A Travellerspoint blog

August 2008

Catchin' all ya'll up!!!

Okay, I know. I've totally been out of the loop with all of you guys. I came down with the flu 2 weeks ago so for one week I was sick and then the next week I was just straight up lazy. It's hard to get back in the flow of things after you've been sick. And I haven't been sick like that for at least 4 years. I'm surprised I wasn't sick for longer than a week, to be honest. I still have a gnarly cough but day by day it's goin' away a little bit at a time. But I will say that I am WAY over it.

So let's see.....what's new??? Well, last week I went to go see the Royal New Zealand Ballet perform Romeo & Juliet. It was amazing. And the girl who was Juliet is actually the choreographer for Kylie Minogue and for those who have seen "Finding Neverland" she was Queen of the Fairies in that. Quite a talented young lady. She was very good. The guy who played Tybalt was amazing as well. Very funny. I was 5th row from the front so I had a very good view. After that I had to go to work so that was a bit of a bummer but I was wide awake so that's good.

Speaking of work, it's going very well. Now that I've been working on my own for a couple weeks I'm way more used to the job and it's not as sucky as I first thought. Once you get your own routine going you find that the time goes by very fast and you can get things done quicker when you do them yourself. Everyone here is really cool. Sandy (my boss) always brings in her 2 dogs when she comes into work. They are the sweetest things. They are English Cocker Spaniels and one of them is a puppy that she just got. Here they are:

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The white and orange one is Lucy and the black one is Jenny. They are so sweet!!! It makes me miss Molly, though!!! Oh, and here is Brian, the adopted hostel cat:

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I think one day he jumped over the fence and wouldn't leave the hostel so everyone just kinda started feeding him and now he lives here. He's a sweetheart. And he's the only cat I've ever been around that will let you hold him like a baby and he won't jump out of your arms. I love it.

Here are my bosses at Charlie B's:

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Sandy is in front. She is the hostel manager. Back left is Tracy who is the assistant manager and on the right is Kat who is the office manager. They are all very cool peeps. I'm getting to know the staff a lot better now and one of the girls (Jess) is coming with me to get my tattoo done. Oh yeah. I'm getting a tattoo. I've been wanting the tattoo for 4 years and I've been researching what I want done for 2 years. So a lot of thought has gone into it and I can't wait to finally get it. I can see my dad rolling his eyes now. I still love you, Daddoo!!! The guy who's doing it for me is apparently one of the top artists in New Zealand and has been tattooing for 21 years. He's opened 4 shops throughout his career and he's very well known. Everyone that I've talked to about him has said that they've heard of him and they've had friends tattooed by him and they said he's the best. I also heard through a fellow coworker that he actually tattooed someone from Lord of the Rings. (Craig Parker who played Haldir) Well, I took that as a sign that I should go with this guy. When I went in and showed him what I wanted and how I wanted it, he added on to it so much more and thought of things that I wouldn't have ever thought of for the tattoo. And it sounds incredible. I can't wait to see what he draws up for me!!! But I am way nervous, of course cuz he said that it could take up to 4 hours. EEK!!! I'm gonna have Jess take photos of me getting it done so you can all see me crying. No, I don't think I'll cry. I hope not. It'll be worth it in the end. YAY scarring your body for life!!!

Speaking of Lord of the Rings..........I met this girl who came in to stay at the hostel who is friends with some of the girls who work here. She was very friendly and easy to talk to and we ended up talking for like an hour after I was done working one day. The subject got on to tattoos and I mentioned how I was getting one and she asked what I was going to get. I happened to have a printed out picture of the Elvish Script that I'm getting and she goes "Is that Elvish???" and I was all "Yeah!!!" and she goes "Guess what job I had on The Lord of the Rings???" and I just stared at her and said "You worked on Lord of the Rings???" and she said "Yep, I was part of the airbrushing team and we airbrushed all the sets." and I said "All of them??? Even Weathertop???" She nodded. I freaked out and I said "Girl, we are going to go for coffee one day and I wanna hear stories!!!" She laughed and agreed. I got her email and I plan on getting in touch with her soon. She also said that she was supposed to work on King Kong but she had other things going on at the time. SO jealous!!! But she's super awesome. Her name is Kiri.

Right now, I'm in the office typing this up and waiting for my laundry to dry. I think I've pretty much filled you in on all the exciting stuff that's happened since I last blogged. Oh and as far as the rain goes, it's only rained once since the last blog I posted so the rain did eventually go away. But I've heard that it's supposed to come back again for like a week or so. Blah.

Love and miss you!!!

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Rain, rain, go away.........

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It’s pretty much been raining since I got back to Christchurch. The last 3 days it’s been raining non-stop. Annoying. Apparently there’s flooding going on further south so it’s probably good that I didn’t stay in Queenstown. It flooded really bad there while they were filming Lord of the Rings and they had to hold off shooting in that area. People who lived there were rowing kayaks in the street. Crazy. You can see it on the making of documentaries on Return of the King. It’s really cool but crappy at the same time.

I’ve had the last 3 days off so I’ve pretty much been walking around getting myself familiar with the city. I know it pretty well by now. Of course, it’s always raining when I go out. I finally invested in an umbrella. It’s black and has the New Zealand fern on it and it also says “New Zealand” underneath it. It’s not bad for 10 bucks. But I really have to watch my money now ‘cause I thought that I would be getting paid every week but at this job they get paid every other week. So I won’t get paid until a week from Tuesday. But that’s okay. I pretty much have almost everything I need I just need to get a few more groceries and I’m good to go.

I’m all settled into my flat now. It’s not bad. It has everything I need. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s absolutely FREEZING inside. It’s colder inside than outside. They have a portable heater in one of the rooms and it gets the room really nice and toasty so I pretty much just stay in that room. And thank God for my laptop ‘cause they don’t have a TV in here. My boss said it’ll be getting one soon but I think I would probably kill someone if I couldn’t watch my movies.

Speaking of which, I spent the last 2 days re-watching The Office. I forgot how much I love it. And it made me cry at the end. I hadn’t cried at it since the first time I saw it. But since I hadn’t watched it all for a long time it was very emotional. It has the happiest ending ever!!! I love Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. They are geniuses. And if it wasn’t for them, there would be no American Office so all you people who watch the American one and haven’t seen the BBC version..........get in on that!!!

I finally found a place that carries my favorite magazine. “EMPIRE”. It is, by far, the coolest movie magazine in the world. Surprisingly, it costs just as much as it does back home so that’s good for me. It’s 10 bucks back home and I thought for sure that it would be double that. But luckily, for me, it isn’t. It has Batman on the cover. Which I have not seen yet so no one ruin it for me. I will get around to seeing it eventually. Oh, speaking of new movies, I saw the trailer for the next Harry Potter and it looks AWESOME!!! I cannot wait to see it. Only 4 more months, YAY!!! And it’s the same director as the 5th film which is really good ‘cause I think the 5th film really kept the spirit of the books even though they had to cut out so much of it. So did the 3rd one but the 5th one is my favorite. Hmmm, maybe I’ll watch Harry Potter tonight.

I go back to work tomorrow night and work 2 nights after that. Then I have 2 days off and go back 4 nights after that. Blah. When I go back for the 4 nights it’ll be my first shift completely on my own. Scary. The job is easy but there is a lot of work to get done in a small amount of time. It’s a lot of cleaning and it has to be done by 6 am. But it’s a really good work out so at least I’ll be getting my exercise. Not that I haven’t gotten enough already walking around everywhere.

K, well I guess that’s all for now. I miss you guys and I think about you all the time. Take care!!!

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