Friday, April 11, 2008

look! i have a home!

there's a possum living in our roof. i've been told that they'll just hang out and you'll hear them walking around, but it's not going to start chewing into the walls or breeding like mad or destroying the house. and it's probably better that we keep hearing it move, because that means it's alive, not rotting in a corner.

it's our own little pet that we never see or touch. haven't named it yet, but soon.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

man, gardening sucks!
or not. but it's a lot harder than it seemed planting seeds in moist paper towels back in grade 1.

finally found a yoga studio that i think makes me happy, thanks to d. damn difficult to find a studio that had reasonable drop-in rates (if any drop-ins at all) that seemed laid back enough. and this one's got yummy 2-hour sessions.

today, for the first time, i think i'm actually feeling like exploring. more so than i was last week. maybe jet lag really is that much worse going the full distance (and crossing seasons) and even if you're not just tired, it still throws you. so i'll go steal wireless from the library to upload more taipei pics, and then i'll just wind up somewhere today.

also, it's finally back to summery weather, no more of this cloudy and cold crap. huzzah!

yes, my mind's scattered today. ::shrugs::

Saturday, April 05, 2008

damon's emptying boxes!
it'll take a few weeks. but if it's been started, it'll likely continue.

bike should be fixed by tomorrow, that'll be convenient (one of the brakes got buggered up in the flight and even though damon's got lots of bikes, the frames are all slightly bigger than i feel riding).

we're going for indian for the fourth day in a row. it's all chance, really, but pretty soon i might start to figure we're in india. except the tamed-down, non-spicy version.

...just like damon! or not.

jetlag's nearly done with, i suspect my aussie holiday'll begin then. once i have a sorted out house.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

i almost have a phone!
but i won't have it until next week, because i need some extra aussie ID that i won't have until next week.
and then i'll have a phone!

which is more exciting because it's gonna be a skype phone, which means i can call folks' skype accounts, and they can call me from theirs, and it's pretty much free/cheap worldwide! to a degree, of course. but it's still exciting. and i'll be locked in a contract, but that extra ID will make it so's it's only for a year anyways, so everything works out perfect.

so if i don't already have you as a contact on skype, add me (whither, of course), or email me with your account name. and maybe by next week i can say hi!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

i be in melbourne!

and the jet lag really isn't all that bad. i mean, it's there a little, but it's really quite bearable. i don't know if it's the fact that we flew "all night" and then woke up in taipei, spent a day, and then flew "all night" again and landed in sydney 9 hours later around 9am, so it's almost sorta realistic, or if it's the homeopathic "JET LAG" stuff damon found. either way, i'm crashing a little earlier and waking up at 7, but i'm actually quite alright with that pattern.

taipei was awesomely friendly and charming. very very wet. but like tropical rains (which meant torrential at times, but not always) so it was actually pretty warm and pleasant. just wet. made us appreciate finding the 101 mall all the more. went to the top of the tallest building. much like nyc, i was surprised how not-large it felt. but when we were on the plane taking off and the infoscreen on the plane said we'd reached 508m (the height of the 101 building), that was still actually pretty high up. i think i just have these ideas of the jetsons world, with everything so so very high up it's punctured the atmosphere. but we're not really there yet. not quite.

yesterday was beautifully sunny and warm (but it gets cool in the evenings), but woke up today and it's all cloudy. forecast is for storms. s'windy as hell and AWESOME.

we're living in the small house that's just across the way from damon's parents' place. it's not the prettiest place in the world (ours), but it's not bad. nothing some creative decorating won't fix. right now, though, the doors don't mean a lot, it sometimes feels like we're just living down the hallway in their house. but it's the first week, hopefully it'll die down, and if it doesn't, then damon gets to talk to his parents and explain that we'd kinda like to act like we live in two separate houses, even though our door's 10m away from their front door.

we live in a neighbourhood that i guess is akin to kerrisdale in terms of its fanciness, and also its distance from vancouver. damon says it's 6km from the downtown centre, seemed further on the tram, but trams always move a little slower than bikes anyways. so it feels a little suburban around here in the sense that it feels kinda far away from things, but after a week i'm sure it'll feel closer, once i know where things are (sorta).

getting used to looking the proper direction when crossing the street. slowly. but i keep finding myself expecting british accents to come out of folks' mouths when they talk. the aussie accent's throwing me.

can't set up the computer i work on my photos with yet, waiting for a screen, but once i've got that there'll be flickr photos up from the trip here. maybe today i'll start taking pictures of melbourne.

still have not seen a koala, or a kangaroo, or a wallaby, or an echidna, or any of those creatures. did see bats the first night, though. it was like watching the stream of crows that fly overhead in east van every night...except that they were giant fat bats. THRILLS!