I have everything sorted out for new year’s eve tomorrow now. I will be going to a party at a friend’s place, rather than going out to the city or anything like that. Unfortunately, if the weather is bad – it’s supposed to raining tomorrow evening – it won’t be much point making the effort to see the annual fireworks this year ๐Ÿ™ Given that the only year the fireworks were particularly good was the one were Kim Dotcom paid to have a larger than usual fireworks display put on. (It was the one were they arranged to have those 2 barges out in the harbor and had fireworks go off from those rather than just from the Sky Tower).

It would be different if there was a big fireworks display and I am sad that I’ll miss it this year, but realistically speaking the fireworks display will be exactly the same as most of the previous years. Meaning I won’t be missing anything I haven’t already seen before! I have decided to catch a taxi to and from my friends place rather than trying to drive myself for a couple of reasons. I’m particularlyย familiar with the drive to his place and would rather not try it at night time, it also means that I can drink what ever I want to and not have to worry about driving home again! ๐Ÿ™‚

We did make it last Monday fortunately for us and the weather was good enough that we were able to see all of the lights without it raining – I was worried once when I did feel some rain but it didn’t start raining fully. We had dinner at the Thai Classic, unfortunately it has new owners and ha gone downhill since we last eat there ๐Ÿ™ Gerry did say that her parents had the same problem when they went there recently too, so it wasn’t just the restaurant having a bad night ๐Ÿ™ The portions were smaller and the food wasn’t up to the wonderful standards set by the the previous owners ๐Ÿ™

I told Gerry I’d post a link to her Franklin Road Lights page, which has all of the photos she took that night ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree with her, I really liked the small Christmas village someone set up inside their house (you could look in at it through the windows).

I am actually rather relieved that the weather is good today, as the weather report for today last week was for rain and thunder & lightening! ๐Ÿ™‚ So the Franklin Road Lights are on tonight, dinner as well but we were always going to be going out for dinner tonight no matter what the weather was like.

My mother is worried about the rain traveling down the South Island this week though, as she’s going away for 5 days/4 nights later on this week and doesn’t particularly want it raining while she’s down there.

We are currently planning on doing the whole dinner in Ponsonby and the going to see the Christmas lights on Franklin Road afterwards tomorrow night… Unfortunately the weather is bad yesterday evening and most of today so far, so I’m a bit worried about the weather tomorrow. If it’s raining there won’t be much point trying to go see the lights, especially if we were going to walk rather drive passed them… But it might give us the excuse to go and see them twice – driving passes tomorrow night and then walk passed them again later on in the week when it isn’t raining! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s safe to say that I’m going to be incredibly busy over the next 3-4 weeks, meaning I’m not going to have much time to post here ๐Ÿ™ (For those who know me in rl, I’ll have my cell phone with me at all times, so will be available via that and things like my facebook at least – will properly need to see if I can get an app of some sort so I can easily post to this blog while I’m out…)

Anyway, the family dinner on Saturday night went a lot better than the previous one – we didn’t have any angst or people starting to cry at this one which was a plus for everyone involved, especially when there’s absolutely nothing anyone can do about the problems! (As much as I hate to say I’m incredibly pleased that it’s not my direct family that’s falling to pieces and it’s all related to my uncle’s wife’s side rather my blood relations). One good thing is that came across a rather good French Champagne, (ie a realย  Champagne and not just a sparkling wine), which everyone seemed to like or love, so my parents have been stocking up on that.

There is going to be a trip away on someone’s boat at least once between now and Christmas, it’s just a matter of working when, where and who. My mother is going to be a bit of a problem she’s going away for 4(?) days during the 7 days before Christmas day and is only back in Auckland 2 days before Christmas itself, and my aunt & uncle are going away on their yacht to have Christmas & New Year’s away on that – my cousins are going with them for part of that time too of course. And, and, and…..

I also haven’t done any of my Christmas shopping yet. I know what I’m going to get for my parents, my brother (mostly), my eldest niece, and my nephew – everyone else is going to be a problem of some sort. And I’m knee deep in parties and dinners with friends until the new year too.