special occasion recipes
I came to NZ to do one thing and that was to meet Bret McKenzie.
As you probably know I won a charity auction with Oxfam NZ as part of their fair trade fortnight campaign to have a coffee with Bret.
So I booked some flights and a hotel and waited for confirmation of the exact time and place.
the noob (brother in law) decided to come along for the ride and so we flew over together on monday night to windy Wellington. I’ve been to Wellington a few times before and NZ several times. I love this country soo much.
Yesterday we did the tourist thing and pottered around the city, cablecar, ferry, walking around, searching fro free wifi.
Then today at lunch time I met Bret!!!
I wasn’t heaps sure what to expect, but I was pretty certain it would be a quick hello, good to meet you. then pose for a photo on that’s it. It was nothing like that.
Lynda (from Oxfam NZ) was waiting in the cafe when I arrived, we chatted for a bit and not long later Bret walked in with a guitar case slung over his shoulder, we stood up and greeted each other.
The chatting was easy and free flowing, we all laughed at each others jokes and told stories of our lives. After a while Bret asked if if we had eaten (no). So we ordered a few pizzas and kept chatting away. After one if his stories I made some joke and he laughed then followed it up with “I’m going to use that”. So pretty much I write for the Conchords now, please talk to my agent.
The pizza was eaten we kept chatting away, Bret has even offered to get me in to the Opera House gig in Sydney in July!!! He was the nicest easy going guy ever and it was a super afternoon. We ended up chatting away for about 2 hours and finished the time with some photos and the handing over of the guitar. (Which Bret had bought this morning from his favourite Wellington guitar store). It’s cool and signed by hime and Jermaine.
After a long lunch Bret had to go as Jermaine was texting him to get back to rehearsals for their tour which starts in a week or so.
So we parted ways and I was and am a very happy boy.
To celebrate noob and I went to Parliament house and watched some debating in the chamber. Nerds!
Tomorrow I’m coming home.
With that title you may think I’m about to talk abut the latest scandal involving a politician and a nightclub, but I’m not.
Jenny and I are both anal when it comes to filing of DVD’s and CD’s.
For me this is not a new thing that is a result of being married.
When I lived with Tom and his family Tom and I used to regularly spend time arranging the household CD’s into alphabetical order, After a while Tom’s mum even went and purchased special CD drawers to aid the tidy and appropriate storage of music.
The system worked well, It was always a cinch to find the CD you where looking fo, well I say always actually it wasn’t always so easy. Sometimes people who where not trained or people who had issues with the authoritarian natures of the CD placement would come and visit. Mainly Gem and Mil.
After the above named had visited it was then the task of myself and Tom to search through the carnage and rearrange into the appropriate and acceptable order. Until we discovered that after these visits this was not the only abomination, not only where CD’s out of order but CD’s where not in their respective case. So if I was searching for powderfinger internationalis, I would find the case and open it only to discover Luke Vasella instead.
They where traumatic times.
Now several years later I married a lady that shares my passion for alphabetised bliss.
Tonight we embarked a new journey together, We not only have our DVD’s in order but we now have them in 4 different categories too.
The categories are
- TV Shows
- Stand Up
It was a special time we shared together tonight.
Hello people of the world,
A Merry Christmas to you all.
Santa is fat and after christmas lunch you will be to.
First things first, Photo Booth!
Take one buff, handsome, intellegent young man with a great sense of humor then add one lovely, pretty, smart, short lady and you get the two main ingredients for the perfect bun.
place bun in oven and cook for 9 months at 37 degrees celcius or until golden brown.
Remove bun on December 17.
need i say more?
Well as you know wife and I have been asked to move out of our house at the end of June.
And it just so happens that in the same week we have been asked if we would take up a new job.
So at the end of June, Jenny and I will be moving to Armidale to take over from my parents in their picture framing business, we will be the business owners and are looking at ways of expanding the business to help local young people with employment oppertunities. We will also begin producing fair trade clothing.
It’s a big call but we think its right.
Its probably a shock to a lot of you, but due to some current circumstances a change of pace is what we need. don’t worry Armidale isnt that far away!
Tomorrow is a special day.
It is 10 years ago that I started collecting train tickets.
I know its very nerdy but i love my train ticket collection, there is about 600 tickets and the anoying thing is that about 80% of my tickets get eaten by machines so if i got to keep all my tickets i would have thousands of the little fellas.
anyway to mark this special occasion i’m having a competition.
The first person to answer this question correctly wins a photo of me at a cityrail train station of your choice.
If you are catching a train from central along the north shore to hornsby what platform will your train leave from?
What a fun day it was, I love events like this where you get to walk in the middle of roads and there is, cones and temperary fencing and marchels and tv cameras and big PA systems and lots of happy people.
check out my cool tat
a fun day for howie and wife pluse 200,000 others
Tomorrow is Tom’s birthday.
To celebrate we are launching a brand new website to help single speakers find their perfect match.
click on the image to go visit the site.
A site is coming…………….
One website, One purpose.
Helping single speakers find their match.
Official launch 8:02am tomorrow
visit here for all the details.
happy birthday wife!
now go make me some pie.