Saturday, December 15, 2007
I couldn't resist this cute 1 litre jug wine for $10 at the local grocer. Of course for that price I wasn't expecting much from it, but knew that it was worth the cost in amusement value. Turns out it isn't half bad and works well as a table wine. Also, it is really fun to put your finger in that little handle and just swig it back (again, yeah, I'm classy like that). We are thinking of having a jug wine party. If only we had friends to invite that were of the same caliber...
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
I made a bouquet out of flowers in my yard and stuck them in a vase (aka a beer bottle, i'm classy like that). It's fun to live in a place where the previous inhabitant planted lots of neat flowers. It's like a treat when new flowers pop up every week or so. I especially like the little pink roses so round and cute! Those flat seed pods are neat too.
Monday, December 03, 2007
I made a stop home at lunch to swap pants and realized just how threadbare my poor little pants were. I'm pretty bummed, I have had these pants for a long time (obviously) and they were my favorite field/hiking pants. A quick search online and I have already found the same brand/style for a replacement. The promise of new pants makes me less sad to give up the ghost on these old gals.
Monday, November 19, 2007
And because I borrowed her image may I just say: Yellana sells originals and prints. Me wants one :D
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Hurray Hurray! Two very special packages arrived today. The first being our 'entertainment system.' We can finally listen to the radio and watch dvds! (not to mention listen to music loud and clear - no more laptop speakers or headphones!)
The second package is just as, if not more important. It is from my mom :D (and sisters). It had lots of clothes (thanks kiki and rache - I finally used my giftcard ;) It also included a bunch of toiletries (that are much less expensive back home), my wedding shoes (hurray!) and a bunch of mail (that I probably won't read). Hurray for packages full of goodies!!!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
This is the first time in my life that Halloween has passed by virtually unnoticed. Apart from a few websites having neat jack-o-lantern designs and my fave NZ tv show having a halloween party, there was nothing. No delcious candy in orange and black wrappers, no isles filled with halloween junk, no fake spiderwebs strung in corners, and no trick or treaters. The closest halloweenie thing that happened today was the sky at dusk. It was pretty neat. Did I mention that Halloween is my favorite holiday?
flashback from last year (creativity with white sheets)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Not sure what this flower is but it popped up along our sidewalk :D
Thursday, October 11, 2007
After hearing a discussion on the radio about egg production and how much better free range eggs are we decided to buy some slightly more expensive free range eggs. After frying a few up the verdict is in, they are delicious. Not only are they larger than the 'normal' ones (although I don't think that there is much about the production of those eggs), they are tastier too mmm mmm.
However, according to wikipedia, the laws concerning free range eggs in the U.S. are all willynilly and labeling eggs free range doesn't really mean they have to be free range. Lame.
One more egg note: when you get a fried egg at a restaurant here it is always sunny side up. If you are someone who despises runny yolks make sure you remember to say something when ordering eggs while visiting me (unless you are having breakfast at my place - don't worry, i'll cook your yolk).
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Last night we hauled ourselves over to the wunderbar which was a treat in itself (be sure to check out the 360 images of both inside and out on their site). We we were there to watch the band of this guy that I work with, insurgents. They opened for this band from Auckland the situations. Although turnout for the show wasn't great and the sets were short, both of us enjoyed the music and being out and about. On the downside it made me feel really old. All the kids in insurgents are 18 and they and all their friends dress like they are living in the 80s, especially the girls!!! They all had so much spunk and uncontained energy, it was impressive and entertaining. But back to the 80s dress code, why Why WHY??? Is it this bad back in the states? Did all those awful styles really make it back? I guess none of them experienced it for the first time so it is new and novel for them. All the same I pray it is short-lived (because it is making me feel old and crabby lol).
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Over the weekend blue and I were working on the banks peninsula and even though it is spring here, we still needed the wood stove at the lodge. I took advantage of the ambiance and worked a few rows on a washcloth that has been on the needles for an embarrassingly long time.
This was sunrise on sunday morning, the beautiful morning sky resulted in nasty cold, rainy, foggy weather for the rest of the day (that we had to work in). Thankfully there were some beautiful moments that redeemed it!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Our local produce store (The Funky Pumpkin) has been supplying us with delicious and interesting new fruits and vegetables. In this bowl there were a few new items for us: Longans (the little brown guys) they had this white opaque fruit with a cherry pit like seed under the easy to peel skin, tamarillos (the red oblongs ones) these are fun to squish up, bite the end off and suck out the inside (apparently that is how the kids 'round here eat them), pluots (the ones that look like a combo between a plum and apricot), and purple passion fruit (the purple one) yum. We have also had a few persimmons (the orange guy in the back) and enjoyed the golden kiwis common here (the skin is a little easier to eat :)
Friday, September 07, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
or if you are speaking kiwi: tramp tramp tramp tramp tramp tramp tramp. Yeah, they call hiking or backpacking tramping here. According to wikipedia, tramping involves camping, but from what I can tell from talking to kiwis, a hearty day hike can also be considered a tramp.
Anyhoo, there has been a lot of tramping going on here the last few weekends. 2 weeks ago we headed north to Hanmer Springs were we did a long day hike to the top of mt isobel and back (the above pic is me at the top). It wasn't as cold as the larger mountains in the background make it appear. There was some snow (as seen in the foreground) but the breeze was only slight and it was sunny and nice. After the long hours on the trail we headed to the town's hot springs to relax for a few hours before driving back to Christchurch. We decided that all long hikes should end in a few relaxing hours of thermal pools, it helped ease the soreness more than expected. sooooo wonderful...
Saturday, September 01, 2007
The past few days have brought these wonderful northwesterly winds that are all warm and springlike. The sun has been shining and the lambs frolicking. Tomorrow blue and I are headed out on the (banks) peninsula to do some field work. It should be a great change of pace from being stuck behind an espresso machine all day (or behind a computer)!
*no rain no rain no rain*
*big sunshine big sunshine*
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I haven't been home in the day light to take photos of the place, but this one was taken by blue before some items were added/arranged (note the upgraded couch).
And this is our new kitchen which seems to be working out quite well. We entertained over the weekend and all four of us mingled comfortably.
Not much else is new here, just workin' for the man (or the woman, 50/50 really). I don't have to work this Saturday and am happy to have my first 2 day weekend in a month! HURRAY! Wish I could say that we have something planned, but as of yet that is not the case. Perhaps we will work on the garden or at least on the garden plan. It has been cold here all week and I am hoping for a warm spell in our future, this weekend does not look promising in that respect.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Once we are settled in I will post some more photos!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
My first sheep drive occurred last week, but I was in the car and moving against the flow of sheep. Again I just scootched around them, but I had to drive on the right side of the road. I couldn't help but take the opportunity to snap a pic through my dirty windshield! Oh and right after the first sheep drive, there was a cattle drive, it too was funny and entertaining, but just not as cool as the sheep.
Many of the local sheep are lambing right now, so I got to see some cute little lambs on my ride today too and some momma sheep with loads of milk hangin' low.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
These are the socks that I finished probably a month ago and haven't taken a picture of them until just now. I used my computer camera because I am too lazy to to use a real camera and then upload it. But these socks are great, made with yarn that was gifted to me about a year ago (thanks sk) I used a grumperina pattern that was in the spring interweave (i think).
This next pic I took when we first got here. Our hotel was right by this tutu shop and I thought it was hilarious. I also thought my sis kiki would think it was funny, so this one is for you!
And lastly, this is one of me making a funny face, on a windy windy day in lyttleton (with texas hair - rache take some tips!).
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I missed the 4th of July this year. There were no boca brats, potato chips, fire works, sparklers or alcoholic binges this year. There was also no hot weather or swimming either. Ah, but there was one good thing this year - a job! I had an interview in the morning and was offered the job in the afternoon. It is only a part time position, but comes with some good perks. Now instead of blue working in my lab on projects similar to mine, I will be working in his department on projects similar to his! Should be fun and I am excited to work on invasive species stuff since I never have before! I will still keep my cafe job which will be good for the bank account!
In other recent events, we have found a bigger apartment, in a more central location. It is not too far from the beach, at the base of the hill (at the top of which are hiking and biking trails), and it is a lot closer to the city center. We will now have to commute into Lincoln for work, but it is so boring here, I think it will be worth it. We move in 3 weeks and I am very excited about the prospect of having a bathtub and a garden :)
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I have also discovered a hilarious british comedy tv show (yeah I know sounds like an oxymoron). It is called Man Stroke Woman and is a skit show (much funnier than SNL). I wasn't able to watch the clips on the official page. But youtube has some great clips. This is one of my fave's.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
A few weeks ago a storm off the coast of australia successfully beached the pasha bulker on a popular swimming beach in Newcastle. It is quite a sight and the australian news we get is constantly talking about it, especially since there is a big storm coming and they are afraid it is going to break open and spew oil all over the place. They are hoping to wait until next month when the tide is higher to try and pull it out, but in the mean time sand is accumulating all around it and it is becoming more and more stuck. It looks pretty cool though!
There are some cool pics if you click here.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
6: Mate (yeah you've all heard this one, it mean friend, but is used constantly)
5: mmm (a low grumbly noise made in agreement)
4: Tartlet (a derogatory comment used between females)
3: Cheers (This word pretty much means anything, but mostly thanks and good bye)
2: Good onya (means "good for you" but is used much more casually and often than you would say good for you)
1: Ta (I just noticed this one yesterday, but then heard it nonstop. Maybe I was tuning it out before. Anyway it means "thanks" and I like it the best :) I asked where it originated from, but the kiwis I work with didn't know)
I've picked up extra shifts and will be working all weekend so blue and I decided to take a little morning adventure today. We headed towards the closest coast and captured some photos on the way (check out the fickr account). We ended up stopping at a few beaches including Shag Rock on Sumner Beach and Taylors Mistake, a local surfing beach. The sun was out today which made the sea breezes tolerable, I would even call it pleasant (with a jacket). I tested the water and it was a bit chilly, ok it was COLD! But there were some brave surfers out trying to catch a wave (I didn't see anyone actually catch one).
Blue also put up some pics from our jaunt to Lake Tekapo a few weeks ago. Click here to view. Check out my sweet rainbow pic :D
Thursday, June 07, 2007
So despite the one girl that works once a week trying to boss me around on the day that she is there, my little barista job is working out pretty well. I have been picking up extra shifts, making delicious coffees, and I even got paid time and half on monday for the "queen's birthday" (which is supposedly actually in april...) In order to make up for the extra pay that employees get, we had to charge the customers an extra 10% on all purchases. It was weird, but luckily easy math (the registers aren't capable of it apparently). Oh and also, since I work the closing shift, I get to take home lots of food that doesn't get sold (like pies, bread and desserts). This also means, less grocery shopping for me. Hurray! I hate grocery shopping here, it is so stressful. On top of having to decide what to buy and what brand to choose, I have to decide if the item is worth the price (and everything just seems SO expensive!) So yeah! free food :D
Not much else has been going on here besides work. No knitting. However, blue gave me a gift certificate to a local knitting store. Maybe I'll pick out some inspirational yarn this weekend to get me going again.
Here is a picture of some trees to demonstrate how autumn like it is here. Very windy (and chilly) today.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
20th Madison or Canada (I can't recall)
25th Rhinie (I think I was at home visiting)
27th New Zealand!
There are a few internationals in there, but Rhinie wins. What can I say, mom makes a good cake!
Not sure what blue has planned for me this year, hopefully a nice dinner and maybe we'll go out for drinks (gasp!).
Monday, May 28, 2007
So the internet works differently. Ok the internet works the same I think, but how they charge you for it is different. We now pay per usage, how much we upload/download. We have 1G/month and after that it goes to dialup speed I guess. But I think we can change it so we just pay for high speed after our allotment, I don't really get it, but 1G of broadband here isn't any more than unlimited back home. However, I have to be more frugal with my usage, I already miss watching all my shows online :( That is also my explanation for lack of pics, I don't really know how much of the usage they will take up, but I know that it is way more than emails and text only blog entries (plus blue has all the pics on his computer).
I have been working on the smell of the house, thanks to a tip from my mom. I have been simmering diluted vineager and it has definately improved the house smell, but I think I could use some flowers or something with a good smell to at least temporarily overpower it completely.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Rugby is another sport that is constantly on TV, it is kind of fun to watch because it is always just mayhem, but I still don't quite understand all the rules. I do like when they kick field goals while running and when they pass it to themselves by kicking it way ahead and then running after it.
I think my favorite new sport to watch is sailing, the americas cup has been going on in venice and the NZ team is in the semifinals so they cover it pretty well (it is on in the mornings when I am waking up).
The worst part about sports in NZ (besides having ones I don't care about dominate all the channels) is that I am not getting my full dose of tennis (or much at all). I only catch the outcomes on the news, apparently tennis isn't as popular here :(
Yeah, they really like their sports here, they are constantly on TV, as are infommercials for proactive and for whatever that work out thing is chuck norris totes.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
- electric kettles are amazing and faster than lightning (i'm gonna have to get one when I come back to the states)
- small sinks, especially kitchen sinks, makes dishwashing more cumbersome than usual
- people here leave out articles, for example 'I need to go to the hospital' becomes 'I need to go to hospital'
- my house reeks of curry and when I leave the house I can smell it on my clothes (blech)
2. People like to say cool (coo') A LOT
3. There are no dried beans in the grocery stores (or not the 3 that I have checked)
4. Cookies are called biscuits and come in strange varieties, like chocolate wheat
5. Tire is spelled tyre
6. Super markets have large sections of dog food rolls (think jimmy dean or gimme lean breakfast sausage)
7. There is no central heating, heat pumps are prevalent, but they aren't like the heat pumps in the south, usually just a unit in the main part of the house
8. There are a lot of americans here, A LOT
9. The only native mammals are bats (not kidding, check it out)
10. It is beautiful here!
this list is bound to get much larger, I can already think of at least five more off the top of my head. Instead of add them, I am going to post a pic of Lake Pukaki, a glacial lake from our weekend adventure
Thursday, May 17, 2007
We are now a little more settled here in NZ (they say that n, zed). After buying our car last week we were able to find a suitable place to live, in Lincoln, just a mile away from blue's school. It is a sleepy little town, but has everything you need (not everything you want). There is a post office, a butcher, a hardware store, a grocery store, 2-3 hair salons, 2 cafes, a library, a gas station, oh, and lawn bowling. I don't think we will stay here for the entirety of our visit. But in order to for us to be able to afford higher rent/the commute, I will need to be employed/bringing in some bacon.
We haven't gotten the chance to take a lot of photos yet, but the one above is our little car and the port hills to our east in the background.
It is really beautiful here. We live in a very flat, agricultural part of the country. There are lots of sheep, deer, horses, and crops to be seen, all divided by beautiful hedgerows. I will put up some pics of our place and some of the local sites on flickr for your viewing pleasure.
We also have a phone and the internet now so I should be better at staying connected with everyone back home... hopefully. :D
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
There are lots of cute things going on here in NZ, like instead of expiration date, people and forms say expiry date (I have heard that they are keen on shortening words and adding a y to the end...). Also there are a few new (to me) coffee drinks available, long black and flat white. The long black is pretty good and just a larger, slightly weaker espresso drink (although if you are in a hurry, the short black is better suited). The flat white... I have no idea sounds to me like some sort of cafe au lait though. Also you pretty much have to pay for absolutely everything, especially in the hotel we are staying in. Oh, except for the shuttle, a bus that runs a strip in the downtown area and is free, hurray!
Driving (or for me - riding) on the opposite side of the road is also an adventure. The hardest part to grasp is when you are turning left (which would be like turning right in the US) you have to yield to oncoming traffic turning right (that is the opposite of what the rule is in the US). Also crossing streets while walking has proven a little more difficult (or maybe stressful is a better term), I haven't figured out what part of the street to look for traffic heading my way, I just look a lot on in both directions to make sure nobody is going to hit me.
Yeah, things are a little backwards down here near middle earth, but with a little more time and a little more sleep, I think we will be just fine.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
One of the major loose ends that I have successfully tied up is finishing my thesis. Hurray I am a Master, a master of science!!! I am still working on formatting changes, which is a task I would not wish on anyone. There are so many little nit picky things that are a huge pain, mostly because word is stupid. But I hope to send in my last version tomorrow (but it probably still won't be right and they will send it back to me again...).
My mom also came down with pneumonia this week so I have been playing nurse and errand runner for her. She is finally feeling good enough to get out of bed today, she had quite a few rough days at the beginning of the week, poor mom. I was pretty relieved when her fever finally broke.
So, yeah, this week has been busy and stressful which is why all of my resent posts are just little blurbs. And I will most likely be really busy packing and settling into NZ for the next few weeks. However, I will have lots of time on the plane to knit :D Today was the first warm day all week so mom, kitty and I sat outside and watched the chipmunks.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
The arrival of loons is a sign that spring is finally arriving in the northwoods. Pretty soon there will be trilliums scattering the forest floor and spring bulbs popping up around the yard! We get the warmth and color a little later here than most places, but that makes it all the better when it finally gets here!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
I am loving the artful yarns sock yarn I am currently making Roza's socks out of. I have one sock done and I am half done with the leg of the other sock.
The rest of the yarn is from the herrschner's retail store that I stopped at a few weeks ago and couldn't resist some of the bargain prices (I went in for the orange wool, came out with lots of sale yarn). But it was a nice bounty for $18.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
The question is, then, did she mean wench, as in a pirate wench???
There have been a few stolen wenches from Departmental trucks
in the parking lot within the past couple of days. Please
be aware and keep your vehicles locked! You may want to
write your serial numbers down from your wenches, etc.,
because the police will need this information if you do
have something stolen.
Do wenches really come with serial numbers? At any rate, the pirates that have been stealing the wenches were probably just trying to retrieve what was rightfully theirs to begin with. I'm sure glad the local police are on the case of the stolen wenches. And how many wenches does the department have? I've never seen any around the building, maybe they just hide out in the trucks...
Or maybe she meant winch, as in that sweet device that rednecks put on their trucks in case they get stuck.
*this post was not intended to offend pirates, pirate wenches,
or rednecks who dig their sweet winches.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
After itunes recommended a Martin Scorsese presents the blues album, I looked at the online library catalogue to see if I could check it out. Turns out there is a book and a movie to go along with the cd(s). So I put them on my request list along with a few other items (including more bob dylan, and a paul newman vhs). I went to go pick up said items today and found that some new movies had come in so I got transamerica and madhot ballroom as well. I hope I can get great stuff like this in New Zealand (I hear that books are really expensive there and that there library systems are good...).
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I haven't decided if I will gift it or squirrel it away in my stash for my own future munchkin.
Friday, March 16, 2007
I had to make some adjustments to the sock pattern, the heel flap was written to be a stockinette flap and I wanted it to look better than that so I did the more common, k1, s1 and then purl on the wrong side. That probably has a name, but I don't know it. Also, if I ever made these again I would use a size smaller needle on the cuff (size 1 instead of 3) because the larger needle gauge seems like it makes it more likely to make a droopy sock top - nobody likes droopy sock tops. The rest of the sock is knit with a size 2 which makes it a quick(er) knit.
I think the yarn was this stuff from knit picks. I specifically chose this for my bro so he wouldn't have to worry about any hand washing.
Next up on the knitting list, a something green, and possibly something else brown... yeah yeah, I know I have an issue.