January: I got a Wii as a graduation present from my folks. I went skiing a bunch of times. I announced that we were looking to move out of AK, and that we were going to buy a house when we do.
February: I complained about reading Walden. I went on a diet. I started posting about my interest in permaculture. I finished Walden, and ended up liking it.
March: I baked lots of bread from my favorite bread book. I posted one of the awesome Mt. Susitna webcam images. I whinged about missing a speech by the author of my favorite permaculture book, and I talked about one of the foremost women in Atmospheric Science, Joanne Malkus Simpson.
April: I went to Virginia to visit my relatives, and posted that I had big news upcoming soon.
May: I announced our upcoming move to Sydney! I complained about decluttering and getting my visa. I attempted to explain the Australia healthcare system (which I am no more knowledgeable about now that I live here). I acknowledged that I was going to miss Alaska. My visa arrived and I resigned from the National Weather Service.
June: We went on a rafting trip down the Chulitna, where my boat flipped and I ended up floating down a glacial river. Scary! Next thing you know, I was packing up and moving on. I arrived in Sydney and went to see the light show downtown and Manly Beach. I unsuccessfully looked for an apartment and got discouraged by Sydney prices. Back in Alaska, Ethan got punched in the face.
July: I found a great apartment only 10 minutes from the beach! I checked out the Royal Botanical Gardens, and got up close and friendly with bats and cockatoos. I heard my first Kookaburra and bought tickets to see one of my favorite bands, The Eels.
August: I went to Cockatoo Island to see an art show. At Featherdale Animal Park, I petted koalas and kangaroos. The Eels concert rocked. The Australia election happened and I attempted to explain Australian politics. I went on a ski trip to Perisher Valley and got to visit Canberra in the process.
September: I joined GoGet car share, took a bike riding class, and planted my garden. I posted pictures of the beach I live near (looking back at those pictures, I can't believe how empty the beach is!). I went bushwalking with my coworker and her husband through the glorious spring bush. Ethan and Fievel arrived safely.
October: I started my worm farm. My garden started growing. We made our first attempt at home brew. We visited Taronga Zoo. I did a post on water for Blog Action Day. Fievel came home. We enjoyed fish and chips at Watson's Bay and hiked past a nude beach. We hosted a Halloween party, and people actually came in costume!
November: Ethan and I went camping, sans camera card, where we saw kangaroos and possums in the wild. I butchered Ethan's hair. We did the Sculpture By the Sea walk. My garden started producing, and dying at the same time.
December: I did a 6-month in Australia update. I posted about how weird it was to have Christmas in the middle of summer. I went to the community garden for the first time and really enjoyed it.
Looking back, this has been a year full of unforeseen changes! Back in January I had no idea I would be moving to Australia for the adventure of a lifetime (joke's on me about buying a house, huh)? Although I've been a bit lax about posting in December, I hope to find some time to post more in the New Year (including those beer posts Uncle Carl asked for)! May you all have a safe and happy New Year!