Post-COVID normal

When COVID-19 hit the world, New Zealand committed to an elimination strategy, which meant that on 8th June 2020, nearly three and-a-half months after the first case was reported on February 28th, the country went into alert Level 1. In layman's terms, this means we're pretty much 'back to normal', except for strict border control.... Continue Reading →

COVID-19: hanging on in there

New Zealand is currently in Level 2; this means the threat level is reduced and lockdown restrictions have been eased from what they were in Level 4 and 3. It's not quite normal; we have to keep tabs on where we've been, practice physical distancing, the number of people who can be in one place... Continue Reading →

COVID-19 – end of lockdown (NZ)

It's like the end of an era. A friend said, "it feels a bit sad almost, like it's the end to an exceptional time." He's not wrong. We went into the heavily restricted Level 4 lockdown when there were only a few cases in New Zealand and no deaths. Compared to the rest of the... Continue Reading →

Apology languages

"I'm sorry.....But...." This drives me CRAZY. My ex-husband used to do it all the time. Apologies seemed meaningless and insincere. There was always a reason, an excuse for shitty behaviour; usually it was me. "I'm sorry. But...you know how to wind me up." "I'm sorry. But...I had a bad day at work." "That but wipes... Continue Reading →

COVID ponderings: fuck off memes

It's Friday night and I'm sat at my kitchen table, Rod Stewart in the background asking the world to let him know if it thinks he's sexy. After-work virtual drinks and a catch up with Women's Wednesday means I've finished the beer in my fridge, and I've got no more to replace it. A sleepytime... Continue Reading →

A musing on relationships

Recently I’ve had cause to think about [romantic] relationships and my perspective on them, and I've been asked to share them. (Just to be clear, this is my perspective.) Society mainly seems to define a successful relationship by it’s longevity, doesn't it? No thought of whether it’s happy, or functional, or healthy. Just long.  Find... Continue Reading →

The dream

The Invitation, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing. It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool... Continue Reading →

2 years in New Zealand

Well, hasn't that flown? I'd be lying if I said I still didn't feel a bit sad that the relationship I came here for didn't work out. Or rather, I guess the thought (or hope) of the relationship. I'd got to the point I was just about ready for, you know, one of those relationship-thingys,... Continue Reading →

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