I have been a bit down in the dumps lately. The holidays are a rough time for me since I haven’t fully adjusted to living in another country at this time of the year. The holidays for me have always been very much grounded in traditions and family. It’s hard to suddenly be on the other side of the world from everyone I’ve always celebrated the holidays with and completely new traditions. Josh has been really supportive since we moved to New Zealand. He understands that the holidays are a bit rough for me and he tries his best to make the holidays a nice time.

I woke up last Thursday and realized that probably about 2 people that I’d see during the day would even know it was Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful spring day. Summer is just around the corner (another thing I’ll probably never get used to). I walked across to school deflated and missing everyone. I had no Thanksgiving plans. I felt pretty alone.

There was a card on my desk.


It was from my friend Aly. She’s from Canada and she has been teaching at our school for most of this year. She has become a really good friend and that card meant the whole world to me.

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Josh and I were in the supermarket last week and as we were walking through the produce aisle we noticed something a bit out of the ordinary. It was an entire crate full of crazy, round, spiky looking things. They were all sitting there as if they had been there forever. It was as if they belonged there next to the apples, oranges, and kiwifruit.




They were labeled:

also known as

I decided that I needed to take one home and investigate. I figured I would make sure that this evil looking fruit was indeed a fruit and not some alien life form that has come to take over the world. I brought it home. Don’t worry – I kept my eye on it just to make sure it didn’t try anything fancy while I wasn’t looking.

I have to admit – it took me a few days to decide to try this evil horned melon… if that is indeed its real name. I am keen on trying new things but you have to admit that this melon it pretty darn intimidating. It looks like it wants to attack you. I guess the same thing could be said about a lot of different foods, though. If you had never seen a pineapple before, maybe it would have been just as intimidating. I don’t know. Pineapples are kind of spiky, too.


I finally cut it open in the end. It was really surprising. Were you expecting THAT? I sure wasn’t. I didn’t know what the heck to expect to be honest. (Although I was half hoping that it was a baby alien and I was really disappointed.) I stared at it for quite some time and then I finally decided to be brave and eat it.

OKay, so maybe I searched Google first to see what it would taste like and THEN I ate it. But hey, I tried it!

It tasted a bit like melon mixed with some other random flavors like banana. The consistency was sort of like a cucumber but it was much more slimy which brought me back to thinking about aliens. That’s when I started wondering if maybe instead of being an alien, it was GROWN by an alien!!


Then I said to myself, “Caity, you’re almost 28 years old. Grow up. It probably just comes from Japan. Kiwano fruit? It sort of sounds Japanese.” So I went back to Google again and found out that it actually originated in Africa. Now it grows in Africa, California, Chile, Australia and New Zealand. Nothing to do with Japan. Hey, that starts to sound like it doesn’t all add up. Maybe the Aliens just planted the Wiki page

First of all, just a brief mention about the new look! I want to thank Nellie over at Studiobollical for designing this fabulous layout for me. Finally I have something that is a bit more “me” and a bit less “premade layout.” Ha!

This past weekend, Josh and I took a weekend trip to visit Josh’s dad again. He is working on the apple orchards around where we recently moved away from so it was nice to go back and see everyone else, too. I even got to pop back in to my old job at the supermarket dairy and say hello to my friends who were working there.

Our little weekend trip had two main purposes, though. We had to do some shopping and we wanted applejuice.

The shopping for me was clothes. I bought a couple new outfits as well as two nice pairs of shoes which I so badly needed. For Josh, his goal was to purchase a basic set of plumbing tools being that he recently got hired by a plumbing firm here in our new town. I couldn’t believe how much tools cost but then again I suppose Josh was probably thinking the same thing about my shoes.

But this post is mainly about applejuice anyway. I’ll gloat about my pretty shoes another time.

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Just kidding. I still eat apples. I love apples. But then I went to take a cute picture of this little baby apple that Josh brought home for me from the orchard. I figured I’d put it in my hands so you could see the comparison of how small it really was. Then I realized what I was doing and I was disgusted with myself. So here’s my question: do you think “aww, what a cute little apple” or do you think “OMG TWILIGHT!” Be honest.