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.


Reverb10 – no.6

8 Dec

December 6 Prompt
Author: Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project

Prompt: Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?

I make my husband happy. Or at least I try.

I make art work with my kids – the last was a chalk pastille mountain landscape using hot/cold colours.

I made sherbet just yesterday for our science projects – we are learning about reactions: fizz and foam.

I have been making a scarf since September 2009. I really enjoy the repetitive nature of knitting but I need to be in the right frame of mind and the start of a boiling (relative to UK) NZ summer isn’t helping me get on with it. I’d think I’d like knitting on the plane but that’s not really an option now is it?

I’ve subscribed to lots of crafting blogs as I appreciate other people’s efforts and ideas. Whether I try to make them isn’t important – I just do what I can in between my other interests.

Reverb10 – no.5

8 Dec

December 5 Prompt
Author: Alice Bradley
Let’s Panic About Babies

Prompt: Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?

This year I let go dramatically. We left Scotland with what we could carry. Everything else went into storage. We left stuff. We left people. We left our old lives.

Taking the step away has made us realise we miss and need our people, not everyday, but we miss the opportunity to see them when we can. The thought of them being 32hours and several thousand pounds away is too much.

The stuff we can take or leave.  In fact, as we return to Scotland in less than 2 weeks, again, we will be leaving stuff in another country. It’s a good way to simplify your life and learn to be less consumeristic. (is that a word?)

Also between us we have let go of 42kg! We don’t want that back.

Reverb10 – no.4

8 Dec

December 4 Prompt
Author: Jeff Davis
The Journey from the Center to the Page

Prompt: Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?


I’m brimming with wonder like a neglected pan on the hob. I don’t know how I cultivate it. Maybe it’s working with 8 year olds that does it. They are full of wonder too.

Reverb10 – no.3

8 Dec

December 3 Prompt

Author: Ali Edwards
Memory Keeping Idea Books

Prompt: Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).


My right knee complains as my legs fight against gravity running down the hill. My nose tickles and eyes burn as I run past more ever-so-garden-proud Kiwis keep their lawns nice and short. Maybe if I’d taken some antihistamines I’d be finding this easier.  Now I start talking to myself: Ok, if I run to that lamp post then that’ll be the furthest I’ve run in the last 2 years. Ok, if I run to that road I can stop and walk fast.  Ok, now if I keep going to that bridge that’s more than half way.  Right keep going. C’mon! Now, must run faster than those dog walkers. I have to keep pushing my sweat soaked hair off my face, maybe if I continue I’ll just get  my hair all short – so much more practical. Now I realise I just have to keep persevering – and I’ll finish. Ok, maybe I can move a bit faster….

I hear the lawn mowers whine and a dry rasping sound. The sound is coming from me as I struggle to the end.  As I stop I mentally check over my body. My legs feel suddenly light and my core aches. But the elation is amazing. If this is what endorphines feel like, sign me up! My first nonstop 5k.

Reverb10 – No.2

8 Dec

December 2 Prompt

Author: Leo Babauta

Prompt: Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

My writing isn’t a daily thing for me apart from noting down my eating and points consumption.  However, my writing hasn’t happened this week . I’ve had great intentions and my google reader, gawker, askmetafilter, uk and nz weather reports have distracted me then I’ve face planted into the keyboard as I’ve fallen asleep.  So now I’ve dislodged the spacebar from my left nostril I can catch up with reverb.

Triffic Tues

11 Aug

So wedding plans are afoot. A cake has been ordered. The cake toppers are winging their way across the Atlantic. The bridesmaid dresses has been bought which has been the biggest source of tension so far. I very much wanted the girls to have dresses they would wear again but it’s hard finding something to suit a 12, 16 and 29 year old. So I had decided it didn’t have to be matchy matchy but that was still hard as then their personal choices were just too different. But yesterday it all worked out lovely.  Woo Hoo!

Now I’m just trying to get  hold of the wedding coordinator at the hotel to change one of our menu choices. I was pleased when she gave me her email to send her updates but I emailed her a week ago and have had no response. I tried to phone her and it rang out. I tried to call her via switchboard and it rang out – what’s with the lack of  answermachine? Anyway, the main reason is I want to send my invitations out this weekend and with the day invites goes a menu card which guests make their choice. So I need to confirm the choices with the hotel.

I just realised I haven’t blogged about passing my driving test! Yes that happened on 2nd of June. Then we had to get a new car as the insurers wouldn’t insure me on Smurf’s MX5. Driving makes life easier it has to be said although I’m need to practise parking. It’s probably just as well I didn’t need to parallel park on my test….

The holidays are finishing soon so I need to show face at work to get everything ready for the new term. Lots of  laminating will be required and good music to get momentum going for tidying and organising. Being able to drive makes getting to and from work more relaxing cos I don’t need to share my space and can go any route I feel like. 🙂