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Fort Minor

So, there’s a song by this group called Fort Minor and I enjoy it a bit.  The chorus begins with ‘where’d you go?’ and I figure that’s a question that I should be answering.  The long and the short of it is, I’ve been working.  And then sleeping.  And then working.  The original 4 week assignment has turned into almost 3 months, and we finish up on July 29.  Although that feels so very far away.


Also, I’ve been sick.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m back in a call center and still getting my body used to being bombarded with germs from every direction, so that when one person gets sick, everybody gets sick. Or if it’s because of the weather change down here and it being Winter but not really a winter that I would call a winter so I don’t get as bundled up as I should.  Or if it’s because of the humidity and moisture in the apartment having finally settled into my lungs and refusing to go away.  Or, if it’s a combination of them all.  Suffice to say, I’ve been sick.  Stuffed nose, chesty cough, I even lost my voice the other day.  I start to feel better during the day and then the night hits and my body feels like giving up all over again.  I’ve been eating right and drinking plenty of fluids, so maybe all I need is rest. I’m not in work today simple because I could not find the strength or the energy or even the desire to move or do anything but hide in the bed.  Headache, nausea, and some light other intestinal problems along the way as well.


So today is for resting, and medicating, so that I can go back to work tomorrow, finish this week off strong and use the weekend to complete my journey back to healthiness so that I can stop feeling so damned miserable.  Being miserable is not a fun thing.


What new adventures am I having?  Well, we went out about two weekends ago and I bought myself a big monitor.  my little netbook is still running everything, but I can now see more than I thought possible.  the screen is about twice the size of my netbooks screen.  Awesome.  I have bought myself some early birthday presents as well.  A new bento box and lunchbag, and some video games for the computer.    Last weekend we went out and bought a dehumidifier.  To try and get rid of the excess moisture problem.  It’s a 20L tank and thank god for that.  We turned it on after we brought it home, around 5pm and left it to run over night.  When we got up the next morning, around 7am, the thing had sucks about 17-18L out of the air.  And I wonder why I’ve been feeling sick and chesty?  We’ve run it on and off again since then, but haven’t gotten the amount out again, thank goodness.


I’ve been exploring the goodness of a wok.  I finally got around to seasoning the wok that we bought back in february (God bless Youtube!) and we’ve been making some tasty stir-frys ever since.  And I’ve been investigating Tofu.  and the many different ways to make tofu. We’ve marinated it and eaten it just like that.  We’ve marinated it and baked it in the oven.  And we’ve added it to the stir-frys.  I think that I am starting to not only get the hang of tofu, but also to liking it.  I am not, however, going to be giving up my meat.  Tofu is just another alternative at the moment.


But mostly, I’ve just been working.  And I love the work. I love the people and the company and I even enjoy the customers.  Hard to believe, but it’s true.  Unlike American customers, it seems like Kiwis will readily tell you that they’re not really mad at you personally, but they are going to yell anyways, but please don’t take any personal offense.  And some of them, most of them, are quite easy to turn around and calm down after they’ve been allowed their moments of yelling.  It’s amazing.  I’ve been cursed at once by a customer.  And when I informed that customer to not curse at me, she immediately apologized and was calm from there on out.  I do enjoy the work.  And were it work that I could continue to enjoy in the manner that I have been (M-F 9-530) then I would most happily continue there.  But, it is a call center, and that means working rotating hours with rotating shifts and rotating days off.  It would mean never getting a normal sleep schedule, or a normal day off with Ee.  And that’s really not anything….


I came down here to start a new life, and go in a new direction.  And right now, in my mind, that new direction includes weekends with my partner and nights curled up on the couch watching a dvd.  Not days off in the middle of the week and coming home from work just as he is going to bed.  I’ve done that life before, it ruined the relationship.  And I didn’t come halfway around the world for that.  No.  As much as I love the office, I think it really is in my best interests to keep searching, to keep looking.  To explore more options and grow more as an adult.


But as a first experience working for a New Zealand company? I couldn’t have asked for more.  I think, however, I may want to look into the public sector.  Maybe a government job, if possible.  Eventually.  But for now, I’m going to go back to resting as I am feeling rather worn down, and I want to get better, faster.


So that is where I went, and where I’ll be.  Next update will probably be before Rotorua and after Orcon.

When it All Goes Down

So there’s really not too much of a point to this post.  I’ve been working on a post in my head for a while now and it still hasn’t quite made its way onto paper, either physical or virtual in any manner.


I am at work now and still loving it, although for the moment we are experiencing the calm before the storm.  The email queue is low, the calls are slow and easy, and everything is status quo.  So what else is there to write about.


Not much.  Life has been work and not work, sleep and work and life and love.  I guess I could talk about life at work.  It’s fairly good, and a wonderful company to work for, they take care of their employees (like a massage lady every 2 weeks who will give shoulder massages) and they do seem to care about their customers and products.  And there have been no problems with getting along with other people, or running into trouble being only ‘temps’.  Everybody has been helpful, supportive, and even very friendly.  We’re a disparate group, differences abound, but everybody seems to get along just fine.


One of the other temps and I get along rather well and when we have quiet time like this, we spend far too much time talking and giggling amongst ourselves than should be considered healthy.


So what else have I been up to?  well, making food (we got a new rice cooker!)  It will be the beginning of many more adventures (it came with a recipe booklet that’s actually in english! so i can make cool things!), and working.  Oh, and planning our vacation to Rotorua.


For those who are unsure, Rotorua is one of the most, if not the most, geothermally active regions in the world.  Geysers, hot mud pools, sulphur.  Apparently the entire region smells like rotten eggs, but the restorative properties of the muds and hot pools way outweigh the nasty smells.  it is also apparently an active location for maori history.


Not entirely sure what all we are going to do while there, but i am hoping to definitely get some amazing pictures of bubbling hot mud pools and geysers erupting with intensity.  I am also looking forward to a trip to something that will help me get a bit more educated on maori culture.  Also, for a hangi.


A hangi is the traditional maori feast that is created by digging a big hole in the ground, heating rocks and coals and then lowering the food into the pit and covering it for a few hours.  Sound familiar to something you know about?  Yeah, it’s a polynesian kind of cooking.  But I have also seen video of there being a basket of mussels being steamed/boiled in the hot pools and then being pulled up and eaten happily.


The Rotorua region is also home to a once active volcano that erupted in the late 1800s and buried a village, and some land formations that were called the Pink and White flats.  I’m hoping to visit a tourist place called “The Buried Village” and get more information not just on the volcano, but on the eruption and the excavations going on to find out about the people who were victims.


There seems to be a lot to do down in Rotorua, and It should be a fun filled report back, complete with pictures.


I promise that I’ll start posting a bit more, once life calms back down again.


Work is good, life is good.  Love is good, food is good.