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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Week in the Life: Friday's Photos and Words

there's just something about a cloudless blue sky that makes everything seem right with the world

6:52 | i wear a fitbit which tracks my sleep
most nights there's 'daylight' on the graph between when i go to bed and when i wake up
my friend tas jokes: "she unplugs!"
i barely even turn over

this week is a different story, and after a week plus of broken sleep and a niggling cough, i'm pretty much done in

9:19 | still - i refuse to lay down and head to the gym
i struggled to say the least

11:33 | i committed in the new year to work yoga into my workout schedule and on a friday i do blast (step) and centergy (yoga-lates) back to back

1:32 | my beautiful lunch date megan
i joked "we shared my chips and she didn't lose an arm"
Megan replied: "it was a close call. note i was hiding my hands away!" 

2:25 | this tickled my funny bone
when i posted it online i wrote "how did they know?!"

2:28 | it was such a beautiful day i didn't feel like driving straight home, so i took a walk along the waterfront

you really can't beat wellington a good day

 3:41 | on the to do list is "weed garden and add bark"

3:42 | usually this bougainvillea flowers in the summer, so it's a surprise to still see flowers on it
maybe i'll take a cutting with me to the new place...

4:06 | a snap from Zoe with colleague Kate

4:26 | most friday nights [when the sun's out], i'll head to Tas's for an end of week wine

amazing how friends can lift your spirits

7:42 | i'm feeling every bit as miserable as i look...

7:43 | but yay - Hurricanes beat The Brumbies 56-21

what a week!


Week in the Life: Thursday's Photos and Words

i've been waiting all week to post this picture.

today we're unconditional on our next home and i can finally share our fantastic news
i.e. - make it 'Facebook official' lol

if you know me at all, you'll know that i wore this red jumper to match our new front door

i'm grateful for my dear friend sharon who took this photo and helped me line my head up directly over murray's, not that i have anything against our wonderful estate agent - i just like clean lines in a photo.

7:44 | i'm going to miss this view

the kitchen not the butt!

i wonder where the coffee machine will go in our new place?

every day in the life and week in the life i always take this photo standing on the family room side of the kitchen.
today i made a point of standing on the other side of the room

8:37 | very long to-do list, feat. errant cat

9:27 | they say no man is an island, but apparently my scrap desk is - HA!

not sure why i'm leaving it until the last minute to pack away, because i sure as hell don't have any time to craft this week!

see that 'right angle' of masking tape on the floor?
hubby has marked out the size of my scrap room in the new place
it'll be cosy but i get to keep my side by side tables, although they'll need a trim to fit

11:36 | this photo says it all: bed hair, unwashed face. not sleeping properly. physically exhausted and i have a cold, but HEY! we're moving house!

12:15 | 4 down, 3 to go

Clive's nicknames for Tash over the years have included "T" and "T-Burger"

in 2012 when we painted this magnetic wall there were FOUR school photos, but in the years since, one by one the photos have disappeared

either because the girls left school/home, and the photos became out of date, or they got blown down by the wind when a window in the kitchen was open

...til one day it was just Tash

she looks flushed in this pic because she had just finished a netball tournament, and rushed back to school to have her photo taken. actually the photo from the year before tells the same story.

i was away for the weekend (somewhere, i can't remember!) a month or so ago and Clive must've been bored, because when I got home, this is how the wall looked.

he said she looked lonely...

when this house goes on the market next week, these 4 pieces of paper won't be there and they won't go up in the new house either, but that's ok, because the story's been told.

12:44 | off to lunch with katelin and nate

1:02 | lunch at monsoon poon. that's my orange car parked right outside the door
love it when that happens

i've had a lunch time voucher that i won at a school fair for this place sitting in my wallet for over a year

when nate first visited new zealand we ate here and i've been saving the voucher until his next visit

with vietnam still on my mind, i order the HO CHI MIN mule as my cocktail of choice

katelin ordered the CIGARONI which the waitress put down in front of nate
- coz apparently it's a BOYS drink...

stuffed naan and fire cracker chicken sliders

i had the roast duck me goreng
it was delicious, and Clive was very happy with the doggie bag i brought home!

3:23 | Sharon meets me at home and drives us to the new house
she poses in front of the sign so i can show her where i want my photo taken
(to include the red front door)
after that we WALK into the village for coffee
oh how i'm going to love living on the flat!!!

7:18 | Moe is missing Tash big time
for starters Tash is gone, as is her bedroom and all her furniture - i.e. his usual bed

8:57 | just us

9:24 | cliffhanger for the penultimate episode of Broadchurch

in London, the girls have had a big day with Mikaela playing tour guide to Tash.
they hit up all the usual spots and had a great time

this kid...

i've been promised a 3rd photo to go with these two
(me in October 2014, Mikaela in February 2016 when she first moved there)

and this is what they send me in the family chat:

"tash at the tower bridge today"

oh how they love to wind me up

close enough...


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Week in the Life: Wednesday's Photos and Words

now that my iPad is beside my bed (i have the kindle app on it), when i wake i reach for it, knowing that tash and mikaela will have reunited in london around 3.30am our time, and there'll be pictures of them.

7:45 | look how happy they are to be together

i wasn't sure whether they would answer, but i facetimed them anyway

i listened to them excitedly recount tash's arrival into heathrow, the inefficiencies of the customs staff who went on break enmasse, how an entire crowd of people materialised between tash and mikaela as they were trying to get to each other; and her attempt and failure to use an oyster card and negotiate the barrier at the tube. i could only laugh at tash's near delirium due to jet lag and lack of sleep.

when they stopped talking, i said "yay, now i want all of that all in writing!" - HA!

8:55 | another day, another Bank - this time to organise insurance for the new house.

after the november 14 earthquake, insurance companies embargoed issuing new policies.

call me old fashioned, but i thought their core business WAS insurance...

does this outfit say "please insure our new house?!"

9:20 | the bank is right by hubby's office so i meet him there first

9:43 | young oliver at work, and when i say YOUNG - omg, i was so tempted to ask him if he was still using a student bus pass to get to work - ha!

again though, friendly and efficient and his bank insured our newly purchased house, so yay!

10:23 | i can feel myself getting progressively more tired as the week goes on

10:38 | i had my nails done in HOI AN and even before i started packing and cleaning they were starting to look rather sad, so it's back to bare and very short nails for the time being.

11:34 | at the supermarket
do i wish that i had been able to get the words 'fruit and vegetables' in the shot and that my white space was on the right rather than the left?


this stack of soy and almond milk was one giant BOOBY TRAP.

it was a veritable 'house of cards' that toppled when i lifted one pack off the pile.
many came tumbling down onto the floor and i'm just grateful that none burst, coz i swear i would've just laid down right there in the middle of the supermarket and cried if they did.

you can see where i have haphazardly returned some of the fallen to the pile.

1:29 | lunch at home after a morning of running errands

1:49 | and of course "friends"!
"the one where rachel quits"

after lunch it's back into schlepping, wiping, vacuuming and cleaning.

1:15 | 3 down, 4 to go

3:13 |

3:18 | but yay for sun

for a brief moment, i considered lying down and having a wee nap

5:27 & 5:32 | snaps from tash. her body clock is all over the place so she wakes early
god this kid cracks me up
NB: mikaela is NOT a morning person...

7:36 | i'm really not that well but i went to boxing anyway
at this point in the week, i'm up for getting out of the house and doing ANYTHING other than cleaning windows...

my boxing partner dani - i love that she let me take a post-class [sweaty] picture

8:04 | class was tough, mostly because my incessant cough causes me shortness of breath, but i'll take these stats!

9:54 | still going strong 10 seasons in
love this show

i took a whole 27 photos today!!!