Firstly, apologies for the lack of blog posts around Nomad Notebook as of late. I thought I was doing so well at the beginning of 2015 in posting at least once or twice a week, but these past few weeks have got the better of me. I think it was just a combination of stress and blogger burnout.
So what have I been up to aside from neglecting this little old space on the web? Well, to start off I got myself a new job and officially started two weeks ago. It's been pretty stressful and has taken up a lot more time than what I'm getting paid for but I'm so far really enjoying it. Without going into too much detail, I've started working at a university. It's odd- I graduated with my Masters degree in January and now I'm working on the other side of the lecture stand which has taken a lot of time getting used to, and to be honest I still can't quite believe it, but thankfully my nerves and anxiety about it hasn't completely taken over! It's the first time I've had a job that's actually related to my degree and where I think I want to go in terms of my career direction, so it has been quite daunting and exciting at the same time.
Alongside this pretty major life change, we've been going to loads of garage sales the past couple of weeks which has been really fun. Today I was pretty lucky and stumbled upon some makeup bargains- packaged mascaras, foundations and concealers all for $2! I also picked up the Harry Potter series (I'm ashamed to admit that I never read it- I tried reading the first one in primary school but I was just that bit too young to read it on my own and then I always seemed to be reading something else. I've listened to all the Stephen Fry audio books but I still need to read them), and a clutch bag as I left all my old ones in the UK when we moved. Last week we picked up a desktop computer for $20 (crazy) which we've jut finished watching Six Feet Under on and which will come in handy when we move out and I need to do more significant pieces of work on a computer (so much easier than a laptop). We've also been playing a obscene amount of Age of Empires on it too, with Michael using his laptop and us playing co-op through the LAN (total nerd here).
And today we found ourselves amongst another Queensland tropical thunderstorm which had us sitting by the window in awe of how nature can change so quickly from one extreme to another. Whilst doing this we saw a lost dog in the road that seemed to be limping. After going after it for a while and establishing it's owners were nowhere to be seen, we rang the council and RSPCA as it had no collar. After finally getting it back to our house (using a rope as a leash and it taking half an hour to walk a couple of hundred of meters due to it's limp), the RSPCA said it could come out and take a look at it. Luckily it had a microchip and we were able to contact the owners who were over the moon we had found 'Sammi' and presented us with a bottle of wine later on in the evening which was nice. I honestly don't like dogs at all/i'm completely terrified by 99% of them but there was no way we were going to let it roam the streets.
Sammi in all his glory.
Life has been pretty good, and although we're still getting used to the hot weather, it seems to be cooling down now as we move into Autumn here in Australia. Hopefully there'll be a few changes over here on Nomad Notebook in the next coming weeks as I plan to completely refresh the design and tweak all the design faults on it, so watch this space!
What have you guys been up to?! I feel so out of the loop.