i have been a lucky gal. when i have a minute to pause i like to give thanks to my fate. it helps me stay focused on the right attitude that i have been trying to cultivate for some time instead of the ever so pressing urge to contemplate on the problems that are awaiting my attention. i sometimes achieve it and most times i don’t. it is a learning process, i guess. it never ends.

what i really appreciate today is simple, quite basic actually, but we do not usually recognize the simplest things in life, right? well, i stopped taking those for granted ever since i lost quite a few and i am most grateful for that, as now i know better how to appreciate the smallest of things…

– my family is healthy
– we finally have a home
– we have means of transportation and we are free to go anywhere (we can even afford gas)
– we can also afford to have food on our table (we got a table with 4 chairs for an amazing deal), clean water, hot water, towels and sheets, candles and soap
– internet (we missed that a lot. turns out life is not only easier with it, it is Possible with it)
– we have a bed, and one for Sami (bought second hand, as almost everything we own now; i personally painted it, and i am super proud)
– the old and antique bench that we revamped (got it for $5! a cup of coffee is $4!)
– my mum (her cheering voice is so warming even from the other side of the world)
– my grandparents (the first ones we called when we got a home phone installed)
– my amazing mentor and a supervisor Fiona
– espresso, dark chocolate and Stoyan cooking
– our wine glasses that we brought from Vegas filled with Australian red (also quite grateful for ibuprofen this morning)
– the park right outside our door with bats hanging from the palm trees
– the muddy Brisbane river, passing slowly by our neighborhood
– Saturday’s West End market
– found a fridge today, liked it, took it home and we no longer need to eat all our food asap
– Sami got a new scooter; the excitement!
– going to a house warming party tonight for a Bulgarian author whose book about Brisbane life we read while we were in Bulgaria; we are now friends!
– excited about watching a couple of new movies
– afternoon naps (about to dive in one right now, so i will have to put a pause on this endless list)

what are you most grateful for today?


putting together all my finds, on the first hour of moving in…exciting times! it almost looks like a display of my shop…


we have a bed and an espresso machine and toy boxes and a kitchen table, wine glasses and a salt ‘n pepper shaker…but we still don’t have a home. i am beginning to think this one will be a great challenge…or maybe not. after all, home is where the 3 of us are, right?


gimme that caffeine

The last 3 weeks have been beyond exciting!

Actually as much exciting as challenging.

Actually, it has been so stressful that we are on a safety mode most of the time. Starting a life has never been easy for us. This having been our 4th move, you would think we now have a knack for how things work. Well, yes and no…

The truth is that once you have experienced quite a few house hunts, car inspections, coffee machine and glasswear searches, let alone dealing with institutions, such as banks, phone operators, medical insurance, child care, university clerks and so on, you become quite selective, picky… if I may say.

You know what you want and what to look for, and you know that it can always be better if you give it a bit more of your time, a bit more of your energy. If you sacrifice endless hours on the internet researching what is the best way to get from point A to point C you believe you are securing a better deal. One with minimum losses, maximum gains, and of course all according to Sami’s schedule of rituals, such as a morning play at the park, riding a scooter, having a snack (at a certain time and certain kind), taking an afternoon nap, playing with puzzles, cars, reading a book…………..the list is endless, and in order to keep him happy (which almost always guarantees our sanity) we have to go by his rules.

Needless to say most institutions do not follow Sami’s rules, which I guess should be put immediately on their customers’ comments boxes.

Yeah, all this was just venting on how stress is taking over, and we are bulking up on emotional fillers! And these are the best kinds!