Tuesday, June 28, 2011

They Like Me, They Really Like Me!

I have been told that the University of Auckland Cataloguing Dept. is now able (and, seemingly, eager) for me to work full-time!  AND, they are 90% sure that they can keep me on next year.  Yay me!  The only downside is that I have really, really enjoyed having every weekend be a three-day-weekend.  Oh, that daily grind.  I think I've gotten soft.

This calls for some celebratory new boots!

Monday, June 6, 2011

I Like to Move It Move It

Lemur Flasher - Auckland Zoo
We visited the Auckland Zoo for the first time yesterday - along with about a million other people as it turns out. It's a holiday weekend (Queen's Birthday) and the weather was sunny and balmy after two days of horrible wind and rain.  So everyone came out to the zoo!

We were actually very impressed with it.  Not too big but big enough.  Looks great, it's clean, has interesting animals, and they really seem to care about their well being.

A favorite was this Ring Tailed Lemur (pictured) who decided to "flash" us.  Another favorite was finally getting to see actual Kiwi birds. They put them in a mostly dark enclosure because they are nocturnal. Funny little creatures! And we are also now well-versed in Kiwi "whoopee" techniques as are about a dozen other surprised zoo visitors.

Friday, June 3, 2011

On the Street

In my ever-increasing knowledge of how to say things the way Kiwis say things (e.g. "how are you going" for "how are you doing", "rubbish" for "garbage", etc.) I have learned another new one that I just can't quite get myself to say.

Instead of saying, "I live on Main Street" you would say "I live in Main Street".  Now technically neither one of these are actually true - I don't actually live on the street nor do I live in it.  But nevertheless it seems a bit odd to say I live in a street.

Oh, well.  I will do my best to adapt to this one.  But I don't like it!