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Coffee date, because…

We have so much to catch up on!

Despite it’s score on Rotten Tomatoes, I watched this on Netflix and really enjoyed it. I might wait a few months and read the book. 

It helps that am obsessed with Leslie Mann.

Also, Olivia Wilde on Colbert is so close to perfection.

Late to the game but I’ve been admiring this lady’s hair lately.

Heading to the Robert Gordon Factory Outlet Thursday. Sale time!

Currently reading The War on Art. It seems I will re-read it for the rest of my life.

Oh, Hello on Broadway is on Netflix. YASSSS!

Are you a Catan fan? Follow this FB page. The more you read the better they get.

I need to find the time to watch all of these. 

Song Exploder: a podcast breaking down the song writing process with the songwriter. Start with the Weezer episode, continue at your own will.

The best article I’ve ever read on hair. Ditto, Leandra. Ditto.

I still can’t get enough of this song. So sue me.

Marathon

The Great Ocean Road Marathon 2016

I did it guys! I can finally cross out Run a Full Marathon from my General Life To-Do list.

Another big, sweaty, congratulations to the runners who took part in last weekend’s Great Ocean Road Marathon!

I was 21 when I first signed up to participate in a marathon. As a NYC inhabitant at the time I  signed up for the San Diego Marathon. Of course. I was young and naive and didn’t really know anything about the world, let alone anything about long distance running. I backed out of the race within a few months of training.

Fast forward to 2015: I had 4 half marathons under my belt and a husband that was willing to commit to being my Running Coach. Jack’s only qualification for being my running coach was that he felt comfortable telling me what to do and he’d know if I was lying about it. Half the battle with running is mental and excuses can creep in like parmesan on a carbonara.

I really couldn’t have done it without Jack making the planning of all it so easy. All I had to think about was running. Jack booked my spot, the accommodation, found me a running plan, made sure I had my bib and that I got to the start line.

He also met me at the 40k mark when I thought I was going to die and my legs were no longer obeying my outrageous demands to keep going. He snail paced the last 4k with me and I collapsed into his arms just after crossing the finish line. It really makes me appreciate this whole partnership thing. Life is so much easier when you have someone not only rooting for you but helping you.

I also need to mention the legend standing at the 30k mark with a bowl of (only!) red snake gummies who let me take handfuls and stuff them in my bra for later use. I was not prepared with a tiny back pack full of supplies like most of the other runners, and those sweaty, little, delicious snakes really did get help me make it over the finish line.

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Coffee date, because…

It’s time we started locking in weekly coffee dates. I know we’re always like “lets go get pancakes” and “text me when you’re free” and “did you see what Kanye said?” but if I let another week go by without telling you about my new book I’ll cry.  Life happens too quickly and we have SO much to catch up on!

1. Have you heard about Anthony Bourdain’s new project?

2. I finished this book last week! Its really entertaining – it took me ages because I could only read it in daylight.

3. I wish I could do this to an avocado.

4. What does your breakfast say about you?

5. If you haven’t seen this comedy, you must! Now!

6. We watched Straight Outta Compton last weekend. It was so good. I can’t stop listening to this album. And I’m cursing way too much.

7. How incredible in his voice?

8. Jack and I took this punctuation quiz. I won!

9. Have you heard about this giveaway on Show+Tell? Thaz alotta cash money.

10. I wrote this article and took some photos for Really Melbourne. I’m way too excited for summer.

11. I signed up for the Melbourne Half Marathon on the 19th of October last week. I need to get on a serious running schedule, maybe I’ll borrow Jesinta’s. Are you doing it?

 

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The best NYC date of all time.

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Jack and I were married by one of our best friends, Jez. We chose him as our celebrant for a number of reasons but the main one being that, as a couple, he really knows us best.

Jez was there on the Monday night in Brooklyn when Jack and I met in 2011.
Two days later, he came on our first date.

He welcomed me with open arms when I moved to Australia.
And he acted as a witness to prove to immigration that our relationship was indeed real.

He shared an apartment with us in London during the Olympics.
And I loved being their third wheel.

He helped Jack cross “Do a Comedy Show” off his bucket list.
And he always lets me vent about my own hopes and dreams.

Jez is an incredibly creative, thoughtful and inspiring human whose positive spirit is contagious and admirable. I’m so lucky that he’s my best friend’s best friend.

While Jack and I went on our 5 month honeymoon, Jez went on his own 5 month trip. Our adventures only overlapped once. In New York City. There, he gave us our wedding present: a recreation of our first date – just the three of us.

I don’t want to say that this is the world’s best New York City date or anything. But, I mean, look at what’s followed.

The Date:
In 2011 we went to McCarren Park to watch Wayne’s World as part of SummerScreen.
In 2015 we went to McCareen Park and reminisced about the good times until we got too cold

In 2011 we went straight to eat.
In 2015 we bowled at The Gutter and ate at Tacombi.

In 2011 we played ping pong at SPiN.
in 2015 I beat everyone in ping pong at SPiN.

In 2011 the night ended too quickly and I just hoped they both had as much fun as I did.
In 2015 the night didn’t end. We walked uptown together and talked about how fast time goes by.