Sunday, May 20, 2012

Operation Australia-to-San Francisco: Complete

Our move is complete.  We have arrived in San Francisco!

And I can now say with much certainty, that San Francisco is clearly the mac-daddy of all cities.

Our move from Australia back to America was a whirlwind of chaos, and stress, and fun, and rekindlings. 

Our repatriation began with a several month long stint in Florida, where I spent my 40th birthday at a restaurant with friends and family, many of whom I hadn't seen since my 35th.  And by the way, Buca di Beppo... you make one sweet-ass plate of meatballs. :)

Our now 7 & 8 year old boys, had some quality time with their massive posse of first cousins.  I Starbucked with my sister-in-law, Too-Jayed with my in-laws, and LiveLoveYogurted with my mom and our babysitter, who came us from Australia to help push me through the insanity.

We tried to have a little down-time and went on a cruise...

DSC_0012
Come on, let's be real, is there ever really down-time with two little "energetic" (that's the nice word for it) boys?  "Mommy, mom, mom, mom, Mommy, I need you. Mom, can I show you something?  Mommy, do you have treats? Mom, mom, mom, mom, maaaaah-m,"     What??????? What? What? What?       "Oh, I forgot what I wanted to say."

Moving on.

In St. Maarten we visited an awesomely strange museum/shop of sorts called The Yoda Guy.  This hidden little, hole-in-the-wall is owned by a British gentleman who designed the character Yoda (as I understand it).  And if you buy something, he'll let you walk through his personal collection of movie props and paraphernalia. 

The Yoda Man.  And the crazy thing is, we both agreed he was very Yoda-ish... like in a dogs-and-owners-who-look-alike kind of way.
This is "The Yoda Guy" and our boys.  When we left, there was unanimous agreement that he looked very Yoda-esque, in a dogs-and-their-owners-who-look-alike kind of way :) .

Anyway, about six weeks ago we finally landed in San Francisco, and we are loving it.  Based on the places we've lived (and you know there's been a few :) my first impression is that San Francisco has the topography and landscape of Sydney, with the friendliness and swagger of Dallas.

And it is only by chance that my sister, who is an amazing acupuncturist and Dr. of Chinese Medicine, specializing in infertility and pediatrics, is here-- she has been living in San Francisco for about nine years and brought us to San Fran's famous Painted Ladies, which she lives right near.  Having my sister here has been the biggest bonus imaginable. :)

DSC03686

And there's more...

We are living on a real, live mountain!!!   Okay, okay, there is the distinct possibility, it may--  I mean MAAAY  be...   a hill.  And there are deer in the neighborhood. And there are plum, loquat, lemon, and Fuji apple trees in the backyard of our house.  Seriously, we have all of those in our backyard!  Not to mention the kiwi and grape vines-- and the tomato plant I bought at Costco that I am clearly incapable of watering properly.

Ruby a.k.a Lam Lam smiling on her new turf-- literally.
Ruby the Labradoodle, taking a big whiff of cool mountain air, while standing on the astroturf in our backyard with a view of San Francisco Bay in the background.  Apparently in Northern California, fake grass is the new black.  Incidentally, Ruby is the only family member who, six months after arriving in America, still has her Aussie accent.

DSC04422
Three deer in someone's front yard yesterday.

And after all this traveling and moving and adjusting, I barely want to leave the house these days.  I still haven't even seen the Golden Gate Bridge, yes I know, that's crazy.  But the good news is, I have left the house to enough to have eaten countless tacos and drank some delicious bubble/ boba tea drinks around town--  I may be feeling tired and lazy, but a girl's got to have her fix. 

This new adventure has been more than I could have imagined so far-- and I am considering that I may need to start up the whole blogging thing again... it's been a while but, hot damn, San Francisco has some stories in store for me... I can feel it my bones.  Hmmm, or was that a mild earthquake?


Share

33 comments:

rinniez said...

yayayayayay! please keep blogging, i don't want to lose touch with what you are up to!!! im so glad youve moved to another city that you love, but Australia will miss you!
:)
xx

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Thanks, you know you were one of the first readers I had! I am currently considering what to do next with the whole blogging thing... I do live it...when I'm in the mood :)

rinniez said...

One other question...
Did you go and watch a screening of funniest home videos while you were still here by any chance?
swear i just saw your hubbie and kids in the audience!!!
(tho have thought i saw them before and it wasnt them!)
:)

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

That is sooo funny and you're not the first person to think you saw us/them out and about! But no-- unfortunately we didn't get to do that, but it does sound like fun, haha.

rinniez said...

OMG you really do have a doppelganger family! Crazy!!!

ChiTown Girl said...

Yay! Welcome home!!! Can't wait to hear all about the transition.

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Thanks R!

Hey Chitown- thx!

The Baker Family said...

so nice to hear about your adventures again - I have been missing them, but please my girls need more updates on 'their' boys they say

akroezen said...

So glad you are loving being back home!! I've struggled since the day I stepped foot on the plane to come back. I miss Australia terribly.

And funny you don't have an Aussie accent...we've been back about 8 months, and only lived there for 1.5 years and I STILL get told I have an Australian accent on a very regular basis. I suppose that's because I'm in TN where everyone is expected to have a southern accent.

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Bakers-- we need to Skype!!!!

Akroezen- I have a list of things I miss about Australia-- iit was such a great experience, I definitely miss it often too :)

ozaussieoz said...

Yes, definitely keep on blogging! I have only just recently begun to follow you (within the last year) & am interested to see how your repatriation goes. Congrats!

steck said...

Oi, mate!

I've been back in the USA since early January. I'm now in Portland, Oregon, where 20-somethings come to retire.

I don't have an Aussie accent after 3 years in Sydney, but I did go up to a group of fellows at a restaurant in Vancouver, WA and ask, "Is this the end of the queue?".

Did I mention that someone threw a rock at my head in front of the railway station in Kalgoorlie? Like I don't have enough rocks in my head already.

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

ozaussieoz- Your blog is really awesome, I mean REALLY awesome, congrats on your awesomeness! for real.

Steck-- you are here??? I have a good friend in Portland, OR-- I've heard it's so beautiful there. But then why were you in Australia?? - Insert snappy one liner here.a

steck said...

Is your good friend nice-looking (and female)? Just askin'...

Portland is a lovely, happening kind of place. Just a wee bit too much rain (again today!).

I was in Oz for a job at a startup, and for the adventure of living abroad. Glad to be back in the USA, though. I never did develop a taste for Vegemite.

In fact, I may take a job on the Peninsula south of San Francisco.

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Steck- the friend is gorgeous-- and married with 3 kids! haha We are on the peninsula-- working for a startup, well sort of a start up you could say. We love it here!

steck said...

More specifically, the job is in Palo Alto. I hope all the newly-minted Facebook millionaires don't push up real estate prices too much.

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Steck- I think we are both too late on that one...

Rassles said...

does this mean you have to change your blog title from "Florida Girl fro Sydney in San Francisco"?

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Rasslemcdazzles- I am still working on what to change the blog name to... help??

steck said...

(Sitting on) The Blog of the Bay?

Round Rock Gal said...

Hello! I just discovered your blog via "The Yellow Brick Road" where you commented on her Dover post. Confusing? I then clicked on your name and read your SF post and a few others.

Anyway! Just wanted to say hello. We used to live in the Bay Area (Pleasanton in fact) and are now living in Austin TX. Even that can be a culture shock. I hope you enjoy SF. Make sure you take a tour of Alcatraz. Very interesting and the boys will like the boat ride.

How long will you be in SF? Any further moves planned?

Juli said...

I am so excited you moved to San Francisco. I USED TO LIVE THERE, AND IT IS AWESOME. Hooray!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Good luck on your repatriation! We are Americans living in England. So wonderful to 'meet' you here :)

Anonymous said...

I'm from Asia and am currently going to school in the US. I might be moving to Sydney in a few years for school so I'll definitely follow your blog and read your previous entries! thanks for creating such a wonderful and beautiful blog. :)

btw, I love SF!

artificial grass said...

nice blog

Tax Return Perth said...

i loved this blog.....

Tax Audit Perth said...

amazing blog ever.....

Norah said...

I've found Lots of necessary information from your blog. Just bookmark your blog for more explore! I will definitely share this post with others. Thanks for sharing.

Waste removal Sydney said...

good post

Sydney rubbish removal said...

cute images

Bali Hotels said...

Travel toBali is very good to booking from Bali Hotels Accommodation. You will find something natural around the island. Exploring the island of Bali, and Best deal of hotels. Check also special deals on Bali Hotels in Kuta Hotels, Seminyak Hotels, Legian Hotels , Nusa Lembongan Hotels,
Nusa Dua Hotels ,and Sanur Hotels. Or if you want to get holiday in Phuket, you can book from Phuket Hotels , Patong Hotels booking online,and Istanbul Hotels Turkey for Istanbul Turkey Online reservation.. Thank You.

Anonymous said...

Hey There. I discovered your blog the use of msn. This is a really well written article.
I'll be sure to bookmark it and return to read extra of your helpful information. Thank you for the post. I'll definitely comeback.

You are welcome to my blog: Technology Bangladesh

7LiveAsia said...


I'm happy and enjoy your post :) Travelling is really beautiful, I love it and can't imagine my life without it!