What a busy weekend it’s been! I’ve been doing my best to follow a tip I saw online that said you should romanticise your life and try and see it with new eyes. The good bits, of course! This doesn’t mean we should accept unhealthy habits or allow bad situations to go on. I’ve really been feeling the wanderlust vibes lately and just want to get up and go. I haven’t been satisfied with where I live and quite fancy a huge change. If I’m honest, I hope to leave Australia in the next few years and begin a new adventure. In the meantime however, I’m focused on being a passionate enthusiast of life and doing the best I can with what I’ve got. I know in order to feel my best I need to break up the monotony and create for myself a new reality, starting with baby steps.
In the spirit of this, I went for an impromptu walk to Parramatta Park yesterday. I spent a while getting dressed as I wanted to make sure I loved my outfit. As you might’ve seen from my stories, I hopped on the grandpa vest trend. I think I did a great job of making it look chic and stylish though! I kept to neutrals and wore a white button down under the vest. Paired that with jeans, white sneakers, braided my hair and added a brown leather bag and leopard print scarf. The way I wear the scarf is either in my hair or tied to my bag. I even put some makeup on which I rarely do nowadays. Did a red lip too which always makes me feel like a boss babe.
My favourite spot at Parramatta Park is definitely Rumsey Rose Garden- perhaps you’ve seen the video from my time there. It’s a beautiful location. Lots of seating, flowers of all types and these shaded canopies formed by trees and ivy wrapping around the structures in the Park. Since I was all dressed up in my Spencer from Pretty Little Liars inspired outfit, I took a bunch of photos with self timer. They turned out so well and I adore them. I went for a variety of shots and played around with angles. Definitely a preppy cottage core vibe!
In the evening I went to my favourite restaurant Lusso Tapas in Rouse Hill with my mum and grandma. We ordered our usual gozleme, kofta and fried chicken but also tried a new dish- the asparagus and ricotta florettes. Dessert was Greek donuts and Mediterranean ice cream with rose water and fairy floss.
Sunday was similarly full on. I spent Sunday with my brother, dad and my step mum’s family. We’ve grown quite close to them as they live locally. Speaking of my step mum, we finally have a date set in stone as to when she’ll come to Australia. January 20th, 2021. Her and my dad are both Pakistani but she has lived there her whole life. My dad on the other hand immigrated when he was twenty one. My step mum can’t drive, speak English and doesn’t cook so it will be a learning curve for her to adjust to life in Australia. I’m confident that with time, patience and love we can help her transition be smooth and free of obstacles and discomfort. I’m very happy she’ll be completing our family unit once more. My dad and his wife have been in a long distance relationship for just under two years now with the exception of a few visits. Of course, of late, there has been no opportunity for this. I know how hard it is to be away from the one you love. To wish to be the first one they see and interact with in the morning. To just want to kiss them, to hug them, to be close. I know there are days you feel hopeful and like your bond crosses oceans and all the divides the world could create. However, I know there are days you cry and feel like staying in bed because you can’t bear the thought of another day of longing. To have that stage in their relationship come to a close must be relieving beyond measure.
Anyhow, I’ve strayed off topic slightly. My new Aunty and Uncle have two kids who are five and eight. They are much closer in age to my brother but my Aunty and I have grown to be good friends. I’m glad my brother has some playmates. I know he’s always wanted a younger sibling who was on his wavelength and content to play games all day. In these kids, he’s got that. We met up around half past four in the afternoon as daylight savings in spring means long days. The sun was still at full brightness making a trip to the park, as planned, a decision worth rethinking. We ended up heading to the local mall and playing arcade games for upwards of an hour. They’d bought a prepaid card with $200 worth of game money. You can imagine how exciting that was to three kids. They were pretty much let loose and allowed to play any and all games they desired. I began by playing table hockey with their girl and let me tell you.. for someone so small, she has wicked skills! She beat me with 6-4 wins. If I’m being honest though, my hand bag was in the way and definitely hurt my play. Afterwards, we circled the arcade and played spin the wheel, bowling, basketball and knock the clowns down, amongst other little games. At some point there was a system error and we were given over a thousand tickets instead of the hundred and fifty we’d actually won. Go figure, I though. Usually, life works to give you less, not more! Haha. After cashing in the tickets and choosing little prizes, the kids got ice creams and I opted for water. I don’t know about you but sweet treats in the summer dehydrate me further! I certainly could’ve gone for an iced coffee though.
Next we headed to the Park. On our way there my brother spotted a vintage Citroen. I have not a clue what year this car was from but it was beautifully restored and maintained. The old man driving it was having the time of his life- zipping in and out of traffic like nobody’s business. It was so great to watch although I’m sure he earned a speeding ticket or two!
The Park itself was pretty impressive. It had a playground, skate area, football ground and giant grassy oval if you fancied a long walk. The kids played for a while, the adults chatted among themselves and I collared this week’s inspirational quotes and rang my boyfriend. Time zones, let me tell you. I’m just thankful he’s a night owl like me!
At this point it was nearing seven in the evening. We headed off for dinner and ended up at a Pakistani restaurant. We ordered soft drinks, tandoori chicken, meat skewers, lamb and paneer. It was quite the spread of full on food. A little bit too much spice but good in moderation. I did enjoy the naan very much! For dessert we had traditional Indian and Pakistani sweets, Gulab Jamun and Jaleebi. They are quite the treat every once in a while. Throughout the evening, the kids were a whole lot more interested in playing among us and deciding on the impostor. I don’t mind a game here and there but definitely don’t understand how it’s ballooned into a trend! Just before we headed home, my Aunty gifted me a few dresses she’d made. It was such a thoughtful gesture and I was really moved by the effort she’d made in making me feel loved and included. The dresses are quite vintage and boho inspired. Just very charming. An early birthday present, I’m guessing. The countdown is on- less than two weeks to go!