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We're Off on our Honeymoon!

Posted Monday, September 1, 2014 in: Nerd Life

Hey guys, just a little note to let you know I’ll be away from the blog a bit in September… because we’ll be going on our belated HONEYMOON! Woohoo! We booked our tickets rather last minute (about four weeks ago), quickly booked accommodation and we leave in a few days for two weeks in Italy. I am beyond excited. It's been a while since we've gone on a holiday and better a belated honeymoon than none at all, eh? We got married almost a year ago… so we’ll actually be away on our honeymoon by the time our first wedding anniversary rolls around (and we’ll also be away for my birthday!)

We've gotten our new passports, booked our accommodation, organised the house sitters... all that's left to do is tell this mutt we'll be leaving her. Eeeeh.

At our wedding (yes, really). Photos by Marc Ash of Marc Ash Photography.

The past four weeks I have been frantically trying to finish up my work before our departure. I think that’s one of the only bad things about being freelance – I personally find it hard taking time off because it’s not a job where someone else can take over your spot, you have to finish all your work before you go or work while you're away. (But on the other hand the flexibility of being able to take time off when you like is fantastic).

I have actually never been so prepared for a holiday before. Previously I’ve arrived at a place with half-concocted plans, a little accommodation booked, stories to write and email to editors back home. But this time, the accommodation is locked in, my suitcase is packed, the house sitters are booked, I’ve typed out an itinerary and bought books for the plane, had my hair cut and my eyebrows Alison Jaded. The gamer in me has even downloaded fresh iPhone games for the plane (Leo's Fortune looks interesting because Leo clearly doesn't have any legs AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN). I've salivated over restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor and, like the true nerd I am, even planted the veggie garden ready for spring. 

And, for those of you who asked, Nala will be going to stay with her grandparents, who spoil her and feed her too much. When Nala stays at their house, she likes to alternate her time between eating the contents of their fridge, watching Hoarders with my mum or sitting on my dad’s lap to see better out the window. My dad prefers to read a book and smoke a cigar in the evening so he does not really enjoy this because Nala is not exactly the most lightweight of girls. While Dad suffers Nala, my mum sews. She likes to spoil Nala by making her handmade toys, bed linen or gifting Nala miniature replicas of herself.

ABOVE LEFT: My dad, Nala and Nala's corpulent butt. ABOVE RIGHT: My mum, Smiling Nala and Mini Nala.

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