Today’s “girl” is one that I have a long history. We ended up in the same class in Std 8 (Grade 10) and that was the start of a many an adventure. Chantal and I also had the opportunity to work together before she left our shores to move to Australia. See what she has to say.
Getting to know you:
CJ: Expat living in Australia with an awesome husband & 2 beautiful boys, and living life now with a brilliant work/family balance and loving it! My biggest wish, that my family & friends could all come & live here!
CJ: Up at 7am, at least 2 cups of coffee before doing ANYTHING! Make the kids brekkie, get their lunch boxes ready for school, get them ready for school, leave home at 8:45.
Drop kids at school, head off to work, work until 2:30, back to fetch the kids from school at 3pm, on the days I don’t work – back home to do the cleaning, washing, ironing, etc or somedays, just a coffee with a friend! Arvo – sport, any appointments, normally home by 5pm, homework & supper gets underway. Supper is normally around 6:30-ish then it’s shower & bed for the kids around 8pm. Relax, catch up with Steve on how the day went & get anything ready that may be needed for the next day. Bedtime (with a good book of course) is around 10pm
CJ: Oh, here this could go on & on, but I wont!! Ah, friends of course! I miss my friends & my family the most! Being able to buy Aromat off the shelf. Aquafresh toothpaste (although we can get Oral B toothpaste here now & it’s almost as good!) Bunny Chows, Vetkoek and The wild Coast.
CJ: The freedom we have. Being able to go out with my girlfriends for a feed & not having to worry about my safety. The beaches. The choice of goods available. The laid back lifestyle. The opportunities that the kids have, now & as they get older. The volunteering I do for WIRES. Having Sydney within an hours drive (it’s even better than CT!). The good friends I’ve made
CJ: Having to learn to speak ‘Australian’ English & not using South African slang!!! Learning to live with no family support structure. No maids, garden boys or tea girls! Getting used to over-protective parents! Letting the kids walk down the road to go play with their mates. Learning not to ‘demand’ things but asking for them pleasantly in a (very) long winded fashion!! Being amazed at how the communities pull together in times of need. Otherwise life if pretty similar to living in SA!
CJ: Heights and fire!
CJ: Learning new things – everyday (well almost) I learn something new here in Australia!!
CJ: Longer legs & more patience!!
CJ: Helpful and a true friend (Nix – I think 2 is enough here 🙂 )
CJ: Impatience, Perfectionist & can sometimes be a procrastinator!!
CJ: I can be a bitch
CJ: Hell yeah
CJ: The kids bad habits of leaving their plates, cups, toys, clothes, etc all around the house!
The fun stuff:
CJ: Who hasn’t now days!
CJ : Shaka – the Great
CJ: See above
CJ: Fresh cherries!
CJ: Toto – African Rain, I can listen to it 10 x over…..
CJ: Ninja’s – the purple one
CJ: There was TV when I was a kid??
CJ: Yes, crap!
CJ: Grrrrrrrr, coffee………..
CJ: That I will wake up in the morning? Normally about what tomorrow will bring……..
CJ: Do you get these? Seriously? I’d LOVE to work with Dolphins – corny hey!
CJ: Beautiful signing in the shower – NOT! Um…… I’m sure I do have but they seem to still be hidden!
CJ: Learning new things – everyday (well almost) I learn something new here in Aus!!
CJ: I’d say clean, Stephen would say messy!
CJ: Not spending enough time with my mom before she died, not only after her diagnosis but through life. We always think our parents will be there forever but they wont
CJ: The carefree days of mucking about with my mates!!
CJ: YOU are in control of YOUR destiny!
The serious stuff:
CJ: Personally I think they should be universal but in reality – life turns in the same circle.
CJ: No – cant vote in SA because I don’t live there, can’t vote in Australia because I was only a resident BUT now that I’m an Australian citizen I can vote!
CJ: I’m not for it but I’m not against it either, each to their own, but God did make men & women!