Week in Review

Hi all,

The past few days have been the hardest we have experienced since moving over to Australia.

As we have mentioned before, the most difficult part of being on the other side of the world is being apart from your friends and family. But this becomes unbearable when one of them take ill.

This weekend my Dad was rushed into hospital when a nasty kidney infection actually turned out to be renal failure.

As you can imagine, going into the details is quite upsetting and right now so full of uncertainty, but I knew I couldn’t do a Week in Review without mentioning the biggest, most impactful part of my week.chase the red grape

I can’t do much from here. I wish I could be there to support my Dad, Mum and family. But thank goodness for Skype, Face Time and WhatsApp – I can stay in touch and we can all support each other the best we can.

The week just gone however was full of lots of happiness too, and in true Week in Review style, we must take joy in highlighting them!

Favourite moments

I won a competition! A local coffee roaster here had a Instagram competition to win some beans and an Aeropress. I had bought David an Aeropress for Christmas (which he uses at work) and knew it made amazing coffee so entered with glee! And I won! These guys know their beans too.CTRG

Friday was a public holiday here for Australia Day. We spent the evening with friends on their wonderful rooftop overlooking the entire city. The view became even more magical when the fireworks began (a 30 minute display Perth pride themselves on). It felt like we had front row seats to the biggest show in town!CTRG

High 5’s and Brownie points

We trained, including an insanely difficult hero WOD on Friday for Australia Day. We do Gallagher and McDonald each year and it never gets any easier.

Meal planning and food prepping was crazy this week. Our routine is changing big style… more details on that in this weeks podcast (out Wednesday). In the mean time, check out our food prep fridge.CTRG

I have taken a nap (a huge nap) every day for the past 4 days including today. I might have picked up a bug, it might be the stress but whatever it is my body is tired and I am listening to it!

Jen Eats

We made bone broth from our Christmas turkey bones (they had been put in the freezer, don’t worry) and made pesto and mayo from scratch. Look at the colour on that mayo… #eattheyolksCTRG

Acai bowls for Saturday lunch. These are all I want to eat when it’s hot!CTRG


Scotland to Australia – Breaking the bond with your belongings. This post looked the journey of looking at all of our belongings and working out what to take and not to take with us to Australia. Decisions that needed to be made very quickly. Read here. CTRG

Episode 56 of the podcast looked at defining success. What does the word success mean to you and what role does it play in your life both positively and negatively? And, most importantly, why you shouldn’t measure your worth in the world by your successes. Download now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website. success

The week ahead

To be honest I think this week is going to be a quiet one. I feel exhausted. We are, however, going to see American Idiot at the theatre on Sunday which I have been looking forward to for months! And then of course there is the Super Bowl (Monday here) which we always enjoy over breakfast!

Do you like fireworks?

What does success mean to you?

Are you watching the Super Bowl?

8 thoughts on “Week in Review

    • Jen says:

      Thanks Laura – he is doing a lot better and is showing signs of improvement.
      Been watching some of the sneak peak commercials that NBC Today are showing… I’m amazed they all seem a bit blah this year!

  1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your father and I’m praying everything turns out OK. I can relate to a degree. It’s hard being away from family when something happens, although thankfully I’m only a 3 hour car trip so I can scurry home if need be.

    Congratulations on taking all the naps, the difficult WOD and winning the coffee stuff. That’s awesome. I loved David’s firework pictures. They were so beautiful. Also, I have fridge envy.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up. I can’t wait to hear about the upcoming changes for you two.
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    • Jen says:

      Thanks Meg – he is doing a lot better and on the path to recovery. It may take time but he is going in the right direction which is the main thing.
      The fireworks were breath-taking! And I’m always amazed on how well David is able to capture the perfect shot.

  2. Cora says:

    I am thinking of you and your family Jen. That has got to be the absolute hardest thing – to be away from family during these times. I live a few hour flight away from my Dad, and even then I can’t imagine how it would feel. Thank goodness for technology. Sending all good loving vibes to you, your Dad, and your family.

    Now that coffee prize couldn’t have gone to a better recipient!! Though, I am very jealous. I’m super curious about the Aeropress. I really know nothing about them, but I bet it they make a damn good cup-a-jo. Also – dang that fridge. <3
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    • Jen says:

      Thanks Cora. You are right, thank goodness for technology, it made a really tough time that little bit easier. My Dad is on the path to recovery now and everything looks so much more positive so I feel like that weight on my shoulders has been lifted.
      I will definitely show more of the Aeropress, what it is and how you use it. Makes the best coffee… and I never thought anything would beat my Bodum French press for a home brew!

  3. Juli says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s condition and I hope that everything turns out okay! I can only imagine how tough it must be to be so far away from him! Thank god for technology and still being able to see and talk to him!
    The fireworks picture is beyond amazing! And I am slightly ashamed of my fridge right now haha. Please don’t tell me yours is as organised as this all the time!
    And congrats on winning that coffee and the press 🙂
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    • Jen says:

      David was very pleased with how the fireworks pictures turned out. He knew what he was hoping for and he got it! And it didn’t involve him looking through the camera the whole time, thanks tripod!
      My fridge doesn’t always look this way no, but there is always a lot of Tupperware that’s for sure!

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