ponderings and purchases

As of this week I'm at uni again, cue sad face and an onslaught of assignments before the end of semester approaches. Anyway, what better way to ward off the post-break blues than with a spot of shopping? If there's anything you should know about me it's that I like wasting money on novelty stuff, which can be problematic when trying not to look like I wear the same thing everyday... In all honesty though, clothes shopping is a huge hassle to me, so I rarely do it unless I'm in a specific mood. Moving on with the stuff I got!

Various things I picked up from Daiso, aka the best store in existence. Even though the price of $2.80 an item is expensive by global standards, it's so hard for me not to grab everything in sight whenever I'm there... I always manage to find stuff I never even knew I needed!

Floral shirt from Lipsy and knit jumper from Miss Shop. Once again I'm in a rut of buying too many black clothes, but at least I kind of have an excuse since winter's on its way again...

Nothing like some new nail colours to lift my spirits. I don't know what it is but lately I'm really obsessed with painting my nails... so much so that seeing them bare is weird to me now. This could become a really bad habit, but at least my nails will look decent as a result!

As I type this, I can't stop thinking how crazy it is that tomorrow will be May... it's that point of the year when I notice how fast the months have flown by, and get sad knowing I haven't done anything really memorable! Thankfully I have stuff coming up to keep me busy, so that should be an excellent way of taking my mind off bigger, more depressing things in the meantime. Hope you all have a great week, and see you soon!
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road trip to dubbo

As much as I love travelling overseas, sometimes it's too easy to overlook the amazing things that are right on your doorstep. Needless to say, I've hardly been around Australia, or even to more remote areas within New South Wales... Anyway, it must've been months ago when my doctor was telling me about Taronga Western Plains Zoo, then my parents decided it sounded like a good idea and voila! We visited earlier this week for a short vacay. To stay in the zoo overnight it costs a ton and only certain people can really afford it (i.e. my doctor), but there are also various cabins and other types of accommodation around Dubbo for a fraction of the price.

Filling up on a ham and cheese croissant and hot chocolate before our big zoo adventure. We visited the Village Bakery for breakfast, and it was such an awesome little cafe/bakery! Basically it had any baked good you could possibly think of, and everything was just so fresh and tasty. Customer service was a win, too - in fact, all the people we encountered on our trip seemed so nice and friendly. That's not saying much in comparison to Sydney, where a majority of people seem to hate their day jobs...

The funniest thing I saw that day - this hippo was literally leaning against the fence there napping! I'm pretty sure hippos are perfectly capable of sleeping whilst lying down, but hey. At least he was doing it somewhere we could still see him...

 A koala sleeping in what looks like the most uncomfortable position ever. I still wish I were him so I'd have an excuse to do this all day, though.

 MEERKATS. When I first saw these guys all I could think of was Timon and Pumbaa, and understandably so (I think)...

Pizza from Pizza Capers for dinner. We were super original and had toppings of pepperoni, Hawaiian and supreme, which is literally what my family orders every time we have pizza together! The fresh ingredients made it taste really good though, and set it apart from the usual stuff we eat. As it turns out, Pizza Capers is actually a franchise but there are sadly no stores in the vicinity of where I live.

On the way home we stopped by Mount Panorama in Bathurst, and the view at the top was pretty cool. Turns out we weren't the only ones with that idea, and heaps of people just drive around the circuit for kicks. Anyway, that's about it for my mini trip, which probably won't happen again for a long time to come. Hope you're having a great weekend and I'll see you again soon!
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baking adventures

If you live in Australia like me, you're probably aware of the fact that it's near impossible to find bagels anywhere. You might be successful if you really try and are willing to search out some obscure place that's far from home, but for the most part? It's a rare commodity that I can never seem to find in local bakeries or supermarkets. Anyway, is it kind of sad that I made bagels just to eat them with smoked salmon and cream cheese? I'm not even sure if they turned out right since I've never tried a real one, but that really needs to change some day!

As expected, they turned out nothing like the picture above... everyone knows it's the taste that counts though, right?

What separates bagels from plain old bread - you actually have to boil them! This is probably old news to everyone except me... anyway, at this point mine are looking a little too wrinkly and lopsided for my liking, but whatever. That's not important (or so I tell myself).

The fruits of my labour. The recipe I used was adapted from A Beautiful Mess (which you can find here), in case you wanted to know! Now I'm wondering how I'm going to eat all those carbs by myself... just kidding, everyone knows that's what families are for. They're pretty useful guinea pigs, especially when it comes to exploring more 'experimental' baking endeavors...

The morning sky from a couple of weeks ago, which I never got around to posting. Anyway, I hope you're having a good week so far! As for me I'm looking forward to my uni break next week, though it can hardly be considered a break what with all the stuff I need to catch upon on. Life always has to turn out that way, doesn't it? Bye and hopefully I'll be seeing you again soon!
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marching on

1. Catching up with Kat over KBBQ and froyo  2. My eggs Benedict that I'm excessively proud of  3. Chloe knock-offs from Dotti  4. Silly doodles  5. A late sunrise  6. 'Don't mess with OPI' polish  7. My newest impulse purchase  8. Help! My face split in half  9. Mum's French madeleines

In all honesty, I've never seen the point of making Instagram posts on blogs. If anything they're the ones I tend to skip over, plus if you're following that person already it's just more of the same old thing, right? Well as it turns out, I'm a massive hypocrite, and it's actually quite nice to have recaps of the daily occurrences I forget about. Anyway, as you can see March has been revolving around food again and my life is actually quite boring, but hopefully more exciting things will be coming my way this month! April and May are always when birthdays are happening, plus I'm quite excited for the impending change of weather. Well on that note, happy April Fools Day and I'll see you again soon!
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