It's um... been a while. So here are some random thoughts I've been saving up:
On Tuesday, I took a pledge to Australia and became an Australian Citizenship. It's been a long road (see here, here, and here for a few example).
And it was ... surprisingly emotional. In typical decoybetty fashion, I waited in line to register for the ceremony and then was led to my seat where I immediately gave myself (accidentally!) the worst paper cut across my knuckle which bled profusely—covering my hands in blood. So then I was discreetly trying to mop up the gore and stop my finger from bleeding while trying to find my 'emergency' bandaid in my wallet. If there is an opportunity to be awkward, I will jump on it!
Despite the many years I've lived here, I'm still learning new slang all the time. There are regional difference to the odd cake-cutting rituals of Australians. In Tasmania, if the knife comes out dirty it means you'll have green babies.
Dodge-em cars are bumper cars.
I've been cooking lots of new things and am adding them to my life list but two that I'd highly recommend are Smitten Kitchen's Browniest Cookies (delicious gluten free) and Ratatouille.