Reverse Travel Journal # 3 – Day 3

Lucy was really stressed out last night when we went to bed because she couldn’t find you, she kept going to your side and whinging. It’s adorable but concerning how attached she is to you.

Today Tim, Suzi and the crew went to get drunk at Soundwave while lil’ ol’ Laraine stays home sewing.  Lucy & i for a long arse jog (in 30 degree heat) and were both pretty exhausted after that.

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I picked your parentals up from the airport around lunch and we watched the Mariners game, which was ridiculously good. Then, back to work. My posts for the next 2 weeks are probably going to be just me sewing, Lucky you!

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Thanks for the Skype date (big smile). Miss you heaps already.

Good luck on day 2  tomorrow.

14 days

xx

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Reverse Travel Journal 1 – I’m Your Biggest Fan

Feeling ever so slightly dehydrated today but had to get up for an early morning walk back to the car to put the boys on the train back to the Gong. Of course then i went back to bed. When i woke up i remembered you were playing day 2 of the 4 handed so Adam and i vegged out on the couch watching friends and railing you online. Although, we did pause for a maccas run at about 1pm. It was pouring rain all day so Lucy was a bit annoying but Adam played fetch with her all day. She is addicted…

I’m so glad i had the day off to rail you…and that i got to Skype with you on your dinner break 🙂 After Adam left i went for a nap before work, with the laptop next to me open on Pokernews, so i didn’t miss anything.

Tonights show at Seymour was Shakespeare’s HAMLET. And was actually really good! And i’ve seen a lot of Shakespeare productions.

When i got home i cooked up this mean omelette….

…and let lucy have a play outside. Until she came back like this….

Oh and she got the hiccups in her sleep. Pretty cute.

39 days

xx

NYC Trip – Day 7 : Coffee Cake

4.45am is probably the earliest i’ve ever been up. And i have to say it’s completely unnatural. For me anyway.

Jess bravely drove our rental car to LAX from Palm Springs and although the GPS did the exact opposite of what it was supposed to and sent us off-course several times, somehow we bluffed our way back on track and made it to the rental car drop off centre in L.A. Even following a debacle there and despite being 40 minutes late for our check in time, the airline (or the random guy who checked us in at a portable desk the roadside) didn’t seem to notice. Refreshing for anyone who has ever flown with Jetstar.

I’d been at least 72 hours without coffee but again ran out of time to buy a cup before boarding. I ended up grabbing a piece of coffee cake instead, purely based on curiosity born from the Seinfeld ‘Drakes Coffee Cake’ episode. That curiosity paying off in the form of sugary goodness. Best decision i could have made.

I slept* for the first few hours of the 5 hour flight and awoke to the girls (and the rest of the plane) watching ‘We Bought a Zoo‘ which i had no choice but to watch (I even question this myself) and before long was surrounded by crying women. Although i do admit i fought my own tears back pretty hard.

When we arrived at the airport we learnt an important lesson that we carried with us for the rest of the trip. DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH ANYONE! A man on the Air train kindly offered to help us on our way. Before we could object he had our luggage on a trolley and was charging ahead. For his ‘help’ getting us to where we already knew we were going, he charged us a flat rate of $20 PLUS TIPS! I would usually object to someone clearly taking advantage of naive tourists, but It’s harder than you think to object when they lay it on thick about supporting their families this way. This was quite the learning curve for us.

We took a taxi to Chelsea to our new home for the next 2 weeks, where my brother Todd was meeting us. Pretty much the smallest apartment of all time and grossly misrepresented as being able to house 4 people. Clearly only appropriate for 3. So we purchased a blow up mattress at an all night Kmart with 3 levels of every kind of crap you could ever think of, with the size alone exceeding any notion you have of how big you think it might be.

The last adventure and best part of the day was having our first slice of late night pizza and garlic balls (so much garlicy goodness) washed down with ice-cold Canadian beer. Aahh…

When we got back to the apartment an episode of Seinfeld was on and could you guess which one? Drakes coffee cake! Serendipitous.

<;;3 Love note: Finally logged onto wireless and skyped my man for the first time on the trip.

* The word ‘slept’ is used extremely loosely when describing a state of attempted rest on flights of any kind.

**All pics taken with an iPhone 3 and run through befunky.com editing.

NYC Trip – Day 7 : Coffee Cake

4.45am is probably the earliest i’ve ever been up. And i have to say it’s completely unnatural. For me anyway.

Jess bravely drove our rental car to LAX from Palm Springs and although the GPS did the exact opposite of what it was supposed to and sent us off-course several times, somehow we bluffed our way back on track and made it to the rental car drop off centre in L.A. Even following a debacle there and despite being 40 minutes late for our check in time, the airline (or the random guy who checked us in at a portable desk the roadside) didn’t seem to notice. Refreshing for anyone who has ever flown with Jetstar.

I’d been at least 72 hours without coffee but again ran out of time to buy a cup before boarding. I ended up grabbing a piece of coffee cake instead, purely based on curiosity born from the Seinfeld ‘Drakes Coffee Cake’ episode. That curiosity paying off in the form of sugary goodness. Best decision i could have made.

I slept* for the first few hours of the 5 hour flight and awoke to the girls (and the rest of the plane) watching ‘We Bought a Zoo‘ which i had no choice but to watch (I even question this myself) and before long was surrounded by crying women. Although i do admit i fought my own tears back pretty hard.

When we arrived at the airport we learnt an important lesson that we carried with us for the rest of the trip. DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH ANYONE! A man on the Air train kindly offered to help us on our way. Before we could object he had our luggage on a trolley and was charging ahead. For his ‘help’ getting us to where we already knew we were going, he charged us a flat rate of $20 PLUS TIPS! I would usually object to someone clearly taking advantage of naive tourists, but It’s harder than you think to object when they lay it on thick about supporting their families this way. This was quite the learning curve for us.

We took a taxi to Chelsea to our new home for the next 2 weeks, where my brother Todd was meeting us. Pretty much the smallest apartment of all time and grossly misrepresented as being able to house 4 people. Clearly only appropriate for 3. So we purchased a blow up mattress at an all night Kmart with 3 levels of every kind of crap you could ever think of, with the size alone exceeding any notion you have of how big you think it might be.

The last adventure and best part of the day was having our first slice of late night pizza and garlic balls (so much garlicy goodness) washed down with ice-cold Canadian beer. Aahh…

When we got back to the apartment an episode of Seinfeld was on and could you guess which one? Drakes coffee cake! Serendipitous.

<;;3 Love note: Finally logged onto wireless and skyped my man for the first time on the trip.

* The word ‘slept’ is used extremely loosely when describing a state of attempted rest on flights of any kind.

**All pics taken with an iPhone 3 and run through befunky.com editing.

Vegas Trip 1 – Day 14: Feels like home

Two weeks in today. Feels like forever. I think after being pretty nomadic in my life i adjust pretty quickly to new situations. I feel like i’ve lived here forever! Brendon went really deep in a tournament today which ment he was gone for a long time, so i just hung in the resort and did my thang; coffee, pool, skyped with my brother Dave and got to see my gorgeous nephew Lewis who is ridiculously cute and who i cant wait to meet as soon as i get back!

And here is the view from the room. It faces away from the srtip so all we see is vegas burbs. But still cool.