Blogging In May

Some people are blogging every day for the month of May – ahem, Em – me? I’m only just barely making the cutoff for getting in ONE post this month! Why? Oh where to start. How about with 2 x 2600 word papers for uni? And how about a child-free, 3 night, 4 day trip to visit friends in Auckland? And how about coming home from Auckland, thinking both papers were FINISHED (something I was determined to do to enjoy the time away and not stress) only to find your final draft for the first one due DIDN’T.SAVE. There are not enough F-bombs in the world, let me just tell you.

Thanks to an incredibly understanding and generous teacher, as well as a trial of a data recovery software program and some more brain-straining, I can say that both papers are, again, FINISHED. What a weight off my shoulders. Now all I need to stress about get through are the two final exams in a few weeks time and on to next semester which will hopefully be more enjoyable and a bit easier.

So instead of making this a whiny post about how much sanity time has been sucked from my brain lately, I’m just going to share a few pics of our trip to NZ and ask this…WHY do Kiwis move to Australia in droves? NZ is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited, bro. Apologies for the pics being all over the place and not in order. I’m too lazy to rearrange them. Seriously. Also seriously, Xanax is some serious shit. It got me through 2 flights (which were incredibly smooth anyway) without incident, not even so much as one white knuckle, but I also barely remember anything from my travel days and I slept 12 hours after I got home (5:30pm-5:30am). I can’t believe people are allowed to take that shit every day.

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View toward Auckland from the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Gardens

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View to the east from the gardens

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Sitting area at Mudbrick brewery restaurant

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Friday afternoon drinks on our friends’ deck

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On the ferry headed towards Weiheke Island

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“I’m on a boat!”

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Chillin’ on beanbags in the back yard of Cable Bay brewery

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Keeping warm at Mudbrick brewery before dinner

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View back over Matarahui Bay from Mudbrick brewery

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Inside the restaurant at Mudbrick

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Morning from my friends’ deck. Such a peaceful place.

Linking up with Jess for IBOT because, well, it’s been way too long, and because it’s the best blogging community out there. And because I’m grateful I haven’t been kicked off TeamIBOT for not linking up for several weeks.

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Holiday Houses: The Pros & Cons

Do you get away often? We don’t. The last time we went “away” was in October, for 8 days to the South Island of NZ. You can read about that trip and see pics here and here. We jammed so much into those 8 days that it was exhausting and we needed a vacation to recover from our vacation. But we are always guilty of that. We try to see and do as much as we can when we go away, because who knows when you’ll get back to that spot and who likes to miss out on anything?

So when we started talking about a short, 4-night get away over the school holidays, my only requirements were that it was within driving distance, it was RIGHT on the beach, and there was not much to do around the place, so that I didn’t feel guilty for just relaxing.

While searching for accommodation in Hervey Bay, I came across a website with holiday rental houses. We had stayed in a house a few years ago in the Tweed River district that was fantastic, and everything I was looking for for this trip, but I wanted to go somewhere new. After making a phone call, I was disappointed to find out that they only did 7-night rentals over school holidays…UNLESS, the property was still available 3 weeks prior. So I hung up and crossed my fingers, hoping that when I called again in a few days the property would still be available, and it was!

Wednesday morning we loaded up the car and set off. I wish I had taken a picture of just how loaded the car was. See, the best thing about staying in a holiday house as opposed to a hotel, is that you have so much more space. You have a kitchen to cook in, a lounge to relax in, multiple rooms to spread out in and get your space if you need it…but the worst part is that you feel like you have to take absolutely EVERYTHING with you! Linen (unless you’ve found one that includes linen), pillows, towels, groceries – right down to the butter, tomato sauce, vegemite and sometimes even toilet paper! A tip for anyone heading off to a holiday rental house in the near future…the few things we didn’t think of were tupperware to bring home left over food, along with a cooler bag with ice blocks to keep refrigerated food cool, and paper towels.

All in all we had a fantastic time. My BFF from high school and her family joined us up there, and aside from a bout of food poisoning for her husband (LONG STORY!), we all had a nice time, but agreed maybe 5 month old Z was a bit too young for that kind of trip just yet.

I’d have loved a few more days, but who doesn’t say that when they come back from holidays? I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves so you get the complete picture of our relaxing trip away.

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Where do you go to relax? Have you stayed in a holiday house before? What did you forget to take? 

Linking up with the lovely and patient Essentially Jess for #IBOT, because it’s been too long between #IBOTs!

Things I Know: The Easter Edition

I know, everywhere you look, people have Easter-themed posts, and really, posting about it 4 days after easter has well and truly finished is like beating a dead horse.

BUT.

There’s some things I know about Easter that I wanted to share.

I know that Easter is about more than just chocolate. Yet consumers will spend approx $195M on eggs this year*.

I know that Easter (and Christmas) are excuses to eat whatever want and not feel guilty about it.

I know that I did not exercise over Easter. At all.

I know that my son has no idea why we have Easter, outside of the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs.

I *don’t* know how many, or if any, of my friends went to church for easter. I know we didn’t.

I know Easter is the most important holiday for Christians who believe Jesus was crucified, died, and ascended to heaven.

I know Easter, for most Aussies, is an excuse for a 4 day weekend and to spend time with family and friends.

I know that next Easter, I’d like to just go away for a holiday, and pretend there are no Easter eggs or hot cross buns in the supermarket.

I know these are some interesting articles on Easter, Eggs, Religion and Obesity.

* according to news.com.au

What do you know? About Easter or Otherwise? 

Linking up with Miss Cinders at Saturday Morning Ogre Mum for Things I Know Friday