I know there is still a bit of a stigma behind “meeting people off the big bad internets.” Me? I’ve done it more times than I probably should have and I have always been glad that I did. It has resulted in many incredible friendships, the two most important being my husband and my great friend Ashleigh who was the maid of honour at our wedding.

I’m always careful. I’m sure they are, too. My own husband told me that when he travelled across from NZ the first time to meet me face to face he was prepared for the fact that there was always that chance he’d have to book a hotel in New York until his flight back to NZ because I’d either show up and be insane or not show up at all. I like to think that most people are generally good when it comes down to it. I mean, if I’m on the internet and I’m not a big fat liar, why are they any different?

A friend who I have known online for a few years now through blogging and DailyFratze was travelling through New Zealand with her boyfriend. She contacted me on Twitter to ask me what some of the must see places were in New Zealand. I told her some places that I knew but that she was also welcome to stop by and say hello if she was passing through our town.

Adastra and her boyfriend did come and see us and they even ended up staying with us for a night. I enjoyed catching up with her and showing them a bit of our surrounding area. I like to think that only a local could give such a grand tour! Perhaps not, but I think that in the nearly 2 years that I have lived here I’ve come to know quite a bit about this place.

When they came, we went out and showed them a beautiful sunset at the dock in our town.

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Josh and I had a wonderful Christmas. We had a quiet Christmas this year at our place with just Josh, Josh’s Dad, and me. We opened presents in the morning. My parents and family sent me lots of treats.

My favourite present was an iPod nano from my Uncle Mike. I have already cleaned out my entire music library and asked all my friends for new song suggestions. Have you got any others?

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The site has a new look thanks to Georgie who designed me a new layout! It even works on mobile phones. Try it out. :)

I had a pretty rough week. I guess it’s just that time of year where everything gets stressful. We have less than a week until the end of the school year here in New Zealand and then we are on summer vacation until February. I think I really need the break even though I do have school related plans for over the break such as an exam writing camp in Auckland for a week and some preparation for next year to be done.

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I found this present in my pigeonhole this afternoon. A BLUEberry muffin because I was feeling blue. Someone must have noticed that I was having a bad day. Little things like this just make such a difference and it just made my whole afternoon a whole lot brighter. I work with some amazing people. I still haven’t even figured out who put it there.

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My husband also always makes me feel better. His ridiculous sense of humour is, many times, just what I need.

Right now, what I need is sleep. Wake me up next Friday.