I know I’m late to add to the wave of Thanksgiving themed blog posts. I only decided to write one today after reading this Thanksgiving post by Paris.
I’m thankful that I have an amazing man in my life. I could go on and on about this, but I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to just leave it there. The kissy picture has already sent the cheese-meter over the limit.
2013 has been a good year. My overall fitness has improved significantly with the introduction of more weight training and high intensity circuit type workouts, and I’m currently training for my very first half marathon. It’s empowering.
Living away from Sydney makes me realise how much I miss my (batshit crazy) family. I’m thankful for loving parents and the fact that my siblings have grown to be intelligent, well balanced individuals, despite early signs to the contrary.
In the last 12 months in Melbourne, I met quite a large number of great people (sometimes in the most random places) who have become close friends.
As some of you know, I’ve been doing a bit of locum optometry block work in different Australian towns/cities. I feel very fortunately that the practices I’ve worked at have been great examples of *real* optometry- full scope primary eye care, with advanced ocular health management and co-management with ophthalmology and general medicine, as well as in depth assessment of visual function (more than just prescribing spectacles for “20/20″ vision) in normal and abnormal eyes. Practices where the highest standards of patient care was expected, and supported.
I’m one of those people that fortunately or unfortunately am very dependant on my work as a source of happiness. I have worked (locum days) in large chain “Shop-tometry” practices where I never really needed to go to university to practice the brand of optometry required for the job. Those days KILLED my soul.
My skin has been pretty awesome this year. Just thought I would put it out there.
What are you thankful for this year?Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 7th, 2013 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous | 92810 comments. Giving+Thanks+For+2013+2013-12-07+05%3A24%3A11myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9281
If you haven’t already guessed from my instagram pics spamming up your feeds the past few days- I’ve just been on a weekend away to the beautiful town on Warrnambool- on the end of the Great Ocean Road. I faced my fears and did the trip on the back of Phil’s motorbike. It was exhilarating.
I had to pack everything I needed for the weekend in a small backpack, and since most of the backpack space was taken up by my bulky camera in it’s bulky bag- I had to be very minimalistic with everything else. These are the makeup items and toiletries I brought with me for the weekend. No brushes required!
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Oct 14th, 2013 in Illamasqua, Miscellaneous | 88750 comments. Minimalist+Makeup+Bag%3A+Road+Trip+Weekend+2013-10-14+07%3A44%3A58myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8875
The winner of the MyHaircare blog giveaway is #24, Charlotte! Congratulations, and I will email you with the good news
Keep your eyes peeled for another blog giveaway here in the coming few days!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Mar 11th, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 67320 comments. MyHaircare+giveaway+winner+announcement2013-03-10+23%3A10%3A17myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D6732
I love how the days are getting longer now in Melbourne. Last Sunday afternoon was warm, sunny, and light until 7:30. P and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and paid a visit to Brighton beach (a stone’s throw from where we live) for the first time.
After living in inland Orange, NSW, over 4 hrs drive away from the beach, it’s a nice change living so close to the water and now that it’s warming up I think I want to start jogging along the beach.
Brighton beach is remarkable for it’s 82 colourful Victorian era timber bathing boxes, which is a Melbourne cultural icon. Back in the day they were used as change rooms and as an escape from the sun and wind. Nowadays they are padlocked and god knows what they are actually used for but I read somewhere that they have been sold for upwards of $200,000 (only available to Brighton ratepayers).
Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Oct 30th, 2012 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous | 55510 comments. Weekend+diary%3A+Brighton%2C+Melbourne.2012-10-30+13%3A25%3A42myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5551
Last weekend I planned a (semi) surprise weekend away for P’s birthday. We spent the weekend away from Melbourne exploring the Great Ocean Road between Geelong and Warrnambool.
We drove to Geelong after work, about 1hr from Melbourne CBD, and arrived in time for dinner at a restaurant I booked for us called Ripples. The restaurant itself was nothing to write home about, but we had a nice night.
We even got to see some local nocturnal fauna out and about that night, chatting up the bouncers and showing remarkable gross motor skills on their 7 inch heels given their blood alcohol level.
After breakfasting in Geelong, P and I started our drive towards Torquay, which is the start of the Great Ocean Road. Unfortunately for us, the weather left much to be desired, with rain and fog enveloping the majority of the drive between Geelong and Port Campbell.
Apollo bay is a gorgeous little sea side town along the Great Ocean Road, and the only place outside of Tasmania where I’ve managed to find a SCALLOP PIE. I’ve said this many times and I’ll say it again: If you have not had a scallop pie- you have not lived.
We took a detour through Cape Otway National Park to see the famous Cape Otway Lighthouse, and halfway down the dirt road, we noticed a group of excited tourists pointing to the trees and taking photos. Turned out that the trees in the area were populated by KOALAS.
I’ve lived in Australia all my life, and I have NEVER seen koalas out in the wild before this.
I was there for what must have been half an hour, taking photos with the other tourists on the road, pointing and squealing like a schoolgirl.
Keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Oct 21st, 2012 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous | 53920 comments. MFV+Travel+Diary%3A+a+Great+Ocean+Road+weekend2012-10-21+09%3A20%3A02myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5392