Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
Any parent who has travelled for any distance with an impatient child will know that chant well.
That’s what I’m like at the moment.
Exciting things are happening in my life over the next few weeks and months, and I will be impatiently counting down.
Firstly, any day now there will be a sum of money turning up in my bank. This is the proceeds from the relationship property split. Not as much as it could have been after 15 years of property ownership, as property sales haven’t been that flash, but a fair deal still. Are we there yet?
Most of this will be squirrelled away for safe keeping. And some will be used for my first overseas holiday for a few years. I’m spending Christmas in Vietnam. In fact Christmas dinner this year will be on a private boat in the middle of Halong Bay, with a whole bunch of new friends. A tour of Vietnam with a few days in Bangkok. Can’t wait. Are we there yet?
But before that there is the RWC2011 Final roadie. A drive up and back, ferry trips, stopping to see friends and family and watching a very big rugby match. I really hope the All Blacks are playing in said match. It’s going to be an exciting few days for sure and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it. Are we there yet?
And there will be no doubt a sprinkling of tweetups, dinners, Cup & Show Week happenings, birthdays and all manner of other events too.
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
In the days following the February earthquake I sat at my friends’ house for hours at a time transfixed by the images fed to me via the TV and internet. I cried at what I saw. And I cried for all the people affected. And I wanted to help. So I cried because I was sitting there, not helping. But, after the September earthquake I wanted to help too….so I rang and emailed places to find out what I could do using my skills. And no one was interested. Turns out that so many people did the same thing that there was no way to co-ordinate all the offers of help.
So I sat and watched instead. Mostly feeling numb. And sometimes feeling completely useless that I wasn’t doing anything.
And I’m sure that all over the city, thousands of people felt the same. I know lots of people signed up for the Student Volunteer Army again – and did a fantastic job. I didn’t. For whatever reason.
I did have the opportunity to spend some time at the Pioneer Welfare Centre with the Emergency Relief Therapists, doing massage for the evacuees and the medical staff and volunteers there. And then I organised an afternoon at the New Brighton Volunteer Fire Station. A team of us provided massage therapy to the fire fighters and the families of those who were not able to stay at home and were sleeping at the station. The highlight of my day was seeing the daughter of one of the fire fighters take over my massage chair and give others massage.
Then, an opportunity came up, via my friend Dan, to work with Telecom and help their staff. I’d like to say that I think the support that Telecom have provided to their staff across the city has been amazing. I’ve seen it first hand and it’s genuine caring. Continue reading
It’s over a week since the massive earthquake here in Christchurch. No need to remind you of that.
And as the people of this beautiful city try to adapt to the new normal, there is more danger lurking.
Stress is necessary for your survival and is in fact beneficial in moderate amounts. However what happened in our city on September 4 and February 22 have put many of us into stress overload. Your normal coping mechanisms are overwhelmed and the stress can start to have a negative effect on our lives – physically, mentally and emotionally.
Stress manifests itself in so many ways. Check through the list below. If you or those close to you can tick more than 5 of these symptoms, it’s likely the stress is starting to get to you:
- disturbed sleep
- feeling helpless
- lack of appetite
- lack of motivation
- irritability Continue reading
There’s no tree at my house, no decorations (actually I bought decoration and decided against putting them up), and there’s certainly no f*cken Christmas carols.
This year has been a big year for many of us, in many ways.
The earthquake threw a monumental spanner in the proverbial works for so many around Christchurch. Many are still feeling the effects of the economy. A lot of people have had a rough time at work for various reason. And there’s been fair amount of personal challenges for some – me included.
And then there’s all the pressure of Christmas. The presents, the rush and the stress. Of course for many there’s all the drama of the big family gathering. For some, it’s a delightful occasion, spending quality time with loved ones. For many though, it’s too much booze, bad/innapropriate/useless presents, screaming kids, ridiculous amounts of food and way too much chocolate resulting in arguments, unhealthy blood pressure increases and a desperate desire to get away from it all.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a Christmas grinch. I’ve always loved Christmas and always spent far too much money buying loads of presents, mostly for the kids in my family.
But this year is different. Continue reading
Wow. Now who would have thought lawnmowing could be so relaxing?
After 15 years of having someone else do it, I mowed the lawns at The Phoenix Nest yesterday – and my, what fun. Seriously. I’d do it again, but there’d be no grass left.
I’m not sure what it was about the experience that was so good….the drone of the mower engine, the satisfaction of the lovely lines I was able to maintain, the slightly intoxicating aroma of the freshly cut grass, or that fact that I was actually mowing it myself.
So this is me ready to go – safety Red Bands on.