Well, well! I know it's been a while since I've posted one of these. You'll have to excuse all my photos as they're all being taken with my phone. They look cloudy to me. I'm still waiting on my DSLR to get fixed. :(
A few nights ago I went out for a nice cocktail with Lady C at Tini Bigs, ate veggie chili fries/delicious sandwiches at The Honey Hole! They always play such good music there. I heard Sonic Youth the first time I went. We went to sing karaoke afterward at Rock Box.
thrifted shift dress | thrifted Swing coat | necklace from boutique in NZ | UO tights | Coach purse
We sang Third Eye Blind "Semi-Charmed Life" and David Bowie "Rebel, Rebel".
Happy (late night) Monday to you my friends! The weather has been pretty dreary the past few days here, but I can assure you the rain is NOTHING compared to Auckland. I think I'm really gonna like it here :)
I am so, so, so excited and thankful that we now have a Trader Joe's within walking distance! We stocked up on so many inexpensive vegetarian eats today. While on the way there, we realised we live only a few blocks from this stunning view.
My parka is too big for my head :P
WELL! We've been living in Seattle for nearly three weeks now! We crashed on our our amazingly hospitable friends' couches. We've been eating Mexican food, learning our way around Capitol Hill, the CBD, Queen Anne etc. We completed the arduous task of finding an apartment. The first apartment we looked at seriously depressed us, and I was worried it would foreshadow my experiences in a new city. But during day two, we actually found a great place we could actually live in! C& P took us to the best pizza in town- Proletariat Pizza! We visited the Pacific Science Center and watched Thor :)
1.) C& P pizza time
2.) North of Seattle
Chris & I ate the most delicious vegan sandwich at High Line. LSL & I woke up ridiculously early on a Saturday morning to drive to the suburbs for a bi-annual community wide garage sale! I had a group interview and was a successful applicant! I will be working as an assistant for an amazing Nat'l Geographic exhibit :) We went on a mini-shopping spree at Target thanks to our friends' generous gifts! We rented a car. Chris drove because I lost my drivers license, DOH! Not surprising. We moved into our flat, settled in. We saw The Drums.
3.) The Drums at Neumos
4.) Our neighborhood
5.) & 6.) More happy hours on the hill
Watched Avengers, enjoyed rooftop views of the city at my old Vegas friend's (Jose) place.
We also wandered to Ballard (to enjoy the farmers market)
9.) Capitol Hill
10.) Good policies at Cha Cha's
11.) Boeing territory
12.) A beautiful day in the neighborhood
I'm happy to report that I should be blogging fairly regularly now :)
(DISCLAIMER: This blog entry was written two weeks ago, but I figured I should still post it.)
"Hello! I'm finally here and back home in America :) This is where I slowly transition my Queen's English/spelling to American English/spelling.
Our last week consisted of packing, unpacking, eliminating more items, donating 80% of my wardrobe and then somehow narrowing my life down to 3 suitcases. Sigh* Stressful week, but I'm glad it's over!
We didn't sleep the night before our flight. Our shuttle driver didn't arrive at 1:30AM, so we called to find out he slept in! EEPS. He showed up an hour later with enough time to race to the airport (which was two hours away). I stayed up the whole time talking to the driver, trying to ensure he stayed awake. As we pulled into the airport Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger" came on the radio. HAHA! Of all the songs that could have came on before I departed New Zealand, that was the ONE!
Chris' cousin was on our flight from NZ to OZ!
We had a layover in Melbourne and then traveled 14 hours to Los Angeles sitting behind screaming babies and children. Ah! What can you do? The past week has been a mad dash of setting up bank accounts, cellphones, computer/gadget purchases, replacing my driver's license that I lost at LAX. Oh! Spending time with the family and catching up with a few friends. Things are slowly settling down, so I hope to catch up with more friends as the week goes along. We'll be packing all over again for our big move on May 1st! I'll have to get super serious and start applying to jobs. It never ends.
1. Reunion with Christie (This is happiness!)
2. In N' Out with Chris
3. Tapas with my mama
4. "Whatever major loser" and side ponytails! ...Homage to Clueless (BFC reunion)
5. noodles with Remi B!
6. our we live back in America/wedding #2 party!
I hung out inside my beloved Champagnes Cafe where Joe Pesci, Robert Deniro and Martin Scorcese frequented when they stayed here while filming Casino. In true Vegas fashion, we spent one night out exploring empty ritzy casinos, looking for good views of the city. It is so strange being back! I only slightly have that fleeing feeling knowing that my time here will expire as it usually does. I don't have to fly back to NZ. It is so strange! I immediately lost 5 pounds upon arrival. My diet does not consist of sugary tea, muffins and cake. I am now eating smaller portions, mostly Mexican food, and it is so good and so cheap! We had a party and old friends/family from all parts of my past life came to see us. It was surreal and such a good time. Seriously, big thanks to those who came out to see us! This life is too short, busy and hectic and who knows when I'll have this chance to see everyone again. I am so thankful!
I am figuring out my place back in American society. Also, slowly figuring out how to use my phone and text and being social. Learning how to drive again. It hasn't been easy re-integrating myself back in American society and customs. I have changed so much. I am looking forward to the new places I will see, the new friendships I will make, and the memories I will be creating with my long lost family and loved ones."