Auckland continues to get more than its fair share of water. Almost every day there’s been a downpour and I go nowhere without my umbrella! It means – as I’ve said before – that I’m absolutely ripping through the reading and the library here must be having to employ a part-time worker to deal with the transfer of my books in and out of the slot.
It wasn’t quite so bad today, which meant I got out to have coffee on two separate occasions, both very Outlander-related. The first was a lively catchup with a friend just returned from the other side of the globe, who shares my love of the books and the series. I was wearing my Outlander top I’d designed, and my friend Rhonnie had sewn up for me, so I was dressed for the occasion. We jabbered on about almost everything, cutting over the top of each other, wandering off on tangents, and ending up somewhere completely different. I’m putting up a meme I did of a scene I hope to see in the coming Season, just to prove I do more things than just read the books.
After that coffee, I headed home and an hour later was back out to have lunch with my oldest niece, who has just discovered the Outlander books herself. I’m delighted to say she has good taste in reading and is totally hooked. In fact, I believe that even as I type this, she is lolling on top of her bed with a cup of tea reading ‘Voyager’. SO NICE to babble on about travel and our shared love of Scotland, and all the exciting ways to grasp life and live it to the full.
Last Friday, despite my best intentions to eat few carbs and no sugar, I was thwarted at work by turning up on ‘July Birthday Cake Day’. Once a month everyone who has a birthday that month gets treated to a song and a sizeable slice of some exotic confection. I couldn’t disappoint those who had gone to such trouble to provide – even though it wasn’t my birthday. I mean, there were TWO cakes and brownies. Here’s a wee glimpse:
I hope I fit the airline seat when I depart for Australia in September for a week.
One of my favourite activities in the weekend is to drive somewhere in my car. I went further North than I usually go this Sunday and made it up to Matakana, where I saw a movie, went to the local pottery gallery, and stopped in a bakery for an almond croissant. It was so very nice to leave the city, and almost felt like the sky cleared as I drove along the bouncy roads of the Kaipara Flats, seeing the glistening harbour to my left.
Tomorrow I head by bus back into the city for three days of work. Pleasant enough when I’m not driving and can just listen to audiobooks and ease my way into the working day that way. I’ll stop at the cafe in the heart of Aotea Square and have a large flat white before I go up to the office and turn on the computer.
Usually I’m the first one in, and so have the office to myself for a while. Perfect.