Saturday, April 16, 2011

Vanuatu? Don't Mind if "I Do"

This past March, Michael and I went to the South Pacific Islands of Vanuatu because I "had" to leave the country.  Yep, I "had" to leave the country by requirement of the Australian Government.  Currently I only have a tourist visa which means exiting the country every 3 months.  It is great to take these vacations but it gets expensive when I am not allowed to legally work.  

But to get back to the vacation, we had a wonderful time.  It was exciting to say the least.  Some of the highlights include:  tropical low pressure system that caused a tree to come nearly crashing onto our bungalow, visiting cultural villages to experience the native lifestyle, abseiling down a 100 foot waterfall, threat of a tsunami to hit our island after the Japan earthquake and best of all, the horseback riding excursion to a secluded waterfall where Michael proposed. 

Michael is such a cutey!

But not as cute as me!

Incredible blue water.

Amazing sunsets.

Our cultural village experience.

Our first pic as an engaged couple.
The waterfall that we sat under where Michael proposed.
Our romantic balcony dinner on our last night there.

The Reason for the "Seize-son"

I've been giving this some thought, and I feel like a finally have a "hold" on my blog block.  You see, I've been feeling a bit down-in-the dumps despite some very wonderful things happening in my life.  Rather than focusing on all of the positive, I've been concentrating on the negative.  I've been centered on the things I miss the most.  I miss the US;  I miss my family;  I miss my friends;  I miss..., I miss..., I miss.... and so on and so forth.  Therefore, I haven't wanted to put any more of that negative energy into my world and I didn't want to bring my readers down.  So there, I've said it.  I've purged my reasons and it is now out there for all to see and understand.  And most of all, I can't take it back and I don't feel bad about it anymore. 


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Who Would Have Thought?

Just when I had given up on my blog, believing that it wasn't worth writing since no one read it anyway, I get inspiration from a complete stranger living over 10,000 miles away.  It is funny how this worked out considering I had just said to Michael that I thought the blog was a goner; no longer worthy of my time when I have someone reach out to compliment me.  Therefore, I thank you La Cremiere for the courage to continue.

With that being said, March was a rather lackluster month for blog posts....1 post in total to be exact.  I recommit to my blog and "apparent" readers out there to make a better effort at my blog.  After all, I have a lot to tell and exciting events to look forward to and, it is.....


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Would You Be My Valentine?

This past Valentine's Day weekend, Michael and I took a much needed weekend away on the coast.  I was feeling isolated and Michael was working a lot, so we decided on an impromptu trip to Yeppoon, just the two of us to relax and do was so good!  We stayed at an incredible resort with a huge pool that was situated right on the coast reaching to the Southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.  When we weren't hanging out at the pool we were at the beach so we both could get our fix of the salt water and air.  It was refreshing to say the least.  Here are a few of the highlights from the weekend.

We were welcomed to our suite with a cheese plate and champagne.  Yup, I'm a lucky gal.

The beach that kinda of reminded me of the Atlantic Ocean, minus the mountainous islands in the background.

We went into town for a sushi lunch, something we can not get in our little country town.

I'm posing in front of a huge wind chime erected to celebrate Captain Cook's discovery.

The gazebo we sat at while enjoying some beer and as Michael would say, "watching the world go by".

Our view from the gazebo.

Pure enjoyment!

We went for a walk at the resort and ended up at a lookout of horses, mountains and water...doesn't get much better than that!

There were kangaroos that would feed near the swing set that we could see from our balcony.  I still get excited every time that I see kangaroos.

Dress up dinner on our last night there.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Don't Shoot or DO!

This past Australia day, January 26th, Michael and I joined The Blackwater Rifle Club in Eidsvold, QLD for the annual rifle competition.  Here are some pictures of the event:

Michael in the prone stance with our friend Steve guiding.

Michael and I in the rifle competition.

Again in the rifle competition.

This is how I spent most of my time, listening to music, wearing noise canceling headphones and reading a book.

Michael is a true gun enthusiast.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I'm Back!

Admittedly, I have been slacking off big time with my blog so I am here to apologize to my imaginary readers.  I finally got my computer back from the shop, 2 1/2 weeks and $200 later.  I was so mad at myself for downloading a virus, I just knew better but it is what it is or  at this point, was what it was.  I justify the cost to myself by thinking of this as a computer "tune-up".  Think about it, you can't own a car for 3 years without ever doing maintenance, right?  Basically, I am done beating myself up about being an idiot.  Therefore, this is my re-introductory blog....I no longer have any excuses to slack off.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Quick Catch-Up

Ok, so it's been more than a week since my last post but alas, I am back....but not yet in full effect.  You see, I downloaded a virus onto my trusty computer.  Yes, I did it and knew better when I was doing it and did it anyway.  Therefore, I am now paying the price.  My computer is in the shop but will hopefully be back next week.  I have been using Michael's computer which is fine to search the internet with, but that is about it.  No skype, no uploading pics, no "heavy" surfing of the net.  Patience is a virtue, an evading virtue in this case.

When I get my computer back, I will fill you all in on the romantic weekend on the coast we just had, complete with pictures and all!  It was a much need getaway for the both of us and we had a magnificent time.  Needless to say, we are both sun-kissed and blissed at the present moment.