This weekend, I aged.

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On Thursday, Joel took me out to this fantastic restaurant with American style hamburgers and infamous beer, and I suddenly was ill and could barely finish the burger. Or eat the birthday sundaes I had planned. Womp womp. But, all was not lost. Joel got me some badass gifts, nursed me back to health, and we watched The Big Lebowski as I tried not to vomit up all the contents of my stomach. Happy Birthday!

Thank you, Joel! Not pictured, digital scale for more accurate baking - YES!
Thank you, Joel! Not pictured, digital scale for more accurate baking – YES!

The next day, though, I was off work and feeling better, so we went for a hike in a national park near Heathcoate. I almost threw up 4 different times when we trekked back uphill, but it was hella fun (saying that I am embarrassingly out of shape is an understatement). I took the old Nikon that used to belong to my Grandpa with me, and Joel taught me how to use it. Felt reeeeal fancy to be using a film camera with manual everything – I even got to use a light meter! I only took pictures from the pools, not from the hike (because I was either on the look out for snakes or enduring cardiac arrest), but rest assured, it was awesome. Nature!

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Best camera strap, ever. I can’t wait to see how the photos turns out!


mid-heart attack
mid-heart attack

Then we came home for chills and some Punch Drunk Fry-day.

Joel is the best schnitzel-er I've ever met.
Joel is the best schnitzel-er I’ve ever met.

On Saturday, I woke up ill again, but manned up for lunch with Joel’s family at an adorable Italian place that was filled with New Jersey looking residents – so much big hair, gold jewelry, and big eye make up. I ate my weight in bacon pasta and cheesecake, and was spoiled with more presents.

Joel's mom brought champagne and wine, and I wasn't able to drink. Thank you, antibiotics.
Joel’s mom brought champagne and wine, and I wasn’t able to drink. Thank you, antibiotics.

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We got home, and I passed out on the couch for a few hours, woke up later, and spent the rest of the night dead on the couch watching movies. Bladder infection + endometriosis pains = moving as little as possible.

Today, fueled by antibiotics and pain killers, I managed to clean EVERYTHING and make dinner while listening to shitty American TV in the background and catching up with my sister for about 2 hours. However, I’m paying for that tirade of productivity now, as my back feels like someone took an ax to it.

Joel’s mum got me this note pad/attached pen set. I love list making and achievement tracking. /nerd (btw, nails are done and dinner has been made since I took this photo, making the list completely done. hooray!)

Now it’s time for Netflix and Chill with Joel, and trying not to think about going back to work tomorrow. Ah, well. On the bright side, though, it looks like 31 is going to be a fantastic year 🙂

Happy Sunday, everyone!

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