How was your Christmas? Mine was very pleasant. I spent it with Theo and our family at his sister and brother-in-law’s home. They had a Hawaiian themed Christmas with a lot of food – pork, lamb, prawns (Australian for humongous shrimp), crayfish, veggies, potatoes, rolls, and, of course, Christmas pudding with cream, custard, and ice cream. The next day, Boxing Day, I called my parents and sister in the USA before going shopping.
It’s hard to believe another year has passed already. I’ve been looking over my blog, which is a pretty good reflection of the year.
January was a rough month. There were some bright moments, but I struggled with homesickness as my paternal grandmother died and I had to say goodbye to my spiritual family. I also blogged about my struggles with becoming a homemaker. I’m proud to say that I’ve spent enough time working on my anal-retentive that I can leave a dish in the sink dirty overnight and my cooking has improved tremendously.
February was a good month full of fun events including the first White Night Melbourne. I’m looking forward to going again next year.
In March, I began exploring some hobbies in an effort to get out more and meet people. At the end of the month, I travelled to Miami for a visit.
April saw more homesickness.
May saw more homesickness. There was a lot of that this year.
In June, I began taking some formal steps towards residency. I underwent the visa medical assessment and met with a migration agent who shed some light on the tricky language of the visa process. I’m still working on this.
August was especially rough with the homesickness. Everything sucked.
September was largely about politics with the anniversary of 9/11 and Tony Abbott becoming the new Prime Minister of Australia.
In October, I missed Halloween, but on the bright side, I won two tickets to go to the Melbourne Cup.
November was an awesome month. Theo and I went to the Melbourne Cup and I took up African drumming classes. For my birthday, I got myself a drum with the birthday money my dad sent. In November, I also decided it was time to graduate this blog from high school and enter college and up my skills with self-hosting and PHP as well as give it a new look.
December has been good too. I got an awesome haircut. I performed at the end-of-the-year student performance with Melbourne Djembe. I went to a really good WordPress workshop with a bunch of Girl Geeks and discovered a great coworking space. And I went shopping a lot, which is a double-edge sword considering how much I spent. Plus there was Theo’s birthday, Christmas, and, soon, New Year’s.
The year was good in other ways too. I feel much better about being in Melbourne than I did this time last year. I’m more comfortable going out on my own. I know the roads a little bit better. I’m making friends. I have things to do that get me out of the house. I’m definitely out of that “everything sucks” phase.
How has your year been?