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How to go early morning running in Wellington

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How to go early morning running in Wellington

Morning running Wellington

So I did something this morning I never do…

If I’m honest it kinda really sucked and was kinda seriously awesome all at the same time :-( :-)

Nothing ground breaking…or internet breaking.

Nothing earth shattering.

But a big deal for me.

I went for a Run…

But not just ‘any’ run.

Going Running is not toooooo obscure for me, as I flit through periods of my life of being runner and running and entering races…and being consistent at it and perfecting my slightly faster than walking running style…but also flit back to not running for months in between.

But why was this Run so different?

I went early morning Running in Wellington…yup, in the early hours of this morning…before work!

I have never in my whole life ever accomplished that…ever.

This, to me was ground breaking…earth shattering…a big deal.

For all the millions of you out there who are runners before work, and wonder why it is so ground breaking to me, well it’s because I have never been early morning running in the 30+ years of my life!

I have always been an after work, after school even until late in the evening runner.

I always liked the concept of early morning running, it sounded good, popping out for a quick run before you head to work…

But the execution of it, the reality of it, never-ever happened.

The earliest I have ever Run in my day (bar entering races) would be 3pm.

I mean we water ski in the early hours of the morning when there is the best water…we Snow Ski sometimes even being one of the first on the mountain…on School Camps we are up at a sparrows fart off out tramping….hey in summer we even early morning swim out to the raft at 6am…

Early morning running – nope, nada, never!

As a Single Parent to a very busy Teenager we always have so much going on of a morning, we are up ridiculously early as it is, to get out the door to Sports Training, School and work each day.

Then there is the over-riding issue…I cherish my sleep ALOT and sleep cherish’s me back just as much.

So the thought of sacrificing sleep to go running just has never ever won in my book life world and it never wins.

Until today.

So how after 30+ years did I change an un-habit of a Lifetime?

These are my tips that got me out the door this morning, try them for yourself.

How to go for an early morning Run:

(when it feels like the most foreign concept in the world)

Mental preparation
I had been working myself up to this morning for a very-very long time. With many false starts.
Many many many snoozes of my billionty alarms.
But this week I was very focused, very determined and very planned.

Weather
Look at the forward forecast and target a fine sunny morning.  Sunrises and sunshine gives a great incentive to get out there.  Compared to rain, hail, sleet and Wellington hurricanes.

Equipment Prep:

› I lay out my Tights, Singlet, Sports Bra…even in order or what goes on first!

› My Running Sneakers* were at the ready even with socks dangling in them waiting for my foot/s.

› I put my hairbrush, hairtye, facecloth, toothbrush in centre front in the bathroom.

› In front of the front door I placed my Spibelt*, SNAP LOCK® bag (for my iphone*), my house key, my $10 note and my Running whispy jacket thing with a Tissue and that barely sugar (for emergencies if I keel over halfway along the waterfront) in it’s pocket ready to go.

Meaning I didn’t have to look for anything at all, it was all there.

Morning running Wellington

Plan your Timeline
On a Post-it note, I mapping out working backward my times then stuck it beside my bed.
So them there was none of this ‘how much time do I have’ while drowsily waking up and talking myself out of it.

› Alarm time
› Get up time
› ‘Really’ get up time
› Out the door time
› Get Back time
› Small celebration dance (Carlton-style) time – that I actually made it happen
› Shower time
› Leave for work time

Sustenance
I lay out my Magic Bullet Cup and ingredients for a small easy smoothie for as soon as I jumped out of bed to have something in my stomach (so I had less chance of keeling over).
Also nothing worse that rifling in the plastics cupboard at the hour of the morning trying to find that damn elusive bullet cup (I hate my plastics cupboard).

No Kids
I picked a day that Miss 15 ways away, so I knew I wasn’t going to get delayed by her needing something or even have to think about getting her out the door.  I needed no obstacles, including parenting obstacles even if they were only in my head.

Sleep in an un-comfortable bed

My Bed is just so so so damn comfortable.
Seriously I have the best damn bed in all of land.  I have had it for a billionty years, like it’s a Wellington Beds circa 1997 and is still A-Mazing.
Wellington Beds, after all these years I feel like you are secretly still conspiring against me going out early morning running every morning 😉

But as I lay there this morning awake, in my ridiculously comfortable said bed and saying to myself “you have been planning this for donkey’s years, I know your bed is ridiculously comfy and you could loll here for another hour in snoozy sleepy bliss, but come on damn it today is the day” and got all Oprah-fied and told myself “Live your Best Life”…
“Yes to sleeping sometimes…but not today…today is your independence day” all Bill Pullman/President like…
Ok, so now I was cracking myself up at my cheesy Hollywood inspiration, but it got me up.
Thanks Oprah and Bill.
Comfy bed = so much harder to go early morning running.

Will I do it again…go early morning running…probably…maybe…

Probably not tomorrow…hey who am I kidding probably not even next week.

But now I know I can…

Now I know it kinda worked…and what helped.

Now I know I didn’t keel over and die (well nearly at the lights after 10 minutes into it)…but at least I had with me my emergency Barley Sugar…and emergency eftpos card for if Barley sugar didn’t kick in and I had to limp home in a Taxi!

Ok peeps tell me…

When do you Run?
Are you an early morning Runner?
Or what time do you prefer?
What helps you get out the door?

 

Wednesday morning UPDATE:

So…um…this happened again this morning!

How long does it take to crack an un-habit and turn it into a habit I wonder?

28 more times?

54 more times?

Morning running Wellington

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Tip’s for your first Opera (from a ‘non-opera go-er’)

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Wellington Chic’s – Tip’s for your first Opera (from a ‘non-opera go-er’)

You may have read yesterdays blog review about the ‘out of the ordinary’ event I went to on Saturday that was the NZ Opera’s La cenerentola (Cinderella).

 

NZ Opera La cenerentola Cinderella Amelia Berry Rachelle Pike Sarah Castle image credit Neil Mackenzieimage supplied – credit Neil Mackenzie

You can read all about my interesting experience here, but I wanted to also share my Top Tips for heading to your first Opera when it’s not normally ‘your thing’

 

•  Pick an Opera you actually like the sound of…read up the storyline and see if it sounds interesting to you.  If the write up doesn’t capture you, it might not be ‘the one’.

•  Don’t be worried if your budget wont stretch to the expensive  seats.
Take what you can get if it means you can get there…
Yes splash out if you can, but in the likes of the St James Theatre, there are almost ‘NO bad seats’ you get an amazing and different view from each and every seat I have ever sat in there.

•  Check out if it’s likely going to be all out Tux’s and Evening gowns or if it’s just ‘going out wear’…
If it’s formal wear, go for it, it’s fun to dress up.
If your unsure you could call the Box Office at the Theatre to enquire what is the usual standard of dress for the night you are attending.

•  St James Theatre, I love you and love going there, but goodness me I freeze my ass off every time I do.
I have learnt now to plan my outfit around the temperature.
I never check my coat and take it into the Theatre with me.  Last time I took a Pashmina with me too so I could layer up.

•  Does the Opera have a web presence?
Check to see if there are You Tube video’s, check Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and see if there is a #hashtag in advance of going.
Here you can see read up about the opera and often their Facebook pages have lots of interesting notes, interviews and tidbits to check out beforehand (and some great photo’s after).

•  Get the Opera program when you arrive.
Read the Directors notes in the program and everything else in it especially relating to the show…and it’s fun to check out the cast, out of costume 😉

NZ Opera La cenerentola

•  Don’t be afraid to go by yourself.
Pump up the music beforehand while you’re getting ready, boost your confidence and rock it out.
Don’t miss out on the experience, just because you’re on your own.

•  Make a night of it (I didn’t as I had a house full of Teenager’s before and after)…but next time it would be an early Dinner somewhere fab beforehand close by and Cocktails afterwards.

•  If you don’t go out for dinner before hand, have dinner before you leave home.
The Opera is usually quite long and it kinda sucks to be completely fa-moused half way through the performance that will also see you scoffing large quantities of potato chips at Intermission ‘cough-cough looking at myself’.

•  The St James has a no glass policy in the Theatre, so you may think you need to drink up before heading in…instead you can get your drink in a plastic glass to take in with you.  So it may well be the same at many Theatre’s around New Zealand.

•  Soak it up, indulge in it, step into the life of the characters on stage and you will enjoy it even more.

•  GO – It’s a great experience and we have some huge NZ Opera talent here in New Zealand to hear and often have visiting star’s from other countries performing also.

Have you been to the Opera / Want to go?

What did you think?

What surprised you the most about it?

NZ Opera La cenerentola Cinderella St James Theatre Wellington

 

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REVIEW: NZ Opera La cenerentola (Cinderella) – by a ‘non-opera go-er’!

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REVIEW: NZ Opera La cenerentola (Cinderella) – by a ‘non-opera go-er’!

On Saturday afternoon you would have found this ‘Mom’ out in the sticks wrangling a gaggle of teenagers at their outdoor Paintball extravaganza!

Saturday night you would have then found this same ‘Mom’ making a quick transformation, glam-ming herself up and heading out to the NZ Opera La cenerentola.

NZ Opera La cenerentola

Glam-med up yes!

But honestly…I left the house in bare feet carrying my heels… 😉

Why?  Because I had 9 teenagers in tow, to deposit at dinner and Reading Cinema first, before I even got to the St James Theatre.  So we had a short trek first to get down to Courtney Place.  Loosing my perfect hot roller-ed curls to the Wellington wind on our way.

I didn’t know anyone else going to the Opera and as a Single Parent I was flying solo and totally attempting to rock it by myself (yes girls you can totally do this in Wellington).

The St James Theatre was packed and brimming with excitement for the opening night of Rossini’s vivacious La cenerentola (Cinderella).

NZ Opera's La cenerentola Marcin Bronikowski Amelia Berry Rachelle Pike image credit Neil Mackenzieimages provided – credit Neil Mackenzie

I was warmly welcomed at the top of the stairs and treated to drinks and nibbles as I was being *hosted at the Opera by Spotlight Creative Media. I ended up chatting with the host and some fab ladies from The Wellingtonista before heading in at the sound of the bell.

As the lights lowered for the opening scene of La cenerentola…I chuckled to myself, as to where life takes me sometimes and the extremes of it.

This time last week (7.30pm) we were sitting on the try line at Westpac Stadium Mexican waving and cheering our lungs out watching the Hurricane’s battle it out with the Crusader’s (Wellington Chic – yes I am, but I am still a Crusader’s fan!).

Last week I was wrapped up in my winter woollies, rocking a beanie and eating Hot Chips out of a punnet where the tomato sauce gets on your fingers!

Tonight I was surrounded by Glitz, Glamour, Tuxedo’s, sparkly Evening Dresses, Champagne, Top shelf liquor and OPERA!

I worked out it had been 14 years and then 19 years since I had last been to the Opera

A friend and I had gone to the Opera in Auckland 14 years ago (which I ‘cough-cough’ can’t now remember the name of it) and my parent’s took my to my 1st Opera back in the 90’s to Phantom.

So I’m a total newbie, a novice, I don’t know ‘anything’…all I know is what I like and what I appreciate.

I’m not a traditional Opera reviewer…as you can see.

There are many fabulous reviewers out there and many technical and in-depth reviews listed on NZ Opera’s Facebook page…

So this blog review is just me sharing my experience of going to the opera as a normal ‘non Opera go-er’.

NZ Opera's La cenerentola Rachelle Pike Sarah Castle Amelia Berry image credit Neil Mackenzieimages provided – credit Neil Mackenzie

La cenerentola is sung in Italian, it follows along the story of Cinderella (kind-of), but with some unique twists along the way…

We see a glimpse of the life of Cinderella/Angelina, her two naughty Step Sisters Tisbe and Clorinda, and her nasty Stepfather the Baron Don Magnifico as their lives intertwine with the Prince Don, his sidekick Dandini and Angelina’s ticket out of the life she leads Alidoro.

I much appreciated that it was a story that I was familiar with (albeit different) as I had some anticipation of what was going on or maybe coming up, even if I wasn’t reading the Sub titles.

Is that what you call those things…sub titles…?

They very ‘helpfully’ have a long screen right up the top above the stage and one, off to the left and one, off to right that when read, give you roughly what they are singing about. .

What was amazing was you often didn’t need to read the subtitles.

The emotion, expressions, body language, themes, tone, set and how the scene played out visually almost told the story completely on it’s own.

But they were so helpful to have there when I had no idea what was happening and for picking up the funny lines and quirks.

What captured me instantly was the colours and the luxurious quality of the costumes, set and whole visual affair playing out in front of me.

Now I don’t mean luxurious in terms of expensive, I means in terms of ‘a luxurious lush depth‘ even when the fabric’s were ratty and old (Angelina) they still had a luxurious lush depth and texture to them.

NZ Opera's La cenerentola Sarah Castle John Tessier image credit Neil Mackenzieimages provided – credit Neil Mackenzie

The set’s that came out were truly amazing, Don Manifico’s shop where the Step Sisters and Angelina worked was epic!

It set such the tone for the scenes and there was so much going on in there, but I never felt it extracted from the actual Opera.

I love that they used the height of the stage for the set.  Above the shop was the families house with stairs running up the back and many scenes were directed from the large open house windows, which was just overall visually stunning and just looked seriously cool.

 

So…the Opera singing…was it good…did it give me goose-bumps:?

I know it’s what the cast train for years and years of their lives to do…and NZ Opera’s are regarded as a world-class productions…so I shouldn’t be too surprised…

But I was blown away by nearly each and every one of the cast individually.

I was already in awe of the voices, the notes, the clarity and the power behind the voices…annnnnnnd that it’s ALL sung in Italian!  Just imagine how hard that is to learn!

But then…goodness gracious me what a talent it is when there are 4 or 6 cast on stage singing their own huge song (fast and in Italian) on their own, not getting distracted from the others, but singing it perfectly in sync – but not in sync because their songs are different – if that makes sense.  And pulling it off perfectly.

That was my favourite part and total goose-bump coverage!

So, did I like it?

As I don’t know what is good Opera and what isn’t good Opera, all I can go on is how it makes me feel.

So, do I like it?

Oh my golly-gosh YES!

I didn’t realise that I had been missing out on this for the last 14 years.

The voices that made the hairs on my arms raise and catch my breath!

The notes that made me sit forward in my seat.

I was ENTHRALLED and absolutely captured by the characters and the story line.


What surprised me the most?

I had said to my daughter before I went, that I just hope ‘I don’t get bored’

There was NO trouble with that as I was sucked in hook line and sinker to the story.

Also pleasantly surprised by just how much of it was funny and how they slotted the humour in at intervals perfectly.

There was a well placed very clever line referencing ‘Cloudy Bay’ (wine)…that was by far a huge ‘lol’ moment for the audience!  😉

NZ Opera's La cenerentola Andrew Collis image credit Stephanie Do Rozarioimages provided – credit Stephanie Do Rozario


Who were my favourite Characters?

I didn’t quite realise it was possible to like ALL of the characters on stage.

I even really-really liked the Baron Don Manifico…yes he was a drunk, yes he treated Angelina appallingly…but he was still incredibly likable and a little mischievous.

I liked his bobbly, wobbly nature, his stick on comb-over that was hardly ever combed over and the fact he never had his pants done up!

The Step Sisters Tisbe and Clorinda were A-MAZING and pulled off their Characters to perfection.  Visually their Styling was equally perfection.

 

What caught me off guard?

The tension was building as we are leading to a peak scene before intermission.

Tears sprung from my eyes and rolled down my face.

I am trying to control what my body is doing and stifle the noise only letting it out when I can disguise it between the loud high notes

Trying hard to mask it ever so subtlety so those around me don’t hear.

The crowd erupts into applause and I let it out as much as I can.

As we walked out at intermission I was wiping tears from my eyes I was having trouble capturing a full breath at every intake…I’m sure everyone thought I was very-very moved by the performance

I would have been, as until that point as I was totally loving it…

BUT instead I was suffering the wrath of a poorly crunched Eclipse mint I had popped in 5 mins before, where a shard had caught in the very back of my throat causing me all this anguish!!!!

I had been stifling coughs and gags and was trying to choke away quietly and not disturb those around me!

I was then the one chic at the bar at intermission stuffing my face with potato chips and sculling my L&P trying to dislodge my mint shard.

Oh dear – classy aye!

At least my breath was minty 😉

 

What stood out in La cenerentola than the previous Opera’s I had been to?

What I don’t remember from past Opera’s was just how much is going on, on stage-at once.  That the whole entire scene is fabricated / styled / tweaked to perfection.

That the singing is oh so very important…but so is the costumes…the sets…the lighting and the tone…

In La cenerentola it was an entire package.

I loved the shop set, but the set in the Palace Gardens was my favourite overall, it was incredibly simple but was visually stunning.  It offset the costumes so beautifully.

The acting and expression of the cast are so very important and this portrays more than I ever realised.

The cast did an amazing job with this from the over the top accentuated expressions of the Step Sisters that were close on perfection to the subtle underlying expressions of the Chamber maids (gosh you were so funny ‘curly dark haired maid/dude’!).

NZ Opera's La cenerentola Sarah Castle image credit Neil Mackenzieimages provided – credit Neil Mackenzie

 

Did I cry?

Yup…and not just during the Eclipse Mint incident above.

When the singing was so perfectly synced/but not synced, (that I talked about further above) when there are 4 or 6 cast on stage singing their own song, but with others, but different.  Just stunning!

And a few other times.

 

Did I feel out of place?

I rocked up with faux confidence…and flying solo…and it was quite possibly my age group was in a minority than many other Opera go-er’s.

So it ‘would’ have been very easy to feel ‘out of place’.

Tux’s and evening gowns and very elegantly dressed peeps are the norm (is that just an opening night thing…or every night?).

But it also didn’t seem to matter if you weren’t in formal attire as there were still plenty of people in ‘going out’ clothes and also people of all ages.  Both ends of the scale and everything in between.  Octogenarians and also quite a few Kids :-)

It did encourage me thought to go all out next time and glam it up even more.

As the Opera is maybe not my normal thing…I only slightly felt out of place, but less than I actually thought I would.

I did get some looks up and down (you know the ones), but they kinda didn’t bother me, figured they were either:

  • …looking at me as I was a ‘newbie’ and they hadn’t seen me there before…
    or
  • …the were looking at my totally rocking outfit that I felt amazing in…
    or
  • …maybe I had toilet paper hanging out the back of my skirt, who knows 😉

 

What blew me away?

What was most-most surprising, was just how well received it was.

Yes, I LOVED it, but the appreciation and applause the show and cast received from the audience at the end was truly-truly amazing.

I have been to some great shows in my life, with massive crowds and standing ovations…but this topped all of them.

People were literally on the edge of their seats almost ready to burst with how delighted they were and they were all around me and across the entire crowd.

The very-very well deserved clapping was intense when the cast’s were taking their bow’s and accepting the applause.

I was teared up already through performance, but cried the most actually at this point.

I was awe at the delighted crowd, how appreciative they were for the cast and what they had just seen, it totally got me.

Yup, I’m a weirdo – who cries from seeing people ‘clap’ – yeah that would be me.

NZ Opera's La cenerentola Cinderella

 

Following my glamorous night at the opera, did I head off to an equally glamorous after party or cocktails with the cast…?

I walked out onto Courtenay place amongst excited chatter from those around me and rave reviews of how awesome La cenerentola was.

Then I head straight across the road to Starbucks to a tall Chai Latte and to await the arrival of my 9 energetic Teenagers from their movie (Pitch Perfect 2) to then get them all back to our place.

The week before, I was initially a little disappointed not to be heading to Pitch Perfect 2 with the girls, but La cenerentola was so-so-so much better…and I can movie any old day.

I’m writing this now to the sound of giggling, dancing, Hip Hop and Pop songs floating up the stairs of our Apartment and set myself in for a fun night of hosting this great bunch of girls.

I was an Opera go-er earlier that night…but after all of that when the glam goes back in the wardrobe, you wipe your makeup off and tie your hair up in a ponytail…I will always be a Mom

Digging snack food our of the cupboard for them, laughing at their funny stories and gathering up enough blankets to turn our house into a giant sleepover for the night.

 

Check back tomorrow where I will post my “Top Tips for heading to the Opera as a non-Opera go-er”!

 

The NZ Opera have a stunning 2015 season on, starting with La cenerentola and followed with Madama Butterfly and then Tosca.

La cenerentola is directed by Lindy Hume and was co-produced with Opera Queensland and features Opera stars from New Zealand, Australia and around the world.

Check out their website nzopera.com even if it’s just for the amazing graphics alone that have been created for each opera, the images are stunning!

The NZ Opera also has a great active Facebook page with lots of behind the scenes info and fab interviews and video’s, which is well worth a look to find out stuff you wouldn’t have otherwise known.

You can still catch La cenerentola in Wellington until the final night Saturday 16th May.

It then heads up to Auckland (the same day that Prince Harry leaves New Zealand…Prince Don heads to Auckland and Prince Harry heads home) and runs 30 May til 7 June, Tickets are available through the NZ Opera website.

 

* I was very-very kindly hosted by Spotlight Creative Media to the NZ Opera without obligation…but man…my experience going to La cenerentola was so awesome I just HAD to talk about it and share it with you on my blog.
What I wrote is just what I think!
Thanks for reading :-)

 

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REVIEW: Singin in the Rain

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If I’m honest I didn’t quite know what to expect with the ‘Singin in the Rain’ stage show.

…yeah…yeah…yeah I know…

There would probably be singing…in the rain… and stuff, but what else?

Miss 14 & I, love us a great stage show, so I was super excited when I was gifted* tickets the opening night of ‘Singin in the Rain’ in Wellington last Friday night.

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Heading to the St James Theatre you always know you are going to be in for a great night!  Such a beautiful old restored theatre, such an air of excitement of what’s to come, such great shows that have been before you.

I had Miss 14 with me who loves watching Dance shows on stage, but we were contending with her just getting back from being away for 17 days on an action packed adventure with very little sleep, so I honestly hoped she wouldn’t fall asleep in the middle of it!  But she was adamant that she wanted to go and not miss out.

We head straight into the theatre once the doors opened as we love being in early while everyone else arrives.

THEN, honestly we played the fun game of “Spot the Tweeter” seeing who else was tweeting and facebooking about also being at #SinginNZ!

Then we would look at their profile pic and try and spot them in the crowd…naughty I know (and ever so slightly stalker-ish), but kinda fun when you did spot them in the crowd.

We found a few cast and crew tweeting, but we assumed they were behind the scenes and couldn’t yet pick them out.

We then spotted the lovely Sarah from @BritMumInNZ (Hi Sarah I was still to shy to come and say Hi).

Also Heather from @foodiegemsofwel tweeted and we spotted her too based on the angle of her pic 😉

I know you were there somewhere @BelindaNash as we saw many of your tweets, but could not pick you anywhere!

Anyway after we quietly giggled away about our “Spot the tweeter” game (yep shows how mature we are), we then ohhhhh and arrhed over the Theatre, the set and the anticipation of what was to come and chatting to a lovely couple beside us.

The set looked A-Mazing before anything had even started.

As someone who is used to seeing primary school and high school dance shows with paper mache sets and old supermarket boxs painted together this set looked amazing under just the main theater lights with nothing even happening yet.

Spotting the front couple of rows below us putting on their plastic ponchos as they were in the splash zone looked like a fun place to be if you were feeling a little hot :-).

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Then the show started….oh my gosh Lunchbox Theatrical Productions…my expectations were exceeded within the first 5 mins – Thank you!

I was totally transported and in love with everything I saw come across the stage. The singing was stunning…

The 1920’s costumes were absolutely stunning and got better and better throughout…

The stage settings were ever changing and stunningly constructed to transform into any setting to suit the part of the show…

The characters were really likeable and you jumped straight into them, even the grating Lina with ‘that voice’ I ended up having a soft spot for…

I wanted to own just about every dress that came out on that stage and twirl around in each of them and wear every version of those skillfully constructed hairstyle on their heads…

The dancing, theatrics, jumping, leaping and timing the tipping and flipping perfectly…

Gosh I’m a sucker for that kinda stuff.

I was already super impressed by the show, but then it was topped by them all being doused in 12000 litres of Rain pouring down from the night sky. Kickin and tapping the rain off the stage to the shreeking crowd in the first few rows.  The rest of us were loving it watching this, so I’m sure they were loving being IN it. The show continued to be awesome and finished on a huge high.   It kept this 30 something Mamma highly entertained throughout as well as a 14 year old, which isn’t always an easy feet (especially after 17 days of adventure and barely no sleep). Honestly, I thought it would be a ‘nice’ show and all, but I didn’t expect it to be as awesome as it was.   We had a fabulous night out with Singin in the Rain and if you are looking for a fun entertaining night out, you can still get Tickets here.

NB: Intermission: Miss 14 and I are big believers that Intermissions should be part of EVERY great night out!
Who doesn’t need a short break for wee’s and Icecreams!  😉

* Disclosure: I was gifted tickets in exchange for conversing about the show in which ever way I pleased over social media etc… it was easy, as I loved it so even though they were gifted, this show rocked!  #OfficialBlogger #SinginNZ
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#brunchclub Bloggers are all so different

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What I love is that #brunchclub Bloggers are all so different…and each one of us is diverse both in our Blog and in our lives.

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This is a fabulous bunch of women (men are welcome) whom I may not have ever met, in my normal daily life, because our lives lead such different paths.

But that is exactly why it is so cool.

I’m ‘old’, I have a teenager and I write about Parenting and a whole lot of other palava like random post about The Bachelor NZ and Mud Races

If I’m honest I’m old enough nearly to be some of these women’s Mother! NB: That’s a dig at just how old I am, not how young they are 😉

But with that said, that’s why it is so great – that we are all so different.

I find the conversations really interesting, engaging, varied and I learn a little something from each one of these talented writers.

#brunchclub Bloggers are all so different
It doesn’t matter who we are, where we have come from or even really what we blog about, we are here for one common goal ~ our love of Blogging.

With that we all come to #brunchclub with our strengths and weaknesses.

Yes its cool when two similar types of bloggers come together as maybe that will mean they may be able to collaborate in future or share tips etc…

But I learn just as much from talking to a Makeup Blogger as I do off a Travel Blogger as I do off a Food Blogger :-)

That’s also what I love about the connections you make online with other Bloggers, sure some are in your genre, but often they are not, but something clicked and you get on like a house on fire.

drexels breakfast restaurant wellingtoThis months #brunchclub was at the famous Drexels Breakfast Restaurant on Waring Taylor Street.

A unique place as they serve Breakfast ALL DAY (well from really early in the morning til 2pm)… and have been around in New Zealand for 25 years with its roots in Christchurch.

They say they are an American Diner experience with a Kiwi twist and that’s a perfect way to describe exactly what you experience when you dine here.

Heading to #brunchclub this morning I was not quite the same Scardey Cat as I was last month, but if I’m honest I was still a bit nervous about it and made sure I was there nice an early (a tip from my previous post).

I head in and arrived at the same time as the lovely Dani from Dani Pohlod and we were quickly joined by Kahurangi from xox Bubbles whom I hadn’t met before but recognised instantly from her Facebook profile (which always feels a bit weird when you recognise someone, but don’t actually know them).

Drexels is unique, as you go in off the street and head down under street level to their Restaurant, something that doesn’t happen very often in Wellington!

#brunchclub Bloggers are all so different
It was absolutely chocka block with people and they were spilling out the seams, they have quite a large seated waiting area and we filled that up and then some with around 15 people waiting.

There were kids and kids and more kids and even though I have a kid/teen myself, I wondered if this amount of kids would do my head in.

Morgan from Hyacinth Girl, Georgina from Baby Rebel Blog arrived and we were soon ushered to our table.

We were offered COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE pretty much as soon as we sat down.  Or in my case a Mango Fruit smoothie – yummo.


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I’m pleased to say that once seated we were all spaced out enough I didn’t even notice the kids anymore and even though the noise level of the place was quite high, it wasn’t too hard to talk.

Emma from Muffin Mum, Hannah from Mind the Crumbs, ZaretteJenna from The Adventures of Jenjaroo and Alice from NINETYNINECLUB soon joined us to complete our group.

We got to hear a little about the inaurgural Palmerston North #brunchclub that happened yesterday which some of the women had driven up for to attend and they had rave reviews.

It was exciting to hear that another #brunchclub is up and running and the idea that started not that long ago by these fabulous women is not only spreading its wings even further, but is helping bring together, network, build relationship and help inspire us all in our Blogging journey.

drexels breakfast restaurant wellington
I hope we may have some cross over Wellington / Palmerston North events in future.

If you want to join #brunchclub you can do so from their website here and then join the #brunchclub Facebook group also.

Our wait staff at Drexels were very really friendly, attentive and happily fueling our coffee drinkers habits consistently with the equivalent of a Coffee IV drip to their delight.

Like Loretta’s last month there were so many things on the menu I could have chosen, but settled on the Drexels Breakfast Treat with Pancakes, Fresh Fruit and extra side of Bacon and Real Canadian Maple Syrup.

My breakfast was excellent, super tasty and really fulling, the extra side of Bacon was delicious and well worth the add as there was lots of it, it had hardly any fat on it (that you normally need to cut off) and was cooked perfectly crispy but not burnt.  The pancakes were thick, fluffy and delicious.

Only feedback would be, if I’m ordering extra special Canadian Maple Syrup for an extra $2.50, I am going to expect a much larger jug than what came on my plate.  In my mind Pancakes need to be swimming in Maple syrup and this was definitely not enough for even 1/2 a pancake.  But I topped them off with the free Maple Syrup on the table and just simply wouldn’t bother with ordering the real Canadian Maple Syrup next time.

drexels breakfast restaurant wellington
Everyone’s food looked delicious, I saw a mix of waffles, French Toast and Omelettes.
A couple of our Bloggers are Gluten Free and they were well catered for being able to choose just about anything off the menu and be served it in a Gluten free way.

Our conversations at #brunchclub are very informal and truth be told aren’t particularly bloggy-fied. A little bit of light conversation around moving to self hosting, disclosure policies and working with brands, and topics that could maybe be covered on future #nzbloggers Sunday night chats.

But I don’t mind that.  Yes, I would be keen to do more workshop based metups too like they offer for #Laptopclub in Auckland, but I’m happy that #brunchclub is more about Networking and building friendships with other bloggers in a light informal way.  I find it just encouraging to my blogging to go along.

The place emptied out a little after a while and that made it easier to talk across the table, whereas beforehand you could only really talk to you neighbours and those across from you.

I’m so glad I was brave and went along to my 2nd #brunchclub and I know I will be keen and on the look out for the next one.

I look forward to meeting more and more bloggers whom I wouldn’t have normally met and forming relationships that are way beyond who you are just in our blogs.

Have you met people from different walks of life through Blogging…Twitter…Facebook etc…?

What do you love most about some of the groups you have joined?

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