Archive for September 26, 2013

America’s Cup – Frequently used words and what I’ve learnt

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Since watching Dean Barker and his amazing Emirates Team New Zealand compete to bring home the America’s Cup over the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing all these new ‘sporting terms’ bandied around.

If I’m honest, I had never heard of some of them before a few weeks ago or only vaguely knew the understanding of them.

So I thought I would share some of the America’s Cup – frequently used words and what I’ve learnt to help out fellow America’s Cup novices like me!:

 

  • Pie Warmers

Where you would find 12 hour old “Thermo Nuclear Pie’s” on a late night stumble home after a hard night partying.
Don’t forget to “Always blow on the pie”!

Actual – The nickname ETNZ has given to two features on their boat. “They are like spoilers on the crossbeam” and Grant Dalton tells us “that it creates more area”.

 

Emirates Team New Zealand at the Louis Vuitton Cup 2013
Frank Schulenburg / Foter / CC BY-SA
  • Foiling

What you hairdresser was doing to you last week when you got your blazing new red streaks to go that extra mile and support your ETNZ beyond the Red Socks.

Can also be when your dodgy ex neighbour burns their Marijuana oil over a scrap of tin foil with a lighter!

Actual – It is when the Catamarans are sailing with one or both hulls out of the water, looking like they are hovering above the water with only their keel tethering them.

 

  • Golden Gate Yacht Club

It’s the brother yacht club to the Golden Arches Yacht Club owned by McDonalds.

Actual – It’s kinda like the place that looks after the America’s Cup racing and where it’s all affiliated to. Almost like the host club.

 

Golden Arches
wbeem / Foter / CC BY-NC

 

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Flagraising – We made our own family ‘Pirate’ Flag

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Wellington Chic's family flag raising

Wellington Chic’s family flag raising

A few years back we were very fortunate to get to live for a little while in a ‘castle’ of a house (as our friends nicknamed it).

It was a huge beautiful home, it was very unique and it was completely and utterly Gods hand why we were there for the time we were.

So we made the most of it, hosting people for events as we had the room and fabulous living/entertaining spaces.
It’s also where Miss 13’s love of giant kids sleepovers kicked in and became a staple even in our much-much smaller future houses.

Miss 13 and I were also partial to sliding across the large polished wooden floor in the Dinning area in our Merino Socks as we had nothing to put in this part of the house so was a fantastic slidey open space!  It also resulted in a few ‘slidey’ related injuries as a result if I’m honest.

Another very unique feature of our faux ‘castle’ was that it had it’s very own FLAGPOLE!

Just how cool is that!

I had a plan right from when we moved in, that we would have to hoist a flag!

So we did.

We didnt own a flag.
There was no flag at the house.
I didnt want to buy just any old flag…so I decided that Miss 13 and I could MAKE one.

We bought some lightweight nylon type material and sewed a hem around the edges.
We were then heading to Christchurch that weekend to hang out with family and friends, so we took it with us and set about ‘designing’ our ‘family flag’ while we were there.

It was Miss 13’s decision what to put on our flag.
She decided that she would draw a picture of me and then I would draw a picture of her. Then she would get each person in our wider family to all draw a little something on it too around the edges and put their names also.

So that’s what we did!

It was super amateur, but it was FABULOUSLY perfect.

 

Wellington Chic's family flag

Wellington Chic’s family flag

 

When we got home from Christchurch, we set aside an afternoon to do our flag raising.  We needed to wait til there was at least ‘some’ breeze to make the flag raising worth while, but it was in the end a bit like the America’s Cup race on Saturday, the wind wasn’t really strong enough, but we made do!

It was a very overcast grey day, which didn’t bode well for fabulous photo’s but we were determined today was the day.
We dug out some music, as you have to have music when dealing with Flags! We attached the flag to the guide ropes and then Miss 13 hoisted it up with our own version of patriotic fanfare and fake trumpet sounding and some verses of New Zealand’s national anthem, ‘God Defend New Zealand’.

Seeing our flag up there flying away in the wind was just simply the coolest thing. Miss 13 was so so so proud of it (as was I) and we knew people would be able to see it far and wide in the suburb we were in.

I’ll admit flapping away in the wind our ‘faces’ would get a little distorted, so at times our faces looked a little scary. From afar, people would have wondered what on earth was on the flag.

Friends commented on it when they came to see us and Miss 13 loved taking people out to see it if they missed it when driving in (although it was kinda hard to miss).  She loved to tell people all about the flag, what was on it and all the pictures our family had drawn.

As we were only in this place for a short term rental our time would eventually be up, but our flag stayed right til the very end.

I found our flag not long ago as I was tidying out our linen cupboard, its pretty battered from flapping about all that time, but a great memory from that time in our life and a great parenting fun moment with Miss 13 (Miss 8 at the time).

Makes me want to go and make another flag and fly it off the top of our apartment building today!

Talking with the owners of the property on our last day at our ‘castle’ house, they told us how they had friends living across the valley who had wondered if Pirates had taken over their house as they had seen our ‘weird’ flag go up!

Priceless – Mom & Daughter Pirates, that’s us!

 

What have you made with your kids that’s a little out of the ordinary, but a great memory?

 

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Review: BlueAnt Q3 Premium Smartphone Bluetooth Earpiece

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Review: BlueAnt Q3 Premium Smartphone Bluetooth Earpiece

BlueAnt Q3 Smartphone Earpiece

BlueAnt Q3 Smartphone Earpiece

The BlueAnt Q3* developers must be avid iphone & Smartphone users, as this Earpiece does EXACTLY what it says it does and then some…

BlueAnt markets the “Q3” as “for the smartphone” and it really is an earpiece built for the workings of a smartphone.

I’m very fortunate that my workplace allowed me to get a new earpiece, as when I leave work in the afternoons the office line is transferred to my cellphone for the next few hours, while I’m doing double duty being a Mom for Miss 13 and on call for work also.

I answer calls, make follow-up calls, write text messages and emails and set reminders in all sorts of locations. In Supermarkets, at Sports Practices, in Libraries…but ALOT of the calls happen whilst we are driving in the car.  Hence the need for a really well performing hands free Bluetooth Earpiece.

I spent hours upon hours trawling the internet looking for one that would have me very nearly completely handsfree.  I was looking for one that could do:

  • voice activated answering
  • caller identification (voice announcement of who is calling me)
  • voice activated dialing
  • integrate with my iphone address book
  • dictate my text messages
  • allow me to still use the Siri function on my iphone to set new reminders, add events to calendars etc…

Many other earpieces seemed to offer some of those features, but not all of them together that I could find.  Namely no voice answering and no caller identification.

I also have a small ear as a whole and a small earl canal space (yup a bit weird).  So normal earphone ear buds hurt after a minute or two, or simply don’t fit/fall out.

I looked at models from:

  • Voyager
  • Jawbone
  • Jaber
  • Mororola
  • Plantronics
  • Jabra
  • Bose

But still found none that I determined did all I wanted and specifically integrated well with the iphone 4s. But I did kept stumbling across this “Q3” from BlueAnt that hadn’t been released yet, but had showcased at a tradefair or something.  There was a Q2 model that seemed to rate fairly well with reviewers and people were anticipating great things from the Q3.

I couldn’t go and see a Q3 in a store to get a feel for it or try it out as it hadn’t been released yet. But it seemed like my best possible option if the marketing hype fit the product.

Decided eventually to take the chance, (hoping like crazy it would pan out) and I Pre-Ordered one via the BlueAnt Australia website who ships to New Zealand.
AUS$99 + $29 freight = $129 (around NZD$159).

It was due for release at the end of the month.  It took around 6 weeks to arrive & I had to enquire via email to BlueAnt customer service as to when it was going to arrive, then this large box arrived the very next morning!  Customer service replied very promptly.

I was super excited, but also nervous incase it was an expensive dud!

My giant box opened to reveal a little styling looking perspex box inside which was beautifully packaged…

 

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Milk Strawberry…Nom..Nom..Nom – Whittaker’s new chocolate

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Whittaker's Milk Strawberry Chocolate

Whittaker’s Milk Strawberry Chocolate

Nom…Nom…Nom…

Whittaker’s new Milk Strawberry Chocolate.

I could quite honestly eat Chocolate for Breakfast, lunch and tea, and will admit to doing so on more than one occasion throughout my life (not that I recommend that, all in moderation and all :-).

But I am always on the lookout for yummy new chocolate to try.

This caught my eye at the supermarket on Saturday (yes, woops, after my Run too, when I was feeling very healthy!) and I just couldn’t go past it without resisting…So I didn’t and I’m glad I didn’t.

It’s GOOOOD, its very good.

Whittaker’s is always good anyway, but this flavour is yet another one to add to their hit list.

It’s got a great Strawberry taste encased in their always delicious chocolate and I’m hooked.

As an extra, 20c from each of these blocks goes to Breast Cancer Medical Training, which is super cool of them.

I will be back for more.

Have you tried it yet?

 

Whittaker’s Chocolate

 

NB: Whittaker’s don’t know who I am, I just like this chocolate alot, and I thought it looked really pretty in the picture!

 

Whittaker's Milk Strawberry Chocolate

Whittaker’s Milk Strawberry Chocolate

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How to write a ‘Rental CV’ and why it rocks!

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How to write a ‘Rental CV’ and why it rocks!…

In my first ever post Moving to the City Wellington I talked about handing to my new potential ‘Landlord’ of the Apartment we were really hoping would be ours our ‘Rental CV’.

Some of you may have heard of a Rental CV, others not, so I thought I would share it here as I have found it to be invaluable over the past 12 years of renting.

Rental CV example

Rental CV example

It lays out on one page:

  • Name
  • Contact phone numbers
  • A few points about yourself/family on why pick us
  • Rental Property history
  • Contact details of each referee

This is then attached as the front page and stapled to your accompanying printed written references from said referees.

Copy off a good handful of copies of both your cover page and copies of the references and have these stapled together and ready to go when you go out ‘viewing places’.

I have had every landlord I have given it too compliment me on it.  I give it when I say ‘We would love to be considered for the place’ – ‘here is our Rental CV and references’.  I know it has gone along way in helping make their decision that we are the right tenants for their home and that totally rocks!…more below

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