Every time I feel a wee bit unwell (at the moment I have a bad case of the sniffles) I feel homesick. I miss my Mum, I miss my cat, I miss my friends, I miss Krispy Kreme... the list goes on. Until I remember that Krispy Kreme not only hurts my wallet, but my waistline. Then I just miss everything else.
To add insult to injury, when I moved here from New South Wales, I didn't have enough room in my car to bring my photo albums down. So I can't even have a proper sad attack whilst flipping through some oldies. I can only go through the more recent photos on my external hard drive.
To that end, I thought that I'd do a bit of a flashback here; being that really annoying lady who shows you the slides from their holidays, and expects you to stay awake through the whole thing. I'm watching you... eyes open! Now, this is when Roger and I....
+ A road trip in the Blue Mountains that involved a look out, Dr Pepper, and soluble Panadol. My car was never quite as clean afterwards, but it was so damned funny at the time that I had to do an emergency park on the side of the highway to laugh. And then try and clean up the Dr Pepper.
+ Newtown, Sydney. I've spent a few days traipsing around Newtown, photographing all of the street art there. Down every side street and alley is more awesome graf, and really inspiring art.
+ Tim Rogers at the White Album gig at the Sydney Opera House. The first time I'd ever stepped foot in the Opera House, the first time I'd ever seen Tim Rogers, Chris Cheney, Phil Jamieson or Josh Pyke, and the first time I'd ever used a hotel vault. Brilliant.
+ The day that my housemate, Mitch, and I palette-wrapped our other housemates car for his birthday.
+ My cousin's pug, Harper, as a little fella. This was probably the only moment that he wasn't excitedly clambering over everybody, and biting any exposed skin.
+ Giving a drunken speech at my friend's farewell party. It went something along the lines of, "Now, we all know that Monica is awesome, and she's awesome... yeah, YOU'RE awesome!" *break down into tears*
+ Cruising behind a road train on a road trip from Darwin to Sydney. It's one thing to know about the existence of road trains. It's another thing to actually see a road train. It's another thing, yet again, to overtake a road train. That's when shit gets real.
+ A photo shoot that Mitch and I had to prove for once and all that we weren't a couple. This came shortly after being spotted in a shopping centre by my friend's sister, bickering about the colour of a throw rug we'd just bought. I was adamant that I wasn't having that colour blue in my house.
+ One of my only (successful) attempts at domesticity - some biscuits for Halloween. I made sure that I made extra for my housemates, so that they wouldn't touch the good ones.
+ My Aunty Colleen and Mum at my Uncle's birthday do. No amusing anecdote... I just really heart this pic.
So, THEN Roger ate the clams, and he was crook in the stomach all the way back. I tell you, never buy clams from the boot of a car...