I give new meaning to the phrase.

So rewind back to the start of the week…
Monday… OK traffic to work, good traffic home (might get there earlier)… Yip 10 min…Yay.

Tuesday,  early start (yawn).. Repeat Monday

Wednesday,  rush in to work (yawn),skip lunch, leave early..school parent teacher interview.. ..great child ( yay, small victory,  feeling proud) get an early start to dinner. (YAWN)
Work..bed…. Formulate plan for dinner for tomorrow…. Will have this under control,  will be good.. Aim to eat before 8pm..plan set

Wake up, rush, pre prepare dinner(will be amazing) traffic to work good..forgot to hang up washing (damn)…work..lunch..yawn…traffic home looking bad…(will be ther at 6:45… Not worried… Dinner sorted,  looking forward to an earlier start to work)  Have a plan, phone home to ask Jaime to put some rice on… So clever…  Really have it down today… Suddenly realised slow cooker was not switched on… Gutted… EPIC FAIL!!!

Tomorrow can only be amazing.

10 Things You learn when living in Auckland


So it’s been a couple of months since we arrived in Auckland. Generally things are pretty much the same as back home. BUT and it’s a big but..there are moments when you find yourself feeling like an idiot… So some things we have learned whilst living in Auckland..

1. ‘cutting the cheese’ means farting

2. When you asked what you must do with your bosses slips… (till slips), rather use the word receipts as a slip is underwear,¬† and I’m pretty sure you don’t want to be doing anything with your boss’s underwear

3. When your boss sends out an email saying you can’t wear singlets to work…do not google ‘singlet’! A singlet is not the image of the guy that pops up wearing a uni-underwear thing, it’s a sleeveless gym shirt

4. Don’t use the words ‘you have to’, not even in a friendly..you have to turn off the tap..kind of way. People are super friendly here but they don’t like being told ‘ you have to’

5. Cheers… Yeah..tough one, it doesn’t mean goodbye and it is not toasting to a drink.. It means ‘thanks’.¬† I kept thinking people really say goodbye a lot even though they are not leaving,¬† until I realised it meant thanks.

6. Ice block… Weird but it refers to ice cream lollies.. So if someone offers you an ice block, you can say yes, it’s not ice blocks for your drink.

7. Toggs, refers to your swimming costume and not your rugby or hockey toggs.

8. Dairy, the little cafe around the corner and not the place the cows get milked..weird hey

9. Jandals… We have been told it is Japanese sandles.. To put it simply.. Flipflops!

10. Dear… This one is quite strange.. It means more expensive. So something is dearer..

Sigh, in our moments of feeling completely flabergasted by our obvious ignorance there is just nothing that can fix our obvious lack of kiwi knowledge.  Sometimes I feel people look at us and think we are joking or as Kiwi’s put it “taking the piss” but we honestly just don’t know.

This is a definitive learning curve in so many ways, getting used to the way people say things when you have said them a different way for almost 40 years.

Hopefully we can add to the list and be up to speed soon enough to at least fake that we aren’t complete idiots lol.

3 Creative things I can’t go without.



I love LOVE so many creative things that it is hard to decide which rank higher than others.

My first love… Canvas without a doubt. I love painting, I don’t have much talent and just mess around, but I adore it. ¬†Oil on canvas remains my favorite, with acrylic short on it’s heels. I haven’t painted anything that required great effort on my part in a while. ¬†Recently I dabbled around with some kids art and some funny cows but nothing worth jumping for joy. ¬†It was purely for the fun of it. ¬†I have several blank canvasses waiting to be covered in glorious bouts of inspiration and color.

My second love…I have a new found interest is digital design, and working on some ideas. Hopefully I can get my hand on a digital drawing pad and express away… sigh.. would be bliss. ¬†I think it might just grow to be my new favorite but will have to see. I do love the traditional way of pencil to paper¬†.I love how my pencil feels over a rough paper surface and the sound that creates as I apply it. Then there is the smell of paper and all things papery and beautiful. But for now, I am looking forward on my new venture of digital expression, so will share those mishaps eventually:)

My third love…There is something soothing and at the same time exciting about fabric. ¬†I feel the same way about fabric as I do about paper and canvas. ¬†The designs that speak to you and create an explosion of excitement when your mind gets flooded by all that you wish to create and make out of it. ¬†I have just found the most exciting online fabric supplier. ¬†Clicking on image after image all I want to do is order, and get my hands on as many of the beautiful designs as I possibly could. ¬†Sigh, I need to win the lotto.. fabric is so not in my budget lol.

It definitely lifts my mood when I can play around with all the things I love. ¬†I’m counting the days till my sewing machines arrive and till the day I can go buy my drawing tab. ¬†It will be most exciting and enjoyable.