May 31, 2013

Snap, Crackle, Pop

Even Rice Krispies sound funny down unda'!

I wondered what Slim was talking about the other day when he said he was craving "Rice Bubbles" when they arrived I started craving Rice Krispie Treats!

At least Snap, Crackle & Pop speak the same lingo.



May 23, 2013

Running on the Wrong Side of the Road - Cremorne

I'm finally getting into the swing of things here in Oz and running my first road race since I finished the Amsterdam Marathon in 2010.  Oh yes folks, that's how long the "I am never running another race my legs are so sore and the training was so solitary" post race mood stuck with me.

Excited and completely unaware of what "post race recovery" really meant

In the corrals 
I realised after that race that a half marathon is really my favorite distance - for now.

Thankfully my sister in law who is as sleek and fast as a gazelle convinced me to do the Half Marathon Age Run - in Melbourne with her in mid-July.  It actually feels really great to get "back in the saddle" again - with a goal, a training regime and a partner to keep me accountable.

I also feel incredibly inspired to explore Sydney by pounding the pavement. For some reason living in NYC totally shut down my desire to run, I don't know why but I found myself gravitating instead towards the gym and for me out door running provides more than just a workout - it provides a release.

Maybe the itch is back because I feel like this is really "God's Country" and the beauty never ceases to amaze me.  The incredible views, breathing in the fresh air, and I the can't believe I live here moments - happen daily for me.

I thought on some of my shorter runs I would take along my handy dandy I-Phone and snap some pics so you can share in the beauty that is Sydney no matter what corner of the world you are in.  

My first run was in Cremorne, a suburb in Sydney's "North Shore" area. There is a great elevated walking trail that goes from Mosman around and past Cremorne Point.

 It's got amazing views of the Harbor Bridge, the Harbor and the Opera House.  

There are also some great grassy nooks that are perfect picnic spots (Slim & I have tested them out!) for free date afternoons.

If I only knew how to sail...

May 20, 2013

Settling in Down Unda'

Slim and I have made the big hop over the pond to Oz' and are settling into our
"permanent for the very long foreseeable future" move.

While we'll miss my family and friends terribly, it's really nice being back at home with one part of our family, and the non-stop encouragement for visits will hopefully be fruitful.

While here we celebrated our two year anniversary, I feel so lucky to have found my perfect partner although we both had to travel 1/2 way around the world to meet in the middle.

It's amazing how comfortable and familiar Australia feels to me as an American, although still unique, beautiful and different.  I've already had a few laughable moments as I've started to adjust to life is "Oss-trail-eea" (like asking for a "doggie bag" after dinner - oh lord).

The swooping cockatoo's, parrots and screaming kookaburra's at 5AM usually bring me back to my "you're not in Kansas anymore" reality.

My nephews are in full swing with their "footy" it's so cute to see them play and I'm loving the sports hysteria of this great nation.  Here a are a few of my favorite weekend shots, a national sports star included.

Tatafu Polota-Nau of the New South Wales Waratah's Rugby team spending time giving back to the community and visiting the boy's at a rugby practice.   

There were many smiling faces that night - thanks Tatafu for making their season by coming out to practice!

 This is also the shining moment when I learned what a "hooker" is in the rugby sense of the word - ensuring it was not lost in translation again in the future....