Renewing my Aussie passport from the US is quite a process. Mum has almost finished all the forms and getting the documentation together, so tonight we went out to get new photos. We printed out all the requirements from the website because we’ve heard they can be really strict about how it looks. I wasn’t allowed to smile, or put on my Elsa face for the camera which I think is kind of strange because that’s how I normally look. Not like this!
Papi trying to teach me how to put on a neutral face.
And to put in perspective how long I’ve been blogging, my very first post ever was about getting my first passport!
The clock had to spring forward an hour today but sadly, spring herself is yet to arrive.
So we headed into the Galleria Mall in uptown Houston to peer through the windows of Gucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Luis Vuiton, Versace, Bvulgari, Burberry, De Beers and Tiffany’s, to name a few of the shops we weren’t allowed to enter.
We stumbled upon a rainforest downstairs where we had lunch. We were most welcome there.
All the animals in the rainforest were very friendly. Especially the monkey that liked to swing on the vines above our table every 15 minutes.
After lunch we watched the ice skaters in the mall ice rink. I wanted to have a go but one of my parents didn’t want to get on the ice. Sigh. I’ll have to figure out how I’m going to get around that.
Today is also my blog’s fourth birthday. This is what we were up to on March 9th 2013 when the sun came out, briefly, in Portland. March 9th 2012, the day Abuela returned to New Zealand after she visited us when Rafa was sick in hospital. March 9th 2011, when we still lived in Brisbane and my very first post ever, March 9th 2010.
Mum is just a wee bit jealous of Rafa and I having a blog so she decided to write one too. It’s called The Leaping Zucchini. If healthy eating is your thing (or you want it to be your thing) then check it out.
I’m not sure what Mum’s fascination with zucchini’s is all about. They look like mobile phones to me.
Exciting news! My blog is featured in the November issue of Parents magazine in an article about babies and toddlers online, “From Gaga to Google.” They recommend my blog if “Aussie accents and Down-Under-style spelling tickle your fancy” and commented on this post and this post.
Thanks to Hollywood exports, prior moving to the USA we had some knowledge of American English. Perhaps it is no surprise then that we’re already getting comfortable with the local lingo.
Now, Mum drinks Americanos not long blacks and Papi has to get an Americano with room so he can add his own milk.
Candies are lollies and chocolate bars, but it doesn’t matter what I call them I’m still not allowed them.
And if I wanted to try my luck and ask for a biscuit I should ask for a cookie, otherwise I’ll get a savoury scone served with gravy.
Jello is jelly and jelly is jam.
An appetizer is an entree and an entree is a main.
We now buy cilantro and argula not coriander and rocket.
Our chicken and fish are broiled when the top elements of the oven are on. They used to be grilled.
In the US, I am pushed around in my stroller, go to bed in a crib, wear diapers and tanks and have friends with pacifiers. I used to call them a pram, cot, nappies, singlet and dummy.
Houses are fixers if they need renovating and our cars need gas to run. Mum and Papi yield as appropriate on the roads and can get a citation if they don’t obey the rules. Not reno, petrol, give way and ticket.
Leaves on trees turn red in fall, water comes from the faucet and Papi has to put out the trash. We’d say Autumn, tap and rubbish.
Using American English in the context of experiences here is one thing. But what about the different spelling? Should I spell colour and flavour and neighbour: color and flavor and neighbor? Should I spell centre: center and cheque: check and programme: program? Should I memorise or memorize? Manoeuver or maneuver? Are we having a dialogue or a dialog? Or is it an arguement or an argument? I guess in my defence or defense I don’t want to change Travelling with Ana to Traveling with Ana!
So the question is, now that I’m living the US, should I use American spelling? Please vote below and tell me what you think!
‘Travelling with Ana’ turns one today! I’ve posted 361 times in a year and the number of people who read my blog last March is about the same as how many people are having a look in an average week now.