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Eventful May

Hello lovely people,

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend :) I woke up yesterday feeling absolutely terrible, like I’d been on a bender and hadn’t quite slept off the drunk or worked into the hangover. I didn’t drink on Friday night! I rarely drink these days and when I do *touch wood* I don’t get hungover or wake up drunk as I only have a few instead of having a few to start the night out! I woke up initially at 8am and fed the cats who had politely waited until then to start miaowing and scratching at my door and in general being a nuisance. I then stumbled back to my bed to wake at 11.30am. This is unheard of for me, especially as I’d been asleep before midnight Friday so that was A LOT of sleep for someone who regularly gets 6 hours and thinks that 6 hours of unbroken sleep is the work of a magician. I forced myself up and to have breakfast, and get on with my day. Which was to go and do the grocery shopping, then picked up my flatmate and our friend and we went to get our nails done. My flatmate and I were not quite as excited as our friend; he has been asking us for about three weeks “when are we getting our nails done?” so the fact that we FINALLY went made his week, perhaps even month haha No he’s not gay even though my other flatmate proceeded to tell him this must be a sign of that. My friend and flatmate got pedicures, I rudely (instant response) said “NO” when the lovely lady at the nail salon asked if I was too, I instead just got a gel manicure. I think I have a phobia of feet, or surrounding feet. I HATE with all my being having my feet touched, the few times I’ve sprained my ankle has been unbearable on more than one level when at physiotherapy as of course it hurts but more painful is the having my foot touched! I kick, I scream, I threaten, all of this is the instant and very strong reaction to the whole thing. The thought of having a pedicure makes my skin crawl and watching my friends get theirs done has assured me I made the right decision. Not only that the amount of dead skin that is peeled off is just disgusting. I also hate other people’s feet. I’m sorry but feet are not pretty, they are not something to be enthused by, they are useful and get us from A to B and we can adorn them with magnificent shoes but they are not pretty and I do not want to know about your feet. So aside from that it was quite a pleasant Saturday. We then made bruschetta (our version of) for a very late lunch before cooking spaghetti and meatballs for dinner and then brownie for dessert. That was not a “clean” meal at all! 

Today I have been watching online TV – 2 Broke Girls has my attention at the moment, and of course Big Bang Theory. I am in need of a new show to watch online though so any suggestions gratefully received. I don’t like Game of Thrones, I’ve fallen asleep watching it about four times now and it just doesn’t interest me. I’m about to attempt Breaking Bad or Orange is the New Black but keen to hear about any others.

My good friend moved back from the UK late last year and was intending on being here to stay. Last night she told me she’s off again at the end of May and her leaving do is next Saturday so as sad as it will be to say goodbye it will be fun to see everyone and say goodbye (for the second time). She’s either going to Germany or Ireland. Germany is her first choice if she can get a job but apparently it is tricky to get a job there if you don’t speak German – she does not. 

In addition to my online TV watching (I’m not normally this lazy but as I am STILL recovering from my head cold / flu I am having yet another “rest day” and will get back into exercise tomorrow) I’ve been online looking at google images of ombre hair styles. I decided I need a change and a bit of “sprucing up” as my Dad would say. I’ve got long(ish) dark brown hair and haven’t coloured it for at least 6 months and haven’t cut it for even longer. My regrowth (thankfully) is only a few shades lighter than the bulk of the hair so it’s not the horrendous look it could be. I was going to wait and see what my natural colour is once it gets longer but I don’t know that I can! I’m hopeful that a talented hair dresser can take it back to the natural brunette and then we can ombre over that. I also don’t know if my wallet will handle it haha Time will tell I guess.

As for my title “eventful May” it appears that everything is happening in May. My friends leaving party, then the following weekend I’ve been invited to two different 21st birthday parties and also a “cool kids” outing with my work buddies. Work buddies win on this account as at 27 I find myself thinking “I’m too old for this shizz” when I go to 21st’s. But really that’s just a poor excuse to bow out of attending. One of them is a 1920′s theme and I definitely do NOT want to dress up. I don’t know why, ordinarily I get into it and dress up in theme but I just don’t want to. The other 21st is held at a friends house and I think they are trying to boost numbers as I don’t even know the birthday girl! So that is my third option for that evening, possibly even fourth after the staying home option!

Anyway that’s about it from me, have a lovely rest of your weekend.

Crazy Cat Lady xx

Easter Weekend

Happy Easter everyone! 

I’ve had a pretty good weekend so far, Friday just hung out at home and watched a flatmate move out and another move in (was quietly pleased to not be required to assist!). The new flatmate is another’s girlfriend so we now have a spare room and the house has a harmonious feel. The flatmate who left doesn’t get along with the fourth of our group – stupid argument which myself and the only guy in the flat found hilarious but apparently is quite serious to these two. 

Yesterday I got up early and with the new flatmate we did our grocery shopping. I may have to take the hit on my Saturday sleep in and get up early so I’m at the supermarket on opening as it’s so calm and quiet and all the good stuff is still there! The fruit & vege shop had only just opened by the time we got there but the produce we scored is the best I’ve gotten in a while (and I haven’t purchased any substandard) so looking forward to a week of uber fresh salads and bananas! Not together, that would be weird.

I then braved an outlet mall and was unsuccessful in my mission to find better running shoes so then went to another smaller group of shoes and found the perfect shoes. In my head I had criteria of what is required as I’m sure some of the shin splints and pain I get in my feet is from the shoes or rather lack of support in current shoes as they are old – still in good condition and a good pair for the gym but not really up to scratch for 8km walks. So new shoes purchased I went home for a 3 hour nap :O It was great!

Last night I went out with a group of friends to dinner and then the comedy club in Auckland. I had a few drinks, not too many but a few. My stomach isn’t happy with me today. I’m unsure if it’s from the lack of food during the day yesterday, the alcohol (as I very rarely drink) or the different (yet super tasty) food I ate last night, OR the mcdonalds I ate at midnight as the entire car load was hungry; dinner had been at 7pm and we had sat through two shows of comedy and were “starving”. I didn’t sleep well, but don’t feel to tired today which is nice. My knee hurts a little as I’d worn heeled boots so may need to work on that a little. I’m proud that I went out and managed to have a few drinks without over doing it and today I am feeling great (aside from sore stomach). I had intended on coming home to go down the road (like three houses) to a mates for more drinks and even purchased a bottle of wine to take with me. I thought better of this at 1am as I was finishing my quarter pounder and went to bed instead – I think this was a very wise and mature thought to have had at 1am hehe perhaps I’m becoming responsible in my old age ;)

I hope everyone has a great rest of their Easter Weekend, be safe and have fun.

Crazy Cat Lady xx

So I’m a bit shabby at this keeping a blog thing, actually a lot shabby at it! But hopefully that makes the posts far more entertaining!

I re-read the last one and I have news relating to that! The incompetent guy resigned and his last day was yesterday!! yay! We have a new one in place and he seems ok so far but I’ve also heard some rumours from the boys. It’s funny how the rumours/gossip comes from the boys at work (granted there are only 5 females and I’m one of them) and they are so bad for it. It doesn’t go further than me though so maybe that’s why I hear it all as they know it goes no further. So in short; I’m pretty happy that we have a new production manager. The new one has come from a similar background so hopefully will have a bit more luck with it. He’s away all next week so I have to cover along with someone else. I like doing that, I get along well with all the guys (hence the gossip I hear!) and apparently I’m their “darling” – I’m not sure if I should be flattered by this or offended that they don’t take me seriously! They do try to help out so I guess it’s a compliment. 

It wouldn’t be a post from me without something about the cats or fitness….

The cats. They drive me nuts. They have recently decided to watch the several crickets that are creeping around our house and wait for the crickets to get under the TV stand and then try to get under it after them. The cats can’t get under it anymore than they can fit under the front door. But they insist on this method of bug catching. They have also bailed up a couple of mice behind the fridge, one mouse is definitely still there; I saw it earlier today but require assistance in moving fridge for cats to get in behind it. They sit for hours staring at the fridge, well now I know behind the fridge. They are currently as I write this fighting, so I have banished them both from my bedroom and they can continue the fighting and general noise making in the rest of the house. It wasn’t a good plan as it’s 10.35pm and I’m home alone hearing crashing and banging in the house. A little disconcerting.

 

Fitness. My fitness levels are on the up and up all the time. I walked last weekend for 6.42kms and ended up with bad shin splints, I then did a 6.6km walk Thursday evening and no shin splints! Yay! Not sure how or why that happened but I won’t question or knock that. I’ve been doing leg weights (and upper body too) and had increased to 140kgs on the leg press but I discovered today a bruise on my left knee (my recovering knee) that is from the stress of the weights and cardio I’ve been doing. Scales wise I’ve only lost 5kgs, measurements wise about 13cm on average. I am starting to see muscle definition in my arms and my shoulders are no longer flabby, my thighs and knees are far less flabby which is awesome and my butt is definitely not as flabby. Someone told me one of the guys in the factory likes me going out there cos he gets to check out my butt as I walk away. I was secretly quite chuffed that my hard work is paying off, I just said to the person who told me this that I didn’t care and he better not think he can touch it. That would be strange.

I realised that I have been relying a lot on my flatmates to entertain me, or rather because we have all had no other plans we have fallen into the habit of hanging out each weekend which is great and I love hanging with them. But then when the couple have something to do I’m at a loss. So I decided I have to start making more of an effort with my other friends. I sometimes can’t be bothered or else am required to drive half an hour or more to make some events and sometimes that’s the last thing I want to do. It’s not too bad as I don’t drink a lot of alcohol at the moment, as in tonight I had a lovely whisky and coke but that’s about as far as the drinking goes. Also everyone wants to stay home. If I’m going out, I want to actually go out. Otherwise I’ll stay home at my own home where I can sit around in track pants or leggings (worn as pants)! So hopefully I actually make good on the thought of making more of an effort! Time will tell ;)

Time to sign off and pay attention to my trashy mag and crank up the music I’m listening to on Spotify. I recently discovered the joys of Spotify and am making my own “perfect” playlists. Full of rnb & hip hop currently. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before but for me a life without music would be a life not worth living. I listen to music all the time. It is very rare that I don’t have the radio or IPOD or now spotify going. It soothes me, keeps me calm and makes me happy. So I’m off to my happy place of music playing loudly….

Hope everyone else is having a good weekend, and have a lovely short week ahead of Easter.

Take Care,

Crazy Cat Lady xx

 

Just about had it

It all started with a work colleague leaving almost a year ago; vacating a vital and horrendously busy position within the company. Production manager. The man who left has two masters degrees and was vastly under utilised and I’m sure probably quite bored. It all got too much and he basically lost the plot and quit. It’s a stressful and thankless role but it’s a vital position and needs to be held by someone with decent to impeccable organisational skills.

Someone was promoted from within the company only to last a few months with my assistance – he also burnt out. So we get our third production manager in five months. This is the current one. I don’t like to use the word useless to describe people as it’s awful but this dude is useless. He is totally and utterly lost and his disorganised scattered style of management is making my life hell.

I don’t report to this guy, I barely speak to him now as when I’ve tried running things past him I get “I’m too busy for this” or similar shirking responsibility. That’s cool; I don’t mind managing your staff and doing a good 40-50% of your job whilst doing 100% of my own and 20% of someone else’s. I don’t mind the ten hour days, two hours of which are unpaid as I’m on salary. I don’t mind being screamed at, told I’m incompetent and generally bearing the brunt of customer frustrations due to your incompetence.

It’s unbelievable this person is still employed, I can’t fathom how or why he still has this job. The man is clearly out of his depth and in the heart of struggle city. He’s given up trying to sort the chaos that is his factory and left it to me and one other who like me does the work because it needs to be done. The factory staff like the manager but don’t respect him, they run rings around him and get away with murder.

Today I told my boss that if he wasn’t careful he would lose staff and customers and that if another person screams at me I’d be going home. Five minutes later an email appears summoning us to a “who does what” meeting next week that I’ve been pushing for for the last two weeks! Finally! I hope with some structure we can get back on track.

I feel quite frustrated as I know I could do that job, hell I am doing that job. Just not getting paid for it. I hate the thought of our company being thought of as incompetent as eventually we will lose customers due to the errors. It’s not hard to be good at what we do, it does take hard work, discipline and a little pride in your work but it’s not hard as in mentally hard.

So yes I’ve just about had enough too. Lazy people and stupid people annoy me no end, this is a combination of the two. A dangerous combination of the two. I just want to slap the lazy and stupid from him…. Don’t worry I’ll refrain haha

Ahhhh…. I’ve ranted to my Mum and now to you. I feel better ;) what helped was a mammoth cleaning session of my house. It sparkles now.

It all started with a work colleague leaving almost a year ago; vacating a vital and horrendously busy position within the company. Production manager. The man who left has two masters degrees and was vastly under utilised and I’m sure probably quite bored. It all got too much and he basically lost the plot and quit. It’s a stressful and thankless role but it’s a vital position and needs to be held by someone with decent to impeccable organisational skills.

Someone was promoted from within the company only to last a few months with my assistance – he also burnt out. So we get our third production manager in five months. This is the current one. I don’t like to use the word useless to describe people as it’s awful but this dude is useless. He is totally and utterly lost and his disorganised scattered style of management is making my life hell.

I don’t report to this guy, I barely speak to him now as when I’ve tried running things past him I get “I’m too busy for this” or similar shirking responsibility. That’s cool; I don’t mind managing your staff and doing a good 40-50% of your job whilst doing 100% of my own and 20% of someone else’s. I don’t mind the ten hour days, two hours of which are unpaid as I’m on salary. I don’t mind being screamed at, told I’m incompetent and generally bearing the brunt of customer frustrations due to your incompetence.

It’s unbelievable this person is still employed, I can’t fathom how or why he still has this job. The man is clearly out of his depth and in the heart of struggle city. He’s given up trying to sort the chaos that is his factory and left it to me and one other who like me does the work because it needs to be done. The factory staff like the manager but don’t respect him, they run rings around him and get away with murder.

Today I told my boss that if he wasn’t careful he would lose staff and customers and that if another person screams at me I’d be going home. Five minutes later an email appears summoning us to a “who does what” meeting next week that I’ve been pushing for for the last two weeks! Finally! I hope with some structure we can get back on track.

I feel quite frustrated as I know I could do that job, hell I am doing that job. Just not getting paid for it. I hate the thought of our company being thought of as incompetent as eventually we will lose customers due to the errors. It’s not hard to be good at what we do, it does take hard work, discipline and a little pride in your work but it’s not hard as in mentally hard.

Ahhhh…. I’ve ranted to my Mum and now to you. I feel better ;) what helped was a mammoth cleaning session of my house. It sparkles now.

Travel Recap

I thought I had done a brief summary of my trip – it appears I did just that. Thought about it!

I loved Asia, there are some places I’d love to go back to and spend more time and others where the time I had was enough.

We arrived in Bangkok after a rather tiresome trip there. I was almost bumped off the flight out of Auckland to Sydney (our FIRST flight!). The lovely ground staff at Qantas got me on the plane but not “my” bag. We didn’t know this until we got to Bangkok (about 5pm their time) and found we were a bag short. However the muppets checking us in labelled one of the other girls bags as mine and mine as hers. I felt really sorry for her not having her bag, and as she’s quite highly strung there was talk of going home and other things. Luckily the bag turned up about midnight. 

We had a weekend in Bangkok exploring; went to the Floating Markets, Baiyoke Tower, Weekend Markets, MBK and another shopping mall. It was a great experience and a good way to get into the holiday mode!

Our first day of the trip starting with a “Flight of the Gibbon” – http://www.treetopasia.com for more info. Basically it’s a zipline through a rainforest for a couple of hours. If you are afraid of heights it’s possibly not the thing for you as you are clipped onto trees the entire time or the zipline but it’s high up. For adrenaline junkies like me it’s truly amazing! We joined our group that evening and then the real fun started.

We left for Cambodia the following day and got to know our group on the four hour bus ride. Luckily we had a good group of people so the long bus rides we took were quite fun. Often we were all asleep! I love Cambodia, it’s an amazing place. The people are so nice and happy, and after all that has happened to their country and with the little they have it made me realise that I am so very lucky with what I have (and sometimes I feel as though I don’t have all that much). We went to Angkor Wat for sunrise one morning – definitely worth the 4am start! Quad biking through rice fields that evening. Phnom Penh is a busier city in Cambodia, I wasn’t a fan, it was too busy and not very welcoming. We went to S21 and the Killing Fields – worst day of my life! I ended up with a migraine which was probably just from being so emotional whilst there. The guide we had told me he gets one in however many people like me who just look at though they will keel over as it’s a bit much. We spent some time in Siahanoukville which is a beach town, so we got some time to tan and swim. We had a boat trip to islands so spent the day snorkelling and island hopping and just relaxing in the sun. I was hustled by a little girl and bought a plaited bracelet for $2 (she had given me a “free” one the day before). 

Vietnam was the place I was really looking forward to as so many people had raved about it. I definitely liked Vietnam and would love to go back to Hoi An and the south of Vietnam but I still prefer Cambodia over Vietnam. The South was quite warm and very summery much like Cambodia. We bused to the border then had to walk in the 30º+ heat and stand around with our packs for ages as the officials at the border certainly don’t rush for anyone! We had a home stay our first night in Vietnam which was an experience. The family were lovely and showed us how to make dairy and gluten free pancakes – out of saffron and rice milk (and other ingredients I can’t recall). They then brought out an amazing feast for us. The sheer volume of food was astounding! I don’t know that anyone had a good sleep that night as it was very noisy with animals and police turning up to check passports (regular occurrence in Vietnam) and the beds weren’t the most comfortable. It was fun though. 

I got two dresses and a pair of jandals (flip flops) made in Hoi An, it’s a lovely quaint little town and a nice slow pace compared to the cities. I also went abseiling there – I’m hooked, it’s such a rush! I want to do it here in NZ but it’s SO expensive! After Hoi An the weather got a lot cooler and continued to get cold. Ho Chi Minh City reminded me of Auckland with the immense humidity, it wasn’t the most exciting city, but I was glad to have been. We had a couple of wet miserable days in Hue before going on our third overnight train to Hanoi and then bus to Halong Bay. We had a fun boat trip in Halong Bay, some of the others went Kayaking around a fishing village but I was getting sick with a headcold so opted to lie in the sun on the boat – bliss!

Hanoi was a culture shock. It is SO busy! I was told the population of Hanoi alone is 7 million and there are 5 million motorbikes – I swear I saw them all. I was quite ill by that point so after lunch on our first day there I went back to the hotel on my own and the rest of the group had a walk around. I had to climb over motorbikes, one guy helped me up over his bike while I was standing on his wheel, someone else helped me stand on the back of the seat so I could jump off over. It was nuts. Craziest thing I’v ever seen, and I thought Bangkok was nuts?! Bangkok was tame compared to Hanoi. We went to a water puppet show which was so cute! I really enjoyed it, so much so I fell asleep. It was a nice temperature inside and the music so soothing and calming. After a couple of days in Hanoi we flew to Laos and started our trip in Vientiane (capital city) where we walked around for a morning (many kilometres of walking that day) to see a Pagoda and temples. From there we went to Vang Vieng which is like a surf town, or holiday town. It’s quite touristy but still quite cheap. There is a bar there called Kangaroo bar which a few of the group and I visited. We were paying $1.50USD (equivalent) for 1.5L beer. Crazy! We had a day kayaking on the Mekong River. I stupidly thought “oh my legs never get burnt I won’t waste sunscreen on them” – legs do get burnt and it hurts! My shins were tomato red for days and so hot! They ended up going brown then peeling two weeks later! Luang Prabang is the capital of Laos and I really liked it there. We were there for Christmas so had a cooler Christmas than I’m used to but only by a few degrees! We had a nice group dinner out on Christmas eve then a street food market dinner on Christmas day ($1.50 for buffet!). On Christmas Day we went to Kuang Si waterfall where we climbed to the top. I had to scramble up this bank like a small child on my hands and knees. I felt so ill at the top – the most exercise I’ve done on Christmas day ever I’m sure. It was so much fun. 

After Luang Prabang we had two days on a slow boat on the Mekong River, the night we had another homestay; this time in a fishing village on the banks of the Mekong. The village was tiny, smaller than the farm my parents manage. The kids were so cute and taught us different words and generally laughed at our bad pronounciation and our names. That homestay was quite good, I should have slept well but not sleeping in a locked room does wicked things to my crazy brain so I was on edge all night. (I still can’t sleep anywhere I can’t lock the door). The second day of the slow boat was a bit torturous as we were all getting cabin fever. Not actually as the boat had a roof and half sides but was basically open so it was bloody cold! We got to the Laos/Thai border and had to do all the immigration stuff. Getting into Thailand some of us were charged 5BHT but others weren’t. We couldn’t figure it out haha Not worth arguing over as 27BHT was $1NZD. 

The first night in Thailand we stayed in a strange small town and had an ok dinner together as a group. The following day the two people who had had fried rice for dinner were severely ill with food poisoning and some of the rest of us felt a bit dodgy. Before we carried on to Chiang Mai we went to the hospital to visit some people from a different G Adventures group who had been hit by a drunk driver when they were walking back to their hotel. Those poor people were in a bad way, they would all live and walk again but just seeing them was really hard. I felt so sorry for them, they were on a trip of a lifetime and only just beginning their tour (going reverse to us) and they were all going home as soon as they were discharged from hospital. One girl couldn’t walk as her back was so swollen and sore, she was going to require a lot of physio when she got back to Australia. When we got to Chiang Mai the sick people took to their beds and the rest of us went to Tiger Kingdom to cuddle some tigers and see them up close and personal. I was filiming tigers play fighting in their pool and they fell over splashing us and I got water in the lens of my camera. Thankfully it has since dried and no long lasting damage that I can see. But it meant the next day when we were at the Elephant Conservatory I had to use my phone so my photos are decent but not quite as good as I’d have liked. Elephants. Ah it was so amazing going there, we saw them take a bath and play in the water, they put on a show and painted for us, we went on a ride and then saw the nursery and the hospital as well. This conservation park lets the elephants go at night and they are free to come back the following morning if they choose. Most do as they are rescued from circuses and things so they are used to human contact and being fed. Any that are bred there are let go into the jungle and live a life free in the jungle. Lovely place. I was ill that day having had food poisoning set in, lucky it was quite mild so aside from some vomiting the previous night I was just nauseous and not hungry. A little clammy but it was bearable.

From Chiang Mai we took a sleeper train to Bangkok. By this point the food poisoning had sort of gone away but I was getting horrid waves of nausea so although the train was comfortable and steady I did have some moments where I wasn’t very happy. We had one final day in Bangkok, most of the group went to see temples but two of my friends I’d travelled with and I went for a 10km+ walk to the MBK mall again and wandered around having a leisurely lunch and just chilling out looking at shops. We were temple’d out by then! That night we had dinner at Cabbages and Condoms – http://www.cabbagesandcondoms.com check out the website for all that they do. It was an interesting meal with the two really sick only just coming right and I was still feeling a bit dodgy. Ginger ale became my favourite drink! 

The following day was 31st December, one of my friends and I flew to Krabi for the next five days where she was happy to do very little while I suffered from extreme nausea and an inability to really eat until our last day. I still can’t have lactose milk or flavoured yoghurt or cream cheese, sour cream or ice cream. I’ve worked my way up to a little cheese, cottage cheese appears to be ok and greek yoghurt and goats milk feta. Our flights home were good, we were both awake for over 24 hours as my friend doesn’t sleep whilst travelling and I (despite having slept on every other flight, bus ride and boat ride) just wasn’t sleepy – too excited about getting home. We had been given access to the Qantas business lounge between Sydney and Auckland which was fantastic, away from the hustle and bustle of the airport and quiet. With great food. I ate a little but by the time we had to board our flight the nausea was back and I was not feeling good. I forced myself to sleep as soon as the plane set off and felt less ill when I woke up, avoided lunch which smelt awful. Luckily I’d been spraying perfume on myself while at the airport and my cardigan which I’d removed smelt soooo good so I held that over my face the remainder of the flight.

I had never been so glad to see my bed as I was when I finally got home, my cats couldn’t quite believe it was me haha They were so cute and didn’t leave the house much for the next four days. I guess they wanted to make sure they weren’t dreaming it. 

I had such a wonderful time on my trip and I’m so glad I went. It’s definitely set the travel bug alight though and I had originally thought South America would be my next trip but it’s not that appealing at the moment. So NYC to LA here I come. I also want to go to the Greek Islands (on a cruise I think), Spain & Italy. As well as Ireland. But plenty of time for that :)

It’s another public holiday here in New Zealand, this one is Waitangi Day. I think for most New Zealanders it’s more about having a day off than the actual meaning of the day. Now what I think it’s about is celebrating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (1840 I think). Ok I googled as I wasn’t actually sure and yes it was in 1840 and the Treaty is New Zealand’s founding document. I didn’t know that by signing it made us part of the British Empire – now I do!

Anyway it’s a public holiday which is great as this week has been super busy at work! Due to a public holiday last week for Auckland Anniversary day. Our factory manager is struggling to keep the factory organised so I’m kind of taking over and doing my own thing, I’m sure it doesn’t endear me to him but I’m not going to sit back and watch while things the rest of us have worked so hard for just crumble around our ears! I had intended on going for a nice long walk today, but it’s very overcast and dull outside, doesn’t thrill me. I’ll go to the gym later instead.

I’ve been pretty good with exercising lately and eating well – helps when you don’t have spare money to eat badly! I hit a new PB on the leg press of 120kgs. It’s not quite my pre knee op of 180kgs but it’s a HUGE improvement on where I was a year ago. I’m starting to see my legs leaning down and losing cm’s. I lost 7cm of belly fat since end of October 2013 – I’m stoked!

I’ve been dreaming of all these things I want to spend money on but I don’t want to spend money haha I’ve done some goal setting which is really just put in place a plan to achieve my dreams :) At some point in the next year or so I’ll buy a new car as the one I have is a bit old and tired. Although still good it’s old and will need more maintenance as time goes by as I do a lot of driving, every time I see my parents that’s over 1000km. I’ve decided on America as my next trip. I’m going to do a Topdeck tour from New York City to Los Angeles. Yay! I can’t wait to book it and start planning properly. I can’t go until 2016 as I need to save money and sort a few things out financially first.

One of my furbabies is on my lap at the moment, having forced the laptop onto the bed beside me. After forcing me to pat her she then bit me to tell me we were done. The other cat was overly affectionate this morning and spent time in the bathroom while I brushed my teeth – strange cat that one. But I love them both. 

Hope you all have a lovely Thursday

Crazy Cat Lady xx

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