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Picnic on a volcano (pics)

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

I had a picnic on a volcano today! It was such a nice day and we wanted to get out of the house so I packed us a picnic lunch and we took it to the top of One Tree Hill, Aucklands largest intact volcano.

Since y'all seem to like my photo blogs I thought I'd post a few pics of my view during lunch!

Rangitoto Island


Memorial Obelisk


Auckland city with Sky Tower


Mt Eden


Road to the summit


Mt Eden and Sky Tower


Over yonder


Rangitoto


The boyfriend in front of Rangitoto


Me!


Hope you all enjoyed the photos!

  
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STARINTHENIGHT 11/7/2010 12:59AM

    Aww you look adorable and I'm soooo envious after all your pictures. I really want to go to NZ now... it looks gorgeous! I'm glad you got to have a picnic :-)

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LEXIE63 11/6/2010 2:33PM

    What a fabulous view! Well worth the climb I reckon. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ANAJAK 11/4/2010 5:27PM

    Now you've kinda made me want to go for walks to take photos - good job you!!!
We so should do a SP meet-up :)

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LINDENSGIRL 11/3/2010 8:36AM

    Loved them! What a beautiful spot in our world!

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CARLA-216 11/3/2010 7:20AM

    Umm, HECK YEAH, I enjoyed the photos! What a beautiful area you live in. I am in awe! When shall I pack my bags for a holiday on the other side of the world and a visit with Bubble? emoticon

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ONESPOTLEFT 11/3/2010 6:53AM

    thank you for sharing suck great photos, I will probably never get to travel much so it is great to visit places through photos
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ANITA012 11/3/2010 6:10AM

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us! Nice pictures! emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 11/3/2010 6:07AM

    What a neat activity! Looks beautiful.

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MARLINDA5 11/3/2010 1:06AM

    Great pictures - thank you for sharing

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SUGARPUNK52 11/3/2010 12:55AM

  Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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CCFIRECRACKER 11/3/2010 12:08AM

    beautiful, thank you for sharing! emoticon

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No takeaways = much success!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Today was day one of not eating out. Because I was at uni today it was a little challenging, since I always buy my lunch at uni, but I made it!

I packed myself a filled whole wheat pita (garlic smoked chicken, lettuce, carrot and aioli, hella good), 3 special K bars, a banana and an orange. It wasn't quite enough food, I was hungry when I got home, but it got me through the day and I didn't buy anything at uni, not even a coffee (gasp!)
I will look into more transportable snack options for next week. Feel free to comment some suggestions, just remember that I don't eat dairy!

Dinner was devilled sausages and pasta. Quick, easy, lazy. Perfect coz I am beat from being at uni all day and the leftovers will reheat well for Russells dinner tonight.

Tonight I am gonna chilax. I have some Greys Anatomy and Private Practice to watch and I can't think of anything I would rather do then stay in bed and watch TV. Sometimes you just need a lazy evening!

Edited to add: My friend and I are doing at 10K on Saturday. No race Tshirt so we are having our own printed up! The event organisers event gave us permission to use the logo.
Mine will say
Front: Caz and I survived the (logo of the event)
Back: If you can read this it means we aren't last!

So excited to wear it on Saturday!

  
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PUFFPASTRY 11/6/2010 4:53AM

    "If you can read this it means we aren't last" -- that's hilarious! emoticon

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HEYPINK 11/4/2010 5:38PM

    awesome job packing the lunch and avoiding eating out!

and i love your shirt. It's awesome!

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ANAJAK 11/4/2010 5:30PM

    Great job on the packed lunch - I always have a couple of apples a refillable water bottle and a bag of whole raw almonds (24 is a serving) in my bag as well as my lunch for those times when you are caught out or are hungrier than normal :) That might sound boring to you but it works for me!!!!!!

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LEXIE63 11/2/2010 2:27PM

    Well done on the 'no takeaways', and I hope that loads of people read the back of your t-shirt at the 10k this weekend. LOL
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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Takeaway and restaurant ban

Monday, November 01, 2010

I have decided that the boyfriend and I are going to have a 1 month takeaway and restaurant ban. We spend far too much money on takeaways and even with making spark choices the calories add up very quickly. We went out to dinner tonight, and that is when we decided on the ban, so it starts now and goes for a month.

The rules for the ban are:

1. No takeaways or restaurant meals until the evening of December 1st
2. If the boyfriend would like takeaways he may purchase them with his personal money but I don't want to know about it (he is doing to more for the money saving and I can't stop him spending his own money on Burger King)
3. Whole foods purchased in a convenient place don't count eg. the fruit stand at uni which sells whole pieces of fruit for a few cents each
4. Everytime takeaways are brought up we will put the money we would have spent into savings so we can see how much we would have been spending.
5. My takeaway coffee twice a week doesn't count because I say so (and I purchase it with personal money)

So there is the great takeaway ban of 2010. Who will join me?!

  
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KWRIGHT26 11/1/2010 10:17PM

    Great idea. I would run that by my boyfriend, but he doesn't cook unless the instructions are on the box, and his dinnertime runs around 10:00 pm, and if we get together that late I'm not willing to make it for him on his stove.

My boyfriend and I get fast food fairly often, at least twice a week. I just make sure I know my options for anywhere he likes to go. Proof positive that I have way too much free time, I made a spreadsheet of my best choices at several restaurants (including Starbucks) and highlighted them by the most protein, least carbs, lowest fat, and lowest calories so I can check Spark, see what I'm missing from my day, and pick a meal that will fill in that gap. Taco Bell is surprisingly calorie- and protein-friendly.

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ANITA012 11/1/2010 2:09PM

    I think that is a wonderful challenge! Think of all the money and calories saved! Maybe we should add that as a team challenge! Love it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEXIE63 11/1/2010 11:59AM

    I would join you, but for us takeaways are a very rare treat. :-) I get fish and chips maybe three times a year, and a pasty maybe once a month. I don't buy from MacDonalds on principle, and KFC stopped getting our custom after they allowed a customer to get away with violence against a young lad and my family.

I wish you every success with your ban though. With takeaway so easily available it can be hard to avoid temptation. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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KAYKAYRUNNER 11/1/2010 9:19AM

    I really want to do that, but I think my husband out not be happy if I did LOL. He needs his monthly big mac.. LOL

You guys are going to save big on calories && money!!

woo hoo!!

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NWLIFESRC 11/1/2010 6:49AM

    Good luck hope you get what you hope for

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Lazy Weekend

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hello all! I hope you all had a nice weekend!

My weekend started badly. I had a horrible day at uni on Friday, followed by seeing an OK house. Then I went home and met my friend who was coming to fireworks with me. We convinced my boyfriend to take us to the fireworks so we wouldn't have to deal with the parking and the traffic. This also meant we could have a drink, since neither of us had to drive. I don't drink often, but it was one of those days.

The fireworks were fun, but we (stupidly) decided to get food at the event. On the flyer it said there would be a spit roast and salad bar with rolls, which sounded decent. Yeah....there was pizza, hot dogs, mini donuts, shaved ice... You get the idea. We didn't go too nuts, but bad food was eaten. Shaved ice was a must, I haven't had it for about 10 years! Ah well, it happens! The fireworks were awesome and fun and bright and loud. Very, very cool!

Then we went to see my friends band play. I did have another couple of drinks. but I also had a boogie too. It all evens out, right? It was just a night that I needed to enjoy myself and zone out a little.

Saturday I dragged the boyfriend to another fireworks show and my friends band was playing again. It was a HUGE event so my friend played infront of about 5000 people! Again, very pretty fireworks. Then I went back to my friends house for a couple of drinks (what is with me this weekend, I hardly ever drink then I do 2 days in a row) and a sleepover.

Sunday was a laaaaaazy day. We ended up around at my boyfriends parents place for dinner.

Can I have a quick vent about dinner? Thanks. OK, so my mother in law knows that there are things I don't eat (certain veggies) and things that I can't eat (dairy). She has always said that she won't cater for my dietary needs, but won't be offended if I don't eat something. This has worked well until last night. Last night we had a roast chicken (yum), bean salad (I hate beans with a passion) and cheesey potatoes (which would have made me very sick). So I sat down at the table with a piece of chicken. My boyfriend went looking for the fridge for me and heated up some lefover steamed potatoes so that I could have more then a piece of chicken for my dinner. Eventually my mother in law apologised for not making something I could eat but mainly my father in law was telling me about all the ways I could eat dairy and not get sick, like taking medications. I don't like medications. And I'm perfectly happy avoiding dairy since I don't like it that much anyway. So that was very akward and a little offensive. If someone is eating in my home I will always make sure that there isn't a dietary need I need to cater for. The upshot is I have told my boyfriend that I won't be eating at his parents house anymore. I don't like feeling like I am a burden because I eat differently from them. Another option would be bringing my own food, but if I'm gonna do that I may as well eat at home. Vent over.

On the house front, I saw the place I wanted on Friday. I was good and I filled out an application. It is attached to another house and I have now found out that they are wanting to rent out both houses to the same people. So the point in showing it to me was...? I emailed the agent and they said I could still apply but if they got an application from someone wanting the whole place instead of just the 2 bedroom part then they would get in over me. Great.

In better news, my friend has asked us to move in with her. Its not ideal but it would work. We would get a good sized double bedroom and Russell would get use of the spare room to put his computer in. It is close to the beach (100m) and its a fairly nice place. And it would be waaaaaay cheaper then renting by ourselves. And we like my friend, she is a nice person and she is barely home (1 night a week) so we would have the place to ourselves a lot of the time. We will probably go for it :)

  
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CARLA-216 11/1/2010 2:18PM

    Yeah, I definitely agree with Lexie that they could have put a serving of potatoes aside before adding the cheese to the rest of them. Failing that, the father-in-law should've kept his lip zipped. ;-)

Hope you find a house soon. Sounds like sharing a place with your friend just might work!

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ANITA012 10/31/2010 10:26PM

    I agree with Lexie63. You are family after all and what would have been the big deal to include a simple veggie other than beans. It's just common courtesy. After all...You don't eat there all the time now do you?
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LEXIE63 10/31/2010 7:47PM

    OK, well, to be fair to you, it would have been easy enough for them to put a little potato aside for you before they cheesed the rest, and a second veg besides beans wouldn't have hurt either. :-) If they are already aware of your needs, they could be a little more considerate, and that's all I'm saying. :-)

So sorry your house hunting is being such a pain! Maybe sharing with your friend will work out for you. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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I'm a blog hog

Thursday, October 28, 2010

But I just had to tell someone! And the boyfriend is asleep and no one I know likes 1am texts!

There was a house that we were looking at a few weeks ago. Everytime we inquired we couldn't view (holiday weekend etc) and we were sure that the place would be snapped up before we were free to see it. Which was a shame, because it is such a cute little house and very close to the beach etc. Well, just doing my listing checks like I usually do and I see that not only is it still avaliable it has gone DOWN in price, by $15 a week. Making it $5 a week UNDER what we can happily spend. You bet I sent off an email saying that I wanted to see it this weekend. I will also be calling the agent tomorrow and possibly be sending a smoke signal. This place looks sooooo much better than the other one, and now it is still avaliable AND its cheaper. OMG. I'm so excited. Now I won't be able to sleep and I'll have dreams about this cute little house being ripped from my grips. This place is only 2 streets away from the other one, so it has the same location benefits and its cuter and I want it waaaaaaaaaay more than the other one.

EEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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BEANPOD77 10/29/2010 4:50PM

    Sending lots of good luck wishes waaaaaaaaaaayyy over to you! Let us know how it goes...

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STARINTHENIGHT 10/29/2010 1:28PM

    Awesome! Hope you get it! It sounds awesome!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 10/28/2010 3:14PM

    Good luck! Sounds great!

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BLAKBIRD 10/28/2010 1:04PM

    Make your own Good Luck - think positive thoughts only.

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VIRGOGURL4 10/28/2010 1:02PM

    awwww...best wishes :)

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LEXIE63 10/28/2010 11:11AM

    I have SOOO got my fingers crossed for you!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 10/28/2010 9:56AM

    This one HAS to be the one! Got my fingers and toes crossed for you!

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TWINSMOMMY607 10/28/2010 9:32AM

    Fingers crossed, good luck!

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HEATHER_RUNS 10/28/2010 9:06AM

    Oh, that is exciting! Good luck!

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GIGGLES7706 10/28/2010 8:12AM

    I hope you get it! :) *fingers crossed*

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