Tuesday, March 31, 2009


We signed our lease this morning. We move in on Thursday. Our stuff arrives from Brisbane on Friday and Jesse gets dropped off at our new place on Friday morning. It's all happening!

This is a pic of the house from the outside. I'll post inside pics once we actually have stuff in the rooms.

So, who's coming to visit us?;)

Monday, March 30, 2009

We have a home!

Okay, I'm back but not for long with internet that costs $11 an hour! However, I thought I would post a quick note to say...we got the house we wanted! We move in on Thursday! Hopefully, our stuff arrives from Brisbane soon and we can get unpacked and back into a healthy routine in no time! I am SO sick of eating out. I feel disgusting! The best thing is that we can get Jesse back this Friday:) Things are starting to really come together!

Not sure when we'll be back!

We're off to our next temp place today. I'm not sure what the internet will be like there, so I may or may not be able to post. If we do get a house this week, we're hoping to move in by Thursday and then we'll have to wait for internet to get hooked up there. All this to say, it could be awhile before you hear from us but we'll post, email and facebook just as soon as we can!

Oh and one more thing...Steve starts his new job today! Wish him luck!:)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Car Wash!

We've been spending a lot of time in our car in the last week. Makes me wonder how we ever managed to see houses, run errands and get around Brisbane when we first moved there and didn't have a car for 9 months!
Our car was way overdue for a wash! The trip from Brisbane got a little messy. Never mind the million bugs that died on our hood, but there was even a bat!!
We hit one of the million self car wash places here in Melbourne and this total hottie washed our car...Hello! What sexy lady snagged that cutie?;)
All soaped up. Doesn't our car look cute?
All clean and ready to go! I know, I'm a dork but I really enjoyed the car wash and had to share!:)

Our First Week in Melbourne

We actually have pretty fast internet at our current temp place, so I figure I should take advantage of it and get caught up on the blog. We won't be able to call home until we get settled in a house but hopefully, the blog will keep you all updated until then!

I'll start with our drive to Melbourne. We drove about 1700 km in about 20 hours or so, which we did in 2 days. Steve did most of the driving and did an awesome job getting us here safe and sound! Our GPS was also pretty awesome! Worth every penny!
We took breaks every few hours. There were lots of rest stops and bathrooms along the way. I really like the way Australia makes traveling easy, with lots of pit stop places to refresh. Jesse was absolutely fantastic in the car. He was happy to sleep in the very cramped back seat when we were driving and enjoyed his pee and treat breaks when we stopped!
Can't say I'm in a hurry to do that drive anytime soon again though. It's very flat and very boring! Luckily, I had a good book and managed to read in the car because there are no bumps and no turns! Flaaaaat.
Lots of this to look at...

Once we got closer to the city and the area where Jesse is staying at the kennel, the view was incredibly shocking. I'm sure you have all heard about the horrific forest fires that spread through Victoria, just outside Melbourne about 6 weeks ago. The fires made headlines around the world and left many homeless and even dead. The kennel where we booked Jesse to stay until we get a house that takes dogs is only about a 15 minute drive from Kinglake, one of the areas hit the hardest by the fires.
The forest around the kennel where Jesse is staying was completely burned. Steve and I chatted with the husband and wife who own the kennel about when the fire came through. They said they spent 12 hours fighting the fire using the water from their water tanks to keep their home and the building where the pets were staying wet. They had to move the cats into the same area as the dogs. They didn't evacuate because they had too many animals in their care and they didn't want to abandon them. The fire came so close that the fence in their front yard, only about 3 metres from their house was burned down and their door mat at their front door was melted. They had many animals of people who thought their pets would be safer at their kennel than at their house, because the fire was originally not believed to hit their area. Some of their neighbors' homes were lost and many of their friends died. They have lived in the area for 20 years and knew many people. They told us that it would take about 15 minutes to drive to Kinglake from their house in a car and from the time the fire reached their house to the time it reached Kinglake took only 6 minutes. They said it's the noise that the fire made that they will never be able to forget.
I can't imagine living through something like that and think that the only way to describe people who would put their own lives in danger for the care of others' pets would be heroes. They are true heroes and I think Jesse is perfectly safe there until we can get him back!

We've mostly spent our first week house hunting but we've also done some exploring and relaxing in our down time. To be honest, my first impressions of the city, as a girl moving here and not just visiting was that it was very big and very concrete. Very different from Brisbane! However, the more I get to know the city, get to know my way around and find little restaurants and shops that I really like, the more and more I start to really see myself living here! It's definitely a different vibe than Brisbane, but it's a nice change and actually feels a lot like Canada! I think getting a house and getting settled will really help it feel more like our new home. We're in the running for a house we really like, our application just needs to be approved by the landlord. We should know by tomorrow. I have my fingers crossed very tightly!

We had breakfast the other day at a beachside cafe and I swear, we could have been eating at a beach in Nova Scotia. Everything about it felt like home. The temps, the smells, the seaweed. It felt so familiar and so good!
A very big jelly fish!

It's been chilly here. Not cold, but nippy first thing in the morning and in the evenings. I am really enjoying the chill on my cheeks and it's nice to wear jeans and layers again. Even Steve said that other day that he can't believe it's possible but he thinks he was actually getting tired of the constant heat and sunshine!

We checked out the Prahran Market yesterday. I've heard it's pretty awesome and I was not disapointed! I can't wait to get a house, get settled and start a routine again. Steve and I are both craving some healthy home cooked meals (we've had enough eating out!) and I can most definitely see me doing a grocery run at this market!
The market has everything food, even a place where you can make your own fresh squeezed oj!
Lots of organic goodies!
And sweet treats!
Cheese, please?
This picture didn't come out very well but I had to post it. I thought it was just so cute...the kids at the meat counter...
Bread with faces!

The grand prix is on this weekend in Melbourne, so the city has been buzzing with excitement. You can hear the cars racing around all over the city. I'd like to go next year!

We'll be staying in another temporary accomodation tomorrow until Thursday and hopefully have a house by then! I'll be back with more updates whenever I can. Could someone please update my Mom, since I know she isn't able to check the blog?

Thanks and chat soon!:)

Last Days in Brisbane

Our last days in Brisbane weren't all boxes and cleaning, although there was a lot of that too! We caught up with all our wonderful friends on many occasions. Here's a few of the pics from some of our get-togethers...
I had a dinner with some of my very closest friends in Brisbane. I am really going to miss this awesome group of girls. It was so easy to make friends in Brisbane and I was really fortunate to meet great women and have lots of fantastic times with them!
My double fisting drinking buddy...ah Stace, I'm going to miss you!:)

I can't forget my wonderful friend, Kristy, who I met while working at the holistic centre. Steve and I met up with her and her hubby, Steve and their baby, Alexis for breakfast. We had a great time! Alexis is just beautiful!
"You want who to hold me??"
"Okay, if I have to, I'll have a Cari snuggle..."
"Okay, this is boring, I think I'll just take a snooze..."

Even work had a little going away get-together for me, complete with lunch and presents. It was really nice! The above picture is me with my boss, Kier.

A few of the ICASAG crew...They were really awesome to work with!
We spent our last weekend at Rej and Clo's place because our movers came on Friday and we left on Sunday. Friday night got a little out of control. Ultra Star (the sing star that Rej and Clo created for us that can be run through your laptop) lead to lots of laughs and lots of booze. Ouch. I am embarrassed to say I was still sick on Sunday:( It sure was fun though!!!

We got pretty into it!

The cockatoos at their place are absolutely incredible!!! There are so many of them first thing in the morning, and when I say so many, I mean like 70 or more flying over and around their house! It's pretty cool but very loud at 6 am!
Saturday, Nick and Mariana had everyone over for a BBQ at their beautiful new home. Unfortunately, I was pretty under the weather, but still had a great time catching up with everyone one last time. Isn't Shamus a handsome kid? We're really going to miss Shamus and Breagha!
The gang...
Our lovely hosts, Nick and Mariana.
The food was great, but the best thing by far were Mariana's homemade corn chips and salsa!!
On Saturday night, Jesse had a pretty good playtime with his buddy, Rej. He looks a little mean this photo though, but it was all just good fun!

Just want to say a big thanks to everyone for their wonderful hospitality, dinners (some that I didn't get pictures of), and gifts but most of all, thanks for making our time in Brisbane so unforgettable! We miss you all already and can't wait to visit each other! :)