Friday, August 31, 2012

Gold Coast Weekend

Mr. Smith had a business meeting in Brisbane on Monday morning, so we decided to make a weekend of it.  We flew to the Gold Coast on Friday afternoon and arrived in Surfer's Paradise at about 4pm.  We stayed at the QT Gold Coast.  It was a very nice hotel.  Everyone on staff made us feel welcome and the room was comfortable.  I highly recommend it.  Here are the first views we had from the hotel:

This was a palm tree outside the hotel.  I don't remember seeing a palm tree quite like this before.

After checking in, we decided to head down to the beach.  There was a little arts & crafts fair on the boardwalk.  It wasn't very big, but nice to see what was on display.  If you know me, you know that walking around looking at what's on display at an arts & crafts fair is right up my alley.  :)

The beach had a lot of these blue lights around.  It was nice!

One of the signs on the beach.

There was a British sweets shop in the Cavill Mall.
I don't know what these taste like, but they certainly caught my attention.

These are the benches in Surfer's Paradise. 
This was a giant condom shop.  Everything I could see had a dildo on it.  LOL

This was a haunted house.  We had planned to go there on Sunday, but then we did the whole day whale watching cruise and were both exhausted.  Guess we'll just have to go back.  :)

At the Haunted House.

Our new friends...

Dinner at an Italian restaurant.  It wasn't too bad, except Mr. Smith ordered the lasagna and
there was spinach in it.  Like LOTS of spinach.  I don't know who told them
that spinach has a place in lasagna.

We were planning on doing the Sling Shot, but again... our Sunday got
all rearranged and we were simply too tired.  Old age...  LOL

One of the entrances to Surfer's Paradise beach.

I noticed this seagull while eating breakfast.  Hey, everyone's gotta eat.

What's bubble 'n squeak?  Anyone?

The lovely beach

Mr. Smith insisted that I buy a pair of shorts and some sandals.
It was warmer than I thought it would be and I had only packed long jeans.

Seagull on the beach.

A lot of seagulls on the beach.  :)

Looking up at the moon from the beach.

Pear Cider Beer

Hog's Breath Cafe for dinner on Saturday night

We went whale watching on Sunday morning.  This photo was off the back of the boat.

Me sticking my head in a pirate head.  Thought you may enjoy this.  :)

The island where we ate lunch after whale watching.

Vegas in Paradise
Mr. Smith commented that Surfer's Paradise reminded him of Las Vegas.

Monday, August 13, 2012

My New Anthem

Oohhh, Yeah, Oooh Huh 
I woke up this morning with a smile on my face 
and nobody's gonna bring me down today 
Been feeling like nothing's been going my way lately 
So I decided right here and now that my outlook's gonna change 

That's why I'm gonna 
Say goodbye to all the tears I've cried 
Everytime somebody hurt my pride 
Feeling like they won't let me live life 
and take the time to look at what is mine 

I see every lesson so clearly 
I thank God for what I got from above 
I believe they can take anything from me 
But they can't succeed in taking my inner peace from me
They can say all they wanna say about me 

But I'm gonna carry on 
Keep on singing my song 

I never wanna dwell on the pain again 
There's no use in reliving how I hurt back then, no
Remembering so well the hell I felt when I was running out of faith 
Every step I vowed to take was towards a better day 

Cause I'm about to 
Say farewell to every single lie 
and all the fears I've held too long inside 
Everytime I felt I couldn't hide 
All the negativity inside 

For too long I've been struggling. I couldn't go on 
But now I've found I'm feeling strong and I'm moving on 
I believe they can take anything from me 
But they can't succeed in taking my inner peace from me
They can say all they wanna say about me 

But I'm gonna carry on 
I'm gonna keep on singing my song

Whoa and everytime I tried to be what they wanted from me 
It never came naturally 
So I ended up in misery, wasn't able to see 
All the good around me 
I wasted so much energy on what they thought of me 
Simply just remembering to breathe 

I'm humanly unable to please 
Everyone at the same time, so now I find 
My peace of mind living one day at a time 

In the end I answer to one God 
It comes down to one love 
Until I get to heaven above I have made the decision 
Never to give in 
Til the I day I die no matter what I'm gonna carry on
I'm gonna keep on singing my song..... 

(they can't take anything from me) 

I believe that they can do what they wanna... 
Say what they wanna say... 

(they can say what they wanna) 

But I'm gonna keep on
(keep on) 
I believe that they can take from me 
But they can't take my inner peace 

Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, 

Say what you wanna say, but I'm gonna sing my song 
Oh, oh, oh, oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Smack In the Middle

Well, not exactly in the middle.  I've had 4 microdermabrasion treatments.  I have 2 left.  After that, it's all maintenance.  I think my skin looks better, but the dark mark on my upper lip doesn't seem to be budging.  I keep getting told that it could be hormonal.  I guess it is.  Bummer... now I'm the lady in the circus with a mustache.   :(