Ostensibly the final week of 2009 as darling little 2010 begins on a Friday.
Confusion with a parcel from the UK. My darling Kat had posted it just after my birthday but the Royal Mail held on to it for so damn long that, combined with her packing material of tinsel and cupcake tree decorations, I thought it was a Christmas present and felt a right twat for not getting anything over to Scotland for her.
But no, it was simply a belated (grr, Royal Mail) birthday gift.
As Craig was a Gentleman-of-Leisure this week I had to go back to public transport and take the train in to work every morning. This, combined with the change of address, meant that I got to take a completely new (ancient & rickety) train, from a completely new station. And it was pretty much empty every single morning.
BTW, after the infamous year of the pink tool kit? this year Craig bought me an external hard drive.
Admittedly, it is the Mac Time Capsule one I’ve had my eye on for months but it is still very utilitarian.
I gave him half a plane ride (a voucher for skydiving!).
Extended family came around to Trinity for a Boxing Day BBQ slash leftovers feast. When it came time for dessert the children fell upon my gingerbread house and it was gone within minutes.
My Japanese Christmas Cake and Summer Berry Trifle also disappeared rapidly.
I seem to specialise in quick, easy, seasonal desserts.
In the middle of Christmas Shopping Craig and I stumbled upon a new work jacket for me. My last one was stretched by the drycleaners. Incidentally? I cannot remember the last time I bought something in a size 8 because it fit better than the 10.
99 by Jeffrey Campbell, back ordered then delayed then posted to the old address, finally collected. I adore them.
I bought half a size too big but that allowed for insoles & heel grips which made them delightfully comfortable.
Next week will be even better – the third sister will be home (!), there is a tattoo appointment, and perhaps there will be christmas tree decorating. Perhaps.
Thanks to a free carpark at work, and the fact that there are two of us in the car, it is much cheaper for Craig and I to drive in to work and back. The only trouble is, sometimes the return journey is slow.
My new gela-skins iPhone cover (using this photo from Paris) arrived and in addition to the pink headphones and pink handbag? it’s all a bit much for me.
Our new couch suite makes me feel positively tiny (but it is glorious and leather and was such a good deal) and I spent most of the day there (it was raining) editing photos. In order to catch up.
And just like that? I’m up to date with 365 in 2009.
Just in time for the end.
Nara to Kyoto
On our way to Kyoto we spent the day in Nara, famous for the tame deer which roam the city and Nara Park.
According to legend, a mythological god Takemikazuchi arrived in Nara on a white deer to guard the newly built capital of Heijō-kyō. Since then the deer have been regarded as heavenly animals, protecting the city and the country.
Also? they are ADORABLE.
In Kyoto, we walked for miles and miles through winding streets, temples around every second corner.
My favourite moment was spotting this Geisha at Kyomizu-Dera.
EDIT: I’ve been advised (ahh the wonder of the internet) that it’s actually a tourist dressed up like a Geisha. Which is a little disappointing but I suppose it’s as close as I was ever going to get. If we’d had more time in Kyoto, and more money, then I wanted to try this as well! Next time, maybe.
Our last day in Kyoto, we visited the Fushimi-Inari shrine which has thousands of these bright red Torii lining mountain paths.
As we walked the paths the rain set in, we had umbrellas and rain coats and most of the rest of the tourists cleared out. It was magical.
We caught the Shinkansen to Hiroshima in the evening.
In the grounds of Hiroshima Castle, Craig was checking I had myself framed properly. I was peering at him in this photo.
(More Japan photos in the next week or two!)
I hurt my wrist on Sunday (opening a door. I have ridiculously weak wrists) and had to wear a brace. I covered the karate-man icon (my injury was much more lame) with my vintage Rome souvenir scarf.
I accidentally deleted all my photos off my macbook. I know I should have a back up but I just haven’t gotten around to it.
Thankfully I found a programme where you can download all your photos off flickr. It just took forever and a day.
The first time this year I have completely missed a day. I was doing so well!
We left Auckland at ridiculously-early-o’clock, spent 12 hours on a plane, met Tim at Kansai Airport, felt overwhelmed by Japan, and Osaka, went out for Korean BBQ then drinks, and crashed in to bed just after midnight.
I should have taken photos but it just completely slipped my mind.
Labour Day, a holiday, I went out walking again (the sun was shining) and this time ended up at the Labour Day sales and coming away with … a lot of underwear. And these old school seamed stockings.
I’ve been tracking my jean size in the same store all year. In January I didn’t buy any because the size 14 was too small. And now? I just bought a size 10!
I think the last time I wore a size 10 was while Craig lived in Auckland. Meaning I would have been around 18/19.
(these are NZ sizes by the way)
I bought a bag to pack for Japan. We’re not going for that long and I want to pack as little as possible.
Then I got it home and realised it’s only twice the size of my every day handbag. I may have over estimated my packing-light abilities.
There will not be a weekly post next Sunday. And possibly not the Sunday after that.
On Friday Sir C and I are winging our way to Japan (JAPAN!) and while I think we do get back in to Wellington on a Sunday, it’s highly likely we will feel like death and I will have 7000 photos to sort.
But! I will still be taking a photo every single day so I can catch up upon our triumphant return.