Halloween was a good distraction and it is beginning to really catch on in Australia. People either fully embrace it or mutter about the Americanization of Australia. Some older kids probably inclined to mischief-making anyway use it as an excuse to cause problems. Fortunately, we didn't see any of that. Of course it is nearly summer here and all the kids were wandering the neighbourhood under bright sun and were done by 6:00 but that's just how we do it down under. J's school had an awesome Halloween disco later in the evening where the boys boogied while I hung back at my girlfriend's house and sipped wine.
Another great distraction was Perth's annual Swisse Color Run which J and I ran yesterday along with 19,000 other runners. The Color Run is a unique concept whereby every kilometre or so, you are pelted with paint (coloured starch) in an effort to become as kaleidoscopic (is that a word?) as possible. Frankly, it's the only 5k race where I pretty much laughed from start to finish, and then danced along with thousands of others at a great post-race party. The run was around Langley Field in downtown Perth between the city and the Swan River. It was picturesque and fun and EXACTLY what J and I needed though I didn't need the reminder that J continues to run a 5K faster than me.
|Selfie immediately post-race. I am such a cheeseball whilst J is waaaay too cool for school|
|The post-race dance party - yep that's J dancing!|
|Clouds of paint|
|Yes, we rode the train home looking like this!|
We had fun, and we were happy and that was the goal of getting through this last week.