In the interim (between the last post in November and now) I have turned 28 (gasp!) finished a work contract, travelled around the country a bit and caught up with some people, though not as many as I would have liked, moved up to Auckland, and started a 'new' job.
Holy crap - I'm an 'Aucklander' now. How did this happen?!
Ignoring that, I say 'new job' because I am now working full time on the contract I had as secondary last year, and didn't have nearly enough time to work on, due to the first and major contract.
It's fantastic so far and I quite love it. I moved up here last weekend and am house-sitting for my boss while she is on a very well deserved holiday. It's been a pretty quiet week, most of the team don't get back until next Monday so it has just been me and two students kicking it about in the office. Brill opportunity to get a whole lot of stuff done, however, and to settle in to my new grown-up person desk (look at that view!) & role. The Doctor and Amy are in place to keep an eye on things.
In continuing the comparison of cities, the traffic is obviously crazy - but not unmanageable thus far. And it is a complete novelty to be able to pop over to see the whanau & my dog in the Bay of Plenty on a weekend. The entertainment opportunities are more vast - I am buying a full subscription to the New Zealand Symphonic Orchestra's Auckland concerts, and the Auckland Theatre Company's 2014 programme. Very cool. Can't wait for a good opera and some ballet, too. Yay! Good things!
Also, hilariously, I have signed up for a spot of online dating, so that is sure to lend equal measures of entertainment and despair in this new year.
I'll have to find a moment to edit some photos from our weekend at Lake Ohau in December - the lupins were flowering and it was completely magical. In that hayfever-ridden, snotty-and-weeping-eyes kind of way.
Christmas was cool, I got a beautiful new handbag (it's bright orange and blue!) amongst my loot, and then for my birthday I got the HP box set from Mum and Dad and a beautiful necklace from the BigSib. Christmas dinner was as gorgeous as ever - Mum's steamed pudding was particularly good this year, as was Dad's BBQ rotisserie cooked scotch-fillet-roast. Some extra whanau came down for NYs and we took the boat to the lake on NYE. We all got a touch sunburnt, tricksie wind. Fun holiday times.
I've read a massive stack of books in the last 3 months, but mostly over the Christmas-New Year holiday: The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska by John Green, Unbreakable by Kami Garcia and Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris, The Infernal Devices series and The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half, Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy (am just finishing the end of the third book, Allegiant)....and some others I can't even remember off the top of my head (not a very good recommendation!).
I'm expecting good things to come from 2014: a couple of friends are getting married in addition to the BigSib, a new job, new city, some holiday travel (fingers crossed), an abundance of culture and a nicer climate (nicer than Dunedin, not nicer than the Bay of Plenty). Delightful.