While I'd sit on my bed, crying and feeling sorry for myself, the logical part of my brain would be thinking: 'do something about it'. So that's what I'm trying to do. I thought about what would make my life better, and I want to act on those thoughts.
It turns out I don't want many things...
First, I wanted some time to myself, time to write. Time to just be me and, you know, even earn some money (I know, I'm wild and crazy - my biggest wish is to work). Tick - done! I'll post about it tomorrow.
Second, I wanted to travel more. This one's a bit harder, it's such a huge dream. And I know it will happen more, in time. But right now, our feet are firmly planted here while we renovate our house. So - I thought I'd try and do some more fun things, some touristy things close to home. Day-trips and fun outings, things that Abbey and I will both enjoy, and have some fun on our days together. Travelling without the, um, travelling part.
We started today with something very close to home, and something I hadn't done in years...
For those who don't know, Puffing Billy is an old steam train in the Dandenong Ranges (where I live) on the outskirts of Melbourne. It's one of Victoria's top tourist attractions. This is one of its most well-known points - the tressel bridge:
Steve unexpectedly had a day off work today (he's working after hours instead), so we decided to have a fun family day. And it was so much fun!
Abbey immediately loved the train.
|Sitting at the station, making 'toot toot' noises|
|Then she started sticking her head out the window...|
|And then sat with her legs dangling out of the train with me!|
|When we stopped, Abbey got to go and see the engine and visit the driver....|
|And climb trees with Steve!|
|And by the return trip, she was feeling a little too comfortable with the whole thing!|
All three of us had a fun day together... and it was a huge day for Miss Abbey. By 5.30 this evening, she was asking - yes, ASKING - to go to bed. And anyone who knows Abbey knows that this is an event in itself!