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Friday, 23 December 2005

Santa Claus is coming..

The silly season is well upon us now! Been in Wellington for the last week now, and although I was supposed to have been on leave since Thursday - I ended up having to work today (the only advantage of always holidaying in the same city as HQ). Either way I made some more money for LNNZ and undoubtedly the "European Union" running the show will ensure that no credit is awarded for the effort.

ANYWAY, I digress. We are down to the last few presents and there is a mild form of panic taking place but considering I didn't know what to get them a month ago, the last minute thing really is to be expected in the circumstances!! Xmas Day is shaping up to be another marathon between families and involving more food than we would know what to do with! We're heading back to Auckland to go on a diet! I swore off drinking after efforts on Wednesday but feeling remarkably better 48 hours later - sadly lost a full 24 hours as a result but that is my fault for congregating with younger stupider people - ever learning the lesson of not mixing business with pleasure (which can be a fine line from some insurmountable pain!).

Caught up with Pete which was great - the trips down are always so busy and occupied that time to just sit and chat seems to pass us by. The silly season seems to be also the time that I get to hear from people after great absences and none was more delightful for me than hearing from Michael from New Jersey. After nearly 8 (or is it 10 now??? I know I met him before I started law school??) of communicating care of an introduction through one of those dodgy places called chatrooms (which I haven't done in more years than I can remember) we finally reestablished contact after nearly a four year gap. I still haven't made it to New Jersey but hey one day I will! And his daughter Taylor is nearly at school.

The smell of the UK is now around the corner and the next couple of weeks are now going to be all about planning. Thinking of spending some time before I leave simply contracting and get some head space around me while we try and work out how Ron will get over there to work. Bye bye house deposit - hello pints and fish n' chips!

Right back to wrapping the presents and writing the last of the Christmas cards! Won't be contributing any more until after the big day so to anyone that bothers reading my crap (that would be me and perhaps one other!) - Meri Kirihimete! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noel! Natale Allegro! Manuia le Kerisimasi and Happy Hannukah etc etc

Monday, 12 December 2005

Weekend in Wellington

Well the annual LexisNexis Xmas soiree was on again this last weekend so Ron and I tottled down to Wellington on Thursday night. I suffered through the 'company workshop' which as usual turned out to be the "look at me" marathon it always is. So by the evening we were well ready to be decked out in our finest to the Icon Restaurant at the Te Papa Museum. The weather had turned to custard so with the humid conditions and wind whipping up a storm I suffered a hair crises and was rescued by Davina and her fine other half Renee who are the proud owners of the ol' ghd tongs. So we arrived at Te Papa and jumped out of the cab only to be swept away - hair and dress and all! So with hand carefully on head and clutching skirt in other hand we attempted to enter the red carpet gracefully. This year's theme was the Oscars and everyone went to such great effort to look fabulous. Ron had his hair done as well (he is growing increasingly enamoured at the thought of being a house husband and having hair appointments!) and so he was the star (will download photos later so you can see for yourself). Hands down tho' John Lulich starring as Priscilla Queen of the Desert stole the show. Got photos of that too! The food was good and the bubbles flowed (thankfully) - nearly missed dinner myself while I played counseller in the ladies for over half an hour and kept wondering how I get myself into these situations! But after more hilarity at dessert - which I really did miss out on thanks to a very entertaining and inebriated company accountant (recently made redundant) who inhaled my dessert while I chatted to Kirsteen's Ed. I dared him to try the same again with the MD's dessert and low and behold - he DID! I had a new found respect for him then which dissipated once we hit the dancefloor and we argued over who was going to lead! Do I look like the kind of person that is 'led'??? We finally hit town, and I limped to Maya (after all we were the last ones to leave the dancefloor of course!). Stuck it out for a while but had to call it quits when Corinne could barely stand, Ellie wanted Mackers, and witnessing Tiny Tim crack on to some not so nice birds became all too much really (and my feet were no longer in the forgiving mood). By that stage the devilishly handsome duo Kirsteen and Ed had gone and we were no longer entertaining us with their dance moves (I swear that boy has to be brown!).

Saturday was recovery and it really was - my desire to shop was non-existant and we only made it as far as Lambton Quay before we decided that sleep was a better idea. Mum came and collected us and then we checked out the new and improved Karori Library (a place that I spent much of my youth!). It was looking pretty fabulous so we decided to also trial the the Arobake cafe that has set up shop there. As always their delectable baked goods lived up to its reputation however their service seriously let them down. It took them 10-12mins to serve up two iced coffees and a pot of tea and the over tired waiting staff were less than amenable. If this keeps up I don't know why anyone would bother going back there. Especially as Karori has never been a location to offer much in the way of casual dining (excluding Cafe 162 which continues to serve a great selection in a relaxed and friendly environment and is where we ended up having dinner that night). We then dropped in and saw Nani at her new apartment which was very cute for a shoe box then headed to Kamil's to endure a night of pure entertainment with Siddhant (who MCed all night) and Prashant. The mini one's sugar intake earlier in the day ensured that he was fully wired till near on midnight when the tired travellers had to get home and crash in order to make our 8.30am flight (what was I thinking??!).

The weather was fantastically hot and we're looking forward to heading back on Friday in time to make Johanna's wedding and then meet up with Nita when she arrives from Melbourne on Tuesday.