Don’t you just that moment when you realised of all the wonderfull and grand things that you’ve been planning on doing isn’t really happening at all and you’ve just been shovelling pipe dreams from one heap to another and then back again. Fug, I’m feeling so stupid at the moment. Not really coming or going…asdfgfhgbtbbsvmmmmmnm…fuggut going to bed…ugh
Phew, a hot and sunny saturday it was. Fixed up my fence painting fuck-up (wife now happy). Wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Then went to the park with my 5 year old daughter. Took my unicycle and a good go. My legs were buggered. Met some friends there and even practiced some hanstands. Ended the day at my sister’s for dinner. Wifey needed us out of the house so she could do some work. So now I’m home and tired.
Aaaargh, getting up early to go do exercise is a killer…blergh.
Just thought I’d let you guys know - the kitesurfing was a bust. The wind too light, but I went anyway and when I pumped up my 12m the outlet valve blew…Yip, the saga continues. :) - At least it’s been fixed, picking it up tomorrow from the shop.
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Last week was a busy one, I can tell you that! – Phew – Decided to get back to Tae Kwondo after a 3 week laps (busy dogs/kids/wife/etc etc) and also went to my daughter’s gymnastic hall for an adult session with a friend. Lots of fun, managed to do some lame backflips on the trampoline and ripped-off 3 calluses on my hands went we were swinging on some bars. Should’ve taken care of them beforehand but lesson learned. Also pulled a muscle in my neck, which I aggrevated when I went to TKD on Wednesday night.
Took Thursday off to go kite-surfing because I was getting really desperate for a session, but the forecasted wind let me down and was reeeeaaaally light. Not that that stopped me, I’d just use my biggest kite and biggest board. Yeah! And then when I pumped up my newly repaired kite, the outlet valve blew…yip, as in fuckyouImnotflying kind-of blew…sigh, more repairs. At least it was a nice day out.
Didn’t make it to Crossfit on Friday morning – neck too sore, couldn’t move properly. The rest of the weekend was busy with kids gym, kids swimming, house cleaning and oh yes, we got Just Dance 4 for Wii and spent a few hours doing that. I really suck at that game. Which is really depressing, as I really love music and dancing. Can watch people who can dance for hours, enviously… Unfortunately even my 5 year-old daughter kicks my arse in the game. Too stiff, joints don’t work, blah-blah-blah. Go and practice your ukulele and guitar instead. Depressing…
Let’s hope this week is a little bit easier…
Taking tomorrow off to go kitesurfing. Just haven’t had the time or opportunity to go since early Jan. So I’m making it happen. Should be good.
Early morning sun-just-rising cruising on my motorbike down the motorway to work listening to Faith No More’s
Epic is….,well Epic.
This year so far I’ve managed to dissapoint all the girls in my life basically non-stop. Yip, it’s a train-wreck- fuck-up…And I can blame only myself….fuck, just fuck.
Since I’ve last posted (July…) I’ve…:
· I started doing Crossfit - really enjoy it, kills me everytime…
· Started a new hobby - RC quadcopters, my dad will be thrilled to fly with me when they move here.
· I got my kite surfing organised - got 3 kites, 2 boards (no excuses now).
· Actually went kitesurfing, 1 out of 3 kites actually flew…(2 kites now in for repairs…but that’s another story).
· Made a nice costumes for Armageddon - pretty satisfied with the effort. Lots more armour this time.
· Thinking of starting a small import business (rc toys) on the side.
· Spent a shite-load of money on the house (got the driveway, front deck and front fence done). It looks fucking awesome, if I do say so myself. Feeling a bit financially drained now…pooh
So what’s up for 2013?
· pull out unicycle and start it up again
· build my own bigger quadcopter
· start training for TKD black grading in December
Those are some of the goals, lots of smaller ones (build shit, do shit, chill etc.)
We’ll see how it goes. :)
What have you been up to? Tell me, I’m interested :D
Yes, all that happiness thingies to you people. May 2013 be a great one, full of wonder or cool funky stuff.
At least it the world won’t end. So said the Mayans…:)
Aaaaah, it’s Financial End of Year time and thus I’ve knee deep in a horrible but required stock-take/fix-up-all-the-buggered-up-numbers-somehow exercise. Got to be finished by next Friday. Hopefully I’ll make the deadline. Anyway, this is the kind of work that required partial brain-power and so the rest just sits, listens to music, tapping it’s toes and dredging up old memories of yester-year and so-on.
So during this contemplation session I think upon the typical what-if question that afflict us all. What if I actually did study Mining Engineering. There was a very big sway that way – I’m love my chemistry, especially the application of explosive technology. But unfortunately my knowledge base wasn’t geared to making positive decisions and I was much more risk evasive than I am know. A lot…A big ol’ Wuss, I was.
So took the safe route and through all my misadventures landed where I am now. Then I contemplate a lot of the decisions and mistakes I’ve made up ‘till now. And really I’m happy. That smiley-golden-on-the-inside feeling. Don’t worry, it’ll pass soon enough, but’s nice to feel it every now and again. Content is the word I’m probably looking for. The previous week I was cursing my boring meaningless existence, just for interest sake. But now I’m not.
Another thought that came up whilst a Cranberries’s song came up (yes, I still listen to them – they had some good stuff) and it always vividly reminds me of a crush I had on a girl in High School. We almost got together, but I never really made to extended effort to pursue her and it’s one of those I-can-kick-my-arse-for-being-so-stupid things for she was a really nice girl and we got along very well. But the male teenager brain – what can you say other than “Thank God, that is over.”
The other thoughts were on a fight I had with my partner recently. I did something stupid, a small thing yet selfish, immature and stupid. Yet it made her feel really really hurt, emotionally and I didn’t realize how much until I finally got her to talk to me about it. At that point she told me with tears in her eyes that she couldn’t look at me in the same way again. That struck home, hard… I was distraught. It was late and I couldn’t face her after that and sat in front of the computer thinking that I’ve fucked up my marriage. And that it was over something that small. It just couldn’t be that simple. I didn’t think we were on such a knife-edge of a relationship. We have too much too loose for it to be like that.
I sat there cracking, crying silently, tears rolling down my face. It hurt so much realizing that it could all be over. Luckily she came to fetch me, and we worked it out. But that memory will remain.
Oh the fun to have when your brain is on thinking-overdrive…
Anyway, onwards and upwards.
Just jumping onto this Avengers bandwagon. Rented all the movies between me and my daughter we haven’t seen yet: Captain America, Iron Man 2 & Thor.
Captain America wasn’t bad actually - expected worse, but it was good. Thor is a great one (even the wife watch some of it and she hates these kind of movies) and we’ll watch Iron Man 2 tomorrow. I’ve seen it, but I’m a boy and I like gadet movies. So it’s a win-win situation for me.
Bandwagon HO!!!! <jumpy-jumpy>
Well, the weekend has come and gone. It was Mother’s Day here in NZ and we had a family gathering at our house (well, at least my fam and the sister’s fam). BBQ’d some chicken drumsticks and cooked some veggies. All good fun. But during the day I’ll start drinking with Graydon, my brother-in-law. Now he’s an established drinker and does over indulge quite often. Me, I’m a 4 beer man usually – classified light-weight.
But yesterday we must’ve drunk 7 or 8 beers each and then he pourerd a brandy and coke mix. I got to half way and decided to stop. See, I’ve got a “fast metabolism” – at least that’s my excuse. I drink and then half-way through the night I start getting a hang-over. So I don’t drink much. It’s a bit of a waist on me. Probably why I like whiskey (good whiskey) – because I can’t handle quantity, so that leaves just quality. Anyway, back to the story. So I decided to stop , it’s enough. But then I get a headache and it doesn’t go away. Several hours later I’m all feeling unwell, thinking to myself it must be the food I didn’t drink that much, plus it’s been several hours. Enough said, I ended up in toilet, throwing up and then I felt better….
Looking at myself in the mirror, I realized that I’ve been demoted from a Lightweight Drinker to a Pansy Drinker… oh the horror… I’ll just stick to my couple-of-beers then and when asked flash my Drinkers ID card… Class: PANSY…PAN…ZEE…pansy
Now I’m a coffee drinker. Not an addict, but I’d say an average user – say 3-5 cups a day. Don’t tend to buy shop coffee (barista style) that often – what can I say, I’ m a frugal bastard, if there’s free coffee guess where I’ll be. And on that note, we’ve got a few coffee machines at work now. Since it’s a new site and since they don’t replenish the engineering can-o-coffee (yeah instant) we have to use the common one in the cafeteria. It’s ok, I’ve had worse (yes, I’ll drink anything that coffee-ish especially early in the morning). But in the main office area there’s another machine, hidden around the corner that uses beans. And that’s a really strong yet nice coffee bean taste. Yum-oh J
That’s always a good way of starting the work-day – a good cup of <free> coffee.
We finally got another dog!!! Yeah! We named her Ponyo. She’s a 7 month old bull terrier x. And lovely and white. Fits our Toby just nicely.
Just watched The Avengers. Sweet kick-ass goodness. Thanks Joss Whedon. Much enjoyness was had. :)
Poop, the batteries on the little electric pocket bike I got my hands on has died. They don’t want to hold their charge any more L. But that’s ok – I’ve got some other old batteries from work. Hopefully they’ll work. Fingers crossed.
Playing a musical instrument can frustrating at times. Deterringly frustrating (don’t know deterringly if is actually a word, but who cares). I try to play tabs/chords for songs on the guitar but get stumped so easily. I just can’t make it sound like a should. The same with the clarinet. I often get a song in my head and so want to play it on the clarinet. But when I pull out the instrument, my brain just dumbs down. I can whistle the tune (I can whistle like a MF when I want to) and evne whistle it in tune with the song. But break it down to another instrument and I just struggle. I need to somehow connect the two. Arghhhh, shall just have to soldier on… I need someone to jam with (that always seems to break my musician’s block)…
Don’t you just love doing things for the first time? I’ve been in the engineering/maintenance work environment for about 11 years now and I’ve never used an angle grinder. Never had to. I’m a planner/co-ordinator, the softer-side of this business, a soft-cock as I’ve been so lovingly called before <dripping with acidic sarcasm if you didn’t notice> . My weapon of choice is my brain and a computer and franky I’m good at it. Anyway, I do some DIY stuff and can get my hands dirty. And it’s that first time you work with something you haven’t done before and gaining the experience which I’m talking about. Yesterday I used my small 115mm dia angle grinder (which I got from a friend) to cut some galvanized tubing I got from my old work. I’m making a frame for a rain shelter for the dog. And it was cool. I enjoyed making sparks and cutting metal. Awesomeness. Now I just need to learn to weld properly, but that’s a whole other story.
I just started The Guild season 1. And I’m hooked. Man, i’m always late for these things. The cast was even at last year’s Armegeddon expo and didn’t know who they were. But meh, it doesn’t matter now as I’m enjoying the show now. Getting my geek on. Sad sad sad… I’ll go play with some heavy weights to compensate soon, I promise.
I was talking about associations yesterday and here’s another one. I work for a Printing Press company and right next to my office, currently, we’ve got the ink pumps that supply the presses. They sounds just like a when you’re scuba diving. A deep long intake of air then reverberates through the walls.
Also sounds like someone in deep sleep…
It’s a bit disturbing at times but you get used to it, I guess…
Our annual Cosplay/Pulp Culture festival is coming and I’ve hooked my eldest daughter into theme of dressing up. So we’re both quite keen on getting some sweet-ass costumes this year. I’m still on the design stage, but it’s definitely heading towards a Steampunk Explorer direction…again. Cant’ help myself. I just find the genre fascinating. Yet this time I want to make it a bit more Gothic in nature. Been reading too much Warhammer 40k novels J So darker colours and weaponry. A backpack with retractable wings has been highlighted and I’m working through the feasibility study at the moment…but if it works, wouldn’t that be so cooooool?!!?!?! Hey, it’s as cool as I want it to be J
Need to get my sketch on!!
Got my Black Tip in ITF Taekwon-Do! Finally!!! My last belt before black!! Yeah!
Now to use my ever-non-existant sewing skills and sew that baby to my belt… shit, that’me for the evening. Better get out the beer…
Man, the brain can make some weird arse association through-out one’s lifetime. Here’s a few perculiar ones of mine:
- When ever I hear the U2 song (I’m not a U2 fan at all. Like a couple of songs, but that’s it. Personally think Bono’s got his head stuck-up his own Arse…anyway, I degress…), “The ground beneath her feet”, I always remember a shady playground in the foothills of Napier, on the East Coast of Napier, NZ. We visited there a number of years ago and that song came on the radio just as we were heading into the parking lot. It was winter time, but a lovely clear morning at the time. Cold, but gorgeous. And the memory never fails to pop into my head when this song plays.
- The other and weirder one is a certain smell (a perfume, I think) that I can remember smelling when I was at home watching Critters 2 (the one where they eat the guy in the Easter Bunny costume). So everytime that I smell something similar, in pops Easter Eggs and Critters into my mind…
I get stranger and stranger by the day….
Just jumped on the Kik bandwagon and wouldn’t mind some more American Kik contacts! If you’re keen for some contact from message me your number and I’ll add ya! :)