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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things: Tick! Tick! Tick!

Short and sweet is my post this week because I'm pretty busy enjoying the weekend, during which a number of little things have brought me pleasure and relief.

I'm enjoying a getaway from my neat little granny flat and living it up at The Ramada Zen Hotel in Darwin. I checked in yesterday, and sat on the lounge. Yes! A lounge. It's the first time in nine weeks that I have had the joy of sitting, and reclining on this much taken for granted piece of furniture.

I hired a car for the weekend for convenience sake, and to have a
little break from the buses. It's so nice, and kind of strange to drive myself around the now familiar streets of Darwin. We go where we want to go, whenever we want to go. I haven't driven a car for nine weeks either,, and although the little Hyundai i20 is no match for my mighty Falcon, it's a lovely little luxury.

The reason for the hotel and the car? The arrival of a special guest, and when I picked her up at the airport, we hugged. As you know I've been suffering from HDS (Hug Deprivation Syndrome), so the first hug for ten weeks - exactly ten weeks in fact since we parted at Sydney airport - was immeasurably wonderful. We've had many more since then, and there are many more to come before I have to say good-bye once again.

Today, I'm thankful for lounges, cars and hugs.


  1. You have a SUPER excuse for a short post, the best excuse ever! I'm delighted to hear that you and your sweetheart are enjoying a getaway weekend. And yay for a respite from your HDS! :)

    1. Thanks Lexa. Funnily enough it didn't end up being very short at all...about the same length as every other one. I always have to restrain myself from writing too much. The weekend is gone and it feels like a dream.

  2. Looks like you were living it up--good for you!

    1. Thanks Tonja. It was a very short, but thoroughly enjoyable break from routine. Just 8 weeks until I fly home for Christmas to see all my people. I think I can...I think I can...