Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Monday, 10 December 2018

Birthday weekend

It was my birthday weekend last weekend. It involved cake (on the Monday after with a uni friend, who was also celebrating a big birthday a year above me!)...

 a fruit mince pie at Stitch-n-bitch in Parnell

 with some wool purchased by the husband for birthday...
 knitting with family at same place...

 Then off to the fabric store for some linen and liberty fabric
 a night in a suite





 pre-dinner drinks (at Sky City - this kinda makes me sad as the young British tourist, who shares a birthday with me, who went missing on the same Saturday night and whose body was found yesterday, was in exactly the same place at the same time as we were!)
 an incredible dinner at Depot...
 Christmas windows at Smith and Caughey...




 the city... it kinda looks like Christmas in NZ's city, but i still think it's pretty sparse...







 A delicious breakfast at Ortolana the next morning...





 Yay for children's bookshops! A wee gem in the city!



 And flipping hot at only 11am!!! And home on the train to more cake - a lovely weekend! Well loved and spoilt!


Friday, 30 November 2018

a day later

and the peonies look like this !! They seriously are divine and I've just found out our climate is not cold enough to grow them this far north! Bah humbug.





And the funniest thing of the day - an e-mail from the school telling us the 15 year old is receiving a prize at the year 10 end of the year prize giving and inviting us to it. The school is so large, they have separate prize givings for each year level and you can only attend via an invite.
So the 15 year old HAS to go to school on the last day of the year now... we're laughing our heads off. He is annoyed he has to go to practices for it... No idea what it is either!

It's my birthday weekend - yippee!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

SIGH

Battling to get the 15 year old out of the house every day now to attend his learning institution. Though I'm not really sure he learns much and still gets merit and excellence doing bugger all work. We have a week to go, with the usual "I'm not going to prizegiving/school on the last day of the year" (next Thursday). He wagged last year and actually got a social studies certificate (school is so big that only the major prizes are given at prizegiving and the subject runner ups get their certificates in form time).
But then I also look at it that my kids are hardly ever sick, they don't do sport and get to spend days/ weeks away from school doing sports stuff, so a day off here or there (and this one does get 2-3 days off a term just because really!) really does not matter. If they ever had me up, I'd just say the kid is BORED all round; has been for 2 years. And yeah extension classes won't work; he's already in the top stream and has lots of NCEA credits a year ahead, and he is lazy too. Pushing him to do stuff he does not want to do does not work either! SIGH.

Anyway, I am rather enjoying life. I swear yesterday was spend sorting paper work, getting stuff sent off to the NZ Education Council, Christmas cards and packages out, another knitting project started, a wee bit of stitching, writing in scrapbooks and a bit of online shopping (one of which has arrived less than 24 hours after ordering from half way down the country! Yay for TLeaf! Christmas Tea sorted!).


I was so lazy that I had my supermarket shop delivered to me - bit dismayed at the plastic bags, but I'm informed they are stopping in 5 weeks - yay. I have not used plastic for centuries!
 A gorgeous surprise box of peonies arrived yesterday - an early birthday gift (this weekend!) from my husband.



 I went to Why Knot - an outlet supermarket near my store and found lots of goodies from $0.30 to $2 for the birthday/treat box for school.
 We've been using Hello Fresh - I've actually cooked for 4 nights in a row people! That is HUGE - I've barely cooked all year! Will carry on, as everything we've had is well liked by everyone, which is no small miracle either! I actually think it is pretty good at $140 for 4 meals for 4-5 people (you truly do NOT want to know food prices in New Zealand - the UK and Australia are *CHEAP* to us kiwis! No Aldi here - only 2 supermarket conglomerates and not much choice! Most people I know spend $400 a week on food....)




And that's the mundane of my life - Christmas gift buying still needs to start, the spirit still needs to be found - actually i think all 5 of us could not even do Christmas year in, year out and we would not be bothered in any way......