Wednesday, January 30, 2008

accidental beauty

i was trying to take a picture of a bee on the blossoms of a EUCALYPTUS tree, which i did, but with unexpected results! i can thank my dying camera for the interesting magenta display.
also taking a different look at everyday things:

Monday, January 28, 2008

(dis)connection

while i have felt pleasantly disconnected from american politics here on the other side of the world, i felt a twinge of social responsibility kick in, so i decided to find out how to get an absentee ballot. you wouldn't think it would be that difficult, but it was. apparently when they say non-resident, they don't mean overseas residents... go figure.


and as i went through some of my old bookmarks, i found an old favorite game: http://espgame.org/ . sometimes it makes you believe in esp and the connection you have with all the universe! and sometimes you feel just plain dumb. try it out anyway.




Sunday, January 27, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

today i wear jellies

i remember loving jellies when i was little! and now they are selling them at k-mart. so i indulged in a nostalgic purchase, which made me think of home in the summer. which is easy to think about now that it is blazing hot here (not for the past few days, however, because mother nature tends to forget which season it is in new zealand and just throws something out there - a little bit of a lucky dip each new day as far as the temperature goes). i have heard that home is now covered in snow, and while i love snow, i am not jealous.

i will gladly take the (occasionally) warm weather so i can sit on our rickety balcony that overlooks a concrete driveway with too many cars, dodgy neighbours and the smoking osteopath next door with the great backyard that he never uses, whilst enjoying a (tupperware) glass of bubbly wanganui raspberry wine and entering endless amounts of kiwi measurements into my slowly dying laptop.

and since i know none of my family and friends know where wanganui is, try out this excellent interactive map:
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/destinations/new-zealand-map/interactive_map_home.cfm

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

kaka feeding at mt. bruce

video

a little video from this past monday afternoon at mt. bruce, where emma and i were hanging out with the wildlife, which included reuben and scott... to their credit, they were pretty well behaved, though they may have picked a fight or two over a puzzle in the kiddie playroom..

check out the website: http://www.mtbruce.org.nz/

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

perhaps i should make an effort

now that i am back in palmy, perhaps i should make an effort to keep fam and friends informed! especially since i don't have a landline to call anyone anymore. so don't be upset if you don't hear from me as often via phone and more often via email!

and since they say pictures are worth a thousand words, check out my recent pics at http://picasaweb.google.com/eaj215. there are more to come once i get emma's pics from the past few weeks!