Well it’s almost #blogjune again and a quick little update from me.
My current role has been disestablished, so am working out notice period while looking for a new job.

I recently read this article and thought ‘yep, I’m done’

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So, am looking forward to new opportunities in the hopefully not too distant future.

Did you miss me?

It’s been a week since #Blogjune ended and I haven’t had much time to think about blogging.

We have formally started our new structure at work, and I am now working for two institutions at the same time, with no extra pay.

Hmmmm 😦

Well as Morgan Freeman may say:

It’s not all doom and gloom though, we had a new team planning day on Wednesday and hopefully we will work out what we are doing pretty soon.

Have a happy weekend.

#Blogjune endings

So this is the end of another June, full (or not so much) of #Blogjune posts.

There are several reasons why I didn’t post every day this time:

  • I didn’t set aside time to do so
  • I didn’t draft and schedule any until later in the month
  • I feel like this is cheating
  • I don’t need extra stress
  • I’m not so bothered about it this year
  • Is this blog for me or the audience
  • The random nature of this blog
  • My current obsession is chocolate
  • And keeping warm

Happy end of #blogjune, I hope you enjoyed it.

I might be back next year.


#Blogjune Hair makeover

About a month ago I got sick of my long hair getting all knotty and spending most of it’s time in a pony tail.

I booked a Groupon and got it chopped on my way to an after-work meeting.


However I was also sick of the blonde highlights done by a student last year for end of year assessment. So last week I recoloured it at home, with the help of mr-almost-15.


And hubby didn’t notice. #LOL #fail

It’s not that bright after a couple of washes, and when the sun’s not on it


#Blogjune – turning 40

About this time last year I posted about being almost 40 and what I might advise my younger self. Well now it’s almost here.

I’m currently undecided over hosting a party, having a nice dinner out, or going away on a mini-vacation.

Any ideas?

As I said last year, I’m not worried about turning 40 or anything like that, but I did just start a life coaching course, so maybe I am having a mid-life crisis?!


#Blogjune gardening

Following on from my recent post about Feijoas, is the topic of gardening. Or how we came to have so many this year.

Well I can take absolutely ZERO credit for that, I am a terrible gardener. My parents “assisted” by my son are my gardeners.
I have managed to keep at least one pot plant alive for over a year now, although when it grew too tall for it’s terrarium in the bathroom and I put it outside and it looks better now on the porch.

We also have a few lemons growing on my now 3 year old(ish) tree as seen here:

Are you a good gardener or a garden killer like me?

#Blogjune Feijoas

Feijoas, apparently you either love them or hate them.

My tree grew somewhat smaller ones this year, but many, many, many more of them.

My husband and I ate some, and mum took some to make into jam. Luckily a workmate and her nieces and nephews like them, so I stuffed my pockets full on the way to work somedays for her.

My son doesn’t like them though, do you?

#Blogjune Icebergs and change

The part of Kotuku programme I have found most relevant recently was the change maangement module. Ironically, or coincidentally, the change management (or lack thereof) was happening in my workplace at the same time.

One of the images that I liked was of the iceberg needing to melt to be able to be changed and then refreeze into the ‘new normal’. Or as I have renamed it, the ‘semifreddo’ as change is constant!

#Blogjune Keeping warm

It’s mid-winter here in NZ. A couple of years ago I posted about how cold it was, and one of my first ever posts was about getting our HRV system installed.

This year I have been making myself feel worse about our weather by keeping recently visited holiday destinations, (Sydney & Fiji), on my weather app. So when I look for the weather forecast, I ‘accidentally’ swipe right to see what the weather is like there (spoiler alert – it’s always warmer in Fiji!).

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Home on the left!

I’m not too bothered about the increased cost of our power bills in winter, as that’s normal, but I am planning on switching supplier sometime soon.