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Archive for January, 2009

Yawn!

Posted by Anne Marie Serrano on January 28, 2009

I haven’t written for a while because this month has been very boring. We were going to go the Melbourne last week but we cancelled that trip for several reasons. The house in Kansas has been having some problems – backed-up sewer system and broken outside water pipe. So we’ve had some unexpected expenses. Fergus wanted to go to the Australian Open but the temperatures have been in the 100’s plus and he can’t tolerate the heat.

Leslie and Manu – our former exchange student and her partner, from Belgium are coming to visit in February so we are going to go up to the Great Barrier Reef with them. We are saving our pennies for that trip – speaking of pennies – they don’t have them here. They have 5, 10, 20, and 50 cent coins. They don’t have dollar bills either – they use $1 and $2 coins. We always empty are pockets of change and put it in a piggy bank. It’s easy to collect a bunch of “fun money” when it’s full of 1 & 2 dollar coins instead of copper pennies.

So have I been doing? During Christmas and New Year’s Eve I usually like to do a jigsaw puzzle. This is something I’ve done for years. I found this really fun puzzles and I’ve done three of them. It takes time but I do it when Fergus is on the computer or while watching TV. It’s been so hot outside that if I ride my bike I can only stand to be outside for a short ride. We have been going to the gym a bit more. And I have been cooking more dinners.

There is no school this month, the dog obedience classes aren’t going on, many people are on vacation, even Fergus’ barber has the entire month off. It’s kind of like France during August – the place is dead. So I have been very bored and lazy.I have been reading alot which is fun.

We went to Carole and Greg Polson’s for dinner a couple of weeks ago and that was fun and delicious. Carole has been busy with her new job at the British Consulate so we don’t have much time to visit each other. Book group met last week for a dinner meeting for our Holiday Party. At that meeting we talked about what books to read this coming year. If anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them. We will be reading “White Tiger” for February. I found an Australian online bookstore that can get US books at pretty good prices and without having to pay overseas postage.

Oh, I also watched the Obama Inauguralcelebrations. I watched the swearing in, the parade and all the balls. I watched all the news shows commentary about the celebrations. This is the first time I’ve done that since Kennedy was elected. Back then there wasn’t nearly as much on TV but of course back then there weren’t three hundred TV channels. I loved every minute of it – even the ten times Barak and Michelle dance to the same song. The only thing that bugged me was that she couldn’t dance in the dress without stepping on it.

Last Monday was Australia Day – kind of like our Fourth of July – except they still are a Commonwealth. It celebrates when the first fleet of convicts arrived in Sydney. There is a big controversy about this holiday because for the Aborigines this is not a happy event. I listened to a Australian history professor discuss this on the radio and he said until Australia becomes a republic they probably shouldn’t have this holiday but of course it would be hard to take away a holiday where everyone gets the day off.

We went to the movies – one of our favorite afternoon activities when it’s hot and Fergus has the day off. At night there were lots of fireworks again- not great for the kids. Next holiday I think we should drive out to the country where they can’t hear them.

We got the kids groomed. I have some pictures of them.

Cooper with his bark collar.

Cooper with his bark collar.

Cooper looks especially cute. We finally bought a citronella bark collar because Cooper would bark at anything and everything real or imagined every time he went outside. It really has made a differance in his behavior. He is still very protective of his property but every noise doesn’t make him bark.

Bean Sidhe - she's adorable.

Bean Sidhe - she's adorable.

So that’s been my January – pretty boring. Early on we asked “when do you stop being a tourist and become a resident” well I think this month I became a true resident, when staying home and doing the laundry and going  shopping  just for gorceries – has made me a resident. Don’t get me wrong I still love it here. Next month – more traveling to tell you about.

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Happy New Year

Posted by Anne Marie Serrano on January 5, 2009

I’ve been a little remiss in the past couple of weeks in keeping up my blog. No excuses since even though it was Christmas, we were pretty low key this year. We went over to Mike and Carolyn Hall’s house Christmas Eve for a couple of drinks and snacks. Fergus works with both of them. They are the couple who let us stay in their townhouse when we went skiing. They have three very cute girls and it was fun just being with some kids for the holidays.

Carolyn, Emma, Chelsea and Mike on Christmas Eve.

Carolyn, Emma, Chelsea and Mike on Christmas Eve.

 

A few evenings earlier we went to dinner with the Polson’s for a holiday get-together at a Bali Restaurant. Carole just got back from England a few days earlier where she did some training for her new job. we haven’t seen them much because of all the trips we’ve all been taking. we hope to get together soon.

Greg, Fergus, me and Carole.

Greg, Fergus, me and Carole.

We always have a good time with them. They have lived in so many countries and have had such exciting and interesting experiences. Carole introduced me to the book club and we found that we all (the guys included) have some great authors to share with each other.

One of the other thing I did was take the Turkish girls to see a couple of movies. I took Esra, Ebru and Ecem to see “High School Musical III” we had a great time. On another day I took the three girls and their little friend Jasmine to see “Madagascar II”. The girls are going to Queensland for a couple of weeks starting this week so I won’t see them until they get back. They are fun. I am learning a little about Turkey from them and I think it might be a great place to visit. They and their parents have been here for about  3 years (I think) and are trying to get Australian citizenship. Their parents are really hard working individuals and I hope it works out for them.

A day out with the girls.

A day out with the girls.

Fergus and I went to a movie on Christmas Day. We stayed in on New Year’s Eve (fireworks at 9 and again at midnight) to keep the kids calm during all the celebrations. We have started our New Year’s Resolutions (going to the gym more often, and not eating out too many nights). I wish you all a Happy New Year and promise to keep you updated on our upcoming adventures.

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