See Dog Run

See Dog Run DSC_0069 - Copy DSC_0070 - Copy DSC_0070 DSC_0071 DSC_0072 DSC_0073 DSC_0074I just found this collection of photos on our computer. Just love them! They are from a while back – When we lived down south and Cleo was able to run free in the forest. I miss that freedom!

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My Weekend So Far

Well,

I have had one strange and traumatic weekend.

I write this as I lie on the couch, with the husband sleeping at the other end, and the dog asleep on the floor. The teenager is in his room on the computer, and I am just gathering my thoughts on what was our weekend. I have been spending way too long dwelling on the bad things, so I am gonna condense it all in to easy to read points.

I will get the cons out of the way first…

 

CONS

teenager has been fighting at school

dog ripped open paw while digging in the yard and had to have staples under anesthetic

my attempt at bandaging her foot – ended up being too tight, poor love.

we are exhausted both emotionally and physically due to the above

feeling the affects of the drugs. Lots of crying and zoning out…

I pulled my calf muscle while doing 30 day shred (it’s okay now though)

Nic’s credit card snapped

 

PROS

I start my new job tomorrow

I figured out how to use the train for the first time on Friday

I drank a lot of nice red wine

The sun has been shining

I got to eat eggplant parmigiana and poutine

I have played 3 sets of tennis in the last 3 days

We picked our first Christmas tree (and mine ever), and even though I don’t ethically agree with it, it was pretty exciting

Nic with our tree

I had a mammoth 2 hour skype call to my friends last night and it was SO good to talk to them!

I am up to day 8 of 30 Day Shred and I am getting some muscles!

 

SO, in creating my list I will leave you with a song:

Have a great rest of your weekend!

xx Em.

 

What I’ve been up to Lately..

Well hi there ūüôā

It’s been a wee while since my last post, and I have been pretty busy as of late – things to do, people to see – all that jazz.

where to start….

looking real professional before the interview…

Work

I have it! After a bit of time trawling for jobs, I finally got an interview and I begin work this week. I will be working approximately 15 hours a week, in residential homes for people with intellectual disabilities. I have met most of the residents already, and they are lovely. I really look forward to starting to form relationships with my co-workers and getting used to the way things are done in the company. I also love fact that I get to continue my music work and they have been really accommodating of my other commitments.

bbq food just about ready to nom.

Home

Last week, my Dad (Pappy) came to visit. I should have taken more photos, really, but I was so flat out I didn’t have time. He was here for 2 nights and we sure got a lot of quality time out of it. We went for a bike ride, played tennis, had a bbq, went out for dinner, ate bakery food, went for a drive, walked on the beach….no wonder I was¬†exhausted the next few days after! We had such a fun time, and I’m glad he is able to come back up for¬†Christmas¬†in a few weeks.

Health

I have had a break from Pilates for the last 2 weeks, and in that time my hip has been playing up (I have some issues with my RHS hip, we think it’s a hangover from the congenital hip displaysia I had when I was born – that I didn’t know I had until last year). I am really looking forward to getting back to class tomorrow, that’s for sure. I have just started the 30 Day Shred programme. Today, will be my 3rd day of level 1. So far, my arms are killing me, especially the inside of my right elbow from all the weights work. I only have 3kg weights here at home, so I think I will have to alternate with something a bit lighter, such as some cans until I get a bit stronger. I thought if I posted that I was doing the programme that I would actually continue with the programme. I have taken some gross “before photos” which I will post when I feel comfortable, so in the meantime here is the least gross one…

modest before photo, post 1st day of 30 DS, 18th November.

Cleo and her ‘auntie’ Ness – my mother in law’s dog. Spending a lot of time with these bitches lately

Home

Apart from myself being in a bit of a crappy mood as of late (probably¬†caused¬†by not being able to eat chocolate and lose weight), things have been pretty good! We seem to go through these ebbs and flows of things being excellent, and then a bit average round these parts. Being a step parent can still be difficult , and having a teenager in the house can be trying at times, but we focus on the positives, and I am pretty darn content with the routine of our lives. Home really is here in Wellington for us. I know we live a bit far out of town, but I love it, and I feel so lucky to have our little – albeit temporary – house on the coast. We also have some exciting news. We are on a waiting list for a puppy! We have been wanting another dog for a while now, and although people tell me just to have a baby, I say now…babies take a bit of time to¬†materialize¬†sometimes, and in the meantime lets have a baby dog!

Dad – to – be of the puppies we are waiting on.

Play

I have had a few things going on in the last few weeks socially – the latest being attending a hens party for my friend Ruth on Saturday. It was a lovely day, with high tea and games. I’m really looking forward to the wedding, and am awaiting a dress I have ordered to wear. I love getting dressed up for special occasions, and have got my shoes sorted already….behold!

These are the shoes that I wore for my wedding ceremony, and I have been dying to have another excuse to wear them. I may have to do a bit of wearing in, though…

Well, so lots and lots of stuff has been going on. It’s been great keeping myself busy – things were getting pretty mundane being stuck in a routine, and now I am sent into a tailspin with all the things that are happening.

 

Hope you are all well and you have a lovely week!

xx Em.

Currently…

Oh this photo cracks me up and makes me SO happy at the same time.

It’s a slow day at the office today, so I look inspiration from the lovely Danielle at Sometimes Sweet for this post. Sometimes it’s just nice to write about what you are doing, even when you aren’t really technically doing anything! That’s the story of my life at the moment, and I think I could make busy/lazy a trend/lifestyle.

Watching:¬†The Amazing Race, Australia. It’s the new My Kitchen Rules replacement in my life and it’s preforming well so far. Thank god for live record, etc, we have been able to record our favourite shows and watch them when it suits. So, to add to The Amazing Race we also have Homeland, Miami Ink (an oldie but a goodie), Parks and Recreation, Game of Thrones (Nic makes me watch it, but I am kinda getting in to it), and as lame as it is….police 10/7.¬†

Listening to:¬†The sound of a tuned piano! I finally got my piano tuned and have been playing a bit lately. Unfortunately she has some health issues, and I will have to pay for a refurbish in time, but I am happy with it being tuned a semitone lower than it is supposed to be in the meantime. I am currently looking through my Cole Porter songbook for easy songs to start with. Oh, and I have my first voice student coming this afternoon. Hopefully they won’t mind all the boxes around the piano!

Planning:¬†Lots of things! Some of which I can’t tell you about just yet..but soon I will be able share. Other things include applying for life insurance (joy of joys); planning christmas (argh!) in our new environment (I am so excited my Pappy is coming up for it!); looking at travel options for future overseas adventures; thinking of way of conning husband into getting me a french bulldog for christmas (anyone got $3000?)

Thinking about: As broad as it sounds, life. At the moment I am in a really reflective place so I just want to take stock of what I have in my life, and find ways to be the best person that I can. Oh, also I am thinking about the interview I had yesterday and whether it will work out (fingers crossed!)

Looking forward to:¬†Possible employment! And, my Dad coming to visit next week. I’m also excited to get the final touches on my new tattoo hopefully this weekend AND going out for brunch with Nic’s family for his brothers’ birthday.

Reading:¬†Shamefully, nothing. But I think blogs count. So, on my blogroll is Sometimes Sweet, Dainty Squid, Perez Hilton, ¬†Gala Darling, and the blogs of my friends. I am also doing a lot of reading on My Fitness Pal – one of the single most important things for me at the moment (operation: lose weight – so far, it’s working quite well and I am down 5 kilos last time I checked)

Making me happy:¬†The fact that I AM reaching goals; good news in many places; good friends that live close; red bush tea heaping me curb my caffeine addiction; sweet treats; family phone calls; hanging out with Cleo; waiting eagerly for my friends’ wedding festivities; the lavender in bloom outside my window; the weather getting warmer; possibilities that things are going to keep getting better and better for us.

Doing this has suddenly put me in a very good mood. I have had a headache for the last 2 days, and now I feel less tension in my face which has dramatically helped with the pain.

Life is good, you know!

Have a wonderful day,

xx Em.

A Daily Stroll

I live in probably one of the most beautiful towns ever.

Waikanae is right by the water, surrounded by hills, rivers, lagoons…We are spoilt to live here.

Every day or so, Cleo and I go for a walk. We really are spoilt for choice as to where to go – the beach, river, the lagoon, cute little grassy lanes…Wherever we go, we get to take in a visual feast of beautiful things.

Our walk to the Lagoon was brought to a halt today though, as Thomas the Goose (as he is known locally) was protecting another family of geese, and I couldn’t get through! ¬†He brayed and hissed at us and started to make chase. Apparently he is also guarding a family of swans, with signets that have just hatched. What a tough wee man!

And the Pohutakawas are starting to bloom – that means Christmas is here soon!

Pohutakawas are New Zealands answer to the Christmas Tree. They mainly grow in the north island, and are just so beautiful. Lush deep green leaves with bright red flowers. They are just so beautiful, and the streets are lined with them here.

Have a wonderful day!

xx Em.

Oh. My. Dog.

This is really just a¬†gratuitous¬†“look at my dog, she is so cute” post.

 

Take one Cleopatra dog.

Add sleepy human head

 

Place Cleopatra dog on human

Wait a few seconds until dog discovers stinky human face

Continue to take photos while human struggles

Wait for the dog to settle and start looking cute again

Then reward it with treats and love and kitty bunts, too.

I love out pets (represented by 2/3 pets)

Love from our fur baby family to yours.

xx

Em.

Labour Weekend

Well,

The boys went away to a medieval camp up north, and I am stuck at home. Boo Hoo.

As much as I am going to miss them I have got my plate full: dog sitting. Cody, the boxer we are going to be looking after for 12 weeks over summer is having his first overnight stay this weekend. We are on day 1 now and so far I have discovered;

Cody loves Cleo

Cody wants to either play or eat our cats. Cleo sits by with a confused expression on her face, while Cody stares at the cats and watches them wherever they go. It is my mission this weekend to make him a bit calmer around them, and for the cats to feel comfortable with having yet another slobbery face in the house.

But wow Cody is cute. and SO slobbery. And it is so great to see Cleo sprinting around the yard with an equal sized playmate. needless to say they are tuckered out, although Cody is still staring at Arlo while he pretends to sleep on the couch.

Tomorrow we are going on a 10km trek to Te Horo to go and visit Nic’s Mum and Step-Dad and maybe the dogs will get to play with their little dog, Ness. In the meantime they will have a big huge yard to play in while we try to be civilized indoors.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

xx Em.

Friend Days and Dog Days

Thank God that i’m not home totally alone all the time. I always have my big buddy Cleo with me.

 

Yesterday we went to my friends’ house for morning tea in Wellington. Sitting in the sunshine with Ruth and Sharon was delightful!

We sat out in the sunshine, and Cleo got to have a lie around in the yard.

Then, it’s off to Animates. I love taking Cleo shopping, and she gets lots of pats and attention when she goes there, as well as picking out what treats she likes.

After that, we went to visit Cody and his owners on the coast. Cody is a gorgeous boxer who we will be looking after for 12 weeks while his owners are overseas. This is the second time they have met, and they are still getting to know each other. Cody is super playful, and in no time they were both sprinting around the yard, then they chilled out together! So cute!

The rest of the day was extremely chilled out, that’s for sure. Lots of travelling and chatting and fun takes up a bunch of energy. We had such a lovely day.

Here is to friends, and friendship – human and canine form!

xx Em.

Positives/Negatives: Changing a Whinge into A Whinny!

As I first sat down to write this post I really wanted to have a vent. Lots of stuff is going on in our lives at the moment, and although I would love to spill my guts about everything, alas it is not to be. It’s not that I am totally in to keeping secrets, its just that some ¬†of the things that are going on in my head are not overly positive or important.

This is a post about letting go and changing negatives in to positives.

Negative: I screwed up a friendship

Positive: I’ve learned not what to do next time…

I tried to fix a friendship a while ago. ¬†It felt a bit like I had murdered something. I said something I regretted – which unfortunately came across as me being an insensitive bitch. ¬†That’s all i’m gonna say about that.

 Negative: I lost lots of hours at my work

Positive: I started dabbling in music tuition

For a wee while I gave myself the opportunity to wallow in my own pain. I lost financial security and a lot of self- worth. With all that free time I had acquired, I got the opportunity to be in the right place at the right time (online, on facebook), and got myself a sweet teaching deal. Out of that, I have doubled my hours and am getting paid more and working less hours.

Negative: I had to cancel a few things for our wedding

Positive: I didn’t go in to debt!

my work fell through right before our wedding. I sobbed, cancelled that appointment for my facial, and cancelled the unnecessary cupcakes for the reception. What came out of that was more personal touches at the wedding, and not a lifetime of regret through getting a bank loan!

Negative: I wanted the designer dog

Positive: I got Cleo!

I love Cleo. Although I really wanted a french bulldog, we could not afford a $3000 dog. Enter Cleo, bargain price purebred bullmastiff. Light of my life. I love her so so much I couldn’t imagine not having her around. My walks have never been the same since she came along.

Negative:Life may be changing

Positive: Life may be changing…..

My lips are sealed on this one.

 

The moral of this post has been…

Sometimes life is shit. sometimes you are met with annoying things. If Lana Del Rey comes on the radio, switch the station. Look for the opportunities to make things good. Allow yourself time to grieve, but get on with it. No one likes a whinger and too many people spend too much time feeling sorry for themselves. There is nothing worse that spending time with someone that complains constantly. So, stop it. Make a change and start viewing things in a positive way.

 

A Road Trip

Today we went for a drive to pick up Iliam from the airport in Dunedin.

It was a bit of a rush to get up there, but we chilled out a bit on the way home, stopping by Lake Waihola to have an early lunch and then getting an absolutely delicious ice cream in balclutha.

Oh, and we took Cleo with us.

 

To go with my new years resolution to put more of an effort in to my appearance (expect more outfit updates here), I painted my nails bright pink and wore a pale pink vintage lamsbwool dress

 

I am also abolutely loving my new clip in hair extensions, and am wearing them pretty much every time I leave the house. I love they look and feel SO natural

 

All and all it’s been a good day. It’s good to have everyone home and enjoy the last couple of weeks of holidays at home.

Right, time  to go work off my giant ice cream. I am going to take Cleo for a walk at Sandy point (a favourite spot of ours) and Cleo can have a swim.

Have a great afternoon wherever you are

xx

Em.