So many changes… work, cars… what’s next

I keep meaning to post updates here, but either I have been too busy with work, or I wasn’t sure on what to post about really.

So, I may just go through with some recent changes that have happened to us in Gisborne.

First off, work. I have ended up gaining more hours of late, with some of the staff leaving for another job, retiring or even health issues. I have also become a cashier instead of fore-courter. Least for the last month or so. Which is great, to an extent. I hate the idea of moaning on about it, but with a number of hours gained and still no-one else to talk to proper down here… but, it sucks. I would relish the idea of a normal working week.

Next, and a bit of a story to tell. My first drive means has kicked the bucket, of sorts. My car had been overheating for some time, and we still cannot quite work out why. So, for two weeks Reuban and I test drove a couple of cars we were looking at.

Toyota Corolla, Suzuki Swift, Mitsubishi Lancer, and a Honda Civic were the ones we were able to drive. They all had their perks, no doubt, but in the end, it came down to two – the Swift and the Civic. And then one simply due to the price difference.

I have to say, I thoroughly love it. I have been driving it for just over two weeks now and it is a dream. So quiet, surprisingly economical on gas, zippy, and the space! My word the space I have now. A back seat, a boot that can hold all the groceries and more. The power is almost laughable in comparison to my last car. Where that was a two litre non turbo, the Swift is a one litre turbo. 

I kid you not on that. There is so many other little bits and pieces about it that I can’t go into full detail in just one post. I just find it amazing and already it has clocked up just over 600 kilometres. It still amazes me on how quick those have piled up, but with all of those, I have only ever put fuel into it once. 

We’re still in shock that we now own this, as well as a house with land. What will be the next big venture I wonder… 

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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?

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.