Hello, we’re hibernating

Hello, we’re still here. We’re just hibernating.

In reality, there’s a lot going on right now. I recently flew overseas to attend a wedding, we celebrated Megan’s birthday, we’re celebrating mine today, and in just a couple of weeks – we should be ready for our little one to join the family. Needless to say, there’s always something happening that keeps me away from the computer.

Not much is happening around the house – Metricon is still trying to fix stuff from the 90 day inspection. We’ll be sure to let you know when we’re finally finished dealing with the builder.

In the interim, here’s a pretty cool website I came across recently that has aided in our decisions around designing our house inside AND out. It’s called Houzz. To take the words directly from their mouths it’s a community of home design enthusiasts from around the world. Consider it an online version of cutting pages out of magazines and stuffing them in a folder – but much easier to search, save, and share.

So with that, I will leave you until I actually finish writing one of the many half completed blog posts I’ve got saved up. Oh, for you airplane geeks out there, I flew on this bad boy last week. VERY cool.

A day at sea on the James Craig

I tend to geek out on the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos, in an attempt to stay up to date on what’s new in the marketplace. Today however, I took a step back in time, and turned into a little boy on board the James Craig, a 3-masted, 19th Century barque from the Sydney Heritage Fleet. This was truly a spectacular day at sea – reaching around 8 knots at full sail in the waters just off of Sydney!

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Katoomba, Leura, and the Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters

Unlike the Northern Hemisphere, there’s no major holiday to break up the monotony of winter. While the cold weather in Australia isn’t all that cold (at least in Sydney), winter is still long enough and cold enough to make you wish it was summer again. This weekend, after living in Australia for almost three years, I ventured up into the Blue Mountains and to the towns of Leura and Katoomba and spent the day on a short bushwalk, followed by a fantastic brownie and coffee in a small, cozy cafe on the main street of Leura – an artsy little mountain town with wonderfully overpriced souvenirs and homewares (stuff I’d actually buy, but could find cheaper elsewhere).

The day never reached 10c, and the rain was on and off throughout the day, but it kind of made for a cozy day – especially whilst sipping on a flat white and eating a VERY decadent brownie at Cafe Josophan’s, a fine chocolatier.

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Chicago, Illinois

Downtown Chicago at night

Chicago has numerous nicknames, which reflect the impressions and opinions about historical and contemporary Chicago. It has been commonly known as the “Windy City, “Second City”, and the “City of Big Shoulders”. Chicago has also been called “the most American of big cities”.

For many international tourists, Chicago is often overlooked for more well-known cities like New York, or Los Angeles, but if you never give Chicago a second glance, you have no idea what you’re missing. Until now.

Chicago is a very welcoming city, as my brother and I discovered on a quick trip back in 2005.

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The Park Hyatt, Melbourne

We recently travelled to Melbourne for a few days on business (which happened to coincide with the Logies TV Awards) and had the luxury of staying at the Park Hyatt, a luxurious and well situated hotel on the east side of the Melbourne CBD.

Park Hyatt Melbourne lobby

The the lobby oozes over-extravagance and it’s clear that the hotel chain spared no expense – what I suppose one would expect from the Park level hotel from the Hyatt chain. While the attention to detail continues into the room, the extravagance stops there.

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