Archive for February, 2006

Aussie Slang

Posted in Bits and Pieces on 27 February 2006 by Leah

Apart from trying to pack most of my belongings into two luggages, I realize I also need to start learning the basics of Aussie slang. I’ve learned some common words from J but I wanted to research more so that I could better arm myself as soon as I step foot in Oz.

The Australian Slang Dictionary is one helpful site and yes, it explains in full detail the quirks of the Aussie slang. So, it’s not just your regular dictionary. The site from Wikipedia is also informative.

I hope I don’t make a fool of myself as I attempt to imbibe this new set of words into my vocabulary. I wouldn’t want to be regarded as a drongo!  😛

What to expect

Posted in Ramblings on 26 February 2006 by Leah

The long wait is over and the much sought-after trip is now at hand. I am practically a mess trying to get things organized (again!) and packing my stuff for good. Over the next week, one can expect my room to be in terrible shape.  I will be running around like a headless chicken as well.

Wise Words

Posted in Food for Thought on 20 February 2006 by Leah

got this from Ms. Seuss

  • Never go to sleep angry.
    You won’t be able to sleep comfortably anyway because the other person is beside you and you’re both digging this little trench on the bed that not even the hem of your nightgown is supposed to cross.
  • There are habits you CANNOT change.
    If he is messy, then he is messy. Don’t create wrinkles that will add to your derma bill. Even if he pretends to clean up it will only be for a month. Same thing applies to you anyway. You’ll never be able to kick that habit of shopping for your nth pair of shoes.
  • Your spending and saving habits need to align. Or at least agree on a %age. Really.
    If you both believe in seizing the moment, then blowing your bonuses on a trip to Vanuatu is cool. But if one is a compulsive saver and the other is in love with the concept of a sale then building up a fund for a home is going to be tricky
  • Don’t forget to take some “ME” time.
    Take care of yourself. You won’t be able to take care of anyone else in the long run if you don’t. Don’t feel guilty about it. He loved you for your independence. Don’t lose it just because of a Mrs. prefix or a hyphenated surname.
  • Create space between yourselves.
    Trees grow better when they both catch sunlight.
  • Like nature, a marriage has seasons.
    Keep the memories of summer in your heart when you go through a harsh winter. Remember you will get past it if you keep faith long enough till your next spring.
  • Keep God in the Center.
    If there is something which will be instrumental in the success of a marriage, it is your relationship as a couple to Him/Her. (Oh, and add to that your mom-in-law or equivalents thereof at the periphery 🙂 )
  • When you pray for your husband, pray for yourself too.
    Sometimes when you ask God to change this or that about the love of your life, you actually need to ask Him/Her to work on you.
  • Talk. Wait — COMMUNICATE.
    Over the years the definition of the word “husband” will evolve as your relationship grows deeper. Part of the evolution is in how you discuss the profound and the mundane . . .
  • In the long run, it’s the ordinary everyday that matters
    Flowers, gifts, and big celebrations are great. But that’s just the icing on the cake. Make a REALLY good cake.