I nearly had heart failure watching the penalty shoot-out to see Liverpool reach the Champions League Final. I'm now going to have to find somewhere to watch the match in Brisbane at 05:30 in the morning!

I know that theoretically things could still go wrong with the house completion but we took a small gamble and booked the flights over the weekend. We're now booked to fly to Oz leaving on the 17th May. It's a bit earlier than we originally planned and it has come as a shock to some friends and family, but now that the house sale has gone through fairly quickly we just want to get off. Of course we're going to miss everyone, but we've been waiting for this for a long time. The whole visa application process took an age and then when we finally got the visa last March, and popped open to champagne, it has taken us another 14 months to sell the house!

We've decided to go the opposite route to our previous trips, choosing to have a 4 night stopover in Los Angeles. It was originally going to be a 5 night stopover but I realised that we would be in the air during the Champions League Final. Ever the optimist I changed it to 4 nights, much to Rachelle's dismay. Just because we're moving to the other side of the world doesn't mean I'm going to stop supporting Liverpool FC.

I wonder if Rach would consider changing our flights to go via Athens??