it really does swirl the other direction

so i woke up yesterday morning feeling quite poorly. when i was walking to get my morning coffee i had a horrible headache and my head was spinning. i went to the grocery store to get some bland staples (bananas,…

from 36th to 12th

recent report on the cities with the best quality of living. boston is 36th. not bad. wellington is 12th. even better. today it is sunny and 15C (59F). not bad for the middle of winter.

bowling and a burger

i spent a most of the first two days walking around the cbd trying to get my bearings and a feel for the city. i am staying in the cuba section of the te aro neighborhood. the cuba area is…

well caffeinated

don’t think there could be a better place to wake up after a long journey. coffee is a huge part of the culture in nz – and even more so in wellington. all the coffee is espresso based and made…

kiwi hot

had dinner at an indian place last night. the choices for spice level were mild, medium, kiwi hot, indian hot, english hot. i got kiwi hot. now not trying to stir trouble with my new neighbors but kiwi hot was…

winter in june

welcome to wellington, new zealand. currently 4°C (42°F). more after i have some lunch and walk around a bit

autographs

the p&s for the framingham house was signed by all today. very reasonable terms. fix a broken outlet, a toilet the rocks a bit and treat a few ants. i would do the same if i were buying but it…

everyone has their job to do

this weekend jackie bought a lawnmower (both of the mowers we have in vermont are broken) loaded it, ten 40 lb bags of topsoil and gromit into the car, drove to vermont, assembled the mower, mowed the knee high lawn,…

august 20th

company e2 came back to me today and generously offered august 20th as a start date. this is great news. both that it is late enough that we should be able to get everything done without crushing stress and it…

inspected

the home inspection for the framingham house was today. 3+ hours as gromit and i drove around (i did most of the driving) killing time. no significant issues so that’s good. a few small things to tidy up. the buyers…

it’s good to be wanted

i spoke with the hiring manager from company e2 again last night and gave my verbal acceptance conditional on meeting the team in wellington next week and agreement on a start date. they’re eager to get me signed up but…

when 20 is better than 40

we had our first estimate for our move by allied international today. very professional and gave a strong sense that they had experience with nz moves. it won’t be cheap, but it could have been much worse. thanks to w’s…

36 hours

we got our first offer on the house (framingham) today. after less than 36 hours on the market. it is a very good offer and i have no regrets that perhaps we priced the house too low. sometimes good is…

first chance to step out of the breadline

after an informal second call on tuesday company e2 came through with a solid offer today. record time (13 days) compared to some of the others still grinding along. i’m leaning more and more towards this opportunity. the folks i…