Life & Nonsense Etc. #2Sunday, 1 June 2014
Remember when I blogged regularly? Yeah, I don't either. In hindsight, it's actually not been that long, but it's felt like forever. I have not enjoyed this time away, let me tell you!
Even though I've slowly started getting back into things, I just felt like I needed (and wanted) to let you guys know why I was away for so long, and also let you in on a few exciting things I've done recently!
It's really lame, but the reason I've been unable to blog recently is mainly due to work, and winter. Goddamn you, winter. I changed stores when I came back from overseas, and suddenly found myself working Monday to Friday which was fantastic as I finally had weekends off, a dream come true. Except then I found myself booking out every weekend, for almost six weekends straight. So I was coming home at 6pm every night, in darkness, and I was never home on the weekends, which basically left me zero time to photograph, let alone write up blog posts. It was incredibly tiring and frustrating, and this weekend was my first weekend at home (although, I was busy doing things elsewhere unfortunately).
Despite not having a single day to myself, I still have had a pretty good few weeks! Earning some $$$ is obviously great and, ya know, useful. But I've also jetted off to the Gold Coast for a weekend with one of my besties, and following that a weekend down in Melbourne to visit my dad and another bestie! I've technically been to Melbourne a few times before but never properly seen it, so it was really exciting to have a couple of days to properly explore it and see what the big hype is! I also went to the new H&M store which has just opened there - Australia's first H&M! It was in a beautiful old building, and I was really surprised by their line of clothing and pricing. I always find myself in an H&M overseas and can sometimes nab a few bargains but am generally not into it's style so much. But I could have bought half the store, some really gorgeous offerings! Although the home section could have been a little bigger...
An absolute highlight of the last few weeks was getting to meet Tenneil and Katrina, two of my favourite blogging ladies! Tenneil came over from Perth to see Vivid Light Festival here in Sydney and it was the perfect opportunity to catch up over coffee and amazing gelato. I had such a lovely day and it's so great being able to meet fellow bloggers - surprisingly, we did not end up talking about makeup for hours, which is probably a first for me, haha!
I've also, quite randomly, had a few driving orientated experiences. About a month ago, I attended a Defensive Driving Course, which is an all day course aimed at providing insight and on hand experience in how to deal with dangerous situations on the road. This course was fantastic, and I whole heartedly think this course should be compulsory for anyone learning to drive. We spent the majority of the day out on a drag strip of a race course basically doing emergency braking, and also learning how to control the vehicle whilst braking, in dry and wet weather conditions. On top of that, I also learnt SO many things that they are teaching us incorrectly in driving schools, aaanndd the consequences of our bad habits. I was absolutely STUNNED at some of the things I learnt. Like I said, this should be 100% compulsory for all - I actually cannot believe it's not compulsory already!
My second, and the best thing I've done in a long time, was do two short Stunt Driving courses. Complete polar opposite of the defensive driving course, huh? These were actually a birthday present from my Dad, but we've had to delay the course for months due to scheduling conflicts! I'm so glad I finally got to do it though, I actually just did it yesterday. We saw them doing the course last year out at the race tracks, and I remember saying how much fun it looked, and got the lovely surprise on my birthday! I did a beginners course first, where we did 180 degree handbrake turns, multiple 360 degree spins on a vinyl surface, and a sort of motorkhana, as well as being a passenger in a car driving up on two wheels!
I also got to stay and do an Advanced course in the afternoon, where I actually got to DRIVE on two wheels, as well as do a proper 360 spin (without vinyl!) followed by a j-turn (like a reverse 180). I had SO MUCH FUN GUYS. That was such an adrenaline rush, it was unbelievable. I am so sore and achey from all my rough driving and being thrown against the window multiple times ha! I can't believe how much co-ordination it takes to do some of these things, but once you got it down, the feeling was incredible. I want to do it all over again! I'm still on a high from it!
Well, that's enough out of me. I just wanted to pop my head in and say that I'm getting back into the swing of things, and I can't wait to get back into the saddle again. I have missed blogging and all you guys! Thanks for sticking with me!
P.S If anyone in Sydney is interested in the Stunt Driving course, you can find more info on the Ultimate Stunt Driving website. Trust me, it is worth every dollar, and is a great birthday present, for guys AND gals!
*Cover image taken by myself.