I've been putting off writing an update because we've wanted to post pictures of our newly decorated apartment. Unfortunately, what we thought would take one weekend has taken like...three, and it's still not done.
We.are.so.busy.right.now. It's good though! Very good. Ben is playing soccer and squash, we are back at the gym, and trying to cook at home as much as possible. We feel like such grown ups. (We even make our own sushi regularly!) Ben has been at the City of Bunbury working on a drainage project (he still works for Lowes Churchill but they are low on work, so Nancy has given him to the City for a while). I'm loving life at the Galleries, and I can SEE Ben's office from my office! So we meet for lunch, and we work in the city, and we feel like real grown ups.
So much has happened since the last update. Sorry this one will have no pictures, but the next one will...I promise (maybe).
Here it is, in list format:
+We bought a new mattress
+We set up our guest room
+We went to IKEA which is an AWESOME home store in Perth. Spent 3 hours there!
+We are in the middle of replanting some veggies outside and plants for the inside of the apartment
+Ben changed the oil in the car (good thing, too! Having an oil change here costs about $130, but he did it himself for about $50)
+The weather is warming up!! YAY!!
+I have my first BIG exhibition opening this weekend!! Nervous and excited!
+Ben has a conference for work and awards night in Perth this weekend!
+I am meeting really cool people and artists at work! And it's very busy, but a very good job for me. And I think I'm good at it, too.
+Ben is thinking he might get to stay at the City and do some engineering work for them :)
+And last, but not not least, (DEFINITELY THE MOST EXCITING)......
WE BOOKED A TRIP TO TASMANIA FOR OUR ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!
So Tasmania seems really cool, and we hear a lot of good things about it. See the map below that I made in paint for you :)
Tasmania has a lot of history to it. There are ghost tours that are run at night, and the town of Hobart (mostly where we will be) in an old fishing village. We've heard it's a lot like coastal New England. (They even get snow there!) We will be spending two nights in Hobart at one hotel in the city, doing some exploring and seeing the Salamanca Markets. We rented a car so we can see Mt. Wellington, and drive to the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Centre (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), and to Wineglass Bay, which is up the east coast of Tasmania a bit. We'll be spending one night in Wineglass Bay (I've seen it on TV shows as one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit!) Then we'll come back to Hobart and stay at a different place for a couple of nights. If you are interested, there is some info on the worst massacre in Australian history which happened out at Port Arthur. It was in the early 90's. Basically, a guy just went on a killing spree, at toll booths, cafes, everywhere. There are conspiracy theories behind it. Some people think the government sent this guy to do this so that they would crack down on gun laws here in Australia (which they did--you basically can't own a gun here). Interesting!
Here is the website of a guy that is exhibiting here at the Galleries. We've done some workshops with him, and he's got a huge response to his work. He doesn't have a lot of money, and he creates sculptures and just learns as he goes. His work is awesome: http://www.danielfisherart.com/
I think that's about it for now. Ben has squash tonight and will hopefully kick some butt! He's already doing better this season, and winning some matches!
We're hoping to do New Zealand next year for our anniversary, and Sydney for New Year's at some point. On our way back to the US (for good) we're going to try to do at least a month of backpacking through Europe. We'll have to send some stuff home in a palette this time!
That's about all the updates I've got for you guys. At least there was ONE picture in this blog, sorry it was kinda boring. Still counting the days til we're home :)