Hi friends, today I am reporting to you live from Cairns, home of the Great Barrier Reef. We are here for a few days with our family to see some fishies and soak up some UV rays.
Now let’s backtrack a little to the beginning of the week to review the favorites…
1. Pitch Perfect 2
Tuesday night I took our visitors to the number 1 Brisbane tourist destination- the movie theater! I just couldn’t wait much longer to see Pitch Perfect 2 and luckily my sister-in-law, Morgan, felt the same. We watched the original the night before in order to catch up my mother in law and to annoy Travis, so we were more than ready Tuesday night. And the verdict… SO good. I thought it was a lot funnier than the first one and I loved the music choices.
2. Throwing Shrimp on the Barbie
Just a little clarification on this common “Australian” phrase- they don’t call it shrimp, it’s prawns. Sunday afternoon after church (another tourist hotspot) we headed down by the river to have a true Australian BBQ. Travis made sure we didn’t starve by providing us with lamb, kangaroo steaks, shrimp, brussels sprouts, potatoes and a cheese plate.
It was all so delicious and we even had a little party crasher- a brush turkey.
We topped off the meal with a glass of Prosecco that Travis and I had bought in the McLaren Vale. Perfect Sunday afternoon.
The lovely people at Airwick Australia sent me two candles this week to try out, the Amber Mandarin Glow Silhoutte and the French Vanilla Romance. I love candles and try to always have at least one lit when I am home, so I was pretty excited to test these suckers out. In fact, I was so excited that I tore them straight out of the box and then realized I didn’t know which scent was which. I am typically a big fan of anything vanilla scented so I was hoping to light that one first, I was pleasantly surprised when I realized I had lit the mandarin candle and loved it. BUT that isn’t the best part- these candles CHANGE COLORS. I don’t understand science or technology very well so this BLEW MY MIND. Morgan and I stared at it for the longest time trying to figure out how it worked, and then I just gave up and just took a snapchat video of it changing colors. So, now I have a new favorite candle that smells amazing, is in a pretty jar and is actually magic. Back to the smell though- I can light it in the kitchen and still smell it upstairs in my bedroom. Clearly magic. Now I want to creep on over to the store and pick up some reed diffusers to put in our apartment for during the day so I don’t accidentally burn the house down. I am eyeing the Crackling Fire and Cinnamon Spice scent since it is getting into winter over here.
4. The Rosie ProjectI kept seeing this book on other people’s book lists and had been waiting for it to come off hold at the library. I finished this book in less than a week (which is really fast for me), I loved it so much. It’s an adorable love story told from an unexpected narrator/main character who reminded me of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. Now that I am done with The Rosie Project, I am already starting on sequel- The Rosie Effect.
5. Travel Misadventures
One of my favorite things about traveling are the misadventures. If everything goes as planned then you don’t have a good story! Our first day here we spent the afternoon searching out a nice beach to hang out with and wound up at Australia’s ugliest beach. No cabs in sight and an hour wait for the bus- we found a restaurant, ordered a bottle of wine and laughed about the situation. The rest of our trip went much better and I can’t wait to share everything we’ve done but the look on everyone’s face when we walked up the brownest ocean I’ve ever seen was one of my favorite misadventures (and we’ve had a few, read about them here). Note: water appears much bluer in the picture. It looked like mud.