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One step closer to Aussie citizenship

My citizenship appointment is TODAY. I’ve been taking the online practice test at random for the last few years, but now I’m starting to get nervous because this is the real thing. There’s a booklet you can download called ‘Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond,’ which contains all of the information you could be tested on. […]

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Green Cards and Aussie Citizenship

The trick about being in an international marriage is working out the logistics. Obviously there are other small hurdles to overcome, like ongoing arguments about how to pronounce aluminum. For the record, it’s aloominum, because we dropped that pesky second ‘i’ in the US so I’m not wrong JUST DIFFERENT AND NO I AM NOT […]

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On Being All In

I went to see the live action Beauty and the Beast last week. It was the first film I’ve seen in theaters since July 2015, when I saw Inside Out in Chicago. It’s not that I have an aversion to cinemas, but for a long time I caught up with most new-ish releases on long […]

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Australian Olympians and the Winning Edge

Since the Rio Olympics wrapped, Australian media have been criticizing the Aussie athletes for a failure to succeed. The Australians brought home 29 medals, finishing tenth in the overall Olympic medal tally. This ‘dismal’ result prompted the US-based Wall Street Journal to get in on the action, declaring that the Aussies ‘stunk,’ falling well short […]

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The Sword Swallower’s Assistant

Occasionally I’m compelled to write about strange encounters, many of which occurred before I started blogging. This is one of those stories.  The unofficial rule of attending comedy shows is that you don’t sit in the front row unless you want to become part of the show. This also applies to other shows where the performer is […]

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Selling Our Stuff: The Process of Letting Go

We have started selling our stuff. I thought it would be liberating, and in a way it is. But it’s also triggered a clinginess and nostalgia I hadn’t expected. Each time my phone pings with a message from Jared telling me he’s sold something else, I’m one part relieved and one part sad to see […]

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