Friday, July 27, 2012

Bye New Zealand!!!

As we're about to board our flight over to Australia I wanted to write a post to our friends in New Zealand. Thank you for the fun memories and the friendships we've made these past couple of years. You all have not only been our friends, but our family. Sometimes its hard being away from home and you all have all made it easier to feel less homesick. Thank you for all the memories we've made celebrating birthdays, holidays, weekends and more with us. Thank you for your support during some difficult times; you guys were always there for us and that is something we will never forget. We'll see you all soon!

Amy and Kevin
Air New Zealand Lounge, Sydney, Australia, saying goodbye, New Zealand

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Packing and Painting

Packing... I don't know why this is so hard for me; I'm sure Kevin will leave here with 1-suitcase. Me, I will have 4, just like the picture above. It's so hard to figure out what I think I might want to wear or what I will need for the next month and a half until our belongings arrive off the container. When I moved from the US to New Zealand I definitely didn't pack enough clothes. To this day I still haven't worn those clothes I had to wear over and over for that month and a half while I was patiently waiting for my stuff to arrive. For those of you that know me, you know how I feel about the fashion out here in NZ so shopping for new clothes was not an option.  Oh well, I'll get over it. Writing this post is just allowing me to procrastinate.

Painting... I love to paint. Something pretty on canvas, that is. So this story goes like this: When we first moved into our rental house we were told we we couldn't put nails in the wall. BIG problem. HUGE. I litter my walls with pictures, paintings and other cool stuff. In a tasteful way, of course. So I rang the landlord and asked what they suggest I use and they told me about these sticky, picture hanging strips made by 3M.  So I invested in a few dozen and hung away. Well, the other day I was taking all the pictures off the walls as well as the hanging strips that held them in place. Here's where I ran into trouble. They took the paint right off the wall!!! Yikes! I called the landlord and reminded her this is what she suggested (and I may or may not have thrown in there that I noticed the painting was done right over the dry wall.... who does that??!! I'm no professional but even I know you have to prime the walls), I was told it was basically my problem. I had to paint or get money taken out of our bond (that's NZ for deposit) for it to be painted. Kevin and I went to the paint store up the street with a chunk of paint from our wall in our hands and tried to find a match. As you can see below, round one was no bueno. Back to the paint store today to find a better match. The moral of this story is: If you come across those 3M hanging strips and they look too good to be true - they are.  Run away. FAST. They are bad news bears.

painting sucks, touching up nail holes, rental properties

Here's to packing and painting- Cheers!
Amy and Kevin

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

10 Random Facts About Kevin

Since Kevin would never write this section on his own-I have to disclose that I picked the questions and got his answers. Just go with it. 

1.) My favorite food is Amy's spaghetti sauce
2.) If I was able to, I would fly fish or go snorkeling everyday
3.) I hate Facebook; I only tolerate it because I don't live in America
4.) My celebrity crush is Jennifer Aniston
5.) A movie I can watch time after time is The Big Lebowski... because "the dude abides"
6.) One of my favorite countries I have visited is India. Kidding - that was the worst. It's Seychelles.
7.) I grew up in Guam
8.) When I am bored I read or play harmonica
9.) My current favorite author is Shelby Foote
10.) In my free time I ... what free time? I work all the time. 

Amy and Kevin

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Move Across the Pond

WE ARE MOVING!!!  No, I am not shouting, I am just excited.  July 28th is when we will be moving "across the pond" from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia. A date I will always remember as it's my beautiful mom's birthday as well. For the first month we will be living in a serviced apartment while we find a place to call home in the land down unda!
For now we are furiously selling miscellaneous household items to try and thin out the things we once thought we needed. Soooo, if any of you need: Diving equipment, a queen sized bed, a climbing harness, a duvet, a car, washing machine, dryer, refrigerator or a really cool boat (PS: it's baby blue!) email me! Oh yeah, shipping costs to the US are not included in the sale price :)
Hope everyone has a good start to their week. 
Amy and Kevin 
Sydney Opera House, Black and white photo, fun, summer, 2011