Friday, July 11, 2014

Muddled thoughts

Being so far away from home is giving me so much clarity and a chance to take a step back. 
I intent to return and do some things differently, like
- seriously look for another job that has more of a work life balance, while the smalls are small.
- return to study
- improve my French because MM bursts into giggles or goes red with embarrassment when I speak. 
- put up more photos on my walls. I've been slack with that
- get rid of a lot of toys the smalls dont need
- mow the lawns 
- check my house is still standing
- tidy up the tuiga room and remove the red stains from the carpet before Frenchy discovers it
- cut back on the many things I've been doing and just have a year or so of a break. 
- buy a lotto ticket. 
- chuck a bucket of cow poo at John Key and get a king sized sack to chuck all of the pacific MPs and their misguided hangerons into it.

Gee, I started so well ......

Corsica was stunning

Spain. Sangria. Sasape vae.

We are in Spain now. And it's refreshing to hear another language (which is not French). 

I spent the first night in San Sebasti├ín drinking loads of sangrias and eating whatever was put on my plate. 
Because I'm not like the smart parangs who choose their morsels wisely, I was like, go for it...eat. Drink. Eat. Drink ..so by midnight, yours truly was hugging a Spanish toilet. 

Oi Malia e 

I am taking it easy from here on........(famous last words). 

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Kindness

Be kind.
It's so so true. A small act of kindness can mean the word to someone else. 

We were on the ferry from Nice to Corsica yesterday. 6 hour trip and it was full but there were no more sofas left, just single seats. 

2 hours into the trip, Tui noodled off and I was left with carrying him (he is a tall, 18kg  3 year old). 

The other adults in our group were upstairs, watching the football - I was stuck with sleeping Tui and Cranky Moelagi. 
And 2 narrow seats, ....then Cranky head wanted to go toilet. Shit! 
So I carried tui and took Maeva across the packed room to the toilet and back. My arm is now super tired and we retuned to our 2 seats. 
Clearly, balancing the kid on me and trying to get Moelagi to sleep on her seat wasn't fun.
And an old Corsican man tapped me on the shoulder and directed us to a sofa seat. 
There's 4 people there playing cards and they all stood up and moved. 
I was super grateful and managed to lie both little shitheads down and thanked the kind souls for their help. 
...and in true Tui fashion, he woke up.

But the point is, ...be kind, you are making someone else's day and it might come back to you:) 

And it's also very infectious, it's reminding me to be kinder too. 




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Frqnce:

zeve been zith the whqnqu for q few days now and the zeqther has been amazing (in the
 
I really want to write more but this laptop is q bit irritating; so in brief;

we will be in france much of the time, but as soon as the smalls are adjusted and at home with the tina o le tamaloa (tolt), then ze shall bugger off to spain and itqly:

If you know any other fobs on this side of the planet; let us know, jtiatia@gmail.com.

things i love about being here:
  • food and wine
  • wine
  • catching up with friends while drinking wine
  • shops and then having wine after 
  • and did i ,mention the wine;;;fark, i cant find the question mark:`
in two days time; the July sales will start and i qm very much looking foraqrd to that,





Friday, June 20, 2014

I was coming to Americans

Wow, 
It's been a while, but totally worth it.
You peoples from Amerika don't know how exciting it is for fobs like me to access:
  • Super cheap food.
  • Order coke and it comes in a massive glass
  • Ordering Caesar salad to offset the junk food I've been inhaling and the salad is massive and there's a huge chicken breast and it's drowned in sauce. YUM!
  • Big cars. Wow....makes me wanna sing out "manaia outou fale,...ma taavale afi. A o matou I o, e Tasi Le pasi ae mai Le afi, talalatatalalala"
  • Big ...err, everything. 
  • Cheetos, yum yum. 
  • Cheeseburgers 
  • Disneyland
My only minor qualms have been about tipping, I was no masagi, but seeing how incredibley hospitable and lovely people have been in customer service makes me think we should be promoting tipping in Samoa, coz ua ka lelava kikilo I Le faauu o foliga o waitresses.

Thanks also to the lovely people who ordered tuigas, I got to have an experience in the post shop trying to figure out where some of these places were that I was sending to and describing what I was sending to the lady. "Yes, headpieces, except,it's bigger ...yes,for dancing, no, not like mardi gras,...ok, like carnival (without the gstrangle and the drums).

Thank you Obamaland, next stop, Paris.