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Pivot points: Where were you when…?

I’ve got tons of sewing to show you, but I’m feeling chatty, so let’s talk instead. I was having a real-life talk with a bunch of women today after our annual CBD Craft Crawl, about pivotal moments in history.  It started when one of them asked me “Where were you when Princess Diana died?” The funny thing is, I don’t really remember Princess Diana’s death very clearly. I remember, far more vividly, Mother Theresa’s death less than a week later.  One of my sisters was obsessed fascinated with Mother Theresa, so her death made more of an impact on my world. I realised, though, that the woman who asked me was a couple of years younger than me, so Princess Diana’s death was probably the first memorable world event within her memory, and thus made the biggest impact.  I’m just enough older, that I remember another world event, though my memory of it is mixed up with weird childhood guesses at what was actually going on. I just remember the fall of the Berlin Wall. I …

Loose height instantly!

Ever wanted to be shorter?  Any taller gals out there like me ever wished they could be petite, or just average?  Not loom over every guy in the room?  Not have to shop for special pants because the ordinary ones only came to your shins? Well, I have figured out how to loose height, INSTANTLY.  Over the internet!  Using rainforest herbs (for a given value of rainforest herbs).  For FREE (while supplies last). It’s super easy. Just measure yourself in centimetres (yep, those funny little things on the back of the tape measure). Then go to this top-secret website I found called Google.com. Then type in your measurement in cm and ‘in feet’.  Like this: Then stand back, and admire the result. An instant loss of over 2″ in height! It’s like magic! I did it for myself, and suddenly, instead of being a tallish 5’7″ like I always thought, I’ve become the totally average American woman’s height of 5’5″! Now I’m off to find the magic calculator that will do the same thing to our …

Welcome to the castle: 110sqm of happiness

As most of you* guessed from my hints about The Project, it is indeed a house! Our first house! And it’s wonderful and adorable and I love it sooooo much, even though I seem to spend all my time trying to get it to the state we want it at, and cleaning it! Mr D and I house hunted for over 3 years.  New Zealand has some of the most unafforable housing in the world, and while Wellington isn’t as expensive as Auckland, what you get for $400,000 (the average first home price in Wellington central) isn’t much.  So we scrimped and saved and looked, and looked, and looked.  We put offers on houses, and tenders (blind bids) and paid thousands for building reports and valuations, only to loose to higher bidders on tenders. Then, in Mid-January, our landlords at the flat where we’d lived for over five years asked us to move out as they wanted to move in.  Eeek!  If we had to move and rent, we’d have to sign a year long lease, …