Tim and I had a little spit the other day.. He was stressed about how we had no time left and had SO MUCH TO DO! He was stressed, which makes me stressed, which makes us both very wound up and cranky and a bit shouty. So to calm him I had to explain that we really don’t have that much left to do now.

I have one more shift at work, and then I’m officially unemployed. We got our international driving permits the other day (they’re not even valid in Vietnam!) and we’ve sorted all the clothes we want to take with us overseas and have our backpacks almost finished.

So now what’s left is packing for Melbourne, sorting our backpacks for the final time, packing the remains of our stuff into our car, selling my bed, and purchasing travel insurance for the both of us. I should also probably start doing some more study for university – I’ve kind of fallen off the bandwagon after submitting my first assignment and don’t even know when the next one is due – oops.

Update: Just logged into my university forum and discovered that my assignment, which must include two interviews with a politician and a member of the community relating to my chose issue, is due in less than three weeks. And is actually due after I’m overseas. Faaaaark. So instead of messing around tomorrow, I’m going to have to news gather and somehow find a newsworthy story, find people to interview, and conduct these interviews via phone whilst I’m in Melbourne with Tim. Joy!

This post did have a point, but now that I’ve instantly converted into stress mode for uni, I’ve completely forgotten what it was. So I’m going to give the computer to Tim so he can write a more useful post for his website instead.

Tim and I attempted to have a little day-date on Saturday. It was my day off, he didn’t have work, and we’d been given a Christmas gift of money with explicit instructions to go out and do something nice with it, not use it for bills or anything else. Always willing to spend someone else’s money, we took Tim’s “mum” Heidi’s advice and went off in search of something good to do. I wanted to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and (helpful hint) in Brisbane, the Southbank Cineplex is the cheapest place to go.

So we headed into the city with plans to get an early dinner and head off to the cinema. We wandered around Southbank, listened to an awesome busker (Micka Semfel of Pacha Mamma), and after I said no to every place we walked past, we finally found South Side Diner. I immediately said yes, as it’s too-cool vintage feel really appealed to me. And they had multiple choices for mac and cheese on their menu. I was sold.

I totally stole this (oops)

I totally stole this (oops)

Their site says “South Side Diner brings together everything we love about the US of A.  The Diner creates a little modern nostalgia in the heart of South Bank offering local, fresh, honest fare mixed with American popularity and playfulness.  Complete with booth seating, swivel bar stools, endless cups of coffee, and the best mac ‘n cheese in town, we open up early and stay open late!”

I can definitely attest to the best mac and cheese, I ordered the goat’s cheese option and it was soooo good. Tim had the NYC Tower burger and being in one of his ravenous moods, also ordered sweet potato fries (and finished off my generous portion of mac and cheese as well!) and they were all super tasty.

Mac & Cheese

Goat’s cheese mac & cheese with crumbly goodness on top.

Burger & Fries

Sweet potato fries with chipotle sour cream, and Tim’s NYC Tower burger.

We sat on the outer edge, and got to spend our meal watching people come and go on the street, which was quite nice and relaxing. The food came really quickly after we ordered, and I was absolutely stuffed about halfway through my meal (the chocolate injected banana I scoffed before lunch probably didn’t help). Tim ate everything – his burger, the fries and the rest of my mac and cheese, and then he was full.

Our view of Grey Street from our indoor bench.

Our view of Grey Street from our indoor seats.

They have a really extensive and unique vintage cocktails menu, which neither of us were really in the mood to try, but there were a few I would consider going back for if I wasn’t going to stop drinking. The staff were really helpful, a little too helpful in Tim’s opinion but that’s because he’s a solo kind of guy. I dropped my glass of cider all over the table and myself and they were totally cool about it all. Which was good because it embarrassed the heck out of me and I made a very quick escape afterwards.

Some of these sound really interesting!

Some of these sound really interesting!

I would definitely go back (when they’ve forgotten that I throw cider about) and try out their lunch or breakfast menu and get a bit of variety in. Our meal and drinks came to $63, which fits in the average category out of the cafes and restaurants located along Grey Street and Little Stanley Street in Southbank. And South Side Diner has the advantage of serving actual meals, not just tapas or share platters like a lot of the other choices available. It was a tasty experience, complete with a cool retro feel and music from Grease and the Jersey Boys soundtracks.

Tim can't decide what to drink.

Tim can’t decide what to drink.

Why did this glass have to be so slippery?

Why did this glass have to be so slippery?

 

 

Christmas is over. I submitted my first uni assignment (and will probably get very average marks as I don’t want to write factual articles for newspapers). Movers came and took all of our belongings away to Melbourne for $1000. I spent a lot of money at Boxing Day sales and I feel very guilty about it and have now placed myself on lockdown. I got very very drunk last night at the club my best friend works in and threw up in Tim’s car. I saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and thought it was great.

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Christmas was really nice, I got a lot of great presents from my family and Tim’s friends, like nonfiction books, my first ever Lonely Planet that wasn’t photocopied in Vietnam, and Dean Koontz books. For travelling I got a food tour for Tim and I in Vietnam, and my first pair of Havianas, which will be a really good pair of flip flips for Asia, and pyjamas so that I don’t have to go half naked if we stay in hostels. Tim bought me a lovely pair of earrings and expensive makeup I refuse to splurge on myself, and a cute collage photo frame with pictures of us.

My uni assignment was boring and not fun. I don’t want to be a journalist and writing completely boring articles with no opinion or interesting input really sucks. I don’t expect good marks and I am looking forward to 8 weeks away when I can move on to my next course.

Our movers were friendly and chatty, pointed out to us that nearly every piece of furniture we had was scratched, and told us they were going to pull our BBQ out at Byron Bay and take our bikes for a spin. Our things should arrive at Tim’s parents’ house tomorrow at some point, and hopefully it’s all there and all of my fragile stuff (teacups and teapots) survived the ride.

The rest of my week was just work, shopping and getting too drunk last night because my bartender best friend kept filling me full of alcohol. It was just what I wanted though, I just didn’t want to spend the drive home puking on myself/Tim’s car. It’s not the first time or even the tenth time that I’ve had a really horrid end of the night with alcohol, and I think I might just give it up except for special occasions. I love having fun, but I’m sure I wasn’t born a drinker (and don’t feel like conditioning my body to destroy itself just to become one).

Tim and I had a nice day yesterday.

Tim and I had a nice day yesterday.

On a brighter note, I finally got to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty today and absolutely loved it. I thought it was shot really beautifully (cinematography skills really speak to me as a wannabe cinematographer) and it was played out beautifully. All of the shots in Iceland also rekindled my burning urge to go there, and I think when I get back from this trip to SE Asia I’m going to try and look into it a little more and start saving to go there. My new freeze proof camera can actually be put to good use!
Even Tim mentioned that the film made him want to jump on a plane and travel right now and the film did the same for me. I would recommend that anyone reading this blog who hasn’t seen the movie goes out and sees it immediately.

I’m going to spend the rest of the night in bed, sorting through clothes with Tim while we try to create a packing list for our trip, which is only 22 days away! Eeeeek!

Thinking about all the things I still have to do.

Thinking about all the things I still have to do.

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Tim and I have begun our attempt to pack everything we own into boxes and move interstate in the new year, and it’s coming along verrrrrry slowly. I feel like most days (the days we actually do stuff, I mean) we just move stuff from one part of the house to another. This is really frustrating because we only have two rooms in our house apart from our lounge/kitchen and bathroom, so everywhere is just getting clogged with junk. I’ve been documenting the progress a little bit so that when it eventually does get packed up, we can see how far we’ve come from our mess.

I took these photos about a week ago and already we’ve progressed a little bit.

This is our lounge room, filled with a bunch of half-empty or overfilled boxes, and a handy assortment of household items littered around the floor, such as spices, shoes and the local paper, in case we fall over and need to entertain ourselves until help arrives. I’ve certainly had an almost-fall more than a few times now. Luckily, it’s a tiny bit tidier this week, which is good, because I can feel our bird judging us.

Lounge room

Getting into our house is a minefield operation lately.

Also located in our lounge room is our couch – which we haven’t sat on in about a month but are desperately trying to palm off on Gumtree. So far, no takers, and I feel like it might be going to the Salvos at the end of all this. Maybe we should list it as a storage unit instead? It looks absolutely the same this week as it did last week – maybe worse.

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The pile of crap is too high to sort through.

The spare room is really the only room that we’ve made a dent in. We’ve sold the table, cleared out most of the bookshelf and have most of it packed away into boxes now.

Dining room

The only room that looks vastly different.

And thank god we’ve cleared it too, because now we can see our carpet and I’ve had enough room to realise I have a serious shoe addiction that doesn’t seem to be waning as I grow older. I’d blame my job and it’s requirement for high heels, but it pains me to admit that there’s a few pairs here I’ve only worn once or twice because they’re inappropriate for work and I never go out anymore.

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This isn’t even all my shoes!

Our bathroom is a disgrace. We’re currently using it as a floordrobe because whenever it’s sunny, I’m passed out in bed and never wash all the clothes that need washing. Sad to say I’ve never let go of my “try everything on then throw it on the floor instead of hanging it up” attitude. But I’m trying.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Bathroom

My mother is going to be super unimpressed by this.

Our bedroom isn’t bad enough to warrant a photo, I have one but it really just looks the same as normal. We enjoy putting things on the bed so that the other one can take it off later and stick it in our dumping ground – the couch.

The last place we really have is the garage – but since it’s mostly Tim’s stuff I am trying to leave it mostly to him, mainly because he’s attached to things I can’t understand attachment to, and we just end up squabbling over stuff.

Garage

Tim’s problem!

The main reason I’m making this post is to really show myself just how much stuff we have left, but also to remind myself that in just a week a lot of these rooms look different and better than before. At the moment I’m just finding it hard to muster up the energy to do anything remotely productive, like packing, work (I quit my job today), or my distance ed work. I just want to get into a cocoon and not come out until it’s January 20th. But sadly, I’m a human, not a caterpillar. Dang it.

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Whenever I open up this blog, I realise that while I post about a lot of random stuff, I seem to spend all my time posting about places overseas. And I’ve just come to the realisation that I’m missing out on so many potential post by only blogging about other countries, and other cities. All the while forgetting my wonderful city!

The thing I really like about Brisbane is that it’s spread out, and there’s so much to see and do (and SO many suburbs!) that it feels like a really big place with room to move. But at the same time, on any given night out on the town, I’ll bump into people I know, whether they’re buskers, fellow nightshift workers, patrons from my club, or just old drinking buddies or schoolmates, and it makes Brisbane feel small and cosy. I’m yet to figure out how a city can feel so spacious and so familiar all at once, but it really works for me.

So I’ve decided to embark on an adventure to share a little more of my city with others. I have so many favourite spots and have been trying to expand my knowledge of the city and the best places to go and things to see, and now I want to let others know. If you’re a reader and you know somewhere in Brisbane you think I need to go or something I need to do, then let me know in the comments so I can check it out (and blog about it later!)