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  1. Three Years and Counting…

    It’s so hard to believe we were married three years ago. In some ways, it feels like it has been forever, and in other ways, it feels like just yesterday. I think we’re just lucky that we remembered our anniversary at all. I guess neither of us are super-sentimental in that regard.

    He slipped an orange gerbera onto my desk when I wasn’t looking this morning. And we’re going for a little tapas lunch at Simpatico today. Then on Friday we head to our little getaway for a long weekend. We’re staying at Glass on Glasshouse. It looks absolutely perfect and peaceful. I’ll let you know!

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  2. Survey Says…

    Last July, I wrote about this survey place I found called PureProfile. I signed up and have been slowly ticking up the cash in 10-cent intervals. (Actually for a survey, I usually get $2.)

    The reason I mention it again is just because the other day I took a survey about plastic shopping bags. And then on Friday I happened to see the results of the survey written up in an article in the Courier Mail.

    “The survey found that 83 per cent of Australians want a national ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags, while 79 per cent of respondents want electronic waste to be barred from landfills.”

    Look at me contributing! So yeah, it’s been interesting, and I’ve made an easy $60 so far. If you want to sign up, you can use my referral number to show some love. 🙂

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  3. Everyone Makes Mistakes

    I’m not always the master genius of spelling and punctuation, but I’m still recovering from the heart attack I had when I saw this birthday card at Officeworks the other day:

    Your Wrong
    I’ve only ever taken about three photos with my phone due to the poor quality, but this situation warranted an exception.

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  4. Hometown Tourist

    Recently my brother-in-law asked if we were going to do any sight-seeing while we’re in the States. My immediate response could have been perceived as abruptly in the negative.

    He seemed a little offended that we didn’t intend to do so. And I felt a little offended that he would even suggest that the point of our trip be anything but to catch up with family and friends.

    I mean, my younger nephew just graduated from PRESCHOOL. He was barely walking when I moved here. I have serious catching up to do. I want to sleep in my old room. I want to eat my grandma’s cooking. I want to keep my best friend company on her drive home from work every day. THAT, my dear brother-in-law, was the point of the trip.

    But… that was until I saw this article about Captain Kirk’s future birthplace being in Iowa. I wouldn’t begin to consider myself a Trekkie, but how awesome would it be to say we’d been there, done that, and bought the keychain.

    This got me thinking about the other campy roadside attractions around northwest Iowa where I could drag my dear husband. has been a goldmine of places I’ve been or heard of plus a bunch that are completely new to me. So we may need to work these into our itinerary:
    * The Grotto of the Redemption: West Bend, IA
    * The National Music Museum: Vermillion, SD
    * 1880 Town: Murdo, SD
    * The Buddy Holly Crash Site: Clear Lake, IA
    * The Alpine Inn: Omaha, NE (eat with the raccoons)
    * The Corn Palace: Mitchell, SD
    * The Amana Colonies: Amana, IA

    Another little joy I discovered? The Western Iowa Wine Trail. Wine! In Iowa! Growing up in a teetotaler household, I had no idea. I’m definitely anxious to find out what the great corn state is doing for vinoculture.

    We might have a little more to fit in during this trip than I originally thought!

    ** Check out Roadside Attractions: Cool Cafes, Souvenir Stands, Route 66 Relics, & Other Road Trip Fun at Amazon.

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  5. Lost in Translation

    woop woop (whup whup)
    n. the middle of nowhere
    “They’re going out to Woop Woop for a camping weekend.”

    I think this is my first Lost in Translation for the year, and it’s probably because the Australian slang is becoming so familiar to me. (One might say TOO familiar.) I used “woop woop” in conversation today, and my colleague didn’t blink an eye even though I felt quite proud of myself.

    He then asked what the American equivalent would be, and I can’t even think of one! Is there one? All I can think of is a rather rude acronym involving Egypt, but I feel like there IS a common one out there that I’d use in front of my mother. Help me, people!

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  6. Maps Schmaps

    My photo of the Chinese lanterns at the Chinese New Year celebration got used in the Street Parties section of the Brisbane Schmap guide.

    Cool… I guess?

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