Happy New Year (better late than never)

31 Jan

It’s 2018. Nearly bloody February. How did that happen?

Hope everyone is well, had a fabulous festive season with family and loved ones, bubbles and wine, and that you have all crashed as spectacularly as me regarding any New Year’s resolutions.

I don’t want to know if you are currently on day 31 of running, drinking no coffee, ditching wine, and[or starting the day with a shake of spinnach and chia seeds.

Just don’t tell me. Silence is golden.


The boys and I enjoyed the rest of our time in NZ. The school production was fantastic – turns the boys were a cowboy and a zombie oompaloompa. I kid you not. The zombies danced to Thriller and there was lots of smoke and shit. It was awesome. My Willy Wonka candy cart was a semi-success, clouded by the fact that I just had too many ideas for my motivation level. It also took me two days to figure out how to load the staple gun.

We got back mid-October, in time for me to prepare for English class halloween parties. Shit it was a busy week and my skin didn’t thank me for all the shite I plastered over it. Always a hit with the kids though and I swear some of them only come every week so they can participate in the Halloween and Christmas parties. My current English office is getting demolished to make way for a new town fire department and I have to have all my shit removed by the end of March. Gutted. It is in such a perfect location. I will lose serious business by moving my classes back home – too far for children at the main school to walk. I might have to rearrange my schedule, introduce a taxi service and maybe a couple of adult classes.

Anyhoo, just thought I’d check in. The kids are well, as are hub and Granny K. I guess we are all just hoping the flu doesn’t hit us. So far our school has remained completely flu free, despite the main school in town, the Junior High and the kindergartens all closing various classes. I have been fastidious about hand sanitizing and wiping down in the English office. Fingers crossed we have managed to miss it this year but I have my doubts. Can’t be too complacent – I always think we are out the other side of the season and then wham, the kids and hub all get it in a week!

Right, off to clean the house and maybe, just maybe, get my ass out for a run. I installed runkeeper on my phone for the first time. Will be interesting to see if I actually get any faster. After coming back from NZ I kept up with the plan my trainer set me for oh, at best, ten days. Then life took over. Went for my first very short run for this year two weeks ago – and then snow took over and it was like fuckin freezing every day and while I know that running would warm me up, it was like, you know, fuckin cold. But I see the sun about to burst through today and that in itself might be enough to entice me to hit the road.

Keep you posted.

Sweet dreams, good health and quiet living you lot.





8 Responses to “Happy New Year (better late than never)”

  1. Kay Howe January 31, 2018 at 3:49 am #

    Glad to hear from you and that your NZ visit was a resounding success. Know that life can get hectic (and you are one busy girl), but I do enjoy your posts.

    • gaijinwife January 31, 2018 at 4:11 am #

      Thanks Kay 🙂 Life can indeed get hectic. A lot coming up this year but most of it is manageable and some of it even enjoyable 🙂 Hope you are well. xx

  2. Mom in Kawasaki February 1, 2018 at 4:05 am #

    Yay, you’re back!!!
    I hear you on New Year resolutions…

    • gaijinwife February 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

      Tadaima 🙂 Glad I’m not the only useless person at resolutions!

  3. Susan (Eastendmom) February 7, 2018 at 3:05 am #

    New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken, usually within the first week of the year. So glad to see you back & posting. We have been so lucky here, flu-wise, although it’s epidemic here this year as well. Fingers crossed X Try and check in more often, I always love reading. So sorry about your school having to move locations – am guessing there isn’t another location nearby your current spot where you could rent space? All the best from frosty New Jersey.

    • gaijinwife February 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

      Hi Susan! Yes, I read that flu season was bad over your way too 😦 It finally hit our primary school this week. 6 kids out of total 26 kids in school down and out as of today. I fear it is only a matter of time, possibly hours, before one or more of my three join the Flu B club. As long as hub stays clear though I should be able to soldier on 🙂

  4. Grace Palmer February 8, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

    Yay – you’re still around, was thinking of mounting a search expedition, but I don’t want your flu!

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