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the world is my oyster…living in random oyster beds, oceans and marshes worldwide, currently:, New Zealand

Archive for February, 2006


(random wellington google image)

just a quick post script on a few other items…sans camera…dang it…
first, after the chinese new year festival we went for a quick good kiwi nature at a restaraunt called arizona next to with the intercontinental hotel…apparently a fancy abode.
and guess who/what pulled in…
‘fiddy cent’s’ tour bus…this is not PC i know, but it was good to see some brothas and shorties.
enough said on that before my blog gets shut down.

wednesday, as if i haven’t enough years of education under my belt…i went back to high school,
that’s right. night school at wellington high school, taking an italian language course, e molto bene e bravo bravo….there’s me and another young girl whom recently married the stereotypical italian and la professoressa says she will teach us the good stuff…then there was a moment when the class was silent and looking at one another, and sure enough, there was a tremor.

finally, yesterday, out for a bit of exercise and there’s a big hullabaloo going on at the harbour. there is the volvo around the world sailing race, a pit stop in wellington, and we were there as these fancy boats started coming in…we saw team abn-amro from the netherlands come in….it’s really interesting and will try to get some pictures before they take off on sunday because, to me, it’s also quite amazing how well they park these boats in the harbour. cool,

off now for a [paid] training session for my latest architectural endeavor…what a year it’s been.
so, check out the links below for more info.

recent earthquakes:

volvo ocean race:

wellington high school:



happy valentine’s day

(my photo won’t post)

summer slackin

casting on and getting the first couple rows of genovesey done
(lookin a bit girthy eh)

a natural born scout leader,
‘follow me people, i’m certain the seals are just beyond this pass”

amanda hufford stars as olivia newton john in Look What I Scored in Porirua on Waitani Day (yes, that is a straw retired tourist hat…but my head was getting sun burned)

so cool and reflective on the shore…
too bad the stallion didn’t offer to carry my helmut, it’s heavey, but at least this time i don’t look like…you know (with the helmut)

the interislander ferry coming back to welly from picton through cooks straight

week one back in the under world (can you technically call NZ ‘downundah’) and summer is in full swing, although you can tell by pics that the temps aren’t so different, but sun is out and it just feels like summer. also, i’m back to posting at the internet cafe, so forgive the layout…these computers are really irritating.

so, to make a long story short, well shorter, i will quickly run over my first week back…

as usual, didn’t have my camera with me when anything good happened, like the Porirua festival on waitaingi day and the Chinese New Year festival in Wellington…we did however have the camera in hand when we went seal hunting, only to find no seals.

so, monday back, we headed out on the train to porirua where there are allegedely a plethora of bargains to be had, we needed to do a BIG grocery run so we set out to the big stores in porirua. that morning i had gone exercising and realised the town was shut down…then remembered from my international day planner, it was waitangi day in NZ, i told sim and he realised…YAY no work today…so we set out to porirua by train for the big bargains…we arrived and there was a ferris wheel, the rainbow, etc…all kinds of food, music, dancing, a skateboard competition…it was a wonderful festival celebrating the diversity of the community there…so…we bought not the first grocery item that day, but had a blast.

the rest of the week continued as usual, until we set out saturday to do some rollerblading along oriental parade…fun and bun firming, went to return the skates and here comes a lady with flags to give out, then one of the liveliest and most fesitve parades i’ve ever seen…so there is saturday….and sunburned.

sunday, off to find the seals by red rocks in island bay…we tramped for hours through the wind and sum, to find out that the seals left and in october and won’t be back until october or so. and…i sat next to Rigor Mortis…the dead NZ opossum…weird, didn’t look like US opossums, poor thing, looked like he literally stopped dead in his tracks.

and lastly, and probably leastly, the knitting olympics….i cast on early or late, i dunno because they air around 7 am here. i frogged all progress but will try and start again tonight after my italian class.

check out the web links below:

after 32 years

‘more fun than a barrel of monkeys’

i don’t get it…
seems monkeys contained in a barrel would be less than fun,
wouldn’t they panic, fight…



1. Originally derived from the two words: “crazy drunk”, crazy, off the hook, insane
2. Severe intoxication or getting drunk; a very fun or enjoyable time
3. used to describe something cool, hip, or fashionable


dude, did your girlfriend make those gauntlets??? that’s krunk!


the album nasty girl released in 2005, i don’t get it, since Notorious B.I.G. died in the 1990s
hmmm…that’s krunk.


back in NZ..nothing much changed here..the weather slightly,
actually, it’s great when it’s cooperative, but now it’s that same ole same ole is it a rainy day, sunny day, overcast??? noting really…makes it hard to dress or decide what to do.

it’s the world summer sevens championship now…all night hoards of painted, drunken chants to their team loyalties…
oddly…england beat samoa and that got me down….the equiv. to the seahawks pounding the panthers. but don’t hate the game…hate the playas…right?

as far as my olympic dreams…the chance for a gold may be steimied (spelling?)…i have a killer back problem, it hurts even post the blog!!! it’s all very nancy kerrigan…but i hope to recover in time for the games.

my heart is broken…you can imagine why as i stare at the photo of maya and sam.

the blog may slow down a bit…this dial up situation is a pain.

oh, major update…we have a television!
cool, but no channels really, but at least we aren’t watching dvds on the computer screen.

i don’t know what it is…but, i’ve been listening to r&b lately…
i dunno

thanks for the great comments…and due to overwhelming responce to ‘glamour mandy’…i may be forced to make a regular segment of flashback mandy