Thanks January.. It’s Been Real

So it is the end of January – I guess that means it should be time for an update of just what happened this month.

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Anyone else feel like January is the month that never ends? I mean why do we have one of the longest month as the first month – why can’t February with its 28 days be the first month of the year?

Not only is January the longest month, for us Southern Hemisphere folk, it is also the hottest month of the year – it hasn’t been so grand for some Northern Hemisphere places and their snow storms either!. Adelaide had record-breaking highest temp days, Tasmania was hit by fires and Brisbane? Well Brisbane is just Brisbane .. it is always hot here.

When the weather is hot & humid like it has been, I honestly don’t really feel like doing too much. As per my previous post, I did manage to go and find some sunflowers but apart from that I was basically either at my place, work or my niece’s place.

SunflowersA sunflower shot, just in case you had forgotten what they look like 

I did go out after work one day for a random drive to see if I could get a good sunset photo from a spot I hadn’t been before – I would like to say this was a success.. and it actually was!

BrisbaneThere are some things you can never plan for no matter how much you try.. this one was of those times

One thing I did this month that actually got me out of my comfort zone was meeting up with some awesome people from Instagram who form part of the #TeamKaptainKenny group.

 BrisbaneI totes love #teamkaptainkenny .. do you get it?!

Contrary to what people who actually know me might think, I do find it difficult to meet new people. I get all anxious and then I don’t stop talking to compensate for me being anxious and then I get more anxious – it’s a bit of a vicious circle really. But I have to say that meeting up with these people that I have only communicated with over social media, was nothing to worry about at all. Everyone was super nice and friendly and it ended being a really cool night at one of Brisbane’s newest hotspots – Felons Brewing, just under the Story Bridge.

BrisbaneThe very cool Felons Brewery, under the Story Bridge.
I honestly did not feel cool enough to be here haha

So every Sunday since my great, great-niece was born, we have done a bit of a photo shoot. Each Sunday has a specific theme, the January themes were:

  • Week one – Dr Who (she looked a little like a boy here haha)
  • Week two – Wearing the same dress as her mumma & aunty did when they were babies
  • Week three – 6 months old today!
  • Week four – SUPERHEROS

This little monkey is where all my photographic energy has gone over the last 6 months! I love our Sunday photo shoots – not sure if she does but she’s not crying so it must mean she loves it. Right?!?!

20190107_094240My absolute favourite thing is cuddles with my ‘bubba girl’

The other big news of January is that I have worked out what I am doing for my birthday in November and I already have the airfares.. yes this might seem a little extreme but I got REALLY good airfares!

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I had ummed & ahhed about what to do and decided to head back to good old London Town. I mean I could always go to London and feel happy but it kind of felt like a bit of a backup plan to be honest.

One day I was sitting at work and all of a sudden Seattle came into my brain. No idea why but it was there. I started thinking more about it – I really wanted to visit Portland and Seattle and I knew there were direct flights from Brisbane to Vancouver, which would make it really easy to get there.

Vancouver
Looking forward to seeing Vancouver again

I checked flights and saw they were about AUD1100 return, which is pretty cheap. I decided to leave it and wait till I had a bit more money to get the flights. Checked again a couple of days later and they were AUD1700 return..

Umm.. yeah nah!

Thought I would just keep checking every now and then to see what they were like. Decided randomly to check on Saturday 26th January and the flights were AUD987 return! WHAT?!?! I was getting paid the following Tuesday so thought I would wait till then and get them on pay-day then I noticed that it was a sale fare because of the Australia Day weekend so thought I had better get them then & there.

THEN I noticed that there was a ‘click here for the Australia Day promo’ button and clicked on it.. BOOM 15% discount. I ended up getting return airfares from Brisbane direct to Vancouver for AUD875. (FYI, checked the airfares again on Tuesday when I got back to work – back up to AUD1600!)

I mean.. cheap as chips!

So.. the plan is fly into Vancouver for 4 nights, train to Portland for 5 nights, train up to Seattle for 4 nights and then bus back to Vancouver for one more night before I fly back to Brisbane.

Gastown
Definitely want to explore Gastown a bit more

I have been to Vancouver before but am really looking forward to visiting both Portland & Seattle. It’s funny, I was happy enough to go back to London but I just feel really happy about this trip and can’t wait to start getting into the planning proper and decide what I am going to do in each place.

So, there you have it – all the happenings of January.

How was your January?

10 comments

  1. What a steal! You’d be crazy to pass that up.

    To answer your question: my January has been cold. The hubby and I also planned a trip, but ours will be the second week in March. We’re heading out to Salt Lake City, Utah for some skiing (him)/snowboarding (me). Super excited to finally have another trip to look forward to.

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