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Dumping Day in Yarmouth

dumping day in yarmouth

Saturday morning the first alarm sounded at 4:30am, another 5 minutes later just to be sure the snooze button didn't get the better of either (or both) of us.. Thom ambled out of bed to get dressed in his many layers and I squeezed my eyes  shut, mustering all the energy I could to get [...]

I dyed running: Run or Dye at Ski Martock

Run or Dye at Ski Martock

For some people, waking up extra early on a Saturday morning to go running doesn't sound like fun. This wasn't the first time I've been considered somewhat crazy since I took up running in New Zealand.  last year I did a half marathon in a dress as  fund raiser to send girls in Africa to [...]

Finding a Job in Nova Scotia


For almost a month I enjoyed the sunshine, the fresh water, the freedom of cottage life bliss. Then the nagging feeling started creeping up on me, the next thing I knew I was scouring job listings, revamping my resume, writing cover letters, sending emails; I was up to my elbows in frustration and I’d only [...]

The view from Rangitoto Summit

Even though we'd moved most of our stuff out last Thursday (I think, it's all a bit of a blur now) it was ridiculous the amount of crap that was still left without a home. We had a bit of drama sorting out where the things we were going to sell would go but in [...]

change is the only constant

Some things change consistently and are expected; the sun rises in the morning, and sets in the evening, the seasons change steadily, and I put on fresh new undies daily. We also know change can occur more sporadically, too. It can pop up, unannounced, uninvited and just like that you've just got to deal with [...]

Looking back at 2012: Simply Amazing

2012 in review

Apparently I missed the memo that life happens at WARP SPEED when you're 26. As cliche as it sounds, I can't believe that another year has come and gone so quickly. Days can seem to drag on sometimes, but when I stop to think about it, I'm often left wondering BUT WHERE THE HECK HAS [...]

Photo Friday! Week 46: Cable Bay Morning

#FriFotos Trees at Cable Bay NZ

Located on the east coast of New Zealand, the sun rises over one of the many stunning beaches in Northland. I got this photo of Cable Bay on a run one morning. Cable Bay beach on a sunny morning, Far North, January 2010  


Oh NZ sun, you are cruel.. Read #21 for the story What is serendipity? Truthfully, I'd heard it, but never really thought about what it meant. Until recently I realised that it could possibly be the best word to summarise my life! In the past 27 years (okay maybe even the past 4 specifically) I've [...]

harold life education nz

Harold is the NZ Life Education mascot; I thought it was only appropriate to have a photo with him About 3 weeks ago I had my third and final go at donating blood. This year I've tried 3 different times to give the gift that can save lives, but every time I've managed to pass [...]

doitinadress facebook cover

A big heartfelt thank you to those who've supported me in this worthy cause already! And 'a bit' may be something of an understatement... In university, I was notorious for staying up all night to write essays and papers - I perfected and aptly named this, the 'Print and Sprint', as I'd often hand things [...]