365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 16- All Good

 

Today was a sad day. Jayson and I went to our friend Brianna’s grandfather’s funeral. Brianna is still in Europe and we thought it would be good to go, especially since she couldn’t be there, to pay our respects to her family. I’ve been friends with Brianna for 10 years and am close to her family, in particular her little sister, Jordanna. When my mum passed away in February last year, Brianna and her family were there for me. Her mum came to the funeral, as did Brianna of course, and told me that her home was always open for me. I felt it only right to return the respect and support I have felt from their family for the last year 10 years.

I knew Brianna’s grandfather Ron, only a little, from a few visits to the grandparents home. He was quiet, but fiercely funny and always seemed self assured. Her grandmother always made me feel at home and always wanted to feed me, like all good grandparents. It really was a beautiful service, I know people always say that, but it’s entirely true in today’s case.

I thought I’d share a photo of my healthy dinner to “lighten” the day for myself. Garlic and lemon barramundi and steamed veges. Not quite as good as the flathead I cooked last night but fair none the less. The healthy regime continues as I did 3.6 kms today, my longest yet!

Hope you enjoyed your day.

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365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 14- Catchups

Today I had lunch in Parramatta with friends I met when I was traveling around Europe. From left it’s Ange, Jeanette, Jet and Natasa. I traveled through 10 countries in 4 weeks with these guys and I can truly say, they made the trip what it was for me!

I suffer from quite high anxiety, especially during periods of change and without the 4 women in this photo, I would not have had the amazing experience that I did and overcome my anxiety. So many memories and so many laughs with this lot. I couldn’t have asked for a better group to share such incredible experiences with. I love catching up with them and remembered all the hilarious and awesome things we did together.

I have formed a bond with these guys that will never be broken. We haven’t seen each other, in almost year and yet it feels like we were just together eating lunch in Venice, or Prague, or Lucerne together. I am very grateful for travel buddies and friends like these guys.

365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 12- Good Times With Good People

I apologise for this post being a day late but I got home late last night and could not post. Yesterday I had dinner with a good friend. The kind of friend that I know I could never replace. I can truly say I don’t know anyone else like her.

Jane and I have known each other in one way or another since we were 12. I met her through a friend when we had just started high school and as we’ve grown up, we discovered we have more and more in common. It was a good time, the sort of night you don’t want to end because it’s just nice talking and laughing and catching up.

As we get older I think it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain those close friendships with people who you don’t see everyday, it’s comforting to know some relationships can last, no matter what the circumstances.

365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 8- An Accomplishment

Today’s post will be a short one as I have already blogged about this book, but today, I finished it! It has a profound impact on me, in a way that books don’t normally for me. There is a particular event in this novel that really shook me, to the point where I had to message a friend who knew about it, at 1am, just to feel ok again, or even just to share in the shock of this event. It was a great read and highly unpredictable, which is rare I think for love stories these days. It reminds me of one of my favourite films in a lot of ways, 500 days of Summer.

Anyway I shall now watch the film version to see if they absolutely killed the story. I hope not.

365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 6- Animal Documentaries and Photography

Today was spent in the city (Sydney) with one of my best friends Jayson. I have known Jayson for about 4-5 years now. We met at a part time job we were working while we were both still at University. We discovered, after a short time, that we are quite similar and thus have been friends ever since. In one of the hardest years of my life last year, Jayson was there, he’s been there through great, life changing times, and horrible, life changing times. It sounds corny, but I know that we’ll always be friends. We’ll be old grandma and grandpa listening to Triple J and watching animal documentaries together.

Jays and I went into Sydney today to watch a documentary at the IMAX theatre called “Born to be Wild”. Many things made this an excellent doco, mainly that Morgan Freeman narrated it, but also that it showed two women who have spent their lives saving orphaned animals, one saving elephants in Kenya, the other saving orangutans in Borneo. Some amazing people doing amazing things and it makes me want to get out there and take some risks to help these animals.

We also went into Sydney to take photos. Jays just recently got a Nikon D5100, one model up from my Nikon D5000 and wanted to test it out. Unfortunately it was quite a grey day in Sydney today, but we still had fun. We rode the monorail, many times, got annoyed at Sydney Aquarium for no longer letting teachers in free, met some nice foreigners (hey Jays?). The photo is Jays on the monorail, you can see Centrepoint Tower (which I think it’s now commercialised state is called Sydney Tower) in the background. All in all it was a great day, and I’m exhausted. We’re heading to Taronga Zoo in a few weeks to take more photos so stay tuned.

365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 5- Reading for Fun?

Reading has become a chore for me, it’s part of my job and gone have the days of reading for pleasure, or at least I thought so. The past few days have been chill out days for me and I have begun to read again, a book I’ve been recommended and am a little ashamed to say I love. I’ve read many books in the last 7 years that I’ve been at Uni and started teaching, but not a lot of those books have been read for pure pleasure, albeit some have turned out to be very pleasurable to read, others not so much.

One Day by David Nicholls is this particular book featured in my Day 5 Photograph. I know I know, shake your heads in disappointment. Me? Reading a romance? Me? Lover of all things American Literature related, all things tragic, or all things from the “road” genre. Give me a Kerouac over Austen any day, but my friends, let me tell you, One Day is not your average romance, plus it’s highly relatable for me as one of the main characters Emma. She is a struggling, poor, English teacher with an ass for a best friend named Dex, I too have an ass for a best friend, not named Dex, but he will admit he is an ass. He even texted me the other day and said

“Sarah! Have you seen the movie One Day? It’s us.”

To which I replied, “No I haven’t, I’m reading the book, and I’m pretty sure I was the one that told you it was us.”

Anyway, here’s to lazy days reading novels for fun!

What is your guilty pleasure novel that you’re too ashamed to admit to loving?

365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 4- Trashy T.V and Air Conditioning

With a temperature of 35 degrees (95 degrees fahrenheit for the U.S readers), today was a day to stay indoors, in air conditioning, watching trashy t.v. Mel and I’s choice? Toddlers in Tiaras. I have never actually watched an episode of this show before, but Mel has seen it, and I must say I was shocked, and weirded out, as well as a little confused as I do not understand the jargon that comes with the world of kiddy pageants.

As you can see from the image, it was a Western themed pageant today, wow. I don’t know what else to say, except that my favourite quote from the advertisement for this show is a lady who is talking about how high the girls hair can be in these things and she says “The higher your hair, the closer you are to God, I call it Jackin’ it to Jesus.” That is possibly the most hilarious quote ever and it is whipped out anytime these shows come on.

You can also see how unimpressed my dog happens to be with the current heat in Sydney. Rambo does not do well with heat, and that’s him chillin’ out under the air conditioner. Oh and we still have our Christmas decorations up, yep, it’s how we roll.

How did you spend day 4? Were you dying of heat exhaustion too?

As a side note, it does get much hotter here where I live, but we haven’t had much of a summer yet so the 35 degrees today was quite a shock to the system, especially since this time last year, I was in -17 degrees in Germany, not use to the Aussie summer.

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