Thursday, April 28, 2011

Shoes, shoes and more shoes!!

Last winter after having a scarf fetish, my fears were what will be my new fetish this winter? As I'm moving into summer (yippee double summer!!) I haven't wanted to mentally approach what it will be. But as I can see the light at the end of the tunnel in the weeks leading up to my departure, I can now reveal that it's going to be shoes. Boots, boots and more boots! I am such a stinge with my money that anything over $50 has to be of high quality and basically not an item of clothing! In the last month, I have bought two pairs of shoes, one was $60 (total bargain, they were $189 initially, down to $120, she gave me 20% off, then the inside of the soles were slightly different so I got it down to $60!!!) 

The other which will make their debut appearance tomorrow night, were $170 down to $116! The second pair were a lot more out of my price range, but I had seen them and kept on thinking and thinking about them so I caved! 

And thirdly, I got given a beautiful pair of shoes that I had seen on someone else, they are totally amazing and gorgeous! Blue metallic (HIGH) wedge shoes, really hard to describe but they are the kind of pair you can drool over and justify never having to wear because they look too nice!

I wore them to a 21st, dreading the pain of not being able to walk the next day, but after a few wines they were a breeze to walk in and my hips and feet were fine the next morning! (apart from when I was walking up my driveway, slipped a little and rolled my ankle :S All was fine tho!) I can't wait to get to London to see how amazing the shopping is!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter weekend treats!

During my four days off, I decided to indulge in a little baking...

Delicious coffee gateau, slightly adjusted as the cake sunk in the middle so I couldn't cut it to fill it! So amazingly delicious though!

Scrumptious banana and rhubarb wee tiny muffins! I got this recipe online, doubled it and it made approx 42 muffins! So moist and flavoursome, I loved the sourness of the rhubarb coming through the four bananas that I put in. This was also adapted a tiny bit to make it dairy free, I just substituted the milk for bananas and butter for oil.

The most delicious brownie ever! Mum found this recipe in a food magazine, it's from a cafe in Dunedin. I put Whittakers dark almond chocolate in and skipped out the berries and it turned out perfectly! 

I even got a little creative with the decorating!

Friday, April 22, 2011

 "Raindrops keep fallin' on my head

But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red
Cryin's not for me
'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin'
Because I'm free
Nothin's worryin' me"

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Emotional Bus Ride

So after work we went out for a few drinks. I left to get the bus home which was fine. The bus had just gotten on the motorway so I was drifting in and out of awareness whilst staring at the beautiful Petone across the harbour. I looked up at the screen (I was on the airport bus, the flyer) and saw all the departure and arrival times at Wellington airport. Then it all hit to close to home and my eyes started welling up with tears! It was pretty pretty lame! I haven't cried about leaving so far, but I then started thinking about how much I'm going to miss my dog and how I can't take her to the airport with me. And then how much I'm going to miss my parents and sisters, then grandparents, then friends! A few tears escaped and as they were rolling down my flushed cheeks, I calmly recomposed myself and the rest of the journey was very nice, apart from some drunk guy on the bus!

It's going to be a messy few weeks; leaving the wonderful children, parents and teachers at my work, saying final goodbyes to friends, then that dreaded last day in New Zealand. I'm actually regretting getting the flight deal that I got in the end as I don't fly out of Wellington until 8.30pm! It's going to be one long day!!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

14 things..

I have got 5 weeks and 3 days left in New Zealand.
I have got a million and one things to do before I leave. Well really only 14 that I can think of right now!

1. Ride the crocodile bikes around Oriental Bay. This is a must.
2. Finally make the ring with a keyboard letter N on it. I just need super glue.
3. Mentally prepare for life with out my Mum and Dad. It's going to be tough.
4. Say goodbye to family members; old and young; alive and dead.
5. Do one last painting before I leave. I have had a canvas for 5 years that's massive and needs painting.
6. Sort out which clothes are going to sisters, friends, salvation army shop.
7. Say goodbye to all the beautiful children and parents at my work. This will also be tough.
8. Save another $1000. At least.
9. Walk in the graduation parade. Exciting!
10. Have my 21st with friends. Also a leaving party.
11. Have another 21st with my family. Another leaving party.
12. Take in as much of this wonderful country that I can.
13. Decide which are nervous and excited feelings! And cancel the nervous ones out with exciting ones!
14.Lastly, I need to pack my (nearly) 21 years into a suit case and day pack.