Posts categorised ‘Life’

After a weekend filled with MANY beach walks, we’ve returned Gizmo home. Tomorrow, I have a Covid booster shot booked – my first one with the bivalent formulation. Hopefully it’ll keep me healthy over the autumn and winter 💪

I’m so used to my appearance with glasses now, that when I see old photos of myself without them I’m like, “wtf, I look so weird! Why are my eyes so small?” 😂

Unfortunately, this “being used to it” doesn’t extend to remembering to put my glasses on in the morning. Every day, I get up and just go about my routine until I finally go, “Hmmmm, why are my eyes hurting? Oh yeah… I was meant to put on my glasses…” 🤦🏻‍♀️

Making Myself Vulnerable

When I created this blog, back in November 2020, I had one clear guideline in mind: I was never going to post anything that made myself feel vulnerable. I’d done a fair bit of that on previous blogs in previous times, and honestly I always regretted it. Sometimes it feels good to get something off my chest in the heat of the moment, but in so doing I just create a piece of writing …

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Tonight Viv and I went to some pub in Abbotsford where they were having a Mario Kart 64 championship 🎮 Unfortunately Viv was knocked out in the first round (he’s the Mario coming 3rd in this pic) and I didn’t compete but we still had a good time 😅

a game of Mario Kart 64 is being projected on a screen inside a pub with brick walls. at the bottom of frame are the backs of a few seated guys' heads

Home from Daylesford

Viv and I are home from our little trip! So, I thought I should post some photos from all the stuff we did that I haven’t already posted about 😅

So, firstly: Yesterday, Viv and I went on a walk through bushland in Hepburn Springs! It was a well-signposted walking track and all that, but it was still a bit uneven, and there were some fallen trees over some sections of the track, so there was …

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We’ve spent the afternoon at the Hepburn Springs Brewings Co. premises 😅 Their playlist consists of too many bangers for these two millennials to be able to walk away!

An Indian guy smiling tight-lippedly at the camera, sitting on a shaded deck overlooking abundant greenery, with a table in front of him with two pallets each with four different beers

After gin and chess yesterday afternoon, Viv and I took a walk up to the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens to check that out. It’s only small, but it was definitely very green and it had this cool observation tower and wombat statues 😛 Here’s a bunch of the photos I took while we were there.

A wooden arch marking the entrance to a densely leafy park. The arch has words on it reading ‘Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens’ A grinning young man standing on concrete steps which are part of the base of a graffitied-on observation tower.
A view from the top of the observation tower, including blue skies, leafy trees in the foreground, and fields and paddocks in the background Two cute little wombat statues at the base of a tree An old yellow land rover, with ‘Daylesford Brewing Co.’ printed on the side
The tall concrete observation tower as seen from the base, towering into the blue sky The same young man from before standing on a shaded path through dense trees

Our first activity this afternoon: we went to Hepburn Distillery, tried some delicious types of gin, and enjoyed a game of chess (which ended in an inexorable draw, as the two of us played so conservatively 🤣). Fun times!

A tasting tray with three varieties of gin – one clear-coloured, one brown, one red – with a glass of ice and a little pouring jug of tonic water.
An Indian guy in hoodie and glasses, pondering his next chess move A wide, stout glass with a brown liquid (espresso martini) and large ice cube inside, with some chocolate shavings.

We’ve made it up to Daylesford, where Viv and I are going to spend a couple of nights 😊 Just relaxing a little now as we decide what we want to do for the rest of the afternoon!

View across a wide street in a regional town, with a smallish leafy tree in the foreground, and some parked cars around. On the other side of the road are some two-storey nineteenth-century buildings.

Yesterday I went to my folks’ house to catch up with my cousin and his wife, who are visiting from Seattle for a few weeks. We all had a good time chatting! Shame about the unwelcoming weather, but I guess living in Seattle, they’re used to the rain and the cold 😜

a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a socialist and a feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.