#15 – Read 1 new book a month

This was one of the most enjoyable items to complete from The List. There is something so peaceful about staring into the pages of a book and being lost in a story…much nicer than staring into a glaringly bright phone screen!

Continue reading to see the 12 books I read over the last year…

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#4 – Donate Blood

I’ve been battling with what to write for this post. Giving blood is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time but never got around to for whatever reason, and my 30 before 30 list gave me the opportunity to prioritise it.

In Australia, only 1 in 30 people donate blood even though 1 in 3 people rely on blood donations. This is serious people! If you’re in good health, and not too afraid of needles, take some time to donate and make a difference in someone’s life.

I went to the Blood Donation Centre earlier this year, excited and nervous about what to expect. I was given a sticker in anticipation of my “first blood donation” and wore it proudly! I had asked Mr DMD if he could be my chauffeur on the day just in case I wasn’t feeling well afterwards, but being the amazing supporter he is, he came along to donate blood too. Forms were filled out and we patiently waited for our names to be called for a screening interview. They verify the form you just filled in, ask some additional questions, check your height and weight, and do a finger prick test to check your iron levels are in a high enough range. Bah-bow! First fail. I fell over at this small hurdle, but was told that sometimes the machine was a little ‘off’ and the nurse in the clinic would take a proper sample for a more accurate reading. Bah-bow! Second fail. Still too low to safely donate blood. Feeling a little disheartened, I waited for Mr DMD to finish and spent the rest of the day wallowing in self-pity. Of all the items on my list, the thought never crossed my mind that donating blood might not be achieveable. So, I persisted…

The second time around, I felt more confident. I’d spent my week eating loads of iron rich foods, thinking I’d be able to trick increase my iron levels enough so that they fell into a safe range for blood donation. Mr DMD came along, we went through the forms and interviews, and then the finger print test. My result was 2 points off what it needed to be, but as we know, the machine can be a little ‘off’ and I knew my system was full of iron. Confidence brimming, I went through to the clinic…this is it, I thought, today is the day. The nurse took another sample to confirm my levels, while I played Ricky Martin’s ‘Livin’ la vida loca’ on my ipod. Feeling good, great even! And then…BAH-BOW!! Failed AGAIN! How could it be? “It’s just not safe”, the nurse said, “I don’t think you should come back again”. SUPER SAD FACE!!!!!!!!!!

So, herein lies my dilemma. I set out to donate blood, tried twice, and failed twice on account of the fact that even though my iron levels are healthy by any doctor’s standards, they are not in a high enough range to be able to donate blood safely without causing anaemia (no actual health issues people mum!). However, on the upside, my super dooper Mister HAS donated twice…I’d like to think that his 2 donations represent one for himself, and one on my behalf…taking one for the team if you will! What do you think? Does it still count or should I try again?

 

Miss Daisy

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#6 – City2Surf

The City2Surf is an annual 14km fun run held in Sydney. The course takes you from the concrete jungle of the CBD, through the harbourside suburbs of Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay and all the way to the sand at iconic Bondi Beach. I had an amazing day out, and even surprised myself by finishing the course in 2hrs 15min :-)

Here are some visuals from my City2Surf experience on Sunday 10th August 2014…

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Waiting for the race to start in Macquarie Street

c2s_2Some of the 80,000+ strong crowd at the start of the course heading towards iconic Kings Cross

c2s_3Some motivation along the way!

c2s_4Racing down the hill toward Bondi Beach and you are rewarded with this iconic view

c2s_5Racing toward the finish line!

c2s_6A medal for my efforts!

Can’t wait to do it again next year!!

Miss Daisy

All images are my own
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#13 – Donate Time to a Charity

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Birds of Passage is a charity organisation in Sydney who provide food and clothing to Sydney’s disadvantaged. It is a relatively new charity (roughly 3 years old) who aim to provide fresh meals to the homeless, all prepared and cooked up by its volunteers. I was lucky enough to volunteer with the group on a chilly winter’s night in Sydney where we cooked up a BBQ complete with steak sandwiches and fresh lemonade to the homeless of Woolloomooloo.

The experience was incredibly humbling to say the least. The volunteers have amazing energy and everyone is bonded by a common passion for helping those who are less fortunate. I look forward to volunteering with BOP again in the very near future, and would encourage anyone who is interested to enquire via their website or Facebook page. They also appreciate any food and monetary donations.

Miss Daisy

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#23 – Go to a Sydney Swans Game

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Quick update today to chat about the Sydney Swans AFL game I went to on Friday night. It was the swannies second last home game of the season, and my dear friend Demitri took me along to help me cross this one off my bucket list! (HUGE thank you!!)

The swannies played an excellent game, leading throughout, although they fumbled their way to the finish with some mediocre defending. I’ve now got a much better understanding of the finer points of the game, thanks to Demitri’s patient explaination, and a new-found appreciation for the dedicated fans who brave freezing cold temperatures to watch their beloved team play for hours on end!

Miss Daisy

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#10 – Eat Vegetarian for a Week

This past week saw me knock yet another item down! Take that number 10!

I’ve always enjoyed a meat-free meal from time to time. There are so many ways to be creative with your veges and grains. What I’ve never actually done is tried to maintain a meat-free diet for a whole week, and hence the self-challenge pre-30. (For the record, I classify meat-free as no red meat, pork, chicken or seafood)

One of the highlights of the week was dinner at my uncle’s restaurant Harvest

harvestL-R: Vietnamese rice paper rolls; Savoury mushroom pancake stack; Spinach and kumara gnocchi; Sticky date pudding

…tell me you don’t feel hungry after seeing these tasty morsels! Even Mr. DMD can vouch for the fact that a complete vegetarian meal is very tasty and filling…and who can complain when their sticky date pudding arrives with not 1 but 2 scoops of ice cream to sweeten the deal :-)

After a week I felt well-nourished, and never felt like I was limited in my choices. I even managed to eat junk food in the form of vegetarian pizza and vegetarian laksa. There is alot to be said for simplicity and flavour in a meat-free meal, and the light ‘not bloated’ feeling after eating. I think I’ll try and eat mostly vegetarian lunches from now on.

Miss Daisy

P.S. If you’re interested in vegetarian cuisine, the Harvest Vegetarian Cookbook is available to purchase online and at Dymocks in Australia

 

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#22 – Get Back Into Yoga

It’s no secret that there are several mental and physical health benefits to practicing yoga…

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I used to practice once a week, then I kinda fell off the wagon…but I’m pleased to say it is back in my life (and hopefully here to stay).

It’s amazing how taking 10 to 15 minutes to stretch and breathe can do wonders for your mind and body. It allows you to look within, just focusing on your breath, your body and the yoga pose. Yoga helps your entire nervous system calm down.

Do you practice yoga or are you thinking about getting into it? Here is a super simple yoga sequence from the Lorna Jane Active Living Magazine if you’d like to try it.

Miss Daisy

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#5 – Take a Cooking Class at Sydney Seafood School

I love to cook, and eat (that goes without saying). One of my favourite things to eat is seafood, and crab might just be my favourite crustacean (don’t tell lobster I said that!). Although it can be fiddly, the sweet crab meat reward at the end sends my tastebuds into overdrive. So it was only fitting that the cooking class I’d be attending involved crab. Chilli Crab. Hello friend!

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The lesson started off with a discussion about selecting and cleaning crab, followed by a demonstration of 2 recipes that we’d be cooking shortly thereafter. After the demonstration, we were lead through to an amazing workspace filled with multiple kitchen workbenches (each workbench was fully equipped with the latest everything..cool drawer, anyone? Noted for my next house!). There were 4 of us at our workstation with each couple given 1 of the 2 recipes to cook. A special mention must go to Mr. DMD, who wasn’t so keen on a cooking class date night, but nevertheless rolled up his sleeves and got right in there with the chopping and cooking (thanks babe!). After working up an appetite with all the prepping and cooking, our dishes were ready to eat! We went through to the dining room where we shared the fruits of our labour with our workbench companions and O.M.G. the crabs were amazing!!! After some good banter and a few glasses of wine, the evening was over and Boom! Another one down, just like that.

For anyone else interested, The Sydney Seafood School is located at the Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont, and there are a whole variety of classes you can attend – all revolving around seafood, of course. 

 

Miss Daisy

All images are my own
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#17 – Take a Photography Class

This past weekend, I got my creative on and took a night photography course as part of the Sydney Vivid Festival.

We learnt tips and tricks to achieve great shots in the dark, and experimented with LED lights and glow sticks for some cool effects.

Here is a sneak peek of what we got up to…

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Light-writing

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 3 times the Daisy (how freaky!)

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The beautiful Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour

The Vivid Festival is an awesome festival of light in and around Sydney’s harbour and it has now spread into the city at Martin Place and over to Darling Harbour. I’d encourage you to go and have a look if you have the chance as it is really quite spectacular!

Miss Daisy

(All photos via Understand Down Under)

 

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#8 – Learn how to ride a scooter

When I committed this one to the list, I’ll be honest, I was scared. I’m a big scaredy cat, but that’s OK because I know I am! Once I got past the scared bit, I thought about how cool it would be to actually ride a scooter (by scooter I mean Vespa or similar). I pictured myself looking something like this…

audrey-scootAudrey Hepburn looking so effortlessly chic on a Vespa!

But I actually looked like this…

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Needless to say, I did learn how to ride a scooter but I didn’t really like it. The moral to the story is to give it a go, even if you want to chicken out…at least you can say that you tried. And it is with this in mind that I can hold my head up high and cross off number 8 from The List! (I’m also thinking that this little exercise counts for number 24 as well!)

Have you ever done something you were scared of and actually enjoyed it after you got over your fear?

Miss Daisy

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