We had dinner with the nerds on Wednesday night to celebrate a birthday – hence the Suffering Bastard drink (tag: Name is bad, drink is excellent). Saturday was a work day…still busy working on the new lounge in DC…but its coming right along. Today was errands! A trip to G Street fabrics for some puppy craft materials, Target for some bedroom craft materials and Giant for some belly materials.
We even managed to use the sprinkler system & get the laundry done – weekend accomplished!
Sarah @ Ugly Duckling House made a post yesterday about the things she loves and hates. I thought it was a really neat post, so I borrowed it for my blog. I love learning more about the people behind the blogs i read so i guess some of the people that read my blog might want the same thing..
Things I hate…
Salty sandy beach skin. Which is weird, because i love the beach and i love swimming, i just hate the feeling of that sticky salty sandy beach skin.
That weird smell in the fridge that is impossible to locate until it’s way too late…
People who find it necessary to walk in a row along the sidewalk…sometimes I just have places to be. I can dawdle like the best of them but i always try to be conscious of people trying to get around me. Same goes for you bikeriders! SINGLE FILE ON THE ROAD!
The feeling of dread when it rains and you hear a leak somewhere in your home..
Certain words…Moist i am looking in your direction.
People who talk with their mouth full. I don’t know about you, but i’m just happy eating whats on my plate. I don’t need to see what’s on yours after it has been masticated. Blech.
Talking on the phone with people I don’t know all that well. After doing phone support for a large IT company for many years I have developed somewhat of a small phone phobia. Once i know you though, its hard to get me off the phone
The general thought in the service industry (plumbing, car repairs, air-conditioning repairs, etc.) that it’s better to gouge a customer once and lose them, than to build a relationship and have a lifelong client.
Things I love…
Sitting on the back porch with the Wee-b talking about anything and everything
Hugs. Nothing better.
The warm feeling i get when i step off the plane in Perth. Every time. I always know i’m home.
Snoring, snuggling, warm puppy
Fish n Chips!
Bed Bath and Beyond coupons…seriously? I hoard those suckers (did you know you can actually use more than 1, in one transaction?)
Nerding nerd nights with my nerds. Catan anyone?
When i wake up in the morning and my hair is willing to cooperate
Knowing that it was much easier to come up with a list of things i love, than things i hate.
You know…for me, the 4th isn’t something that i grew up with. Our equivalent of the 4th is Australia Day, which we celebrate on January 26th (doesn’t have quite the same ring, i know..)
But the thing i love most about the 4th, is the time that i get to spend with my friends family. I live so far away from my homehome, that i had to create a home away from home here. And along with that came my forcefully adopted family! You all mean so much to me…and I try to convey that every chance i get. So thankyou for accepting a filthy foreigner amongst your ranks and considering me (almost) one of your own.
It certainly was not easy for me to stay here when my first marriage fell apart, but i did. With the support of both my birth-family (they need a place to stay when they travel apparently) and my adopted family. I will always be grateful for every opportunity i have been afforded here and for the family i have gathered.
We finally signed all the paperwork for the house on Wednesday…a week past our original closing date, which I guess (according to friends and family) is not out of the ordinary
So we have the movers packing boxes today at the Wee-b’s house and tomorrow is the actual move. Yipe! I can’t really believe that tomorrow night we will be spending the night in our new home…OUR new home.
But once again I have to say goodbye. I have spent the last 3ish years of my life living at the Aspen and I have loved (and hated a little of) my time here. Along the way we’ve had
A few bad months..
a lot of laughs
some strange houseguests
and i found the best lady friend this gal could ever have….Miss M we’ve been through some awesome times, and some short shitty times but we’ve always managed to make it out unscathed on the other side….clutching our Arbor Mist.
But mainly its just been a lot of love. I arrived at the Aspen not really knowing who i was or what had happened. I knew where i wanted to be, and I was definitely a lot stronger than i had been in many years….but i wasn’t sure that i was going to have the support i needed to make my life here work. Looking back now, i can’t even begin to describe how wrong i was.
little lady…don’t think i will forget you. From the very first day when you pooped in my room, I knew we would be friends forever. Thanks for letting me annoy you whenever i felt like it…and thanks for giving it back whenever you did.
Your entry regarding missing the littleb hit a nerve with me and made me think back a few years. It was when we were in the States and I’m sure you’ll remember the time well!
You had never spent a lot of time away from home, and I can still hear the pleas about “Horse Camp” and “Danielle was going and you should be able to go too”….”she would look after you” and on and on it went!
I guess Dad and I, while reluctant, could also see the benefit of such an adventure….there are so many things I remember about this whole episode! One thing was working out all the clothes you would need for 10 days and packing them all so they would be easy to take out each day…..only to have at least 5 days worth of clean clothes returned not having been worn at all!
You were so excited and couldn’t wait to go and I know you loved every minute of it! However I missed you so much, worried over you every minute you were away and couldn’t wait to have you back home again!
We had several notes from you during this time but my favourite one of all came right at the end just before we were due to come and get you…
It’s so good being able to look through the notes and cards I’ve had from you over the years….and the photos….perhaps I need to say more often that I miss you, I worry about you and I can’t wait to see you again!
And by the way…..have you got a clean set of clothes on today?
We took a drive to the Beach this weekend to spend some time with Wee-b’s family…i guess my family now (almost) too Jumped in the car latelatelate Friday night and managed to get there in about 3 hours. It was actually a very speedy trip…absolutely no traffic on the road. Littleb spent most of the ride sleeping in the back of the car using Giz as a pillow. And of course that damn dog just loves that kid and puts up with everything he dishes out.
Managed to scoot over to the mall on Saturday afternoon, and scored new glasses for Wee-b for an amazing price. We found the frames online at an antique store and then got prescription lenses fitted to them. My handsome, handsome man now looks like a total spunk with his spiffy new specs
Originally we had planned to come home late Saturday night, but the Wee-b and i decided to hang out for one more night and left the beach early on Sunday morning. Wee-b took me home via the scenic route and we got to see a lot of the REAL virginia…that and some Ordinary, VA.
I managed to catch some of the more cheesy looks the Giz throws out to the camera every now and then. My dog is a H-A-M…but we love him so.
Happy to be home, but it was nice to be so welcomed.