While working at Comscentre I put together a team to run the Bridge to Brisbane and raise money for Diabetes Queensland. Our team, the Comscentre Comets, raised almost $2,000 from friends, family and co-workers. The funds will be used by Diabetes Queensland to help support vital research, health and education programs. If you would like to contribute, you can still do so at on our team fundraising page.
How to Get to Hicksville
Well, we can tell you Hicksville is in Joshua Tree, California but as for the exact location, that’s a highly guarded secret. After booking through the Hicksville Trailer Palace website we received an email telling us that more details will be provided closer to our stay. A couple of days before check in, as promise we received a bunch of useful information which included a number to call when we were half an hour away. We followed the instructions and arrived at Hicksville approximately 2.5 hours after leaving West Hollywood.
Two nights in the Fifi
We stayed in the Fifi, a trailer designed by the owners of Fifi Mahony’s wig store in New Orleans. Compared to our neighbours, The Lux and The Integratrailer, ours was the most spacious. We had a double bed, wardrobe, plenty of storage space, seating area, table, sink, fridge with a small freezer and heating. What made the Fifi unique was the bar area, make-up vanity with lights, chandeliers, oil lamp hanging dangerously above the bed and light-up wig display.
What about the other trailers?
Our friends stayed in the New World Trailer. It had a kitchen equipped with a stove. This was handy since we stayed during winter and it was a bit too cold to be BBQing comfortably. The New World also slept 6 people making it an economical choice for large groups.
Recent bad weather had got the better of the Tee Pee, which is decked out with a fire pit. The Sweet, a classic Airstream with a 70s theme had an outdoor setup that looked like it would be perfect for Summer. Other trailers included The Pioneer (western themed), The Integratrailer (alien themed), The Lux (The Cramps themed) and The Pony (which is in a stall).
Activities available at Hicksville, in the Winter
If I could do the trip again, I would definitely choose to visit in Summer. This place is built for Summer days by the pool and long nights drinking under the stars. The temperature in the Winter was limiting but we still had fun. Activities available to us included:
- Hot tub – great in the afternoon before it got too cold
- Archery and BB Guns
- Putt Putt Golf course – $10 per person per stay if you want to try it out
- Table Tennis
- Photo booth – $5 per set of photos but the screen doesn’t work
- Outdoor games like the one pictured below
- Fire-pit – we packed lots of warm clothes so it was quite enjoyable outside at night by the fire.
What to pack
Besides your swimsuit, toiletries, clothes, food and drinks, make sure you also pick up a few “camping” necessities. You will need charcoal for the BBQ, wood for the fire, lighter fluid, matches and plastic cups. All of these can be purchased rather cheaply from the local Vons on your way into Hicksville.
Don’t rely on going anywhere for meals. You’re paying to stay at the Trailer Palace so you might as well enjoy the great outdoors and cook your dinner on the BBQ. There’s plenty of fridges available to store perishables and even a microwave if you’ve brought something quick and easy that just needs heating up.
We’re Aussie so we cooked a Sausage sizzle both nights of our stay. For those that don’t know, a Sausage Sizzle is simply snags (what Americans refer to as Polish Sausages), cooked onion and tomato sauce (ketchup) in a slice of bread.
For breakfast we made bacon and egg rolls and for lunch we had nachos. We also brought lots of snacks and treats to cook on the camp fire.
As far as drinks go, we took a massive bottle of gin, fresh limes and soda water. There’s an ice machine which was a pleasant surprise. Just because you’re staying in a trailer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little bit of luxury.
After interviewing four real estate agents, I was having trouble deciding which agent was genuine enough to not overprice the apartment or oversell me on marketing expenses, yet skilled enough to get me the highest sale price. It was a fine line.
I was moving overseas in about 6 weeks and had just spent the last year doing as much prep work as I could to my fairly modern apartment. I’d painted the walls, fixed the sliding doors, replaced a toilet, added new blinds, partially renovated the kitchen, removed the InSinkErator, sold or disposed of all clutter and purchased a few items of furniture and decor in an attempt to stage the apartment. All with the help of Bunnings, YouTube and Ikea.
After figuring this out for myself today, I thought I would post in case anyone else comes across the same problem.
1. In MailChimp, ensure the email you want to export is saved as a template.
2. Select Edit – Export as HTML.
When exporting a HTML template, the styles do not get inlined automatically which means your email will not render properly in email clients like Gmail. You can fix this by using MailChimp’s tool to inline the CSS.
3. Copy your code from the HTML download into MailChimp’s Inline Tool.
4. Click convert, download the code and you’re done.
So began my never ending lust for travel. From that day, my life would never be the same. Eight years on, and one of the friends from that trip shares my live goals like no other – Buttons. Tonight I was reading her Passports and Polaroids blog which details preparations for her move to the USA after winning the Green Card Lottery. As I delved deeper, and each new post had me thinking ‘I wish I did that’, or ‘I did do that’, I came across post, ‘Where I’ve Been‘. Well now I am doing that. I’m writing my own list.
I’ve been using Hello Fresh on and off for over a year now. I find when I eat well, my whole life seems to run more smoothly and I feel more organised. I live in a share apartment with a friend, and we shop individually. Therefore buying lots of fresh produce often means there is also a lot of waste.
Hello Fresh is a service delivering the correct portions of fresh, locally sourced produce once a week to make creative recipes. You receive recipes cards and everything needed except a couple of pantry items. No meal planning, no shopping and no wastage, all while eating, fresh, healthy meals.
Soon I will begin reviewing weekly means. In the mean time, you can sign up to try for yourself and receive a $35 discount off your first box, by using my code UL24TJ at hellofresh.com.au.
I’ve been playing catch up since arriving back in Brisbane after seven months in the US. There’s been a lots of life admin to take care of, including finding a job. A job that’s flexible with my uni commitments, pays well and hopefully provides a break from thinking about design and my major project.
Lucky for me, Uber has just started up in Brisbane. Uber is the San Francisco ride-sharing start-up that’s revolutionising the taxi industry all over the world.
This project aims to deliver an online dive logbook solution which incorporates citizen science in order to mutually benefit both scuba divers and marine researchers. Through the use of proven methodologies it is hoped a successful start-up will be formed that has the potential to revolutionise the industry.
Circa 2009, I began studying graphic design at Southbank Institute of Tafe. Above is my very first attempt at a stop motion animation. It is also the very first movie I made, ever. I came across it today when looking through old YouTube videos.
In the first semester of Tafe we focused a lot on creating design without computers. It really makes your work personal when you can see a handmade element to it. Something I often forget these days.
Since finishing my undergrad and jumping into the workforce, I’ve found that there is a lot of things that weren’t taught in school that are essential for survival as a graphic designer. This blog will share my journey of discovery as I uncover new techniques, skills and more efficient ways of getting work done.