Wow, 8yrs ago!

Nate must have been dredging his archives because he came up with his blog from 2001, and look at young me!  I was 22!  Wow.  On the eve of my thirtieth birthday it is nice to be reminded of how long I have known Nate and Julzy.  Back then things were obviously very different; I was dating Nathan, Julz was (and still is one of my bestys) and the two did NOT get along!  Now, almost 9 years later they have gorgeous Donovan and a happy marriage to thank me for lol!  Anywho, this trip to Destin was my first trip to the Gulf Coast and I was blown away by the beauty of the area.  Thanks for having me in your lives Arnolds, I miss you all xxxx.

November 2001
November 2001

Birthday Wish-list

I will be officially old at the end of the month.  No longer happily skipping along in my twenties I will soon turn 30.  It’s quite a corner turned really, as you enter your twenties without a care in the world, a free agent, a completely selfish and self-absorbed person who has nothing to tie you down.  You want to disappear in the states for six years?  Why not?  Hell, it’s not like you’ve got much else going on right?  My twenties were certainly a fantastic collection of ten loosely connected years, very memorable adventures and my marriage to Dave and the birth of Ethan when I was 25.  So in complete opposition to my twentieth birthday, I will celebrate my thirtieth as a cute acronym – SAHM, coupled with PART TIME STUDENT and WIFE.  I have more wrinkles, grey hairs, fat, hang-ups and medications than I did ten years ago, but I also am home in New Zealand with my awesome family, great friends and fantastic husband to celebrate my thirtieth with.

So. Onto the presents.  This is my wishlist, the things that might help distract me from my self-pity for just a second or two ; ), of course I am under no illusion about getting them, it is a recession after all!



Jamie Oliver – Jamie’s Dinners

This cook book is awesome, I have perused it at a friends house and am in love with so many of the recipes all ready.

$49.95 Whitcoulls





  My skin sucks.  It really does.  So I am craving a Core Treatment facial from dermologica   Albany.  $100


Karen Walker Bow Pendant

Walker & Hall $266




 Frangipani / Plumeria Plant or Seeds

 I have wanted one of these for so long, ever since I worked at The Madd Potter with Connie.

Visiting Family

Oskar and Stella are on holiday with Old Nan and Old Pop (Ethan’s names – they help him keep track of all of his Nanas!) so we popped over for lunch on Monday and the kids had a blast catching up and having fun;




25 Random Things you were Dying to know about me.

Here I am playing blog games with Julz again;
1. I don’t own a clothes dryer, that’s what the sun is for
2. I listen to the same play list everyday when I run, it NEVER changes
3. I don’t wash the dishes unless there is absolutely no chance of anyone else being able to do it , I just don’t like it ::::::shudders::::::
4. When Ethan stays at Mum & Dad’s I probably call them about 10x a day, he never wants to talk to me, I just miss him and like to know what he is doing
5. I love winning prizes, this year I have won a double pass to the final of The Heineken Tennis Open, VIP tickets to the after party where Liam Finn played, Liam Finn CD & a 12pack of Heineken, 2 cell phones + $400 of phone credit, vip treatment at the Summer Series + untold numbers of movie tix, CD’s and 4 Burger Fuel meals.  bfm is the best radio station ever
6. I currently am on mid-semester break from university, 2 weeks off.  I really need to read at least one novel – DONE –
7.  We are moving to a new house in 3 weeks!  I can’t wait, I will have a spare room, a pantry, chickens and 10 acres upon which Ethan and Lou can run and hunt for bugs.  Oh yes, there’s a pool too
8.  I LOVE Coke Zero.  I don’t drink coffee, I tell myself this makes it OK
9.  My husband is so good and nice to everyone that I don’t actually understand him.  He is like an alien.  I married an alien!
10.  I love to grow veges but have no interest in ornamental gardening
11.   I am addicted to playing Lexulous
12.  I suffer from BAD anxiety, and tend to hibernate at home with my family a bit too much
13.  I am phobic-ally afraid of cockroaches, just typing that disgusting word made me shudder.  This is why I can NEVER live in the south again, the roaches have wings there, you never know where they may come at you from
14.  I turn off all appliances at the wall when I am done using them, hella power saving greenies in this house
15.  I was in the New Zealand Rhythmic Gymnastics team
16.  I have a degree in Sociology….mmmmm…great…now tell me what to do with it!
17.  I am usually cold
18.  I am a shopaholic
19.  I LOVE taking pictures, currently I have taken 50 gigs of pics since Ethan was born 4.5yrs ago.  When he grows up he will be able to say “I wonder what we did on Jan 14, 2006?”  and it will be there, documented for posterity
20.  I find it hard to blog, but I love it
21.  I miss Julie and Bush daily, we’s peas in a pod
22.  My mum is my best friend, thank god for family cell phone plans.  I call her way too much.
23.  I watch the news every day, I can’t stand not knowing what is going on in the world
24.  I wonder how this affects my son as the New Zealand networks don’t bother to censor anything on the news
25.  I have always wished I were skinnier, for as long as I can remember.

Mid-semester break reading list

Because reading for pleasure has sadly been replaced with ‘reading for a boring accounting degree’ in the last two years, I embraced my new Part-Time Student status with reckless abandon and checked out three novels from the library yesterday.  I have two weeks off before the semester resumes, well the first week is actually gone but I have already finished a book, so we will see how far I get. 



Debbie Macomber – Susannah’s Garden

OK, I have finished this book finally.  Tara left it here after her visit in January, and it is a bit of a yawn-fest so I left it to gather dust for a few months.  Definitely an easy read, cute middle-American characters, my Nana would like this book.   2/10





Polly Williams – The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy

I am currently reading this little number and I love it.  British housewife humour, very Bridget Jones, very dry and lets face it….who doesn’t want to be a yummy mummy?






Carl Hiaasen – Nature Girl

Shame on me for picking this book as I have ridiculed Nathan on more than one occasion for his appreciation of Hiaasen’s writing.  It’s so Florida and so non-literary, there’s no class or beauty in Hiaasen’s words, but I guess I might have enjoyed his story telling a little bit :::::maybe?::::  I’ll let you know.





David Guterson – Our Lady of the Forest

This was a random pick, but I have read his book Snow Falling on Cedars and that was awesome, very compelling.  This will be the last read as it just doesn’t look that riveting, you know, because you always judge a book by its cover right?

Being a web fiend sometimes pays ; )

One of my favourite shopping sites 1-day deals launched a new site today called 1-day tees offering short run t-shirts in cool designs.  As part of the launch they gave away 200 FREE tees to the first lot of F5/refresh master-punters.  I got two of course, one for Dave and I,  yay!  Had to pay a measly $2.99 shipping – not a bad price for 2 tees don’t you think?  Thanks 1-daytees!

My free T-shirt!