The Calm Before (The Ari is here edition!)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been keeping a fairly low profile, by my standards.

I’ve found myself simply enjoying the city and planning for the excitement to come — My calendar between now and August 1st is getting so full that I’ve taken some time to nap, recharge and watch some playoff hockey.

But, between napping, I have had some fun — going up the tallest building in Australia


And finding my Birthday Tree! (As you may recall, my dad sponsored a tree in my name for one year in the Royal Botanical Gardens here in Melbourne)


Because this is a shorter post, I want to give you a sense of what’s on my schedule in the coming months (Get ready for some more exciting posts with lots of pictures!)

  • Most importantly, Ari is HERE!!
  • Sydney
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation
  • Darwin
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield and the jumping crocs of Adelaide River
  • Crocosaurus Cove! – Where I’ll be entering ‘The Cage of Death’ to swim with a crocodile (I have an adoration for crocs that I’ll get into later)
  • And, of course, plunging into the deepest, darkest jungles that Sumatra, Indonesia have to offer

Just typing the list above gives me such gratitude. I can’t believe all of this is on the horizon!

To end, I’d like to share some random thoughts I’ve had:

  • Since it’s release, I think I’ve listened to, or watched, ‘This is America’ by Childish Gambino every day — what a moment in music
  • I’m still getting over the latest Avengers movie
  • I’m desperately doing everything to appease the hockey gods, but, if they aren’t going to smile on my team this year, there isn’t a more long suffering team (and town) than Washington
  • Australian Rules Football is rapidly ascending my list of favorite sports to watch
  • Westworld is still great, but Billions is probably the best show that gets no love or buzz
  • Looks like we have ourselves a hockey series
  • All my love and energy is directed to my sister and brother-in-law, who are expecting their first any day now — even though I’m far away, my heart is with you both!

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