“I haven’t posted a blog in weeks,” I said as he sat down at the kitchen table. “I know.” “I don’t know what to say.” My words lingered in the air waiting for his reply. With a hint of resignation in his voice and as he pushed himself up from the table to stand, he … Continue reading Timing is Everything
Sorry to get so Catholic on you but we are in the Lenten season. For those not of the Catholic persuasion, parts of the world are locked in a 40 days and 40 nights spiritual closet, excluding Sundays, with only bread and water as creature comforts. In the Hook household, we’re off sugar and alcohol. … Continue reading One Lenten Season
Many of you have enjoyed Hook's unique bug Christmas cards for the last dozen years or so. For 2012, we still have an insect to share by way of a public Christmas card to our family, friends, and all the good people of the world who have been keeping up with our blog (72 countries … Continue reading Merry Christmas Mates!
When I started this blog back in April 2012, my purpose was to share with readers how the Hooks were preparing for a life overseas, what we were doing to get our lives in order, and how incredibly AWESOME this whole experience felt. A few short months into it, the blog morphed into a How … Continue reading The Great Australian Exploration
Hook has gained two pounds. I’ve gained five. Who gains weight during chemo? It’s good news of course because Hook had already lost 10 pounds which was one of the red flags that brought us to the Hooks here and now. But I barely reach 5’4” in height so five pounds on me looks like … Continue reading Gaining Everything But Australia
We appreciate that we have so many people interested in renting our house – really we do -- but can I mention how incredibly inconvenient it is to have the house always looking as though we don’t really live there? There’s how we pretend to live (show house), how we wish we lived (surface clean … Continue reading South Center to Hope Street
I hadn't even thought about it -- immunizations that is -- they hadn't even made the 1,000 Things To Do Before We Get on the Plane to Australia list. I had a conversation with a business acquaintance yesterday and she asked, "So when do you leave?" and I said, "July 1st," and she replied, "Oh, … Continue reading Immunizations
Just yesterday I found out that I have an approved work visa for Australia – yes! So let's get back to how the Hooks came to choose and answer the “Where in Australia?”Most folks know that Australia is both a country and a continent (pretend like you knew.) It’s not as large as the U.S. … Continue reading Where In Australia?
That has been the big question we’ve gotten from friends and family over and over again: How did we decide that it would be Australia where we would spend our 1-year sabbatical? I’ve often wondered if the question was really: How could you not choose France or Hawaii or Fiji, the more typical places one … Continue reading How Did You Choose Australia?