Posts Tagged "Australia"

You Owe Me Grace (and I owe you an update)

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 7 comments

You Owe Me Grace (and I owe you an update)

It’s been ages since I blogged, but I was scheduled to post on A Life Overseas today and it was a good reminder to update you “at home” here. So before I tell you what’s over on A Life Overseas, here’s what I’ve been up to in the last month. In no particular order … Watching Playschool, eating mandarins, and feeding chickens. My parents have been wonderful at helping care for Dominic, but I’ve still had plenty of time with the little man. We’ve discovered the kids show Playschool and also spent lots of time roaming around outside. We play in the sandpit, water the flowers,...

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Holidays in Noosa

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in Posts with photos | 8 comments

Holidays in Noosa

Hello from the sunshine coast! I figured that after all the stress of being born Dominic deserved a holiday, so I packed him up and we’ve spent the last four nights at Noosa (also, the fact that some of my closest friends had planned to get-together for five nights up here may have been additional motivation). I was a little nervous about taking him away by myself at four weeks old, but it’s turned out to be a great decision to come crash this party. Three of my friends up here also have babies younger than nine months old so there have been many willing hands to cuddle little D, and lots...

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Dear Dad, Love Dominic

Posted by on Sep 4, 2011 in Parenting | 17 comments

Dear Dad, Love Dominic

Dear Dad, Happy first Father’s Day! It’s too bad that you’re in Laos and I’m in Australia on this day, but when we were up together this morning at 3am Mum told me you had to go back to Laos in September to work because there are lots of mothers there who don’t get enough to eat and have trouble producing enough milk to feed their babies. She sounded really sad when she said it – like she might cry. I think she often thinks of sad things when she’s feeding me alone in the dark. Why is that? Anyway, I miss you. I mean, Mum is great – all soft and squishy and she just smells so...

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ANZAC Day and a mystery of rememberance at Gallipoli

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Travel | 6 comments

ANZAC Day and a mystery of rememberance at Gallipoli

It’s ANZAC Day today – the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day of Remembrance – and it’s making me think of Turkey, and Gallipoli, and a scene I witnessed more than three years ago now. In 2007 I spent four glorious weeks traveling around Turkey in the company of some of my dearest friends. Among other adventures we sailed the Adriatic, slept in caves, marveled (and laughed) at the phallic rock formations of Cappadocia, ate Turkish delight in Istanbul, and toured Gallipoli. I knew very little about Gallipoli before visiting Turkey. I knew it held an important place in Australian...

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Two years ago today

Posted by on Jan 24, 2011 in Miscellaneous, Posts with photos | 22 comments

Two years ago today

Two years ago today Mike and I put on fancy clothes and stood up in front of many people that we love and made a whole bunch of very serious promises about, essentially, loving one another. It was a wonderful, glorious, happy-filled, day that still makes me smile when I think of it. To be honest though, it wasn’t all bubbles and champagne that day. I threw my back out the morning of the wedding, forgot to put together a reception run-sheet for our long-suffering MC’s, Emma and Asha, until four hours before the ceremony, and felt more serious and stressed out than giddy and love-struck...

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A mishmash of chocolate, cashew, and pineapple

Posted by on Dec 9, 2010 in Writing | 5 comments

A mishmash of chocolate, cashew, and pineapple

I’ve quit cloudy Ballina for cloudy Melbourne for a little while. I know people all over the country are hating the almost constant grey and frequent rain here at the moment – it’s ruining many a crop and a holiday. But I must say I will take cloudy and rainy over bright and sunny most of the time now, my foot is just so much happier when the temperature stays under eighty degrees. I really don’t think the happiness of my right foot trumps entire wheat crops and thousands of beach vacations, but me being miserable about the rain alongside everyone else isn’t...

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Australia

Posted by on Dec 19, 2009 in Travel | 0 comments

I intend to update my website weekly, I really do. But things just get in the way. Like Mike coming back from Indonesia and the joys of reunion (and the trials of vicarious jet lag when we’re relearning how to share a bed again and not sleeping at all well!). Then, Thanksgiving. Then moving offices at work the day before we left for Australia. Then packing. Then heading to the airport pretty much straight from work. Then five days in Sydney that included a good friend’s wedding, an all day bruch, a lovely (hah) 4 hour interlude at the US consulate so I could get a new visa, and a hot and...

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