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This week, In a nutshell

This week, in a nutshell, I’ve been quite an emotional basket-case. It’s my last few days here, which means it’s crunch-time. Time to cancel contracts (gym, phone, etc.), deal with the last of my university withdrawal paperwork, order books for classes back home, and above all else, say goodbyes. UGH, I dread goodbyes. Oh and I should probably start packing too, but I despise packing. Clearly this means I’ll likely be doing this right up until the morning I leave #likemotherlikedaughter  (kidding, kind-of…haha love you, Mom!)

Anyway, in other news this week:
-I’ve had quite possibly the sorest throat of my life (maybe this is my body’s way of telling me it doesn’t want to leave Australia?) Either way, it’s been fun to soothe it with pretty coffees, tea, and  and lots of gelato and fro-yo:
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Sue and I on a cappuccino date : –)

-I’ve had to say goodbye to some of my closest girlfriends here:
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Love you girls! Please come visit in the U.S.A.!!!

(Side-note: I wore my new high-low dress, and although I was a bit scared to buy this and not-so-sure about this trend, I’m loving it! #tjmaxx4life)
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-I’ve drank my favorite sparkling wine every night with Sue to celebrate/mourn the last of vacation and this beautiful place:
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-I’ve taken advantage of outdoor workouts and walks daily, to soak up this view as much as possible:
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-I’ve done a lot of cooking because I’m really going to miss this kitchen and the view:
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-I may not have started packing…but I did find the perfect suitcase:

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hehehe thanks to Brandon’s Dad for posing. Look how big that thing is!

-Any other last-minute packers like me out there?
-Do you have a high-low dress/what do you think of this trend?
-What’s your week been like in a nutshell?

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Sinus saturday

Hello and happy weekend! This weekend hasn’t gone exactly how I’d planned thanks to a lovely sinus infection. When my parents were here, I came down with quite a bad cold that I pretty much ignored simply because I refused to be sick in bed while they were visiting. What first started as a sore throat slowly escalated to congestion and then turned into a stuffy nose…or so I thought. Anyway, fast-forward to this past Friday, and although I was still congested, I felt fine otherwise so I headed to spin class with a friend. When I got home my nose was terribly runny, along with other things that I’ll spare you the gross details of, but it wasn’t pretty.  I high-tailed it to the doctors, was told I had a sinus infection, and I’ve been on antibiotics ever since.  
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It’s been a real exciting weekend around here, full of tissues and medicine!

Thankfully Brandon has been away for work, otherwise I fear I would have passed this cold onto him, too! I’ve really learned my lesson this time, since it’s my own fault for getting sicker. I’ll admit I need to be better about listening to my body,  resting when I’m ill, and easing-up on workouts when I’m sick. Since I’m used to working out on a daily basis and I thoroughly enjoy being active,  I find it difficult to stop exercising even if I’m not feeling 100%. Sometimes it just feels good to sweat-it-out. Plus, living in Northern Australia has made this even harder for me because the nice weather is motivation enough to get outside and exercise! If I have the flu, that’s a different story, but with colds, I tend to keep exercising, which really made it worse this time around.

What about you? Do you work out when you have a cold? 

Despite this sickness, I still had a fun weekend with activities that were sinus-infection friendly, including:
The beach with girl-friends:
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Walking on the water:
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Making homemade salads and pizza:
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…And watching marathons of The Rachel Zoe Project:

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I have a serious addiction to this show, along with many other reality shows. I especially love Rachel because I walked by she, her husband, and their baby boy at LAX airport last year and said hello (to which she responded!!!), so I sort-of feel like I know her…sort-of. You might just call me celebrity crazy…

Anyway, I’m off to study, prepare for Monday, and hopefully kick this sinus infection to the curb!

What did you do this weekend? Do you watch Rachel Zoe? What’s your favorite reality show?