Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
As you can see in the photos, Thelma and Louise look pretty sad- bare skin, burned-off beak ends, bare feathers. The beak will never regrow, but with time the feathers will. Also with time, they can learn to scratch and peck for food in the yard. Yes this natural behavior has been supressed so long, this behavior and others, like perching, have to be re-learned. I threw a cooked cob of corn and some spinach into the yard, and they haven't eaten it. They are so accustomed to eating a food pellet, they don't realize there is a variety of food to eat. They had been at the Sanctuary about 4 weeks before we got them. Within 24 hours of moving them to their new home, one of them laid a huge egg, and the next day we got 2 eggs!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
I did enjoy some American comedy here in Auckland at the concert by Tenacious D on Thursday night. They were funny, very talented, and rocked. I had seen them once before, at ComicCon in San Diego, and loved it. The crowd was very appreciative, especially when they sang a sweet song about New Zealand, basically singing that we have great weed. Apparently Jack Black discovered this while in NZ filming King Kong.
But getting back to this new year business: I have only a few minor ideas of what to expect in 2007. I can predict that we'll have hens, we'll have a fireplace installed in the lounge and carpet in the rumpus room, and the wind will blow and it will rain. Surely I have some other goals for 2007, right? They are:
Go scuba diving in New Zealand (as much as possible!)
Go to Fiji in August, to make up for our pathetic wedding anniversary in 2006
Learn how to cook this vegetable called "silverbeet"
Stay in touch with all the great friends I have in America. I got Christmas cards from some of them, which was really amazing! FYI, it takes 80 cents US to mail a card. Less than a dollar! I love to get mail, hint hint.
One last thought before I stagger off to bed: Sometimes I get bogged down in the daily grind, annoyed by people (who can be such idiots), take offense at something, and get upset and depressed about it. But I have to keep in mind the big picture- last year I had a great year, despite being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I have friends who are dealing with problems much bigger than mine: S, who separated from her alcoholic husband, he put a pistol in a police officer's face; L, who is expecting her first baby at 43-ish while on warfarin (doing great so far :),
and another S who has two little kids with autism spectrum disorder, who had an aneurysm diagnosed and surgery in Dec. This just goes to show you that bad things can happen when you least expect it, but you can recover and hopefully look on the bright side when you get through the tough times. I know the philosophy "it could be worse" is weak, so how about "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger"? Ok that's not always true either, so just make the best of it! You only get to live once, so do it well and with love in your heart. Here's hoping you have a healthy, interesting, and joyful 2007.
Monday, January 01, 2007
Boxing Day is the day following Christmas Day, and is also a holiday. We found free parking downtown, and took the ferry over to Rangitoto Island. This island was created by a volcano which last erupted 600 years ago- relatively new. It's covered in Pohutakawa forest and a vast variety of ferns. We hiked to the summit, about an hour's walk each way, ate a picnic lunch, and explored the lava caves. We were back home again by 2 pm, so Darin and I went shopping and were able to take advantage of the big sales. We found a nice bedroom suite made of Rimu, discounted almost 50%. The following day, we bought a 2- and 3-seater black leather sofa. The shop would not accept a check unless we had their store's credit card, which took about 7 days to approve, so we went and got cash from the bank. We had already hit the maximum limits on our EFTPOS (debit) card and credit card, both which have miniscule limits. We did manage to get the EFTPOS limit raised to $3000 afterwards.
The other funny thing about this time of year is that many people take a long holiday stretching from before Christmas through the first week of January. I'll enjoy it more next year, but now it's frustrating because we're trying to get things done for the house. We went to 4 different carpet shops, and they're all closed until at least the 3rd of Jan. The same situation with the fireplace- the shop was open, but we can't get anyone to come out for a consultation now. Oh well, plenty of other things to work on. We got our furniture delivered, CDs put away, and clothes put away (well, most of them I think). I know I have too many clothes but can't bear to part with the ones that are still in good condition and cute, but don't fit anymore. One of my goals this year is exercise more, which I intend to do once the house is in order and we're done moving in. Yes, the garage is still full of boxes. There is much to do!