Oops we lost a day

We have arrived! The flight was good and surprisingly quick. Kalani slept for 7 hours and I slept for no hours. Okay that’s not true, I dozed on and off through out the flight. When we arrived at 5 am we were hungry but absolutely nothing is open at that time. It is not like Canada where there is a Starbucks or some type of food place open at all hours and many places are closed on Sunday’s. We spent the morning unpacking, organizing, and shopping for house hold supplies. Nate had gotten the basics but it needed a women’s touch and it was very bachelor padish. He had his stuff kind of spune everywhere so I promptly re-organized and tidied it up. Our place is small but bright and has a lot of potential to set it up to be a cozy little home. I compiled a list of a few of my first impressions regarding differences between Canada and New Zealand

1. The streets and roads here make no sense! There does not appear to be any grid or discernible organizational scheme to them or urban planning. It’s more like “hey we need another road over here” so that’s where they put it.

2. In Canada,  we do not appreciate the convienient availability of goods of all kinds. There is no Walmart’s Costco’s or Winner’s here.  So trying to set up our place is not as easy as heading over to the local Walmart or Superstore and stocking up. You must navigate the tangle of roads and round abouts and go to about three different types of stores depending on what you are looking for. 

3. Things are pricey here. Luckily, everything is always on sale  or if it’s not it probably will be next week. My Dad would have a field day here because everything is always at “blow out” prices. 

4. Dollar stores suck here, like they did in Canada about 10 years ago. Oh well no more dollar store shopping. 

5. Everyone buys stuff on this auction site called Trade me. I am currently bidding on about 10 different items ranging from a bike to an alarm clock. Oh Ya those are hard to find as well for some reason. I am not sure what Kiwi’s do for an alarm clock but it doesn’t seem to be the bedside kind as far as I can tell.

6. It is chilly here, not cold but chilly. Nate bought what must be the cheapest comforter money can buy and it was not adequate. (It’s fine and kept me quite comfortable for three weeks-Nate) I have sheets that are warmer, needless to say, purchasing a new duvet is high on my priority list today. 

7. They air dry everything. Way to go NZ with the eco friendly laundry 

8. It is very green and lush here. So much so that maybe even I will be able to keep some plants alive. I am cursed with a black thumb. My generous Mother would always give me these beautiful plants which I would always managed to kill or just about kill and she would rehab them back to life. 

9. We live near the ocean- pretty self explanatory there. 

10. This seems obvious but they drive on the other side of the road. I did manage to make my maiden voyage in our 1996 Toyota station wagon without hitting anyone or thing. 

11. They have the most delicious looking pastries everywhere. It I still ate gluten I would be 300 lbs. 

Well that is the conclusion of my impressions from my first day. I am sure I will write often over the next week as I wake up at the crack of the middle of the night (2am) and have nothing else to do. I may do some driving around at that time as well because traffic is light and I can get used to right hand drive and explore places I want to go in the daylight. 

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Saying Goodbye

The visas were approved, the house has sold and we have moved out of the house. It all happened so fast and in such perfect timing that once again God has shown us how faithful He is and how when you walk is His will the doors open. It has not even sunk in that Nate is leaving today and I will go back to Kamloops to live with my parents for the next three weeks. 

When I reflect back on the last ten days I can’t help but laugh at how well God knows us. We like to do things full on, like NOW! So when the subjects for the sale of the house, came off last Wednesday and we had to move out by the following Monday, we were up for the challenge. Nate moved out every piece of furniture, by himself(with Kalani), just using different functional movements learned at Crossfit and I finished what packing and cleaning I hadn’t already done before and after work. We had a garage sale on the weekend where the first thing to sell was a ukelele for 2$. The biggest score of the weekend was selling the 200+ lb rear-projection TV for 10$! We would have paid someone 10$ to take it away. It was even something we were bargaining with in the sale of the house. The seller wanted the sectional but only if we could leave the TV and then the seller would meet our price but only if we got rid of the TV and so on. Fortunately, the man only lived a few blocks away so he wheeled the TV home, all the while trying to figure out how he was going to appease his wife with his new purchase. There is the possibility that we may have sold more stuff if Nate had actually attended the garage sale. Instead he went biking and left a sign for people to use the honor system and leave the money in the mailbox: although we did make 21$ while he was gone. The final score of the weekend was getting rid of our old vinyl couch and chair. We just left them on the front lawn with “free” signs on them and then took off for a few hours and they were gone when we returned! 

As I say goodbye to our house,  I thought I would feel sad but I don’t. My memories of living there are ones of struggle and difficulty. Don’t get me wrong, all of the personal growth and change was necessary and worth it but just very hard and painful. Nate and I are different people (as much as you can be) then we were 5 years ago and it is a testament to God’s faithfulness when I look back and think about how drastically our lives have change for the good. I am excited to see what God has for us in New Zealand. 

Road to New Zealand

This week has been hard. The flip side of the emotional coin to the excitement and anticipation is the reality of leaving my friends and family behind. This feeling of sadness was precipitated by speaking with my Grandma. The reality is she is old and there is a very real possibility that I may never see her again until we are in Heaven. Speaking with her made me cry. So did thinking about how much KAlani will miss his Grandma and how much she will miss him. I feel sad taking that away from both of them. It was a hard day. I let myself mourn and nursed my feelings with some coconut ice cream. It obviously fixed everything, like only food can. 

As many of you know, Nate and I are extremely impatient and think things should happen like yesterday when we decide to do something. For example, in my naive and impatient mind we should have had an offer on the house after the second showing. If we don’t then catostrophic events will happen. This is always my reaction to things I have no control over, which is a position I hate to be in. We listed the house on Wednesday and by that afternoon I was already conjuring up scenarios of how the house would never sell and I would have to work full time because Nate would be in New Zealand looking for our new home and so on. It’s exhausting being crazy and I don’t drink/do drugs, so I can’t numb the crazy. So I usually get mad at Nate for something dumb. This time it was spending too much money on coffees and 5$ bottles of kombucha tea. Thankfully Nate knows I get like this and talks me through it. Reminding me to breathe, to trust God is in charge and all things happen in His timing and being crazy and worrying only makes me and everyone else miserable. 

As I said previously, we listed the house. It has received a lot of interest which is great, although having showings all the time makes it feel like we don’t even live there. We are finding we don’t want to do anything at the house for fear of making a mess and disrupting the cleanliness. On Friday, I even showered at the pool just so I wouldn’t have to clean my tub after. Believe me I am aware these are not real problems. This fact was especially evident after I watched a story about a child with a disease called epidermolysis bullosa: which means his skin is paper thin and is constantly tearing off. He is in constant pain yet doesn’t complain. It was a good reminder for me to be thankful for what I have and that the disruptions of showing the house are very minor in the grand scheme of life. So I adjusted my attitude and mindset to that of taking it one day at a time, one issue at a time and letting going of the things I have no control over. One day down, many more to go…

Journey to middle earth

As some of you know, we are in the process of moving to New Zealand. This is not a new idea, we originally started this journey 7 years ago but then life got in the way. Nate and I had ALOT of growing up and personal growth to do and it is really quite miraculous to think of where we were and where we are now. A big part of the changes were tied to a rich spiritual life with God or Jesus as my higher power. This is not something I generally share with people because they tend to want to get in a debaTe with me on religion or theology for which I could care less about. But the point of sharing it here is that this process of moving to New Zeland has been very faith based and our attempt to follow God’s plan for our lives. When I say that to people they look at me like I have two heads, even Christians, but I have learned that I hear God’s voice in a very clear and unique way. It has lead me to do some thing that appeared drastic or possible rash but I have never been wrong when I felt God was leading me in a certain direction.  Also in my experience, everything happens for a reason and I have been fortunate that I could always see what that reason was along the way even when the process was painful and unpleasant. 

So back to our move to New Zealand. As I said it started 7 years ago when we got a nursing license there but never went any farther then that. In January, I was pondering what I wanted to do with my life. I have never been a person who felt a calling in a certain direction or who had lofty goals. I kind of just stumble through life and go wherever I feel God is leading me to. I have also felt that I had the freedom to do many things in my life if I wanted like get my Masters, move to another country or change careers. I am extremely fortunate that my family is very supportive and seems somewhat used to my flippant life changing decision making. So while pondering with my colleagues one day about what direction to take, they all encouraged me to follow my dream of moving to New Zealand and not to wait 5 years like we had decided. The more I thought about it the more it made sense not to wait and I immediately text Nate with my idea. Let’s just say the idea wasn’t received exactly how I hoped(Nate’s note; I said sure right away, but then followed to freak out at the thought of getting rid of life as I know it, and then after thinking about it was all for it) but after 24 hours he was on board and we began the process of looking at moving to New Zealand. 

Over the next few months we spent a lot of time praying to ensure this idea was right for us and in line with God’s will for our lives and there were things that happened that made us doubt that moving was God’s will for us. But with each closed door, my confidence and assurance that this was indeed God’s will  never wavered. What did changed is the image of what and where relocating would look like for us and looking back I think those closed doors helped us to draw together as a couple and keep fighting for a dream we had. 

Now here we are possibly a few weeks away from selling our house and moving to Auckland New Zealand. There is still so many things to be done and having laser eye surgery while trying to pack up and sell your house is challenging to say the least and I had no idea how much crap we really were holding on to for no reason. Nate has probably made three runs to the Sally Ann with a truck bed full of stuff we haven’t used in 5 years. It is interesting what becomes important when you can only bring the essentials with you. I realized I have very little attachment to things, well except my lululemon gear, I haven’t been able to wiiddle it down too much and it will probably take up the majority of the space in my suitcases. But in all seriousness being unattached to things is extremely freeing and speaks to how far I have come in the personal growth department. 

I think I am going to end this blog entry here. If anyone needs advice on how to make huge life changing decisions on a “whim” or in a very short period of time I am free all week. 

June 20

Lifts

Snatch 5 x 1 80% @ 80lbs 
Clean & Jerk 5 x 1 80% @ 95 lbs
Pause Squat work up to a heavy triple 135
RDL 3 x 8 at  155lbs

Wod in lieu of Saturday AM

8 KB front rack walking lunges at 12kg 

4 front squat 

2 rope climbs-these were so hard, on round three I physically couldn’t do another one so I only did one rope climb. By the end my grip was cramping which has never happened to me and at one point I had the sensation of falling backwards because my grip gave out. That was freaky so for the last three rope climbs I was super careful, I do not need to fall off the rope and break my neck.

total 14:14- there was a lot of resting and stretching because my grip was so fried to begin with

 

June 19

Warm up

30 plank shoulder touches

40 plank shoulder touches w feet on 20′ box

50 wall climb shoulder touches-did sets of 10

 

Partner work-my partners were Gem and Lai

100 wallball toes to bar

200 push ups

we complete 42 WB2B and 125 push-ups-not sure how long Sean let us go for. 

Partner WOD W Lai

3 power snatches at 65lbs 

6 OH squats 

9 box jump overs

we completed 15 rounds plus 10 reps-this was a fun little workout. I tripped/ fell on one of the box jumps but thankfully didn’t hurt myself. 

June 18

I had great intentions of getting out of bed early today but I have just been so tired the last two day that I couldn’t do it and the only way I get by is to just keep moving as soon as I get up but only at a slow speed and which usually includes doing laundry, cleaning and cooking. Thankfully I managed to talk myself into going to the gym after work.

Gymnastics

5×5 strict HSPU modified with the 20′ box

Lifts

3 Position Clean (floor, mid hang, hi hang) x 5 65% at 75lbs
Clean Pull 5 x 5 85% (of clean) at 100lbs
Snatch Balance work up to a heavy single – 85lbs then 75% of that 3 x 2 at 65lbs -I couldn’t get my arms straight on the 95lbs lift and I didn’t let go of the bar so it landed on my neck and spine. I didn’t like these after that. 
Front Squat 3 x 3 80% at 125lbs

Endurance

3 x 300m Shuttle Sprints (6 x 50m)

1. 1:04 2. 0:58 3. 1:01

1 Min Rest between each
Rest 3 minutes after the final sprint
Run 1 Mile- 9:33