Thursday, April 30, 2009

now known as the american who loves her lettuce displays

the other day while at the grocery store i noticed how cool their lettuce and herb plant displays were. so i of course needed to take a photo. this guy who looked like he worked there kept looking at me so i was trying to be sly. then at the check out line he says to me "you must really like herb displays". and i started cracking up. i said that they didn't look like that back home and i really liked it. then the other checkers were now laughing. i said "no really i work undercover for iga markets making sure the displays are good". so yes i am now known as the American who comes to bribie island to fall in love with fishermen and take photos of vegetable displays. well look, aren't they amazing?!

oh yea about the fishermen... pat is hell bent on me marrying this cute prawn boat fisherman so i will stay. he is cute and he does have good prawns but i like my boy friend a little and our plan to smuggle rukus in to auz with a poodle costume, may not work.

So the last few days...
Tuesday started at the trawler where "red", my future husband, sold us some big crabs and told us come back Friday for the big prawns. Then after an amazing breakfast, we went thrift shopping, a nice easy day. Found some good stuff, including some bondage wears, at a thrift store who had Jesus calendars on the counter, only in Australia i guess. We feasted on giant prawns and dipping sauce, all made by pat and yummy.
Wednesday we headed to the croc hunter zoo, always a fun time. I fed the kangaroos and fell in love with the otters. It is strange how much it takes out of you, I went to bed at 8pm.
Today my cousin Beau who lives here came to see me. We hung out on the beach and "pretended we knew each other", as he would say. It was really great, except my feet are sun burnt. Then me and Bear and Pat bbq'd sausages on the beach and watched the sunset. And now I am here uploading photos.
Not sure what tomorrow holds, I think the beach sounds good. Saturday we are going to the big art market and the giant pineapple. Then Sunday its back home for me :(
I am getting a bit homesick, I miss my boys and my girls, even miss working. The summer is looking good, I have had a lot of thinking time and worked through some things and made plans for others. Its going to be good getting home, working a week then going on vacation again for Ray's birthday...oh the life I have.(they're cousins, identical cousins...)
Click to see the last few days pictures...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Zealand, just like Lord of the Rings...

Back from NZ and having a nice time relaxing. Sort of sad that I am headed home in less than a week. Things here have been so nice, everything is just magically there when I need it, all my needs magically anticipated. My Bribie Belly is not too big yet, well I don’t know since the scale magically disappeared from the bathroom. It has been a nice time.
NZ was good, just hanging out with family. I got to meet my sister for the first time and she got to meet our cousins and aunt and uncle. She was pretty much amazing and we hit it off.
On Friday my aunt Melinda picked me up at the airport and took me to the mall to find a special gift for a special someone. Then we went back to her house and ate fish and chips. I went to bed early as I was up at 5am!
Saturday me and a mix of all my favorite Gutrys' all met my sister Mel and her "Mum" Darlene down at the waterfront for lunch. We just sat and talked and all got to know each other. The thing about the Gutry family, that I keep in touch with, is that they are the most welcoming people. Even as a kid I always felt shy when I arrived here and after a few hours it was like I had never left.
The next day my aunt and uncle took us all to Waikeke island, where I lived before we moved to the states. Mel had never been there so it was real great showing her around, at least the parts I remembered. And Rachel and Mike told us all about their lives there and all the places they lived and loved. It rained most of the day but I still got to see everything again and take some photos. We had lunch and walked the beach and just hung out. It was really great, it meant so much that they took me.
Then it was off to the zoo with my aunt Melinda, our tradition every time I come visit. It turned out to be good weather, just in time for me to leave. Then I was back on a plane after a short 4 day stay.
It was a good weekend. I was a bit overwhelmed I think and got sort of grumpy and shy. I think I was just out of my confort zone, which I am working on being more comfortable with, but its hard for me.
Meeting my sister, it is hard to explain. Just thinking about her makes me tear up, it just means so much and i cant even explain it. I always knew she was there but now its real I guess. This trip, my family, the time away from home, her, it just has made me see things in a new light. I feel really lucky to have certain people in my life, to be loved by these people and to love them. I have learnt a lot in this year, I have changed a lot, and I have grown a lot. I know that no matter what, I am going to be ok. I have a lot of work to do but it is all going to be just fine.
well enough of this sappy stuff, check the newest flickr by clicking the picture. then click the first picture and go through them in order for the story...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I come from the land down unda'

And it all starts with...."The flight from hell"
Turns out I don’t fly well, and I have real bad luck.
Not only were all my flights delayed, my bag is still in SF, and me, well I am in Sydney. So I am waiting on my flight from Sydney to Brisbane sans bag hoping that they don’t call tomorrow to tell me its gone for good.
Also turns out I am starting to have little panic attacks and flying makes me nauseas, how fun for me. I cant manage to muster up tears when my boy friend upsets me but I can cry in front of a plane full of strangers because I may miss my connecting flight, who knew?!
So I get to Sydney, find out my bag is lost, am extremely confused as to where to go, I may have even accidentally skipped through the quarantine line, go to use the pay phone and stand there for 10 mins like an asshole cas I don’t know how to dial the number I have. So I have to call the operator. Man it has been one hell of a trip so far; I guess it cant get much worse, well that is, unless you are me. Who knew I had such shit luck, well I guess I always knew but really thought life was getting better, that I deserved to have things be easy for just a minute. Who knows maybe its all just testing my strength and changes. Well I wont let these stupid things defeat me, and I am not letting stupid things ruin my trip. I just wish I could have found the mince meat pies and not krispy cream and mc-y d’s in this damn airport. Only 2 more hours to go thank god.

And then it all got much, much better...
My bag made it last night so right now I am sitting outside on the grass in my cut offs, barefoot, and make up!! Yea me!!
The last few days have been pretty incredible. Such good food, lots of pictures, relaxing, catching up, just good stuff. The weather is amazing, not too humid, not too hot, just right. Everything tastes exactly how I remember it; it’s going to be hard to go home.
The first day we went to my favorite fish and chip shop just down the road and ate out on the deck and watched pelicans and bats. The fish was amazing, the view was amazing.
Then yesterday I was up at 6am, yes 6 AM, to go meet the trawler for fresh (2 hour caught) prawns. He wasn’t there so we went to run some errands instead. I had my first mincemeat pie of the trip, and boy was it good. Got some postcards and a few presents from the art co-op up the road. We went by the pond where the old men race their RC sailboats to take pictures and Pat got wrangled into driving one. It was pretty neat. When I move here we are going to start a “Bitches with Boats” club and race the old men. After my favorite lunch, sweet chili chips and a ham sandwich, me and Bear went down to the beach and walked around. Saw some crabs, scared the crap out of me each time. Watched the birds and just chatted. Then home for Pat’s homemade Pad Thai with GIANT prawns. The ratio of noodle to prawn was about 1 to 1. If you haven’t heard me talk about her cooking ever, well it is pretty much always amazing! Can’t wait to take that recipe home for the wife to cook.
This morning I woke up at about 7 to the birds outside my window. The birds here are incredible. We have big cockatoos, rainbow parrots, and magpies. While checking my emails the baby magpie came squawking up to the window and was walking right in front of the slider. So I went to get Bear to tell him his friend was at the door. Bear seems to be quite the birder these days, telling the little magpie he will be right back with some food for him and off he goes outside to hand feed the baby. It is pretty much hilarious. So all of you who laugh at the conversations I have with Rukus, now you know where that comes from. The birds come in the yard all afternoon to wash in the bird bath and eat, they are super funny. One rainbow parrot was so determined to get this one seed that was on the other side of the fence that he tried for like a minute to get under the fence, instead of going over. He finally wiggled his way under, it was so funny.
Today we are headed to a town that I can’t remember the name of right now to wander around. We went there last time I came. Tomorrow early I am off to NZ for the weekend. I am going to meet my sister for the first time and see all my family. All of my cousins and my brother have kids now so that will be weird. Me and my mom’s sister are going to the zoo. We go each time I come, at least once. She says I drag her there but I know she loves it. Then I think if the weather is nice we are going to hike this volcano. My knee has been pretty wrecked since I got here so I am hoping it will heal up before hand. Then just lots of visiting with family and hopefully going to Waiheke, the island I grew up on to take pictures. I am so glad my Diana camera made it with my bag!!
When I get back I am going to get together with my cousin Beau who lies here in Auz. Beau and I are the only ones without kids; he said yesterday it is because we are the only ones with sense. He may be right. Also when I get back we are going to the Auz Zoo and this giant pineapple. Pat is real excited to ride the “Nut Mobile”. There is a big art market on Wednesday so we will be there too. I am pretty much not worried what we do, I am just glad to be here.
I am sure I am on the way to getting homesick and I already miss Rukus, but I will just keep stuffing my face and laying in the sun, I should be ok. Things when I get home are looking good, lots of yard work, a trip to the bay, and continuing doing fun things with my favorite new old friend. So take a look at the photos, miss me terribly and I will talk to you after NZ.

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(this is me writing this, on the water, with no shoes on)

Monday, April 13, 2009

"Dig a ditch deep enough
To keep you clear of the sun
You've been burned more than once
You don't think much of trust

Man it takes a silly girl to lie about the dreams she has
Lord it takes a lonely one to wish that she had never dreamt at all
Oh look now, there you go with hope again
But I'll be sure your secret is safe with me
Oh, you're so sure I'll be leaving in the end
Treating me like I'm already gone"

why cant people just say how they really feel even if they are scared, even if it makes them vulnerable?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


i dont understnad where all my time goes. i have these things i yern to do but cant seem to make it all work. a list of people i need to spend time with and cant seem to make that work either. mostly i have things i want to make. here is one i did have time for...
and an old one i scanned...
speaking of time, i guess i have had 30 mins since i got off work, so i better get to this damn website job i need to finish. sigh

Monday, April 6, 2009

scalleycat 09

the weekend countdown:
182,000 points
24 hours
60 plus miles
1 crash
2 large bruises
4 new friends
8 boobies
2 new tattoos
1 broken arrow

it was a good time, got wrecked, but overall a good accomplishment. now i am getting ready for my trip in 2 weeks...