End of year roundup

I thought I had an entire year to update on, but I forgot I did a post back in July - to be honest not much has changed since then.  It's currently 10am on one of the most beautiful weather days we have had in ages, but I can't enjoy it fully as I'm laid up with a sore throat, achey body and cough - annoying timing! I've been beating my body the last few months so I guess it's to be expected - my first proper break in a long time and my body's like nah- enforced rest, lie in bed all day.  So where did we last get to...   I went back home for August, which was an....interesting....experience. I never quite feel like I belong now - the UK doesn't feel like home, but it used to be home, so it's not like a holiday because you're stepping back into a life you used to live but it's moved on without you, just as you've moved on without it.  It costs so much money and takes so much time to go back that it should be a holiday, but it just isn't -

Mid year update because why not

 Bloody hell, sorry haven't updated for a wee while and there is so much to catch up on!  I did a slightly different year in review last year, based all around boys - a bit weird but they did play a large part of my life and at the end of 2021 I made a commitment to myself to 'not focus on getting a boyfriend for next year'.  I literally never write new year resolutions but this year I did - I decided to write in my journal (that the lovely Emily got for me a year ago), read more books, gym 3 times a week, do more bike packing, cycle up Rapaki without throwing up, take more vitamins and probiotics, spend less time on my phone, do macrame, investigate setting up a community shed and get out more.  It's safe to say that some of these I haven't achieved, but most of them I have done - go me! I spent Christmas at Amy and Colin's, with a very preggo Amy so it was a lovely relaxed one.  We had egg nog, a huge lunch and spent the afternoon on the beach. I then headed d

year in review - 2021

This year in review is a bit different to the others, mainly because it's all about BOYS.  After a two year break (not really enforced, more circumstantial), this year was full of boys and dates and sex. I thought it might be a bit crass to write about boys, but fuck it - it's my blog, I can write what I want. Besides only mum reads it anyway (hi mum, sorry for what you're about to read). I may do a more serious year in review at a later date, as it has been a big year - moved cities, got a new job, bought a house, made new friends, went snowboarding lots, got a cat.  But the things that have brought me most joy, and sadness, and actually pretty much every emotion under the sun, have been boys.  I don't know why I'm built this way - why I crave the attention from them and why I am so obsessed with them. Perhaps it's 'daddy issues'.  Perhaps it's societal moulding. I don't know. All I know is I want a boyfriend, and I have tried my darned hardest

A birthday blog for Mum

It's mum's birthday today, and the other day she requested a blog update - and since I've not sent her a birthday card in the mail, I can only oblige and update the blog! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUMMA! So I've been a homeowner for 3.5 months.  I'm enjoying it! It's expensive, but I'm trying to do things as cheap as I can.  I managed to furnish the entire place for less than $2.5k with majority of stuff being second hand from Facebook Marketplace, TradeMe, op shops and some free stuff from friends and colleagues. My most expensive purchase so far has been an $800 washing machine because the $50 one I bought just didn't cut the mustard.  I sorted out all the plumbing myself with various trips to Mitre10 and Mico who were exceptionally helpful - just showed them photos of what I had and described what I wanted and they showed me the parts and told me how to fit them - bingo!  As stressful as it can be, that's the thing I'm enjoying the most - the independenc

I guess I'm an adult now

As per usual, a long overdue update is needed. Just re-read the last post - I survived the Kepler Track, woohoo! And I've survived my first six months living in a new city - so much so that I've gone and done something pretty big....I accidentally bought a house! So to back track.....I got offered a job almost immediately after I finished up at my old one.  Funny really - I spent my first week of unemployment run down, stressed out and beating myself up about not having a job, the following week was spent walking the Kepler track and getting a job, and then safe in the knowledge I had employment, I took a final week off to actually relax and do nothing.  I'm my own worst enemy, honestly. My new job was only a three month contract with the potential for it to be made permanent, as a Communications & Engagement Advisor for a tiny little company - tiny as in there's only my boss and I! Luckily we get on really well and he is super chill and very relaxed about things li

Tuesday Blues

I've had a funny old week.  It was my first week of unemployment as my contract finished.  I was definitely ready to leave, and I already felt like I'd said my goodbyes at the end of last year, so it was a little bit weird coming back just for three weeks to write one newsletter and tie up some loose ends - though it was a sound financial decision at least.  People have spent the last few months asking 'what's next' and 'how's the job hunt going' and I now HATE that question.  The last few months of work were so busy that I literally couldn't think of anything else, let alone job hunt, and I genuinely don't understand how others managed to get jobs so quickly.  But I have always been one for struggling to let go of things and move on, so maybe that's part of it.   Anyway, so I finished up jobless and to be honest, really quite looking forward to the break (despite the fact I had literally just had three weeks off over Christmas).  I had all t


  I learned a whole heap in 2020.  Lockdown was both my highlight and lowlight.   It was tough, but I coped well considering and managed to occupy myself so I didn't go insane.  It made me appreciate the little things i completely take for granted like freedom and variety.  I was incredibly grateful to be living in Kaikoura at the time and have housing sorted and a job I could do from home, and for Emily for volunteering to move in with me so neither of us would be alone.  Most mornings I'd go for a walk to the waterfront and sit and admire the view, and we would go for lunchtime walks and notice new things each time. I am exceptionally grateful to be living in a country where the government are competent, caring and courageous and the people mostly follow the rules and use common sense.  Life has been back to normal for the best part of 6 months for us and it has been wonderful.  I almost think we should lockdown for a month every year, to take that opportunity to slow down an