Money Issues

No, we’re ok financially. It’s learning to adjust to the cost of living here. At least things might be going in our favor. The American dollar is finally holding its own against the Australian dollar. The only familiar breakfast cereal available that MBD likes at our grocer is Fruit Loops. I should say the only familiar and edible in her opinion. It comes in one size: Large. At under 18 oz/box, it costs $7.79 AUD. The Australian produce is even expensive. I bought a normal size seedless watermelon the other day and it cost $25 AUD. The price broke down to 7.2 kg @ $3.48/kg AUD. A case of diet coke in cans costs $27 AUD. And please, don’t get me started on ironing boards. Pictures don’t lie. (Click the picture to enlarge)

No, you do not need glasses. Or at least I hope you don’t and can make out the prices in the picture: $92.96, $106 and $108. There is not a single thing different in these boards than those at your local WalMart. Oh and if you’re trying to be smart, the iron is NOT included! Ironically the boards in the picture were available from the Big W here in Manly which is the equivalent of the US Walmart. Go figure….

The kittens are now 6 months old and the loves of our lives! Hard to believe. They are the most lovable and affectionate animals I have come in contact with in my life. They also piss me off and sometimes barely make it through to see the light of the next day. They play in forgotten water cups spilling the contents on whatever is underneath. The last fiasco was tipping over the cat litter bag and peeing half in the bag and half on the floor. Thanks so much for that, Thumper. Here are some updated pictures. Mickie is the black one and Thumper is truly asleep on my chest – his favorite place to take a nap 10 times a day

Well, I hope all is well with everyone. I have an appointment with the ADHD specialist on Monday at 17:30. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Life goes on in Australia

Yesterday MBW and I met with MBD’s teacher, Mrs. McLean to check up on her emotional progress at Manly West school since she started.  We vere very pleased to see that she has done very well in integrating herself into the Australian landscape.  This was one of the things I was most concerned about:  How well she could adjust to a different country and culture.  Well, the news is all GOOD here!  The educational system is a bit more relaxed and less rules/procedures oriented than in the USA, and that environment has served MBD well.  Just sitting outside the school when it let out, I saw her with a group of 3 other girls laughing together as a group.  Whew!  I am glad we are in a place where she can be herself and still manage to blend in with the gang.

She tried out for soccer this week.  Already playing beach volleyball and has expressed an interest in understanding what karate is all about.  Let the smorgasbord of life continue!

And the cats are getting bigger!  LOVE my Nikon D7000!


After over a decade of holding out and telling my daughter there was no way we’d ever have a cat in the house, I guess this was inevitable.  Yesterday we picked up two kittens from the RSPCA (both boys) so now MBD has what she’s been asking for.  Just keep them off my bed and pillow and hopefully I’ll be fine…(allergies).  I couldn’t bear to walk into the puppy building at the RSPCA–would have been too hard to see with memories of the three dogs left behind fresh in my mind…