Sitting in the airport lounge looking around

So I am currently sitting in the Air New Zealand lounge in Auckland (NZ).  I kid you not – there is STANDING room only and a line out the door waiting for space to free up  :O.  I am so glad that we are early airport arrivers.  We have had our pre-flight breakfast, 2 cups of coffee and bonus we also have a comfy spot to sit and watch the mad dash when a seat frees up.  I flew out a this time of day a few weeks ago – decided that since the main terminal was pretty much empty that I wouldn’t worry about heading into the lounge – I now see why LOL.

Today we are heading to Sydney Australia for a mini long weekend.  Things to do and people to see – I am guessing we won’t have a minute to spare and will return to work on Monday like we have run a marathon!  We have a busy month of zipping around, so we are very lucky that I time manage so well 😛 makes for less stress.  Anyway – this post isn’t really about anything – I just felt that I should look like my fingers doing some work and not just sitting here, aimlessly people watching.  Well – I am people watching at the same time BUT I am also looking as if I am busy working on “important business manners” – shhhhhh I’m not LOL.

Well, it’s it – just a quickie HI everyone  before we head to our gate




Only 370 days to go…

Well, while I have been silent on the blog over the past few months since returning to the workforce – we haven’t been sitting at home hiding under the covers (even though I am pretty sure Calvin wished we had been lol).  I have been busy busy busy.  With my new job, trying to become a gym bunny AND planning trips in the future.  We have even booked our next big trip.  So what is coming up with Calvin and I?


Well what isn’t – where to start?  Next month Calvin and I are heading to Wellington for a quick weekender, October we are heading for a long weekend in Sydney – I am so looking forward to catching up with our very good friends, November we plan on taking a ferry over to the Coromandel AND a formal NYE Ball to see the year out.  BUT all our plans pale to our next big trip – in 370 days…

In 370 days Calvin and I are taking off for 4 days in Shanghai and then finding our way home over the following 22 days – on a slow boat from China.


As, well, always – I have started a countdown clock. TICK TOCK!  But the countdown clock is the only thing that is standard for this trip.  Unlike our usual trips we will not be in total control.  We won’t be jumping in a car and road tripping from one side of a country to the other.  We won’t even be planning the route.  This time, everything totally out of our hands!  And oddly, I am starting to look forward to taking time to include a pre plan trip – all I have to do is plan 4 days in Shanghai – 4 days in one spot!



M – xxx


Who’s a couch potato?

OK OK – you are not going to believe this but I just started ANOTHER blog.  Yes YES I know that is nuts!  Why don’t I just post here more?  Well, this new blog is only going to be about hiking in mostly New Zealand.  And I don’t really want to get side tracked on the new blog – I only want posts about hiking; here I rant and rave about anything and want to continue that as well.

SO NOT to stress – I am going to continue with this blog 😦 just in case you were worried LOL.


The new blog is called “The NOT so couch potato fat chick“.  All posts will come from me -Mabel, but if anyone wants to guess post – let me know – as long as it is about hiking/walking/tramping that I describe in my very first post – titled Who is the ‘not so couch potato…’ I am happy to add your posts.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know.  I you have the time – drop over and follow the new blog.  Let me know that I am know talking to myself over there LOL

Chat soon