The Drought and the Flood: A 2/3 Goldilocks Tale

My life.
I don’t even…

I moved into my current place the Thursday of the last week of June. That Friday night, I went out with my housemate Whitney and met up with her friends. At the first place we went to, some upstairs club/bar on Oxford St., I saw this guy and

His name was Josh, and, in the interest of making a long story short, we got “engaged,” exchanged numbers (in that order), shared some french fries and had a late night chat on the phone.

Then he went out of town 2 days later for what ended up being 3 weeks, I think. We kept talking and it was cute at moments and cool…and then he disappeared–at which point, the logical part of my brain was like “$#%& this noise!” but the part of me that pays attention to weird coincidences, aka the part of me that brought me to Australia in the first place said, “Well, just hold on a second…” because there were a few in this case. So I gave him the benefit of the doubt when he gave me his small laundry list of plausible reasons that we hadn’t spoken and said that he’d call me when he got back into town.

Another almost 2 weeks went by when I ran into him on a night out.


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Tonight was my last night at the restaurant

And one of my tables gave me this

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Which they said I’d earned for being Miss Congeniality and which I wore for the entirety of the night.

Another table gave me a $24 personal tip.

So all in all, I’d say it was a good night. 🙂

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Actual thing that happened in my life

Went a different bus route to work today and bus #2 was super late. So late in fact, two came at once so I got on the second one. I had a great chat with the driver during my 10 minute ride. I mentioned how I was headed to the office and where I worked. When I got off, he asked me when I would ride his bus again and I said that I didn’t know.

About an hour later, a message was delivered to me that someone wanted me (Janae with the American accent) to call them back because I had been very nice and given them great information. Since I called people yesterday for work, I racked my brain trying to remember who it was, but couldn’t. So I called back…and it was the bus driver.

We’re getting coffee on Monday.

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Hello Sunday morning

“If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.”
-Charles Bukowski

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Non-North American world maps look a bit different

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The downside to this puzzle piece life I’m patching together

is when the weirdest thing happens, there’s almost no one you can tell without first having to give years of backstory.

I want to talk about it without having to relive the shitty parts that make it relevant!

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Sydney winter wear





Necklace: housemate purge
Shirt: housemate purge
Skirt: Vinnie’s (op shop/thrift store)
Shoes: housemate purge

Earrings: mine
Necklace-as-bracelet: mine
Hair ties-as-bracelet: mine
Ring: mine
Chipped nail polish: mine

It takes a village to dress a womanchild.

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Things that happened today: July 22, 2013 edition

  • Had a (relatively speaking) early morning Skype sesh with my mom and her hairdresser who thinks he’s my stepdad
  • Took a ferry its entire route, just because

  • Accidentally ran into the Prime Minister, which delayed me getting to the bakery so that I walked in just as they sold their last gluten free loaf.
    Side note: Kevin Rudd, Obama you are not.
  • I was hungry for, and actually ate, 3 meals–and a snack!
    (The chatter in my head about this is:
    The fact that this is an accomplishment is ridicusad.
    No, the fact that this is an accomplishment is just proof that you are where you are, you’re not invincible, and it’s going to take some effort to unlearn the disordered eating habits you’ve fallen into over the past few months; so be kind, you are fighting a hard battle.
  • Got this message on Facebook from a stranger in San Diego

    “my name is paul .. i was going through this site and i saw your profile tag with your pic, I most confess to you that you are a very beauty lady, of which there is no man that will set his eye on you that will not write you, am a very nice and cool looking man, looking for real love, someone that i can go into long/serious relationship with who is caring and lovely.that is what i have been praying for,and i believe it must be a dream come true. hope to hear from you soon you”


  • The Bangladeshi boys in the kitchen at work made me their traditional milk tea and it was delicious.
  • I tried cinnamon tequila–it was okay. I tried vanilla tequila–it was DISGUSTING WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE.
  •  My 175 yr. old bus driver sort of hit on me the first time I rode his bus a few days ago and completely hit on me this time…meanwhile the boy who was supposed to call me, hasn’t. Thus reminding me why I will die alone surrounded by Facebook status updates, nutella and, hopefully, a passport with more stamps than the post office.
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The Eye

You don’t realize how EVERYWHERE America is until you’re heading through the CBD in Sydney and look up to see the CBS Evening News playing at noon.

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“We need your energy here.”

As soon as I got to Cronulla, I knew it wasn’t going to work out. There was no particular reason, though one could easily cite the distance:

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I just knew.

So, when after being there for a couple days, the job and sublet that I thought I’d sorted seemed to unsort themselves, I knew my best bet was to get to the city–and fast.

Only, with 2 suitcases and a carry on, plus another bag of food, no car and no friends to call, how exactly was I going to do that? I’d thought while I was here that I would join a carshare, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Since I was doing things in a bit of a rush, I needed to go to the company’s headquarters in order to sort my membership. As soon, as I walked in, I noticed the casual vibe and said to the guy helping me, “You’re in jeans? I wear jeans. I could totally work here!”

He said that I should drop my résumé off when I brought the car back later, which I did, and thought to myself, “What if it were that easy and I got a job the day I moved to Sydney?”

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