Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Kiwi Christmas

For our first Chrismas in New Zealand we decided to take a hike.

 On Stewart Island. 

for 100 km.

On Saturday we will drive from Christchurch to Invercargill and then fly to Mason's Bay on Stewart Island. Stewart Island is the island south of the South Island (named Stewart because they used up the easy names, i'm assuming.) I am very excited (?) to be flying in a six seater plane and landing on the beach! then begins our 100 km walk around Stewart Island. adventure! after 7 days (or so) we plan to fly or ferry back to Invercargill and then drive to the Catlins (area D on map), which will roughly be New Years Eve. After that we will travel up to Area E for the Central Otago Rail Trail which is a 150 km bike trail (approximately 3 days). Then I hope to go home, and sleep. 

here is our planned driving route road trip!
stewart island route (more info)

Happy Holidays to you and yours, may you cherish the time with loved ones and also your hot shower and amazing food, such as prime rib, shrimp and wonderful desserts, since i won't be having any of these thing this holiday season.

also a special note to my family, as this is the first chirstmas i haven't spent at home in my entire life: i love you all so very much and hold you in my heart every single minute of every single day.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

02138 loses a rare gem

I set the alarm clock to snooze as it trills at 6am. It feels cold. It's February, 2011.
6:20am, alarm again, still cold. Hop out of bed and ramble to the shower. Peak out the window while showering and realize it has snowed a bucket-load and a half in Cambridge while I was sleeping.
Begrudgingly get ready for work and dress in full winter armour. Snow boots, puffy jacket, scarf, gloves, hat. Head down the stairs to catch the bus. Realize I forgot my lunch on the kitchen counter, head back up the stairs, try to open door handle with gloved hand, with no success.
Hurry back down steps, almost fall to my death while tripping on myself in my big snow boots.
Walk a short distance to Mt. Auburn Street. Feeling exceptionally sorry for myself that I moved back to the Northeastern US, for this, for winter.

"hello honey"
I hear the familiar voice and turn and give mid-60s Lebanese man a smile and a wave, "Good Morning, Karim."
"just missed the bus, honey."
"yeah, just a bit delayed this morning, oh, here comes the next one!"
"be careful crossing the street, honey." Karim cautions as I proceed across 4 lanes of angry Boston bound traffic.

6pm, sprinted from the red line train to bus 73 to get home in enough time to make my class at the gym. exit bus at Aberdeen Ave.
"good day, honey?" Karim asks
"yeah it was ok, hey why aren't you wearing any gloves, it's cold outside?" I question Karim as he pumps fuel for standard sedan that frequents the fueling station where he works.
"the gloves get in the way of using the pump" Karim answers.

Really this epitomizes Karim. Caring beyond his own comfort. My Aberdeen Ct. friends have informed that Karim has passed away from his battle with lung cancer. Karim worked at Nick's Gas for more than 25 years and cared about every. single. person. that he crossed paths with, who can say as much of someone? Especially in a world, such as Boston where "good morning" almost never gets a response and often times a pregnant lady doesn't get a seat on the train.

Even though I have only known Karim for what equates to minutes of his whole life and even though I only spoke with him briefly each day for nearly two years, I am deeply saddened by the loss of this man.
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Rest in Peace Karim Alagha, you will be missed. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Walking in a Summer Wonderland

 'Tis the Christmas Season and coincidentally the first days of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Which is odd, considering all of the Christmas carols reference snow and figgy pudding and fireplaces and wonderlands and whatnot.
In the spirit of things, I made Christmas Tree garland, my first (successful) sewing machine project! Easy, take scraps of fabric and shape into whatever you choose, stuff shapes with other scraps of fabric and sew closed. assemble in some rough order that looks similar to a pattern and sew to a ribbon! voila!
Special thanks to my sister for being Skype-able to aid in my sewing machine functioning properly. (and thanks to whomever invented Skype while we're at it.) For being able to help me sort out my operator error with the bobbin and various other movable parts and knobs that attach to a sewing machine.

Here in this 26 second video is our Christmas Tree for 2012!

I ran a 1/2 Marathon this past weekend, well, it was more of a run/walk as i have been having miscellaneous foot pain for the last 3 weeks. At least it is over :)

Special thanks to Forrest for cheering me into the finish line, and taking this sweet pic. <3 p="p">