I Was Flamingoed (and more of my week)

Kana from Kana’s Notes flamingoed me last week. What does being flamingoed mean? Well, I suggest you read her highly entertaining post for yourself.

In short, I happened upon her blog and read it religiously and comment when its worthwhile – and of course because she’s such an awesome blogger, its always worthwhile. So I got flamingoed (its all very logical).

Here is my flamingo.

In turn she asks that I flamingo my supportive blogger friends and so I have elected my chosen few.

[As an aside I think Australia is the only continent that doesn’t actually have native flamingos, so what are the chances that you would be flamingoed by an Australian girl with no native flamingos? I know. If this isn’t a sign from the heavens to purchase a lottery ticket, I really don’t know what is.]

Without any further ado…

Carrie, at A Sassy Redhead – Shes  hilarious and she comments on all my posts – she might well be the perfect woman (and she’s currently single boys, so line up)!

UnknownCystic – He’s deep thinking, reflective and funny, and he manages it all while living next a gun-toting neighbour. He deserves an award for that alone!

Tinkerbelle at Laughter Is Catching – She reminds me of me, when I was in my 20’s, I just love her and her outlook on life. Plus she featured me in a Halloween blog post, so she has excellent taste.

Eleanor from How The Hell Did I End Up Here? – The kind of woman I hope to be when I’m a little older. Fun, energetic, full of fascinating stories and gorgeous!

I know I have so many more friends that I have met recently, and please don’t think I don’t appreciate you all!

Thank you to Kana for the awesome idea, and I do hope that now your flamingo has gone global, your fame doesn’t change you. 🙂

Onto other news…

If you follow me on twitter, you know that I jalk. A jalk is a term I have coined that describes the hour + that I spend jalking (jogging + walking) around the beach, almost every day. (And by almost every day, I mean twice a week on a good week.)

It basically means I jog for a while – until my eyes are seeing double, my lungs feel like someone cut through them with a blunt spoon, the sweat has stuck my hair to my neck and my shirt to my back, and my feet no longer face in the direction in which I am headed – then I start to walk. (This typically happens after a credible 40 to 50 seconds of jogging.)

At this point, I walk for a while, and when I have determined that I am not in fact, going to die, I start to jog again and the cycle continues.

Jalking. And yes, it really is as awesome as it sounds.

Anyway, it really is beautiful where we live and often I will see whales or dolphins out playing in the ocean, and so I thought it would be cool to take along my iphone and take pictures of the path I take on my jalk, to give you an idea of what I see and experience. These were taken last Wednesday.

The beginning


This is where the gasping starts

The end of jogging as my feet start to wobble in the wrong direction. Here's where death is nigh and I move to walking to ensure I stay upright and lucid.

Walking upright and relatively coherent

Love this rockpool

Perfect dolphin and whale-watching vantage point

I actually saw someone crawling up these once, they're so intense. Sure, it was a toddler, but still.

Almost there

This is where I have the team of paramedics waiting. I'm kidding. At this point I turn around and have to go all the way back to my car, and I often consider flagging down a teenager on a skateboard for a ride I'm that desperate at this point for it all to be over.

I hope you enjoyed a peek into life in coastal Australia, and for one last treat, I will leave you with a photo I took last year from the vantage point of a whale playing out in the ocean – I had my zoom camera with me, sadly I cant get anything decent with the iphone.


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36 thoughts on “I Was Flamingoed (and more of my week)

  1. Karyn,

    Thank for Flamingoing me. There are plastic feathers all over my virtual room now. Luckily, they are easy to clean up.

    And thanks for the kind words, which you must have meant for someone else’s blog and not my shallow-thinking internet den.

    Oh, BTW, I’ll be moving to AUS soon thanks to the picture you posted. However, I do know you photoshopped out the sharks, spiders, snakes and everything else that will bite me or cause my hand to swell to the size of a Koala and fall off. And I’m not convinced Koalas themselves aren’t full of poison, but Australians don’t want the world to know because then no one would want to take that long flight to the bottom of the earth.

    You’re the best,



    • I don’t need to photoshop UC, they stay hidden – its their way into tricking all of us into believing that Oz is a safe and harmless place! And of course I meant you!! LOVE your writing, you know that! 🙂


  2. Flamingoing – nice. Thanks for introducing some more great bloggers. The only one I already knew was Carrie and she is awesome. Jalking sounds great and you’ve got the most amazing jalking route! Completely jealous of those views.


    • Its a great route, winding along the coastline, I am lucky to have such a great area so close by. LOVE Carrie! Glad I could point you in the direction of others – always like to hear from someone about new blogs worth reading.


  3. jules says:

    aaah, I love those photos!! Oz clearly does look beautiful!



  4. Maybe if I had those kind of views, I’d be tempted to bring myself to at least walk there. Simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing that corner of your world.


  5. Wow amazing scenery!


    • I need to post some pics of other spots that are considered ‘picturesque’ in the area, its interesting when you live somewhere, you don’t appreciate the natural beauty as someone who looks at it with new eyes. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


  6. Elyse says:

    Congrats — well deserved recognition!

    Stay safe down there in Oz — we want more pictures!


  7. Thanks for the smile – delightful 🙂


  8. karyn where abouts is that? i get deja vu seeing those pics 😉


  9. Carrie says:

    Sweet mother, I just hit the lottery! To be mentioned in one of your posts is, well…it’s making my knees weak.

    I kinda jalk. But not really. I walk/run downtown Austin. Used to do it 3-4 times a week for over a year, and now…none. Totally got out of the habit. But starting today, I’m back at it. My bag with my gross clothes is right here under my feet at my desk.

    I don’t have near the scenery you do, though. Only hot inked-up studly men. I can only see them clearly though when I’m holding myself grabbing onto a tree. It only takes about 4 minutes for my vision to clear up after running for 3 minutes. I’m getting better.

    Love you to pieces. And I am so checking out everyone else on your flamingoed list. I love when my Google Reader grows!


  10. Those pictures are beautiful! What a wonderful place to be able to take a walk through!


  11. somebody says:

    I’ve never been flamingoed, but an ex-girlfriend made me watch Pink Flamingoes one time. 😦


  12. Okay, Jalking sounds fabulous! My version would definitely have a preponderance of walking, but I’m on board!


    • Well you and I have that much in common. There is a whole lot more walking than anything else that goes on. One day I hope to be fit enough and motivated enough to be more of a jogger than a walker! Thanks for dropping in!


  13. Katriina says:

    I loved your photos. I grew up in Brisbane, and we spent lots of time at the beaches just south of there. Your pics reminded me so much of Burleigh and Tallebudgera that I got terrible pangs of homesickness, and had to self-medicate with Vegemite.

    Thanks for the great links, especially to Kana’s blog, which I loved! If you don’t already read Steve at bloggertropolis, I think you’d enjoy his blog a lot too: http://bloggertropolis.blogspot.com/


    • OMG you are right! Its so cool when you are chatting to someone from the other side of the world and you both know about the same out-of-the-way places…. Burleigh was a place I visited a lot in my teens. We are a few hours south of the QLD border – so yep, the terrain is so similar! I am off to check out that blog now, thanks so much for the suggestion!


  14. etomczyk says:

    Karyn: You are part of my story this week (“Disney I Can See the Cracks”). If I followed your instructions correctly, people should be able to connect to your blog.

    Your comment about me was so precious and it was a word in “due season” as you will see when you read the blog post. Thank you!


  15. Tina says:

    Wonderful. Found you from Eleanor’s blog. Thanks for sharing your life!


  16. sweetopiagirl says:

    Reblogged this on inspiredweightloss.


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  19. I love it when individuals get together and share views.
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  20. Cristian says:

    But I don’t hold them in the in box. Using SpeedFiler (pbuh) I file as normal once hanivg read and flagged them. I then work my way through the Follow Up’ in Outlook as and when I (a) have time and (b) need to. Thus the emails are always there in the right folders with the relevant other emails etc and when I’ve dealt with it I simply Clear Flag’ and the email is already filed with the reply I sent etc.


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