Flanders in NZ 7 – Hen & Stag

Rain rain go away. It’s been a week full of cloudy skies and drizzle which just means winter is here in the Southern Hemisphere.

The past week was full of a lot of work and even a day full of overtime on Saturday, but I did manage to get out during lunch one day and splurge on this alpaca throw blanket from Knitworks (read about the last time I was there here). Last time I splurged on a sheep skin rug which has been a big hit in Keith & my former Stateside apartment. Ever since then I’ve always kept the alpaca blanket in the back on my mind…

“If only I bought that alpaca blanket when I had the chance…”

My theory is that if you think about a purchase long enough you really should just get it. So therefore, with 2 years passed, it was time to add to my collection of New Zealand knitworks–


Perfect addition to the Flanders Flat

On to our main weekend event! Saturday nigh we through a hen and stag party for our engaged colleagues. They are unfortunately leaving this Friday to fortunately go get married! The ladies, per usual, had everything planned out far in advance whereas the guys managed to pull together a great night last-minute. Ladies night kicked off enjoying teppanyaki at one of my favorite Japanese restaurants — Ace Wasabi. Here we gave the bride a guessing game where she answered questions about herself to try to match them with the grooms’ answers. Then we started a scavenger hunt that basically lasted the entire night. Dancing occurred at Christchurch’s latest club Mashina (seriously SO many exciting places have opened since I was last here), and then we eventually merged with the guys at the Christchurch Casino. A fun ladies night out for sure!


Lovely Ladies

Any weekend hike plans were rained out. Instead, I will leave you with Keith’s  sunrise photo of the week from Takapuna, Auckland. Last week Keith got the opportunity to travel up to Auckland with his boss in Christchurch to meet with his Auckland colleagues and go to a training. He had a great time and drank a whole lot of coffee. Coffee is truly a cultural phenominon in Australasia!


Takapuna Sunrise

Now we are off to pack for our big trip to Dunedin this weekend! Go ALL BLACKS!!!


New Zealand 19 – Everybody’s Workin’ for the Weekend

Okay. This weekend I tried really hard to get some non-work photos for the blog, but I admit it was hard. I lied at the end of my last post, I never left Christchurch. First & foremost I’m here to work, and if a settlement (aka the owner & insurance company will come to a monetary agreement) is going to happen soon, we are going to try our hardest to make that occur as smoothly as possible.

Friday night I honestly don’t even remember what I did. I think I cooked some pasta, drank a glass of wine, and set my alarm for early on Saturday.

Saturday I was on site in the morning–going over damage conditions with our client and determining if we agreed with the owner’s engineer’s report. Until later that evening I spent organizing my notes and producing some repair sketches. Came home, decided I needed to go run, ate pasta leftovers. (my weekend is starting to sound really exciting right?)

Sunday I showed up at work again; however, I did give myself some personal time in the morning to have breakfast and a flat white at a new cafe, photo proof —

Ground Floor Cafe perfection

Then… get ready for it, for lunch I did the one non-work related thing all weekend — drove to KNITWORKS. A few coworkers mentioned wanting to check out this store. Knitworks is literally on a farm. They have their own sheep & alpacas and produce custom sweaters and other apparel on-site.

Sheep’s wool (and alpaca) headquarters

I caved and bought possum socks (remember the New Zealand 6 post?), then I REALLY caved and bought…a sheep-skin rug. Don’t ask me why, I think it may have been work overload, just because it was so soft, or because I pictured it being a great conversation piece back in my & my husband’s Maryland apartment, but either way I ended up with a ridiculous(ly awesome) sheep skin. I’m going to come home with a sheep skin, throw it on the living room floor, and I can only imagine what kind of confusing conversation my husband and I will have. I’m sure I will have to trade some wall space for another Boston Celtics poster as compromise for the random small furry rug gracing our floor.  However, for now, it definitely helps turn the hotel room decor up a notch —

To conclude, I found out at the beginning of the week our hard work did pay off and the ball is rolling on a settlement. Seeing some significant progress definitely made the work weekend worth it.

And as my final photo of this week’s post, I’d like to share my favorite find at Knitworks — a knit, high visibility sweater. My new side-mission at the New Zealand office will be to convince our safety officer that these are necessary.

Only $100 more than our branded safety vests…