Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi – Part 2

For Part One, check out this post here.

After Melbourne, B and I headed up to the Sunshine Coast for his brother Kai’s wedding to Jill. I’d met Kai once before, but only knew Jill via social media. I’d also never met B’s dad (he doesn’t travel out of Aus much), so this was pretty exciting for me. It was great to spend time with B’s parents and creep on how many behaviors and mannerisms B picked up from his mum and dad. B’s dad Craig runs a dive shop down in Bremer Bay, which is a hot spot for Sea Dragons. After many years of observing and tracking behavior and distribution of Sea Dragons, he’s probably one of the world’s leading experts on these delicate and beautiful organisms.

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The wedding itself was of course absolutely beautiful, taking place in the temperate rainforest, by a lake. Checkout their wedding video here, to get a feel of the setting and the event. I got my first taste of Australian wildlife here, when possums came to visit us at night looking for a treat. They are really, really cute. I round out the hard way though, that they actually have sharp claws. oops. For the wedding, I chose to bring a dress I found at Anthropologie that seemed appropriate enough. I had a ridiculously hard time finding a dress to wear that was not white, black and was not covered in flowers. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I spent too much time having fun at the wedding, and forgot to get any full photos of me in the dress. Jill and Kai looked amazing, as they always do, as did all of the Lebenses. The wedding was a 2 day affair, and the next day we spent time at Aussie World running around jumping on rides and driving bumper cars. IMG_0378

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Our last day in the Queensland, we stopped by Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo for a few hours before flying out of Brisbane. Oh my god, I was so happy. I got to pet Koalas! and Kangaroos! So ridiculously cute and amazing. I spend the whole time there running from animal to animal, and poor B, Mum, and Peter had to jog at some points to try and keep up.  Crickey!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Part 3: Perth coming soon! Teachers report back in 2 weeks! I’m not ready.

Scenes from a weekend in San Francisco

I spent this past weekend back in my city by the bay, San Francisco.  It felt so amazing to be home – clean air, the smell of blackberry bushes and eucalyptus gum trees, with a favorite walk through my hood.  I miss this city so much it was hard to leave to come back to Brooklyn.  While I am happy to be home again (with my dog), I think it’s pretty safe to say that both B and I are San Franciscans (or Australian-San Franciscans) through and through.  B had been there for a couple weeks already for an Automattic meetup, so he had plenty of time to enjoy the city and time with friends.  I flew out directly after school on Thursday afternoon to meet him.  The kids were so cute, they took one look at my carry-on and asked to come with!

I didn’t spend too much time with my camera out — instead, I opted to just keep my eyes out.  Here are a few snaps from the weekend:

1) Friend/B’s fellow Automattician Rose’s wedding in Kenwood, CA, the excuse reason for the quick trip out west.  I borrowed this Nanette Lepore dress from my sister.  I figured if she looked fantastic in it, so would I.

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2) A stroll through the north east corner of SF, with seagulls to keep me company.

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3) A Taqueria Cancun stop.  OF COURSE!  NYC just can’t get the mission burrito right.

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4) A walk through my hood and the neighboring hood, with a stop at the rope swing on Billy Goat Hill.

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5) A stop at Tartine with my favorite girls, Marisa and her 2 little munchkins.

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I’ll probably be back sometime in February for the NYC DOE’s mid-winter break.  In the meantime, I’ll have other SF blogs to keep me happy, such as Past The Mission and The Local Transplant.  If you haven’t already entered the giveaway for a $100 LOFT card, click here for my last post and get in on it!

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B and I were lucky enough to attend a wedding of new friends Mandi and Keith at the Green Building the other night in Brooklyn.  It was gorgeous, fun and all around a fantastic time.  What a way to kick off spring break!

Of course, B and I had to snap a few pics prior to running out the door.  photo

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I hadn’t worn this dress (Banana Republic) since 2007, for my friend Marissa’s wedding in Cali.  Good thing I kept it and brought it with me here to NY!  The shoes on the other hand were a last minute I-don’t-own-any-fancy-heels-for-black-tie freak out purchase from DSW’s clearance section.  So then there is B, cheekily copying my “blog posing” in his outfit.

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A little photobooth fun with animal masks.  Why the hell not, right?

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