Welcome to my new blog

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to my new blog. If you came here redirected from my previous blogs Stumble Down Under or Magickly, you’ll find much of that content here and more is coming. If you’re joining me for the first time, welcome! You might be wondering what on earth I’m doing now. Let me… Read More Welcome to my new blog

Expat Life

The road to residency part 8: permanent residency

On Saturday, 1st April – April Fools’Day – I received an email from my migrant agent with the news. I am a permanent residency. The PDF from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection was attached. It took three years. I applied for the temporary residency visa in April 2014. Two years later, in April 2016, I became eligible to… Read More The road to residency part 8: permanent residency


On blogging and LiveJournal’s new terms

I don’t remember when I started blogging. It was on AOL Journals so it was at least 2003, but I left before it closed in 2008. I don’t remember what I blogged about, probably nothing. Although there were some pioneers in the space, a blog in the late 1990s and early 2000s was, generally speaking,… Read More On blogging and LiveJournal’s new terms


Scenes from our budget-friendly engagement party

Last month, Theo and I had our engagement party! Here’s what we did and how we did it. Let’s start with (modern) traditions. Traditionally, the engagement party takes place within a three months of the proposal. It’s the sweet spot between carefree, just-engaged life and the start of serious wedding planning. Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the… Read More Scenes from our budget-friendly engagement party


Scenes from the Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo

I went to my second bridal expo today. Earlier this month, I went to the Melbourne Ultimate Bridal Event at the Royal Exhibition Building. Today’s event was the Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. I was worried that today’s bridal expo was going to be identical to the first one I went… Read More Scenes from the Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo


Scenes from the Melbourne Ultimate Bridal Event

Today I went to my first bridal event. The Ultimate Bridal Event is being held this weekend at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens. We’re getting married in the United States. We don’t need to hire a local venue, celebrant, photographer, and so forth. We will be buying our attire here though so I was… Read More Scenes from the Melbourne Ultimate Bridal Event


Bullet Journal planning 2017

Happy New Year! You know what a new year means, don’t you? A new Bullet Journal! I spent a couple of days last week preparing my 2017 Bullet Journal and I thought I’d share how it’s coming along. If you don’t know what a Bullet Journal (BuJo) is, start here. I decided to write this post… Read More Bullet Journal planning 2017


2016 in review

I hope you’ve had a wonderful solstice, Christmas, or whatever you celebrate. If you don’t celebrate anything at all, I hope you’re having an enjoyable break from work. I can’t believe how fast 2016 went! I know I say that every year. Politically and socially, it’s been a bumpy year, but personally it was mostly… Read More 2016 in review


We’re engaged!

We’re engaged! It was not a big, romantic gesture. Neither of us got down on one knee, hold a flash mob, or write it across the sky. We talked about it one day, nodded, smiled, and said, “Let’s do it.” Theo and I decided to to get engaged in mid-August. I wanted to tell everyone I… Read More We’re engaged!


Bullet Journal 101

In 2015, I discovered the Bullet Journal. I immediately adopted it and it changed the way I stay organised and productive. Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer living in Brooklyn, NY, developed the Bullet Journal. It has exploded on the internet, but before we get into that, let’s look at the original Bullet Journal video. This… Read More Bullet Journal 101