Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Random Thoughts from the Holiday

I'm glad I decided on this holiday, in spite of the fact that I could ill afford it.

I'm glad I went for a mix of alone time and family/friend catch up time as its given me a renewed pleasure, for both aspects of travel.

I known I must return to New Zealand. Its packed so full of wonderful places that 9 days simply wasn't enough.

I'm glad I busted my knee on the Tongariro crossing. It made me realize that good and kind and generous people still exist in this world. People who will put aside their needs to help a random stranger whether it be carrying her down a mountain path, or helping her to the washroom or sitting with her in the dorm to keep her company.......

I'm not fussed about the fact that I "wasted" 2 days in NZ because of the knee injury. Yes, I missed out on some places I wanted to see and things I wanted to do, but in the long run, I rather have my health.

I was wondering if I did the right thing adding Melbourne to my destination list as I have a whole heap of rellies there. Now, I'm glad I did. Catching up with the aunties, uncles and cousins has been a whole heap of fun that I did NOT expect. Yes, there were times when I wanted to take the whole lot of them and dump them into the Yarra.... but the important thing is that the impulse passed and things all worked out fine. I do however realize that much of my enjoying meeting them was the fact that in most cases I didn't spend more than 2 hours in their company! And the ones I did spend more time with, I was very happy to get to know.

I'm glad I went to Bitch's wedding and I'm super glad that she made me privy to the behind the scenes activities. I usually hate an overload of what I fondly refer to as "girly bullshit", but with Bitch, all activities were a load of fun and hey, her bridesmaids did do a wonderful job of making me look just beautiful for the wedding.

I'm positive that if I ever get married, I will be keeping interaction with relatives to a minimum. This is the 4th wedding of a close friend where I've seen first hand what havoc interfering relatives can wreck on what is supposed to be a happy occasion.

I have come to realize that the most beautiful places on this earth are also the most difficult to get to, or live in or reconcile with. But, the hardship makes their beauty even more precious.

I should listen to my body more carefully. A nagging cold that started in Alice Springs turned into a full fledged chest cold/cough and sore throat by Christmas all because I refused to take it easy and cut back on activities while in the outback. Loving care and home remedies from family got me back into shape.

I am at heart, a child of the tropics. I've only been on the Gold Coast for a couple of hours and already I love the heat and the lush greenery all around.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Strange and Unexplained Phenomenon

Although I have lost a considerable amount of weight ever since the start of this year, I sorta plateaued out around October and have stayed almost constant ever since. I (try to) go to the gym at least twice a week, and each time I religiously weigh myself - for reassurance more than anything else.

Which is why when I weighed myself at my friend's place on my arrival in Wellington, I was MOST surprised to find that I had dropped about 7 lbs.

I weighed in at around 167 in the T Dot, and then suddenly 2 days later (2 days of sitting around in airports and on plans that too) I'm 7 lbs lighter. I knew I was going to loose a day flying here - no one said anything about weight! Or maybe this is just one of those strange things you hear about the southern hemisphere..... like the water going down the drain in the "other" direction- which I have yet to see btw!

A mystery for sure, but one that I'm in no hurry to get solved!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Somewhere over the Pacific I realized that I had forgotten to pack 3 very important objects.

1. My money belt.
Crucial factor - low
Found a replacement belt today in WLG. On sale too!

2. My supply of Evra patches.
Crucial factor - moderate
I am usually prone to really bad cramps during my periods, but ever since getting on the patch its been easy peasy all the way. WHY my stupid doctor in India didn't prescribe it for me back when I was a teenage is a mystery. Stupid c*nt kept telling me that I should be eating more iron rich foods to control the cramping. I must have eaten more spinach than Popey ever did, but it was of no help. Some days the cramps and back pain was so bad I couldn't get out of bed. And still, my doctor said, "Eat better food and it will be ok."

I'm sure that I'll be ok now. After all, its just one cycle that I have to get through. Still, to be on the safe side I'm going to stock up on happy pills - just in case!

3. My Vibrator.
Crucial factor - HIGH
You know what happens when you scratch an itch, right? It gets worse!
Ever since my tryst with Beany back in September, I've been a regular horn-dog. Pete (my vibrator) has been working overtime to keep up with my demands for sexual satisfaction. I've gone through more batteries in the past 2 months than a Japanese tourist on vacation. And the more I scratch, the worse the itch!

I'm already going nuts from the lack of "stimulation". Guess it's back to manual mode for now, but I DO know that I'm going to have to go shopping when I get to Sydney! All I know is that when Beans gets here in February its going to take a LOT of willpower not to jump him right in the arrival hall at the airport!! Huum, maybe I can go scout for a handy broom closet or something......

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