Things have been good though, really good. And only seem to get better for the most part, which is so great.
Had a little bit of time where I was getting homesick, missing friends and family a lot... and really wanting to go home for a visit. I guess that happens after 4 months! Luckily, I am out of the slump. Had some good phone conversations / online conversations with friends and family, and it helped a lot.
By the way, in case I didnt mention it before (cause I probably didnt), Mom and G are moving to South Carolina coming up this year! CRAZY! The house is going to be sold, and off they will good. It will be a good change for them, Mom especially. Gary will be closer to the girls (though thats not why they are moving), and it will be a new fun place. They're going to Charleston to be exact. It will be good for Mom, she'll be in a new place, new people, new things, and warmer weather! Im really happy for them. Sad the house wont be there anymore, and what ive called home will no longer be, but I think its good. Exciting. I'l just have to take trips to visit my friends! Which throughout the US, isn't too bad ;-). I never really thought about it, but I wouldnt be going home after this anyway! Not for permanent.
Things have been going really well for Kyle and I. Learning to adapt and live together, learning the things that upset or annoy eachother, and really just trying to flesh out a life has been challenging, but been going well. Better than I thought. Had some time where it was harder, moving, getting used to work schedule, ME not spending so much time at the office, and compromising on things. But I think we're getting it. And I sure as hell am happier over all.
Starting to work out again finally too. Ive been riding with the bike shop next door roughly once a week. They KICK my ass, so right now once I ride with them on Tuesday, Im pretty much unable to keep up on Thursdays, so I just do once a week at the moment. But Ive been running, started swimming, and Kyle and I are doing all of it (except riding) together. Starting to do push ups and sit ups at the end of run workouts, and tonight we're going to do swim at another local (indoor this time) pool. We had been to Parnell Baths, which is an outdoor, salt water pool. Really nice pool, and cheap! But now its getting cold, and I think they close for the season on Easter anyways. So we're going to check out the one in Newmarket. I think they have a little gym too, so I can start lifting before / after swimming again. Just like old times ;-). Im happier when Im working out, thats for sure!
Had a nice little break from work last month, Kyle's mom and brother came into town for two weeks. It was hectic, but fun. I tried to catch up on all my work hours within the payperiods, so that I would still make money and get my work done. Made for some long days though. Early early mornings, and some later nights, but fortunately I was always home for dinner while they were here. Our first stop was Coromandel. We pretty much took two long weekends off while they were here, so we went off on Friday morning, and headed south to spend 4 days out there.
The weather was BEAUTIFUL just about the whole time, and we rented a bach to stay in. Really close to the beach, included the use of kayaks, and had everything we needed. Really liked it there. Heres some photo hilights :-D
Then, exhausted, back to the house we went. Dropped the fish off (probably had like... I duno... 40 - 60 snapper we caught that day???) to a local guy to have him cut them up into fillets, steaks, etc, and smoke the Kahawai, and we picked them up the next morning after our train ride. We took a pottery / scenic train ride tour the next morning. It was nice! Lots of history, learned all about this artist that just makes fantastic pottery. Patti was all over that too, we all had a good time. I got Kyle a neat barrel looking mug for work, and Patti got a nice little plate to take home, as well as some other miscellaneous gifts.
Then, on to Northland! Ahipara is where we stayed, also known as Shipwreck's Bay (no, we didn't see any shipwrecks sadly..). But while we were out here, we hung around the beach, and enjoyed some relaxation.
We stopped off at the "Kauri Museum" and the staircase on the inside is literally made of a tree. AND ITS HUGE! I can't remember how old it is, but the thing is EPIC! Kyle and I found a bunch of things that we want to go back and get to take home for the house. They sell unfinished Kauri wood, which is so cool! We will be going back.