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A Personal Life Update From Cooks Beach


The beach you are looking down on in this photo is the where I am currently living. I’ve been here just about 6 weeks now, and will stay another 4 weeks before returning to Colorado. I don’t think I’ll go into why I’m here; I’ve covered that plenty in other places.

I love it here so much. The experiment is going incredibly well, So well, in fact, that we are making plans to spend every Southern hemisphere summer here from now on. And hopefully, in the future, even more than that – but that’s not something I’m completely ready to confirm here yet.

Next year, the husband should be able to join me for most or all of the 3 months, which is wonderful. This is the longest we’ve been apart in 19 years, and it’s the very real downside to this year’s arrangement. I miss him so much. Luckily, we live in the time of FaceTime and Skype! I miss the cats and the kid too. The kid is horrible at keeping in touch, but he’s a boy. The oldest kid was already in New York before Christmas, so I had gotten more used to missing him.

So, the details of beach living!

Getting things set up for more than holiday living has been interesting.

It turns out that the waiting list for a ‘port in the cabinet’ for any kind of DSL is over 700 days long. AT THE TOP. And rumor has it that even when you get connected, that connection is pretty piss poor. It took over two weeks to actually get that confirmed from anyone who would give me any straight facts. So I got hooked up on the Rural Broadband Initiative with a fixed wireless antenna. It’s actually not bad, although I am data capped. Data caps are ridiculous and impact your way of life a LOT if you are used to unlimited data and truly broadband speeds. I keep a close eye on my streaming, and have had to turn off photo syncing between most of my devices. Auto uploads of photos to Amazon or Flickr are out of the question. Keep in mind that I’m a photographer. I take a LOT of photos, and many of them are high resolution images.

I can’t even imagine the stress that leaving on would put me through.

Actually, I think I’ve put my gaming on hold until I arrive back in my office in Colorado. The weather has been beautiful, I don’t have my PC, and it’s actually been incredibly nice to have a break. I’m starting to feel the itch increasingly often, but my life is really sort of full of swimming, walking, photography and reading at the moment. And I’ve been pretty busy dealing with practical issues here. While the itch is returning,  it hasn’t gotten to the point where I want to scratch it yet. The only game I’d probably even open would be Hearthstone. But I’m not ready to be sucked back in yet. I AM enjoying thinking about what I will play when I get back home though. High on my list is World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. But I will be behind in WoW. Very behind. And I don’t think I will rush to catch back up. Being away puts a real perspective on what it is that *I* actually miss doing in WoW and racing through content to race through heroics is certainly not one of them.

When I’m not trying to get my life here organized, I’m behind the lens of my DSLR. I’ve mostly only shared my iPhone photography on social media, but I have filled a few memory cards on ye olde Nikon too. I am looking forward to many happy hours editing them during my ‘Colorado months’.

Pretty much without trying too hard, I think I’ve lost weight too. I don’t actually have access to a scale, but I had to pick up a new belt last time I was in Thames (about 1 hours’ drive away), because all my shorts were falling down.

I finally got my New Zealand driver’s license sorted last Friday, Once I get the permanent one in the mail, I can head over on the ferry to Whitianga to the Post Office and finalize my Real Me account (a way of confirming your identity with a lot of agencies online). Speaking of the mail, it took me a while to get set up with the Rural Delivery service. We have a letterbox now, and my rural delivery man is delivering mail, so even though we’re not officially listed on the website yet as ‘receiving mail’, it certainly seems that in reality we are.

A bank account is proving very difficult to open online, so I will have to do that next time I’m in Thames as well. All of these things are probably easier for me to achieve than an American citizen, since I am actually an Australian citizen. This gives me quite a few advantages when dealing with official stuff in New Zealand.

That’s probably way more detail than you wanted.

One last thing. The English Major in me has always wanted to put the possessive apostrophe in Cooks Beach (Cook’s Beach), since it’s named after Captain Cook who observed the transit of Mercury here over two centuries ago. But the official mailing address I have received is Cooks Beach – so I will cringe for the rest of my life I guess!


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