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When I’m 31…

5 Jan

10 Winter warrior goals
1 – lose 10kg by 28th March 2011
2 – Run 5k in less than 30 mins – last run was 5.15k in 33 mins in 2 degrees.
3 – Learn 1 new knitting stitch
4 – Declutter every Monday
5 – Plan next week every Thursday – work
6 – Eat proper homecooked meals 4 times a week
7 – Finish my knitted scarf project
8 – Reach 1000 geocaches by 28th March 2011 – currently at 978
9 – Keep a food diary. – 100% so far
10 – Change my name on everything – have requested forms


Reverb 10 – Appreciation

20 Dec

December 14 – Appreciate What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein)

I’ve come to appreciate PEOPLE – in all shapes and forms. One in particular: I’ve depended a lot on my husband and hopefully everyday I demonstrate my appreciation in my thoughts and actions.

However, throughout this year I’ve come to be less wary of strangers and have found nearly all the people I’ve met are just lovely. Sometimes it’s hard to show how grateful you are, like at the end of my contract I sent an email to all my colleagues to try to put into words how I felt, knowing that in person I’d end up tearful, which the next day was proved correct. Overall though, I believe in treating others how you like to be treated so I make sure I’m good mannered and openly friendly. There’s no better way to show you appreciate someone than to treat them properly.

Reverb 10 – Action

16 Dec

December 13 – Action When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Author: Scott Belsky)


My next step is always right a list.

Reverb 10 – 11 things in 2011

12 Dec

Prompt: 11 Things. What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?

This fits so seamlessly with our current situation of packing and repacking to relocate back around the world. We came to NZ with 2 checked pieces of luggage @ 23kg each and carry on luggage and now due to rule changes we are returning with only 1 piece to go in the hold. It’s not going fantastically well and there is a mass cull of clothing that will be too flimsy for Scottish summers; too tatty or too big.

So next year…

  1. Continue to lose weight – 11kilos would be great.
  2. Paper clutter – do I need to keep that Visa statement when I can see it online?
  3. Unloved items. I’m not one of those people who uses something they don’t love. If I love it, I’ll use it till it wears out.
  4. Fortune telling – as in over thinking/pre-analysing a situation to the point that I can’t do anything for fear it’ll cause offence or it’s so late I need to rush the task. I’m made head way with this but still got some way to go.
  5. Entitlement thinking – I’ve done X so I can do Y! Sometimes, I’ve found that I should think ‘I’ve done X so I should just be pleased.’ No extrinsic reward necessary.
  6. Housework guilt. – do it daily and not let it build up then I don’t need to think about it.
  7. Books – Here, I’ve enjoyed using the library and this is far better economically and environmentally.
  8. Workload stress – Use my time in the building wisely. Don’t stop at 3pm for a breather cos it’s harder to get going again.
  9. Ready meals – they’re expensive and full of artifical stuff. Better to eat beans on toast than a frozen ready meal.
  10. Excuses to not exercise. – this has improved but I need to remember why it’s important
  11. Magazine collecting – only buy select ones or subscribe and recycle old ones to avoid clutter.

It was quite hard to think of 11. Although I’m sure some of these things are so big they encompass many smaller things.


Reverb 10 – Wisdom

12 Dec

Prompt: Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?


From the

Wisdom is:

1. The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.

2. Common sense; good judgment


The decision to take the opportunity to apply for my current job,  has had a lasting positive effect. It was good judgment as I had visited the school, met some of the teachers, volunteered and worked there so I had a general feel for the place. I weighed up my decision as it was a long term temporary post which would tie me down and they stated they preferred NZ trained applicants but I figured if you’ve got to by in it to win it. It’s made financial sense but also more satisfying as, in the wee bit of supply teaching I did I didn’t find it so fulfilling as having my own class.


Reverb 10 – Rocking Social Gathering

12 Dec

Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.

Yay for Shauna to throw in a prompt about good times!

This year I’ve been really lucky to attend lots of dinners/parties/even a dinner dance. But the ones that stick in my mind are 2 pub quizzes style quizes with my new colleagues at the time.

1st quiz – school staff, mixed themed teams. Mine was ‘French Connection’ or ‘Yacht bombers’ as one colleague called us. We wore berets, big black fake moustaches and stripes. We came 2nd equal! The banter to and fro was good natured although the 2 quiz masters were strict – wouldn’t like to be a kid messing about in their class! The beer went well with the ‘chippies’ and I was introduced to Jaffas! Not Jaffa cakes but Kiwi spherical red smarties – with no descernable orange taste.

2nd quiz  – I was a member of the staff team at the School Parents group fundraising quiz. We acquitted ourselves well coming 2nd again – even against a professional team! (Who knew they existed?) It was fancy dress again with ever so flattering itchy wigs! Unfortunately we were the only ones dressed up but ach well.

I spose the next pub quiz will have to be at the Cameo, Leith in 2011. – Bring it on.

Reverb10 – no.7

8 Dec

December 7 Prompt

Author: Cali Harris

Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?

2010 has been my year experiencing what life is like without community. It wasn’t fun. I found myself going to the supermarket daily so I could have human interaction with someone other than my husband. Then I joined weighwatchers. Then I found a friend. She introduced me to native Kiwis and gave me the insider’s guide to the town. I volunteered. Eventually I found a job and have colleagues who are some of the best I’ve ever had.

Previously my community in the UK had been my work colleagues, friends. and geocaching acquaintances/friends.  If I’m honest and analytical I wasn’t really involved in my local community where I lived. The area scared me.  That’s something I want to change in 2011. I want to be part of where I live; to know the faces and names of at least some of the people in the street. I want to be someone people can ask for help. Community matters. Having no community is very lonely. I know. I’ve tried it.