How is it going? Let me start…

Well, we have hit the four month mark of living down here in Gisborne, and I will say that the change in location has been one for the memory banks. In both good and bad ways, of course.

Reuban and I have been home owners for 3 of the four months, and we still can’t get over it some nights. “This. Is. OURS!! We can do whatever we like with the house; and no one can tell us we can’t.” This comes up on nights when the TV is off and we’re either reading or gaming/writing on our computers and the house is… silent.

The only sounds we get are the neighbours sheep, pigs, and dogs, a few trucks, cars, and tractors driving past, and… that’s it. I can say that I do NOT miss the thrum of noise from the big smoke. AT ALL!!! Even if we were not on the main road, we still heard it from a few streets away back in Auckland. I would not be surprised if I could not fall asleep if and when I go back for a visit.

I can also say, with a bit of pride, my driving confidence has grown substantially in this time as well. Since Reuban is at work during the week, if there was something that was needed in town, and he was unable to go get it after work, or during a lunch break, I went and got it. The drive in is not that long, thankfully – about 15 to 20 minutes depending, and I have slowly but surely gotten to know the layout of the township of Gisborne.

If I could, I would take a video of my drive, but haven’t gotten around to that yet. And the people. My gosh, the people are just the nicest bunch I have ever met. So helpful, it is so nice to see. Not that I’m knocking the people I know back in Auckland, but I’ve had perfect strangers just smile, nod, and wave as I’ve walked/driven past. I never got much of that in Auckland, or at least the CBD.

Sadly though, I am still looking for some work, but I keep looking for ones that I know I could do. I just email my CV through and hope for the best. I will say that I am getting a few phone calls and email responses for a few, and not just the regular ‘generic’ response of “We have received your email, … , we will get in touch… blah blah…” but actual ‘human sounding/reading’ emails. I was shocked with some of the first few. I even got a posted letter response for one! What?!

Okay, I didn’t get the job, but a posted letter back. With a signature no less!! That was a BIG surprise, and I was not at all upset that I had missed out on a job. The fact that someone took the type to write this letter, sign it and POST it to me is just. Wow. I have NEVER seen that happen. EVER!! Something will come up, I’m sure. Just keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed and thinking positive is all I can do really.

And finally, slowly but surely, the house is feeling more like a home now. We’ve gotten almost all the photos up on the walls now. We even got a second bed just last week into one of the spare rooms, so now it doesn’t echo in there so much (haha). Only second-hand, but it does the job well.

Well, that’s all for now. I better go and get this dinner started before I loose all motivation on being productive. Until next time, keep smiling.

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We are Home Owners!!

I know, it has been a while. A lot has happened since the last post, all pretty good news on all fronts.

So, first off… We are now living in a house, that we OFFICIALLY OWN ON PAPER!!!

I think one reason as to why I haven’t posted lately is the fact that it still feels so surreal. Both Reuban and I still can’t get over the feeling of it. Especially since it is just us, and the dog living in the house. Some nights we don’t even have any screens going – laptop, computer, television, phones – we just sit on the couch and read. Admiring on how peaceful it is, especially since we aren’t right in the centre of town.

Mind, it wasn’t all smooth sailing to get the place, which I will save for another post, regarding the ins-and-outs of first home buying in New Zealand.

And second, I am now officially into my studies for a Master’s in Communication Studies and Popular Culture!! Now this is what I am really looking forward to, as it covers a topic that I am rather interested in – fan culture.

Being a part of many fandoms, I can’t wait to look into this area, especially since it is – least to me – an area of research that has not been looked at in greater detail. What I am going to research is the use of GIFs as a means of communicating. And the images I am looking at specifically are from the television show Supernatural.

Even though I don’t know how to write the thesis, I am really going to enjoy working on this, as it gives me an excuse to watch the show on a binge. (hehe)

Latest news, and possibilities

Well, it has finally happened. It took a while, and a lot to go and understand (on my half) but….

WE ARE (almost) HOMEOWNERS!!!!!

When I say almost, we have gone unconditional, but are still needing to sign off on a few more documents before mortgage payments start. It has certainly been a busy time, going from the big smoke – like Auckland, to a small town like Gisborne.

It has been very exciting, even having to wait for all our stuff to arrive was actually nice. No TV, no Internet (only relying on data on our phones) no landline or other ‘necessities’; such as a fridge, freezer or washer.

But now, we have all of those… well, not currently the washer – wasn’t doing its job, so is getting fixed (hopefully). Anyway, we have them all and are getting use to it all.

I even have a job interview tomorrow, which is going to be interesting. The first of many that I have applied for, or even just handed my CV into them. I will no doubt keep up-to-date on this regard.

I do wish I had gotten a response from something where I can get into writing for a newspaper, but nothing of the sort yet. Can only keep trying and hoping. I’m not even sure on what is going on with my marks for study at the moment. Fingers crossed, right.

It still doesn’t feel real. I don’t know why, but sitting here, in OUR lounge, it makes my heart do somersaults, and I could honestly cry. I’d be putting our photos up, but I’m wanting to work together with Reuban so as to get them all in the right places.

I may put photos up at a later date, to show the process of each room, but for now, I’ll sort photos out on the floor, keep the house tidy and keep sending my CV out into the world.

Until next time. Hopefully not such a big break in between again.

Where are we now?

I can’t believe we are now in MAY! Everything is now moving so quickly, I don’t think that I am able to keep up with it at times, especially with so much that I have to do before Reuban and I move.

So, quick update on that regard, since I feel I didn’t quite cover it in the last post.

Reuban and I are checking out a few banks, on which will have the best offers for us to be able to get a house. And also, we have sorted through our belongings and are slowly getting rid of things we don’t want or need.

It’s certainly feeling very real now, and I can’t just put one emotion to it.

Am I excited? Yes. I am looking forward to this new adventure. Somewhere new, and not so busy will certainly be a nice change, as well as meeting new people.

Am I nervous? Oh, hell yes! I’m going out of my comfort zone into the unknown and being so use to what life in Auckland is, it will be something I will likely be nervous for, for a while. But I will no doubt get passed it and adapt.

There is just so much to do and have done in time, least for me it feels. Being a student, working, trying to pack for the move AND get my licence at the same time.

Can't breathe

I might have to end this post now, since even thinking on all of this makes me feel ill. Onto one thing at a time, might just help…. who knows?

Freaking out here!!!

I’ll admit, at times I have to go back and look at something again before I notice that I just blurt out random thoughts. Much like writing this blog.

I almost actually have to write things down (by hand… urgh. Sore wrist), sort through them, and then actually put them into comprehensive words  that make sense.

Like my previous blog. Though I may have made it sound like Reuban was getting me to write down what it is we’re doing – our thoughts, processes and what have, it wasn’t that at all. I want to be a writer. I love writing. And it was this way that he thought that I could be able to do this, and even go and get my name out into the blog-sphere (if that’s what it’s called).

Even when I’m writing essays for assignments, I can go back, change a word, a sentence, to make it flow better. With blogging, though I can edit it once it has been posted, it doesn’t seem to flow as well.

Hence why it does take me a while to follow up with another post.

But anyway, plans are still on the go path. I am (very) slowly, starting to sort through my junk (polite word use) and sorting through what it is that I want to take when we find a place to move.

And I’ll admit, I have accumulated A LOT of … “Junk”. Though I might not be ruthless enough at times, I am trying to be. A long weekend is coming up – ANZAC Day in New Zealand, and I would be working on this a lot more, if I didn’t have a crucial 4000 word assignment to have done.

I also have to work on the public holiday, which is good. More $$ for me!! Yet, I can’t help but also think that I lose a day of other productive work, whether it be sorting, or writing my assignment. I can’t win. And I freak the *bleep* out over it at times.

Believe me, I am nowhere near ready to move out of home at this very moment, but I do try to do something major every day. Like today. I came into Uni so that I don’t end up distracting myself with TV shows and reading so that I can work on my assignment – doing well considering I’m writing on my blog (haha).

At least I am trying, right?

Do, or Do not Urgh, yeah. Thanks Yoda. Now that just makes it worse. (Shut up, Yoda)

Academic reading is just so long at times. If it’s on something that you have no fancy over, you’d just end up looking to something else.

Though, with my topic at this moment, I am enjoying it. Heck, I’m doing a class specifically ON what it is I am writing for the 4000 word assignment!! It’s just so hard to try and find sources that can be of a great help in the area of research.

Well, better get back into it. Only another 3000 words to go… Yay!!

 

And this is my story… [in progress]

Right. So, another blog.

This time however, it is going to show my opinions and thoughts about going through  with moving out of a big city to a whole new location.

First off, I shall introduce myself for everyone.

Hi, my name is Darlene. I am a Taurus who loves reading, writing… wait. No, this isn’t AA, or some dating website (ew).

But seriously, I’m Darlene, I am currently working in retail, as well as studying as a post-graduate student at AUT in Auckland City, New Zealand. I won’t say my age (because why should I?) but I am at a point in my life where the need for something and somewhere new is a much wanted life-goal and necessity.

Selfie with the boyfriend/partner at Shakespear Park (2008)
Selfie with the boyfriend/partner at Shakespear Park (2009)

This is me, with my partner. His name is Reuban, and he will make some appearances in my future posts from time-to-time. He is also currently a sales rep for a company that sells all things related to the maintenance of cars. (don’t want to say the name just yet, in case)

We have been together for almost seven years now, and this is the first big adventure that we have done together (so far…) It is he, that got me to start this blog in particular, so that I can document what we go through, what I think about what he is telling me, or what and where he hopes to see us going. But, since I am wanting to be the writer, he said I should do all this, instead of him. (Not really, but that’s the gist of it… I think)

NB: I am still working on how I want this blog to look, so bare with me. There will be a number of possible changes over the next couple of days, which will likely just be cosmetic to how I want the whole page to look and flow.

Mixie, the Foxie-whippet cross nine-year-old fur baby. (2014)
Mixie, the Foxie-whippet cross nine-year-old fur baby.

We also have a dog, her name is Mixie. She is a nine(ish) year old Foxie-Whippet cross and is just… well, she’s the first dog that I have had that is indirectly mine – long story, but, she was found by Reuban and his mum and Reuban just took her in and has just.. been there ever since. ‘The foundling’ is what she is called from time to time.

So, I think that is all the initial introductions out of the way, and I am not sure what else there is to add…

If someone has a question at all, about anything, just leave me (or Reuban for that matter) a comment below. I will do my best to post something at least once a week, but … I do have a tendency of leaving my blogs for weeks, or months at a time without posting, but I will try my best.