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Rainy days and rock music

It’s a mellow Friday morning here in Queenstown, New Zealand. The forecasted rain has just rolled in; pitter pattering on the roof. As I busy myself with the tasks of the day, I wonder what to listen to in order to block out the hum drum sounds of the office. On a Friday, I would usually listen to up beat, peppy tunes to further enhance my excitement for the oh so close weekend. But today, I think some rock music will do quite nicely to go with this grey, drab, eerily warm day.

Here’s what I’m listening to:



Edge of the world

Right now there is a storm rolling in and one side of the office the sun is streaming into the office and on the other side there is a blanket of rain covering the usual view of mountains and fields of sheep. The air is dead still.

I wish I had my camera as the evidence would make this post 1000 time better… the contrast between the sun lighting up the trees in front of the storm is stunning and a little bit comical actually because it appears that Queenstown no longer exists; the storm has eaten up the west coast of the South Island and won’t stop until it hits the east coast.

It actually looks like the country stops about half a km from where I work; that if you got to that point you’d just drop off. There’d be no obvious cliff, no hint that you were going to drop off any time soon, you’d just get there and disappear. Into oblivion. Being a Monday and working at a job I don’t love, that might be quite nice… I’ll settle for a massive storm – they’re always exciting. I’ll run to the window like the kids do at school when it hails, it’ll be mayhem! Kind of…not really. But similar.

Sky times

We live on an industrial road with a bunch of apartments plotted here and there, in between the industrial businesses. So, it’s not super picturesque BUT we do have a view of the surrounding mountains from our second storey apartment.

The sky in the mornings lately has been gorgeous! Hues of oranges and firey reds and some amazing pinks and blues. Although they say “red sky in the morning, shepherds warning” it isn’t always true in Queenstown. I’m up at 6.30am (for work) so I get to see some amaaaazing sunsets, which I take for granted.

Today has been raining more than it’s rained the entire time I’ve lived in Queenstown but the clouds broke about 15mins ago and I took this photo:


The clouds are coming back in now, probably to rain some more. I shouldn’t complain – the weather has looked like the below photo most of the time I’ve been here:


I’ll leave you now with a few more photos of the sky at dusk from the balcony of our apartment, a toi toi bush on a walk in the middle of winter looking towards Queenstown from Kelvin Heights and finally, three shots of a sunrise two weekends ago that was very pastelly and pretty and I had trouble choosing just one…





Words with friends

I love playing Scrabble. I have since I was maybe about seven years old because my Grandma is an English teacher and taught us to play when we were very little to while away the hours at the beach house or whenever we came to stay. Me and my sisters learned at about the same age as well as my three cousins when they were ripe for the scrabble pickin’.

We didn’t learn on a board though, we learned a game called “speed scrabble”. Which, I’m pretty sure, only people who know me or my extended family are aware of the rules of this game because every time I mentioned it to others a puzzled look fell across their face. Here I was thinking everyone knew about it because it was SO awesome. Who doesn’t love playing word games with their grandparents?

In a nutshell, you use about two sets of scrabble tiles, turn them all face down, scramble them up, each take seven tiles, turn them over at the same time and then make your own little scrabble puzzle from the letters you have. The first person to have all their tiles in a puzzle (with real, legitimate words) gets to scream “take two” and then everyone, regardless of whether all their tiles have been used up, has to grab two more tiles and fit them into the puzzle. This continues until all the tiles in the middle are gone and someone has won. BUT just because that person was the one to get all the tiles in the fastest, doesn’t mean they have won. Ooooh twist!

The score is calculated by counting the tile amounts up/down and across. And any letter used twice is counted twice. Highest score wins. It takes a little while to get used to the counting up. Or maybe it was harder when I was seven…20 years on, I will admit I still have trouble – the counting really needs to be done silently or you just put each other off. It’s just speed scrabble common courtesy.

There are tactics for how to get all your tiles in quickly, how to get the highest score etc and it’s, hands down, one of the funnest* games IN THE WORLD.

I play it with my grandparents every time I see them and have taught it to a couple of others who were willing to try and beat me. I’m pretty fast.

Anyway, the reason I’m talking about Scrabble is because since I’ve left TSTSNBN, I miss playing me a bit of Scrabble in my spare time. It was the thing I enjoyed most about being on there.

I just looked it up on-line and the only way I can play it, is if I have Facebook, an android phone or some other smarty pants device. Bummer.

I do have an iPhone; the one dinosaurs used back in the day. And it works fine, it just isn’t connected to a NZ network yet. I have to unlock it and this involves paying money I don’t really have, (especially when my non smart phone works just fine minus the app incapability), going to the post office to post it and then waiting for it’s return. But then I have to go and get a new sim card from a different provider because they have a better date plan in order for me to entertain such fun activities and oi…

Living in Queenstown means there aren’t a hub of techy shops that will just do this for me on the spot and sell me the required sim card I need afterwards. So I’ve been putting it off.

This might be the push I need to get it up and running. I heart Words With Friends.

*word not acceptable in Scrabble, Words with Friends, Speed Scrabble or any other wordy type game.