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




Im not so good with conformity … can you tell?

As you are guessing, I am not so good with conformity.  Posting to a ‘set’ structure really isn’t me and frankly, a tad constraining.  Blogging structure like, on Tuesdays we post about travel.  Wednesday, well Wednesdays are wordless; but you can throwback your Thursday’s ARHHHHHHH.  Yes YES, I know I can set my blog up how ever I wish too – there are no true set in stone rules or guidelines.  But after some time of blogging, certain styles and structure form; especially with certain types of blogs.  Sadly, the longer you blog; these structure become very clear and very standardised – and very done.  Even the themes and hashtags that we all use – they are, in a way – restricting our creativity.


But it seems the more I try to conform, the less I post.  And to be honest what is the point of towing the line when I am not enjoying it.  Especially when it seems that when I am free writing I seem to post frequently and most importantly – I feel I enjoy my blog as much as I hope the people that drop by do.  After a bit of time away and reflecting a few thoughts on exactly WHY I blog – I have decided to throw out all forms of conformity – and just get back to why I started in the first place.  From today I am going to blog whatever drops into my crazy uncomforted mind.  No longer will I constrict myself, my creatively nor my blog to travelling Tuesdays and wordless Wednesday’s.  HECK, I might throw caution into the wind and do a WEEK of wordlessness – why should Wednesday be so lucky and wordless? :O.


Just think of the scandal – no words for a week!  Then totally confuse everyone and write poems or recipes for the following week.  What is better?  Blogging to a set structure – where posts are forced and infrequent.  Or blogging for pleasure, sharing my adventures and creative self.  Getting back to the grass roots of just what WordPress was all about – back when people blogged from the pleasure of sharing and not the dream of recognition from the masses – which it seems like some blogs are trying to achieve.


So from today who knows where/what I will post.  Because, truthfully, its about the journey that we all take; and not the end destination.