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Day 34: Chillin' Like a Villain

Day 34: Chillin' Like a Villain

Falling asleep on a bean bag chair is not the most comfortable thing in the world, which is why I woke up at 2:00am and made my way to the bedroom (although it was too hot and sticky to sleep well there either). I think I had nodded off around 1:30am, trying to watch the television coverage of the massive Cyclone Yasi as it approached the northern parts of Queensland. I sat there, waiting, and waiting… wondering how it was going to pan out.

Cailin Travels did a word of the day post for “waiting” this week, and she is so spot on. Travelers are going to wait at some point or another. You get good at waiting, whether it be in the airport or in line for tickets. I thought about her post while I was sitting there glued to my television screen, and I couldn’t imagine waiting in a local’s perspective for Yasi to make land. What was about to happen?

I couldn’t wait any longer to find out (I fell asleep, duh) and checked up in the morning when I rolled out of bed. Surprisingly, this gigantic, powerful, daunting cyclone hasn’t caused any deaths, which is crazy to think about when people are likening it to Hurricane Katrina. However, the damage has been done; don’t expect to be buying any bananas any time soon.

Poor Queensland. It’s been a rough start to the year for the entire state.

The craziness of being in Australia is that I get to deal with the heat and humidity while my family back in America gets the winter chills. They, too, were waiting… for one of the worst blizzards to hit in years. I saw the images on the news; cars were stopped on the highways in Chicago, but luckily my old college roommate stocked up on a case of wine in anticipation.

Oh waiting. I hate thee with a major passion. What I hate waiting for the most right now is my Aussie frickin’ visa. Hurry up already.

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7 Responses to Day 34: Glued to the TV & Waiting

  1. Cailin February 3, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    Thanks for the mention! I can’t believe you are writing a post and putting a photo up for every day of the year! You go girl! haha (that was me being Oprah)
    I hope you get your Visa soon! just get Pat to marry you already so you can become an Aussie! 😉

  2. Claire February 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I live in Toronto. I was waiting for Snowpocalypse. I was disappointed. Heh… you call this a blizzard? But I am Australian, so it’s been very hard being on the opposite side of the world listening to my country being ravaged by all kinds of natural disasters. And it’s reading blogs like yours that make me miss my home. Though not the heat… I don’t miss that. Give me snowpocalypse anyday…

    • Brooke February 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

      Then you are definitely in the right place if you would rather have Snowpocalypse 🙂

  3. Annie February 5, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    It’s definitely weird the huge differences in the weather around the world right now. With the disasters in Queensland and snow storms in the Midwest and East Coast and this week in Italy it’s nice and spring-y. Just seems strange how different things can be depending on where you are!

    • Brooke February 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

      So weird, even how different it can be in Oz. It was 42 in Sydney and 18 in Melbourne on the same day!

  4. Erica February 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    It is good to know that people still have priorities.. like wine. I know when we were expecting a hurricane to possibly make it all the way to Austin I saw a guy with a shopping cart full of beer. 😛

    • Brooke February 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      Hah, you gotta love it. What’s worse than being stuck in a hurricane? Being stuck in a hurricane with no booze 😉

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