Sunday, March 10, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
I work in one of the most beautiful buildings in the country. Seeing it every day, it is easy to forget that, until a tourist comes in, snapping photos, in awe of the place.
This week I saw it in another way too - from the point of view of an 18 month old who's just started to walk. What a cool playground with seemingly acres of springy carpet to run around on, huge mirrors to check yourself out in, bollards to crawl under and comfy chairs to clamber over.
We didn't even make it to the park as someone just didn't want to leave...
So to give my free time some direction, I have a few goals I want to achieve by the end of March.
- Get my full drivers licence (my restricted expires in March!). I need to book a couple of lessons and sit the test.
- Finish the hat/cardy/bootie set for my friends' baby
- Finish the fingerless mittens I started last winter
- Knit another nappy soaker
- Knit a leaving gift for a friend
- Plant up my winter garden (lots of spinach!)
- Invite some people over for dinner
- Make time to exercise 5 days a week (swim or bike or jog)
- Do something touristy in Wellington I've not yet done
- Start making most of our bread again (even if I have to cheat and buy a breadmaker)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
|Mum's making me a cardy in zealana heron, sigh. Feels so light and soft on.
|So many courgettes in the garden
|ambrosia with homegrown blueberries
|one of the snapper I caught
|wish I had this garden
|Puerperium cardy + my cat (had her for 14+ years now)
|hanging by the pool
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Option B which I have decided to do, is to turn the trip into a cycling holiday. It adds a physical challenge to the trip. I'm not crazy though so apart from my first night which will be in Apia, I'll spend the entire two weeks just biking around the one island. This means there are 6 proper cycling days and the rest for rest, recovery, snorkling, sunbathing and drinking coconuts. So a little crazy, and a lot relaxing.
I really like to try do my holidays on the cheap and treat myself with a couple of luxuries.
My return flights from Auckland to Apia cost $400.
My flight Wellington to Auckland is $35.
I haven't booked a return flight back from Auckland as I'm waiting to see what comes up on Grabaseat.
Two weeks cycle hire is $230.
I have a $50 a night budget for accommodation. I know for a fact that some will be cheaper than this and perhaps one will be a little more expensive. Accommodation over there is in a hut right on the beach and includes breakfast and dinner.
My splurges will be a dive trip, and probably dinner at Aggie Grey's resort on my last night as it's right by the airport, it's a great way to kill time before check in.
Of course I've budgeted for a vailima (beer) once or twice a day too!
My favourite thing about going to the islands is that packing is a breeze. I take carry on only to force myself to pack light - this'll be even more important as I'll be carrying it on the bike. This is my all encompassing packing list for my Samoa cycling holiday.
- backpack to put it all in
- passport, eftpos card
- flight details, TRAVEL INSURANCE
- camera, charger, SD card
- water proof small bag for passport/camera etc
- snorkel gear
- shoes - 1x jandals, 1x teva reef type shoes for cycling
- 3/4 leggings for cycling x2
- singlets/t shirts x4
- cardigan x1
- lava lava x3
- dress x1-2
- underwear - 3x bras, 6x undies
- summer PJs
- togs x2
- quick dry towel
- insect repellent, lush 2 in 1 shampoo bar, kathmandu landry liquid/body wash, sunscreen, lip gloss, comb, hairties, papaya balm or vicks for mozzie bites
- water sanitation tablets
- empty water bottle
- socks for the plane (I get cold feet)
- 1x book (can swap it at book exchange half way around the island)
- sense of adventure
Friday, February 1, 2013
This year I'm trying to see as many as possible - whether we're playing them or not - but I'm not going to waste time on the ones I know I'll hate (like last year's Twilight and Battleship).
So here's my list of films I've seen so far this year...
The Hobbit 3D HFR w/ Dolby Atmos
Loved the Atmos and it's pretty cool to be the only place in Australasia with it. Was a bit over the whole Hobbit thing by my second viewing, simply because I can hear it from our office several times a day so I know it by heart
Tarantino. What can I say? It's exactly what I expected of it and I loved it.
Never cried so much in my life. Some brilliant performances, especially by the kids.
Rise of the Guardians
Kiddie movie. My niece enjoyed it. I thought it was so-so
Loved every minute of this (loved slightly less the minutes that Russell Crowe sang for though)
Period drama. Pretty dresses. Beautiful sets. Fantastic acting. Brilliant dance scenes.
This month I'm aiming to see Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Safe Haven (hehe), Life of Pi, A Good Day to Die Hard.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
It was pay day today which is always nice, but even nicer when 4 stat days fall within one pay period! I splashed out a little on mince and bacon for empanadas and a nice bottle of central Otago pinot noir.
Yesterday I made the most of a sunny afternoon and walked up mt Victoria.
Next week I'll be joining the gym in the hopes of shedding a few kilos and looking after myself a little better. In 2012 I actually lost about 10kg purely by running around too much at work and eating sporadically. Not healthy at all. So 2013 heralds some better habits and fitting in exercise around my mad work lifestyle. The gym's open 24 hours so no excuses.
Right, time for bed. I want to get up early for a walk, finish the empanadas and meet a cheese supplier at the farmer's market.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
- Finish the other sock
- Make a lace something
- Make something awesome with the Manos del Uruguay in my stash
- Use the strawberry lemonade 4ply that's been sitting prettily in the knitting crate for over a year now.