This evening we went out for dinner at a delightful French-Vietnamese restaurant, Apache, in Wellington Central.
Every time I go into the city, I walk past Apache and tell myself that I need to eat there at some point. This has been happening for about three or four years now!
Bring on Fall Out Boy and Something Corporate, Jimmy Eat World and My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte and Cute is what we aim for, Adema and Finch...BRING ON THE EMO!!!
After a week of hearing aids, I can report that they're not that bad really.
Bay Audiology gave me a ring to check how i was getting on with the hearing aids late last week. Which i personally thought was lovely :)
This afternoon i am on study leave...so of course i am getting hardly anything done...I have discovered podcasts though. They are brilliant.
I discovered that the newest season of Dr. Who is on TVNZ On Demand :)
Day 2 of being a hearing aid wearer.
My hearing aids make a whooshing noise...i'm not sure if they are supposed to. There are also quite a lot of odd noises i've been hearing today!
At first I just blamed James for mumbling and didn't think anything else of it...but as it turns out, there is something wrong with my hearing. Today was D-Day…well that should probably be HA-Day: Hearing Aid Day...today I get my first pair of hearing aids.
After a break of around ten years...yes ten years...i have sewn my latest clothing item :)
There’s nothing wrong with it and it works like a dream...I suppose I had better learn how to use it ;)
As James was in Auckland for a conference, i thought i'd pop up to him. We could make a weekend.
We stayed in the Ibis Budget...and my goodness it was shocking! When it said budget i thought it'd be reasonably nice but this was a teeny tiny room with a tiny ensuite bathroom and thats pretty much it. I can't even say "it's okay, we didn't pay much"...because we did!
Today James wanted to go mountain biking at Makara. I didn't want to go mountain biking but i did want to go for a walk...so i took myself off while James was cycling.
You'll remember that James and I tried to adapt our shopping habits..well we also made a decision to try eating more fruit and vegetables. Woohoo! I guess we're proper grown ups now!
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make."
As James and I are moving into a house together this year, we had a conversation about what type of house we want to hold together. We decided to be a little more proactive with our lifestyle choices; we’ve gone a bit hippy!
I say hippy, but what I actually mean is that we’re simply trying to have less of an impact on the world around us. This means trying not to buy anything that has plastic in/on/around it…which is actually really easy if you plan life a bit better…and trying to create less waste. And hopefully not being an insufferable bore about it all.
Every year i decide upon some resolutions for the year...and every year i promptly either forget them or just don't do any of them...so this year i'm not setting resolutions, just goals.
I think that maybe goals will (hopefully) be easier to track and keep on top of...well, thats the idea anyway!!!
Whew...what an amazing month!
I've been very lax about doing any kind of blogging, tweeting or social media-ness as i've just been having FAR too much fun to actually sit in front of a computer and do any writing. So, in no particular order (other than the order that i've remembered everything in), here is what i have been up to lately...
New Years Day had us learning how trains work in Japan!
We got a train from Niseko to Kutchan, another from Kutchan to Otaru and then finally, one more from Otaru to Sapporo. Phew! It sounds like hard work, but actually was no harder than getting the bus into town :) It's organised chaos but it works.
27th December - 1st January
After a few days of terrible weather and being shut up inside, we were finally able to get out onto the snow! It's wonderful.
Sunday 24th December
As we had only booked one night in the capsule hotel (really we just wanted to know what a capsule hotel was like), we had to move on to our proper hotel for the remainder of our visit: Pension Tomten.
Where we're staying is called 'Niseko United', and it is made up of one mountain with four connected ski resorts that share a joint lift ticket, should you so desire.
Apparently it's one of Japans most popular ski resort regions. It's to the west of Sapporo city on the eastern and southern slopes of Mt Niseko Annupuri. There are amazing views of Mt Yotei, and what makes it the most popular resorts is it's often top quality dry powder snow conditions. It's really not that hard to see why so many people love it here (i've only been here a short while and i love it already).
This year James and i went all out on a big adventure and travelled to Japan for the festive season (and Seoul too, but you'll hear more about that later). It exceeded all expectations and i most certainly want to go back. As soon as possible! There was snow and ice, winds that shut down the entire ski resort, onsens, all you can eat BBQ's, lots of J-Pop and the most technologically advanced toilets i've ever seen! It was amazing!
Well i must say that the week didn't really get off to the best of starts. Monday, as i was riding my motorbike down Hay Street, the car driver behind me drove into me and knocked my bike over, with me still on it!
Thankfully i managed to jump out of the way of the falling bike, but not without it landing on my leg. The driver swiftly helped me take my bike off the road and stand it up, checking to see if i was okay. She drove me to the hospital and made sure that i was okay...which i was really...just in shock...as was she. She sat with me while i filled in all of the ACC forms and checked back on me while i was off getting X-Rays. Overall i came off pretty okay, just strains and sprains and signed off for a few days.
Thankfully now i've had a bit of a rest it's all pretty much back to normal.
I did find out that there is a NEW motorbike waiting to be delivered for me at the local Suzuki dealer. Woohoo. What a great thing to have!!! It's the 2018 model of the bike i already have (Which is perfect). I can't wait!!!
- The CycleWorld website has a page about it :)
The good old TU250x was a bit worse for wear a few months ago when i took her off the road. I thought that as i know pretty much nothing about motorbikes, i'd be better off leaving the fixing to someone else...however, i left it a bit too long and the bike needed a WoF (Warrant of Fitness) within the fortnight and so i had to try and get it started myself to save on the hefty callout fees of the mechanics.
In order to try and get my bike started i first had to figure out what the problem was, which turned out to actually be quite a fun adventure!
As per my usual blog writing, it's taken me forever to get around to writing a blog post about the fact that I WENT HOME TO THE UK!
After a long week of work, James and i set off for the airport, at 2pm on the Friday...and so began our homeward bound adventure!
We travelled from Wellington - Melbourne - Dubai - London Heathrow (in one go) and it wasn't TOO bad; we dressed reasonably smart so that we might have the possibility of getting upgraded (we didn't), and managed to get good seats for most of the way.
We managed the Wellington - Melbourne flight without any hassle, but upon arriving in Melbourne, realised that we weren't sat together for the rest of the (14 hour and 9 hour) flights. We couldn't find the normal Qantas help desk, instead finding the Qantas lounge. They were incredibly helpful, getting us seats next to each other for the long flight, and getting us a row of three between the two of us for the last leg. It was lovely!
This weekend we hiked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It was lovely :)
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