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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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

Rolling in the New Year

Here we are, already halfway through January and I already feel that this new year will bring with it new chances.

Already, I am keeping my fingers crossed that some work will be coming my way soon, as well as possibly some small work on our property to make it more appealing to future visitors.

Even my studies are coming along rather nicely, though at times I don’t feel I will get any of it done by the deadline, especially if I end up with paid work.

I am even getting into making videos and posting them onto YouTube, and I hope to get into doing more, especially if I am not in the videos, which is what I am currently doing.

Hopefully I will keep up to-date with this blog as well, and talk of what big changes are happening here. Hence why there hasn’t been much posting happening, nothing big has quite happened of late, so I would just end up repeating myself in each post.

The only thing that is new to deal with – least for me, personally – is the heat. Oh, my gosh, the heat! There have been days over this summer where it was so hot that doing nothing felt normal. The hottest it has gotten so far, has been close to the mid-thirties. Though I had encountered temperatures like this before, it did not feel the same as before.

If anything, it felt crisper, dryer than what I was use to. Even just sitting outside for a few minutes I felt like I was cooking myself.

Hopefully with time, I will get use to it and even get a bit of a tan while I’m at it.

Brainstorming ideas for working at home

Since it has been just on four months since moving to Gisborne, and I haven’t been able to find a paid job, I’ve been contemplating on doing some designs for print and selling them online.

I have seen a few small companies start off like this, I even know of a few friends/acquaintances that do this in their spare time, or just as a creative outlet. I think I can draw okay, even on digital paper/computer, but I’m not sure on if I could get it going the way I would like to.

I have had a few ideas going on what I could go and do, but they all lead back to me finding paid work, so that I could go and buy said stuff to get it started. Such ideas were candle making, sewing clothes – both adult and child (maybe) but the design part of it was always going to be a part of it.

I have done a few sketches on an app on my laptop called Bamboo Paper, and they seem alright, even if they are only black and white. I have added colour to some, but might need to have someone do a look over, someone I don’t know that can give an honest, unbiased opinion on what I have done so far.

Here are some images that I did that I feel rather proud of. We are All Stars o_7e5168a0555a158d_003 o_7e5168a0555a158d_006

I have always enjoyed drawing/doodling, it’s the one thing I always do when I’m bored and have a pen/pencil in my hand. And if there was a way to even make a little money on the side, which doesn’t interfere with future work possibilities, family commitments, study or anything else would just be awesome.

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.

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!!