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Settling In and SLOWLY Getting Organized

loving life in NZ

sunny 19 °C

OK OK it’s been a while now and we have no excuse but to be 200% organized but we are not. What with long hours at work, beach walks for coffee on the week end, and myriad other things… we are still a major work in progress in the new rental. Howard just assembled book cases so we can unpack some books; a good feeling of “home” for sure. I go through phases of unpacking which translates to mostly not - b/c I want to play when io have time off!

Update: spent the best part of this week in Brisbane (Gold Coast) Australia at company HQ. It was wonderful! Really learned a lot. I did not get any information or history on Brisbane beforehand so have nothing to offer. The river is lovely, meanders through the central business district with ferries racing past pedestrians taking the slow route. My camera pooped out or I would have included pix of graceful 30 feet tall stainless steel “ribs” lining the blocks long boardwalk with pink bougainvillea entwining and trailing thus offering shade to hot and weary walkers. It was simply gorgeous. Another funny thing: there is BEACH with sand right along the river cleverly called South Beach. I wished I had my bathing suit so I could have jumped into the giant pool - about 2 blocks long. Weather was really HOT and HUMID; I got a blister.

Other news: We like it here a lot. My list of things that are challenging is diminishing as my list of things I miss is likewise diminishing. It’s been 6 months now. We watch/read news from the US with great alarm and concern. It doesn’t look good. Kenzie is deliriously happy and we walk along the beach to the village everyday @ 6 AM. The rubbish guys are out busy working and she has a major fan club. I’m still struggling to find clothes I like and can afford. It is SO expensive for SUCH poor quality. I know I know, what a boring uptown problem: I need to find humid summer style professional wardrobe suitable for travel and trade shows…… this clothes fanatic is seriously suffering! I will stop whining now. Thanksgiving is coming up and I can not even think about it. The idea of a big heavy meal is too much; the idea of a gathering of friends and family is delicious.

Howard is great and has taken over more household chores so I can take a breath. He is busy every day taking care of lots of mundane stuff + working + working out and is pretty darn amazing. We are watching Glee so sorry if I’m being incoherent! Busy week end coming up with giant sculpture show in nearby oopsy boopsy Devonport. Hope you are all well. Happy SPRING from down under!

Posted by Hilary G 23:53 Archived in New Zealand

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Hey Hillary! Did you get the photo of the house here all in fall glory? I have read your last blogs but haven't commented...sorry! I am still in the process of recuperating. Seems to take a long time this go-round. Anyhow the blog on the tax deal was interesting...and yes,you are right, things over here are worrisome to say the least with all the upcoming changes. I am nervous about my Medicare which will start in March I HOPE! And my social security! I need to take a minute and check out your photos but I need to get dressed...being unemployed has its advantages!! haha It is finally getting cold here so send some NZ sunshine this way and some heat with it! I can't wait to see photos of your new home and I find it hard to believe you guys have been there 6 months. Amazing! Glad you are liking it...it seems quite the adventure!!

by barbmercha

Happy Thanksgiving Hilary. I thought of you and Howard yesterday. I'm always pleased to get your blogs--so glad you're and Howard are having fun in NZ. I keep looking for you on Skype but never see you logged in. I would enjoy chatting with you to hear about your new job. Please email me your telephone number and I'll give you a call during the holidays. All is well here in Denver. Lots of love to you and Howard.

by dgarris

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