Sunday, 30 November 2014

It's starting to feel a lot like summer

It's coming into Summer time for us here in Kiwi Land.

I've been super busy organising dinners, and events. And I have another conference coming up next week on top of everything else I've been up to!

The days feel longer and sunnier.

 I'm currently enjoying listening to the birds chirping in the trees next to the car parking building next door. I just noticed that the neighbours cat is playing with a bug on the window sill. Adorable.

If you follow me on Instagram you'd see I've been growing out my nails, they're nicely longer now. Nail biting is a horrible habit to have. I am thankful to have done treatment this year to help my anxiety levels and my mental health overall. I'm using a clear nail polish (it's a top and base coat in one) to just have on my nails so I see it's a little shiney. This has helped me stop biting them, so has to be good.

The tree in the lane behind our apartment is lush with new green leaves, they've been there a little while now, maybe a month or so. It's great to look out and see beautiful nature instead of just bland concrete crisscrossed with graffiti,  spray painted art and other tagging.

The local streets have been pulled up and re-sealed around us too, which made for some construction noise filled nights. Wasn't so impressed at being kept up at the time. But the streets look great. I just hope they won't bleed tar everywhere all summer long! (Has been known to happen if the stones weren't thick enough over the tar).
Luckily I've learned some tricks for tar removal - such as using butter, or peanut butter, on the object that has tar on it. Getting it when it's freshly on helps too.
Just spread the butter onto the tar and then rub it off with something you don't care for (like paper towels) as you'll have to throw it out.

Hope everyone is well where you are.

Until next time,
L.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Pineapple Lump Lolly Cake

Today I decided to make a variation of Lolly Cake.
For the non-Kiwi's out there Lolly Cake is a New Zealand recipe for a slice.


LOLLY CAKE RECIPE

Ingredients: 
1/2 tin of Condensed Milk
120g Butter (softened)
250g packet of malt biscuits (crushed finely)
1 packet (approximately 250g) of lollies, typically these would be a packet of Eskimo Lollies.
(I substituted for Pineapple lumps).
Coconut to cover the exterior of the log once made. (I omitted this step, as I'm allergic).

Instructions:
1. Crush the biscuits finely: I put mine into a triple layered plastic bag, then smashed them repeatedly with a rolling pin. 

2. Combine the softened butter and condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl and allow them to melt together in the microwave. It took me about 45 seconds to do this (*Time depends on your microwave and settings).
3. Combine the crushed biscuits and the butter/condensed milk mixture into a bowl. Stir to combine. 

4. Mix in the pineapple lump bits. (I cut mine into two bits for each bit so it's not too large; if using Eskimos slice into about 3-4 pieces for each one).

5. Turn the entire mixture onto a long piece of plastic wrap. Shape into a long log.
If you're using coconut to cover it, you'd put the coconut onto the plastic wrap then shape it into a log with the plastic wrap.

6. Refrigerate for 4 hours. 

7. Slice into even slices. 

There is even a Wikipedia post about Lolly Cake: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolly_cake

Teaching English ESOL and other thoughts about Languages




Since coming to Wellington in mid - 2008 I have been working towards becoming an ESOL / ESL / EFL teacher. (They're all the same role - teaching English to speakers of other languages). In the past few years I've taught at a school for South Korean students (aged eleven to seventeen) at a Hostel as an after school homework Tutor, as well as an at-home home tutor for an adult student.
During that time I've taught more than forty students. 



I've been researching possible places to live and teach for after I graduate - as I've been learning French since High School, I've come to realise that France or the French regions of the South Pacific may be possible places to also teach ESOL, not just South East Asia as previously thought. It does mean I would need to drop some roles - but I have another three to four years before any possible move anyway! 
I still have seven or so papers to complete at VUW - so that is my first aim and goal. 




To Complete my BA at VUW. 
Then to get a job teaching ESOL overseas. 



I'm still unsure exactly how I will fund this, but I have another few years to get finances sorted at any rate. 



Being in a new culture, society and place is exciting. 
Having language problems - of being misunderstood, and on top of that learning the local customs and culture. It's all exciting. And scary.  Leaving family and friends and everything familiar behind is scary - and I'm sure I'll feel home sick and nervous. Thankfully too Dan has agreed to come over with me wherever I get placed, so I will not be fully alone in a strange, new land!



Reminds me somewhat of the excitement but nervousness of the contestants off shows like The Amazing Race, which sees teams go around the world in a competition.

http://teachesol.wordpress.com/ is a great resource too. A lot of ESOL/EFL and ESL teachers write blogs and they're often a good look into the life of a teacher on the road and in new places. When I go overseas, I will write a blog on my life too - as a way to keep family and friends in the loop as well as a kind of journal or diary online.



Thursday, 16 October 2014

Feelings and stuff


To be honest I am not sure what I plan on doing with this blog, since starting it in 2010; let's just say that during the past 4 years my life has changed a lot. I'm not the same person I was back then. My relationships have changed (love wise) and I live in a much swankier place now, an apartment. On top of all that I have my mental health stuff still going on, as well as Asthma (who saw that curve ball coming my way?!) If you'd told the Lisa of 4 years ago that I'd be living in an apartment in the city I would have laughed...

I haven't blogged in nearly a month now, I've had a lot of changes in my life offline...
such as I'm now adding to my career titles, I just wish I was being paid! (haha).
I am now a secretary for a society; as well as the Outreach officer for another society.

To the memories of this year...



At Te Papa, selfie in the art gallery.



Wellington Waterfront.


Make over with Brooklyn at Weltec.



Take Back the Hood, Bats show.



Above and below: art from Matchbox art gallery.


Sunset from our apartment.



Thursday, 25 September 2014

Girls who wear glasses

Well since I've been wearing, and thinking about wearing, more make up I thought this post was much needed.

So I wear glasses for reading. I am forever taking them off and putting them back on. Every time I do so I end up smudging my make up on my nose from the nose pieces.

What's a lady to do?


When the glasses frames and nose pieces rub off the make up - well it's not a good look. The make up ends up splotchy and horrible - and the glasses end up messy too.
The solution?

Go online and ask google.

Make up tricks to look gorgeous in glasses

Make up tips for glasses wearers

From sites like the above I found a few tried and true things to try out.

1. Be sure to remove all make up and clean your glasses regularly.
2. Blot your make up, so there is no excess to come off (onto your glasses).
3. Wear a good powder over your make up. (A setting powder).
4. Try a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
5. Use a make up sponge to blot off excess make up.
6. Thin layers of make up are better.
7. Just keep your glasses on, try not to take them on and off as the constant friction makes the make up come off.

Anyone else have any tried and true ways of keeping make up on the skin and off the glasses?
Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear any others...



Vacations, holidays and time out.

So last week I went home to Taranaki for a while to look after my siblings and have some time out. It was fantastic - except for the getting sick near the end of my trip. (Siblings and I ended up with horrible chesty coughs).

I was very spoiled with Birthday Gifts as it was my birthday on Monday - I'm ancient. haha. 26 finally.
I got some spending money, some make up, a new hair drier, make up brushes, jewellery, and a delicious birthday cake. Sadly Dan and I spent my birthday apart as my flight back wasn't until Tuesday evening. Thankfully even though my bag was over weight - it was only an extra $10 to have it as a checked bag. (I initially booked with carry on only).

Tomorrow we are going ten pin bowling with a bunch of friends for my birthday celebrations here.
I'm so excited; Bowling is so much fun!



Monday, 22 September 2014

September Birthdays and turning 26


Today happens to be my 26th birthday. 

Happy Birthday to Me!

Many more birthdays to come and all those well wishes....


I have always loved having a party with friends coming to celebrate & share in fun times...
 Even if it's just for one night before we're split apart again; 
due to distance, work constraints, and living arrangements!
This year is no different, I have some ideas of what I wanted to do today - and I'll update what went down on a later post. But this year I wanted to be Home for my Birthday. Mum was heading away so it was the perfect opportunity to head home for a few days and hang out with the family.

When I get back to Wellington we are going Ten Pin Bowling and having more fun times.





It doesn't feel much different now from 25 to 26, because most things don't change much - legally nothing changes. It's not like 25 when insurance got a bit cheaper, or 21 when I was officially an adult, or 18 when I could legally drink...