Now that we’ve moved to Australia, I’m on to the long slow work of settling in. One thing a day feels manageable, especially on those days where I get two things done accidentally, or something lovely and surprising happens along to replace a piece of drudgery from the void.
A few Things from this past week:
- Joined. The library! Our closest branch, the main library, is a cozy little space with a collection of
very limitedknowable scale. The entirety of the Australian Literature section fits on about six feet of shelf space. I guess people here go play in the ocean instead of reading. After years of not bothering, we signed up for loyalty programs at a department store and fancy kitchen store, where I realized that I don’t actually know my phone number, but that they do sell black beans.
- Inspected almost every aisle at the nearest large grocery store. Toddler meltdown intervened before we could get through the freezer aisle.
- Received a plate of snickerdoodles on the doorstep. It turns out our upstairs neighbour is also from Montana!
- Shopped at the farmer’s market for amazingly fresh goat milk, extensive and exciting fruits and veg.
- Visited Ace at work. It’s very similar to other math scenes, only this time with more Oz/Brit/NZ accents.
- Established how to stay warm at home. Uninsulated house+no central heat=compulsive baking and space-heater huddling.
- Searched for a lost neighbourhood bunny every time we left the house on foot. The good news on the updated missing posters is that Mitty is found.
- Made sense of the municipal garbage system.
- Hit the mall to outfit Ace for a work trip to Canberra–Who here knows what a “lounge suit” is?
- Hot tip at first playgroup led to second playgroup at the YWCA–with a trampoline and a third possibility to try next week. Asking the woman with three kids under age four how she gets through the week was my stroke of genius for Thursday.
- Met up with friend of a friend from Budapest who has high friend potential for us.
- Had an extremely pleasant evening with the family of one of Ace’s colleagues.
Goals for the
coming week future:
- Learn our phone number.
- Switch the olives to their next stage of herb+salt+vinegar soak.
- Find a doctor, dentist, potential pre-schools (wait lists are two years long), next best friend.
- Figure out why limes cost $1.50 each and other citrus is $2 a kilo.
- Learn to drive.
- Decode the metric thermostat on our oven.
- See if Australia has a Thanksgiving holiday equivalent.
- Research gardening and decide what/how to plant while it is still spring.