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Lib and I on our birthday weekend, in front of a water taxi which took us to the pub!

Things that have been hip-hop-happening lately;

1. BettyMag is finally at the printers! So proud/happy/excited/relieved. It should be finished printing by Wednesday, the day I fly out. I’m hoping to secure all stockists for my sister to distribute whilst I’m away. Very exciting!

I’ve decided to go seasonal with the magazine so launching issue 1 as a Summer issue. There are some awesome contributions by local women in it- I can’t wait to see people’s responses.

Screen Shot 2012-11-27 at 9.52.12 AMThe front cover!

2. EUROPE on Wednesday. Soooo nervous!! I am really worried about getting homesick and culture shock.

Lib bought me the Lonely Planet guide to London and I’ve been flipping through it getting more and more excited as well as overwhelmed! How am I supposed to fit it all in?? Insane.

It was 36 degrees here today so I’m kind of looking forward to the cold again, it’s what I’m used to.

I’ve got some new tightology tights, ‘art teacher’ red walking shoes and my suitcase waiting to be packed.

I cannot wait to see Victoria (otherwise known as Feeley)- my best friend from high school ❤ ❤ eeeh!! I’ll be staying at her house in London!

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                                                           Feeley and I, circa 2007

3. Moving house!  I have been frantically packing up all my crap and storing it at Damon’s. It’s been giving me the worst hayfever from all the dust.

I decided it was time to move out of Kelly Street, as much as I have loved my time there (although there have been definite ups and downs). I’ve spent a good four years there, my first home away from home. Time to move on to bigger, brighter and space-yer things.
I’m moving in with Nao, Alex and Mahain which should be a good balance. We’ve applied for a house in the CBD with floorboards and a chandelier, gosh I hope we get it! Whilst the real estate agent has called us to say we have their approval we have to wait for the owners to give it the AOK.

I cannot wait to get back from my travels and get into a groove at a new place. For my birthday, Damon printed out a huge 4 x A4 by 4 x A4 photograph of us for me to put above my bed. I will definitely put up pictures once it’s in place!

Speaking of the wonderful Damon, he found out today he got First Class honours ! And I can officially graduate because I passed cognitive neuroscience and psychological assessment units!

Happy days.

Laura

Tick Tock.

In less than three weeks now I will be leaving bound for Melbourne-Kuala Lumpur- then landing in London.

Feelings of excitement aside, I’m actually pretty f*cking scared.

Yes, I did just turn 23 last week (woo!) but I haven’t been overseas since I was 15, and even then I was with a school group, with every hour accounted for by a carefully formulated itinerary and an overzealous French teacher.

What if I miss the plane? How will I find my way around the airport? What if I lose my passport?

What if I get mugged? What if I run out of money? What if I just can’t cope?
So many ‘what if’ scenarios have been playing in my head recently; with basic premise being how will I cope if things don’t go smoothly?

This will be a massive test for me to prove to myself that I can do this.

I hope I surprise myself and just go with the adventure.

A recent DIY

Family connections to England

My dad has always told me that his fathers family were from Yorkshire, and after looking around the internet apparently Kays were first recorded in Yorkshire around 1219.

When my dad travelled to England to finish his studies, he was driving through this area of Yorkshire when he started having out of body experiences and shaking. It was later when he realised he had been passing a cemetery full of Kays. SPOOKY SHIT.

My grandpa is in this photo. He flew in a Lancaster called Betty during World War 2.

The story of how my grandparents met

My grandmother Betty Kay (nee Brampton) was from Birmingham. She was pretty poor, and came from generations of housekeepers re: maids.

My grandpa, Charles (still alive, bright and sharp at 92 years) was on post in England when he went to a local dance with some of his fellow soldiers. He said that a few young girls came up to them and they shooed them off because they were annoying. However, later in the night Grandpa met up with Betty and they obviously had a great time- they married in England before returning to Australia after the war to have my father and his siblings.

I hope I can visit both Yorkshire and Birmingham areas when I’m there.

My grandmother Betty died when I was a child, but I like to think of her as feisty and fiery, a bit like my aunt (my fathers sister). I like to think she had guts. She must have to be just a  teenager and to go up to a group of soldiers to try and get them to dance with her.

It’s my grandma I dedicate Betty magazine to.

xo Laura

I finished my degree today! Officially have a Bachelors degree in sociology and psychology.

I think my mum is the most pleased, I don’t think she handle another year of me doing my degree, she just wants me to ‘get my piece of paper’.. Hah.

I started a few months after I turned 18 in 2008, and finished today as an (almost 23) 22 year-old in 2012. It’s been a long time coming, you could say!

It feels great! Hooray! Bring on the future!

I had a yummy souvalaki and some beers and then went out for dinner to celebrate.

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In other news, I sold a few items at Re-Loved Market yesterday and made $65 profit 🙂

It went straight into my kitty for Europe

I’m selling a few items on facebook still, including the items below. Hopefully I can make my target of $3000 before I leave! I’m also going to try and contact some people this week to sell some old artworks.

Holidays here we come!!!!

Well! I just worked out how to put a countdown on my blog to how long it is until I go to Europe, and apparently it’s only two months away! Eeek!

 

So here is my checklist:

1. Passport

This is a biggie that I promised myself I’d get done this week.

Action: Thursday travel in to town to the GPO and get it done.

2.  Hardcore Savings Plan

Needs to happen; I need to stop spending money on clothes.

Action: From now on everytime I want to get a takeaway coffee instead of making an instant at home I’m going to picture buying a coffee in London with my friends (make a mental note to thank myself whilst sipping said-latte).

I’ve worked out I need around $3,000 to be more than comfortable for a month and as long as I can save at least 3/4s then I will be a happy chappy.

3. Sort Luggage

I don’t want to take too much, because when it comes down to it I just won’t be able to afford it.

I have a few bits and pieces that I know I’m definitely taking. Cold weather gear like my down-jacket

can be rolled into nothing, and I’ll need to get myself a pack. I also want to get myself some new shoes.

Action: Check out packs, look in to getting some Planet Shoes.

4. Tell Work.

Action: just do it (easier said than done)

5. ?

What else have I left off ?

I haven’t travelled overseas since for about 7 years, I’m so nervous! Let me know if you think of anything I should be doing!

Have you ever been to the UK? What is your experience of a white Christmas?

xo L