Friday, 18 October 2013

Christmas This Year

Christmas this year is going to be different. It will be the first time in my life I haven't spent it with my parents and sisters. All because I work in retail and they refuse to give any time off over the Holiday period.

So I've been thinking of what I can do to make our first Christmas of just Andrew and me special.

  1. Get a better Christmas tree. We have a tiny little one at the moment and I'd like one that's around 6ft that I can decorate properly.
  2. Do something nice and special for Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every Christmas I've always had a roast meal. This year I'd like to do something different as a roast in the middle of summer in New Zealand is sweltering.
  3. Bake Christmas treats. There are many little Christmas treats that make Christmas special to me. I'll just have to make them myself this year. I'll also probably buy a few things that I don't feel confident making myself such as Christmas mince pies, brandy snaps and Christmas pudding.
  4. Decorate the house properly. In the past, I haven't gone as all out as we've always been travelling somewhere else.
  5. Maybe we could head to the beach for a picnic lunch or dinner or something
So many ideas floating around my head. I want to make it special for us but it's just going to be so different for both of us not being around family.

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Chaos & Crackers

Blissful and Domestic

Sunday, 6 October 2013


While spending the day at work, I wasn't able to avoid the news that the All Blacks had won the game against South Africa. But I wanted to see how!

Luckily, hubby recorded the game for me and he didn't even watch it until now.

I don't know what it is, but I love watching a good game of rugby. The intensity. The passion. (The guys - no! I'm a married woman - only one guy for me).

I think the fact that I live in New Zealand, probably the most rugby mad nation in the world helps me to like rugby. That and the fact that it was the time Dad and I were able to have some bonding time when I was young. No-one else in my family was interested really. It was just Dad and me eating chips and me nicking some of his beer while he was yelling at the ref. Fantastic.

Now, me and the hubby watch it and have our own beer and chips while commenting (we don't generally yell at the ref. Just cheer on good rugby :) )

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Blissful and Domestic

Friday, 4 October 2013


As I write this smells are wafting over the fence from our neighbours. Delicious smells of a barbeque. Why must they have their BBQ set up so close to the fence?I'm sitting here absolutely craving a nice steak done on the BBQ.

But I can't have one. We don't have a barbeque. We seriously must be one of the few NZ households that don't. And I miss it.

Now that we're coming into summer, I want one. On those warm summer evenings I want a barbequed steak and a nice salad. OM NOM.

I want to be like this kiwi dude below (except without DAD on the apron - I'll never be a dad :P )

Yours sincerely,

A Kiwi without a barbeque