12.03.2008

upon request...

little did i know anyone beyond my mom and auntie abby were reading this...but now after all these requests...pics from the last week in sydney. now that there's snow on the ground here in mpls, even looking at these sun filled pictures makes me swoon.

sweet little soiree at the little marionette...

the whole crew...
on the way to melissa's for wrap-up party...



then the next day, in traditional nanny custom, i cut all my hair off. claire scheduled me an appt. at a great little salon and the girl worked her magic for an hour and a half! wish i could fly to sydney for a cut everytime. or just live there, would make it easier. claire cut her hair off too...


saturday night in manly...

then continuing the 4 day bender...a going away dinner sunday night....



p.s. we did actually do yoga while i was there...it wasn't just sun, sea, and flat whites....just a bit difficult to take pictures in downward dog!
but if you want to live vicariously more pics at: http://picasaweb.google.com/nan.gane/

10.27.2008

Sunday in Nelson's Bay....

Not that my life here in Sydney is much of the ratrace living...but it was a treat to get out of town. It was relaxing and filled with lots of good food, vino, sunshine, and great people. We woke up Sunday morning to our flat whites and then headed to the beach where James surfed, Claire and I went for a power beach walk and stumbled upon a nudist beach. Why is it that the nudist beaches tend to have predominantly overweight, middle-aged men? After the beach we went back to the house for a farewell lunch and then hit the road. We had a great ride home dreaming about opening a yoga studio here in Sydney. Claire and I would run the studio, James would make flat whites at the cafe downstairs, and Steele would be the in-house psychologist.

Now I'm in my final week of the program. It's flown by, but I've now turned the corner where I'm ready for it to be done. It's been amazing, but the last push for anything is always the hardest. Friday night we are having a little end-of-the-program soiree at Melissas house, then I have a free day on Saturday to take any last sights in, and then Sunday night I'm hosting a farewell dinner and having all my new friends. Then I'm off on Monday. I can't believe it's almost over. It's been better than I could have imagined. But now I miss my boy and am looking forward to home. I could do without the impending winter though!

As I sit here an look out over the sun setting on Sydney, I am again struck with how blessed I am. To be able to do this for a month and indulge myself in yoga, in a life down under, in new friendships is pretty unbelievable. I feel so glad to have just done it, to have gone for it, to have taken the time to get uncomfortable and find the bliss on the other side. Its a treat and I'll never forget it.





10.25.2008

Poles/Nelson's Bay/Pictures are better than my words...

I'm lucky. I'm grateful. I'm overwhelmed by how lucky I am. How beautiful this time in Australia has been. It's more than I could have imagined. I'm in Nelson's Bay at my girlfriend Claire's holiday house on the coast. It's unbelievable---6 bedroom house on the ocean. Like staying at the Ritz Carlton where you can go into the fridge whenever you want and whip up delicious meals. We are having a beautiful time together...some pictures for now, words later....

Coffee at the Little Marionette (cafe next to the studio) Pam, Melissa, Nanny, Claire, and Sid in the lower right corner


Friday vino at Poles...
this is a real kookaburra. 2 of them were flying in and hanging with us when we arrived yesterday. i kept getting closer and closer and they were still hanging out. they are such cool birds. we tried feeding it toast, olives, rocket (arugula), it wasn't interested in any of it...



James' attempt at a fire. I taught him the word 'machismo' he didn't get it.


friday dinner...chicken involtini, ensalada, asparagus to test melissa's claim that she doesn't get asparagus pee. impossible, right?
the crew for dinner...jeff+melissa, claire +james...


this morning we woke up and went for a 2 hour walk--including a little hike up a mountain overlooking the ocean...look at these views!


Making the morning 'flat whites' for everybody. I reckon I could move here and at least make flat whites for a living. I've had enough in my short time here to make me an expert.


la casa de poles...


time for the beach...


unfortunately we had tons of homework, but not a bad place for studying. and really, studying? yoga? i don't know...not much to complain about. the view+yoga=good life.


after we got done doing some of our homework we had the progressive feast. james+jeff went to the fish market and got kilos and kilos of fresh prawns. our first course was...james' prawns on the barbie...delicious marinade of coriander, garlic, and chilies....wine at every turn...




2nd course...prawns, fresh rocket salad with avacado +lentils and you guessed it, wine....



the pool....




3rd course...dips, cheese, crackers, more vino....

making our final course...refridgerator paella...


then i went to take the paella out of the oven and the handle broke off the pan...oops...





my room...

the house...fill in the blanks...




a thing or two about a thing or two in the garden...planting parsley+chives..


okay, i'm tired. sweet dreams