• Life

    A Good Life

    When I first moved to Canada I was so excited: it was to be the beginning of so many new adventures and projects. I was leaving New Zealand and my family and my big city job to move halfway across the world to start a new life with my new fiance! I was also launching myself into a retail business that I knew nothing about. I should have been scared shitless but I wasn’t at all. I was exhilarated by it and extremely confident I was making the right decision. Well. That all turned to jelly pretty quickly. I had no car. No stuff. And Jim had to go right…

  • Life

    Thinking about Jean

    When you lose someone close it’s hard to express how much you miss them. My friend Jean Marie Simpson passed away in February 2011 after battling cancer for over 11 years. One of the worst things about being far away from my New Zealand home is that when something like that happens (losing a friend), there is no one to talk to about it – no one who has any clue who you’re talking about. There’s no history. My grief and loss is NOTHING compared to that of her husband Kerry – and it pales in comparison to how much her daughter Kate misses her; or Emma, her step-daughter. She…