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.

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.