Welcome, Isten hozott, Dobrodosli
In January we welcomed Peppa, the ferret into our lives.
Since 2008 December, we started to get requests for stay from a lerge number of Couchsurfers.
For those not yey in the know, Couchsurfing.org is a website where travellers who would like to meet and stay with locals can ask hosts (who enjoy meeting travellers) if a stay (usually of few nights) is possible. It is a great way to connect with a very special bunch of people!
The filmmakers (our two girls and the aforementioned Ts) were in good form this year with two blockbusters released. In January: "No reception"
premiere. "1909 The Movie" followed on 27th of September.
29th Jan, 2009: Zoe's first paid employment (4 hour shift in a cafe). Since then, her hourly rate has gone up and her hours have increased and now she is the new burgeoisie of the family-if anyone needs money, we can always go to her! Thank God she hasn't started charging interest on her lending-I wonder if this will change once her math curriculum covers compound interest? In all seriousness, she is smart with her money, having some fun, but also buying gifts, even saving a portion!
She is not in training for gymnastics this year (might start again next year?), but still visits the gym as an assistant coach. When working with the youngest charges, an unexpected part of the curriculum is giving "extra strength toilet training", as the standard competence level is not adequate for the scary and strenuous circumstances of gym-training! In November, she has done a course that allows her to be in charge of classes-hopefully next year.
Timi has grown a huge amount this year. We estimate 8-10cm, our friends hardly reckognise her. Even one foot is a full size bigger than the other!
At the beginning of the year Timi wanted to earn some cash as well, but at her age got stuck with delivering flyers, doing which, with some quick thinking, only took a day to realise how little money it pays for how much walking.
Timi has danced in the School musical as well as in the dance school's production:
This year the family had to contend with some medical issues...
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Zoe's mononucleosis (originally contracted Nov 2008) keeps coming back, but the severity seems to be less with time.
Zoltan's back has gotten worse, probably his back condition (suspected bulging disc) affecting the legs as well. He is fond of saying that he has a Ferrari engine in
a Fiat chassis. If fact, asking him how he is today starting to sound like
that conversation between enthusiast-owners of old cars: "the tendons above the patella are pretty good, but the L4-L5 disc is shot and the left sciatic nerve
Timi is generally the healthy one, she only complained about some knee and heel pain, generally when dancing or running too much.
Blog engine (word press) was added to the aubartus website (click for start page here) in May and the (click for) homepage re-designed in October. Hopefully these changes will make adding contents and navigating easier, enable feedback by friends and make the whole thing prettier! The site averages around 140 unique visitors per month.
Zoe went on a 10 day bus-camping trip to central Australia
In August, the girls have spent a day in snow (Mt Buller)
This year Zoltan has also traveled tens of thousand of kilometres with work...mainly not to the international tourist meccas of Launceston, Geelong,
Ballarat, Hamilton, Portland, Murray Bridge, Northam, Wongan Hills, Quairading, Carnarvon, Kingaroy, Laidley, Ingham,
Tongala, Rushworth, Goondiwindi, Kingston, Huonville, Yea and Maryborough.
In June we've started planning the 2010 European trip (for plans, click here). Couldn't believe when picked up return tickets to Europe on the new low cost airline AirAsia (airasia.com) for $750 per person (Australian dollars). Buoyed by the excitement, another trip to Europe in 2011 is already being dreamed about.
Since July, Zoltan is an owner of a Suzuki Burgman. It is big, it is white, and very, very comfortable to ride on, so he has named it the "white cloud" (yes, he does imagine it would be
very comfortable to ride on a cloud).
A few years ago a technician on the other side of Australia called Gary Bartus walked into a client's office and noticed Zoltan's Mum's business card
(complete with the Bartus name) lying on a desk. The two families started to talk, but the real surprise
was when we found out that Gary is Zoltan's second cousin, the grandson of a member of the family who never came back from WW1
and was assumed by all to have been killed in war.
In 2009 on one of the work-trips to Cairns, Zoltan called to visit the only other Bartus family in Australia.
Everyone's favorite experiences were...
Solar panels were installed on 6th of Oct.
Eight 175W Trina panels connected with a german-made inverter called "Sunny Boy", producing about 6-7 kWh on an average day
Zoltan and his "Sunny Boy" quickly made a very deep connection, pushing the girls into a secondary importance and fits of jealousy. Z often goes into the garage to check on his Boy, listen to his Boy's purring and watch with his Boy how the eletricity meter is sent spinning wildly backwards.
On the eve of the 40th birthday, Zoltan has entered a new stage of his life...resigned from full time work and gone back to studying and to the student life! The decision was made in July, and since then he's been looking forward to this. Question is, is he ready for the exertions of student life? Is he equipped to handle the demands? He is certainly well equipped...Motorbike: check, Tennis club membership: check, what else does the student need? Oh, there's one more thing...but we'll get that air hockey table later :)
Nov 28th was the day of the "Party like it is 69" party, a celebration of a special time in history as well as Z's 40th birthday. Thanks to the
40-odd friends who could attend, and wish you were all there!
In October we've sold the investment apartment (which also served as a home in 2007), 5 years after we've bought it. Turned out to be a good move...not "winning the lottery" stuff, but good.
T.S. (Bea's brother) has lived with us for about 6 months.
As good as e-bay has been to us, a new shopping-craze is taking over: op shops. For some adult female members of the family there is nothing like the excitement of finding unused designer pieces at prices that work out as 95% discount!
The family has become Australian on the 5th Nov.
By the end of the year the Home Theatre PC (purchased in July) is working well, and all TV, music, pictures, etc. are being recorded, stored and watched/listened to from this device.
Lastly, the Yearly Awards for the Category called "Outside all categorisations"...
That's all for this year...we wish all our friends the very best 2010, and know that we're thinking of all of you.
Take good care, kiss