Posted in Relationships, Travel

The Last Day

My last day with EJ was pretty nice considering I wouldn’t be hanging out with her for another 9 months or so.  EJ asked me if I wanted her to take me to Rivendell or just have a veg day with Netflix and cuddles on the couch.  Of course, my nerdy self was torn.  I mean. Rivendell.  But she told me that set was taken down and it’s just the National Park it was filmed at.  I decided that Netflix and cuddles actually sounded perfect.  We had been running almost everyday was there.  To actually chill and sit next to her and do absolutely nothing sounded amazing!

And that’s what we did. Except for when we went to the mall to look for a gift for my grandparents.  They were last on my list.  And I couldn’t really find anything for them.  But EJ found these beautiful coasters that had New Zealand made of Paua shells.  I also got hats and other trinkets for brothers in law, a niece and nephew.

I really wanted to try the Kiwi Favourite burger at McDonald’s.  We headed to the food court.  She was going to get a NYC Benedict Bagel but she decided for sushi.  I wanted to try some chicken sushi.  She bought me one to try.  It was delicious.  My bestie had me try a tuna sushi roll and I almost barfed.  Chicken is better.  The Kiwi burger was really good but not as good as the Bastard at Burger Fuel.  With our tummies full and the threat of the evil one lurking at the mall soon, we made our way back home.

It was junk food day! We had ice cream, chips, popcorn, and milky bars.  We cuddled in and started watching Sherlock.  We also watched The Holiday and Crazy Stupid Love.  We didn’t go to sleep that night because I had to be at the airport at 3am.  It was just an awesome lazy doing nothing day.

I’ll just summarize the airport since it really isn’t anything spectacular.  Lots of sads.  Lots and lots of sads.  We were able to hang out for a few hours before I had to make my way through security and my way back to the States.

We kept it together pretty well even though it was killing us on the inside.  It wasn’t until that last hug.  That last kiss.  That’s when we cried.  I’m no longer going to be seeing that face. Holding that hand. Kissing those lips.  She is going to be on the other side of the computer screen once again.  It was just Hell.

The flights back to Illinois were not smooth as it was getting over to her.  On my longest flight, I was stuck in between two men.  One was picking his nose and flicking his boogers.  The other was rubbing his junk and smelling it.  Not once or twice but EVERY FIVE MINUTES.  I was so miserable.  Missing my Honey Bee and stuck in between grossness!!  I just wanted to get off this plane.  I did not sleep very well.  My flight from LAX to ORD was ok until we tried to land in Chicago.  There was a storm and they couldn’t not get clearance to land.  I was so afraid that I was going to miss my flight.  It turned out that my flight back to my hometown was cancelled and I had to spend the night in O’Hare.  I was so upset!  I just wanted to be back home with my babies.

FINALLY!  7am rolls around and I was back on my way to my girls.  I slept almost the whole flight.  It was so awesome to see my girls!  I missed them!!  I slept most of that day as well.

So, that’s that.  My long distance relationship is continuing.  I am head over heels in love with this woman.  She can’t get rid of me even though we are on the other side of the world from each other.

Posted in Adulthood, dealing with stress, Travel

We Interrupt This Stress Meltdown with Pics of Beaches

It was weigh in day toady and I didn’t do anything different except drink more water as the doctor prescribed in last weeks appointment.  I gained 4 lbs (1.8 kg)!!  WHHAAATTT???  The dieticians say not to worry about it.  Stress can be a contributor.  I’ll lose next week and maybe more they said.

Stress??  Me??  Stressed??  What would have me stressed?!?  Worrying about my young daughter’s high cholesterol counts or the fact that I won’t be able to marry the love of my life for a minimum of 6 years or that I’m wanting to write a prize winning short story in a couple weeks??  HA!  What stress??  *as clumps of hair fall to the ground*

So, what’s a better way to de-stress than to look at pictures of New Zealand Beaches.  Come along with me…

Raumati Beach, my first New Zealand Beach

Beach at Queen Elizabeth’s Park, my favorite beach of all!

Fret not my lovely readers, I will have posts up about the last day, my girls’ health, my decision to stay in the US, and my adventures in short story writing. But do not be surprised if I don’t post in the next couple days.

Posted in Travel

The Happier Napier Post with Pictures!

As promised, this is a happier post about my love’s hometown.  We had to get gas so we went looking for a BP station because she has some kind of special magical savings card that if you build it up enough you can save tons of money.  The GPS on her phone really sucks cuz her phone really sucks.  It took us down a very weird route before it got us to the station.  But I think EJ spotted the station before the GPS told us where to go.

She pumped the gas and went inside.  We were basically the only ones there.  So I sat patiently (Ha! Me?  Patient!?) waiting for her to return.  Cars pulled up and the drivers pumped and car and driver were reunited promptly.  But no EJ.  So now I’m thinking the worst!  What has happened?  Is she getting kidnapped?  Murdered??  What should I do??  What’s the number to 911 in this country??? (It’s 111 if you’re curious)  FINALLY, she comes back out.

The people in the gas station were telling her about this awesome restaurant call The Boardwalk.  They have seating practically on the beach.  It’s a lovely place to watch the sun rise and there is a plastic barrier to protect you from the wind and such.  But when EJ was explaining it to me, I really couldn’t grasp what she was trying to describe.  I guess there was a total of 3 people that suggested this to her.  Well, I guess that means we should go check it out.

We drove over and she reminisced about her days in Napier.  She told me about her school having a fun run but in fact it was not a fun run at all!  She pointed out her grandma’s house.  I also got to see where she went to primary school.  She showed me where she lived as a kid and she was very sad at the state of the house now.  She showed me the bushy tree that she would climb up to the top and slide down on the branches to the ground.  She was such a daredevil!

We arrived at our breakfast location.  It was quite a bit on the cool side and of course windy.  I was wearing what I call my hanky dress.  It looked like a giant handkerchief with a hole cut in the middle for my head and arms.  It was really low cut and the wind would catch it nearly blowing it up over my head.  Needless to say I was feeling very self conscious.  But EJ said I looked wonderful.  She makes me feel better.  I love that about her.  She says it and she means it.

The view was gorgeous out on the patio.  I felt ambitious and decided that we should sit out there.  It only took about 5 minutes before I realized that it was too freakin’ cold and windy for all of that.  So we opted for a table inside but they still had the doors opened wide and we could still experience the beach view.

We perused through the menu and it seemed like the only thing I was getting for breakfast was Eggs Benny.  Which I love!  But I really wanted to try something new.  OH!  Look at that!  Chorizo!!   That’s what I want… with a Mocha!  EJ got her Eggs Benny with bacon on the side because she loves me and gives me her bacon.  Not at all because she’s a Vegetarian!

We spent most of the time staring at each other.  We had to get our looks in before our real faces are replaced by computer screens.  We made plans to meet her sister at her house.  I was really nervous because I was going to be eating chorizo and that usually means I will need to have a potty break.  “Hi Sis!  Nice to meet you!  Can I poop in your toilet please?”  That’s a great first impression, right?

The food came out and it looked amazing!  So much food!  And I am finding out that poached eggs are possibly my favorite way to cook an egg.  The bacon was ok.  I like mine crispy.  It was not crispy.  Other than that, it was very delicious!

After breakfast, it was off to meet her sister and her sister’s boyfriend.  They were so nice!  They kept talking about how happy they are to see EJ finally happy.  Which made me really happy.  We had a good bash session for the evil one.  It seemed like no one likes him on her side.  Seriously.  Then we started chatting about the difference between America and New Zealand.  Her sister’s boyfriend is well versed in the ways of America because of the TV shows he watches.  Yikes.  That is not a good representation of the US.

We got hugs from her sister.  When she was hugging EJ, she cried.  I guess she cries every time EJ leaves.  Which I thought was sweet.  Now we are off to get ice cream cuz EJ promised!!

It was a little ice cream shack near the waterfront called Danish Delight.  We parked and made our way across the street holding each other’s hand.  It was so normal for us.  That I was a little taken aback when a kid who was probably just freshly into college honked his horn leaned out of his window and screamed, “YEAH!!”  EJ and I laughed because dudes are stupid.

We got up to the counter and I could tell by the look on EJ’s face that she was super excited for me try this ice cream.  It was adorable.  I love when she gets excited to share things with me.  I got Hokey Pokey with whipped cream, caramel, and sprinkles in a waffle cone.  EJ laughed at me because I got sprinkles.  BUT I LOVE SPRINKLES.  I don’t care if I’m 87… I will still ask for sprinkles.  Hokey Pokey flavored ice cream has like honey crunchy bits in it.  It is so good!  EJ got Devon Cream with whipped cream and caramel but no sprinkles because she likes to not give what her inner child needs.  Devon Cream tastes like milk.  It’s not vanilla.  It’s just milk flavored.  It was good but I liked my Hokey Pokey flavored better.

New Zealand caramel tastes like honey to me.  I remember EJ telling me that she hates honey.  I meant to try some NZ honey before I left to compare to see if there were any differences.  Because their peanut butter is different, maybe their honey is too.  I guess we will have to have that experiment when I go back.

After we ate our cones, we headed back.  One more day left.  And although, it was very sad that it was my last day, it was a very good day.

NEXT:  My last but not final day in New Zealand. 

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Waitomo Glowworm Cave

It seemed like our luck had run out once we got to the Glowworm Caves.  It started to rain again.  Which we didn’t think was a big deal since we were going to be in a cave.  But what this meant was there were no more boat tours due to flooding.  We weren’t actually going to see a lot of the glowworms and it would be lucky spot one that was outside of the river.  The plus side was that the tickets were half the price.

I love walking around in caves.  I think they are very interesting.  Stalactites and Stalagmites and all that.  It’s just amazing what nature can do.  We spotted a couple of lone glowworms here and there.  It was neat!  Then the tour guide walked us down by the river and instructed us to squat down and look up.  There were tons of glowworms on the rock ceiling.  It was so cool!  You could also see them reflected off the water.

We were on our way back up when another guide came up to her and whispered in her ear.  Our luck followed us after all!  We were able to get on the boats and go out to the glowworms to get a better view!  And they weren’t going to charge us for it either!

We walked down to the boats and she used ropes to guide us into the cave.  It was like a million stars in the night sky.  It was beautiful!!  Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures.  Just believe me that it was a magical ending to a magical day!

Before we entered the caves a woman took a picture of EJ and I in front of a green screen.  When we arrived at the gift shop they had a book printed of pictures of us in different scenes.  It was kind of comical.  Especially since EJ had a little green on her T-shirt and it was like you could see through her stomach.  Unfortunately, I did not have enough money for the whole book which had us posing with a sheep photobombing in front of us.  So I opted for the less expensive one because I just love pictures of us together no matter if she has a cave coming out of her right lower quadrant.

We did some souvenir shopping.  Actually, most of my souvenir shopping was done there.  There was a lot of awesome stuff there.  Then we made our way to her hometown of Napier.

I leave you with our awesome photos!

NEXT:  My girl’s hometown, Napier. 

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I Want a Hobbit Hole!

For those of you who don’t know, Hobbiton was built on the 1250-acre sheep and beef farm ran by the Alexander family in Matamata.  And let me tell you there are a TON of sheep on this farm.  And they give not a care when a tour bus comes trucking along towards them.  They just take their sweet time crossing the road or just taking a stroll on the road.  The funniest thing ever is seeing a sheep run.  But it was never running to get away from the bus.  They were always running to get to a better patch of grass.

I didn’t know what to expect when we walked into the Shire.  I knew it was going to be great or awesome.  But I never expected it to be awesomely great!  The Hobbit holes were the most adorable things ever!  They were made in different scales for camera trickery.  The little gardens were so cute.  All of the detail that went into it was just amazing!  You can also tell what the Hobbit did for a living by certain items that were in the yard or that were visibly seen in the windows.

The tour guide told us all sorts of behind the scenes information on the movies.  We got to go into a Hobbit hole.  The tour guide said if we wanted our dreams crushed then it was safe to go into one.  Even though there were only some umbrellas in there and nothing else, my dreams were not crushed.  I want a Hobbit hole!

Bag End was BEAUTIFUL!!  So green and yellow.  I got so geeked and squee-ey when I saw the No Admittance sign on the gate.  I was not allowed to go in even though I was there on party business!  I guess Bilbo wasn’t home or something.

Then we went down to the Green Dragon.  We were able to partake in a dark beer, a light beer, an apple ale, or a non-alcoholic ginger beer.  I wanted to try the apple ale.  EJ opted for the ginger beer because she was the one driving.  They were both delicious.  We also got a cheese scone.  It was magical.  We want to get married at Hobbiton and then have the reception at the Green Dragon.  That’s a real thing.  It happens.

The good luck seemed to stay with us as the forecast called for rain but the day was lovely!  Sun was shining, my girl was beautiful, and the Shire was magical.  It was sad to leave there and go back to reality.  This needs to be on everyone’s bucket list!

NEXT:  Glowworm Caves at Waitomo

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Mount Raupehu and Lake Taupo

On our way up to Matamata (Hobbiton), we drove by Mount Raupehu which is one of New Zealand’s active volcano on the North Island.  It was amazing to me because I never thought that an active volcano would have a snow covered peak!  It was awesome to see!  As we drove around the area, you could see steam in certain parts.  It was really neat!  Unfortunately, we did not have the time to make it to a natural hot spring to relax in.  Also, I didn’t bring my swimsuit.

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Steam Pocket
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Steam Pocket
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Lake Taupo at Twilight
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Mount Raupehu from a distance.
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Mount Raupehu
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Mount Raupehu
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The Very Expected Journey

The day has come!  It is time for HOBBITON!!

This was our first weekend away together.  At first, EJ was going to rent a camper van we were just going to live off the land.  OK.  So, maybe it’s not as dramatic as that.  We were just going to sleep in it.  But she decided to just motel rooms for the weekend.  We were looking up rooms and we came upon a listing for the Tower Road Motel.  My favorite color is orange so when we saw a room with giant orange flowers on the wall and orange accent pillows.  I knew that was the motel for us.  But we tried not to get our hopes up because there was only one room left and they were all different colors.

We arrive at the motel still hoping and wishing we get the orange room.  The owner opens up the door and WE GOT THE ORANGE ROOM!!  What luck!  The owners were so nice and the room was very clean.  The beds were comfortable as well.  And they had heated blankets on them if you wanted your beds warm.  EJ loves heated blankets but we forgot to turn it on.  I was so excited that I could just die. But before I do, let me tell you about my experience in Hobbiton.

This was also the day that EJ did not contain her stress very well because we thought we had enough time to eat at Workman’s Café Bar before our scheduled tour time.  It may have not helped when I said we had to be there twenty minutes before the scheduled time.  By the time we finished our Eggs Benedict, we were already late for being early.  We were actually almost late for the bus.

All was good when we checked in the lady at the ticket counter said that we can take the next bus out.  YAY!  I get to use the restroom before heading out!  And EJ can breathe at a normal rate.  Unfortunately, I was not allowed to stand on the toilet seats.  As there was a sign discouraging me from doing so.

We finally got on the bus and we were so giddy with anticipation!  This is going to be so awesome!

To Be Continued…