Wednesday, March 07, 2007

3 days, 1 class

In three beautiful days, Luuk and I will be married. And tomorrow at 10 am i have my last t col class before 9 weeks holiday. Then I'm picking up almost-in-laws from airport and later in the afternoon having some hair ripped from my legs (and other areas).

Slight lowlight... but the rest is all good. Large dinner party tomorrow night with entire Paulussen clan on the continent and a couple of ring-ins.

ooh, tonights dinner guests have arrived. not as many. it's like a rehearsal :D

Friday, February 23, 2007


in 2 weeks, dear blog-deprived reader, i will be having me feet and hands pampered, my back massaged, and probably a coffee and pastry at the village bakehouse, with my mum, mother-in-law to be, sister-in-law to be, sister, maid of honour, etc. i imagine my mind will be reeling with disbelief and joy.
2 weeks tomorrow i am marrying luuk. a year ago i was tentatively hoping he'd be at bbqs i went to (yeah, the weather was much better last summer eh...), checking his blog fairly frequently (back when he posted frequently - though he did post last night... about his operating system boot process), and getting on with life and job hunting, not a vague clue that in a year i'd be marrying him.

hence the mind reeling disbelief and joy.
ah, i love him. even as he toys with the operating system on my laptop and i type away on his (now working smooth as sweet and condensed milk).

now he knows i'm writing about him so here's an end.


Sunday, November 05, 2006

ho finito

i have finished university.
handed in final paper last wednesday
assuming i passed of course...

no, not even considering that. i HAVE finished university. i'm a workin girl :)

who is tired and wants to sleep. but also wants to tidy upstairs so i can paint tomorrow. actually, mostly want luuk as he was away over the weekend, got back thismorning and is still at work so i haven't seen him.


but i will in 2 hours


oh, the stories that could be told interspersed with emoticons.

now that final paper is completed, new projects are;
1. WEDDING PLANNING - firstly, finding a venue, then all the rest of it... not enough room here and i have tidying/sleeping/luuk to do.
2. PAINTING - because i'm poor/saving for married life/like to think i'm an artist, am giving everyone paintings for christmas.
4. WRITING AGAIN - mainly for fun and frivolity, and for bonding with andrea. but who needs a reason!

thats all darlings
(saw breakfast at tiffany's with andrea on saturday and 'darling' has been well used ever since. you understand of course darling.)

Friday, October 13, 2006

adventure of a day

Friday the 6th of October began early, with a mystery trip to merivale carpark. i later discovered i should have bothered putting on make up given the sheer quantity of photographs that followed. but there i was, at 5.30 in the morning, sitting in a car, beside luuk, in merivale mall carpark. then other cars started arriving. people even got out of their cars - so i of course suspected they were going to rob the place...

i had figured out that we weren't going to breakfast at the mall, and andrea had speculated an potential early morning activity... and i of course was hoping there might be something fabulously romantic (perhaps including a ring...) and then breakfast. i do love breakfast. best meal of the day.

then a bus pulls in, towing a trailer with what looks like a cage on it. i'm looking at it, desperately trying to read the words on the side - its dark and moving and behind us... then i see what it says: 'up up and away'. hot air ballooning! (good speculating andrea)

up up and away we did - after bussing up to darfield, laying out the balloon and standing back to watch some boys help inflate it. took loads of photos but i'm on luuk's laptop and they're on the computer at home, so shall be included in later installments. then suddenly it was up and we were scrambling into the basket. then the pilot was firing the burners more and more, accusing us of lying about our weights because it wasn't taking off. i'd just guessed, but turned out to have overestimated by 2 kilos! (as i discovered at the doctors 3 days later) never overestimated before :)

it rose really fast and suddenly, smoothly, we were way above the ground with an incredible view of the mountains. the sun was pretty much up at this point, and behind me so i was taking photos. grinning, taking photos and tyring not to kiss luuk with too much enthusiasm - given that there were about 15 other people in the basket with us...

we travelled north, took photos, watched in awe - the view... eachother :). yeah, sappy, i know. deal with it.

then we landed. well first we almost landed, but we were going very quickly... toward trees. so we lifted up over the trees first, then we landed in the next field - first we all got in landing positions - which means basically spooning standing up, with your knees bent, and holding wee rope handles on the side of the balloon. the basket didn't quite tip and as soon as the balloon dropped we piled out and had to pack it up. this involved rolling and squishing, like a tea bag. more rolling, kneeling, gripping, squishing, rolling... then picking it up and moving like a snake to pile it in the big bag by the trailor. the boys shoved the basket back on the trailer and i tried to help until i realised i was just getting in the way.

next there was champagne, in beautiful crystal glasses, and the pilot read the ballooners prayer and advertised the photo he'd taken - hanging a camera off a cable off the balloon while we all tried to fit our heads in places we'd be seen and not block others.

back on the bus, driving past dead sheep in gutters, we put our names down for photos, then headed back to merivale. luuk and i went to victoria's in new regent st. for breakfast, and with the champagne in my stomach, and the vast amounts of beautiful smoked salmon on my eggs benedict, i almost made myself sick. that, and the fact that we'd both got up terribly early, prompted us to spend the remainder of the morning napping. which we sort of did.

then we visited the supermarket to get what luuk's kitchen did not supply for a picnic lunch, and drove to the closest end of sumner. we picnicked on the beach, and i tried not to think about work - where i had to be at 3...

but, despite other enticements i managed to get to work and actually do some work - the stuff i'm paid to do, and when that lagged, the stuff i'm meant to be doing right now - the 10 000 words due in 2 weeks :)

luuk went home and cleaned his car out, rather than the nap he intended to have, then drove back to the cafe at the end of the road i work on. he'd had a ten minute nap in the car when i woke him up and barely kept him awake over dinner. again, i ate too much. but castle rock cafe really is fantasterific.

i begrudgingly finished my shift, while luuk slept in the sun, in the car, in the carpark. at 8 i woke him up again (poor man, i just won't leave him be - but we did have to lock the gate).

sleepily luuk started taking the wrong route home but when i tried to suggest otherwise there was a suggestion made that it was i who did not know where we were going. ha! now i was suspicious again... by this point in the day i'd kind of abandoned the idea that there might be proposals to do more than have an early night... how wrong i was.

we started heading up the hills where we, well to put it bluntly, went to the spot where we parked up on our first date ;)
i thought he was going to ask a couple of times before i actually did. he kept saying the beginnings of things that sounded like they might have more to them. and then he'd obviously loose his nerve, and kiss me, and act like there was nothing else to be done.
but there was. and he did. and i said something along the lines of,

"yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yay! yes. yes, i would love to marry you. yes. yes. yes!"

i won't fill in details here but later there was lots more

"yay, i'm going to marry you. we're engaged, oh my gosh [laughkisslaugh]" etc. you get the picture.

and then we had green tea at luuk's and i didn't go home till much later than our self-prescribed curfew of 10.30... actually that's been blown out the window all week.

sorry it took me a whole week to get this up. there were families to tell, friends, etc. and plenty of study to be done to. grr...

in the next edition: telling the families :)

Monday, October 09, 2006

breath away

Saturday, September 30, 2006


hehe, mum is hooked to sudoku, and has several papers with them - and is cheating because she has the next days one there. i just confiscated it. hehe

this is the moral example i've been brought up with.

so, recently, have been feeling the pressure. well, i go through 2-dayly cycles, or something.
i feel on top of things, mellow and in control, and get a little work done, not enough, but some.
then i feel panicked and overwhelmed, and like luuk is the only thing keeping me going and looking forward to summer, and luuk in summer...


things i'm looking forward to:
- next weekend: luuk's up to something. and he's going to be doing less webpage work so i'll have him a bit more :)
- completeing my 10 000 word assignment
- labour weeknd - day off!
- luuk's birthday - day off!
- show weekend - day off! (well, perhaps) - and camping
- painting and sketching loads once i've got no more uni work to do... guess what you're getting for christmas.
- christmas
- trip north around christmas
- new years trip - yet to be organised, but currently under speculation
- january : work and leisure - no study!
- february : starting teacher training and finishing at work (by which time i'll be ready to leave i imagine - it's hardly my calling, but good money in the meantime)

- and all the rest. it's really just the next 3 weeks i'm loathing.
mainly getting up tomorrow right now - daylight savings started early thismorning. so it'll feel like i'm leaving home at 6am. haven't done that since i used to go to biblestudy at crazy hours... what was i thinkin?
probably fancied some guy who might have been going or something. daft girl i was.


too much coffee and chocolate today. was fine until dad said he'd bring me coffee - and he brought coffee beans. so instead of makin another cup of coffee, which i didn't need anyway, i melted a dozen chocolate buttons, mixed in a dozen coffee beans, and chilled it... :)

only ate a third. that was too much. drunk quite a lot of water since then. in fact, toilet break time. then dinner. tata

Thursday, August 17, 2006

looking up, getting warm

am moving at a fairly smart pace these days, barely time to stop (even skipped half of ER -- very strange) but everything seems to be getting better.

studies: finishing with a half-reasonable mark seems possible, and in the not too far distant future either - whew!

summer is getting closer - the weather is warmer in the fine patches (still bollocking cold at night and horribibble when it storms and rains but it could be worse) and its 2 weeks till spring - getting closer to warm then hot, and holidays (or, in my version, 28hours a week of an office job that is busy in bad weather - so, easier in the summer - and 4 full half days a week to tan and read and write and paint and exercise and see people more.)

and work means money, which means i can enjoy my time off more :)
also, highly likelihood of going up to the mighty waikato for christmas - which means more food than you can bark a dog at (love Aunty Jenny dearly) and seeing all the cousins, and Luuk's family (probably meeting my family for the first time - yay!). it shall be wonderful. and they have a pool, which is always sent by angels up there in the summer - can be stinking hot. and we'll probably be whining about it. sheesh.

other things that are getting better...

things are getting normal with luuk, but i'm still blown away, probably 4 or 5 days of 7, at how incredible he is and how incredibly blessed i am. am somewhat in awe today. not because of anything said or done... just because. which feels like a good enough reason.

8 minutes till i've finished work for the day. off to home group. we're reading through luke - nice and refreshing - no questions, just discussing it as we go. and easy to follow, generally, which is always a bonus when you study from 9am-2.30 and work from 3-8. concentration is a big ask thursday nights.