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i remember when [we were gambling to win]

Posted 4 years ago in Adelaide, SA, Australia by kaileybee.

Today marlapinsky sent me an email berating me for not posting more (well, it was not so harsh, but I can imagine that it would have been if in person, and marlapinsky is good at motivating me, so-), and here I am. Really, it’s not a case of posting MORE, it’s a case of posting PERIOD. I have no excuse, nothing at all. I have not been too busy, I have not been away from the Internet. I have been reminded by my family that I have not posted for EVER, and I have been religiously reading every other blog that I follow–one woman has just had a BABY and still manages to blog regularly. I don’t know what has happened, and I can’t promise it won’t happen again, but I will try not to allow a silence of this magnitude to fall upon peckandfind again.

The past couple of months since Ryan’s wisdom teeth removal have been eventful, stressful at times, and always entertaining. Our house continues to grow and become more “homey”, even though we have yet to put up photos and things on the walls. (Every weekend we say we’ll do it, and much like me posting on the blog, it doesn’t happen…) I remain absolutely in love with the house, with living with Ryan, and with my life in Australia as a whole. We are actively planning our trip to Canada at Christmas, which I think will be fun for a number of reasons - not the least of which being that Ryan has never been in cold weather! Although I can’t really claim to be the tough Canadian I was when I came to Australia, as it is fully fall in Adelaide, and I freeze at 15 degrees. I can’t wait to have central heating, warm oven meals, and flannelette sheets again.

One of the questions I really dislike has come up a lot in the past couple of weeks, the dreaded “what have you been up to lately?”. I am as guilty as anyone of posing this question, but it is answering that I most detest. The plain truth is that nothing specific has been happening, nothing “exciting”. I spend my time working, cleaning, actively doing nothing, and occasionally going out to social events. My life today is nothing like it was a year ago, and I know that is true of Ryan’s life as well. A year ago I had just moved to Sydney, I was experiencing the best of the best and going out drinking and buying expensive makeup and new things and living the high life. I enjoyed the frenetic pace of my life in Sydney, the excitement. Today I spend my time worrying about stain removal and looking for new dinner recipes, saving for kitchen items and coveting my nights at home, and I could not be more happy, much to the disbelief of some of our friends.

Some random thoughts…a new television show is premiering on primetime tv this week in Australia, real-life horror stories from travellers that have been terrorized by militant groups while on their holiday, travellers that have been captured as sex slaves and those in other horrific circumstances. It is a documentary-style show, and I cannot understand the purpose…there is no reason to freak people out about travel more than they already are! Sometimes I shake my head. (Speaking of shaking my head, Ryan and I watched the Perez Hilton/Will.I.Am video spat from the MuchMusic Awards…hahaha. Whaaaa?)

The Jehovah’s have found me in Australia as well. They came to the door the other day, and I only answered because I thought MAYBE it was a courier delivering a package Ryan is waiting for (should have known…couriers never come in twos!), and anyway, when I DID answer, albeit in my Betty Boop pajama pants and hair in a beastly nest atop my head, it was indeed the Jehovah’s. And the lady was so nice, reading passages from the Bible to me (and I really was trying to be accommodating, even though I couldn’t help but look at the clock every few seconds as I had to get ready and go to work), so when she asked me if I wanted the giant booklet she was handing out, I lied and told her I already had been visited earlier in the month, thank you anyhow. At which point she opened to the index, and asked me which chapters “particularly resonated” with me!?! So I lied AGAIN and pointed out one of the first chapters, and fumbled around the explanation that I’d “er, started from the beginning”. UGH. They left fairly soon after.

It is AMAZING to me that I have been away for a year and a half now, and I am definitely looking forward to coming home for Christmas. I can’t lie though, that thought is even better knowing that I will be (if all goes to plan) coming back to the warm weather again after! I hope everyone is doing well, and I hope to be a better blogger, a more consistent blogger. I hope.



On the live site, guests were encouraged to create an OpenID account and comment on this blog post:

Rather than requiring everyone to create yet another account name and password just to be able to comment on Kailey's blog posts, Kyle decided to implement support for OpenID.

By registering with one of many OpenID providers, you will be given a single identity URL that will allow you to securely sign in to Peck and Find (among many other websites) without a username or password. You will then be able to post comments that everyone can read. This is a free and easy to use service, if not easy to explain!

Basically, all you have to do is:

  1. Go to an OpenID provider, like
  2. Sign up for a new account.
  3. Return to Peck and Find to signin with your new OpenID.
  4. Comment away!
  5. ???
  6. Profit.