Tuesday, April 28, 2015

No phone service in the Afterlife.

Lost - Can't find.
Being lost in a romantic context (can't find your spouse/partner) signals difficulties in communication. This is a common theme in the wake of separations, divorces and death of a spouse.

Fourth time I've had a dream where I try to ring Larry over the phone and he doesn't answer. The feeling I always get is that I know he's there to answer it, but he can't or doesn't. The most recent one was a little different and I thought of calling his closest friends in California to ask them if they'd seen him. Just as I thought of that I remembered that he wasn't answering because he's dead.

Those dreams suck.

Day 885.

Monday, April 27, 2015


Boarded the crazy train to Auckland again. I tell myself every time I'm sitting in the middle of it that I'm never going to board it again, and I always do. It's because of the dumplings. That kind of crazy is all worth the $5 dumplings. Really.

Bebi, after I told him off and ate his crackers, he wasn't my friend for the rest of the morning.
The crazy train trip home.
Watch the child on the left.

Good weekend.

Friday, April 24, 2015


I'm always undecided when I have the chance to go to Auckland. I have to ask myself, are the dumplings worth it?
Yes donkey, they are.
Stopped in Hamilton.

It was a little bitter sweet to see my Alma Mater, only because some of my good memories were made at CCNZ with the people I met. I expected the disaster zone, but I also see the potential.

Sisters brats.

... and then there are donuts for when the men and children retire to bed.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Just once!

Love this guy right now.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - San Francisco - Santa Rosa - Reno.

Looks like she's eating well.
Just over 6 weeks and it's all done.

Monday, April 20, 2015

School Day.

It was a crock pot kind of day. I started an Irish stew this morning.
Note. DO NOT cook a boil up in a crock pot. It is d-i-s-g-u-s-t-i-n-g. We should all know that when you crock pot food you do it for even cooking so meat doesn't dry out, but boil up needs to be cooked on the stove top for the exact opposite of that. Boil up water needs to evaporate so you can add more  water and cook till the meat is juicy fall-off-the-bone tender. It is sick and wrong to not add water to pork bones when cooking. SICK AND WRONG.
You've been educated.

We hadn't had school for weeks. Monday was a catch up day.

Sight words again.

Down to Nan's for Music time where she was told to be quiet and put the ukulele away properly. It's OK .. she told her Nan where to go. Naughty.


EJ's book to send back to her teachers at Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu.
Done my oral assessment for Te Reo today. I cringe thinking about it.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tay Ray-O

Week 7 in Poupou Huia Te Reo and we have an oral assessment. I'm embarrassed about it because I've had to ask legit Maori's how to pronounce some words. I even asked my ginger friend if she knew and ... she knew.

While recording myself tonight, practice, Hubba began to cry.

I don't like it when you speak Chinese. You need to just speak people!

That is the funniest crap ever and I had to share. Your life is complete.
Tena Koe.

Even Edward Cullen can pukana.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thinking geek.

Scrolling through Think Geek tonight I remembered that I asked Larry once what proof he'd need if I were to build a time machine and go back to when he was a 25 year old. I asked him if telling him about his life up until that point would be enough. He said no because he'd just think I was a stalker. Then I asked him what if I told him his future and he told me that that wouldn't be fair to him because then he'd know what and who to avoid and would miss meeting some great people in his life.

I asked him if there was any prominent moment in his life that, when hearing it from future me, he'd believe my claim. He said no, he'd just think I was loco.

What would make you believe I was from the future then?
A 64-core processor computer with at least a 500-petabyte hard drive and 9 terabytes of RAM.
I wouldn't go back to the past for that kind of dork.
Yes you would because you just built a time machine, dorkette.

I miss that dork.
Want one, would prefer a real Tardis, but a SuperMom mug is just as fab.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Grumble Family

There is a family nobody likes to meet,
They live, it is said, on Complaining Street.
In the city of Never-Are Satisfied,
The River of Discontent beside.
They growl at that, and they growl at this;
Whatever comes there is something amiss;
And whether their station be high or humble,
They are known by the name of Grumble.

The weather is always too hot or too cold,
Summer and winter alike they scold;
Nothing goes right with the folks you meet
Down on that gloomy Complaining Street.
They growl at the rain, and they growl at the sun;
In fact, their growling is never done.
And if everything pleased them, there isn’t a doubt
They’d growl that they’d nothing to grumble about!

And the worst thing is that if anyone stays
Among them too long he will learn their ways,
And before he dreams of the terrible jumble
He’s adopted into the family of Grumble.
So it were wisest to keep our feet
From wandering into Grumbling Street.
And never to growl whatever we do,
Lest we be mistaken for Grumblers too.

When you think your brother or cousin are complete imbeciles, just remember ... we picked each other in the Pre-Existence.

You wanted crazy. You got crazy.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tragic Thursday.

This shot.

Coloring Ariel's pictures before dinner.

Feijoa's & Cream.
Great end to the day.

Makariri tonight Internets.You know it's cold when the winery windmills are on all night and it sounds like a helicopter and vibrates the entire house. Lit my first fire yesterday for the cold season and again tonight. Thanks to Papa Greg who likes to give his favorites enough firewood to last a season or two.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Week 16 - Freelensing

What is freelensing?
It's the budget version of using the tilt-shift lens, which I've always wanted incase you're Santa. It's a risky business because of the dust issues, but if done correctly it's quite amazeballs with it's blurs and leaks of natural white light that make things more distinct.

How is it done? By detaching the lens completely from the camera and holding on an angle.
Like so ..

I had to get up close and personal when using my 28mm because the 500mm would have been a son of a gun to stabilize. I've always wanted to try the tilt-shift lens with sports photos, but I'd have to sell an ovary to afford one.
Week 16 done and dusted.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Headstone for OME.

It's been nearly six years since Aunty Marva died. That's six years since we moved home. She told me not to bother about a headstone and I stuck with that for a while, but family and friends have queried the reason of the missing headstone and "because she said don't bother" isn't enough anymore.

Got the ball rolling on that today and the unveiling will be exactly the same as Larry's was. Uncomplicated.

I'll show you a picture when it's done.
Much Obliged.

The Weekend

Arataki Honey, where the Tawiri honey tastes more like dulce de leche than the Blue Borage one does.

Ocean Beach. The above and below three photos also fall into last weeks (week 15) assignment - A different Perspective. These 6 shots are Mitchy's perspective. Totally cheated on that assignment, but it's 100% "A different perspective".

My perspective.

Need everything to go back to normal. I have not schooled Hubba properly for going on 3 weeks and her resources are due back in a week. This is what happens when funerals cause time to stand still in this community combined with school holidays and not putting my phone on do not disturb.
Today's the day it goes back to normal for us.
The End.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday .

Winston is the cutest Tamatea-Ariki-Nui scrum-half in the whole club and maybe the world!

I don't know why Papa Greg degrades him so in those colors.
Still cute doe!
Walnutting at Ma's.

How Shailahzay is related to her boyfriend.

Distant enough their kids won't have tentacles and horns .. hopefully.