And I've been doing lots!
This has been a pretty incredible year. Not necessarily the happiest year ever but all sorts of things have happened.
We have seen lots of stuff - going to NYC and back to San Jose was pretty darned good. We've made some good friends. We've lived comfortably in Australia's largest city.
And the New Year will ring in changes.
On New Year's Day, I'm driving back up to Sydney to supervise the packing of our gear and its removal to the States. Plus I'm taking some extra bits. On the 4th, I am going to the airport and getting on a plane for Hawaii (meeting up with DH at Sydney airport), where we will spend a couple of days. Then we get on the plane to Seattle and a new life.
I'm going to miss family and friends and Australia and the long days and summer. I am a long days person. DH isn't "validating my feelings" about this, which causes arguments. I am sure things will be fab in Seattle, I am just not good with rain and cold and short days. I don't deal with temps under about 15C with any sort of grace - I get cold, like finger-numb-and-stiff and nose-numb-and-dripping. Even if I dress warmly I get cold. I am after all Australian born and bred. Melbourne gets cold in winter, but Californian-type cold, not temps that you find in a fridge or a freezer. When it is damp it feels even colder.
This just means I'll have to knit Even More Mittens and hats (and line them with polar fleece to make them warmer). And there will be new things to see and explore, and if they carry the nice bread I found in Wholefoods in NYC and Campbell I'll be happy (cos they will also have the amazing range of GF and DF "icecream"... what, I shouldn't eat icecream if I am cold? 8-). I'll take along a good supply of chocolate cos sometimes WF doesn't carry the one that is edible - GF and DF chocolate is surprisingly hard to come by. Most of them have traces of both gluten and dairy, and some dark chocolate outright contains dairy (the horror!).
So if I do not blog over the next few days, you know that I am getting ready to leave (again), and that you have my felicitations for a most fabulous New Year. Make it a good one!