My mom is here visiting, it's her third time in Australia and the first time I actually have friends to introduce her to. I met this gaggle of girls online, just a random assortment of women who all happened to move to Sydney, and have each used blogging to either stay in touch with friends and family, or to simply to deal with the insanity.
So I wanted to give a shout out to my girls, the ones who've made me realize I'm not the only one going through the sometimes traumatic, and often difficult, experience of living on the other side of the world. It's a place where even if you can afford the tickets home, it'll take you twenty-four hours to get there and you'll be as dehydrated as a retired Floridian, smokin' cigarettes at the pool in Boca when you arrive.
These are my expats in the order in which I met them. I know it sounds crazy, and I don't know some of them all that well, but the reality is-- they've changed everything for me here.
Natalie- My gorgeous, hilarious Utah Girl in Sydney friend. Her family is in Sydney for her husband's job. Natalie is smart, funny, and an amazing cook. When we get together I'm always inspired by her ideas and ambition. I wish we lived closer together and got to see each other more often. Did I mention she cuts her kids' hair herself and make them look like rockstars?
Mindy- She's super, she's Mindy, she's a wonderful friend and budding web designer. She single-handedly helped alleviate my homesickness by becoming my first close friend here. Mindy's been in Australia for about a year and a half, since marrying a great Australian guy in August 2007.
Ana- Ana and I were in contact for months before her Australian arrival, I had a feeling we were going to hit it off... and we totally did. They have a five year old who's great buddies with my boys and we see them almost every weekend. Ana's mother is Australian and as of last week Ana's officially an Australian citizen.
Erin- She's cute, spunky, down to earth, and someone you just want to hang with. We have a lot in common and I really, really like her. She's married to a nice Australian and has been here for several years now. We both enjoy Mexican food and probably would have made great roommates back in the day.
Dana- Dana's and I met recently, we live in the same neck of the woods. She's here getting her PhD, and is obviously much braver than I; I had to be convinced for months to move here-- she's doing it for the experience. She's Canadian and sporadically says "ay".
Jenny- She's new in town, only a month down and a couple years to go. We have similar aged kids and are both in the mindset of trying to do anything and everything here before our eventual move back to the U.S. I like her a lot and hope to see a lot more of her and their family.
In other news, today I was in a taxi that smelled like complete ass. I had to ride with my head literally out the window, luckily it was a very short drive. I can only wonder what in the hell that stench was, I was looking around for a dirty diaper smeared across the back seats, but found nothing. It was bad, bad news; I hope none of you ever encounter this taxi.
And since I can't get the song out of my head, I'll sign off by saying: Let's have some fun, this beat is sick, I wanna take a ride on your disco stick.
(Yes I am aware of how inappropriate that was, thanks.)