Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Another Month Down... under!

I can't believe that it's been almost an entire month since I've posted a blog entry! To be honest, I have let it slip off of my "to do" list on the weekends but I'll be sure to pick it back up moving forward.

As most of you know, I have officially started working at lululemon athletica as a part-time employee. Everyone on the team is terrific and very down-to-earth. I have only gone to 2 yoga classes but plan on attending two more before the week is over! I've been slack on participation but I'm looking forward to challenging myself in the weeks to come. There's a friendly competition going on in the store to get us involved in various yoga studios and to also check out all the different types of yoga practices. This week I plan to attend a barkan and a hatha yoga class. I'm nervous to start something completely foreign to me but that's what growth is all about right? Heck - if I can move all the way across the world, I sure as hell can participate in a few yoga classes right?!? RIGHT. Anywho, enough about work and more about me :)

This past week was emotionally tough. I had my first REAL dose of homesickness. The newness of this place has finally worn off and it just hit me - I'm living in Australia. Not New York, not Seattle, not even London... AUSTRALIA! On the other side of the world, Australia! A 23 hr flight to get home, Australia! I ain't no where near America, Australia! It definitely didn't help that my sister just had her second baby. I love that I've been able to skype with her often and to see that new mommy glow all over again but it just isn't the same. I'm so looking forward to our visit home in November. I'll get to hug all of my friends and family and finally be able to hold baby Owen! Every now and then I get sad but I'm sure that will continue while we are abroad. Hats off to my wonderful partner that knows how to deal with my tantrums! Matt - you're just gorgeous inside and out. Thanks for putting up with me.

One other thing before I move to a different topic other than myself! I have officially signed up for the Melbourne Marathon. It's Oct 10th (Oct 9th in the States) so write it in your calendar and make sure that you're up to satellite in on me winning first place :) Ta (aka thanks)!

Matt is still enjoying his "new job" and seems to really be liking all of his colleagues. The past few weekends, he played golf with 3 other blokes from work. It's nice to see him get excited about playing again. I think the majority of his excitement comes from the fact that it only costs him approximately $25 to play 18 holes but shhh, don't tell him I told you that :) We all know Matt truly gets a high on a good deal! Coupons are his cocaine!

I guess since there were a few paragraphs about me, I need to say something else about Matt! Ever since we've arrived, he has become more in tune with working out frequently and eating healthy. I would say that he goes to the gym six to seven times a week and eats at least two apples a day! Not that he wasn't healthy before but lets just say that I've noticed a good change in his eating habits and an influx in his workout schedule. Needless to say, he is really taking care of himself!

Jackson is still feisty as ever but we just can't help but love him. We have bought all kinds of dog restraints: choke collar, muzzle, bark collar, and shock collar! Don't worry folks - they are not used simultaneously. It's just crazy that a 10 kilo dog could be so out of control! We are continuously taking him for walks and forcing him to be around people. One of these days, we'll be able to knock the timidness out of him! He has gotten better around other dogs so there is some hope :)

Gramps, our '97 Daewoo Cielo, isn't feeling well. He has the car flu and has to take a break from running for a bit. This past weekend, we were on our way to Mornington Peninsula for another wine tour but Gramps wasn't in the mood. To make a long story short, he stopped in the middle of the highway and is currently at John's Autobody Shop. I'll have to keep you all posted on the final outcome. The picture you see is me and the tow truck man!

I guess that's us in a nutshell! We love you all and miss home tons and tons! Please send us emails or letters to keep us posted on things that you all are involved in. Remember - we are missing out on your lives as well!

Cheers!

3 comments:

  1. We are having our own bouts of "mabeless sickness" as well! Love hearing from you and reading your posts!

    Love, The Smith's

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  2. Erica, I love reading your blogs. Thank Julie mom for sending me the link.
    I have been doing Yoga off and on for 30+ years. I cannot say enough about what a wondrous exercise it is. Stay with it and you will see incredible benefits. I especially enjoy Iyengar Yoga.
    Much love to you and Matt.
    Hang in there. Donna and David

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  3. Erica and Matt,
    It is great to read about your trips over there and to see videos and pictures! I love it! Sorry to read Gramps is ill. Hope he's better now! I sent you the Album link for Matt's grandparent's 60th anni. party last Sat. I thought of you lots! So glad to know you both get to return home to the US in Nov.!
    Love,
    Sandy

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