I haven’t done a currently post since about 2015 so I thought it might be about time with currently five!
I have set myself the target of reading 10 books on the Goodreads Reading Challenge this year at the moment. I have read one book so far and usually get through a book in just under a month on Audible by listening to it at the gym so I am hopeful I hit and can increase my target this year.
What I am LISTENING to: We went to see The Greatest Showman last week and I downloaded the soundtrack as we were leaving the cinema. The film was beautiful and the soundtrack is so easy to listen to so I am listening to it a lot! I love This is Me which is sung by Keala Settle.
What I am WATCHING: I have finally managed to start catching up on the BBC series Call the Midwife on Netflix. I think I have two series to watch on Netflix and I’m not sure if I will then be up to date or if I’ll have to wait for new series to come onto Netflix. Its such a sweet series to watch.
I am also looking forward to Grace and Frankie’s new series which is released on 19 January.
What I am PLANNING: I am hoping we can make some plans to get out of the heat today as the forecast says the high is going to be 38 degrees and we don’t have any air conditioning at home.
What my FITNESS goals are: I have started my PT sessions again this week and my body is really feeling it. My Trainer has moved me on to barbell training now and I love that I am strong enough to lift the weights he sets for me and also that I am starting to see some signs of definition coming in my arms. I have a long way to go but I am excited.
I have also just signed up for the Mater International Women’s Day Fun Run on 4 March 2018 with Naomi. We have signed up for the 5km walk and I’m now just hoping that this intense heat starts wearing off by then.
I am due to participate in the Triathlon Pink event on 18 February 2018. I have been giving it some thought and have decided that I won’t participate in that event now because I am concerned about my current fitness level and having enough time to train. However as soon as it opens I will enrol for the Brisbane event which appears to be scheduled in October 2018 instead and then I should be in a better place for next years Triathlon on the Gold Coat.
What I am enjoying EATING: I have a pretty standard diet every day which included porridge made with almond milk and berries but have found that with the temperature increase that porridge is just not appealing. I am currently experimenting with a recipe for my breakfast smoothies.
I think I have the recipe about right now and have found that it keeps me full until lunch time which is perfect, especially after a work out. I will try and share the recipe when I love it.
As you may recall we had friends visiting us from Darwin between Christmas and New Years Day so we did some touristy things with them when they were here.
We weren’t sure what to do for New years Eve as this was my first New Years in Brisbane and although the Aussie had been in Brisbane for New Years Eve 2016 with our American friends, he had spent that time at a house party they held.
I searched the internet and found lots of offers for meals and drink packages but most if not all were over $100 per person so we decided they weren’t for us.
I had asked around and the main recommendation was to head to Southbank where there would be free fireworks, but that it would be packed. We had enjoyed the fireworks for Riverfire so this sounded like a good plan. However the weather reports said it could be raining with thunder and lightening but that was all clear by midight.
We started the day with some breakfast and then drove up to the Mount Coot-Tha look out which has the best views over Brisbane on this side of the city (Mount Gravatt is also a great spot) and had lunch which included a Devonshire Cream Tea, yum! Whilst there we were treated to a storm and hoped it would pass over in time for the fireworks.
After lunch we headed home for nanna naps pre fireworks and headed into the city about 7pm which was later than planned but worked out quite well.
We decided to walk along Southbank to find somewhere to eat because we knew the first fireworks were at 8.30pm. When entering the Southbank area all bags were searched and we weren’t allowed to take any opened bottles in. We didn’t have anything with us because this had been publicised beforehand.
After sitting down with our food the fireworks started and literally everyone ran for the river front! It was quite funny, i’ve never seen that part of Southbank so empty.
We could see most of the fireworks from our vantage point and after finishing dinner decided to go and sit in a cafe which sold alcohol and soft drinks and pretty much set up camp there until 11.50pm. This was a great spot as we could go for a walk to stretch our legs, had good seats and great company.
At 11.50pm I said I was going to go down closer to the river front and the Aussie dashed ahead and found us the perfect patch of grass to sit down on. Unfortunately as predicted, once the fireworks started everyone around us stood up so we also had to but it really didn’t matter, the fireworks were great and it was lovely to spend New Years Eve with the Aussie.
Afterwards we started walking back to the Queen Street Mall bus stop. On the way we found that everyone was in great spirits and saw hardly any, if any, drunk people. The Police were breaking up a bit of a fight between a few girls but otherwise everyone was high fiving and wishing each other a Happy New Year.
It was a bit disappointing that the bus stop was closed or no buses were running because that information was not too easily available beforehand, but we walked over to the Central Station instead and caught the train home which was free as was all public transport between 8.45pm and 5am.
All in all our New Years Eve was pretty perfect. The pressure to go out and have an “amazing time” is high this time of year but ours was very relaxed and turned out great.
We had a hectic but fun December and I have enjoyed looking back over my photos from the month to compile my December faves photos which are below.
Top left down:
First Christmas Tree – found at Singapore Airport on our way back to Darwin from Bali.
Star – when we got back from Bali I went and bought our first Brisbane Christmas Tree for the living room. The tree was a bit on the small side but it was lovely to have a tree up for the festive season.
Gingerbread Man – we went for a wander around the city to look at the Christmas decorations and and found this guy who happily posed for pics!
Santa Koala – we spent a weekend down on the Gold Coast in the middle of the month and visited Surfers Paradise where we found another Koala so of course a picture was required!
Draculas Haunted House – a while ago we visited Draculas Cabaret and were aware that there was a haunted house somewhere nearby. Whilst wandering through Surfers Paradise we found the Haunted House and it was actually quite good fun. I’m planning on writing about our trip in a few weeks.
Beach Time – more Surfers Paradise pictures. We paddled for a little while before I promptly tripped over smacking both of my knees. It was a lovely place to hang out for a while.
Nepalese Peace Pagoda – whilst we had visitors we took a walk around the South Bank area and had a proper look at the Peace Pagoda which was erected during Expo 88.
David Jones Christmas Parade and Santa – my review of the parade is here. I love Christmas and this was the perfect way to enjoy the festive season.
Lights at City Hall – every year City Hall is lit up with a story. We only briefly stopped by because we were on our way to the bus station but it is something we will check out properly next year.
Penguin decs – I love penguins and my friend Becky sent me a handmade Christmas tree decoration which is perfect for my tree. He will have pride of place on my future Christmas Trees.
Festive Nails and Pitch Perfect 3- to celebrate the end of work for the year, Naomi and I went and had our nails done, had a photo with Santa (it’s becoming a tradition) and watched Pitch Perfect 3. Dinner with the Aussie made it the perfect afternoon.
Baileys and Celebrations – 5.30am gym session! – Totally worth it and was good to be back in the gym after the Christmas break.
Home made dumplings – The Aussie went sailing in the Manly area so Naomi suggested we try making home made dumplings. We had an unsuccessful trip to the supermarket to find the wrappers so we made them from scratch and they were amazing. We have plans to perfect our dumplings and to try and make some dessert dumplings as well.
New Years Eve – we had a hectic but very fun Christmas to New Year period which was topped off with New Years at South Bank watching the fireworks.
I am looking forward to seeing what January has to bring now the New Year is here.