This week has gone by quickly. Steve's been visiting his new clients and continues to meet new colleagues from all around the World. I have done various shopping runs with the good old trolley stocking up on really unexciting but necessary cleaning items and larder ingredients. I think we're almost there though. I also met with a couple of recruitment consultants to start the ball (slowly) rolling with regards to finding work. Nothing really to report on that front yet but still early days.
There was a lot of sunshine earlier in the week and it hit 29 degrees on Thursday and Friday just at the times I was hauling a heavy laden trolley around! Sadly the weather turned just before the weekend and we experienced a downpour along with thunder and lightning on Friday evening. It has not stopped raining since.
Friday evening was spent in the same bar we spent the previous Friday evening. Creatures of habit, us? It's close to our place and also to PwC so there is usually a crowd there and this was no exception so we had post work drinks with three Americans from Denver, Colorado who are all fairly new to Melbourne too.
We had plans this morning to go see the annual Christmas Parade but the rain put a stop to that and we chose an indoor activity instead....which was....the Crown Casino Complex. It's almost next door to us and it's not just a casino but has nice restaurants, shops, cinema etc and most importantly it's sheltered. So we decided to have a look around. It's certainly swish inside. Reminds of the nice Vegas casinos except no cigarette smoke! We joined their loyalty programme and were given $5 each to spend in a machine. I cashed out with $27 - not bad for 5 minutes work and the stake wasn't even my money to begin with! Steve came out even...a big fat even zero.
In spite of the rain we decided to take the tram to South Melbourne Market which is two tram stops away and is our local market. It is also covered and a pleasant market to walk around. We bought some veggies and some food for dinner before heading back to the apartment. That bottle of wine at lunch had made us very sleepy so the lure of the airbed was just too much!
So onto plans for the coming week. We hope to get a hoover tomorrow - wahoo rock and roll. Our furniture that we bought last weekend should be delivered on Tuesday. That will put an end to the squatting. Steve is trying to convince me to go to a football game tomorrow evening. My thought is that Premiership football bores me so mediocre football is going to be really dull. He seems to think that I'll enjoy the stadium and that seeing something new will hold my interest for 2 hours. Hmmm...
Word of the Day - A schooner is meant to be a pint and it's the largest size glass a beer comes in (normally). Except it's not a pint both in volume and in content, according to Steve as it's not real beer. So in conclusion, there is no proper pint in Australia nor is there an equivalent to a schooner.
Bonus Word of the Day - A pot incidentally is the smallest glass a beer comes in. Apparently there are variations in terminology depending on which part of Australia you're in. I thought a pot would be a huge vat of beer but no. It's a 25cl glass. In Steve's words, a mere mouthful.