June 15 2008.
It was just a week before I was due to fly home from London. Knowing that there was only the slightest chance that Craig would get sponsored and we could move back to London.
I left knowing that the next time I would be there would be to pack up and move back to New Zealand.
June 15 2009
I posted this photo with tears in my eyes. I meant it. Dear Universe, I know I have lost.
I was giving up, letting go, sick of yearning for a city thousands of miles away. All it was doing was making my life like marking time. I was resolving to stop living that way*.
I knew that if it was meant to be, it would be. I was giving up to the Universe but not giving up on the Universe.
June 15 2011
I received confirmation I was to become an Irish Citizen.
No, not really. The letter arrived on the 3rd of June. But wouldn’t it have been great if it had been the 15th?
The Universe works in perfect synchrony sometimes.
* And we did! We travelled to Japan, to Hawaii, we moved into the city.
You may have noticed one or two (or uh … 25) of my old posts show up in the RSS feed.
See, I found 50 or so posts which are ‘uncategorised’ and I just can’t stand that. It bugs me inordinately. Thank you anal-retentive obsessive-compulsive tendencies*.
I’ve been categorising them. I did not realise they were republishing until i had edited … quite a few.
Unfortunately I … haven’t quite finished. So you might see some more. I’m sorry.
I’ll space them out now that I know its either feast or famine. I hope the old posts don’t bother y’all too much.
* tendencies. Not disorder. Please do not think I am making light of people with OCD. Wavering along the line myself I know how lucky I am.
Two days ago I had no idea who Mayer Hawthorne was. Now? I have a serious crush.
Not just because he is adorable, and tall – I do like my men tall – but because the man can sing. And his songs are damn catchy.
I found out he was coming to New Zealand. He was playing the very next night.
I clicked around frantically but stopped myself when I found the tickets were ever so slightly under $60. A bit much to pay for an artist I’ve only just discovered. Especially so close to Europe.
I started following him on Twitter. And Instagram. Then, just a couple of hours later, he posted a competition giving away two tickets to his show. All we had to do was give him the common name for Apteryx Mantelli.
(it’s the North Island Brown Kiwi, thanks google!)
That’s how, at 10pm on a school night, my crush on Mayer Hawthorne was solidified. He gives good show. Damn good show.
Craig even said he would ‘not be too upset if his songs made it on to the playlist’. As if he ever has any real choice in the matter. Adorable.
This weekend was over in a flash.
On Friday we drove the 7 hours from Wellington to Ohope. On Saturday we spent three hours at the beach and seven hours at a wedding. On Sunday we drove the 7 hours from Ohope to Wellington.
We are road weary, sun burned, as tired as anything, but so happy for Rose and Andrew.
There are some good things that come from this Paleo diet. Besides weight loss and not feeling disgusting after meals. But sometimes you come up with delicious treats that you can share with your friends who are gluten free, or have chronic fatigue syndrome, or who have recently found out that they are allergic to PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING. And these? these are so good that I will probably make them on and off for years. They are so good I would eat them if I did not care about gluten or grains or dairy or anything else. They are so good I emailed them to all my people before I even perfected the recipe.
Because I kind of did make this recipe up. Not from scratch, it is sort of an amalgam of three or four different recipes, and a bit of trial and error on my part. But you should try them! They are delicious.
Raw Cacao Macaroons
1/2 cup raw cacao powder 1/4 cup coconut oil 2tbsp organic maple syrup 2tbsp organic agave nectar dash of organic vanilla essence pinch of sea salt Desiccated coconut
Combine all the ingredients. Add enough coconut to make a mixture that sticks together. I made a double batch and used about 100g of coconut. Next time I would probably even up the coconut content.
Roll into balls, lay on greaseproof paper, and refrigerate.
If the balls are a little melty (coconut oil is VERY MELTY), don’t panic like I did the first time. It’ll harden back up in the fridge!
Sunday It was grey and humid and had rained the day before, but we gathered for a picnic anyway and it was rather lovely.
Monday SuperBowl Sunday in the USA and a holiday Monday in NZ lined up so we spent FOUR HOURS pretending we knew what was going on with American Football. At the beginning I picked The Giants as my team. So pleased when they won.
Tuesday At our tattoo studio we can either walk up three flights of stairs or take a terrifyingly ancient lift. (Craig was having a tattoo consultation, not my turn this time)
Wednesday Oh the walk along the waterfront is rather beautiful at times. Even something as utilitarian as the bridge over the lagoon.
Thursday Abstract, yes. Storeys of stairs in the Beehive.
Friday Office detail. Beautiful protector, I believe. Foo dog? Shishi? I am not sure, but he is lovely.
Saturday Making raw macaroons AND art directing my lovely husband. (I get so frustrated, he doesn’t see things as I do, I can’t understand it.) (in short? I am horrible, he is lovely)