Wednesday, September 30, 2009

all in good time.

I'm sitting here on a fabulous lime green couch with a lovely purring kitty on my lap with a cup of tea... soak in the moment:)  It's been a while since our last posting, in the mean time we have moved twice and are now house sitting for some co-workers.  The house is simply brilliant, they have mixed the feel of rustic with a touch of modern design and color.  Using lime greens, plum, and charcoal accented with a cherry finished wood, it's perfection.   I wish you could see it, Lulu's head (that's the Kitty's name) is just resting on the edge of my laptop purring away swatting at the keys as I type (maybe she likes what I'm writing) .

Every day has been a new experience, Thomas is working hard as always not driving quite as much as he used to which is nice; I've been working hard at the office.  Everyone really loves to pick on our long hard western NY accents, our vowels are much more spread out...caaafee, caaaars... you get the idea.  It's like we're from Boston or something.  It's interesting though, people here wish they had an American accent, I can't imagine.  I guess it's like the ancient saying, you always want what you don't have.  I want..... hmmm...a car! :)  That's our next project.

This weekend was awesome- friday night drinks with friends; saturday shopping, rugby game, and wrapping up having wine and cheese with more new friends; finally, what's a better way to finish than sunday church.  Tune in for pics tomorrow.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Volleyball Victory

NZ didn't know what they were in for inviting two Yankees to be part of their "social" volleyball team.  It's been so much fun playing with the team that consists of our employer's wife and her baby mama group friends, they're a hoot.  The team name is the "dummies" and tonight after winning the semi-finals we get to play the "bonkers" next week.  The name creativity is astounding!
Today marks our the beginning of our fourth week here in kiwi land.  The Carr family has been extremely gracious in letting us stay with them for so long.  They opened up their home and welcomed us as part of the family and it's been truly awesome.  This is a picture of their 18 mo. old boy Lucas, he dressed up in my Uggs the other day and was having a great time trying to walk... trying being the key word.  He just kept falling on his face rolling over and laughing, it was classic.  Almost as good as his wake up call for toast and mom in the morning.  His little belly gets so full and hard after eating all day, tonight for tea he had more than all of us:)
Well, time to get ready for Tuesday... until next time.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Week 3 kiwi style

This weekend we were quite productive, we tried to achieve a lot however fell short.  No car, no apt., but Jenna did get a job!  That was means to celebrate, there's always this weekend.  We now both are working together for the first time in our lives, call it fun and challenging.  Throughout the day there are a series of multiple breaks called "smokos" we're thinking that means a smoke and coffee break, it even has a special room to be held in.  This afternoon's "smokos" was especially captivating- the staff took to enlightening us on NZ slang, the scandalous ones.
One guy said, "I'm going home for a spa and a "stubbie"= this translating to what I thought to be a bath with a nice small cigar... in actuality it means hanging out in a hot tub with a 12 oz. beer.  A beer we would call normal size they think is small, when asked what we call that size beer, I said... a beer.
Then we were asked if we knew what "snogging" was and if if we ever did that in public.  No idea, so probably not right?  It's a nice way of saying the american phrase making out, but for kiwis making out means doing the deed, going the whole way... not really something you do in public.  Snogging however, is a little more than a peck on a cheek.
All in all this is turning out to be quite the place:)  Good-day!