The Faux Honeymoon

Backyard Camping by jtownsley.

Ever camped in the backyard rather than going on an actual holiday and camping in the open somewhere?

Our honeymoon is a bit like this… We are going away for 3 nights to the Gold Coast a week after the wedding; it’s a family holiday that Adam won a few months back. However, we are also taking my sister and her husband, along with their daughter Zara. Taking off with half the family in tow is not a honeymoon to me, yet people around me keep referring to it as such. I’ve taken to calling it the fake or faux honeymoon.

We do want to go away for a few weeks and intended to go to New Zealand after the wedding but the Rugby World Cup put an end to that – there would be few places to stay and prices would be at a premium, plus the crowds! So we will go away later on once the hype of the World Cup dies down or choose another country. The only flaw in this plan is the baby, we can either go before it arrives or wait until it’s a bit older and take it with us; or my favoured plan, wait until it’s old enough to spend a few weeks with Grandma which means 6mths+ assuming I’m not still breast feeding.

I am definitely looking forward to the short trip away with my sister and family, we get on so much better in the last few years unlike when we wanted to murder each other when we were growing up. But I am equally looking forward to Adam getting his passport and leaving Australia for the first time, seeing some of the places I have grown to love in my 15 odd years travelling around the world.

I think this one will simply be a case of playing it by ear… I just hope we don’t end up like my own parents who took 18 years to take theirs 😉

Do you have any suggestions on where we could go on a honeymoon overseas? Somewhere that is baby friendly would be good! Did you do the fake honeymoon/short trip after your wedding? Where did you go for your actual honeymoon?

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Home again

Coffee in Tas by kehkat
Coffee in Tas a photo by kehkat on Flickr.

We’re home safely from our weekend jaunt to Tasmania, having spent a few days with Adam’s family in Launceston. Headed down Saturday, coming back yesterday afternoon. It was a tad freezing down there too!

This is about the only photo I took on this trip, usually we have the cameras out taking plenty of pictures of Adam’s gorgeous nieces, but we were more focused on relaxing with the family. It’s a huge coffee mug almost the size of a soup bowl, that we had with our breakfast down at Launceston’s Sea Port yesterday. It was good!

One thing we did get organised though was the flower girl dresses. I’m very excited, Adam’s Mum is a fantastic sewer. They are to be a pale blue with a bit of a twirly skirt for the girls – they had watched the royal wedding and are extremely excited about being flower girls I must say. I can’t wait to see all three girls in their dresses on the day: Adam’s two nieces and Zara.

Now I’m off to plough my way through a few loads of washing!

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In Sunnyvale!

No not the hellmouth from Buffy! Over in California for a conference this week at our head offices.

The weather is pretty much the same as at home, cold/cool but warmer in the afternoons. Jetlag is really killing me right now, but feel better after some breakfast and a bit of sleep last night. We worked yesterday from the office here, but the conference starts properly today – looking forward to it!

Now to pack the laptop up and get moving for the day!

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My year in cities – 2009

Taking a chunk out of Misty’s book, here’s my year in cities!

  • Launceston, Tasmania (Australia)
  • Hobart, Tasmania (Australia)
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (Australia)
  • Melbourne, Victoria (Australia)
  • Bega, New South Wales (Australia) – yes it’s apparently a city!
  • San Francisco, California (USA)
  • Sunnyvale, California (USA) – apparently one too


Cataract Gorge – Launceston, TAS


The view from Mt Wellington – Hobart, TAS


Adam, Sharon, Oz & Jack at the Bega Cheese Factory.

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Heading home

Heading home in a few hours o/

Currently camped out at Borders sipping a Peppermint Trio Mocha from Seattle’s Best with some nummy banana cake; taking advantage of a powerpoint to charge my laptop and use their free internet to check in with work. Unfortunately it’s only 2pmish back home on a Tuesday to my current Monday evening at 7pmish, so doing a few bits and pieces to keep things kicking over until I arrive home tomorrow.

Spent a lovely weekend with Alyssa traipsing around San Francisco, it was great to finally spend some time with her 😀

It’s been a long week and although it’s been fun, I’ll be glad to get home and not be living out of a suitcase.  And none too soon, it’s been snowing in and around the bay area today. It is disgustingly cold out at 5C, glad we bought gloves yesterday as I could not have survived without them today.

I found AT&T Park this afternoon too, home of the San Francisco Giants. Not my favourite team, but it’s still baseball. They were also able to direct me to a sporting goods store so I managed to get new batting gloves for a fraction of what they would cost back home, win! Did a few last minute bits of shopping, mainly presents for my brothers for Christmas. So I have zero Christmas shopping now to do when I return home which makes a nice change. I am usually running round like a mad chook come mid-December. Prices and sales over here with the improved AU $ to the USD have meant it was cheaper to buy something here than in Australia.

Anyhow, almost time to head back to the hotel and catch the shuttle to the airport, flights at 10:50pm 🙂

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