What don't I miss? As I approach the nine month mark of living in Australia, I've definitely been thinking a lot about what and who I miss from home. I actually wrote a post about this same topic back in December. Looking back at that post, a lot of the things I missed then are still things I miss now, although of course that list has grown. When I think about things and people I miss from home, I also try and make myself think about what I will probably miss about Australia once we move back. That really helps me keep things in perspective and realize that there really are a lot of great things about living here. But for the purpose of today's topic, here is what I miss. I've purposely left out family and friends, because it goes without saying that those are always at the top of the list.
Having lived in some of the cities known for excellent Mexican food (Phoenix, Los Angeles, Houston), this is huge for me. I think I could conceivably be OK with the fact that there aren't Mexican food restaurants here (like not even one) IF the general ingredients to make some of my favorite dishes were readily available. But they're not. I get so frustrated when I find a recipe I want to try that includes typically Mexican food ingredients, because I pretty much know I won't be able to find those ingredients or a suitable replacement.
Don't even get me started on the imposter here that calls itself Target, because it is really just upsetting to me.
Well, the Oprah Winfrey Network to be exact. Yes, it's true, I'm an Oprah fanatic. And unfortunately I let myself get addicted to her shows (mainly "Oprah's Next Chapter") in the months before we moved. I got excited the other day when I saw O Magazine in the grocery store... until I saw the $9.99 price tag!
*Diet Dr. Pepper
My life blood. Honestly, I don't know how I've survived over 8 months already without it. Coke Zero will do as a substitute for now, but that doesn't mean I'm happy about it. There is just no replacing good ol' DDP. And while I'm at it, let me add fountain drinks to this item. There is nothing better than a fountain soda in my book. And if you're from Arizona, then you will know what I mean when I say I would pay big money for a QuikTrip 32oz DDP.
|At Christmas, my family made a "Megan On A Stick" so I could be with them for the holiday festivities. Even THEY knew that I really missed DDP|
|The QuikTrip fountain soda machine in all its glory|
*Tall buildings, freeways, crowds, heck even traffic
Basically all the things you find in a big city. I very much feel like a city mouse living uncomfortably in a country mouse's shoes.
Australia as a whole is really not too big on online shopping. It's probably good for our bank accounts, but oh how I miss Amazon and all the other amazing online shopping in the US. Over the past months, I've been ordering a ridiculous amount of clothes, etc from online sites and shipping them to my parents' house. When they come visit in a couple months, they will probably have a suitcase just full of my junk.
*Being within 1-4 hours of the same time zone as my friends and family
With a 14-17 hour time difference (depending on what part of the US I'm trying to call someone in), my brain is on auto-calculate CONSTANTLY adding or subtracting hours to figure out what time it is in any given place in the U.S. There is a very limited time frame each day where "acceptable phone talking hours" overlap between here and the U.S. Being in such a different time zone (not to mention day and even season), is enough to make you feel like you're living on another planet.
Yes, I miss having to tip at restaurants, salons, etc. Tipping is not customary in Australia. Sometimes it's kind of nice not to have to worry about it, but honestly, I now appreciate what tipping actually gets you- good service.
Miller Outdoor Theatre
Miller Outdoor Theatre was one of my favorite places to go in Houston. David and would spend many nights there during Spring and Summer. I loved bringing a picnic dinner, wine, chairs, and enjoying the free show in the fresh air under the stars.
|One of my favorite shows at Miller Outdoor Theatre was an interactive Stomp Performance. So fun!|
While the school where I taught in Houston was often full of drama and dysfunction, I really do miss it. I miss my co-workers, I miss the community, and boy do I miss my kiddos. There are several teachers that I remain in contact with, and they are really good about giving me updates on my babies.
|One of my favorite (although blurry) photos of some of my students at the end of last school year.|
I could go on and on, but I'll leave it at that for now. It seems like a lifetime away, but I know that before I know it, I will be writing a post about the things I miss from this crazy Aussie land :-)
Catch up with my "Blog Every Day in May" challenge here:
Day 5 (Oops! :-/ I did blog on day 5, just not following the prompt...)