I’m not sure what it is about the third quarter of a year that is so incredibly draining, but Q3 left me absolutely exhausted (as partly evidenced by the delay in this post!). This same quarter in 2013 also left me shattered, though I suppose I was preparing to move our whole life interstate and organising a wedding at the time, and I don’t have that excuse this year. Looking back, we may not have been packing up a house, but we were pretty busy this past quarter…
|Roosters games attended:||7 (vs Sharks [we lost], vs Panthers [we won!], vs Dragons [we won!], vs Rabbitohs [we won! … and thank you to the NQ Cowboys for beating Manly = Minor Premiers 2014!) … vs Panthers [qualifying final – we lost], vs NQ Cowboys [semi final – we won!], vs Rabbitohs [preliminary final – we lost; I cried]) + 1 Manly vs Rabbitohs game…|
|Swans games attended:||1 (vs Dockers [we won!])|
|Beaches visited:||2 (North Bondi, Palm Beach)|
|Movies watched:||5 (Captain America: Winter Soldier, The Fault in Our Stars, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Bad Neighbours, Happy Christmas)|
|Books downloaded on Kindle:||0|
|Books actually read on Kindle:||0|
|Concerts purchased tickets for:||1 (Ed Sheeran)|
|Concerts attended:||2 (Lady Gaga, Tina Arena)|
|Road trips:||1 (Newcastle to visit my aunt and little cousins)|
|Trips taken:||1 (Melbourne to see BIL, SIL, and Niece and Nephew Posy)|
|Trips booked:||0 (but counting down ’til Bora Bora!)|
|Visits from family:||5 (Mum x2 [for work], brother x2, Dad)|
|New cafés/restaurants/bars explored:||17 (Le Paris-Go Cafe, The Cook and Baker, The Eight Modern Chinese Restaurant, Wolf, La Dimora Cafe, Ground Control, Bodhi, Dunes Kiosk, Macchiato, Cosmopolitan Cafe, The French House Coffee, Kwila, Bucket List, Ribs & Burgers, Ravesi’s, RB Diner, Luxe Bar)|
|Celebrations:||2 (12 years with Mr Posy, cousin’s 11th birthday)|
|Festivals/events attended:||3 (Bondi Winter Magic, Aroma Festival, Festival of the Winds)|
|Flex days taken from work:||4 (1x Life Admin Day, 1x PosyTown Show Day, 2x Melbourne)|
Q3 almost felt like the never-ending quarter, and reading over my list, I’m surprised at just how much we managed to cram in to just three months – 17 visits to new cafes/restaurants etc, 7 NRL games, 5 visits from family, 3 festivals, 2 concerts, 1 AFL game, 1 roadtrip to Newcastle and a trip to Melbourne to visit our family. Mr Posy and I also celebrated 12 years together in August!
It was fantastic visiting Niece and Nephew Posy (and BIL and SIL!) down in Melbourne in August – the kids are getting so grown. You can have entire conversations with Nephew Posy now (he’s not a baby anymore, but such a gorgeous little boy), and Niece Posy is just as sweet as ever. They are amazing kids and they light up my life. I miss them a lot, but it is getting easier. I’m hoping to get down to Melbourne to see a little more of them in 2015; two visits in a year is just not enough.
I had such an amazing time at both the Lady Gaga and the Tina Arena concerts – obviously very different artists who put on very different shows, but I loved them both for very different reasons. I bought tickets to Lady Gaga on a bit of a whim – I like the music and I figured it would be a very entertaining show, and I was not wrong! The concert was freaking phenomenal. I have loved Tina Arena since I was a small girl, and I saw her once before in concert (at the Sydney Opera House after returning from our first US holiday), and she just does not disappoint. She belted out songs from her new album, along with some old favourites, and I left feeling pretty elated. Speaking of concerts, I bought tickets to Ed Sheeran for 2015 when the presale started – I wasn’t sure about it at the time, but I figured my future self would be upset with my past self if I didn’t, and now my current self is quite looking forward to it!
2015, now there’s a thought… How is the year almost over?!