January 2014 Recap

Merimbula - January 2014I’m not doing so well with posting regularly and wanted to provide a quick update of life’s adventures for the past month. January began with New Year’s at Manly Beach with my parents and New Year’s Day spent walking around Sydney’s Circular Quay enjoying the summer sights and sounds. My parents returned home on 2 January and we returned to Canberra to resume our daily life. I (finally) began teaching SUP lessons again this month and words cannot express how great that felt. We spent MLK weekend at Merimbula and enjoyed the sand and surf (and cooler coastal weather). The next weekend was Australia Day weekend and while we didn’t party like most Australians seem to do, we had a good weekend hanging around the house. Several heat waves struck Canberra during the month, which zapped any extra energy I might have had, but in all, January was a fine month.

Wheels and Tyres

TyresWhen we arrived just over two weeks ago, we knew that husband’s car needed new tyres (note the fancy spelling!). We also suspected it needed new rotors or brakes. Imagine our surprise today whilst at Costco having new tyres put on the car, where Christmas decorations are already for sale, when we were told that the reason it was riding funny was that three 18″ wheels and the 16″ spare were on the car. We’d never noticed! The fourth 18″ wheel was in the trunk and was bent. We’re going to believe that the woman that sold us the car was clueless about this as life is too short to presume otherwise.

Anywho, Costco put three new tyres on and put the fourth in the trunk. We’re now on a mission, starting Monday since most of the auto shops have closed for the weekend, to find a fourth wheel that at least resembles the other three so we can stop riding on the spare.

Ground Control…

Tomorrow is lift off. We’re headed to Canberra, Australia for several years for husband’s job and we’re thrilled. The last few weeks (months?) have been a blur. I will miss our friends, family, and the life we’ve created for ourselves here, but we’ll be back.