Thursday, April 2, 2020

Lockdown Day 7

For someone who use to self-isolate by choice before the lockdown, I’m going a little stir crazy.

I miss my family the most. I miss the ease of going to town to the supermarket or the freedom of just going somewhere for a drive.

Every 2-3 days we meet up at my Mums to not practise social distancing.

Shots from the last 7.
Kia kaha Internets!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


I decided to isolate at home. Just Hub's and I.
It's a scary time. Sometimes I think we're over dramatizing the seriousness of it, but then I read and see videos about Italy and Spain.

Just something to remember before we go into Day 1.
Not everything you read online is true.
People are scared and hyperfying everything.

30 days without my family.
30 days without my Boy.

Kia Kaha Aotearoa!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Ish got real today.

With all the woes in the world at the moment, I took the time to appreciate what I’ve been taught my whole life about being prepared. You go into your food prep blindly, but with the trust that what they’ve been teaching us for years and years is all for a purpose.

New Zealand has joined the world in self-isolating. Work will be shut down in 48 hours and a new life for NZ will begin on Wednesday. 

My house is prepared. My family are prepared. I have been harping on about the importance of having a food storage at work for two years and it has rubbed off on my co-workers, who are also prepared to some degree.

I take comfort in knowing that whatever happens, Heavenly Father will not fail us.
Shots from lately ...
48-hours til self-isolation begins.
I just bought two bottles of ketchup from the gas station for $12.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Happy Birthday.

I'd never forget the 6th of March.
You would have been 60 today.
Miss you all the time.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The restructure

After a lengthy process for our work restructure, it was over yesterday. Last week in particular was one of the hardest for a variety of reasons here at work and I don’t think I’d ever needed God so much. I unknowingly passed my stress and worry on to Hubs who also felt the pull.

I reapplied for my job, which has had a major job description overhaul. My confidence in being successful was 1% because of events that led up to that day. Everyone was interviewed on Thursday & Friday. I prepared myself over the week, but I wasn’t going to fight for the job. I was the last interview of the day on Friday. It  was a 45 minute interview. Others had 10 minute interviews.

Now I’m not blowing smoke out of my own butt, but I know I’m too talented for this place and the three panelists knew this too. By Saturday I was over feeling ill about it all and had a wedding to shoot. I forgot about it for that day. By Sunday I was ready to walk away from my work place.

My application was successful, but we have lost two of our co-workers in the process. I know I interviewed well. I went in there to show them why I had already earned my job, not to beg for it.

Photos from the wedding shoot.
The bride is Tyler’s best friend. 
They were each others Maid of Honor. 
... but isn’t that page boy the most handsome ever!?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Unload.

Work: Due to a restructure, we all have to apply for our jobs again. My position has been “disestablished” and will merge with another job. Not happy about it, but 70% confident that I’ll get the position I apply for. Some of my co workers will not have jobs because of a severe decline in student roll. This is sad, but necessary. 

Church: Getting more proactive about church. I’ve been staying for both hours and thanks to a piano playing missionary currently in the ward, I have been able to sit with my family in the congregation and enjoy sacrament meeting instead of freaking out about the next song. It’s a safe place to be right now with the world in a little bit of a state.

Family: Kids are all healthy and happy. Hubs has her first class camp on Monday and enjoyed it mucho. It’s about the 5th time she’s been away from me for the night and I took advantage of it this time and put my feet up and completely veged out. Usually I have one of my nieces stay over to keep me company, but I braved it this time with Netflix and Vampire Diaries. As a family we started a new tradition this year to always have lunch together after church. Rome stopped me on the road one week walking home with her mates and asked me what was for lunch that Sunday. Sunday’s lunches are a success for this reason.

Tyler is growing a girl. Our Stiddy is going to be shorter than his sister because of genetics. I hope he is taller than me. He already has short man syndrome, but he’s the best. 

Nga mihi

Monday, January 27, 2020

Last week of refuge

It’s going to be a killer hot day next Monday. That’s the day we check the returning students back into the Hostel. It’s going to be gross.

The pool has come in handy now summer finally decided to show her face. Most of December was dull and cool, but it’s pay back time and shes coming with 34 degree temps.
Let me take time to give props to Kobe Bryant. I’ve never been open about liking basketball. My fellow Saints, here particularly in Hawke’s Bay, made the sport ugly since High School, but if I had a favorite.. it was Kobe.