Catch you on the flip side

October 23, 2008 at 7:34 am | Posted in other stuff | 19 Comments

Opera House

I’m so sorry that I don’t have time to go through many of the TWD and The Cake Slice posts this week.  Why does moving have to turn so chaotic, no matter how organized you try to be?  The organization thing flew out the window when we lost the folder with all of the moving details…somehow it was absorbed into the vortex of crap that has become our apartment, and has not reappeared. 

When I packed up my sweaters and coats for the trip home, it completely sank in that I’m getting jipped out a summer here!  Oh well, those raspberries and nectarines will taste that much sweeter when I finally see them again.  It will be good to home, though.  I’ve missed my friends, I’m looking forward to a proper Thanksgiving and a chilly Christmas, and I’m so excited to VOTE!!  It will be awhile before we are really settled, unfortunately…we’ll be in temporary housing for a month or two while we look for our own place.  I’m not sure what to expect as far as the kitchen situation there goes.  I’m bringing a bare minimum of cooking equipment in my luggage to hopefully get by on more than just takeout.

I’ll really miss Sydney.  I’ll miss the beaches, the (generally, although not at this moment) sunny weather, the wonderful food, the Aussie sense of humor.  I’ll also miss the everyday excitement of living abroad.  It’s been fun to pick up on the cultural differences (some subtle, some not), to get used to a vocabulary that’s quite a bit different, and to find all kinds of wonderfully unexpected things around every corner!  I think for most people a trip to Australia is a dream vacation–once in a lifetime, if that.  It’s pretty neat that I got to live here for almost two years…

We get on the plane, bound first for my parent’s house in Seattle for a few days, tomorrow.  So I’ll try and check back next week.  In the meantime, I’ve put up a small set of Sydney photos on my Flickr page— check them out if you’re interested.


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  1. Hope you packed LOTS of sweaters because it has been COLD in Seattle. Like, winter weather rather than fall sort of cold.

  2. Wow, so much has happened!!! No worries about missing the recent blogger baking events – you’ve been SUPER busy!!

    Have a safe flight!!!

  3. Good luck!!!! and have a great trip home

  4. Have a safe trip home. Look forward to seeing you back here soon

  5. Have a safe flight! Hopefully that dish will be waiting for you at your mom’s house. Take care!!

  6. Good luck! I will miss your posts and beautiful pics for a little while.

  7. Steph,
    Have a safe flight. See you back online soon!

  8. Have a nice trip. Its nice to spend christmas with your love ones though.

  9. Best of luck, have a save trip!

  10. Best wishes for an uneventful and safe move! We’ll still be here when you get settled in again.

  11. Have a good trip! Some day you’ll reclaim that lost summer….

  12. Welcome back to the U.S.!! I’m not sure what Seattle is like, but it’s freeezing here in Boston. Feels like winter already. But I’m sure it will be fabulous to be home 🙂

  13. Safe trip back to the states. If you need a kitchen, come on over.

  14. Have a great trip home! It’s good to bring along some cooking utentils, at least you can cook something after you’ve settle down. 🙂

  15. I have only moved cities in my life so far and that has been pretty hectic. I shoot roots too quickly, you see. Good luck on this new/old adventure…

  16. I love your blog! would you mind if I linked your blog from mine?

  17. Sounds bittersweet. I’m happy for you and sad at the same time. Australia sounds like a wonderful place.

    Best of luck to you.

    And don’t worry about stopping by, you’re going to be a busy bee for a while.

  18. By now it’s welcome home. How lucky that you enjoyed a 2 year stay in Sydney – now a new phase has begun.

  19. Good luck with everything – it’s horrible trying to get your head around everything that has to be done for a big move, but the homecoming is worth it.

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