When was your last “first time?”
I’ve been at my new job for nearly two months now, and life has definitely slowed right down. I’ve actually managed to chill, and spend time on the low-key things I enjoy – blogging, reading, playing video games.
So now more than ever, I’m making an effort to mix things up – because holy wow I’ve learned to relax and isn’t it amazing? If I don’t get out and about I might become one with my couch and cat (joking – Scout doesn’t like me that much).
If there’s one thing that will throw a spanner in the works it’s doing, eating, or trying something brand new – no matter how small. I’ve said it before – if you feel like your life has gotten a bit same old, same old, doing something for the first time can be the difference between routine and rut that will stop your brain turning to mush.
Here are a few things I’ve done for the first time in the last two weeks:
Breakfast at Pineapple Express
Even though some of the best healthy breakfasts in Brisbane are less than a five minute walk from my house, until last weekend I never had breakfast at Pineapple Express because by the time I think of it, the brekkie menu is over. But last week – bam. I came, I saw, I ordered an omelette. And then turmeric pancakes this morning.
Took my first long weekend at my new job
My new workplace runs on a system where instead of getting paid for overtime hours, I get extra hours of a more informal type of leave. And two weeks ago I took Monday off to go to Sydney with my parents, without it cutting into my annual holidays – yay!
First NRL home game
I’ve been supporting the Manly Sea Eagles, one of the NRL’s most hated teams, since I was born – even if I thought the team was called “Menzies” (Dad’s favourite player) until I was around 4 or 5. I’d been to see them in Newcastle, but this year I finally went to a home game with my parents – it was so much fun to go to the Leagues club for dinner, walk to Brookvale Oval and sit on the hill with a beer, mum, dad and a crowd of other people who didn’t want Manly to lose… even if we did.
My first glimpse of Vivid was from the ferry back from Manly, and I’m so glad – we got a panoramic view of the harbour, and the excitement of the little kids on the boat with us was infectious and had it mostly to ourselves. After we hopped off, we found a hill under the Harbour Bridge near our hotel and stood and watched the projections on the Opera House change before wandering into the city to look at the installations. The Botanic Gardens were incredible – I expected the Cathedral of Light to be underwhelming Instagram bait, but it was honestly beautiful. Word of advice – if you can, see Vivid on a week night because the weekend crowds were intense.
Rode the Gold Coast Monorail
I’ve gone to to the Gold Coast more times than I can count, but I’ve never taken the monorail. Admittedly that’s because it only goes from a shopping centre to Jupiters Casino and back again, but last weekend we had dinner at Kiyomi (including margaritas with volcanic black salt – another first) and took it because YOLO (also because it was raining).
Went to a country music festival
This may have been an accident and we didn’t really stick around, but stumbling on the Broadbeach Country Music Festival was fun all the same! I feel bad for Brandon’s mum because she genuinely loves country music and Brandon definitely doesn’t, but it was nice to be around happy people and music everywhere.
Stayed at two new hotels
I’ve never understood people who stay in the same hotel every time they go to a city – I’m too much of sticky beak and want to nosey around every view and hotel bar . While I was in Sydney with my parents we stayed at the gorgeous old Pier One, just a stone’s throw from The Rocks (pun unintended, but I’m claiming it) and when we were on the Gold Coast with Brandon’s mum we stayed at the Sofitel Broadbeach (doughnuts for breakfast? yes please).
Went to new venues
I feel like I’m the only person in Brisbane who reached the ripe old age of 22 before going there, but I can now count Cloudland as another notch in my espresso martini belt, as well as a few more bars and restaurants I hadn’t tried yet (including a freaking amazing fish and chip shop in Currimundi).
When was the last time you did something for the first time?