Australia Loving…2013

I have to admit, I am not used to saying “2013” yet. Maybe once the semester starts and I’m writing the date down everyday, but until then, it just sounds funny.  Anyway, given that we’ve been back from the states for over three weeks now, I wanted to share some new things I’m loving so far “down under” this year.  All my friends and family back home, please don’t hate me for the beach pictures…I know how cold it is back there. I am thinking of you and hopefully sending warm weather your way!! Here’s some things I’m loving in Australia so far in 2013:

1) Beautiful sunsets. The pink sunset on this night in particular was extraordinary to look at. Check out the view from our balcony!
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2) Street markets on Sunday’s. There was a giant bouncy house in the middle of the street, and a refrigerator full of meat being sold on the sidewalk. Random, but funny!
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3) Freshly brewed American iced coffee. This my friends, is what two iced-coffee obsessed Americans brought back in our suitcases. Our freezer has room for only this, and we don’t mind at all. Thank you Dunkin’ Donuts!
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4)New work-out clothes. I swear, new clothing makes any workout better!
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5) Australian marketing. I am learning more and more Australian English each week, and some of the names, labels and/or packaging of particular products crack me up! Chocolate chips are “cooking buttons”, ketchup is “tomato or red sauce” , the paper towels are patriotic and well, the Nutri-Grain box is the star of the show in my opinion!
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6) A new favorite of mine: champagne-for-one bottles. I tried this on the flight back and fell in love.  I know my girls back home would love this, and at $5 a bottle, it’s quite affordable too!
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7)Healthy homemade meals. Crockpot chicken cacciatore, chicken noodle soup, stuffed peppers and zucchini fries are some dinner highlights from the last few weeks!
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8)Overnight oats. These are my new favorite breakfast. I mix 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup skim milk, 2 tbsp vanilla yogurt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and then stir and refrigerate it overnight. In the morning, I add my desired toppings, such as blueberries, a scoop of peanut butter, raisins, and almonds. This keeps me full for hours and I genuinely look forward to it every day. This will be my go-to breakfast before classes each day!
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9)Summer (in my  normal winter). I can’t get enough of summer in January. Still loving the palm trees and the beach!
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10) My health, friends, and family. After taking quite a fall at bootcamp and suffering an over-eye cut and black eye, I am grateful to be on the mend! Thanks to all my caretakers!
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What are you loving this week?

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6 thoughts on “Australia Loving…2013

  1. OMG!!! mere! that looks awful:( I hope you’re OK!! and, I agree=– cute workout clothes make EVERYTHING better. I’ve been fighting my lulu urge for so long and it’s starting to become unbearable! miss you! xoxo

  2. Hey Meredith!
    I just found your blog thru SR’s- you had commented about Australia Day, and it caught my attention! I moved to Brisbane, QLD, from Houston, Texas, almost 2 & 1/2 yrs ago with my boyfriend (now husband) for his career too! What part of QLD are you in?? I saw you were in Perth a few weeks ago – I saw the “Jacob’s Ladder” photo! haha – that is a brutal workout, but the view from the top is/was totally worth it! We actually lived in Perth as well but only for six months. If you’re in my neck of the woods or close to it (Brisbane), Id love to get together and meet up – it’s always nice to meet fellow Americans.:) I also got my accounting/business degree and then decided to get my fitness/PT certification in Oz, so I feel like we have a lot of things in common! Do you have an email address that you share on your blog?

    Looking fwd to reading more about your experiences in Oz!
    Carrie

    • Hey Carrie! Thanks for reaching out :) so good to hear from another American!! We are in Townsville. I have only been to Brisbane airport, I’m hoping we get a chance to spend some time there soon :) I’d love to meet you if I’m in the area, it does seem we have a lot in common! My email is meredithrowden@gmail.com. Hope you had a great Australia Day! :)

  3. Mere- Request- Will you do a blog on how you poof your hair in a half updo? I’ve got the basics down with the teasing and bobby pins, but it never looks as good as yours…or stays….I know you have secrets. please share them!!!!!!

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