they? We didn’t know any better, young, naive and fresh-faced. Not totally ready to join the rat race.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not unhappy with that we have. Our kids are growing up, starting to fend for themselves, and we are able to get that couple-dom back.
It’s a glorious feeling!
What we have and who we are is a sum of all that has gone before. I wouldn’t give that up for the world.

After 11 weeks apart. The day I rocked into town with the kids, after two days on a train. Dec 2006.

After 11 weeks apart. The day I rocked into town with the kids, after two days on a train. Dec 2006.

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..?

leg 1 - Aus to USA

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

Having a great week!
Jen

What’s on my mind…

Sounds a bit Facebookish that. But no, this is post 3 of the Zero to Hero 30 days. And to be honest, I have no idea.
Of what I was thinking when I first started blogging or when confronted with this Challenge.
Let’s go back to the beginning. Three years ago, before I started on WordPress and had my other blog thing I was writing. It was about sharing my beady adventures and was pretty shit really, looking back on it. I had a break of sorts (after we moved interstate) and then got into WordPress, almost by accident, and I still wasn’t sure what was going through my mind. You know, there are still times when I wonder why? But I enjoy what I do so I keep going.
And what was I thinking with this challenge? Could I do it, and have some sort of success? This month was going to be busy enough with everything else happening without adding a daily challenge into the mix. I have so many challenges going on it is a challenge to get them all done.
I read my sister’s post yesterday about this same conundrum and as she said about getting her mojo back it hit me. That was what I needed. Something to get my inspiration back, my joy at writing, sharing, taking pictures, making with my beads…
It’s working write right now., I’ve had a good day updating all the posts, and re writing history. I still cringe when I read some of the old posts, as I’m sure I will in a few years reading this one.
And there you have it. What’s on my mind right now, (actually it’s bed, let’s not split hairs).

Day 4 is about getting into the Reader and finding new blogs – I’ll try, but might call it a day off. There are other things I need to work on first.
Catch you ūüôā
Jen

Canberra – what a weekend!

All I can say about being in Canberra over the Anzac weekend was that I’m so glad we didn’t go before Anzac Day. Despite the city being apparently booked out, (for what reason we don’t know) there were decidedly few people about, making our first real couple holiday since kids a most relaxing time. Yes, you read that right. First time since we had kids.¬†17 years.

I have now been to all but one of our country’s capital cities (7/8) and aside from loving where I live, Canberra is definitely my favourite.
Hobart is a mish mash of old and new, and down right ugly, with no real purpose, or structure and while Adelaide is similar with its mix of buildings, the execution has been much better.
Darwin made no real impact on me.
Brisbane is a mess, and just plain horrible (putting it nicely).
Sydney is beautiful and reasonably well set out, (we found it easy enough to get about) and Melbourne is very concentrated and busy but I like it. Not sure why, I just do.
Perth over on the west coast I have yet to see.  Hubby has been and is excited to show me. From his pictures, I think I will like it.

Canberra is a very neat city. I found the buildings all had very clean lines and fitted well. Even the new curved glass and abstract buildings fit in with the others in a way that doesn’t seem to work in other places. The traffic flows well with an easy road system and getting about, even in peak traffic was no issue. We used the navigator to get somewhere but not on the return. That’s how easy it was.

As a tourist you could not get bored here. Regardless of what your family make up is there is fun for everyone.  My city map I picked up from the information building had a list of attractions on the back РFree admission, (33) and Charged Admission, (18). Part of the free attractions were all the galleries, gardens and memorials you can poke a stick at, the Mint, numerous Lookouts, a glassworks, and several churches.

The first afternoon, we¬†checked out¬†CMAG, (Canberra Museum and Art Gallery) and then wandered around the city¬† before having dinner at the hotel. Well, hubby had dinner, times two.¬† I had one of my ‘things’ where I was too excited, dehydrated and couldn’t function. Doesn’t happen often. Even the most basic item on the menu was too much.¬† It looked fantastic, but all I could manage was a small glass of juice.¬†¬† Granted, after a brilliant sleep I was starving when it came to breakfast.¬† Then, the only headache I got was from the choices.¬†Where to start??

On the Saturday, we took advantage of only 4 of the free attractions, remember, we only had a day and a half in town, two of which were walking distance, the other two we had to drive to and only one paid attraction.  But we filled in the day and by dark were exhausted and ready to have a bite to eat and chill in our room before an early night ready to fly home.

Saturday we visited the War memorial Рincredible, even for those not into war or history, and took heaps of pictures.  We spent 2+ hours there, although you could easily fill in a whole day.  A light lunch was had on The Deck, a restaurant overlooking Lake Burley Griffin before chilling on the banks waiting for the Captain Cook Memorial Jet to start.  An easy walk around the edge of the lake brought us to the bike hire where we commandeered a pedal car for an hour and took the 6k round trip to the National Carillion.
We drove to the Telstra Tower where a¬† late afternoon coffee was muchly appreciated and the views amazing, even with the afternoon¬†sun casting shadows over town.¬† Seeing this, we tootled back into town and made our way to Parliament House.¬†¬†I can’t stand politics – who can? –¬†but visiting this magnificent place was always going to be on the list.¬† It is a¬†masterpiece of architecture¬†and a pretty cool place to see up close.¬† Of course we got our picture taken, as is the way, and then took off and walked the 2k around the place.¬† By the time we finished it was dark and definitely time to leave.

I will be posting photos over on the Box blog and as I sort through them a
few selected posts & photos here which will help explain everything I have just written.
My piece-de-resistance was going to be this picture, but¬†as I rarely do a post without one, I’ll show it now.¬† Hubby and I outside parliament in Canberra (as taken by some girl whose photo we took, again, as you do).
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Trip time Tuesday

So I’m back from a little weekend away with hubby – we had a fantastic time – and now it’s time for a super busy week and trying to fit everything in. But thankfully they return to school in a mere 7 days, yay!!
Hubby has left for work again, that makes 12+ airports in 6 days. Luckily he enjoys flying. I am still collecting my thoughts (& trying to word up a blogpost or two) and sorting travel photos from the weekend.

Upon arriving home¬†I checked my emails, expecting a good 150+, all my blogs go straight to email, but there was¬†nothing.¬† Hmm, where are they, Dammit, they are all in my reader. What are they doing there? I find it a pain to read from there, email is so much easier. I’ll have to check up on that, see what went wrong.

Because of that, if I miss reading your latest post or am later than normal to respond, I’m sorry.¬† I will get around to it.

I have so much I want to say and put out there, but time restraints mean most of it wont see the light of day.

Before I go for my run, Kelly has received a few more psotcards, one from a friend and 3 from yours truly.¬† Posted on my way home Sunday from Sydney airport, even though we went to Canberra, our great nation’s capital.
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And one from the UK IMG_7602

Have a great day, and there will be posts and pictures from Canberra soon.
Jennifer ūüôā