Christmas + mental health

Not another mental health post, some of you may be thinking. Where are the pretty travel pictures and travel stories, others of you may ask.

They’re here. I’ve got them. I cannot wait to share them, but with only nine days to go until Christmas I have something else on my mind.

Mental health. Not mental illness, not mental disorder, and certainly not mental problems. Mental health.

Christmas to my family is incredibly important, we love Christmas. We love being together and cooking and sharing thoughtful gifts, blasting Christmas music and wearing silly hats and telling terrible jokes from our Christmas crackers. My favourite memory of many of my christmases will always be that moment when I simply could not continue, I was full and exhausted, I’d had a day of fun and it was finally time for bed. I will always hear my mum and dad saying Merry Christmas darlin’ as I headed to bed each year. That is my favourite Christmas memory.

The holiday season is not always a happy time for some, for some people it brings with it memories of loss, a time of grieving, feelings of sadness and confusion. For some it means nothing but anxiety and uncontrollable thoughts.

Christmas is hectic. The holidays can be a real trigger for many people out there and we have a responsibility to check in on others.

For one of my friends, she lost her Mother on Christmas Eve. Another lost her best friend to depression on Christmas Day. Some people no longer have anyone to put their tree up with them. There are families who cannot afford to eat. Families without homes. Families doing their best to keep everything together, even though it seems impossible.

My favourite Big Issue vendor in Brisbane, Nathan is someone who stands outside of the 7/11 on Adelaide Street and wishes a Merry Christmas to ever single person who walks past him. I always make the time to stop and ask him how he is and have a chat. December brings with it a lot of hurt and sadness to his life. Not only is he homeless, but he lost his Mother, Step-Dad and his brother in various December’s. Still he wishes you a Merry Christmas. When I see people ignore him or even scowl at him I feel nothing but disgrace for the human race.

Last year, the week before Christmas, Nathan was telling everyone it would be his last week in Brisbane, he was moving to Hervey Bay to be with his son. His happiness was contagious, he hadn’t been that genuinely happy in months. I was silently rooting for him.

When I saw him on that same corner in January, my heart broke for him.

Missing out on the Portman’s dress you wanted for Christmas is not a tragedy. Working Christmas Eve instead of partying with your friends is not sad. Spending Christmas with your family-in-law or annoying Uncle / Cousin / Sibling is not depressing. They are all circumstantial situations.

I want you to enjoy your Christmas, be kind to everyone. Forget misgivings, remove toxic people from your life. Remember the reason for the season and practice kindness. Smile at your Big Issue vendor, if you have $7, buy a magazine. Chat with them. Ask how are you and be ready to listen and to mean it. Be socially aware.

Christmas is not shopping. Christmas is not presents. Christmas is not enduring Christmas with family, it’s an honour.

Christmas is love.

Practice love, always.

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Hypoxi – my honest review

Do you remember the first time you didn’t like your body? When you first started to pick apart all the parts and pieces which make you, you? I do. I was 14, I guess I need to be thankful that it was not before this, which I am positive our next generation are acutely aware of at a much earlier age.

At 32, I think I have given most methods a try. In terms of diets I have tried Atkins, Ketogenic, Weight Watchers, Mediterranean, BodyTrim, Lite & Easy, Clever Guts, calorie counting and weighing my food to the gram. With exercise I have had the gym memberships, gone to classes, been involved in boot-camp, bought the heart-rate monitor, running, swimming, HIIT, fat-burning cardio – the lot.

Not in an obsessive way of course, just little lifestyle changes from time to time. Sometimes I successfully kept the weight off for a while and then due to bad practice would put it all back on again (my fault).

I am finding the weight harder to shift, it is more stubborn, it is dense and with a risk for intracranial hypertension – I need to be both mindful and aware of my BMI. Around 4 months ago I was so sick of going to the gym, that I stopped going. My bike tyres kept blowing out, so I stopped riding to work and quite frankly the mornings were cool and dark, so early morning exercise was out of the question (again, this is all my own doing).

My girl friend in Sydney runs her own Hypoxi clinic and for a few years she has told me about the benefits. My best friend and MOH two years ago went through a Hypoxi program prior to my wedding and had great results. I am coming up to the completion of my eight week program and with many of my girl friends asking for a blog post and an update, here it is!

What is Hypoxi?

Hypoxi is a low-impact exercise that promotes quick and targeted results (fat + cellulite)sessions. With advanced vacuum and compression technology (and nutrition) Hypoxi activates your body’s natural system to burn specific areas of fat and cellulite.

Who is Hypoxi?

Hypoxi was developed by a sports scientist, Dr Norbert Egger and his interest in shifting the problem areas for women resulted in the development of Hypoxi, which made it’s way to Australia in 2005.

How do I Hypoxi?

Lucky for all of us, Hypoxi provides a free initial session for anyone and everyone, during this session your local Coach will assess your requirements and objectives and explain Hypoxi. There are many studios, find your closest one here.

When do I HYPOXI?

There are some independent studies to read, which you best believe I poured over before I decided to try it out – link is here.

Hypoxi is a low-impact exercise that promotes quick and targeted results in just 30 minute sessions. Science is backing this one and being the ever-cautious research nut that I am, it took me a few months before I decided to try it out.

Thankfully there is a free session available to all, which gives you the chance to speak with your local franchised, discuss your wants, needs and expectations and also try it out.

I approached the Bulimba clinic pretty nervously, I feel most vulnerable talking about and showing my body to others. I prefer to hide in the corner of the gym, or go for walks in the dark. It’s just how I am. So it took courage for me to claim my free session and head in.

I could not have been welcomed more warmly than I was by Bec, Although I was suspicious of being presented with unachievable projected goals or a price-list that would make me cry, it could not have ben any different.

Bec is personable, friendly and logical. Having Bec be a part of my journey was wonderful addition to what would turn out to be an incredibly effective and enjoyable experience.

I purchased the eight week program, rolled my ankle pretty severely after week three and then needed a month off. So sadly my results were altered I would imagine because of this. Despite this, I couldn’t be happier with the results! So, my measurements after the eight week program!

I have lost 1.5cm from my waist (which is the smallest part of me, so pretty impressive!)

I have lost 9.5cm from my stomach.

From my hips I have dropped 6.5cm and from my bottom I have lost 5cm!

Safe to say I adore Hypoxi, I love my early morning sessions with Bec at the Bulimba clinic and I have one more week to go in my pre-purchased pack. Unfortunately I rolled my ankle half way through and needed three weeks off, however I still saw results I am beyond happy with.

nd I felt as though I was supported and encouraged in a totally judgement-free zone. Having my measurements taken was pretty daunting and distressing to a point. Have you ever just thought “How did I get here?”. Anyways, the trick is to not get too hung up on that and keep on moving forward.

Things to remember and to abide to, honestly I trialled following and not following these and the differences week-to-week were really noticeable!

  • do NOT consume food for two hours after your session and avoid carbs for a further 4-6 hours. Failing to follow this will result in burning your food, rather than your stubborn food.
  • no alcohol after your session and overall try to limit your alcohol consumption
  • no caffeine for two hours after your session
  • keep your water up – 2L per day if you can
  • avoid fruit immediately after your session also
  • in general try to stick to foods with less then 10mg per 100mg of carbs

The machines I used included the L250 trainer and the HypoxDermology (HD) suit, otherwise known as my sleep-time. This contraption rejuvenates the skin, improving its tone and texture and is modeled on the ancient Chinese practice of cupping. There are some complexities when getting into the suit. First of all, I am 5″9, so everything is long and I am tall, I also pack a bun on-top of my head that nearly requires its own separate hat – I am now at a stage where I can manoeuvre that bad-boy into the suit expertly (although I still forget to bring my arms down to a height which is appropriate for Bec to help me, sorry Bec). I go in this for half an hour before my thirty minute L250 session.So, if you are thinking of it giving it a go, you won’t be disappointed. Here are my before and after pictures. Which I’m not super comfortable sharing but for anyone like me who was searching high and low for independent reviews, then I hope this helps!

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Cruising Holidays: Pro’s & Con’s

After all of these years, I refuse to be a travel-snob. I get no satisfaction in entering some tireless debate about whether 5✩ or backpacking is ‘real’ travel. Hostels v. hotels. Taxis or the local bus, so on and so forth. Travel is an incredibly personal experience, I just don’t think it is fair to compare your preferred travel with others.

What I do support and encourage however, is sharing knowledge! Let’s foster a community where we share what we know and support everyone in their own chosen method of travel, yeah? Great!

My first cruise was on 2010, I was excited because my brother had just turned 18 and we wanted to go on a trip together. So a couple of friends and my brother booked a 7-night cruise to the South Pacific. It was a great escape during the winter but here is why it was not so great:

sharing a quad room with four adults, none of whom are in a relationship with one another, gets…cramped.

having a quad room down in the bowels of the ship and not checking whether or not anyone gets sea-sick, can be problematic.

↑ being stuck on a boat without an escape and having the same places to drink / party every afternoon / night.

↑ Four people having the inability to decide what they do / do not want to do.

↑ having your room down on the party-level of the ship and not partying = sleep can be tricky.

Basically my clearest memory of my first cruise, was feeling like I was in a washing machine when we hit high swell and feeling rather violated (personally and financially) when I paid nearly $200 to cop a needle in the backside to stop my sea-sickness.

In 2016 my fiancé and I headed out on a new cruise and boy, it could not have been any more different to the first one! We had a balcony room on the beautiful Pacific Aria. We were on deck 10, near the coffee shops. We had pre-paid most of our activities and had scored a complimentary drinks package. We spent seven nights cruising up / down the beautiful Queensland coast. We visited Hamilton Island (a place close to both of our hearts), and Cairns. The cruise was amazing, the staff excellent and the experience itself turned me into a total cruise convert!

My top five reasons as to why I love cruising:

  • Everything can be pre-paid. Including sail-away inclusions. Want champagne and strawberries for your sail away party? You can have it.
  • The day of the Bain Marie’s where you self-serve eating areas are gone. Instead you line up and have pleasant and good-safety aware people serve you. There is nothing more repugnant than watching someone stand at the Thai beef salad / prawn salad area and pick all of the meat out, leave the place in a mess and sneeze all over the uncovered food. So for me, I think ta wonderful that P&O have changed the way they serve food.
  • Activities for days! Unless you are completely ignorant, you are able to fill your days with a variety of activities. Sure Bingo isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it for a bit of fun. If you aren’t playing yourself, get to the area early and watch the bingo die-shards go in for the kill! It’s amazing!
  • Tricia and game shows are also great. They also show movies up at the top deck with the pool.
  • You don’t need to pack and unpack at are such destination! You just grab what you need for the day and take off! Its amazing going to sleep somewhere out in the ocean, being gently rocked to sleep and waking up against the incredible backdrop which is Cairns!
  • If you’re after an adventure packed holiday, then a week at sea on an all-expenses paid cruise may not be for you. However if you need a break and you want to board a boat, unpack your stuff and then have everything organised and paid for ahead of time, then I cannot recommend a cruise highly enough for you.

Some tips:

  • Your travel insurance may not automatically cover cruises. Double check the fine print and know that there is cruise-specific travel insurance out there.
  • Drinks packages are worth it, if you are planning or drinking more than three or so beverages a day. Keep in mind they are normally capped at $12 or $15. If you purchase a drink above this amount, the total cost will go against your account. Keep that in mind.
  • The water package is worth it. Buy your six bottles, keep them in your room and I guarantee you will value it.
  • Tea and coffee from the barista is worth it.
  • Tip your stewards. We tend to go with around $5 a day for the cabin stewards and leave a rounded tip at the end of the trip. Don’t pinch your pennies.
  • Be friendly! Talk to your stewards. Get to know them. Know that anyone serving you spends up to eight months on these boats. Away from their friends and families. Kindness is free. Don’t be ignorant. I spent a good half hour shaming a guest on our last cruise, whose stance was “they don’t mind being away from home, it’s a great privilege to work on these boats”. Okay. Ignorant much?
  • The restaurants on board, aside from usually one or two are included in your fare! Try them at least once. Your out of pocket is usually drinks and a tip. Want a date night with table service? Give it a go. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Have fun! Relax! Sleep in. Enjoy it and go with the relaxed vibe there is. Things take a little longer. Remember the other people on the ship also paid to be there. So just avoid unnecessary aggression and if the line is too long where you are, then move on to the next!

P&O have a sale at the moment and seeing as you can book and pay off your holiday years in advance, you really have nothing to lose!

To check out their current offers click here. They currently have $1 deposit sales with free room upgrades. We have been on four of them and quite honestly, I cannot wait for the next one!

I have never bought a cruise holiday when it wasn’t on sale or didn’t have some amazing additional perks thrown in (on-board credit, drinks package, dinner credit etc.,). The beauty of this is they are on sale all the time!

Here are a few links to get you started!

P&O Cruises

Travel Insurance Saver

Trip.com

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Buderim Forest Walk

IMG_9696The Sunshine Coast and South-East Queensland is home to an absolute plethora of family-friendly activities. From Noosa Heads, out to Toowoomba down to Warwick and then south to Mt Warning, South East Queensland has so much to offer. I am a strong advocate for South East Queensland being more than theme parks, beaches and Brisbane CBD.

My sister is one of the most incredible mothers I know and I work / know many other incredible parents who will go out of their way to ensure their kids and families experience everything our beautiful corner of the world has to offer. So in the spirit of finding activities which everyone is able to participate in, I decided to take myself on a road-trip during the School activities.

As I had only headed South on the Wednesday, I decided North was my destination for the Friday. The Buderim Forest Waterfall Walk is a 45 hectare oasis, on the northern side of Buderim. It is a welcoming rainforest with tall trees, ferns, waterfalls, beautiful bird calls and cascading water.

I chose to enter from the Lindsay Road via Harry’s Lane in Buderim and there were plenty of parking spots. There is a beautiful area of electric barbecues and picnic tables and as you start your walk, it commences on an elevated wooden boardwalk. I made my way through the forest, crossing over the impressive Martins Creek at several way points. I made my way up to the Buderim Falls, however once I got there and set my gear up, we were met with polite yet persistent rainfall. This quickly escalated into moderate rainfall and I fund myself packing up my gear and making a very wet (yet fun) journey back to my car.

Here is a fun fact bout the bridge, it was actually lowered into place by a helicopter after it was built offsite! Swimming is ill-advised given it is a spring fed source which has weaved its way through many urban developments by the time it gets to the falls.

I live on the Southside of Brisbane and my journey took around an hour and twenty minutes to reach my destination (with rainy weather and slower traffic). The drive way beautiful and I could not recommend this destination enough for an easy and cheap adventure with the family.

IMG_9683Where is your favourite bush-walk in Queensland? Anything you can recommend to others?

For more amazing activities you can do on our beautiful Sunshine Coast – please check out the below link:

https://www.visitsunshinecoast.com/What-to-do/Things-to-do

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Sweet as…the Brisbane Dessert Festival

 

The Sweet as Brisbane Dessert Festival occurred on Sunday 3 June and provided all Brisbane-ites with their very own festival dedicated to all things sweet!

The World Food Markets (a group of twenty-or-so delicious catering vans) came together to sprinkle our little corner of the world of South Brisbane with chocolate, cakes, sugar-loaded candy, ice-cream and a few savoury options, just to break it all up!

From our wander around I was close to  experiencing whiplash, trying to look at all of the delectable goodness which was surrounding me! There were events throughout the day, we missed the kids ice-cream eating competition which I am sure would have been brilliant!

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Like most events around Brisbane, there was the option to buy tickets online, ahead of time and save some $. I think I paid around $11AUD, with the booking fee and the tickets at the gate were around $15. Early release tickets were under $10, so if you do have the chance to book online, try to do so when there is an early release (and save yourself some cash for delicious treats!).

I met up with a wonderful woman, Krista, whom I met on Instagram. Another Brisbane girl who is an absolute delight to be around. We met through #teamkaptainkenny, which is honestly one of the most supportive groups of people online. Krista and I, both mad Brissie lovers have decided we are going to try and showcase our beautiful corner of the world through #ourseqld.

The project is in its baby-stages so far and at this stage I am not sure how well it is going to do. What I do know though, is that we are both dedicated and motivated and at 32 years old, I now realise that there is no shame in failure or in things not working out. The biggest regrets I have so far in my life, are opportunities I didn’t go for, didn’t try or was too scared to risk my safety-net in doing (which is ridiculous because rarely does stepping out of your comfort zone result in physical harm!).

We headed to the Fish Lane precinct, which is in West End / South Brisbane and has some really amazing street art. Wishing you all an incredible Tuesday! Until next time :).

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Morans Falls, Lamington National Park

Morans Falls – Lamington National Park – IMG_0055May 2018

Sometimes, you just need to break out of that concrete jungle and chase the bush, the wind, the silence and nature. We had this moment a couple of weeks ago. We have been working so hard to save for our next big adventure that we found we had become passing ships in the night, once you add work , the gym, the late nights and the on-call which G works every second week.

I have a mini-wish list on my desktop at work, of places nearby I want to explore. Just me, my camera and my husband. This list has been stared at longingly by me daily for many months, so you can imagine my excitement when by some miracle we both had the same weekend free. We decided to check out Morans Falls, which is a beautiful track located in Lamington National Park. The trek itself takes around forty minutes from the top, and the walk is well worth it once you find yourself at the falls. A part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area, Morans Falls plummets an impressive 80 metres to the valley floor.

IMG_0118The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, were formally known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves and are the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world. The forests were inscribed to the World Heritage list in 1986 and is a total of approximately 370,000 hectares across NSW and Qld.

The trek itself is 4.4km and you should allow yourself an hour and a half – it depends how quickly you are walking. We took around 30/40minutes down, spent over an hour at the falls and then another 40 minutes to climb back up to the top.

The trek is graded a four out of five for difficulty, but I would put it more at the three out of four, there is no scrambling required, the path is well done and well signed so if you are without any mobility issues then you should be okay. We got there to watch the beginning of sunset and it was worth every second we were there, just beautiful. The photos in this post were taken with my Canon EOS 80D with my 24mm pancake lens. Any photos which make you draw your breath in quickly…belong to my Husband who thought it was appropriate to dangle himself off of the edge of the waterfall *deep breaths*.IMG_0112

From Brisbane it will take you around two hours to drive, the roads up to O’Reilley’s can be quite windy so try not to be in a rush getting there. You can either take the highway or head out through Browns Plains-Jimboomba-Canungra to get there. From the Gold Coast the drive takes around an hour and a half.IMG_0178Have you explored Lamington National Park?IMG_0162

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Glass House Mountains, Queensland

When saving for a holiday, it can be tricky to think of things to do which don’t break the bank but which also get you to leave the house. Welcome to the humble road-trip! We are fortunate enough to live on the river in Brisbane, so it is relatively easy to head North or South, especially with the Motorway so close to our home.IMG_9731Saturday involved a flip of the coin and the choice to head north. A girlfriend of mine had suggested Mount Mee as a daytrip, so that’s where we took off. My GPS has died, so I decided to use trustee Siri on my phone. ‘Trustee’ Siri absolutly fails to take you the easiest route, despite what you are lead to believe! We couldn’t quite hunt down the attractions of Mount Mee and so we drove straight through to the Glasshouse mountains for a well-needed bushwalk.

After a failed negotiation to only complete the 3km route (me), we headed off on our 6km round-trip (G’s choice). Unfortunately for G we had forgotten to leave our backpack in the car and he carted this thing around the entire walk. Also, there is nothing in this world which will remind you of how unfit you are like a) walking past the fittest most attraative couple you have ever seen at the end of their walk without a likc of sweat on them and b) sweating so profusely you consider taking your shirt off only 5 minutes into your walk.

The walk itself was really nice, muggy but nice. The lookout is really pretty and as we made it to the top it started to rain which was a nice break in the heat. G said it would help from being judged too harshly, because most people would (surely) figure it was rain. I was not convinced, mine looked suspiciosly like sweat and the look of death going along with it was a bit of a give-away!

After our walk, which took about an hour and a half we were excited to go and have our picnic and G has now decided he wants to go back and climb the east face of Mt Tibrogargan like a goat sometime in the future. I think seing an elderly gentleman returning from the hike, kitted out in his climbing anchors and harnesses may have given him false confidence there.

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We travelled further up the road and visited the Glass House Mountains Lookout. I have great memories of visiting this place when I was a kid – my family and I used to head up here a few times a year as we lived in Caloundra.

Th Glass House Mountains, named by Captain Cook during his voyage along the east coast are beautiful, they are the remnants of volcanic activity that occured between 25 -27 million years ago. These beautiful volcanic mountains are the iconic landmarks of the Sunshine Coast.

The Glass House Mountains lookout is along Glass House Woodford Road and are open 24 hours, the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout Cafe is just down the road and if you have your own packed lunch (like we did), then there are bbq facilities and picnic tables at the lookout as well.

From Brisbane, follow the Bruce Highway north, take the Glass House Mountains tourist drive turn-off and follow the signs to the Glass House Mountains.

Have you been to the Glass House Mountains? I would love to hear about it!

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Brisbane Heritage Trails <3

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The Kookaburra Queen has been cruising the Brisbane River since 1986.

When you travel the world, you often do things you may not think to do at home. I find I walk a lot more when I am travelling, I explore on foot, I  like to find the best places to explore, the history of my location etc. When I found my Husband was exactly the same, it makes for fun adventures. We both love getting up early, smashing breakfast and heading out for the day with camera + backpack and a loose idea on where we are going and what we are in search of.

So what would happen when we tried to do the same thing back home in Brisbane? Walking was normally a source of exercise at home, also – what was there to explore in Brisbane?

It turns out there is a LOT! The Brisbane City Council has many Heritage Trails which they have put together, they are free and excellent resources which you can download and access offline (perfect for a free walking adventure!). There are 18 different heritage walking trails across our beautiful Brisbane. The two which we have done recently are the Classic City Centre Heritage trail and the Reflections on the River Trail.

Naldham HouseMy preference is to walk the trails, it is a fun way to get some exercise and get a good feel for the city, if you aren’t keen on walking – there are plenty of public transport options around the city which you may prefer. The reflections on the river trail starts at Customs House, weaves through to the City Botanic Hardens through to QUT Gardens Point Campus and then over to the Coal Wharves of Southbank. We then finished at Southbank. The beauty of this trail is that you can end in Southbank to a plethora of food options!

We took a backpack, some cash for coffee along the way, a couple of water bottles and apples and good walking shoes. We must have walked a good 10,000 steps by the end of it and really, the entire day only cost our coffees and our lunch we had over at Southbank – not a necessary expense, it was just something we shouted ourselves on the day.

It is possible to ‘do things’ in Brisbane without having a large budget to play with and it saves staying at home weekend and you can walk away with new found knowledge of our beautiful city!

Honestly, i cannot recommend doing this enough, you will walk away with a newfound appreciation for your city as well as knowledge you did not have before!

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Sweet little Sunday <3

On Sunday, it was my gorgeous younger sisters birthday. Somehow the stars aligned and the majority of us were all free to hang out. I live in Brisbane, my Mum lives down the coast and my sister lives about half way. So sometimes it can be pretty hard to find the time to catch up!We decided that a family bike ride was on the cards and much to my surprise my cruiser somehow fit into the back of my little Mazda 3 and I was able to get it to mums. I think sometimes it’s hard to remember that some of the more simple pleasures is just quality time with those you love, riding your bikes around a beautiful headland and just spending some time together!The Gold Coast had really turned the weather on for the day – a beautiful and sunny 29 degrees. A light breeze and not too many people out. Our ages ranging from 62 through to 16 months and our rising abilities ranging just as drastically (and not at all age-congruent. 😂😂😂).It was a simple way to spend the day but it was wonderful and exactly what we all needed xxx

How did you spend your weekend?

x C x