Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How much can you fit into one day?

Here is my day yesterday:

Woke up (Handy!) then showered then folded the washing. After that I walked to work, worked usual 8 hours. After work I went to the mall - got groceries and other bits and bobs. Went home then went for run. Showered (again), had tea (which Tahu had kindly cooked for me). Then I sorted papers from kitchen drawer and drawer in my bedroom (over a years worth of bills and random bits of paper in both), put the washing away, sorted the bookshelves so they no longer have clothes on them, just books, tidied our room, put a load of washing on, went to bed, finished a book, started another one, went to sleep. All by 10.30pm.

And yes I know other people have lots they do in a day too but it felt like a pretty full on day to me!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Weekend with the Greens

When we were in Nepal we joined a tour and travelled from Kathmandu through to Lhasa in Tibet over about 6 days. We hung out with a couple for the whole time who were just amazing. We really loved hanging out with them and then last weekend they came and stayed with us while they were visiting NZ. It was really nice having them here and was very sad saying goodbye. Here's a couple of photos from when they were here:

The Wicked Van that they had hired to go around the South Island

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Good and The Bad

It is amazing how your home can be such a haven and wonderful place but so unpleasant at the same time.

After our 2 months to Asia my gorgeous partner Tahu moved in with me as he had been living in Australia previously. Every day it is so nice to know that I can see him even if it's just for a moment. I have started having such late nights cos it's so nice just being able to talk to him in person and as he is working nightshift this week he gets home at my bed time!

Also we have an 8 month old baby in our house (her mum is one of our flatmates) and I have to say there is not much better then getting up in the morning and when she sees you she gets this massive grin. She makes me feel so loved! She is beautiful and funny and it has been so exciting the last few weeks being able to see her crawl for the first time and how alert and aware she is getting.

But then also at home, almost every night, there is big confrontations with my other flatmate and her boyfriend. And it's exhausting me. Do you know how hard it is to hear every day that you are the cause of all the problems? That despite everyone else that you've ever met thinking that you were friendly that they're actually all wrong and you are a mean and rude and cruel and awful person. I try so hard to keep telling myself that this is one man who is saying this and that my wonderful friends and family who know me know that I am a good person but when every day you hear this negative stuff about you it really breaks you down. I am so angry about the whole situation and how it has turned out and how ridiculous it is.

And it is hard. It is hard to have someone who was one of your best mates just completely change and sadly this is not the first time I have had this happen. I am pained by girls who do this. When they are single they are strong and beautiful and loving and hopeful people despite the fact there is no man to love them (even though some days it's so hard being lonely) and then the minute they get a boyfriend they become weak and submissive and forget who their friends are. And I am not talking about how they spend time with the guy cos I completely understand that! It disappoints me when people lose themselves because of a relationship.

And I am not claiming to be perfect here! I know I have done it in the past but myself and another close friend who got together with her now fiance just before Tahu and I have both made a conscious effort to NOT lose ourselves and our friends. If these guys are the ones for us and I do think Tahu is then I want him to keep encouraging me to be me!! Not some perfect girl that I think a girlfriend should be.

So I love going home to Tahu and having Nat and baby Madi there to cheer me up when it's been a long day but for now (and it's only for another week) it hurts me to go home too because I know there will be more dramas.

Last night I was almost expecting them to bring up the recession and say that I caused it or perhaps some natural disaster was my responsibility as well! Oh such fun :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Years in Kaikoura

We went to Kaikoura for New Years, lots of lying around, eating good food, jigsaws, fishing, fresh crayfish and sunshine. All that stuff you really want for a Christmas break!

Tahu and Kate the dog

A pod of Killer Whales! So exciting to see. Especially the wee baby ones including this wee one diving into the water beside it's mum.

Ohau Waterfall

Pictures from Christmas Day

Just a couple of nice pics from Christmas Day.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

It's a Brand New Year

So just a quick close off of the list of books I read in 2009. The grand total is 31!! Yes me thinks I did quite well there. That's about 1.5 weeks for each book which isn't actually right but better then nothing I think! Wonder how many I can do this year?

New Years Resolutions/Plans:

1. Start running again - Might lose some weight but will just be healthier
2. Learn Maori - Tahu is Maori and we want to speak it to our kids so that they are bilingual
3. Do a photography course
4. Play soccer
5. Pay off lots of debt!
6. Read more than 31 books!

Think that's enough! Wonder if I can do them. Lets hope so!