Monday, May 02, 2011

Kisses holidays, you were fab.

Oh, my lovelies. I've missed you so! It is so good to be back in the land of the blogs, and I look forward to catching up on everything you've been doing as soon as humanly possible (which may not be until next week - apparently the internet in my apartment is kaput and won't be getting fixed for a few days. Gulp.).

I returned to Melbourne on Saturday and have been staying in Inspector Climate's apartment for the rest of the weekend. I am excited to tell you about my trip*: things were checked off my life list, pictures were taken, fun was had, quality time with the Parental Unit was enjoyed, and best of all I got to wake up and fall asleep every morning and night with Inspector Climate for 2.5 weeks. Bliss.

In other news, a few days before I went on holidays, I wrote this post about how much I wanted to have found a job before my parents arrived in Australia. In the post, I waxed poetic about how sure I was things would have worked themselves out by Easter/Passover so I could enjoy my holiday without constantly feeling like I should be looking for a job while exploring the big Australian landscape. Because that's the thing about job hunting. You're never done. You think about it while you brush your teeth in the morning, you think about it while you chanting in yoga, you think about it while you're chastising yourself for drinking a hot chocolate while out with friends, and by golly you think about it until you've worked yourself into a sleepless frenzy before falling asleep at night.

And so, I resigned myself to thinking that during the holiday I would have to think about the job search while I should be concentrating 3000% on my parents because I only get to see them 2-4 weeks a year. Y'all, two days before my parents arrived I had a meeting with an organisation I had cold emailed to see if they needed any research volunteers. I rocked up and they offered me job. A job. It's not full time (and thank goodness for that!), it's not a permanent position - it may only be for 3-6 months, and as of yet, I still don't know how much I'll get paid. But it's a job. A job that will at least partially fulfill my visa requirements, will be rewarding, and will look good on my resume. And best of all, I could relax on this holiday with my parents. Truly and completely relax - so much that I was sleeping nearly 11 hours most nights.

And if that wasn't news enough, our lemon tree flowered while we were away!

It has several more buds and I am just giddy with excitement, in fact, I tried to capture a bee yesterday to make sure that our lemon tree was properly pollinated to produce future lemons.

*How would you like to hear about my trip - if at all...I promise to try not to show endless amounts of holiday photos. Would you like a. a post recap of every single day like Andi from My Beautiful Adventures does for her travels. or b. a big recap post that just glosses the Big Adventures and the Big disappointments of the trip.


  1. God, I know that job hunt stress so well.

    I am very close to returning to it. Close enough that it is already starting to weigh on me and I keep wondering how many days before I get back to LA is it appropriate for me to start sending out emails again.

    Ugh. Anxiety.

  2. I'm glad you got a job and could focus 3000% on your parents, double bonus.

    Also, option B, no A, oh you decide.

  3. That is fantastic, I am so happy for you!! I'm glad you had such a good time :)

  4. Yay, you're back! So happy to hear your vacay went well and that you found a job!! Congrats ;)

  5. yay! congrats on the job. It sounds awesome. Any little bit of experience helps and will pad your resumé, so go for it!

    Can't wait to hear about your trip with your parents. Feel free to post as much as you like, and I love photos ;)

  6. Congrats on the job!! Must be such a relief. And glad to see you back!

  7. yay! yay! yay! i am so freaking excited for you! so what if it's only a few months? so what if it doesn't evolve into a permanent position {which we always dream about with these sorts of opportunities right?}? it's a JOB!! i know just how relieving/exciting/victorious this must feel for you and i am so ridiculously happy you landed this. phew!

  8. Congratulations on your new position! I'm so glad to hear about that.
    PS - I am enjoying my version of enchilasagne and it turned out fantastic. Thanks for posting the recipe!
    PPS - I found you through Snarky @ snidecommentary.

  9. Glad for the job! YEAH!
    I Sooo understand that. Horribly.
    Love to see the lemon tree flowering, my blueberry bushes are thinking about it.

  10. Go, you! Cold emailing worked! Run with it! I want pictures, please, of the trip, that's my two-cents worth.

  11. So happy to hear you had a good time! You were missed!

  12. OMFG! Congrats on the new gig, lady! That is fantabulous news! As for the updates, give us the blow by blow! I'm nosy! :-)

  13. Congrats on the job! I had faith that you would find one in due time. This will get you back on your feet, and who knows what the future holds!

    Regarding your holidays, I vote the recap post with the highlights/lowlights!

  14. Glad to hear you had a fabulous time with the parents!!

  15. Brooke - It totally sucks! Good luck once you get back to LA!!

    linlah - Me too! It was SUCH a relief.

    Many Colours of Happiness - I had an AMAZING time. It was great to explore new places in Australia.

    Teacher Girl - Thank you!

    Crystal - yay for pictures. I'll see what I can do. Sadly I didn't take as many as I thought so I am waiting for some from my parents.

    Emily Jane - Thank you!

    Kimbirdy - You're next!

    Wildcard - I am so happy you're loving the enchilasagne!

    le chef - I know there have been many squees since the lemon tree flowered.

    Mil - I know! who woulda thunk it!

    Krysten - Thank you!! It's soo good to be back.

    Oneika - Hah! Ok, I'll give as much information as I can possibly remember :)

    Eric - Thank you! Exactly! Your vote has been counted :) I'll probably end up doing a mixture. of things.

  16. YAY YOU GOT A JOB!!! That's fantastic news!! Please excuse my lateness on commenting, I've only stumbled across this now. But that is so so good, I'm so happy for you!