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Back Safe.

Back back back and we are back. Made it despite 4897594383349587 road works sites. And despite the boys in the back seat being... well, boys. I have a My Chemical Romance headache now, thanks to Christy, but I sure know a lot of (dark) songs *g* - they are great musicians, I'll give them that.

I couldn't take all the bush pics I wanted because the whole time we were in central North Island it rained but we got a few! Photos tomorrow! We had a wonderful trip, an awesome time travelling up from Wellington through South Taranaki, inland to Taumaranui, then up to Rotorua and Tauranga. We caught up with my friend on the farm (who had been my bridesmaid twenty years ago) and her family, we caught up with our friends who moved to Rotorua, we caught up with my first cousin David and his son Jack twice up in Tauranga, and we managed to repair relations with my mother so we had a great end to the visit. We even played mini golf with her yesterday and I hadn't played for about seventeen years, and it was good to see I can still putt. I got a hole in one on the last hole which won us a voucher for a free game. I gave it to my mother, maybe my brother can play some time.

I did heaps of writing, but on the way home I was still rethinking my approach and developing Nick's family, so I have HEAPS MORE to do now! I am so, so happy to be home. Tauranga is nice but it's not home. I never lived there.

So. I have comments to catch up with. And my poor vpikyle who is so tied up with that Virginia Tech in Blacksburg - I got in, read the news on Yahoo and thought, OMG, Kyle! - but I have talked to him, my dear boy, Kyle, and he's okay. He's alive. He's going to cope with this like he's coped with everything else life throws at him. How dreadfully sad and awful though. How deeply sorrowful it is to think of lives snuffed out so disgracefully and unfairly.

And I'm still in the bush in my head. We had magnificent days driving through bush and I could do that for hours. The journey back today, all seven and a half hours of it, is mostly through farmland, small towns, lakes and rivers, some forests. I really prefer the bush. But whatever, at least we're safe. We saw a car in a ditch at Pekapeka, exactly the same way our car ended up in the same ditch further down by Paraparaumu when I was about fourteen! The children were a little awed by that scene today. As we go past the gigantic white statue of Mary (yeah, the mother of Jesus, that Mary) at Paraparaumu, I always whisper a thank you for a safe journey, just as I always whisper a plea for the same on our way north. And I'm not much of that kind of a prayer person, but I think every bit of help - well, helps!

So. We're back, I'm back in the saddle, I'm going in to work tomorrow to see what the hell the job will entail. And oh, I got some amazing, lovely feedback on Safe from margaret_r which was most unexpected and absolutely empowering! I could just take on the world, huh!

Yeah, right.

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moth2fic
Apr. 17th, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)
Welcome home! So glad you mended fences with your mother so that the end of the visit went OK. Looking forward to pics.

And I told you I would send margaret_r to read Safe, with your persmission, so the amazing feedback couldn't have been thatmuch of a surprise!! We keep telling you that everybody, yes, absolutely everybody likes it.

Have good time dipping your toes into the new job!!
natesmountain
Apr. 17th, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
-And I told you I would send margaret_r to read Safe, with your persmission, so the amazing feedback couldn't have been thatmuch of a surprise!! We keep telling you that everybody, yes, absolutely everybody likes it.
I can admit to you that I've always had a kind of 'I'm never good enough' belief, so I truly get astonished when people say I did a good job. I really do. I'm almost pathetically grateful! But thank you for passing on Safe and thus rewarding me so wonderfully. You truly are a most supportive friend.

-Have good time dipping your toes into the new job!!
To be honest, I'm scared shitless. But I'm determined to do it well.
moth2fic
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
I think everyone is scared when faced with a completely new challenge - that's what provides the adrenalin to get you through the early stages!! It sounds like just what you need, and if it turns out to be less than perfect, it isn't for ever!! Enjoy!!
natesmountain
Apr. 17th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
-It sounds like just what you need, and if it turns out to be less than perfect, it isn't for ever!! Enjoy!!
Thanks. I think, having spent some time at home recently, that I can admit that with my kind of temperament, spending too much time alone at home, no matter how wonderful that sounds, just doesn't suit me. I get too introspective and lose confidence in myself too fast!! I'll work on a happy medium for the future but yeah, this sounds like a good temporary challenge.
margaret_r
Apr. 18th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
The feedback was only the truth!! I have to thank Moth (still haven't worked out how to an put LJ user link in a reply yet - darn LJ is complicated at times!!)for suggesting I read Safe and you too for allowing it. You shouldn't have any doubts about your writing, you do write beautifully.

Glad to see you and your family are back from your trip safe and sound and good luck with the new job.
vivh
Apr. 18th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
You do an lj user link like this (lj user=moth2fic) but with
"< >"brackets rather than normal brackets, then you get moth2fic. Hope you understand... if not ask and I'll try to explain more clearly!!
natesmountain
Apr. 18th, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
You have to put inverted commas around the lj user name as well, so it looks like this (lj user = "moth2fic") but use angled brackets as Viv said.
margaret_r
Apr. 19th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
I'm going to give it a try, using both your instructions!

Thank you vivh and natesmountain for helping out an LJ newbie.

Hey, I did a preview and it worked. Cool. Thanks guys.
natesmountain
Apr. 19th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
Any time you need help, just ask, we'll all hopefully join in with our helpful suggestions!!!
margaret_r
Apr. 19th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
Umm! Now that you mention it .... how do you do italics in a message?
natesmountain
Apr. 19th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
To do italics, you use those angled brackets again, and put this before your words (i) and then you put this after your words(with a slash first), like this (/i) (but of course with the angled brackets)

So you get this *g*

I think you do the same to get bold, but change the i to a b like this bold - heh, you never know if you got it right until it's posted!
natesmountain
Apr. 18th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
-The feedback was only the truth!!
Oh and thank you. THANK YOU!
I owe you an email. I'll get to that if the family ever EVER stop talking and interrupting me, oh and the cat who just dropped her gross food all over the floor and Finn who put his wheat pad in the microwave without being tall enough to see that the plate was full of juice from the casserole overflowing and now the wheat pad is ruined and OMGOMGOMG yeah, I'll get there...
margaret_r
Apr. 19th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
You're very welcome!

Your household sounds a bit like mine. At least if the cat loses her food over the floor the dogs clean it up for me*g*
natesmountain
Apr. 19th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
Alas, we have no dog any more. He was wonderful when I had toddlers, he'd clean up all the food they abandoned! Now we need to do a lot more vacuumming!

What sort of dogs?
margaret_r
Apr. 19th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
We have a doberman X, Toby, who is around 14 years old but still a fairly sprightly old man and my girl Freyja who is a dalmation X'd with a lot of blue heeler. She's a bit over 2 and still acts like a puppy at times. They drive me mad sometimes but are adorable really*g*
greenpizzazz6
Apr. 18th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Glad the trip went well, and glad you made it there and back safely!!
natesmountain
Apr. 18th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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