Happy St. Paddy’s day Y’all
17 March 2008
miss. never write blogs anymore
It's back to the two originals. We are once again a father/ daughter duo. And with this simplification comes loads of adjusting. We've become accustomed to having mom around as our mediator and in her absence have to put considerable effort into being on our best behavior. It's quite comical. Let me catch you up on what we've been up to.
A recap of past two months kinda goes like this:
1. Finished our south island tour in early February
2. Lived as a family of four under the same roof for the first time in 10 years, only this time on Sora. Personal space is overrated, I promise.
3. Flew home to Pensacola Florida February 20th
4. Buzzed around down south seeing everything we could ...pubs...restaurants...sunset Sundays (our family/friend weekly BBQ)...New Orleans(drank on the river till the sun came up, just like old days)
5. Meep and peep drove north to Montana a few days before Mandy and I flew up. The thought of the four of us in a van again caused compromised digestion.
6. Spent five days with my dad's side of the family celebrating Grandpa's 80th birthday. Yay!
7. Collected parts and goodies to bring back to NZ...synthetic oil, a backup generator, line, other various necessities. The generator was confiscated in Billings and I was informed that Marvel mystery oil was classified as a dangerous fluid and I would receive a fine in the mail for packing it in my checked luggage. Really? Come on.
8. Flew back to New Zealand March 10th
Montana was fantastic. It was completely different than any one of us expected. The Kreitzberg extended family is a rather large one that the four of us don't get to see very often. There are 12 cousins in my generation and 13 second cousins with 2 on the way. We were lucky enough to see about 60% of em. My parents guitar strumming good friends from college days 30 years ago played at the casino (the non-gambling type...got their license pulled a few months prior for after hours activities...tsk-tsk) where Grandpa's party was held. Mandy and I learned the two-step thanks to a very patient cousin of ours (Thank you Steven). We had a Sunday breakfast at my aunt Debbie's, who makes some killer flapjacks that have a "ow, I'm so full but I can't stop eating" effect. Deeeelicious! If you've never had beer-battered pancakes before, you're missing out. I saw snow for the first time since I can remember. There are pictures where I am wearing the equivalent of Ralphy's little brother's get-up in The Christmas Story. I'm sure you can all imagine six year old Cassie whining, "I can't put my arms down!"
So now Dad and I are getting back into the swing of things after a great three weeks in the homeland. I swear I gained ten pounds eating and drinking my way through the south. I didn't want to miss anything though-smoked gouda grits, biscuits and gravy, Muddie's crab cakes, spicy bloody mary's, REAL burgers you can't get your mouth around, hash browns- scattered, smothered, covered, diced, and topped!, Central Grocery muffelattas, raw oysters, po' boys, boiled shrimp, proper pitchers of beer(the one's here in NZ are teensy)etc , etc. And now my mouth is watering thinking about the gustatory delights of home.... But yeah, in addition to cuisine and friends in the southland-and I am truly blessed with a few of amazing people in my life-spending time with the family up north was precious. I can't wait to do it again.
That said, we are both anxious to sail on to new destinations. We've got a bottom job to do, some zincs to replace, some sails to mend, some new rigging to be rigged, a generator to rebuild, and some other minor repairs here and there. After all that we are ready to go! We will sail back up to Opua where we checked in the country, wait for a weather window the shoot up to Fiji. At least that's the plan today.
I've been out of the loop for a while and want to get back in it. I hope you are keen on the adventures of hauling a 25 ton bertha!
Cheers to food, friends, and family