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  1. I Have a New Friend
    And feeding apples to horses is not as easy as it looks.

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  2. Little Joys to Beat the Blues
    Somewhere in this town there is a FedEx truck. And in this truck is a box with my name on it. And that box is one of the few things that is making life worth living right now. And it’s a gross understatement to say that it has been a “bad week” in terms of homesickness and culture shock and hating everything about this little hellhole I call home.

    (And let me tell you, the xenophobia around this place the last couple days is making me want to lock myself in my house for a while. D@mn you, Michael Moore and your little movie that makes the rest of the world think they are experts on anything relating to guns and America.)

    Another bright side? We may be having real Mexican food this weekend.

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  3. Don’t Lose This Link
    Retro To Go: too bad it all seems to be UK-based.

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  4. Public Service Announcement
    Did you know it is easy to send mail to Australia? It’s true. A mere 75 cents can get your letter to my door. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of getting international postage then it’s as simple as slapping three stamps on your average size & weight envelope, scribbling “Air Mail” somewhere on the outside, and popping it in the mail with the rest of your correspondence. (Plus you’re lucky you live in a country where the postman will take your mail from your box instead of having to find a postbox every time you want to mail something.)

    I’m really just trying to prepare you all, because on May 25 I’m going start begging for someone to send me anything with a Jedi Stamp on it! (So rad!)

    Heights Schmights
    There’s a small chance I might get to go in a helicopter over Brisbane for 3-4 hours. I’m trying to decide if I’ll be sick the whole time or not.

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  5. Market Morning
    I wasn’t consulted when it was determined that we’d be going to the markets at 6:00 in the morning, but who am I kidding– I love Market Saturdays.

    Especially when it means coming home with Easter flowers to put in a champagne glass and black tea with vanilla and cornflower petals.


    Pretty Links
    These people apparently have more time to find pretty things than I do these days, so these are for my reference and possibly yours.

    And speaking of awesome… Good Friday is a public holiday here. So is the Monday following Easter — called Easter Monday, those clever Aussies. Yesterday I built most of my filing cabinet, played DSs with Lisa, had pizza for dinner and played Killer Bunnies my in-law-in-laws (my sister-in-law’s family). I don’t have to work until Wednesday — hip, hip, hooray!

    Comments?
    Something is going on with the comments where it says that they are archived instead of how many there really are. Weird.

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  6. Holiday! Celebrate!
    We’ve booked a little trip over our anniversary. As much as I wanted to go back to New Zealand, I think we’ll save that for now. Instead we’re taking a little couples trip up to the Bunya Mountains with Dan & Lis. We’re renting one of those houses for five days. Relaxation is the goal. Should be beautiful.

    Our couch should come today. Wheee!

    Tash is super busy. Thinking of you, m’dear! Praying it all goes well. (I’m totally looking for you on the backstage cam)!)

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  7. We Are All Just Prisoners Here
    This afternoon I realized how spoiled I am living with a musician whose efforts actually qualify as MUSIC. There is a cover band rehearsing across the street, and I keep thinking it can’t get worse… and then it does. Oh God, they’re playing “Hotel California” right now — if only the microphone on here could pick it up… you just wouldn’t believe it.

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  8. Therapy Weekend
    Friday night we went out with some friends of Hans’s who I just met a week ago. They actually live in the States, but snowy weather prevented us from hooking up while we were there. It was so nice to sit and chat with the wife, because she and I had such similar experiences with culture shock and dealing with getting thrust into a new culture. I feel a little less crazy now. And her reassurance that it took her a good two years to get over it makes my “bad moments” feel less like a relapse and more like a progression.

    Retail Therapy
    Yesterday morning we went to Officeworks so I could get some files to put in my shiny new filing cabinet. I opted for the recycled inner files, because they were cheap and Earth-friendly… but for my hanging folders, I got the super cute ones. Though I must add that they were almost the cheapest. Oh, and I got the baby blue and the light green ones, not the pink pictured. I was quite proud of the store for even having them. (Sorry, Australia, but if you ever want to live up to American Target, you’re going to have to start offering a cute option for everything.)

    Oh, and then we went back to Freedom and bought two baskets, a rug, and two sets of dishes… and a chocolate brown leather sofa which will be delivered next week… and my apothecary cabinet and matching coffee table which will be delivered two weeks after that. I’m THRILLED. I love my living room already, and most of it isn’t here. I’m really just happy to have a couch that doesn’t make my back hurt constantly.

    As soon as we got home, I put the new dishes in the dishwasher and immediately packed up the hand-me-down dishes that came with the house. I took a photo of the process.


    They are fine for some people, but anyone who knows me would understand that I’m only slightly exaggerating when I say that I die a little bit each time I use them. The grape ones I can almost tolerate for being slightly arty, but the flower ones… gah!

    The new ones are plain white, which is fine… until I can get my set from back home over here. The set that I painstakingly collected one plate at a time from ebay. The set that is the same pattern my parents had when they first got married in the ’70s. I ♥ those dishes.

    Currently Reading
    Straight Dope: as seen on JoshuaBlankenship.com. It answers the world’s most important questions like “Is ‘baby corn’ really baby corn?” and “What does ‘Mrs.’ stand for?” and “What is the origin for the expression ‘Sleep tight’?

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