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Archive for August, 2012

We are sort of settling in.  We’ve been trying to sort things, but we have more luggage than we’ve got space, and the apartment is surprisingly hard to keep in any sort of order.  The laundry is driving me CRAZY.  I’m sure I’m doing this wrong, but I cannot get the laundry machine to dry any clothing.  I’ve tried every variation on the cycle that I can. I can’t seem to set the dry cycle to go on its own, and it won’t dry after a wash cycle – everything is still soaking wet afterward.  This is the culprit:

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I do not understand it AT ALL.  And the logical thing (the wash cycles appear to be red, while the dry cycles appear to be the blue/purple colored one.  But you can’t select one SEPARATELY from the other. And the dry cycle doesn’t dry all the way, so if you try to start again doing just a dry cycle, it washes the damn clothing again. I will call the desk tomorrow and ask for a remedial lesson on laundry.  And feel like the stupidest American when I’m done hearing it, I’m sure. I am really missing my gargantuan washer and dryer machine – separate like God and Country intended!

In other news, we’ve had a lovely few days just relaxing, adjusting (albeit slowly) to the time change, and trying to convince the boys that they will really love it here.  We’ve explored a lot of Liverpool 1 – mostly the shops, though today we went down by Albert dock and walked around. 

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The weather was less lovely than  yesterday, as you can see.

The city is full of Beatles fans and Beatles attractions this weekend, as it is the Mathews Street Festival. It’s apparently a VERY BIG DEAL. 😀 We will take the boys to cruise the shows and bands tomorrow, and we will also head up to St. Luke’s if the weather is good so I can try to get some photos. It was one of my favorite places that I found last time I was here. I would like to teach the boys a bit about its history.

Anyway, today we went past Albert Dock, considered stopping in at the Pump House for lunch (missed Angela and Jillian!) and ended up riding the Echo Ferris Wheel. I will end this post with a photo dump of some of our pictures from the day.

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Albert Dock.

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Olympians!

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This is what Jet Lag looks like.

 

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Boys on the Echo Wheel.

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Rain on the way up.

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Sun on the way down.

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We all lived in the Yellow Submarine (apartment boat for rent).

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This is what I love most about living over here.  Seriously. You think I’m kidding?

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Bridge Street

I have been negligent in posting to this blog.  Part of the reason is that I went into a pretty good funk after the delays in our Visa process caused us to lose the lovely Ashtor house.  As we all know, sometimes things happen for a reason, and after some questionable shenanigans on the part of the owner/leasing agent of Ashtor, it is probably a good thing.  Still, I had my heart set on that pretentious little (big) house.

I did get to spend a lot of time with people that I love.  We stayed in California the entire time during the delay, which meant beach time, cousin time, parent time, and nephew time.  Less friend time than I wanted, though I spent some good time with Elizabeth and with Tim, Tara, and Misha.  I will miss everyone! Next time we are in California, I am prioritizing a get-together with Paul, Melanie, and their boys as well as with Kellie and her gang.

Anyway, we have arrived in Liverpool! We are staying at  Bridge street apartments, which is right in the heart of downtown Liverpool, or L1.  This is ideal for me – I love L1 and I stroll the streets and shops as I get the chance.  The boys are loving it too – we have seen a Krispy Kreme kiosk, have visited Thornton’s chocolate shop, and they even had Pizza for their first dinner here, despite my protests.  We also visited a media shop to buy UK chargers for their DS systems.

The apartment is a bit of a mess – cluttered up with all of our bags and stuff.  This is driving me slightly crazy but I’ve managed to unpack the majority of them.  Storage is a problem in terms of the empty bags, so they are piled up on top of Roscoe’s crate in the corner.  Also, the bathrooms have one small shelf, and no place to hide toiletries.  Eyesore!  🙂

We are scheduled to view some houses – please send housing mojo.  Jay is at work, the boys and I are about to head out in search of lunch.  Ta!

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