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.
So it's not on a skateboard, but it's still so awesome!!!
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.
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.
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;
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?
We had a working bee at Mum and Dads on Good Friday and helped spread the dumptruck-load of mulch through the orchard. When we arrived the Easter Bunny aka Nana, had just been and dropped off a sweet stash of easter eggs and awesome goodies;
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!