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I'm playing Avatar on my PC ... again.

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In the game I'm Lance Corporal Able Ryder, a Sec.Ops Signal Specialist who is sent to the planet Pandora to take part in the Avatar programme. In the game you end up having to make a conscious choice which path you'll follow: those of the humans (military out to destroy the Na'vi and plunder their planet's riches), or the Na'vi (fighting for their very lives, and that of their planet). Of course I chose the Na'vi. Able has a will power that is astounding! She gets things done! In real life I am struggling a lot with will power. To make that right choice.

 

I need to channel my inner Able, because I am able.

 

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The Na'vi truly think Able is able to save Pandora. For her to do that, she has to be healthy, fit and strong, and follow 'The Plan'. In real life, with the precarious situation our country is in, and our plans to hopefully emigrate to New Zealand by the end of the year (+- 9 months), I am also going to have to be HEALTHY, STRONG/FIT (and vigilant), and FOLLOW THE PLAN.

 

HEALTH

In Avatar, Able has to collect cells from plant organisms, which increases her health, gives her a boost, and the opportunity to "survive/try again", when she fails at a task (or is killed).

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In real life my health boosts will consist of the following:

  • BIBLE STUDY [is a habit now: some mornings for bible reading, others for 'stoep' time (quiet time, thinking, talking, praying)]
  • WATER [water or rooibos - +- 2Lt. a day]
  • SLEEP [go to bed by 21h30 - almost a habit]
  • FOOD WILLPOWER [don't fall for chocolates or unnecessary starches (cake, milkshakes, etc.). Just focus on willpower for now.]

 

STRONG & FIT

In the game Able has to run, climb, balance, swing, kick, fight, ride pa'li (direhorses), as well as ikran (banshees). She has to be able to shoot with bow and arrow, crossbow, and fight with two blades, or a long staff.

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In real life I'll do something every day. I don't have to be fighting fit and strong, but I need to be ABLE to move. Exercise also helps to fight stress and negativity. This will also be a fight in willpower as I've become lazy and "not in the mood" to exercise.

 

  • Mondays: (morning)
    • Joint Circles (warm up)
    • Goblet Squats 3x10 @ 10kg
    • Pushups (do full ones, down to knees if I can't keep on) 3x10
    • Deadlifts 3x10 @ 28kg start
    • Russian Twists w.10kg 3x10
    • Stretches
  • Wednesday: (morning)
    • Joint Circles (warm up)
    • Lunges 3x10
    • Rev.Pull ups 3x5
    • Leg Scissors 3x20 (lower abs and back)
    • Bridge 3x10sec
    • Stretches
  • Friday: (afternoon)
    • Aikido steps 5x each (warm up)
    • Block up/down 2x10 each arm (warm up)
    • Fist to throat 1x10 each arm
    • Knee strike 1x10 each leg
    • Straight kick 1x10 each leg
    • Straight punch 1x10 each arm
    • Get out of choke hold
  • Walking: (afternoons)
    • Tuesdays with Brandt
    • Wednesday (in the street in front of our house, or at Lego when term starts again)
    • Thursday (with Adam and the small dogs; get them comfortable on a leash walking in the street)
    • Friday after practice with Missy in our garden. (Get her comfortable on a leash again, before walking in the street)
  • Dry Fire Training: (one morning) draw and holster, aim and shoot, movement while aiming, clearing a room, etc.
  • Blow pipe darts: (one morning) Absolutely just for fun! Try to hit the bull's eye (dart board) with the blow pipe and darts.

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THE PLAN

The game has a strategic plan it follows from start to finish. Real life isn't so orderly. Moving to NZ means certain things have to happen. Before you can even apply for a Visa you have to go through a health check, do an English test (as English is not our first language), get a passport!, other documents like certificate of character from the police. Not to mention we have to sort out the house, cars, the pets (they have a long list of vaccinations, tests, etc. that needs to be fulfilled as well!), furniture (keep or sell, and what), fix things, clear and clean out other things/rooms. Have to look at finances, apply for permits and licenses (various)... I've drawn up a time line to help me keep everything straight. And the timeline can change depending on what happens, or doesn't. Every challenge forward, I'll have things from The Timeline Plan that has to be done. This first challenge:

  • Missy examination by the vet; all pets annual rabies vaccinations. Check that microchips are ISO and internationally compatible. Get "passport" booklets for Missy and Stampy;
  • Apply for our passports (there's been delays and hiccups thus far);
  • Clean out back room: start selling encyclopedias and other books.
  • Make an appointment for Brandt and I to do the formal assessment/interview with the immigration agency.

EDIT: Forgot to add FINANCES: Daily (3x/week) and Monthly.

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And last but not least...

DEAR DIARY...

From time to time I need to log my thoughts and feelings to help me work through everything. This also helps to clear stress and when I can think more clearly, I relax better. This will be inside a spoiler, and will be typed, not recorded :) .

 

I hope you are willing to join me in saving Pandora.

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Fun challenge. I'm impressed with all you area able to get down. 

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19 hours ago, TGP said:

very cool Elize

ofc I would love to hang out in Pandora; making the right decisions!

Thanks. Glad to have you around.

18 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

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Always good to see you, Tank.

18 hours ago, Fonzico said:

I'm here to cheer you on!

Thanks! Awesome to have you around, especially as you are a Chris Pratt fan ;)

16 hours ago, annyshay said:

Looks awesome! Here with you. :)

Thank you. *Hugs* always glad for your support.

14 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Fun challenge. I'm impressed with all you area able to get down. 

Thanks. Great to have you here. I'm just going to try and do things. Not aiming at getting better, pushing myself too hard. Just get up and do things. And borrowing some of your tenacity and will power ;)

 

I'm really blessed that you guys and girls are always here for me. Thank you so much!

 

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Saturday was a bit of a load shedding/not load shedding, Rocco is sick and "dying!" *roll eyes*, but in general all is normal, day. Rocco is sick, but not as bad as he thinks/feels. :) Brandt went rallying out of town, damaged the springs on the Uno, came home and pressed his 1st place cup in my hands (he was the only one in his group), before promptly inspecting the damage to his car. I'd gone veg-shopping early morning and DID HAVE WILLPOWER to walk past all the EASTER EGGS on show and being sold at "super special prices!" which are definitely more expensive than last year. Wherever you turn are Easter specials, and looks like this year there are lots of creme filled eggs. It is going to be tough, because those are my favourites. But I walked past once. I can walk past again.

 

School holidays have started here, until 2 and 9 April (govt./private schools). So no extra murals for the boys, but they will come walking with me, and they are starting with their exercises before going on the computer during the week again, as well. We all fell off our exercise wagon, but we are getting back on.

 

All our finances w.r.t. the Cape trip had been sorted out, and for the first time in 3-4months we have breathing space. Did I tell you guys we got a nice pay out from insurance for not claiming the last 5 yrs? That came in handy to balance things out.

 

DEAR DIARY:

Spoiler

 

Brandt shocked me yesterday before leaving for the race by saying he is sort of giving up on the Celica (the racing car he is building). He can't see a way forward without spending too much money on replacing engine parts, and seeing as we are planning to leave, he doesn't think it is worth it. He has worked on and of on that car for the last 6years. I told him he could sell it for scrap metal/parts, and we can keep the money in a kitty to buy a small rally car in NZ, which he can work on and race over there. He had the same idea, but it did him good to hear me support him on this. I think this has been rolling around in his head ever since he looked through the 2nd hand cars available over there. Specifically small back-wheel-drive cars. We'll definitely sell the Uno as well, but not sure whether to keep the Mazda or not. She is driving so well now, so light on fuel! *shrug* the decision can still wait another while. Another question: what to do with all the trophies Brandt are getting, and all his medals from sport events from years past. They are currently hanging on a rod above the passage entrance.

 

I need to take photos of all the encyclopedias and other books on the shelves in the back room. Then advertise them firstly on the HS groups. Those that don't go can be donated to SPCA or other places. The children's English readers (starter and those they've gone through) I'll give to Thoko's grandchildren. I can't give away too much, as we have to make some money to buy things over there again (school books, etc.). The question I'm not sure about: what will I do with those things like Brandt's old photo's, which I was supposed to put in an album/scrap book thing? Maybe see how much is there, and can I still do it before the end of the year? We have a rough idea on what we are taking with and what not. There has to be a balance as international moving is expensive. It will also take roughly 3 months before our stuff arrive there. It seems everything is kept in storage (you rent a container) until a boat goes over to NZ (which only takes 2-3weeks). So take emergency things as baggage on a plain, and what you can live without longer, goes in the container.

 

Ok, first sort out the books. Second sort out what is what in the back room. Throw out that which is really unnecessary.

 

 

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Woot for walking past the Easter eggs! Around here, it seems like some sort of holiday candy is always on "sale" (at the same prices!)

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Those photos will ship easier if they are boxed up. They'll take up more space in an album and be harder to ship.

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Hi guys, I'll answer as soon as I can. We've already had two loadsheddings today, thus no electricity, and the electricity workers have just repaired another substation that blew in town. They are going up in sparks all over the country. I just first have to sort out some finances and print some documents to read and go through before our electricity is off again tonight. Another storm also coming in, so I have to get off the internet/modem.

 

Otherwise things are ok. Not great food wise, but ok.

 

Chat later.

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On 3/17/2019 at 4:53 PM, Fonzico said:

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Almost, but he luckily kept his clothes on! Adam and I started on the sore throat this morning, but I dosed both of us, and we feel fine now.

19 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Woot for walking past the Easter eggs! Around here, it seems like some sort of holiday candy is always on "sale" (at the same prices!)

Man, those creme filled eggs are ... they have a strong magnetic force. But I did resist. Unfortunately I didn't resist when the ice cream van came along Sunday afternoon. Another hot, humid day. I had been carrying around books, and books, and more books to sell. By the time the van came past I was hot, tired, irritated with not having had electricity for 2hrs, and dusty. Very dusty. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. But it did fill me up, and I only had one mug of coffee later on, along with another bottle of water. I wasn't hungry at all, so I didn't eat dinner.

Oh, I found the solution to your "don't eat in front of the screens" problem. Switch the electricity off. It helps and works better if someone does it for you, and you don't have control of the electricity. We've been spending off time either doing other things, or like today, the boys and I had lunch on the stoep, chatting. They got Monopoly out while I was in town, played by themselves, chatted to the neighbour's little boy, and kept themselves otherwise occupied, instead of in front of the screens!

17 hours ago, Tova the Vibrant said:

Hi Elize! Sounds like you've got quite the prep for quite the journey ahead of you! 

 

Hi, good to see you again! How are you doing? I'll try to pop in soon.

Yip, hubby is now showing signs of being eager. Did a lot of talking in the car this morning. We are still a bit apprehensive about the health check, which is about the only thing that might prevent us from getting a visa, but I'm praying and believe that things will work out as they should. And then I get scared for a bit about just what lies ahead. We've only started scratching this ant hill (or is it a volcano because New Zealand has so many volcanoes?).

15 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Those photos will ship easier if they are boxed up. They'll take up more space in an album and be harder to ship.

My thoughts too. Brandt isn't sentimental at all. He has one of two replies: "throw it out" or "I don't know, do whatever you want". I'll keep my wedding photo album though, and the 1st year albums I made for each boy. Oh man, that cupboard is full of stuff I'm going to have to go through. *sigh*

 

So luckily only the two loadsheddings so far for today. Apparently the third one is scheduled for midnight till 2am tonight. I can live with that.

 

I'll give a proper update on Monday tomorrow. As I mentioned to EG above, Sunday turned out very busy, as I started going through the books to keep, sell, donate, from the back room. I carried two sets of smallish encyclopedias to the front room, took photos. Carried a lot of loose books, some toys, cards, school stuff the boys never used or are finished with that can be sold 2nd hand. Took photos. I've put some stuff up on our 2nd hand curricula market on Fb (why I needed the photos), and most of it has sold already! There are still a lot to go through though, but most of the non-fiction books are old university books of Brandt's and mine, so we are thinking of donating to SPCA or Hospice. They can either sell on, or if they don't sell, hand in to recycle for some extra coins. I'm keeping some stuff for Thoko's grandchildren, and gave some stuff to Eric today as well. He was ecstatic. Made me feel happy.

 

The boys started building some puzzles to see whether they still have all their pieces. My rule of keep the pieces in their little bag, inside the box (when not busy building), had at some stage flown out the window. That's why we need to check whether they are in tact, or not.

 

I spent a good part of the morning in town with Brandt though. He needed to check for those struts and springs for the Uno. I now know more of the three biggest scrapyards in town, than I care to know. I've stepped over more pieces of metal, negotiated thin passages between wrecks, looked at more car skeletons, and heard more about springs and struts than is safe for my brain :D It didn't look like movie scrap yards, at least not those ones where they crush the cars.

 

I was late returning home for lunch, so I stopped to buy. The boys and I each had a slice of pizza. They use a very thin base, with lots of veg toppings, and lots of cheese. It was worth it. Good thing too that I'd bought, because when I got home there was no electricity (part of first load shedding) and Eric was about to leave. Our contract includes (over and above his money) breakfast and lunch as well, so I can't skip on that.

 

Otherwise I think things are good.

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HEALTH

  • BIBLE STUDY: Quiet time, yes.
  • WATER: Yes, 2 bottles and some rooibos.
  • SLEEP: No. :(
  • FOOD WILLPOWER: Bought food (pizza) for lunch.

STRONG & FIT

Mondays:

Joint Circles (warm up) - done

Goblet Squats 3x10 @ 10kg - done

Pushups (first 7 full, not deep down, others from knees) 3x10

Deadlifts 3x10 @ 28kg start - only got 1 set in. Arms and legs were jelly.

Russian Twists w.10kg 3x10 - done

Stretches - not

 

THE PLAN

  • Missy and other pets: Not yet. Waiting for April, although I might start on this now, seeing as I can't move forward on the passports.
  • Apply for our passports: Aarrggghhh! Trying, frustration with crashing systems, and their online app not working properly causing more problems! The reason I went to bed late.
  • Clean out back room: Sold some encyclopedias and educational 'toys' on HS group online. Parcels made up, ready to send off on Friday. Brandt suggested that I donate most of the books that are left, as parcels will cause just a lot more work. Taking into consideration that there are lots of books, and potentially lots of little parcels that have to be made up and sent off. About 1/5 of room done?
  • Formal assessment: Not yet. Third immigration agency has sent a notification for a free formal assessment in Durban (an hour's drive away) next week. Brandt is in two minds about going. This is the agency who asked him to apply for a job in Feb. The other option is R700 via Skype with the second agency, at a later date.
  • Finances: Dailies AND Books sold, done.

DEAR DIARY...

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I am so frustrated and dispirited? despondent? w.r.t. applying for passports. It's been one thing after the other. If not Brandt refusing to stand in queues at the local branches, then the system crashes and doesn't work properly. It doesn't help when I complain to Brandt, tell him what is going wrong on the online app, as he just tells me exactly what should be done, or rather what hasn't been done, and that is why they have those issues (on the programming side). Not like I can tell them "Hire my husband! He can fix your system easy-peasy!"

 

I finally got an application submitted for myself (as test), and it doesn't want to let the payment notification through, meaning (if I got my facts straight), without help I will have to wait 90 days! for it to be taken off their system, before I can re-apply for my passport. And I can't get help anywhere! Their email servers crashed (got the notification), they aren't answering any of the telephones, for none of the branches I've tried calling, in and out of town. They don't help you online... I'm so fed up with things that don't work here!

 

Two of my emails to branches in other towns have gone through. I am hoping and praying that they'll answer and be able to help. If we have to drive through to those towns and stand in queues, I will do it. Even if I have to hog-tie and gag Brandt to get him in the car and to those offices! That's how I feel right now.

 

Brandt went to chiro this morning, so no walking with him this afternoon. I might walk up and down the street after 14h00 when the next loadshedding is scheduled to start. Luckily our car licenses have been finalised, I just need to collect them. Which is why we make use of private business to get it done, and not the traffic department. I would still be waiting in line, otherwise.


 

Going to take a deep breath, heat up my brunch, then sit on the stoep and enjoy the peace and quiet.

HOMETREE

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20 hours ago, elizevdmerwe said:

Hi, good to see you again! How are you doing? I'll try to pop in soon.

Yip, hubby is now showing signs of being eager. Did a lot of talking in the car this morning. We are still a bit apprehensive about the health check, which is about the only thing that might prevent us from getting a visa, but I'm praying and believe that things will work out as they should. And then I get scared for a bit about just what lies ahead. We've only started scratching this ant hill (or is it a volcano because New Zealand has so many volcanoes?).

 

I'm doing well, actually! 

From checking out that timeline you have, there is so much on your plate! Fear and anxiety are totally understandable. And then to continue working on being fit and healthy on top of it! You're doing a great job. Deep breaths!

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16 hours ago, Tova the Vibrant said:

 

I'm doing well, actually! 

From checking out that timeline you have, there is so much on your plate! Fear and anxiety are totally understandable. And then to continue working on being fit and healthy on top of it! You're doing a great job. Deep breaths!

So glad to hear.

Fit and healthy will help me to manage the stress. I was in a very down place at times last year (and year before last), and I DON'T want to go there again. I know I need to manage my stress, so I'm trying to get my commitment back to look after myself better.

14 hours ago, annyshay said:

Yay for family stoep time!

Yah! Every time I sit on the stoep, I think of you and send up a little prayer :love_heart:

 

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Week 1: Tuesday

HEALTH

  • BIBLE STUDY: Quiet time, yes.
  • WATER: Yes, 2 bottles and some rooibos.
  • SLEEP: No. :(
  • FOOD WILLPOWER: Yes!

STRONG & FIT

Tuesday:

Walked with the boys. I wanted to just walk in front of the house, in the street, but the boys wanted a chocolate as I usually get them after a long walk with Brandt. I told them for that we have to walk to the fuel station which has a convenience store. They immediately agreed! So we walked the 1.5km downhill to the shop, and 1.5km uphill, all the way back! In an hour. A bit long (time wise), but it is a serious uphill coming back. So I'm happy with how we did. I didn't get myself anything at the shop!

 

My legs were super sore and stiff from Monday's exercise, so I did a lot of stretches after showering last night. So no exercises this morning (Wednesday). I might still do something, at least walking again, this afternoon.

Had a shortish electricity off period last night (after the normal 2hrs during the day), so I waited it out before showering, as there's no hot water when the pump isn't working (gas heaters: pump -> pressure -> hot water). Then stretches. So was late to bed.

 

THE PLAN

  • Missy and other pets: Not yet.
  • Apply for our passports: Got nowhere fast. Then got somewhere slowly.
  • Clean out back room: About 1/5 of room done. We'll sort out which other books and stuff in the room to sell or donate tomorrow (Thursday) as it is a public holiday. Today I'm taking all the packages to send off. Made a nice bit of money, which should all go to the boys' HS fund.
  • Formal assessment: Not yet.
  • Finances: Dailies AND Books sold, done.

DEAR DIARY...

Spoiler

 

We have two systems through which you can apply for a passport, ID, birth certificates, etc. One is through Home Affairs offices directly, of which there are one in almost every town, city, rural area. The other is through very specific banks, in our Gauteng province (one bank in Cape province does this too). BUT if you want to do anything through the bank setups, you have to apply, pay and make an appointment through the Home Affairs online system. Which crashed again spectacularly, yesterday, after weekend maintenance. It does that regularly, so not really surprising, just frustrating. There is no other way through which you can get an appointment with one of the participating banks. They absolutely refuse to take any direct calls or emails.


I was finally able to change my "Office to make formal application" from, on the form, from a bank to a normal HA office, late yesterday afternoon. So I don't have to wait 60-90 days for cancellation and to get things sorted out. I was so relieved, I nearly cried. I changed it to a town about an hour's drive from us, which actually has a good reputation to get things done. You just have to be in the queue by 6am, although the doors only open at 8am. But if you are among the first 150 people, there is a good chance you will be helped that day. After explaining the whole system and how things work/not work to him, Brandt finally conceded that we go to this office in New Hanover.

 

So today I have to apply for him and the boys. He isn't happy about standing in line, but I can't see the difference between standing/sitting in line for hours at a place an hour out of town, compared to having to drive 6-7hours to another province, and then wait in line for your appointment, and having to drive back 6-7hrs. Not taking into consideration having to book accommodation (costing extra and petrol! which just increased and is set to increase in price again in April), and paying an extra fee for doing it through the bank setup. We're going to be wasting time in some form anyway, whether that is in line, or driving. Both places will take at least two days. Hopefully.

 

 

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when I read of all those long waits I think

wow

the Lord is testing your patience... long waits in long lines of people seem unbelievably tedious.

 

but I think its wonderful to think that you have gotten in a better mental place with a firm determination to stay there!  its always a very good idea to remind yourself of how much you have achieved.

 

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Hey there 

 

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bit late to cheer but wow, you are so strong and patient and keeping yourself together through the struggles, rawr!! Very inspiring.

 

When hubby needed to apply for passport renewal through the embassy in Munich it already took 6 months or so, but now I see he got off real lucky :o Hope the Divine send lots of logistical angels your way to smooth it out somewhat, this is really testing nerves and patience of the whole family!

 

PLEASE don't toss those photos and rather box them up, yes!! There is lots of things we can do without or replace if we let them go prematurely, but personal memories in pictures are something else and I have learnt to appreciate them more and more over the years. Especially for looking at them together with the kids some years down the line. Just think, they can still show their kids one day and how special that will be.

In a box they shouldn't take up too much space and weight, but if they do, you could scan them in and keep them on a memory stick rather. I'd still go for the box, because scanning takes so much time and your time is precious as is.

 

As regard to those school books: over here we have services like medimops or momox who buy used books and then resell them on amazon and the likes. You enter the EAN or ISBN number on their site and it tells you how much they are prepared to pay for each book. Then they pay for the postage and as soon as the books arrive with them they transfer the money to you. No need to wait until they sell them. No need for many small parcels but rather few big ones. The downside is that they pay little and you could probably get more money by selling them yourself. But sometimes, as Brandt says, the effort of doing it yourself outweighs the benefit. So just an idea...

 

Thank the heavens for family stoep times :)

 

Also woot woot, you are doing fabulous on your water intake!

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23 hours ago, annyshay said:

The passport process sounds like quite the saga. I need to start channeling your perseverance to get some of my own nasty forms done.

It has been worse than I anticipated doing it online. But it is better than starting from scratch at an office. Also, if I don't start now, there is no guarantee that we'll have our passports in time. Government websites state "21 working days" from the day you apply till the day your passport are ready for you to fetch. I don't think they've ever done it in that time. The quickest I've read about was 3 months (+-60 work days - week days). On average it is 6 months, but lately it can go over 9 months.
Some people on the NZ immigration group gave out the email address for the director general of Home Affairs. So when 30 working days come and go, people start emailing him directly, and almost every time they receive their passports within 7 days after that!

23 hours ago, TGP said:

the Lord is testing your patience... long waits in long lines of people seem unbelievably tedious.

Yes, our patience are really being tested. Patience and perseverance. I don't min sitting in line, as I normally take a magazine or something along to while away the time, but as with the applications for the birth certificates, it can become uncomfortable when some people around you are negative about you (because of race issues), or someone in general just becomes belligerent and cause problems. It's happened before that people start fights. I'll be more comfortable knowing Brandt is there as well, but less happy with the fact that the boys have to be there, but it teaches them the reality of some situations: the practical lesson of what to do when you have to apply for government documentation.

23 hours ago, TGP said:

but I think its wonderful to think that you have gotten in a better mental place with a firm determination to stay there!  its always a very good idea to remind yourself of how much you have achieved.

I have to. I owe it not just to myself, but also to my family to do what is best for myself, and in return they get the best of me as well. But life is life, and we learn and try to grow, isn't it? I'll try my best to stay positive. I have a lot to live for, and a great lot to be thankful for.

4 hours ago, lucky fire dragon said:

PLEASE don't toss those photos and rather box them up, yes!!

Yip, I'll rather box everything up. Putting it in albums or some sort of order is a project we can tackle on that side of the ocean, as easy as this side, just when I have more time and an inclination for it.

4 hours ago, lucky fire dragon said:

over here we have services like medimops or momox who buy used books and then resell them on amazon and the likes.

Oh how I wish we had that here! I posted 8 of the 9 boxes yesterday. Had a minor incident with another shopper which wasn't nice, but still have a lot to go through.

4 hours ago, lucky fire dragon said:

Also woot woot, you are doing fabulous on your water intake!

Thanks! With the heat being so high this past week, water was a necessity. Last night we had a huge storm again, and today its cool, misty and rainy. Same apparently expected for tomorrow. It's nice to cool down though.

 

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Week 1: Wednesday

HEALTH

  • BIBLE STUDY: No.
  • WATER: Yes, 2+ bottles, and 1 during the night. Taking extra minerals, etc. because of a lot of cramps in feet and legs during the night.
  • SLEEP: Yes, only just.
  • FOOD WILLPOWER: Yes!

STRONG & FIT

Wednesday:

Nothing.

 

THE PLAN

  • Missy and other pets: Not yet.
  • Apply for our passports: Finally got all four applications through. All documents loaded as well. Now we have to visit the New Hanover branch to make it official.
  • Clean out back room: About 1/5 of room done. Nothing extra yet.
  • Formal assessment: Not yet.
  • Finances: New Dailies and Monthly soon.

DEAR DIARY...

Spoiler

 

Sent all but one parcel off yesterday (8/9). Had a minor incident at the shop. I arrived around 10am, to no one being in the shop, except the sales people. They checked whether their parcel network was on again (was offline earlier), and then promptly started helping me. About 45 minutes later, I had just two parcels left to go, when an older lady (I guessed her to be in her 50s) entered the shop to send off a parcel. She looked at the trolley (shopping cart) with the remaining two parcels and promptly asked whether I could please allow her to go ahead of me, as she was in a terrible rush and had another appointment waiting. She made more comments about how she had been at the shop first thing in the morning (9am), before I was there, and their network was offline, so rightly she should actually be allowed to go before me. I wasn't angry or anything, more puzzled/nonplussed as she was implying that I hadn't waited my turn. So I told her ok, she could go ahead, but to please note she had not been in the shop at all when I came in, so I did not "take her turn". Then she turned all haughty and offended and said if that was my attitude she'll rather just leave as she never suggested I pressed in front of her. She looked me up and down then said to me that I'm obviously the type who can't even spare an older lady some time by allowing her to go first. How rude of me! Then turned around and walked out. I turned beet red of course, and didn't know what to say. I turned to the sales clerk, who was looking after the woman then told me: "Don't you worry, honey. I wouldn't have allowed her to go first anyway. She has to wait in line for her turn like everyone else. She was really rude to you. You didn't do anything wrong." Well something to that effect, but the 'honey' stuck to me as she was a lot younger than me. But I still felt bad.

 

Otherwise more of the same: electricity outages. Home Affairs online website crashed so many times I gave up. Finally got everything done this morning with NO hassles. The rest of yesterday was peaceful and relaxed, but it was so late by the time I got home, and I still had to cook before the electricity went out (Thoko came in then, instead of today because very little transport on a public holiday), that I didn't get to walk. Then the storm started coming and going (wind, etc.), so I decided to rather relax with a big mug of coffee, than walk or exercise.

 

 

 

 

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I'm sorry about all the passport issues... At least you've got a plan though even if it isn't ideal.

Good job to you and the boys for the big long walk the other day though! And no treats for you - awesome willpower!

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Old lady in shop seems cut from the same cloth as other people we might mention. Also, once you get to NZ, I think you will be amazed the first few times you have to deal with government services. You will probably laugh at all the native Kiwis complaining about how long things take.

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Hubby found this when looking into passport renewal, but we aren't sure how trustworthy they are... 
If one were to be certain, that could simplify things a lot, but I'm not sure. It sounds a bit too good to be true: http://sapassports.co.za/

 

Your plan seems quite solid as is and the option of sending an email to a person who can speed it up is worth a lot, isn't it? Envisioning smooth trip and peaceful waiting time for you and your family. When do you go?

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