Tagged with Seattle

Homeward Bound

              Our family is on the move. My partner, Ben, is being transferred to Melbourne, Australia early in the new year, and we are packing up and heading down under. For those of you who don’t know, this will be a homecoming for me, as I am an Aussie … Continue reading

New Year’s Absolutions

It is now 10 days into 2011 and I have nothing by the way of resolutions. Nada, rien, niente, zippo. And because, “Have you made any resolutions?” is usually the first thing that follows “Happy New Year”, the question has been posed a lot. So I started to ponder “why?” –  why haven’t I sworn … Continue reading

The Gray

You step out into it. It consumes you, touching you in ways that make you uncomfortable. It doesn’t have your permission, but you have no choice; it forces itself on you. Sometimes you can forget that it is there, but not today. Its companions are damp, cold, and quite often, wind. The damp seeps into … Continue reading

Leaving home and homeward bound

I have been home in Sydney for the past week to finalize a work visa for my new job in Seattle.  The trip, while being ‘immigrationally necessary’, has been the greatest gift.  When I landed the position at Groundspeak two months ago, I was thrilled – and then a little sad.  I realized that it meant I would … Continue reading

Geocached up

So, I have landed a new job. As soon as my work visa is sorted, I will be working for Groundspeak, who run Geocaching.com among many other things. Geocaching, as a recreation, was new to me when I applied for the job.  I researched it, and decided that not only did I want to work … Continue reading

Heatwave

The thermometer in the northwest of the U.S. has nudged (and sometimes tipped over) the 100F mark for the past few days now. As an Aussie girl yearning for a ‘real’ summer’s day, I was equally thrilled (It’s hot!) and amused (Will the people here please stop freaking out?) when I saw the forecast. But … Continue reading

Boys, baristas and burgers

When you move to a new city, your senses are heightened. You notice that everything feels ‘new’, because your body is picking up on the subtle differences between that place and your previous home. The salt air here in Seattle is brinier than in Sydney, more pungent. On sunny days, the sky seems bluer here … Continue reading

A big bite

I live with an amazing person. Yesterday morning, despite a niggling cold, he jumps out of bed and says, “Let’s have tea on the roof.” So, we made mugs of tea, grabbed our books, and headed to the roof of our building to enjoy the morning sun, and our incredible view. Yes, it is a … Continue reading

A hot cuppa

In Australia (and England, and a few other countries steeped in the Imperialist love of hot tea), any bad situation can be helped, if not fixed, by a nice, hot ‘cuppa’. In fact, it is a common response when a friend bemoans their dilemma to say,”I’ll put the kettle on.” Things start to look up … Continue reading

3 days ’til Spring

Spring is three days away, and this is what we woke to: and this: and this: It is a pretty sight, I must admit, but it is noon and 2 Celsius (36F). Brrrr. We were warned. We’d been told that February teases with bouts of warm weather, like we had last week when it hit … Continue reading