15 Awesome Australian Blogs

Kimberly LoSavio, the blogger behind Gypsy’s Treasures, has awarded me with the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you, Gypsy. It’s always nice to be recognized and community blogger awards are an excellent way to discover and share other great blogs. Per the rules, it’s now my turn to award 15 blogs. This award couldn’t have come at a better time. Don’t let me speak for the whole of America, but before I met Theo, all I…

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No Lol Cats

This is my cat and I’m going to miss her terribly while I’m away. Australia has strict import conditions to minimize the risk of exotic diseases being introduced. My cat meets most of the requirements for entry such as being an appropriate breed, from an approved country, at least six months old, and having been continuously living in the country of export for a minimum of six months. She would need a microchip implanted, which…

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Tarot Card of the Year

divination

Last night, during the full moon observance with the coven, I drew a tarot card for the year: the Two of Swords. When I first saw the card, I was unimpressed, but the more I examined it, the more I realized how appropriate it really is. I’ve already determined that 2012 is a year of Air – inspiration, new ideas, travel, communication.

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Using My Beloved iPhone in Australia

  This entry could be alternatively titled “I Hate AT&T.” AT&T is the second largest provider of mobile and fixed telephony in the United States. It’s a monster of a company. AT&T is the seventh largest company in the U.S. and 14th in the world. It’s also the worst wireless provider in the country according to the December 2010 issue of Consumer Reports. I was a T-Mobile customer for many years and was very happy…

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Travel Health Insurance

sodium bicarbonate

My friend Traci is the blood parent. Her husband Mic is the puke parent. It’s unfortunate then that I threw up in Traci’s car.

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How to Sleep

nightstand

I have no idea. You know when you’re really excited about something and you can’t sleep the night before? I haven’t slept since July.

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5 Musical Luggage Tips

baggage tips

Shopping makes me happy. Yesterday I bought new luggage, a cute set for a great price. Now my goal is to fill them and get them to Australia in one piece (well, technically two pieces) and, preferably, at the same time as me. I was listening to music as I was writing this entry and it inspired me to come up with some tips for dealing with baggage. It also reminded me that it’s time to uncheck…

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The Junior Orange Bowl Parade

63rd Junior Orange Bowl Parade

Yesterday I went to the 63rd Junior Orange Bowl Parade. I’ve lived in Miami for 32 years and it was my first time attending.

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Australia Time

It happened last February. I was in California attending PantheaCon, one of the largest Pagan festivals in the U.S., when it occurred to me that this time next year would be a good time to travel to Australia. Most of the flights go through Los Angeles so it seemed reasonable to fly out while I was already nearby. Well, nearby in the sense that it’s 15 hours from L.A. versus 20 from Miami. Theo and I met…

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Resolutions for a Happy New Year 2012!

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year and welcome to my blog. I’m traveling to Australia next month and this blog is about that journey. I hope you’ll hang out and share in my adventure, offer some feedback and suggestions. On with it then. I’ve been thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Last year, I resolved that I wouldn’t make any resolutions and avoid the guilt of broken commitments. But, of course, I’m going to make resolutions! There’s all the obvious…

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