Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Roadwork Ahead

Just wanted to note that the blog will be under construction for a few days and will be back with a whole new look and feel. And maybe even a new title! (You never know.) Just getting a bit tired of the old look and ready to shake things up a bit. Looking forward to all the complimentary comments. Ha.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Update on Dream Job

Four days before applications are due for the Dream Job I posted about last month. I haven't gotten around to sending in a video yet. Been too busy reading about the wildlife that lives up that way.

Keep on keeping on

We are still here and doing fine. Like I emailed Dan tonight, 'the state to the south of us is burning and the state to the north is under water, so I can't really complain.' This country is still very much an amazing mystery to me. Some days I love it and some days I can't wait to leave it behind.

All is well, we have just been busy and working a lot. Jon has been local since Christmas, which I am thankful for, and since my company acquired a competitor last month, I have been working my tail off. I am still hoping it will settle in and get easier, but it will probably be months yet before that happens.

Lots of contemplation and talk lately in the Garcia household about what comes next after Australia and when we might leave. No answers yet, but I think we are getting closer to having a plan. You could say we are planning to have a plan.

Just wanted to say congratulations to my sisters who both brought a new baby into the family on Valentines Day. Must have been something about that full moon last week, eh? Anyway - both are healthy and doing fine... so where are those pictures already?! Looking forward to meeting niece and nephew number 18 and 19.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Hottest Place on Earth

Well, I have been wingeing about the heatwave for a while now, and since I haven't been getting much sympathy, I thought this might do it. We are heading into what will be one of the hottest weekends ever here in Sydney. From a local news site:

PARTS of Australia will be hotter than the African plains or Middle Eastern deserts this weekend, while other parts battle raging bushfires and still others cope with widespread flooding. New South Wales is forecast to become the hottest place on the planet on Sunday, with the current heatwave sending temperatures soaring to 47C (about 122F).

(full article here: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25015424-1242,00.html)

Now do you feel sorry for me?? Since the UV index will be so high this weekend, I won't even be able to go outside during the day. (I have already burned badly 3 times this year). So - we will be staying in tomorrow, spending the day in front of the air conditioner.

I am so looking forward to autumn!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Speed Bump

I love how this is the stuff that makes the AP news from Australia. We don't need to report on the economic condition here, or any other major news stories. Let's just report stuff like "crocodile gets run over by a car!" Awesome. And Aussies wonder why the only thing the world associates with Australia is Paul Hogan. Ha!

Australian floods wash crocodiles into streets

SYDNEY (AFP) – Floods ravaging northern Australia have washed crocodiles onto the streets, where one was hit by a car, authorities said in a warning to residents Wednesday.
More than 60 percent of the vast northeastern state of Queensland has been declared a disaster area, and flooding after two recent cyclones has affected almost 3,000 homes, they said.
The army has been called in to help with rescue and recovery efforts, while three reports of large crocodiles washed up from flooded rivers have come in from homes in the Gulf of Carpentaria region.

"I'm not sure if it's the same crocodile moving around -- on the three sides of Normanton there's been a large croc seen right up close to the water's edge," said mayor Joyce Zahner.
"Hopefully he'll stay in the water and the kids will stay on the land," Zahner told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

A crocodile measuring 1.6 metres (5.3 feet) long was run over by a car on a street in the city of Townsville on Tuesday, wildlife rangers said. The croc lost a few teeth and suffered bruising but was receiving medical attention, they said.

Full story here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090204/wl_asia_afp/australiaweatherflood/print