As you can imagine, I was in a pretty happy mood yesterday. The sheer relief of being reminded that I'm an employable gal was huge! Mum, Dad and I had already planned to take a trip up to the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise, but the evening was much more of a celebration than we'd planned.
77 floors up, the view up and down the Gold Coast was spectacular - you just can't help but be in a good mood when you've gotten a great job offer and you live in a place as beautiful as this.
Looking north, up past the Southport Spit towards South Stradbroke Island
And looking south/west - I hadn't actually realised how much water there is on the coast, so many canals (and a bit of flooding in spots as well)
The sunset took a lot longer than expected, but it was a brilliant orange
And as the lights came on, I noticed the Surfers City (Shitty) Motel, (it's the ugly brown 4 storey job at the bottom of the pic) where I spent 5 days of underage (relatively tame) debauchery during Schoolies Week (which was 10 years ago this year...*groan*)
And here's the Q1 building lit up...there are quite a few storeys missing from this photo.
We headed to Food Fantasy at the Casino for dinner and gorged on delicious prawns and roast pork (with cinnamony apple sauce *insert Homer drooling noise here*) and 20 different desserts and cheeses....
On the very rare occasion that we do go to the casino, Dad and I always put a dollar into the pokies. Well, we were down to our last 10 cents or so on the Dolphin Sunset machine, and when I pushed the button, the magic 3 treasure chests turned up...FREE SPINS!!! And just a few spins later, I got them again, MORE FREE SPINS!! We ended up winning a whopping $12! After we took most of the money out, save for a dollar, it turned out I had the winning touch and scored the free spins again...with another huge winning of about $4. That's my second biggest pokie win ever...the biggest was $19. I just don't have the patience, or the cash flow, to fund a poker machine addiction!