Yikes, I spelled Labor with a U in the title. You reckon I’m turning a bit Aussie on ya?!
Don’t you just love three day weekends? You can travel and have fun but still get all the work done you need to before heading back to work Tuesday. The most challenging part of a 3 day weekend: figuring out how you will spend your time.
My two strongest skills are planning and worrying, Ben’s strongest skills: going with the flow and procrastinating; put that together and you’ve got two people who finally decided at 8pm on Friday night to take a weekend away and head to Sydney’s Northern Beaches for Labour Day weekend.
Saturday morning we loaded up the car and headed down to Sydney to spend Saturday and Sunday with Ben’s best mate Dave, his girlfriend Liss, and his other friend Tony. We got to their place around 1:30 and by 2 there were several other friends had joined so we all walked down to the lake for an afternoon relaxing in the sun. The boys tossed around a football (American football – which couldn’t make me happier) and I got to chat with the girls.
Following the lake we headed back up to the house for a BBQ, but not before a quick trip to the beach (they live within one block of a beach and a lake – not jealous or anything) for a quick dip with Ben and Tony. I wasn’t planning on going in the water, but the boys were… until they felt how cold it was and changed their minds.
We knew the BBQ would be a bit difficult on Ben and I just based what we could eat with our diet and the fact that we couldn’t drink any alcohol. Like I said I’m a planner so we came prepared with extra food like sweet potato chips and tuna cakes; and brought sparkling water and fruit juice so we could make our own mocktails. Ben was offered a beer 50+ times this weekend, but he didn’t crack, I couldn’t be more proud. We spent the rest of the night talking about previous relationship fails… because what else would you do with a group of people you just met then?
On Sunday morning we woke up, had breakfast and went for a walk that was more like a hike. I was told there were some gorgeous views on the “walk” so I grabbed my phone and brought it with me taking photos of all the different views we had from atop all the cliffs.
See the cliff across the water in that last picture? Dave said we would be walking there, at this point I was regretting not have sneakers but I was happy to keep on walking because it was just so beautiful up there.
After the walk we all headed to the beach and enjoyed hours laughing, tanning, napping, and eating. The weather was gorgeous!!
That night for dinner Ben and I headed towards Sydney for dinner; and drove over an awesome sandstone bridge in the Sydney suburbs.
By the time we got to the restaurant we had planned on it was closed (I triple checked on 3 websites it would be open too – bummer) so we headed up the street to Kinn a Thai restaurant we were pretty sure would be Whole30 compliant. We each ordered the pork belly with chili sauce on the side – there was sugar in it so we couldn’t eat it, but didn’t need sauce because the pork was great on it’s own and with a cucumber and shallot dressing.
We took the long drive home chatting about our story and how crazy life is… And about how good I look NOW… yes the words “you look so cute now…” came out of Ben’s mouth. When I asked what he meant by I look good now, he proceeded to tell me I no longer have 3 chins [after losing weight this past month]. I
think know he was joking, but he was digging himself a nice little hole. By the time we made it home I crashed on the bed before we had finished unpacking the car.
On Monday (yay for Labour Day Weekend!) we got up early and hit the shops. Ben bought us a food processor/blender package which will work for us now and when we move, as well as some fly screen so we can keep the buggys out of the house this summer. I on the other hand dragged Ben into my favorite cooking store House, and dropped a pretty penny/ saved a bunch during their 60% off sale.
Aside from the food processor, the julienne peeler (the reason for going into House) is the most expensive thing in this photo, and the only thing not included in the Labour Day Weekend sale.
Before getting to work on our afternoon projects we split a big salad for lunch and messed around taking selfies. Because… why not?
I started cooking dinner for us late afternoon while Ben started to work on putting up our new fly screens. I snuck outside and grabbed a few photos while the onions were caramelizing.
I really don’t like bugs, but if you do, or want to read about my dislike for flying and crawling things in Australia click here.
To finish off Labour Day Weekend right we enjoyed our dinner outside just as the sun was setting. All the cooking paid off because the bacon, mushroom, beef burgers were fantastic, as were the toppings and homemade paleo mayo.
What did you get into this weekend?
Do you live near any beautiful walking/hiking paths?
Leave me a comment and let me know!