What started off as a weekend not worth writing about ended in a great adventure to the hardware store and snorkeling in our favorite spot Swansea Channel.
Saturday seemed almost like a waste of a day – don’t you hate those? And Friday? Actually don’t get me started on it because I don’t remember what the heck we did. Clearly uneventful.
Ben got up Saturday and cooked us breakfast – the plan was to cook for the rest of the day: tuna cakes, paleo granola bars, and slow roast pig. Out of that list we accomplished… making mashed sweet potatoes (step 1 of the tuna cakes), after that the cooking ended. The rest of the day was spent watching TV, movies, and sleeping. I mean seriously talk about a waste of a day. I should mention Ben also cleaned our entire office/sunroom Saturday as well. It is super organized in here now – it used to look like a pile of pots, pans, mixers, and place settings thrown about; now it looks like an organized pile of pots, pans, mixers, and place settings – in addition to everything we picked up at the hardware store and snorkel gear. Cleaning mostly inspired by the GIANT cockroach I found flying through our room Friday night.
Now I remember Friday – Friday was the night I found out that Australian cockroaches don’t care how many times you spray them, they want to live and will find a way!
Have I mentioned I hate bugs? Check out some of my other Aussie experiences including bugs (that won’t kill you) in this post!
Sunday morning we hopped out of bed, grabbed bananas for breakfast, and headed to the hardware store. Don’t ask me why when it comes to the hardware store you must be there before the crack of dawn but by the time you leave you’re sure glad you did as the parking lot is always full by 11am.
What I love about Bunnings (our Aussie hardware store) over Home Depot is the smell. Am I the only one who thinks Home Depot smells funny? Bunnings doesn’t smell inside, and smells delicious on the outside. There’s this thing called the sausage sizzle that is cooked outside the store front and the smells that surround the store are amazing! This Buzzfeed article accurately describes what shopping at Bunnings is like – and that’s right – there are no bags. Have fun carrying everything to your car!
While inside Bunnings Ben helped me get everything we needed to build some food photography boards, backgrounds, and lighting. We spent a ridiculously long time examining floorboards because I only know how to think in feet and inches and everything in Australia is done in millimeters, centimeters, and meters.
After selecting the right boards, and lots of math, we finished our shopping and checked out.
Almost $100 for everything we got, and no bags to carry things to the car. I just don’t understand Australia/Bunnings. Why is everything so expensive here!?!?
That afternoon Ben and I had planned on seeing a movie at the Regal Cinema – which may sound like something we’re all used to in America, but this Regal is very different. The cinema is in an old playhouse from the 1930’s and was just reopened this year. Tickets are only $7 and sometimes includes free drinks, snacks, or morning tea. Unfortunately, someone forgot about the movie and made other plans for us that afternoon. So instead of hitting the theatre we went for a snorkel.
It was a beautiful day outside, so snorkeling was the right decision. Ben loaded up the car for us, and we swung by the mall to pick up our housemate Andy before heading out to Swansea.
We took advantage of the new GPS (it’s actually mine from America, but we just installed Aussie maps on it) and rocked out to classic tunes from the 2000’s aka Beyoncé and Britney Spears. I love being in control of the radio.
When we got out to Swansea the water was movin, the wind was blowin, and there was a chill in the air. A contrast from the weather when we left home. But Ben has been talking about going snorkeling for the past six months so there was no way plans were changing!
The three of us suited up and hopped into the water.
After fighting the current for 45 minutes we hopped out of the water, walked up stream, and got back in. For the next 45 minutes we let the current push us back where we started. Our housemate Andy is a really funny guy, and has a similar look to Kramer from Seinfeld, so you can imagine the hilarity that ensued on his first snorkeling trip!
Want to see more of Swansea? Check out this post from the first time we went snorkeling in the channel.
When we got out of the water we sprinted back to the car because we were freezing, so cold, and so excited to warm up in a cozy towel……
And then we realized all the towels were at home. We stripped down – well the boys did down to their undies, I just took off my rashy – and drove home with the car on high heat.
Once home and showered Ben ran out and bought us steaks for dinner, and grilled them up in the backyard. Gotta love a good steak on the barbie!.. and that Hawaiian shirt he is rockin.
We joined our housemates Andy and Simon in the living room to eat dinner watch the season finale of The Block – which if you aren’t Australian but love home improvement shows you would love this one! And if you are Australian, and watched the finale, I would love to hear your thoughts on the finale. I was shocked.
Following dinner Ben and I planned to watch another episode of Boardwalk Empire (we are almost done with season 1) and be cockroach killers (I sang that like “Jukebox Hero”).. instead I fell asleep just after this photo on the couch and somehow woke up in my bed this morning.
What did you get up to this weekend?