So Happy Together

Posted by Felicia on 12:03 PM
Helloooooo.....Helloooooo????? Anyone there? I wouldn't blame ya for disappearing seeing as how I update oh, every hundred years or so. So sorry to disappear like that. I've just been dealing with all the numerous changes around here. I'll bring everyone up to speed.

So, let's see. I'm officially married! I married Rick on 10/10/2009 in what was perhaps the funnest wedding of all time! It seriously rocked my face off and was everything I could have ever wanted it to be. There were no marble columns, no hanging flower arrangements nor bands, djs or such, no dance floor either, but what we had was good food, great friends and family, and great fun!
We got married in a gazebo in downtown Madison surrounded by half of Australia and half of California and Alabama. It was very intimate and lovely, and funny. Let's just say my new husband's vows to me included the phrase "j*** in my pants". How could I NOT have married him? Haha Afterwards we walked across the railroad tracks and had dinner at the lovely restaurant called Main Street Cafe. We wined, and dined, and laughed until we hurt. I am quite literally the luckiest girl to have the amazing people in my life that I do.

We honeymooned in New York. What an amazing city. We were there 5 days, but it wasn't nearly enough to see what we wanted to see and do what we wanted to do. However, we did get to go to the America concert which was significant to us because it was the first concert we both had ever seen. He at 17 in 1988 and me at 15 in 1989 in two different countries. What were the odds and then that they should be in New York when we planned our spur of the moment NYC trip??? Fate. Pure fate.

After we got back Rick flew back to Australia and Colin and I got a serious case of the sads. I set about trying to pack up my condo and get the massive amount of paperwork required for me to migrate to Australia. What I have amassed looks like a 2,000 page manual entitled " Please let me stay in your country- FOREVAH!!" That sucker cost $50 to ship. Holy bejeezus.

Colin left for California before Christmas to spend the holidays with his dad. it was a sad holiday for me as it was my last here for a long time, but I was only able to make it through by being semi-comatose on the couch on painkillers which turned out to be a mild case of temporary elephant man syndrome. Ugh. Talk about disfigured. I ended up in the ER the day after and am just now starting to resemble a human again, and small children have stopped screaming when I enter the room. Small things people. lol
I am flying out to California tomorrow to spend 2 weeks visiting family and friends before we hop the plane to OZ on the 20th. I am simultaneously sad, happy, excited, and nervous. This is definitely the adventure of my life, and I have yet to have sorted it all out. I am living in the moment and taking it day by day, and hoping that the chipping away of my sanity is only temporary.

I just want to take a moment to thank my friends and family, and even acquaintances who have offered me nothing but love, and understanding, and support throughout this whole thing. I am truly blessed to have you in my life, and I could not have managed half of this without you. They say no man is poor who has friends. In that respect, I'm friggin Bill Gates. I love you all!

Shit, now you've made me cry. Jerks.

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As American As Cornbread

Posted by Felicia on 12:31 PM
I was sitting at work Friday thinking about my future life in Australia and taking stock of all the things I have taken advantage of my whole life in America. I love this country. I really, really do. Especially when I see how other countries live and realize just how lucky we are to live here. While Australia is a wonderful country with many American things to make me feel somewhat at home, I have to remind myself that it is NOT America and never will be.

So as I was thinking about my new life, and dreaming of what I want to do there, I was thinking of a new cupcake flavor. My cupcake business dream is still alive and well. I got an idea for a new cupcake flavor that embodies some of my americanness. As a transplanted Southern California girl living in Alabama I have developed my Deep South tastebuds, and what could be more southern than cornbread? Over in Cali we eat a sweet cornbread(Marie Callendar's-holler!) as opposed to the more traditional unsweetened cornbread. I thought, why not make a cornbread cupcake and make a honey butter Italian buttercream? So I did. Cornbread with honey butter is delicious. In a cupcake it's divine! I then gilded the lily by putting a piece of candied bacon on it. Yes, you can swoon. It was a marriage of bliss in my mouth.

May I present, Cornbread cupcakes covered in Honey Butter Italian buttercream with a piece of candied bacon on top.

It is a yellow cake base mixed with cornbread mix. It makes for a lightly sweetened corn cake. The honey butter italian buttercream has just enough honey flavor to compliment the butter and corn flavors.

I might have a hard time finding cornbread mix in my local aussie grocery store so I will have to either have to come to terms with that or have it shipped in by faithful friends and family. For now I will eat my cornbread cupcakes and quietly hum the national anthem. God Bless the U.S.A.!

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The comedian

Posted by Felicia on 9:12 PM
I think I need a new blog called "Stuff My Kid Says". He's freakin hilarious. It's such a cool thing when they finally get humor and start using it. At age 11 he is understanding it very well. It's surprising and fun. Sometimes I shake my head wondering where he picked it all up, but picked it up indeed and put it all together! Here's just a few of his latest gems.

*Running late,I was drinking a slimfast shake really fast in the car before we headed into the doctor's office.*
"Geez Mom. I can practically hear a group of guys behind you going CHUG,CHUG,CHUG!"

* I had some movies out to bring over to a friend's house. He picked up Pineapple Express and looked at the cover.*
"Mom, why do you watch this stuff? I mean, it's not very ladylike. And that's a lot coming from me."

* Coming in from playing outside*
"I could use a cold one. Pass me a fruit punch Bar-mom."

* Getting ready for school he walked out of the bathroom with a faux-hawk. I looked at him and said cool.*
" Yeah, the chicks will dig it."

After saying something funny like this he always says,"I crack me up."
I love this kid!!

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I ain't missin' you at all....

Posted by Felicia on 12:57 PM
I've turned into Houdini. I can disappear. Just propose to me. Haha.
I hate that I've neglected this blog, but I needed some much needed time to just take it easy after the whirlwind of experiences I've gone through lately. It's been an absolute thrill ride; exciting,adrenaline fueled, and scary at times leaving me absolutely breathless. I've loved every minute.

Along with all of that, I said goodbye to my son for the summer and have been mourning his absence all summer. It's pathetic really. I stare at his picture, walk into his messy bedroom and sigh, sit by the phone waiting for him to call me and tell me he misses me and can't live without me and likes me better than his dad. Ok, well I know that's not realistic, but a mom can dream. Life is just not the same without that little booger. I even miss him whining.

It's funny, when he was little I loved him because he was all mine, and he needed me. We tend to become attached to whom we take care of forming an unbreakable bond. Now that he's older that love has changed a little bit. It has become based more on the person he is. He is less mine and more his own person. I love him not just because he is my child, but because he's an awesome person. He is so thoughtful and loving, compassionate and sweet. He is kind and has a wicked sense of humor. I really enjoy his company. I look forward to getting home and spending time with him at the end of the day and his absence in the house is palpable.

It is because I feel this that I am all the more aware of the sacrifice his dad makes in not being the custodial parent. If I feel like this for 8 weeks I can only imagine what his dad goes through for the other 44. He needs his dad and I will never get in the way of that. This time is exactly what he needs.

So now I'm counting down the days until Saturday when he flies home. Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder... until you step on the first of many legos, that he left on the floor after you told him to clean them up right before bed, right as you wake up and you're cursing under your breath and limping towards the vacuum so you can suck up every last plastic piece and muttering the whole time how he never listens and you're going to throw every last damn lego he has in the trash if he doesn't keep them picked up. Yep....missin him like crazy.

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I never much cared for pork...

Posted by Felicia on 12:30 PM
3 weeks and 2 days to go until Rick arrives here in the U.S. That is, if Australia doesn't institute their Fortress Australia pandemic countermeasures in the face of the recent outbreak of swine flu. That could mean that flights in or out of Australia are halted and things more or less shut down. Even if he does manage to make it out here, the chance is real that he might not be let back in right away if they institute those measures after he gets here. For right now though Australia hasn't had any confirmed cases of the swine flu, but they are seeking 22 Aussies who shared the same flight with the 3 New Zealanders who tested positive for it.

Australia has an amazingly thorough quarantine system because they must maintain a delicate balance in their country. Hopefully with that and their adequate vaccine supply the problem will not be bad enough to invoke such extreme measures. Here's hoping...

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I'm engaged!

Posted by Felicia on 12:01 PM
Yes! Yes! Yes!
I am so excited!.
He proposed April 4th.

After a wonderful 10 days in Australia I was awakened at the ass-crack of dawn on the last Saturday before I left. His eagerness to have me see an "Australian sunrise" got me out of bed despite heavily protesting how very tired I was. We arrived at The Shallows in Shellharbour and walked down when it got a bit light. He set out chairs in the wet sand and we wrapped up in 2 big, comfy blankets shivering under the cloudy sky. I didn't think the sun would show itself, but he was just so cute about wanting to do it. About 7AM-ish I hear a violin playing behind me and I whipped my head around and instantly knew what was about to happen. I turned to him laughing and said, " Are you serious? OMG Are you kidding?" He said, " What song is it?" I recognized our song Brighter Than Sunshine by Aqualung.He took out a ring and asked me to marry him, and I wholeheartedly without reservation said YES!. I think I was a bit stunned. I was an absolute mess and I was not exactly an enthusiastic morning person, but he takes the bad with the good and promised himself to me. He is such an amazing person and I am the happiest woman right now.

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A Land Down Under

Posted by Felicia on 6:04 AM
I am having such an amazing time in Australia. Check it out!

He Just Smiled and Gave Her a Vegemite Sandwich

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