Bit of a crazy week

Trying to find routine when there is no possible way of having a ‘normal, set’ work week, is hard. I don’t know what to do at times.

There have been days recently when I just want to have a day to myself, just “chill the EFF out”, but I can’t. Least not properly. There is always tasks that needs to be done, either around the house, in town. Whatever. Cleaning, cooking, gardening, and yet if I had more than maybe one day off, I would enjoy being able to do all of that, especially on a lovely, sunny day like today. But not right now, it just seems more of a chore, than anything else.

And the worst thing about it, I procrastinate something terrible. I’ll admit that. Finding something menial to do instead of the real task, least for a while.

I’d love to go back to having just a regular routine, with normal hours where I can go out, meet people, make friends, and at least seem like the social butterfly I portray at work currently. But… trying to find the right job that can allow for that now, is not possible.

I keep looking, and asking, though I try not to get my hopes up too high, least for now. I’d love to get into doing this – writing, for a job. But there is not really anything like that around for the moment.

Well, not sure on what else to say, except that it has been an all-over the place sort of day, and then back to the grindstone tomorrow. Least the work day is a short one, and I get the afternoon to potter around the house and garden.

Till next time.

~ Darlene

Latest News – So Proud…

It’s rather ironic, from what I wrote in the last post here. Keeping my fingers crossed certainly paid off for work. As of this moment, I have been working at a local service/petrol station as their new forecourt person.

With this position, even with it being only part-time is great. I am able to meet new people, some from within Gisborne township, some who live in the outer areas – like Reuban and I, or further – and even visitors and tourists coming into the area.

Almost all the people I have spoken to have been lovely. Willing to chat, or even just to say hello and how their day is going. There may be the odd one or two that do not, but nothing I can do to change that, really.

Even more recently that I am proud of that I have accomplished since moving to Gisborne. I got my driving licence!

Admittedly, it is my restricted, but it is a step closer to getting my full one. I have been on my learners for so long, and had done the test before, I felt so worried that I might not get it.

But even with all that I did during the test, parroting the tester, talking to myself about what I saw on the road, I made only one critical error. And that was watching my speed. Thankfully I didn’t get anywhere near 60km/hr, as that would have been an instant fail, again.

Even the new licence had only just arrived this morning, I still cannot quite believe that I got it. I almost cried when the tester said I had passed. I was in a bit of a daze when he said that for a while afterwards.

The one part that I feel like I have not accomplished as well as I had hoped, was the work in regards to my studies. With the new amount of things to do at home and at work, I have not had a chance to get into writing more for my thesis, and have even applied for it to be put on hold for a few months, least until I can find a good routine with work, life and study.

Well, there is the latest updates from here, I do hope to write more soon, least when the time comes to write about them. Until next time readers. x

Home life. Cooking, cleaning, etc.

It is amazing on what can be done in just one day, given the way the day now seems to go by so fast. The amount of tasks that I try to set myself most days may be a bit much; such as washing, cleaning, cooking, and even meal prepping, but once I get started, I just keep going.

Today for example, I hope to get some deep cleaning done in the kitchen, as some previous visitors have left quite a mess on the surfaces. *cough*flies*cough* And then, once I start, I find them all over the house, and want to do the entire place, floor to ceiling.

And do I find it all annoying? The tasks of housework and maintaining a home?

Surprisingly, … No. I’m actually finding relief in it. Since I am still unable to find paid work to go out and do – least for the moment, I just get stuck into keeping the house as tidy and as clean as I can.

Least the only pest we get inside now are flies, what with the heat some days with the New Zealand summer slowly approaching. When we first moved in, there was a massive swarm of wasps in the lounge. Yes. Wasps!

Though thankfully, they were all a bit dozed when we found them, as it was in the middle of the Winter season. So, all we did was douse the buggers with fly spray – even though it wouldn’t likely kill them outright, and them swepped them up and took them outside. I despise wasps with a passion, it gave me the shivers when I took them away. Still does just at the thought.

They still appear outside, as we live in an area full of orchards – rotten fruit seems to attract them in, but I keep well away from them and try my best to keep them outside.

Can anyone tell me what they are called?
Can anyone tell me what they are called?

The image above is as close to how they looked when I see them, if anyone is able to tell me what they are would be great. Just in the case of getting stung by them and I could be allergic.

Going back to a previous thought, I also find relief in cooking. Getting the meals sorted for dinner, or even lunches is almost therapeutic. Guess it must be a part of me, as my Poppa use to do a lot of catering for local events back in Auckland, as well as at the old family home some nights.

And his skills have been passed down, through his daughters (my mum and her sisters) and to the following generation. At times, it makes me feel close to him, in a way I wish I had tried to do more so when he was alive.

Time to get back into it all, I guess. I’ve blabbered on long enough with this post, I think. I might even do a post on what I’m cooking for tonight, when I get the chance.

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.

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.