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Hey y'all! I'm Sam, a writer, teacher, and general life enthusiast. This here blog is about my life as an expat Aussie living in the South East of England.

The Naming Game

Today I was trying to think up a witty and interesting name for this blog. It had to be something sort of catchy and had to say something about me. I’m not always a real girly girly girl, although I can be at times, and I don’t really have all that much of the feminine mystique about me. I’m more of a straight forward, let discuss this issue over a glass of red in each others’ face sort of a gal.

So basically I didn’t want to faff around, being something I’m not. That’s how I arrived at hello sam goodbye samantha. Because if there’s one thing I am not, it is a Samantha. Now most people assume that my name is Samantha but I prefer Sam. To these freaks I say fail. My legal name is Sam. I wont deny that for years I ached, positively ached to be Samantha, and lambasted my parents for doing me so very wrong all those years ago. My mum chose just Sam because she thought it was spunky.

And I love it now. Just Sam. Just Sam and no middle name.

10 things Sam is Loving Right Now

10. Diet coke, or as I prefer to call it, DC. DC is absolutement refresh-e-ment. But it has to be of the sub zero temperature kind. One thing I cannot abide is a lukewarm diet coke. Vom.

9. Skype. I don’t even know how to use the damn thing properly, but still, in theory, loving it.

8. Chevre (a soft goat’s cheese). Oh god. freakin delish. big time. put it in a salad, or caramelise some spanish onion, balsamic vinegar, and cherry tomatoes. Put in little filo pastry cups and top with salty globs of chevre. Bake for 10 mins and eat warm. You can thank me later.

7. Alannah Hill. The designer of my very expensive yet supremely delightful and happy-making handbag. My sister has a fuschia alanna hill coat that has me writhing in covetous envy

6. Having a job. Can’t say that it fulfils all my inherent needs wants and/or desires, but having a paycheck each fortnight is damn good. Gets me closer to london every minute.

5. Thunderstorms. You’ve probably heard about or experienced it, but Perth and Melbourne just had major freak hailstorms. I experienced both, but have to say, Perth comes up trumps purely because of inconvenience. Not only was the whole of Perth taking public transport with me, but the train in front of mine broke down, and we were stuck on a hot train for over 40 mins. Balls. But snuggling down under the covers with a certain someone gets two thumbs up from me.

4. Mad Men. I freakin’ love Christina Hendricks and her sasstastic bosom. She is one fine dame. I also love how I love Don Draper but I hate him I hate him too. Oh the dichotomies of good drama.

3. Yoga. I am by no means the most fit/flexible/committed person ever to roam these lands, but there is something so relaxing about going all pretzel in your face. It’s so hard that you have no more room in your head to stress.

2. A friend being surprised that I didn’t have a blog. Until now. She may live to regret the suggestion. (so might I…….)

1. The Boy. You know you love someone when they make you laugh so hard that you can’t breathe. Or when they wake you up in the middle of the night by flinging their arms open, exclaiming that they are a fairy and their name is “Tinkerface”. Loves it.