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I walked up a volcano today (lots of pics)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Rangitoto Island is a dormant volcano in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf. It is a 25 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, and my friend and I climbed it today! Then we missed the ferry, so we wandered around for 2 hours. I have tracked as 2 hours walking and 1 hour hiking, which gave me 800 calories. That seems reasonable!

OMG on the ferry!

Rangitoto from the ferry

Me with Rangi in the background

Bit of a view through the pohutukawa trees

Most of the island is just lava rock. Amazing the plants have adapted to survive here!

Red, volcanic dirt

View from the top (look better when not shrunk for spark!)



At the top!

Near where the ferry leave from

Random pretty photos





At the end I laid in the shade, waiting for the ferry to come. I am SO exhausted, but so glad I went. It was a lovely day, filled with so many moments that made me love my city a little more. I am very lucky to live where I do, it is a paradise!

  
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LIVEDAILY 12/22/2012 1:52PM

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you SO much for sharing the photos! When you get to the states, it is going to look SO different to you! Make sure you bring an extra sim card for your camera!

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CARLA-216 12/19/2012 3:07PM

    How amazingly beautiful! I want to see it with my own eyes!


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LYNSEY723 12/19/2012 2:30PM

    Beautiful pictures!!!

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ASTRA58 12/19/2012 10:28AM

    What a wonderful experience! This is something you will remember for the rest of your life.

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/19/2012 7:11AM

    Fantastic.... what a wonderful experience! I loved ALL your pictures!!!

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JSTETSER 12/19/2012 6:46AM

    Amazing! What a beautiful gift to us. Here is my gift to you!
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KLONG8 12/19/2012 1:23AM

    What a gorgeous place! Thanks for sharing. And congratulations on such an active day!

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BARCLE 12/19/2012 1:22AM

    Awesome dudette - wish I could have been there *hugs* Looking forward to my next Auckland visit :-)

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Shazzam! AKA 17kg lost (pics)

Monday, December 17, 2012

After over a month of little to no movement my scale said this this morning


And I look like this

  
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MRS.PRINCIPAL 12/22/2012 7:27AM

    You look great! Way to go Jess!

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LYNSEY723 12/19/2012 2:28PM

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CARLA-216 12/18/2012 3:51PM

    You rock!

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LIBBYL1 12/18/2012 5:15AM

  WOW!

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ROSINVN 12/18/2012 3:38AM

    The incredible shrinking woman!!! Great stuff thanks for giving us the opportunity to see your amazing success! congratulations emoticon

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KERRIELYNN719 12/17/2012 9:26PM

    woo hoo! congrats!!

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JULESJET 12/17/2012 7:56PM

    Wow! Congratulations! That's Wonderful! Lovely picture, too!

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LILLEAN 12/17/2012 7:15PM

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MISSB8604 12/17/2012 6:30PM

    Nicely done!!!!!!!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/17/2012 3:03PM

    Yay, I love progress pics! Well done on such a difference : )

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DEBPRE16 12/17/2012 2:22PM

    Great job! You are looking great.

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ALLIE5041 12/17/2012 1:22PM

    Congrats! You look great :)

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Injury (warning, gross toe picture!)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

So a sweet kid was holding a door open for me. I got distracted talking to another student, they got bored waiting for me, and just let go of the door. It slammed on my toe, nearly taking my toenail with it

It hurt. I managed to not swear in front of the kids, and hobble down to the sickbay for an ice pack. It is bleeding and swollen, and I am not stuffing it into a sports shoe today, so boxing is off. I am wanting to be very active during the holiday, so I hope that with ice and elevation it will feel better soon!

  
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CARLA-216 12/18/2012 3:51PM

    Ouch!
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MRE1956 12/17/2012 7:24AM

    Gotta say that I've seen a *lot* worse in my time.......I have no doubt that it's hurting for ya! Take care and take it easy!

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ROSINVN 12/17/2012 5:23AM

    Hope it heals quickly and doesn't interfere with your plans too much

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APED7969 12/17/2012 4:58AM

    Well done on not swearing! Stubbed toes are the worst. Hope it heals quickly!!

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The last 2 days of school

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Well, school ends on Tuesday. Where has the year gone?! My babies are all grown up; Most are moving to the senior school next year! I will have 2 in my class again, but the rest are off to bigger and better things emoticon

The last 2 days I am on baby sitting and crowd control. The kids will help me clean and organise the class, then some will go and help another teacher to clean and organise (she has to move rooms, I don't, and her kids are too young to help), and I will have her class for a movie. Movies and games will be a big part of the next 2 days. And then they leave, and I will probably be crying in my classroom for a while! Sad, but true. You get so, so attached to them!

I have big plans for the school break, as you all know. I will probably be posting some blogs that ask silly questions, so be prepared. Unless some kind soul who lives in/is familiar with my trip locations wants to offer to answer a sparkmail full of silly questions... Limited time offer, folks! Before I leave I have some Kiwi Summer activities planned! Climbing Rangitoto next week with my ex (we are seeing each other a lot. He is a better boyfriend now then he was when we were together, lol!), Action World with a friend this week, and Rainbows End and kayaking with my friend Luke who is visiting from Wellington at the end of the month! YAY!

  
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CARLA-216 12/18/2012 3:50PM

    Sounds like fun times ahead!

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LIVEDAILY 12/16/2012 1:06PM

    Your vacation sounds lovely! Remember...take lots of pictures! Enjoy all of your local excursions, and never be afraid to ask questions!

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JSTETSER 12/16/2012 7:05AM

    Wow! I had no idea tht kids change to a new grade in January. I have 5 more days of school until our 1 week of Winter Break. When the ids come back, it's the same crew.

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MARINEMAMA 12/16/2012 6:30AM

    Woohoo! Enjoy!

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My birthday dinner

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It was my birthday on Friday. 24 years young. I dressed up like this

and headed out. First stop was my work xmas party. I spent an hour there chatting with workmates. Then I headed home, jumped into mum's car and headed to the restaurant to meet my girl friends.




It was a fun night filled with laughter, food, and a little too much wine (OK, I was a little, tiny bit... drunk). My birthday is the day for eating whatever I want. For dinner I ordered the carbonara. It was sinfully delicious, creamy and cheesy, and I enjoyed every bite. I actually ended up leaving 3/4 of it because it was so huge! I was going to eat whatever I wanted, but that didn't mean stuffing myself when I was full. In the end I am guessing I ate 500-600cal worth of it, which is actually not too bad. Dessert was a brownie with ice cream. It was gooood.

With birthdays come reflection. And I have decided to take charge of my life a bit more. There are heaps of things I want to do but never get around to because no one wants to do them with me. For example, I really want to climb Rangitoto Island. If no one wants to come with me then I can go by myself! And I will. I also want to go kayaking, and go back to Action World. If no one wants to come with me I will just go by myself. I'm spending a week alone in the states, so I should probably practice anyway!

  
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LYNSEY723 12/19/2012 2:24PM

    Sounds like a great day! You look beautiful!!

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CARLA-216 12/18/2012 3:49PM

    Sounds like a great birthday. I admire that you're willing to do these things on your own. That's something I could stand to do myself.

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MARINEMAMA 12/16/2012 6:30AM

    You look fantastic!

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SAFEINMYFRAME 12/15/2012 11:30PM

    How did I not know we shared a birthday?? (Yes, yes, long time no see me). You look beautiful and I'm so glad you had a wonderful, well-deserved night.

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TULAA3 12/15/2012 7:38PM

    Such a lovely birthday! Great to think about goals and where you can be for the next birthday...and many more down the road!

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CALGIRL80 12/15/2012 5:34PM

  I love that you have set goals for yourself that encourage a active lifestyle. Sorry none of your friends want to join you. I want to go see the Grand Canyon and my husband is apathetic. However, as he has seen me workout and the changes for the better not only physically but emotionally, he is willing to go. In a couple of years we are going to bicycle from Los Angeles (where we live) to San Deigo, which is one of his dreams. Best of luck to you and happy belated birthday

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LIVEDAILY 12/15/2012 5:26PM

    Good reflection. When I was your age...I was with a fellow who didn't like to dance. He would take me dancing because I loved it, but I knew he hated it, so I made a compromise, and I stopped asking to go, and I stopped dancing. Compromising doesn't necessarily meaning giving something up. You've learned a valuable lesson that took me a lot longer to learn.
Have fun climbing that mountain, and take LOTS of pics!!
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