Play it Sam: A Sense of Normalcy

Sam is my mechanic. Sam and I see a lot of each other. He teaches me new phrases like "chalk and cheese" and I teach him new phrases like "on the fritz". My crappy car gets crappier by the day, but I hit curbs and scrape posts in parking garages, so I'm not exactly helping its crappiness. At least I don't feel too bad about it. My engine light is on again, so I'll be seeing Sam soon. It just goes to show, you get what you pay for.

Speaking of driving... Tessa said to me the other day, "You need Google to get home. Dad doesn't need Google because he is a genius." Thanks, Tessa.

Not much new to report. We are finally getting into a routine, somewhat. The kids are in swimming lessons. Tessa started preschool last Friday and Jack will join her this Friday. Its only going to be for one day a week, but anything will help get them some socialization (and me a break!). TW will start up traveling a lot again in July, but its nice to have him around for now. He's going to be in Vietnam and Singapore next week. One of these days he'll know about his trips more than two weeks in advance so that we can tag along.

We did get out hiking this weekend. We went to West Head about half an hour north of us. We were hoping to see some whales. They are migrating up the coast right now. I downloaded an app called "Wild About Whales" - it tracks the whale sightings near us. I'm not sure its going to be very helpful though, they are probably going to be gone by the time we get down to the coast. There's also a big current near West Head as well, where a lot of fish travel. Kind of like the turtles in Finding Nemo.

We hiked down, way down, to a really cool and small beach. The kids had so much fun playing in the water and climbing rocks. They were both soaked. We didn't plan on the beach, so I didn't bring any dry clothes. They had to hike back up wet. Tough love.

We got established with a doctor last week. We didn't have to see a nurse first and there was no waiting. We just went straight into the doctor's office. It was nice. We also got our flu "jabs". A jab pretty much describes it - no alcohol, no warning, no coddling. It is my understanding flu season starts here. So, the US pretty much knows what to expect based on what is happening here.

That's really all the news that's new and improved. People are still friendly and our roof still leaks. Happy Birthday Mom & Dad! I wish we could be there to celebrate with you.

AussieSpeak of the Week:

Dauber (Dibble-Dauber) = Tattle-tale

Cozzie = Swimming costume

Track = Hiking Trail

Too Easy = Kind of like "No Problem" or "No Big Deal" - if you find someone who says this, they seem to say it over and over and over in the conversation