Oct 06

Bad words

New Zealand breeds trusting people. I’m sure of it.

I know that bad things happen, but deep down i feel like things must always turn out OK. Especially for the good people. And surely there’s always something someone can do to make sure that at the end of the day, everyone is treated fairly – right?

Maybe I’ve been watching too much CSI or not reading the right newspapers. Or maybe no matter how many unfair stories I hear or how many times I watch The Edukators, I still have faith in the system. Or perhaps something just has to happen to me for things to really become clear.

Well, it has.

I can’t be bothered going into details, but

To the chinese canadian backstreet boy on rollerblades who looked me in the eyes when I was 5 months pregnant and said ‘sure, i’ll take over your account’ – fuck you.

To the Fido store staff who said ‘sorry ma’am, you need to do account transfers over the phone, we can’t do it in store.’ – fuck you.

To the Fido phone operator who assured me that the account had been transfered and that my credit card had been removed from the account – fuck you.

To the debt collector who said ‘you didn’t read your contract properly’ – fuck you.

Don’t worry, I won’t be paying Fido one cent. As it so happens, they still owe me $100 and I’m going to make sure I get that back.

Today has been shit. I know that shit happens and shit happens a lot worse than this and I have my beautiful little family who are safe and healthy and a wonderful man who brings me flowers to remind me that the world is beautiful, but I wasted far too much energy today on being sad.

Tomorrow is a new day.

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Aug 12

being sick

I’ve been disgustingly sick over the past 4 days. It’s the first time I’ve been proper sick since Mika was born and woah does life get tough when a mama is sick.

On Wednesday morning after a night of fever, sweats, headache and body ache, Ivan gently woke me up: ‘I’m leaving for work now love.’ And I freaked out. I could barely stand to walk to the toilet, how was I meant to care for our baby girl? I lost all sense of maturity and pretty much just started crying. He told me to go back to sleep and he’d sort something out. I woke again a few hours later and crept into the dining room to find him hard at work with his computer from work set up on the kitchen table. Mika was happily playing on her playmat by his feet. I went back to sleep, feeling like the luckiest sick mama ever.

Being sick is so rotten.

But it does mean that in-between sleeping and hot lemons I get to watch some pretty rad television. Ivan and I just watched the first episode of this: (Highly recommend it)

Eat lots of garlic and stay healthy!

Dec 20

christmas gifts.

What sort of Christmas presents do you buy for your loved ones?  Do you buy them practical, thoughtful things they might actually need (but haven’t/can’t/don’t buy for themselves)?  Or do you go in search of something that they would never expect?  Or do you make homemade gifts of no use?  Or practical homemade gifts that they could use?

From what I can see, Christmas has really become a time for buying people something. Not for the sake of them needing or wanting something, but for the sake of finding something worth buying and then giving it to them for the sake of Christmas.

In a time when there is so much talk about consumerism and debt in our society, I struggle to understand why anyone would buy anything for someone unless it was somehow practical or useful to them in some way.   Surely a perfect gift to receive is something that you would buy for yourself, but just can’t justify the spend.  Hence someone knowing you well enough to surprise you with such a desired luxury is the best gift ever?  I dunno.

But I have put together a small list of some very (in my opinion) practical gifts in no particular order that would be useful to almost anyone.

  1. Food.  Not basic items like flour and sugar, but perhaps more gourmet or organic or specialty foods that are really nice to have but that wouldn’t often make someone’s weekly shopping list.
  2. Bill Payments.  Kind of strange, but think about how nice it would be to know that your rent is covered for next week?  Or that your internet or phone bill has been paid for next month?  It oozes with practicality, but in all seriousness it would be pretty cool.
  3. Health spas.  Massages, beauty treatments, hair cuts, manicures.  So these definitely fall in the ‘nice-to-have’ section of practical but this is exactly the kind of practical gift that is so incredible to receive.  The sort of thing that you can’t list as a priority when money is tight, but makes you feel so incredible afterwards.
  4. Books.  One can never have enough books.  Again, the reason that books make my list is because books are something that I could continue to buy forever and ever until my money ran out.  So if you bought me a book, it would never be a ‘oh you shouldn’t have’ gift.  Last year one of my best friends gave me pretty much the best present ever:  12 wrapped-up books – one to open for every month of the year.  It was possibly the most satisfying, thoughtful and enjoyable gift I have ever received.  (And I got to enjoy it over again EVERY month of this year!)
  5. Towels/sheets.  How can you ever justify spending that extra money on Egyptian Cotton sheets or luxurious bath towels? You can’t really.  And you also can’t ever have too many.  Hence why they make an incredibly thoughtful gift.

A small list, I know.  Any other ideas or thoughts?

Nov 10

wifi in auckland sucks

finding amazing coffee easily

  • Vancouver: 0
  • Auckland: 1

finding free wifi in cafes easily

  • Vancouver: 1
  • Auckland: 0

yesterday we went to roasted addiction in kingsland because we heard they had free wifi.  well, they do.  BUT it’s 20MB of wifi with each purchase.  20MB last about an hour.  not cool auckland, not cool.