Thursday, 8 February 2018

Microblog 3 - Jan 18

Have been crazy busy since being back home. Happily reunited with my love, we have been busy with lots of social and not so social activities.  I introduced Aric to silo cinema (an outdoor cinema in Auckland where they project onto an old silo). We watched ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ which was very good but I was tired from the flight still and fell asleep half way through.  The following day we hosted a games night at Aric’s with some of his colleagues  which was a lot of fun.  Games are such good ice breakers. Then on Sunday we bought some plants in an attempt to be more green fingered, went to a photography exhibition in the museum, had a picnic in the park with Amy, Colin and Sam and then went to the Cakes and Ladders board game cafĂ© to play a game called Carcasonne which was fun.

Following Thursday was Franzi’s birthday so we did this thing called ‘Taste of Colour’ which was so much fun – a) because I haven’t seen my friends for over a month and b) because it was a painting class.  We painted the Eiffel Tower which was very hard and amusing watching people’s concentrating faces as they painted (or tried at least!) straight lines.  Seeing as 8 of us who went all live in houses together we now have 2 houses filled with paintings of the Eiffel Tower haha. 

The next weekend was a public holiday so Aric and I went away camping up to Doutbless Bay, an area neither of us had been to before. It was nice but I think there’s just as nice beaches only an hour away from Auckland so you don’t need to travel so far.  Northland I find a bit dull to be honest compared to the rest of New Zealand – it’s not as pretty or as many things to do. We went up to Cape Reinga which was awesome, and tried to kayak but the onshore wind was too much and it didn’t make it pleasant so we gave up. We stopped off at Matapouri 'mermaid pools' which have been on my bucket list for AGES and I am happy we finally made it there. It's essentially this huge rock pool on the side of a cliff and it's beautiful - a pretty climb and descent to it too. 

Then this weekend we had ANOTHER long weekend with Waitangi Day on the Tuesday, so I booked Monday off.  Aric’s parents were in town, so I got to meet the ‘finlaws’ who are bloody awesome. We went for a brilliant dinner on Thursday eve at Woodpecker Hill in Parnell which is very good food, then Friday Aric did a BBQ at his house with some of his friends, Saturday we went to Tawharanui and Matakana markets, and Sunday we drove down to Mt Maunganui where Aric had hired a bach (holiday home) for us and his parents.  I have had a large dose of them but I have enjoyed every minute – they’re so easy to get along with and very funny.

Aric has now gone to Samoa so I have a weekend without him finally (haha I joke – I already miss him) so taking his parents to the airport tomorrow morning, hopefully going on a hike tomorrow if the weather isn’t terrible and going to have a life admin Sunday. Then I join Aric in Samoa on Wednesday – I am very excited!! This will be the first time I have left NZ in over 2 years for as holiday (I don’t count the UK as a holiday). However I looked at the weather and it currently says thunderstorms and 100% chance of rain every day. Boo. 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Microblog 2

Oh man. I'm terrible at this blogging lark. Let me start with a Facebook status I wrote summing up 2017:

For me when i think of 2017 I think of uncertainty, instability, injuries and not the greatest mental health (I went a bit weird when I turned 30). But I just had to scroll through my timeline to check on something and it reminded me that 2017 was also about a LOT of love and support (that sometimes came from the most unexpected of places), adventures, surprise and not surprise visits, new friends and additions to the clan. I love my UK and kiwi family and wish we could all be together all the time and not separated by time zones and lots of water.  I hope 2018 will be more stable, filled with even more love and less injuries - this is my hope for both me and the world. Haha. Happy New Year peeps.

And an update on previous entries:

We survived the swim! 1h30 which is super slow and the winner did it in 36mins. Mad. But I didn't do it to win, I did it to do it and I was proud of myself. I didn't freak out- Dan being there calmed me down and at the beginning 2 people needed rescuing by lifeguards which a bit evily, made me feel better.

I'm back home for 3 weeks. Well in fact I'm nearly back in New Zealand as I only have a few days to go. It's had me all weirded out emotionally. I was my usual grumpy self at Christmas - I wonder when I'll get over my hatred of this time of year.  I burst into tears when mum showed me my stuff I had left behind - it felt like I had left in a rush and expected to come back but never did. It was odd.  I've spent the 3 weeks clearing out my stuff - I've got rid of a lot of things but it's been hard to part with some things...I've kept my prized fridge magnet collection and one day I'll send for it! I've been catching up with friends too.  I've managed to see most people but some people it's only been a lunch here or a dinner there which is sad - I'd have loved to have spent more time with everyone.  I have been to a wedding, Surrey and Oxford and Paris and London and the Peak District but I still feel like I could have done more with my time here. It was lovely to catch up with work people too - though my old boss is very sad I want to stay in New Zealand.  It's amazing that 90% of the staff were the same too.  Says a lot for the company.  Annoyingly after Paris the lack of sleep and walking about in the cold caught up with me and I was in bed for 2 days with a cold.  I can't wait for the next time I'm back in the UK- life admin will have been done so I can bring Aric and it will be more of a holiday than this was. Plus hopefully we will come in nicer weather. It's crazy how much it affects my mood - today was gorgeous and sunny and I was all "I love England!" But the rest of the time it's been dark and grey and brown and I've hated it.  
New Years was spent at a friend of Sepha's - people had split into pre arranged teams and hours, and chosen a country that turns midnight for their selected hour.  Then each hour the team who's hour it was dressed in somethijf delayed to that country, and served food and drinks from that country.  I didn't have any time to prepare so joined in with Brad and Sepha for Russia and we served moscow mules and salmon blinis and told a Russian folklore tale.  It was fun.  Also oddly despite fpinf to sleep at 2am I  a room shared with 4 others and a booming party going on downstairs this was the night I slept the best since landing. I've had bad jetlag and haven't slept properly since being here. 

I'm looking forward to going back to New Zealand but also feeling sad.  I'm looking forward to seeing Aric and the weather and getting back into the swing on things, and having my room back.  But catching up with friends and family here has made me miss them dearly and I'm sad I won't see everyone until God knows when.  The comforting thing is everyone is the same as I left them - their lives may have changed but their personalities remain the same and I know they're friends for life.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Microblog 1

This weekend me and Aric went to Cambridge - he had to go there for work so I joined him on a little adventure. It's not as nice as the 'real' Cambridge but it's quaint - oddly everything shuts at 3pm on a Saturday.  He was in charge of accommodation booking and did a fabulous job - a little campervan on a lifestyle block.  I was in charge of navigation and didn't do such a fabulous job, taking us halfway to Hamilton for dinner before realising we were going totally the wrong way and had nearly run out of fuel. Oops.  On Sundays they have an amazing market so whilst he was doing work duties I went shopping, before watching the Armistice day ceremony.  I've never watched one of these before and it was emotional - something I was surprised by but shouldn't have been I guess. We headed home via the Blue Springs, which are the clearest springs I've ever seen in my life.

Monday me and some of the girls had a long overdue catch up and went to Karekare for a dinner picnic which was lovely, and got me very excited for the summer coming.

On Tuesday, Amy and Colin finally got to meet Aric - which is crazy as we've been dating for 4 months, but I guess we have all been really busy and our lives are doing different things at the moment.  I then 'worked from home' at his house on Wednesday as he had the day off and my tummy was hurting, so I had a very chilled day of answering emails and finishing Stranger Things........

This morning I had to get up super early to take him to the airport - he's gone on holiday for 2 weeks.  Sadly he booked this before we both decided we liked each other, so he's off on his own.  He actually invited me along for the first part of the trip - all epxenses paid, but I am doing the Auckland Harbour swim on Saturday and decided that though a free trip away would have been amazing, I can't not do the I said no....much to the amusement of friends and colleagues. The race better be worth it now....

I went to the dentist today for toothache and ended up having root canal treatment and the rest of the day my face felt like it was buzzing and weird.  The dentist was lovely and offered me a piece of her pavlova after my treatment.  She can't continue with it as the root is too damaged and has referred me to a specialist who is going to charge me between $1600 and $1800 to sort it out, plus then I'll need a crown in 6 months for $1500. fuck. However, instead of being sad about this, I am focussing on how grateful I am that I am in the very fortunate position of being able to pay for this through my savings and how great it is that I have an income to replenish my savings.

The other weekend me, Amy, Colin and Renee did an adventure race.  It was a lot of fun - basically a rogaine on steroids - it had a tubing section which was very fun and now we are planning on river tubing adventures when it gets warmer. Yessssss.

I am sat here writing this in my wetsuit...I am trying to stretch it out a bit before Saturday and get used to the tightness.  My hands and wrists ache whilst typing as it's so tight.  I love how buoyant it makes me but the tightness makes me feel really tired when I am not.  I need to get used to this.  Dan and I did an ocean swim clinic last Saturday which made me feel better - I didn't freak out about being in the water as I was surrounded by other people which was good, and the same thing will happen in the race so hopefully I won't panic.  However I also struggle to breathe properly again because it is so tight....hmmmmmm