28 December 2017

counting down to the New Year

It's that time again where I try to sort and organise my whole being in preparation for - what in my head is - going back to square one and starting over. Not a secret that I'm a big fan of new years and all it brings: a certain calm about letting go of all that has shaped me the past 365 or so days, a time for reflection and giving thanks, and a fresh wave of energy to ideally give me a good start on the goals I've set for the coming year.

This lasts me until maybe mid-February lol.

2018 should be a good year, though. It has the number 8 on it for starters.

Here's to hoping it's a good year for my writing and photography as well. ;)

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23 November 2017

NZSS 2017 : Matching Day!

Today is the day! ... Well, one of the days but you know what I mean. Later today, our NZSS dashboards will update with the name of our giftee and it will be sleuthing time!!! Trying to figure out what to gift someone is my favourite part. :)

Admittedly, I've been terrible the past couple of years because I'm not very good at decision-making and it took me a looong time to come up with gift ideas. I ended up sending "pre-gifts" while I finalise their real presents and I feel like it kinda took away some of the excitement. This shouldn't happen this year, ideally, because we have a little over two weeks to send our presents to the Storehouse! *fingers crossed

I am assuming that everyone knows what New Zealand Secret Santa is and how it works but in case anyone would like to know more about the whole thing, just click through here. :)

So anyway, the Elves are trying to distract us Santees with shiny Twitter games so we don't cause too much trouble from getting impatient lol and to help who we match with get a better understanding of our likes and dislikes and overall personalities, I guess.

(I've just refreshed the dashboard and no match yet so here we go)

(I'm answering here because I'm a bit talk-y so this won't fit on Twitter and I don't think anyone else other than my Santa would want to read this anyway)

(Just refreshed again and still no go, let's do this)

19 November 2017

Kids Day Out

After two weeks of being quarantined, we finally set Blu out into the world again and what a perfectly cheery and beautiful weekend to do so.

Mataura Plunket held an event for fundraising at Hamilton Park in Gore. We drove up to meet up with friends and had an absolute blast! Can't go wrong with train rides, bouncy houses, Mr. Whippy, and all the open spaces and playground things for the kiddies.

First "Monday" after a while tomorrow and seems like it's going to be a busy week (which probably would be the case in this remaining weeks of 2017 tbh) so bracing ourselves for the inevitable highs and lows that the lead up to the silly season brings.

Hope everyone had a great weekend, too!

P.S. Have been trying to deal with this story-telling dilemma for quite some time now. This video compilation stuff just might work? Guess we'll see. :)

22 July 2017

as of late : our screens this month

Just more lazy blogging to document a little bit about us and what we're currently into 'round these times :)

Game of Thrones, Season 7
The Blacklist, Seasons 1-4
Transformers Rescue Bots, Season 1
Sense8, Season 1
The Blacklist Redemption, Season 1
Dinotrux (Seasons 1-2)
Suits, Season 7
Simon’s Cat - Crunch Time

as of late : in desktop wallpapers

January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
June 2017

The first half of this year has been pretty quiet and crazy hectic at the same time. I'm not even sure how that can be possible but it is what it is, and I'm just glad that the boys (even with their valid hesitations) and I are here for the ride. :) Not even hoping to get this blog up to date anytime soon but I'll try to add some bits here and there when I can.

Blu is starting primary school in six weeks. HOLD ME INTERNET

21 December 2016

New Zealand Secret Santa 2016

It's our fifth year playing this year; it did not disappoint!

Blu and Millie : NZSS 2015

Blu and Millie : NZSS 2016
We waited the whole morning for rural post to drive in, as he usually does, then thought he might have been too busy today due to Christmas presents influx so we went ahead and trekked to our mailbox. Wanted to enjoy every little bit of this sunny weather, too, anyway!

Sweet handwritten message in the card gave me such warm fuzzies! We also received a Photo a Day journal, a sweet blue bracelet with tassel and shell detail (profit went to charity!), and Whittakers chocolates to share with my boys.

I'm taking this as a sign from the Universe to take, and document!, more photos. ;)

Many thanks again to our #nzsecretsanta and the lovely NZ Post Secret Santa Elves! Xx