Project 52, Travel

The Planner in Me!

Hello everyone, LONG time no chat!  So disappointing when your working life takes over your personal life – the work-life balance becomes unbalanced, and own individual pleasures get pushed to the sidelines.  Sadly, for me, blogging was one of those that were side-lined.  That is, it was – I have taken my professional skills, being that of the most AWESOME time management person and decided that my personal life needs to be managed (a little).

work life balance web

It’s funny really when you think about it – for work, I am the most time managed person in the world.  I create a plan of tasks and knock them off like a cat knocks off your favourite vase on the bookshelf – almost ninja-like, with speed and ease!  In my personal life, when it comes to travel – I throw my task book on the roadside and end up in the general that my nose points too.  The fallout from this is that I don’t get to do everything I have wanted to do, and I have to return then to finish off what I have started.  Or I miss one thing because some shiny other something has caught my eye – and off I go on some tangent.  Well – this is no more.

Don the cat

This morning I was at the door of my local stationary store waiting for them to open – I stocked up on all that has to do with time management and planning (yes I am a stationery addict, and yes I used this as an excuse to buy more paper and paper related products LOL).  I am going to plan all the road trips I have EVER wanted to do in New Zealand and record everything down.  In these plans, I will record if they are one-dayer, weekender’s, or the more time consuming – “Calvin we are taking a week” off’ers.   I am hoping that I will use these plans much like a cook uses a recipe to bake a cake.  AND YES – I am going to start up a blogging project that coincides with all my future planned travel recipe cards!  What a perfect plan – IF I can time manage my personal life!

I have been thinking about this for some time now – but keep pushing it to the side.  Assuming that “work is too busy atm” or “next weekend” and my personal favourite “I’ll start that after this quick road trip”.  Each time pushing it further and further away from actually being completed – heck from actually being started!

That is until now – as from today until the end of this year, I am going to start planning and writing up travel recipes.  Because what a good Project Manager knows is that all the best projects look seamless ONLY because a person and/or team has taken the time to prep and plan before the projects kick off.


“Project 52” will kick off from the 1st weekend in January 2018.  Having a start date which is seven weeks away, will give me the time to plan and research future recipe cards.  Additionally, to also start to create a working model of the how’s, what’s and when’s; and more importantly, to begin to work out how I am going to talk Calvin into this project!!!!

Wish me LUCK for convincing Calvin people – because everything else is totally achievable! 


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




Coffee Rant

My question to you, what is before I begin my rant…

Do you think cafe’s should charge for decaf?”


Now the RANT can begin LOL

Because they charge you for adding things to your coffee; like an extra shot of caffeine!  Yet, oddly they do not reduce the price when I ask for a half strength or one shot coffee?  SO why is this so?  How can it be – that they add charges for adding extra caffeine but seem to wave the fact over that they do not reduce the price for less or no caffeine at all?!


Now, I have been slowly reducing the amount of cafe coffee that I have been consuming since starting university.  I started this by reducing my coffee’ to only having one shot of coffee.  It was not until I decided to go full hog and go caffeine free that I discovered that while they have not been reducing the price of my one shot coffee’ they had the *insert rude word here* to add an extra charge for a caffeine free cup of coffee.

WELL – 1st and last time I order a coffee without the caffeine!

I really simply do not understand the coffee shop industry – they really do not care about their customers LOL…


It is enough to turn a coffee addict to tea!

I feel much better than that I have that off my chest.  So much so that I am off to grab a coffee – one shot from the cafe 😛

Chat soon…



P.S only 26 more days until we fly to America!