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I am such a lucky ducky, with so much to look forward to.

I cannot wait until…

Spring and hopefully, a day in the near future when I can wake up to a warm morning. My parents coming home so I can see their photos and hear their stories from their trip. Another one of my gorgeous best friend’s birthdays this weekend. Seeing my savings SLOWLY increase (even though it means sacrificing those amazing shoes I wanted to buy), paying for my flights and visiting the travel agent this weekend. A week of school without too many interruptions.  More crappy yet great TV shows (such as, ahem, ‘Farmer Wants a Wife’). The possibility of a board game night in the near future. And last, but def not least, getting my awesome new Nokia SLR from Hong Kong, the land where all happy things come from.

Oh yeah!

black white melbourne

Melbourne, I’m trying. I really am. And you are doing things to lure me in, to like you a little bit each more, by displaying something you know I can’t resist. Even if it’s just for a few minutes. You’re sneaky like that.

You know I like Sydney much more then you. I know, I know, it displays absolutely no loyalty on my part. It’s just that Sydney thrusts such obvious beauty. The long warm days, frangipani growing through fences at Bondi. The Manly ferry. The Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Opera House. The trains with those seats that flip around, so you can always face your friends on the ride home. I mean, how can I not like it?

sydney fireworks

But then you go and give me sunsets that are peak through Winter clouds and fill up my whole kitchen with orange light. You let the Nightrider bus drop me safely outside my house after a big night in your centre and you only ask for $3 in return. You open a Lindt chocolate cafe, invite good musicals to play (you KNOW I love ‘Mary Poppins’! You’ve done your research…) and light up the trees in Collins steet to match.

As the days become milder and longer, when your freezing Winter mornings disappear, you know I won’t be able to help myself. You will gently offer picnics in the Botanical gardens, suck me in with Spring Fashion Week and lazy afternoons eating gelati from my balcony while I watch the skyscrapers light up in your city scape.

When Summer rolls around you know that you’ll really have me. I’ll probably be helpless then. It will be our last Summer together for a while. The last of the hurried afternoons searching for the perfect fascinator for the Spring Races. The last trip to stand behind the queue while watching the lolly coloured puppets dance inside the Myer Christmas windows.

Distance will make the heart grow fonder. By the time I return  we will inevitably be in lust, if not love. And Melbourne, you will have won.

I love headbands so so so much. More then lots of other things in the world. They make me happy and can be a very cheap thrill. I cannot stop wearing them.

And we all know the girl who reignited my headband passion:blair headband Oh Queen B, we love you so!

(Even if you are a bitch most of the time,your witty lines make up for it!)

Who Am I?

Sometimes, when I am bored after work, standing in my classroom and can’t be bothered doing something productive such as setting up tomorrow’s activities, I do the dance to ‘Stop’ by the Spice Girls.

I love headbands. This is inspired by Blair from G.G. I may never have her wealth, but at least I can have her headbands. XOXO.

I used to live on a farm and breed frogs when I was little. I thought I could save the world, one tadpole at a time. I was also really bored.

I paint my nails while I am in bed. This means that I have to sleep with my hands crossed on my chest. I know it’s weird but I never get time to do them otherwise and I now have it down to a smudge-free fine art.

One day, I want to live in Northern N.S.W and have a big white house on stilts that has dark wood floors. I love getting to school in the morning and having to turn on the air conditioner and the thought of doing this almost every day makes me almost faint with excitement.

I have two favourite girls names, ‘Sophie’ and ‘Lucy’. So if I ever have boys, I might need to call them ‘Sophie’ & ‘Lucy’. Poor kids.

Cate Blanchett and I have lived in the same suburb.Yeah, we’re pretty cool.

I studied Italian for 16 years. I can pretty much only remember how to say ‘Ho studiato italiano all’universita`. Non ho ricordo tanta della lingua’.         ‘I studied italian at university. I don’t remember much of the language’.)       And I don’t even know if that is grammatically correct. However I do sound impressive reading off menus at Italian restaurants.

My name starts with L.

You guessed it. It’s me!

I love many many many things in life. And I have read many lists on blogs that remind me of the things I love in life. And I definitely stole this idea from Brandy. So here’s my love list…

I love eating the first mango of the season over the kitchen sink, while it’s sticky juice runs down to my elbows. I love sprinting down my driveway on a cold crisp night, knowing my pajamas await me when I get inside. I love eating Mint Slices, straight from the fridge. I love the way my friends answer the phone using references to our in jokes.

I love fresh sheets (although I hate washing them). I love the shine of freshly painted nails. I love taking walks around my neighbourhood and imagining the conversations occurring inside the houses I pass (is that stalking??) I love seeing everybody dressed up on the train ride to the Melbourne Cup.

I love the velvety softness of a dog’s ears. The new-found tradition of Thursday night dumplings. Shopping. Welcoming still, warm, Summer nights while playing Taboo with my best friends. I love jumping off the pier at Sorrento and the exhilaration I feel knowing that it is a simple joy I can appreciate for the rest of my days.

I love family traditions and the ten minutes before a thunder storm. Waking up on a humid morning, knowing it’s only going to get hotter.I love the scent of sunscreen and Aerogard, the sound that pebbles make after it’s rained and the smell of mowed lawns.

I love going for walks, plane rides during take off, the view of the city from my bedroom window. Especially at night.

I love watching DVDs that I have watched so many times I know the script by heart. I love thinking about the future and reading my high school diaries. The sound bellbirds make.

Christmas lights. The Myer Christmas windows. The crappy old silver star decorations that are strung over tram lines every December. Carols sung by Bing Crosby. New slippers. I love my cousins and the way that everyone knows the words to old Irish songs, yet we can’t remember ever learning them.

I love cards with quotes on them. Roald Dahl books. The way my hair feels light after it’s been cut. Facebook chat. Seeing an envelope on my phone’s screen when I wake up in the morning. Guys in suits. The milliseconds of tension before I kiss someone. Electric blankets. Photos. ‘Sex & the City’ references during conversations. The childhood scents of worn leather, petrol and hay.

I love my friends. The late night cocktails, toasted sandwiches and afternoons sunbaking we share and the way we laugh until we hurt every time we are together. And I love the secure knowledge that tomorrow will bring more of the same…

Ooh and thank you so much for the shout out Kristina! I promise I will follow it up in my next post.

Thanks to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, this week was off to an awesome start. It was a 3-day whirlwind spent with movies (‘My Year Without Sex’ & ‘Adventureland’ – both excellent), besties I know, I speak like I’m 15, trashy 80s music, trashy 80s dancing, my crazy yet talented massive Irish family, more besties, rain and fabulous food.

It’s the hours like these, listening to my cousins sing songs about my grandparents, spent discussing the ins and outs of life and participating in the great bottled Diet Coke versus Post Mix Diet Coke debate while wandering dancing through the streets of Melbourne, which make me wonder why I’m leaving.

However, I’m sure the great overseas adventure will pay off (as will sticking to a boring budget and avoiding Country Road, even in sale time!)

And in other news…it snowed in Kinglake today. (Meaning it was COLD at school!) Although I am really really glad I’m not living up around there anymore, I am so thankful that our house wasn’t affected by the fires. My Preps are STILL talking about the bushfires (as heard in today’s Show & Tell “I think going on Puffing Billy won’t be fun now because it all got burnt”) but hopefully the snow will re-energise things a little up there.

Kinglake

Even when I went up there a little while ago tiny little shoots were growing back. As I drove into Kinglake that day, I thought “Oh, it was at least 5 mins drive from our house. Ages away.” However after drive through that sort of terrain for an HOUR I realised we were very lucky ducks!

Hope you are having a lucky duck week!

xx

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