Life Updates: I’ve Started My Job & The Pup Arrives in 19 Days!

If you read my post a few weeks ago then you know I accepted a job offer from St John in November. What you may not have realized is that it didn’t start until last week!

Last Monday I dusted off my black slacks, put on shoes that weren’t flip flops jandals, and took the 8:00am bus to my proper big girl job. Like any new job, my first day was a combination of excitement and terror. Where would I sit? Would I like my coworkers?

The first question was quickly answered by the open floor plan. We don’t have assigned desks – in fact, sitting at the same seat day after day is strongly discouraged. Jury’s still out on that one, I’m a nester by nature. As for my coworkers, they’re the bomb dot com. I can tell our lunch breaks will be good for a laugh in a job that can sometimes get stressful.


One of the best parts of starting a new job is the brand new office supplies. I don’t know about you, but little me LOVED the start of school. Why? School supply shopping. I was a sucker for that smell of fresh lined paper straight out of the plastic wrap and the sound of new pencils whirling around the sharpener for the first time. As an adult, starting a new job is as close as you get to that high.

Pro Tip: New Zealand, like pretty much everywhere except the States, uses size A4 paper as its standard. It may seem weird at first, but it turns out the extra space to type is actually awesome. Embrace it. 

It’s exciting to work for an organization that does so much good in the community (they literally save lives day in and day out) in a role that I’ve been working towards for the past 2 years. Yesterday I was working on a project and my coworker had to remind me that it was time to go. I was so into what I was doing, I’d totally lost track of time. Sure, every job has its ups and downs but I take this as a very, very good sign.

Switching gears…

Cash, our fluffy, quirky, wiggly, fur monster, arrives in 19 days!!! She’s got one more vet visit before becoming an international pup of mystery. The hunt is on for cute/functional dog bowls so let me know any recommendations (that ship to New Zealand or can be found in shops here).

I’m hoping those days fly by and I know we’ve got to get busy dog proofing the house. Our fence needs to be checked for hidden escape routes and we need to make sure the house won’t get too hot while we’re at work. Operation Prevent Escape and Increase Ventilation While Avoiding Robbers (OPEAIVWAR) is in full effect.

Pete said he’s started having dreams about taking her on walks. For a man who spent 3 years refusing to take ownership of her, I’d say we’ve made some major progress. Cash is going to be so spoiled when she gets here. After two wooden-floored apartments, we can’t wait for her to realize half the house is carpeted and zoom around to her heart’s content.

It’s been six LONG months, and we’re so ready for our little family to be reunited.


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