Friday, February 04, 2005

UK Sam

I'm so excited to see how many people have been posting really makes my day to see messages from you guys and I promise to keep the site updated as often as possible. It's been kind of hard these past few days since it's been so hectic, but after we get settled it will be on a much more regular basis. Also, don't worry about the multiple posts, I did that quite a few times when I began posting comments on people's blogs, just post it once and it almost always goes through even if you don't see if right away.

There is so much to say about Sydney. It is absolutely beautiful here. Jeff and I estimate that we have walked 10-20 miles all over the city in the past 2 days. The weather is absolutely amazing and the Harbour is breathtaking. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to call this my home for the next few months.

Yesterday we walked all around looking for places to live. Jeff also took me to Sydney University, to show me where he used to go to school when he was here last. After touring the campus we were sitting under a tree and resting our legs for a bit. I was leaning back against him, listening to a mix that Jeff Grand had made me (Trouble is my new favorite song!) and looking up into the brilliant blue cloudless sky and my eyes started to tear up. I haven't felt that at peace in a very long time.

It's all, of course, a bit overwhelming but I'd like to thank Beth for some of the best advice I could have received. She told us not to jump at places to live and jobs just because we were eager to get it all taken care of. It'll all come with time she said, relax, this is going to be your home for the next few months, make sure you create the exact environment that you want.

I take deep breaths when I start to get too overwhelmed and remind myself that it will all come in time, that we cannot force anything. That I'm here in this amazing place with an amazing man and if we work hard and are patient everything will fall into place. One day I'll wake up and this will be my home.

Last night I could feel the sun and the miles of walking wearing on me. We were at a diner catching a bite and I could start to feel the homesickness and the anxiety setting in. Jeff went to go pay the bill and I sat there spacing out. I could feel someone looking at me and I glanced over to meet the eyes of a guy our age the next table over. Hello's and names were exchanged and I moved over to sit with him at his table. His name was Sam and he was from the UK. He'd been traveling around Australia for the past few months and he was trying to get a flight out to Melbourne later that night. Sam had been traveling around Australia by himself in a wheelchair. He loved Australia and was already planning ways to get back after his return to the UK. As I left we both wished each other luck in our coming travels and Sam's welcoming spirit and warm smile stuck with me the entire walk back to the hostel. Thank you Sam for reminding me not only what this trip is about, but what it's all about. I believe that Sam crossed my path at that exact time for a reason, and I am blessed for having met him.

Today we're off to move into our place. We're going to be living in a flat with 10-12 other housemates from all over the world. The rental company is called Sleeping With The Enemy, which cracked me up. I am so excited to meet so many new and interesting people. After that it's spruce up the resumes and pound the pavement for a job. The woman in charge of jobs at the IEP office told us something that really hit home to me. She said to try a job that you would never do at home, something interesting that's outside your level of comfort. She said to make sure your emails home are WORTH READING. So don't be surprised if I post in a few days saying my job is something other than office work...who knows.

Ok, gotta go. Keep commenting everyone and when I get more time I'll definitely respond to people individually.

PS- I had lunch for the first time at the kabob shops they have here- so delicious. Why the hell don't they have them in the didn't think I'd go an entire post without mentioning the food here did you?



At 6:01 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Hello Mary!
Your most recent entry made me tear up. I am so happy for you and happy that you have been enjoying every second so much. Your Sam story is also incredible. Things do happen for a reason, and I'm sure that meeting was a small, yet indicative sign of what lies ahead of you and Jeff. Continue to have the time of your life. As Green Day says, "I hope you had the time of your life."
love ya

At 1:26 AM, Blogger Dancing Butterfly said...

Life is a privledge. Sam reminded you that no matter how lost -no matter how suffercated you feel-there is always a breath of hope. Always that angle of perspection that had never been exposed.
Congradulations on that woman who exposed you to your fear of the unknown, she must love her job. To push an individual to the point of creativity , of discovery; is beautiful. That continent is special for a reason.Bring the promise of AMERICA to their soil make us proud

At 1:37 AM, Blogger Dancing Butterfly said...

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At 5:58 AM, Blogger KrissySullivan said...

Hello my sweet! Make sure you wear sunblock EVERYDAY! I'm not kidding. The cases of melanoma in Australia are ridicules. Marie says the best sunblock to get is Blue's Austalian, so use it!! I love you tons and look forward to your blogs more than you know. My new favorite song is #17. Travis and I (and Baby Sully)just drive around listening to it and thinking of our Chick...I love you.

At 8:15 AM, Blogger Amy Boyd said...

Isn’t it amazing…when you met someone when you need it the most? I had an experience in LA… I met this elderly lady at 2 am while having coffee. I was by myself so sometimes I wonder if it really happened? Anyway, I’ll never forget it. You are on an amazing journey… you will come back a changed person. (and wonder what is wrong with everyone else… haha) I’m so excited to read your journal. One of the benefits to having a younger sibling! I have no good gossip to share, sorry! I painted our bathroom and made beef stew for the first time? Trying to embrace the domestic diva in me. Take care of yourself and I love hearing about good food too! Keep it coming. Tell Jeff hi!

At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” -Miriam Beard

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

Hey Monkey. That's right, I'm bringing it back. We gotta come up with a nickname for me; you know I hate being referred to by my full name because there's someone else called "Jeff" in your life. I need no qualification! Maybe something like "Doc," or "Quarters." You can decide, but I have a veto. Sounds like a lot is happening in a short period of time; that's really exciting. That's awesome that you are living with people from all over the world. You need to post their names and home countries. Pretend we're all there too and you're introducing us. It's amazing that you leave the country for one place and have the doors to so many others opened to you by the people you meet. It's the life of a bohemian expatriate. Want some insurance?

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Mom said...

Wow! It's so fun to hear everything you are doing. It sounds as if things are falling into place quickly. I bought a map of Australia today and will take it over and put it on Grandma's wall so she can visualize where your are.
Penny from Justice Willow called today. She's got a letter for you that she will mail to me to send when we get an address for you. She said they all miss you so much.
I'm glad to hear that you feel so blessed to be doing what you are doing. Indeed you are.

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Mom said...

This ids your da-da - It has been just over one week and as I read your Blog I know that you are where you shoukld be at this time in your life - So much ahead of you - I am excited for your adventure - I am so in love with thios blog think - It is so good to get an up date from around the world - I am getting a world map for my office - I have been telling every one about your adventure - Every one says good for her - I can see in there eyes a little envy - Hell I have a little envy - Tell Jeff Illinois is kick ass - and I am sure he knows sammy is gone - Sounds like your friend gave you some excellant advise - Let it happen and it will - Sam sounded like just what the doctor ordered for you - I am sure the house friends you will meet and share your next few months with will be with you for life - that is how it is with friends that have a shared experience - lots of love your Dad

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Pat said...

Your sister wanted my screen name to be Patikins,not happening, by the way it's 50 degrees here today and she is also making me put sunscreen on if I decide to go outside, she's afraid I might get skin cancer. Anyways, we saw the baby this week it was pretty cool we will try to send you and Jeff a picture. Be good and tell Jeff hello. Pat ikins

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Dear Mary,
I have been following your progress closely, what a great idea. I feel honored to be mentioned in your travels in Los Angeles. It brought a tear to my eye when Amy told me I was mentioned in your first report from LA. It's only been in the last two days we have been able to get on line from home. I'm glad to hear I will always own that town, as far as your concerned. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you and wonder what your doing right at that very second. Of course this is quickly followed by a lame attempt to figure out what time it is in Sydney, or what day for that matter. I'm sure I'll grow better at it as you go along. In the meantime, I will be axiously awaiting your next installment. You really have a natural gift for writing.

Love, your biggest fan....Rob

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just left a comment of Jeff's Blogg - I thought I had comments on your Blogg - Mom showed me how - What an interesting new job situation you are in. Maybe a TV program just waiting to be written and pitched - I know in my head that you are already living Sunday - but somewhere that gets very mixed up -
I printed a picture of you and Jeff drinking wine on your trip and I have on frig - You two look so good and happy - Work is crazy but I will not let it pull me into the vortex - Lots of power politics going on - Watched three west wing last night - When President told staff about MS -
Mom and I are going to book out trip this week end
Your living arrangements with the multiple personalities also sounds like a possible TV program -
Keep each other safe and happy

Love Dad


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