Braces

I finally had my braces put on earlier this week, so now starts the first year of braces… before surgery. It has been 3 days and I am getting use to the feeling, and do think that I might be able to start eating harder foods again soon, but my biggest grievance with them right now are the inside of my cheeks getting caught and cut up on them.

In a couple weeks I get to start using elastics 80% of the time, which should make life even more fun. And if you were around me right now, you’d have fun trying to understand me as I attempt to not move my lips.

Gym

I joined the gym near my house yesterday. Dee-Anne found a deal online that waived the joining fee, gave me two weeks free gym, her 2 weeks free for referring me and if I signed on for a 12-month contract it’s just $12.95 a week. So… I figured it was about time I made the jump and started to get in better shape.

The gym is Snap Fitness, and as part of my membership I can use any of their gyms nationwide (and overseas). They’re 24 hours too, so I can go for late night workouts to avoid crowds. But they seem to be just a gym, no pool or sauna facilities like you’d find in a heath club. I’ll somehow survive.

They’re also a Qantas partner, so I do get some points for my ongoing membership… however they’re so minuscule they hardly factored into my decision. Just icing on the cake really.

Welcome Back

It has been 137 days since my last blog post here, and seeing as I am paying for the hosting I thought I better use it.

Ultimately, there’s no excuse for my laziness in not posting, however I have been very busy and at some stage not long ago all that pressure did get too much, at least briefly. This week I see a psychiatrist, and I also graduate from my degree. I’m still studying my bachelors degree though, and I’m looking ahead to what comes next, perhaps a Grad Dip.

Of course the biggest change from 137 days ago is that I’m now married. To me, nothing has changed, it’s just another piece of paper signifying a new relationship level, but the day was quite a fun one and when I get hold of photos I’ll be sure to share them.

As a footnote, I’ve got two new sites now. Wunala.com is what I will use as my main family site, although how I use it hasn’t been decided yet; while nattoboy.com stems from my love of the sticky fermented soybeans from Japan, and will be a food blog.

Forgetfulness

I’ve missed roughly a days worth of Epilim and honestly, want to be done with it and continue not taking it. That said, I also like driving and I can’t without taking it, so am back on the drugs, but I hate having to take it every day, it’s so much work.

Retro Roo to Longreach

Today I took a charity flight to somewhere I visit quite often, Longreach. This flight was booked back in early September for the princely sum of $737.80 (B737-800 reference to those in the know), but as the proceeds of the flight were going to the Western Queensland Drought Appeal, it was certainly not too lavish.

For me to make the flight, I started my day on the Gold Coast at 02:30, driving to Brisbane Airport to catch the first Qantas flight down to Sydney at 05:00. The early start only started to catch up with me halfway home to Sydney, and on my final flight of the day.

To say I enjoyed the day would be an understatement. Even though I’ve been to Longreach many times before, going with friends was a whole new experience, and I enjoyed pointing out various things that I’ve picked up over the years. Of course, it was also good to see everyone at the museum I see every year, who wondered why I was back!

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The festivities started in the Sydney Business lounge with a few speeches, Bloody Mary’s and a truly awesome performance by Leo Sayer. There was encouragement to dress up in 70’s style… however I decided to play it safe and just go smart casual, as a lot of the other flyers did. Though that’s not to say some didn’t get into it, and of course the flight and cabin crew all dressed up!

Leo Sayer, Catriona Rowntree & Flight Crew

Cabin Crew

Flight Crew in the Catalina

The flight crew certainly enjoyed themselves in Longreach, though my favourite part of the day was during the auction on the flight back to Sydney. Several items were offered, with crew spread evenly down the aisle to spot buyers and relaying the message to the front. The last item was an original acrylic on canvas of the Retro Roo, painted by Kate Fraser, an FO for Qantas. It was valued quite high but bidding was off to a slow start when out of nowhere came a PA from the flight deck for a higher bid. No one was expecting that but it seemed to breathe a little new life into the bids, though they ultimately bid higher yet again to win the painting in the end.

Qantas Retro Roo inflight Auction

The menu for the day wasn’t bad either. I especially enjoyed the Cosmopolitans as a pre-departure drink from Longreach.

Qantas Retro Roo Menu

No trip would be complete of course, without a goodie bag. All passengers were given a retro-inspired satchel with a retro-luggage tag, QFM lanyard, retro-hat and shirt.

Goodies

Lastly, but certainly not least, keep an eye out for me in the Channel 9 series “ready for takeoff” on Friday nights, as I signed a release and was on camera!