Another week down, and can you believe it – we’ve only got a couple of more days of January and that’s it for the first month of 2018… Crazy!
I’m so, so pleased to tell you I’ve had a week that has not just involved sudukos and doctors appointments. That’s right, my back is finally feeling a lot better and I’ve been back to work and business as usual!
I started my week catching up with Linda, whom I studied business with a few years ago. Feeling slightly homesick we decided to venture down to IKEA for some meatballs and lollies.
I was very sad to read the news that Mr IKEA, Ingvard Kamprad, had passed away yesterday but am extending my biggest thank you to him; he’s helped take Sweden to every corner of the world and he’s brought so much joy and happiness to so many people by doing it. (Did you know that stepping into IKEA is exactly the same, no matter where in the world you are? It’s the easiest, quickest and cheapest way for swedish ex-pats to feel at home, or for anyone dreaming of going to Sweden to have a mini-holiday and experience something truly magical to us northerners)
After our little road trip we ventured back to the coast again, and as if those meatballs and sweets were not enough I decided to have a mammoth size loaded milkshake (hello sugar overload!) just look at this mountain of chocolate chip cookies, waffles, brownies, ice cream and chocolate smoothie:
I got back home to Noosa and had the pleasure of hosting Amy for some girl talk whilst the sun was setting over the river and pool. (Needless to say she was equally as excited as I am that you can remote control and operate my camera from a phone)
After an extremely eventful Monday I simply could not let Tuesday go by without an adventure… said and done, I set my alarm for 3.30 am (I know, I’m crazy!) and caught up with Shirlz at the entrance of the national park to capture the sunrise over the fairy-pools.
We had a big play under and above water, got bitten by little fishes and smashed by some waves.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday was spent working. With Australia Day falling on Friday and most people enjoying a long-weekend it has been busy, busy, busy!
To celebrate Australia Day ourselves Richard and I had a little BBQ by the river – hotdogs and white bread, that’s all it takes!
And now, time for the BIG NEWS of the week…
You see, This Australia Day long-weekend has got me smiling from ear to ear and it is with great pleasure and joy I share with you the news that… MY APPLICATION FOR CITIZENSHIP HAS BEEN APPROVED!
It has been a long time coming and the process definitely was not all roses and rainbows. But has it been worth it? Oh, you bet you it has!
Dearest, sweetest, most beloved Australia; you opened your arms to me at a vulnerable point of my life – brought me beautiful beaches, glistening sunshine and inspiring, humble, caring, loving and amazing people I have come to know and now call friends and family. I love you for all that you are, all that you have been and all you are yet to be. Thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I’m proud to call Australia home and words could not begin to describe the immense joy I feel to know I will soon be Australian. It is a massive dream come true and I am sure this smile will stay on my face well beyond this weekend…
And with those news, I’m getting ready for the last week of January and wish you all a wonderful next couple of days.
With lots and lots of love,