Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This morning.

Burma Road is a gravel road up the side of a hill that sits between my house and work. I use to drive it all the time when my parents lived on campus. It's height is just over half a mile or 1051 feet. It's a road that I should not have taken this morning because 1. An Uncle and his friend drove off the road a few years ago, killing them both and 2. My car isn't made for uphill gravel roads.

It's a steep hill. With my camera in the back seat and the morning fog moving quickly away, I headed up the hill stopping at corners to get out and take some shots. I breathed a sigh of relief when I got to the top. I put the car in park and applied the hand break. Just as I was about to step out of the car, she started to roll backwards. Lucky for me there was a short barrier rail that stopped the car from going over the side of the hill, which would have ultimately sent me on a one-way trip to Jesus.

A bonus to not dying, I got some picturesque shots!

Won't be driving up or down Burma Rd ever again.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pretty exhausted.

Birthday week last week was uneventful. Exhausted from work and sick from the change of seasons, I spent most of the day in bed sleeping it off. I had to get up and go to work .. both works. I tried to get my Mum to work for me claiming birthday girls shouldn’t work on their birthdays, but she declined. I’ll remember her on the first of June. Hubs and I had cake that we bought from the supermarket and she made me sing happy birthday to her. She then made a wish and blew out my birthday candle and said, “Well I hope my wish comes true. I want an iPad”.

It’s void when it’s not your birthday.
I didn’t see our boy till Saturday. He had a great birthday.

Leaving work this morning.
Fall is coming.

The babies.
Indy will be 1 at the end of the month. She is not quite walking, but our Stiddy boy is a professional at it, which is funny because when they were born my brother vowed Indy would walk first.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Happy Birthday

He would have been 58.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Life lately.

I thought I knew what busy was. This is not the case. I’ve been living the good life up until work took over all. I can barely find time for Hubs during the week because of work and sleep. It sucks very much that she is at the butt end of my time, but I try make up for it in the weekend. For instance, we went mug shopping on Saturday. See? Time well spent. She got a flamingo mug for her winter milos. 

I officially have 3 jobs. It’s a little bit of a nightmare trying to find time for sleep. My 4th unofficial job is to babysit the boy while his mother works. Of course it’s unpaid, but I love that boy enough to do it half asleep. Daycare is an expensive thing 5-days a week. He maxes out at 2-days a week. 

Tuesday’s and Fridays are my days of reprieve. This is when Hubs doesn’t have afternoon activities to attend.

All would be well if my main job was 9-5. Alas, it’s 12-8am. 

Not complaining at all. I actually like the job. 

I usually hate school holidays .. but I am very much so looking forward to Easter in 5 weeks and the term holidays a week later.

Today I knocked off work at 8am. Had the baby boy until 1pm. Slept until 4pm. Had parent teacher interviews at 5.15pm. Then job 2 at 6pm. Tyler took Hub's to Jiujitsu this afternoon .. left her there and wasn't there on time when they finished. You're supposed to stay there with your child during the 45 minute training session. Tyler's absence left my child is hysterics. She didn't know my number to ring when other mothers asked if she was OK.

Tyler had one job.

It's bedtime.

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Weeknd - I earned it.

We've been sitting on beach chairs for two weeks. I bought a new couch a few weeks ago and it had been sitting in the store warehouse in Napier for a week, unclaimed. It done all sorts of damage to my back sitting on a beach chair. We stopped watching TV for a week because the seating arrangements in there weren't ideal to lounge.

They finally delivered it today and it's all fantastic again in the lounge. I opted for a biggun this time because if you've ever witnessed the boy trying to pull Hubs from the couch when shes laying next to me, it's a bit of a brutal fight from the 11 month old, who gets pretty angry about her being so close to me. Well it's good news, we can all fit on the couch quite comfortably.

My weekend started this morning when I came off shift at 8am. Need to update the canvases on my wall so we did this this afternoon.
The sun's in my eyes.
It's hot.
Hurry up.
I can feel bugs on my feet.
My eyes are burning.
There's prickles. 
I'm going blind.
Child, shut up.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


She needed something more than basketball. After seeing a cousin post a question about Brazillian Jiu-jitsu a few weeks ago, for his daughter, I asked him how it went for her. He said they didn't make it through the door. She flat out refused. So I schemed a plan and told Hub's that Asha was doing it and he told Asha that Hub's was doing it.

It was a match made in Brazillian heaven.

It's pretty amazing and if anything, it's a good way to burn off some energy.

Pretty cut about the quality of the photos. I haven't carried my camera around with me for a while and I relied on the phone camera photos of others and they had Samsungs ... enough said.

We need more of our own in there. Sitting waiting for it to begin today more far-now showed up to trial their child. So that's three for Bridge Pa so far.

It's bedtime.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Valentines Day.

Killy asked Tyler.
Tyler said yes.

... about time.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

According to the iPhone

Life is suddenly busy. If work had better WiFi, I'd be blogging from there during my downtime. I have adjusted to daytime sleeping and night time working. The weekends are hell because I have to force myself to stay awake for Hubs during the day only to do it all over again come Sunday night. She has not adjusted, but Shaily coming home soon will be a huge help for her sanity. To add to that, the boy comes every other day and I have to be tired babysitter too. The Livians moving away, right now, is unappreciated because of the lack of helpful options!

The one thing I do like about the job, and there are many things I like about it, is that I get school holidays off. This is what I thought of all during the summer holidays. I needed a job that allowed me to be with Hubs during the holidays.

One night at sunset.

Video chats with Avi. You can still teach her bad habits with the distance between us.
"Ewwwww Avi"

Woke up one morning to a hand made garden and streamers on all doors off the hallway. This is what happens when you sleep and your child is awake.

Looking through Aunty Hub's undies drawer.

Mischief Boy.

.. and then these.

Hard to believe he'll be one next month!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A post ...

My Mum was a little against me working where I'm working. She thinks my brain could be put to better use than what the job had to offer. My brain needed a break. I'm two weeks into it and I'm enjoying it. I would rather 'this goes there and that goes here' for 8 hours, instead of think.

My sleep is all to hell. I'll adjust.

Our boy is walking.

He starts Day Care next week.
I'm a little beside myself about it.
He's gonna scream .....

Monday, January 29, 2018


We're five weeks into the year. One of my to-dos for the year was to find more work, enough to enjoy a little bit of luxury now and again. As you do, I hadn't involved God in the plan .. I only ever ask of him when I'm in dire need. Asking for employment didn't seem like a God question, so I just didn't do it.

My Mum did though and I have her earnest communications with the powers that be to thank for getting a job last week that, with work at Hub's school too, will take me out of the 'just comfortable' zone and into the 'you can go to the movies this week AND get a bucket of popcorn' zone.

I'll tell you what .. being a widow with a minion changes your perspective on things. At one point during Larry's Hollywood Studio days, combined with his online school business, we had an income of over 300k per annum - USD. It wasn't much in Southern California where rent costs you your first born and then some. We also had an ongoing battle with vehicles and the Mojave desert heat. I have nothing to show for from other than a bunch of memorial hotel visits around SoCal and a perfume habit.

Memories = money well spent. Half a million dineros on memories in a matter of 10 years is pretty inexpensive if you ask me.

So I started work last Thursday. I've worked with them before and they're good people. Originally the job was for 12am-8am. This threw a spanner into the works where Hub's is concerned, but the boss man has a lot of empathy for families and is trying to sort a 10am-4pm shift. Until then .. I'll be a vampire by night and asleep by day.

Tried not to let things ruin my buzz for the month, but of course something always does.
Don't rain on my parade bruh, things are looking up for me.
Let me have it.

Do not weary by the way, whatever be thy lot. There awaits a brighter day, To all, to all who weary not.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Weary not.

If the way be full of trial, weary not.
If it's one of sore denial, weary not.
If it now be one of weeping, 
there will come a joyous greeting
When the harvest we are reaping, weary not.

Do not weary by the way, whatever be thy lot.
There awaits a brighter day,
To all, to all who weary not.

If the way be one of sorrow, weary not.
Happiness will be the morrow, weary not.
Here we suffer tribulation,
Here we must endure temptation,
But there'll come a great salvation, weary not.

Do not weary by the way, whatever be thy lot.
There awaits a brighter day,
To all, to all who weary not.

If misfortune overtake us, weary not.
Jesus never will forsake us, weary not.
He will leave us never, never
From his love there's naught can sever
Glory to the Lamb forever, weary not!

Do not weary by the way, whatever be thy lot.
There awaits a brighter day,
To all, to all who weary not.

I don't know about you, but this song just slayed my life. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Upcoming menaces.

Today was not as hot as yesterday, but tomorrow is going to be hotter than today and yesterday.
Summer heat is exhausting.

Mum! Should I cover his bags so you don't see them in the photo?
Yes. Yes you should.

Binnyz outside bath.

These two will share lollypops when they're older.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Go away summer.

It's been unbearably hot the last few days. We maxed out at 35°c yesterday. It was not pretty. Today was no better and today was the sabbath. The air conditioning was on in the chapel, but that didn't do diddly squat because the ward before us had all the doors open. Add to that my calling in the primary. All those kids were horrible in this heat and there were only 12 of them there out of the normal 40 ... so when I see Mothers sitting on the couches in the lobby on a hot day when they could be in sharing time taming their damn kids ... it makes me think things that may have me disfellowshipped as a Latter Day Saint, but for real .. get off your asses and into classes.

Mate .. I've just created the ward theme for the year.
There you go Bishop.

Add to all of that, having a tired baby during the first two hours. He was a bit of a nightmare today.

I do not like summer. I have never liked summer. You sweat in places that just makes things awkward.

It's just too hot.