The Second to Last Day

Jobs are for suckers and I feel like this job of mine has got in the way during these first holidays since I have been employed and also the LAST holidays with Ethan as a pre-schooler.  He has had a great time though, he has enjoyed sleepovers at his Nana’s, playdates, a birthday party, a theatre trip to see Jack & the Beanstalk and I have tried to treat him to a couple of special days this Wednesday and Thursday.

Yesterday we went to the Auckland Fish Market.  Why you ask?  Ethan is obsessed with fish, has been since he was 18 months old, it NEVER gets old for him.  Looking at dead fish on ice is just about the most amazing thing he could ever do, especially as you can even TOUCH THEM if you so desire, ‘go ahead’ I say, ‘no-ones going to care just don’t drop them because we can’t afford to pay for that ‘spensive snapper you’re fondling over there’.

After the excitement of the octopus post-mortem and the live eel tank we headed to the Auckland Museum for The Dangerous Museum for Boys and The Daring Museum for Girls activity hunt.  E is now the perfect age for this sort of activity, it was so much fun working our way through the activity book, finding the 6 most dangerous bugs in the museum, identifying the weapons and cracking the secret codes. 

Today, I thought about what he would desperately LOVE to do, checked the tides, made some dough balls and we went fishing.  Or more accurately, we went casting, or went and dropped our line, or we practised what we should do in case we were faced with the possibility of catching fish.  Ethan didn’t care that he had nothing to show for three hours of little boy bliss, casting again and again, re-baiting his hook lovingly with the balls of dough he helped me roll out and narrating the whole experience with the skill and verbose lexicon of a well practised fisho.


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Dough Ball Recipe


Look at those things!  I would totally want to eat them up if I were a fish!  Best dough ball recipe yet and the nice thing was their texture, they stayed on the hook beautifully and weren’t sticky.

2 c. boiling water
1 c. white flour
1 c. cornmeal
1/2 c. sugar

Then flavoring is optional: vanilla for carp, rum for catfish, Velveeta cheese for trout, yeah I skipped the flavouring because at best we were hoping for a sprat!

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After I was totally cold and out of Coke Zero we headed home for a quick lunch before we went to the movies and saw UP.

Seriously, this is THE BEST animated film I have ever seen.  It was hilarious and every character was so real and endearing.  Amazing, amazing, amazing.  Ethan loved it, I have never seen him so totally on par with a movie, he laughed throughout the whole thing, asked questions and talked about what was going on, it was well worth the $22.   5/5

Things I'm loving this week

  • I am totally loving shopping for my power as opposed to be TOLD how much I will pay per unit.  Mercury Energy sucks.  They along with the other power companies in NZ have continuously raised prices in the 3 years since we have been back, to the point where we along with numerous other New Zealander’s lived in fear of receiving their monthly power bill.  Not anymore.  I have switched to an now I get to decide how much I am prepared to pay for each unit of power I buy.  For example, I just purchased 300 units (almost half of what we will use in a month) of carbon neutral power from Meridian Energy for 20.59c per unit.  Compare that to my old rate at Mercury 22.22c per unit and you have a bargain.  But wait, there’s more!  There is no daily fixed charge at powershop.  NONE.  So my power has just gotten even cheaper.  Love it!
  • I am also loving Firefox browser, you can tweet from your address bar with the twitterbar add-on!
  • Loved The Pursuit of Happiness.  Watched it this week for the first time, and though it is utterly miserable in some parts, it humbled me and reminded me why Dave works so hard for us and of how much joy the little things can bring.
  • Loving the bustle of going to work – yes, I meant to type that.  The novelty hasn’t worn off.  Everything is different when you are out in the world dressed and ready to go at 8am!  I love the way people drive around the business park where I work.  It is fast and purposeful, people have places to go and things to do AND I AM NOW ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE!  It’s super busy, but Ethan isn’t missing out on me at all as he is at kindy the whole time I am at work, and I feel like I don’t need my happy pills quite as much as I did 3 months ago.  That’s progress.
  • Finally, I am going to love Pearl Jam all over again when they play here in November.  I know, I know, how ’90’s of me, but Eddie and pals were one of THE big-deal-very-important bands for me as a teenager.   I saw them when they played here in 1995 at The Mt Smart Supertop (relive that amazing show with the setlist here)and I will see them again this year and Dave will come with me and he WILL love it!

    Pearl Jam Concert in Auckland