After getting my new car, I spent the remainder of June trying to get a job. And failing. I still haven't lost hope, but eventually I came to the conclusion that although I really need a job, my life doesn't have to suffer because of it. I've decided that I will continue searching for jobs, but in the mean time I need to stop waiting. I found someone who was selling a SwimP3 and bought it from them, and since then I've been going swimming at least 3 times a week. It's wonderful! I can listen to music while swimming! The first time I tried it, 45 minutes passed before I even looked at the clock -- I was submersed (haha) in my music. I've also decided to give Henna a go here as a secondary/temporary source of income. (I hope.)
Joel and I had his girls for Canada Day weekend, so we decided to do something Canada-esque -- and took them ice skating! It was a lot of fun. Elizabeth brought her new boyfriend (who I strongly approve of, not that I really have a say... but he's a jazz flutist!!!) and we had a good time laughing as everyone took a good fall or two.
Later that evening I attempted to make a Canada Day cake by covering a chocolate cake in cream cheese icing and using canned raspberries to make a maple leaf on top (fresh fruit is not in season here). That was a disaster. The raspberries just leaked all over the place and I couldn't control it -- so I ended up smooshing them into the icing and leaving it at that. Lol. It looked like crap, but it was red and white and tasted amazing. :P
Courtney and TJ invited us for dinner again -- and Courtney made the most amazing Chicken Cordon Blue! Mmmmm. We talked about geeky stuff and played this awesome board game called Zombies.
I had another interview for a company called SKM. I would love to work for them -- apparently their graduate program is spectacular. But unfortunately, someone else was better suited. Oh well, they wanted me to move to Wellington anyways. The next weekend Joel took me to Muriwai which was an amazing beautiful beach and cafe. There was a short walk up the cliff to a lookout over a gannet colony! The gannets are beautiful white birds with black wings and golden heads. They live on the rocks on the edge of the land where there is the most wind, precariously perched between crashing waves and cliffs. It was a beautiful sight. Their flight was effortless because they literally just ride the wind!
Joel has a job now!!! I'm so proud of him. It's for a cafe in Mount Albert called Triniti of Silver. They wanted him to be their new head chef for nights, which the owners hadn't fully planned yet, so originally Joel was in charge of getting ready for the cafe to open at night. Now, however, he's found so many issues with costing and logistics that the owners have asked him to work up to full-time daytime manager! He is so ready for this and it's a huge responsibility -- but he's stepping up to the plate (hehe) and proving to the owners, and himself, that he can do this. And he has a new haircut, lol.
This last picture is a view of the morning sun over the Waitakere Ranges, all rainforest. This is the view I get to see every morning. Just to brag a little. :P