Just me

Posts about me, my family and friends (yes I have some), Seymour the Wonder Cat and his not-so-trusty sidekick Norman the Newbie Cat and life in general, both online and offline

Upated: Home invaders (and men are idiots)

Upated: Home invaders (and men are idiots)

The discovery of some unexpected visitors in our home this week was a bit of a shock. After hearing a sort of dripping sound in the bathroom for a while now, I was wondering if either there was something leaking inside the wall (a potential nightmare after the sneaky ceiling leak we had in the same room earlier last year that took a couple of weeks to track down), or that we possibly had...

Read more »

Bye for now

I’m on holiday until the 19th so am off to Aussie for a week or so. Hopefully it’ll be a tad warmer than it is here right now! And we’ll be back, of course, in time for the opening day of the whitebait season on the 15th.

Read more »

I do … in debt

I do … in debt

According to Quartz, the taste for ridiculously expensive weddings is nothing new, but I’m finding it hard to get my head around the average spend in 2013 of an eye-watering $29,548. I get that brides want their big day, but holy crap that’s a lot of dosh. That’s a deposit on a house, or a decent start on one. Or a honeymoon. Or a new car. Quartz, says that figure represents 49 per cent...

Read more »

A night at the theatre, with chunks

A night at the theatre, with chunks

Oh Jasmine, we’ve never officially met but I just wanted to say that I am glad we had the good sense to put some distance between you and us on Friday night. And I can’t help but wonder just how you are feeling today. Who is Jasmine, you may ask? And indeed, that is a good question. We went along to the 2 Degrees Comedy Convoy show (part of the NZ International Comedy Festival) on Friday night...

Read more »

It’s all over for another year

It’s all over for another year

Phew, that’s Christmas all done and dusted for another year. Hope everyone had a fun day doing whatever it is you like to do to mark the festive season 2013.

Read more »

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Read more »

Cohen 2013: the same but better

Cohen 2013: the same but better

Three years ago, I was lucky enough to see Leonard Cohen live in concert in Christchurch so when I bought tickets for this bonus return visit, I was expecting it to be something of a carbon copy of that concert. And I was OK with that: the 2010 show was amazing and an experience I was more than ready to repeat. However, the biggest bonus about last night’s show was that while it was...

Read more »

Positive changes

I’m looking great, apparently. No, really: everyone keeps telling me how good I look at the moment. It’s lovely to hear it, and I suppose I probably do look a tad healthier than I did a year ago. And even better, I’ve managed to control my normally inbuilt sarcasm and have refrained from responding to the compliments with “so I look great now? As opposed to normally looking like shit?” Although, that’s probably because...

Read more »

tap-tap-tap … Is this thing on?

tap-tap-tap … Is this thing on?

I’ve been a bad, bad blogger, not posting here for months. I apologise for abandoning you (not that it’s likely anyone’s noticed) but – for a few months at least – life got in the way. It’s been an interesting old time, with my dodgy heart actually behaving like a not-so-dodgy heart and now it’s looking more likely that I won’t need the heart surgery that had been hanging over my head since last...

Read more »

Time on my hands

Time on my hands

There’s one side effect of having a dicky ticker I didn’t anticipate: time. You see, I used to work too many hours but when I got the diagnosis, I decided that I needed to take back control and stop working 60 or more hours a week. Now, I work a respectable 40 hours. Sometimes up to 45, but no more than that. And because of that, I actually have time on my hands:  I...

Read more »