Reinvigoration of writing 

2018 is here! And it's been way, way too long since I have caught and crafted the words that are swirling around in my head, out them down to virtual paper, and hit publish.  After just getting caught up in work, parenting, and well, life, I let my website blog's hosting lapse since I didn't write for so long. It makes me a bit wistful: I'm sure a lot of the ordinary things that I did in the last year or two were truly worth writing about if even just for me to remember later.

The most extraordinary thing…

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Getting Back on the Mat 

I’ve been working hard lately.  I get absorbed in what I'm doing, slipping on earphones to block everything out, and I sit.  I work.  This is great but what I need more of is a way to stretch out, take breaks, and refocus. One of my favorite ways to unwind is yoga!  I was never an athletic or even coordinated person.  But I get yoga.  It works for a lanky, long-limbed person like me.

So I busted out my yoga mat from it’s neglected corner, crammed it in between my bed and the desk, giving my bedroom/ home…

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Last Day in Beautiful Sydney 

It is our last day in Sydney today and we started it off with a trip to the Zoo!  We took a ferry from Circular Quay across the water and landed at Taronga Zoo.  I almost don't know where to begin - there were so many exhibits, interesting animals, and a huge area to cover by foot. 

We started off with the giraffes.  They are so majestic and lean, and had a great view of the city from their penned in area (lucky them!). 

We also saw a squawking peacock, chimpanzees playfully swinging from ropes and…

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Sydney sights, Part 1  

We arrived in Sydney in the middle of the afternoon after our long bus ride.  Our hotel, the Russell, is in the Rocks area, and is close to a lot of fun stuff.  It's very quaint - think tiny room, blue and white china on the mantle, a quilt on the bed, and NO TV!    

First off, we walked out to the Rocks Market, which is stall after stall of goods: jewelry, hand made clothes, wooden carvings, all kinds of food from corn cobs on a stick, to mini cupcakes and fudge, realistic rubber masks, crocheted hats…

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Byron Bay - I could stay 

On our last full day in Byron Bay, we woke up to a sunny, cloudless blue sky and the temperature was around 21 degrees Celsius.  Not bad for winter.  And now, we could actually explore the city properly, leaving our rain jackets at the hotel. So, we did!   

First, since it was so early in the morning and Byron shops don't seem to open til 10 or so, I asked Tyler if he'd made the trek up to the lighthouse again, and of course he said yes. 

The view was much, much easier to appreciate this time and we…

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Trip to Byron Bay 

 After saying goodbye to Noosa early on Wednesday morning, we lugged our suitcases across the street to the transit center, and tossed our stuff onto the greyhound bus taking us to Brisbane. We arrived around 11:30am to the Roma Street bus station and grabbed a quick bite to eat, then hopped back on the bus around 1 to head off to Byron Bay.  We got a great view of the Brisbane as we left on the bus heading for Byron Bay. 

My fleeting impression of Brisbane is that I'd like to go back there and actually…

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Sun and nature in Noosa 

We got up bright and early to depart from Airlie beach to the Whitsunday airport - a very tiny and tropical building with only one gate.  The flight was right on time, passed quickly, and in just over an hour we landed in Brisbane.  We found our luggage right away, including Tyler\'s guitar, had a quick lunch, and got a shuttle bus to Noosa. 

Our bus drove slowly along the Sunshine Coast and arrived in Noosa around 3:30pm - just enough time to stroll slowly down the beach, check out the town and settle…

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Daydream Resort and Whitehaven Beach 

After our trip out to the Great Barrier Reef, we wanted a day of relaxing by the beach.  We booked a trip to Daydream Island and then Whitsunday Island, and set off bright and early Saturday morning.  The first stop was Daydream island, around 9:30am.  The air was still slightly cool, but the sun was warm and the day fresh and inviting.  We got off the boat and walked around the stunning resort.  It has a little lagoon with bright, huge sting rays, and a few sharks, and we watched those for a bit before…

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The Great Barrier Reef Dive 

After saying good bye to Barry and Jane - our amazing hosts for the week, we flew out of Melbourne, north towards the Whitsunday Islands - 74 islands off the coast of Australia known for their beautiful beaches, sunny skies, and snorkelling.   

Our flight was delayed for over 2 hours, but we flew into Hamilton Island in the afternoon and caught a ferry over to Airlie beach, where we were staying.  We passed a lot of the pretty islands on our way over the Airlie Beach (it is on mainland Australia).  I had…

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The Great Ocean Road 

'The Great Ocean Road is a long, twisty highway that hugs the coast from Melbourne towards Adelaide.  Originally, Tyler and I thought we'd rent a car and take a leisurely drive down the road, stopping in the picturesque towns, taking in the views on our own, finding a quaint B & B to stay at overnight.  Once we arrived in Australia though, we decided against this for one major reason:   

Neither of us felt really comfortable trying to drive on the "wrong" side of the road.  Even as a passenger, I was often…

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