Category Archives: Daily Life

The ex-pat life is a lot of metaphors.

It’s strange, this whole ex-pat thing.┬áMy inner monologue is sometimes a chaotic crowd of voices as the new intersects with the old. Each trip to the grocery story, I try to blend in, while off the shelf I pull item … Continue reading

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Returning home

This past week has been strange and surreal. Mixing our first trip to the South Island and our first views of the Southern Alps with the dramatic scenery of Milford Sound and the fjords, the rain and cold “summer” temperatures, … Continue reading

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More of this

I have a lot of hopes for 2014. Athletic pursuits, like pushing myself from the half-marathon distance to my first full marathon. (I’m registered for the 50th Anniversary Rotorua Marathon in May. Yikes!) And becoming a better surfer. And of … Continue reading

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The Best of March 2013

March was a pretty rockin’ month. It was at the beginning of March that I had my first jam session with some friendly, ukulele-playing ladies. And not having anything but the $30 uke that I bought for the kids, I … Continue reading

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Best of February

February in Gizzy was pretty awesome. Here are the highlights from what we thought at the time would be the last days of summer. (Little did we know that we were in the midst of the longest summer EVER! Today, … Continue reading

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The Best of January

January. What a month. Summer was here full-on, which also meant Summer vacation from school. It seems here in New Zealand, it’s rare to enroll your kids in day camp. Since many work places give lots of time off, most … Continue reading

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Garden Brag, Part 2

Slightly over a month later, and the tomatoes are Out. Of. Con. Trol. They’ve replaced the lettuce as the mildly frightening entity in the garden. They’re growing at such a rate, that it feels like a scene in The Birds, … Continue reading

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