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Title: All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 19, 2008, 06:34:23 pm

My name is Elizabeth Mary Coffey I am 31 and from Manchester, England. I grew up in Sale a town outside of Manchester and lived there with my mum, dad and two younger brothers.

I went to primary down the road from me and did not like it as I was bullied one instance stands out the most. I was took into the toilets and my hairpin was flushed down the toilet and the girl tried to
strangle me!!
I had a best friend Clare she did not go to my school but lived round the corner from me, we were friends from the age of 2 to 16. I had other friends in my teen years that came and went.

At secondary school I also was bullied mainly by a girl called Catherine and my ex friend Jill. But as a whole no-one liked me, I had two friends Emma and Lynn. Lynn was my best friend in school, she moved into my form to protect me and it worked. It helped that me and her used to wag scool in the last year.

I was a very shy and quiet girl so never stood up for myself and never told anyone but my head of year about the bullying. Though I did well in school achieving As in my coursework. But E'f'Gs in my GCSEs cos I only studied one day in my study leave.

My bullying consisted of name calling (Thin lizzy, parachute woman, skinny lizzy, beanpole,ET), being tripped up on way to classes and punched in the arm in classes.

I cant remember anything else.. It caused my depression which is still with me on and off

When I finished school I was so happy to get out of there I tried a course at college but it was the wrong course and even though I tried to like it and made friends I eventually withdrew and left. Then after two years of unemployment I did a training through work and achieved nvq level 1 & 2 in retail and gained more confidence.

Then had jobs on and off for ten years. And in that ten years I met Mark.

We met in 1998 and went on our first date on Halloween,watched the re-release of 'The Exorcist' Then we dated for 3 years before moving out in 2001 and marrying in 2003.

He was a huge help in my battle against my depression even though it upset him greatly when I would say I was going to kill myself (as he lost someone to suicide) Or when I tried to hurt myself and I got very angry and he would have to restrain me. Again I never told my parents this was going on, they have no idea to this day how severe it got.

Then we spent 6 happy years living together before coming out here to NZ for our working holiday Where I hope we live forever!! In those 6 years we went on many holidays together. We did not have kids
as neither of us wanted them. But maybe in the future we will...

My fave films are the lord of the rings trilogy, heavenly creatures, huck finn, radio flyer, the neverending story. I love a lot of other films, 80s like the lost boys, goonies, pretty in pink, breakfast club
poltergeist, et. True stories, river phoenix films, all other elijah films, all other peter jackson films.

My fave tv is lost, home and away, shortland street, nanny 911, supernanny, x factor and interesting docu's.

My fave music is evanescence, coldplay, britney spears, green day, linkin park, rihanna, rhcp, rem, michael jackson amongst many others..

My fave food is Indian (not NZ), jacket potato with beans and cheese, pizza, pasta, chips, mashed potato with beans and cabbage but I love many foods.

My fave drink is tea, hot chocolate, canterbury cd and lion red beer, fosters, apple & orange juice, coke.

I love to write poems and stories and occasionally draw.

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:)

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Post by: Misz_Mii on August 20, 2008, 04:39:42 am

Nice you post this up here :D

I'm sorry to hear you were bullied that bad... I knew you didn't have a nice youth, but I didn't know it was this bad... :-*

Thank God for Mark!

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 20, 2008, 04:59:06 am

Thanks pam, yeah he was my lifesaver :)

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Post by: maryd on August 20, 2008, 05:23:29 am

It was nice to read that Elizabeth. I'm glad you've overcome your bullying and it's made you stronger. :) Best wishes. :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 20, 2008, 05:46:04 am

thanks mary, glad you liked it and yeah I think it has made me stronger ::)

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Post by: LijFrodo on August 20, 2008, 07:57:17 am

Its great to know you better.Thanks for posting Sweet ! :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 20, 2008, 04:47:26 pm

Thanks Seyma, you gave me the idea of posting this :-*

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Post by: raquel19 on August 20, 2008, 11:04:43 pm

Wow, I always wanted to know more about peopell I made friends here :) ( thats including you Elizabeth ;p )
I thought you had a lot of friends!. Cause yoru nice, funny and you write amazing poems!.
How can those stupid girls treat you that way!. Sorry for language :p. :) I'm not a person liek that at ALL .. just to say :).
Its nice to hear that you have someone that gives you comfort for 6 years.

I am like that too.
Shy. :P. It may not seem like it. But I am. Anytime it comes to BOYS thats a big one. ahaha.

Nice to know more about you, Elizabeth :)


Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: Culpie on August 21, 2008, 12:39:49 am

O wow, Liz! I knew you had it tough as a kid...just didn't know how tough. :'( You should be VERY proud of yourself that you have done so well! How wonderful that you and Mark found each other! I think Someone was looking out for you both. ;)

I always hate to see people bullied...and while I am a fairly mild mannered person...it is one of the situations that brings out the "angry" culpie. >:( I would have knocked those girls' head together for ya. >:( >:(

Depression is not an easy thing to fight. I won't pretend to know how to help. But just remember that your friends here at A&F like you and are here to help any way we can. :-* You have a wonderful companion (Mark) and it sounds like your parents are caring too. Keep your chin up! Don't ever think you are all alone in your fight. Lots of us care what happens to you. :-* :D

Thanks for writing about yourself. It is always nice to learn a bit more about our fellow A&F-ers. :) I hope you are continuing to enjoy your stay in NZ! I love following your adventures on your website. ;D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 21, 2008, 03:17:12 am

Thanks Raquel and Julie glad you liked reading about me :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: Culpie on August 24, 2008, 05:10:10 pm

You were born and raised in England, right? So I have a few more questions for you:

1. What is your favorite town/city?
2. What do you like the best about England?
3. what do you like the least about England?

Toodles for now! :D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 24, 2008, 05:29:44 pm

[quote author=Culpie link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=0#msg1164632 date=1219612210]
You were born and raised in England, right? So I have a few more questions for you:

1. What is your favorite town/city?
2. What do you like the best about England?
3. what do you like the least about England?

Toodles for now! :D
[/quote]

I like Chester
Indian food (dont ask)
too expensive

;D

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Post by: Culpie on August 24, 2008, 07:16:35 pm

Since I have appointed myself as the question asker ;D

Where is your favorite place to vacation in England?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 24, 2008, 10:11:32 pm

The lake district :)

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Post by: Culpie on August 27, 2008, 12:05:37 am

What is your favorite childhood memory? :D

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 28, 2008, 12:45:13 am

thats a hard question cos I got a lot of bad memories..let me see.. ::)

visiting my grandma and grandad in huddersfield plus relatives :)

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Post by: LijFrodo on August 28, 2008, 07:34:30 am

waitin' your updates forever !!! ;D

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Post by: raquel19 on August 30, 2008, 07:58:37 pm

Hey Elizabeth,
Just wondering... can I call you Eli? for short form :P

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 30, 2008, 08:09:48 pm

You can call me Liz, Beth..I don't mind ::)

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Post by: Culpie on September 07, 2008, 01:30:26 pm

Grandparents are great, aren't they! I think those family times are my favorite memories too. They seem to help put things in perspective....especially when things get a little grim.

Ok...here goes the "official question asker" again...heh heh! ;D

What are your favorite activities i.e. scrapbooking and so forth?

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 07, 2008, 04:48:45 pm

writing, reading, walkiing, travelling, coffees out, cinema, music.. :D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: Culpie on October 19, 2008, 10:00:39 pm

The official question asker is back! :D

If there was one thing you could change about you life or an experience you could avoid what would it be?

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Post by: LijFrodo on October 20, 2008, 10:56:36 am

[quote author=Culpie link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=15#msg1169785 date=1224468039]
The official question asker is back! :D

If there was one thing you could change about you life or an experience you could avoid what would it be?
[/quote]

He he ... you are offical question asker.Please browse my journal too ! ;D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 20, 2008, 03:27:09 pm

A tough one..I would say my school life and being bullied and my ultimate depression. But I believe everything happens for a reason so all the things good and bad that happened to me made me who I am today.

I would therefore change nothing snd avoid nothing

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Post by: Culpie on October 21, 2008, 12:22:57 am

Thinking about your thoughts...you have a very good point. 8) I know I often forget that every experience shaped and formed who I am.

Heh heh...yes Skydreamer I voted myself official question asker. I will pop into your journal too. ;)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 01, 2008, 12:08:31 am

We have been in New Zealand for almost 5 months now and alreadty stress is setting in for me. I do not want us to run out of money, we have ISA's but don't want to go into them. On the other hand we are still enjoying ourselves so can't complain there.

I havent been depressed for about 2 months now, this is good I hope for it to continue..We are at a crossroads right now. If Mark gets the job at the school we could be living here soon. If he doesnt we carry on with our holiday. If I get the job at the shop is till end April but prolly would leave earlier if Mark didnt get the job at school.

I have a hadache right now prolly caused by all the stress!! :P

If we get to live here is it really what we want, what is our fate? We cant move here unless we 100% for it! We would be sacrificing seeing family/relatives as much. What lies ahead for us, our future? ???

Very confused right now are we on a working holiday or a job hunt to live here. We not always searching for jobs even now when we starting to need more money..What do we want out of this??

Also been thinking of my grandma a lot in the past week and now approaching the 1st anniversary of her passing in just over a month..I don't know how I will react.. :-\

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Post by: maryd on November 01, 2008, 05:43:44 am

Nice to read your update. If you and Mark don't get the jobs, when will you be coming home? It's good that you are questioning your plans and figuring out exactly what you want. From my point of view, just go with the flow - you're having a great time, you haven't been depressed in a while, everything is good! Best wishes anyway for the jobs and have strength for your grandma's anniversary. :) :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 01, 2008, 03:31:50 pm

Thanks mary, we will stay till end May still if dont get the jobs, would just help x till new yr then maybe try to get jobs later ::)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 05, 2008, 02:28:12 pm

Well one thing is decided we are not going to live here now. Too complicated procedures, we going back to the UK in May. I feel though a huge weight and amount of stress has been lifted off my shoulders!

Now we are stressing over where to go on Tuesday, must book something by Sunday at latest. But no-one is getting in touch with us :P

Added to that gotta change rooms this morning, so annoying means packing then unpacking again!!

Had a few crying bouts yesterday prolly all the stress, thought it was my fault couldnt live here cos married to Mark. Of course it isn't it is many reasons. Though secretly think it would be easier for Mark if I wasn't here :-\

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Post by: maryd on November 05, 2008, 02:41:09 pm

^ Don't think like that about Mark - I bet it wouldn't be any fun for him without you there, and I bet it was all your idea in the first place! :)

Glad you're feeling a little less stressed now you have made your decision - now you can relax and enjoy the time you have left there!

I don't really understand why you can't stay? ???

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 05, 2008, 02:45:14 pm

:-*

It feels a lot better!

well spoke to a immigration expert for free in queenstown.Because IT is on the short term skilled list Mark would have to have Qualifications or show how he has experience equivalent to Qualifications.Also he would have to sponsor me which means proving how we have been living together and actually a married couple and would need tenancy agreements etc bank statements photos and other stupid stuff

plus the school would have to prove how they could not offer a kiwi the job even if they offered training.

the easiest way to stay here would be if we both found jobs and were sponsored separately and not as a couple.

we could of had a visa in 5 days and would only cost $400!!

A shame but guess is not meant to be ::)

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Post by: maryd on November 06, 2008, 02:46:57 pm

OK, I think I understand. Thanks for explaining. :-*

All I can say is, make the most of the time you have there, and get out and do all the things you want to! :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 08, 2008, 04:03:24 am

We are going to Dunedin on Tuesday to help out at mornington manor before it opens. We get free accommodation, food, wireless etc.. for hopefully till after xmas :D

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Post by: maryd on November 08, 2008, 05:54:21 am

Sounds good Elizabeth, I suppose it's a big weight off your mind once you have a plan and know what you're doing! What kind of work will you be doing there?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 08, 2008, 03:49:38 pm

a bit of everything it is new place going to open and the owner wants help beforehand, so cleaning, painting, gardening maybe ::)

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Post by: Culpie on November 08, 2008, 03:53:41 pm

Ugh...don't you just hate all the regulations of working in another country. :P I totally understand your frustrations. However, on the brighter side, how great it is that you can both enjoy this experience together. Just imagine how lonley it would be if Mark was on his own. I bet he is REALLY glad you are with him...even if it means a little more paperwork. ;D

Sounds like you are all set until after Christmas. Free wireless? Wahoo! ;D Of course the free accommodations and food is important too. ;) Wow...you have been in NZ for 5 months already??? Where did the time go...seems like you were just wrapping up things in UK not long ago. It will be interesting to see where you end up.

Did you hear anything about the LOTR job? I still think that would be a hoot...especially when the tourist came into town. Bet the business will start to pick up as they get closer to releasing The Hobbit. ;)

This reminds me that I gotta catch up on your blog.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 08, 2008, 04:10:05 pm

Thanks Culpie, will know about the shop job after tuesday, but wont be here then :P yes will e interesting to see where we end up

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Post by: Culpie on November 09, 2008, 05:18:42 pm

Ugh! I sure hate waiting. :-\ I guess that is why they say patience is a virtue. ;D

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 09, 2008, 09:26:24 pm

I'm fed up with this working holiday I cannot get work here, office work here has accounts/myob I can't do. If I have interviews I don't get the job. Prolly cos I too quiet :-\ I love NZ but starting to see a different side to the place, a side I don't like :(

We are off to Dunedin tomorrow booked in at a backpackers for 5 nights we want to get jobs there, but knowing my track record it'll be pointless me even trying :'(

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Post by: Culpie on November 12, 2008, 09:12:43 pm

Ugh...job hunting is so frustrating, Liz. Hang in there. :-* I know you will find the right one....it is just taking awhile. Dang...now I am sounding like my mother. ;D

Are you looking for permanet work or temporary? Do they have anything like temporary agencies in NZ? If they do it helps because businesses can get to know you before making a permanent hiring decision.


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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 13, 2008, 04:23:10 am

They do but they didnt help me as when was with them was quiet time of year. We are help exchangeing here in Dunedin at a guest house till hope after xmas, should be good and will save money :D

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Post by: maryd on November 13, 2008, 03:01:17 pm

I bet it is frustrating not being able to get a job you like. But hopefully you'll enjoy this one - and look on the bright side of life, you could be stuck in rainy UK with no job and instead you're on the other side of the world in summer! :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 13, 2008, 11:31:11 pm

Exactly mary, never thought of it like that :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 21, 2008, 02:27:10 am

We have been helping here at the B&B & Backpackers for nearly a week now. At the moment we are helping to manage the place as Joyce is in Christchurch but Louis her son is here so when he in he answers the phone to take bookings. We certainly seem to be working around 2 1/2 to 4 hrs a day then more if need to man the phone. Sometimes most of the day. Mark thinks we should get paid for it and they taking advantage
I not so sure, I like to help.

We are thinking of moving on January 17th atm.

Tonight we will go to The Inch bar to meet up with Mel and Alan for a pint
after their gig in The Ra. At least we have friends here which is always good.

I been a bit moody today dunno why prolly I got a bit fed up. Nt too bad now though. Keep checking the date getting closer to the 3rd December.. :-\

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Post by: maryd on November 21, 2008, 05:43:24 am

I'm glad you're enjoying helping out and things - but I agree with Mark, they should be paying you overtime, lol! :)

Have strength for Dec 3rd. :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 21, 2008, 06:37:38 pm

Yeah. It's quiet here at the minute no bookings at all for today yet! There is a man arriving tomorrow maybe a couple. So on Monday we will make breakfast for them. Get up 7am that morning. Just relaxing at the minute as quiet.

I will try to be strong on the day, thanks mary :-*

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Post by: Culpie on November 23, 2008, 06:55:18 pm

Your working holiday sounds so interesting, Liz. You are really getting a good feel for the area and the jobs. So far which job have you liked the best?

Our overtime applies to over 40 hrs a week...so I not sure if it works differently for NZ. However, I would think that anything over what was agreed might be extra....but not sure.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 23, 2008, 06:58:48 pm

Hey Culpie, probably like this one the best ::) When Joyce and Louis away we would have to be in the main house from 7.30-bedtime incase people call! If they dont it doesnt feel like work ;)

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Post by: Culpie on November 23, 2008, 11:33:49 pm

Oooo...sounds neat! :D Do you think you will meet a lot of people?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 24, 2008, 12:13:11 am

Yeah, prob a lot of different nationalities. It will do us good and hopefully secure a job in running b&b/backpackers in the future maybe..Marks idea ::)

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Post by: Culpie on November 24, 2008, 12:22:07 am

Gosh...wouldn't that be fun! Especially since you both enjoy the adventures...it would be a job you could love. :D

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 24, 2008, 12:30:30 am

It sure would, but mark has plans to get job here in nz in it, but we will see

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Post by: Culpie on November 27, 2008, 11:28:40 pm

OIC! Well...that might work out better in the end. It is really tough and time consuming to run a business. 8) It will be interesting to see what develops. 8)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 28, 2008, 12:14:07 am

Yes it will..

Only 4 days to go till the first anniversary of my grandmas death.. :-\ Cant stop thinking about her at the minute :(

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Post by: maryd on November 28, 2008, 11:51:27 am

[quote author=Peony Gamgee link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=45#msg1171420 date=1227849247]
Only 4 days to go till the first anniversary of my grandmas death.. :-\ Cant stop thinking about her at the minute :(
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I hope you stay strong, Elizabeth - it's natural to feel upset but I believe that she's in a good place. Best wishes. :-*

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Post by: LijFrodo on November 28, 2008, 03:17:44 pm

[quote author=maryd link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=45#msg1171438 date=1227891087]
[quote author=Peony Gamgee link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=45#msg1171420 date=1227849247]
Only 4 days to go till the first anniversary of my grandmas death.. :-\ Cant stop thinking about her at the minute :(
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I hope you stay strong, Elizabeth - it's natural to feel upset but I believe that she's in a good place. Best wishes. :-*
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yes Sweet ... I agree with Mary !!! Feel better ! :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 29, 2008, 07:18:46 pm

Thanks Seyma. :-*

Today is very windy and cold, very unsummery. We are into are 2nd day in charge and it is proving really easy. This is good. Got 2 couples turning up today plus a couple still here from Friday. So only got the single room left! Took a couple of bookings of the internet sites for future dates. Phone has been very quiet the past two days.

Not much else going on at the minute apart from I purchased a poetry book of a member of WeBook as it has 5 of my poems in. I can't believe my poems are in a book, can't wait to read it :D

http://www.webook.com/member/lotrfan

checkout my profile!

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Post by: maryd on November 30, 2008, 05:54:51 am

Wow, congratulations on getting your poems published! You must be really pleased! I checked out your profile, thanks for the link. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 30, 2008, 01:40:16 pm

I am, even though in someone elses book. But it was a team effort from all members of po me poetry!

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Post by: Culpie on November 30, 2008, 07:52:32 pm

Congratulations, Liz! How exciting! :)

Regarding the upcoming anniversary of your grandma's death - hang in there. :-* It really is difficult...especially over the holidays. She wouldn't want you to grieve. I firmly believe she is watching over your shoulder each day. Of course, this does't always ease the longing for having her part of your day-to-day life...but hopefully it will help. :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 30, 2008, 08:05:24 pm

It is, thanx Julie!

I am sure I will be fine :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on December 22, 2008, 04:36:50 am

Wow it's been a long time!!

I was fine on my grandmas anniversary just got a bit upset when we got fired from our last help x job..

Well we are now in Fox Glacier on the West Coast of NZ, or should I say the Wet Coast..working in a backpackers(100 beds), cleaning, making rooms up and reception work. We have our own staff flat which is bigger than the one we had back home, LOL ;D

We will be here 3 months if all goes well.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone :-*

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Post by: maryd on December 22, 2008, 06:08:37 am

Good luck in your new placement! :) Glad you like your flat!

Good to hear you were OK on your grandma's anniversay. She wouldn't want you to be sad. :-*

Merry Christmas to you too, and all the best for 2009!


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Post by: Culpie on December 22, 2008, 05:07:34 pm

Fantastic, Liz! Glad to hear you are all settled now. Wow...100 beds! Something tells me you will be very busy. ;) I hope the sun comes out and dries things up a bit. ;D

I hope you and Mark have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!! :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on December 22, 2008, 09:36:24 pm

Thanks you two I will update again in the new year 8)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on December 31, 2008, 01:13:41 am

Nearly the new year, well in 5 hours. Had a infrared sauna today for free!! they have one here at the backpackers. Chose orange for energy, cheerfulness and zest for life. Strangly though it made me upset and i thought of my grandma but i didnt cry. It is supposed to help lift depression not cause it..maybe it was cos i was on my own for 40 mins..

Not doing much for new year just watch film and tv as weather is rainy.

Hope everyone has a happy new year :D

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Post by: maryd on January 02, 2009, 08:31:34 am

Happy new year to you and Mark, Elizabeth, hope all goes well in 2009! :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 02, 2009, 08:54:19 pm

Thanks mary :-*

I am having a relaxing couple of hours of work till i go back for two hours, listening to music, on the internet and drinking a cup of tea. Just had some chocolate too!

I am still awaiting xmas cards and my new debit card!! Also a book which I ordered with some of my poems in.

I think I will have a shower later after work at 6pm to destress and make me happy ::)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 09, 2009, 09:03:12 pm

I am still awaiting those cards and my debit card, wish they would turn up already ???

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Post by: Culpie on January 10, 2009, 01:03:25 am

Good heavens...the debit card is taking forEVER. :o

Sounds like everything is going well for you and Mark! I hope this new year brings you lots of adventures and fun! :D

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 10, 2009, 04:02:28 am

Thanks hun :-*

Mark is chipping away in our fridge to remove big blocks of ice :o LOL!!

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 11, 2009, 03:29:13 pm

Going work in around 20 mins, are shifts are changing from tomorrow not exactly sure on the hours we will be working yet..

I am still doing fine, the main thing is I am not getting depressed. This is very good news and I hope for it to continue. Not forever, but at least for the duration of my working holiday.. :)

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Post by: maryd on January 12, 2009, 08:22:35 am

I hope your non-depression continues too. Hope your new shifts are good ones.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 13, 2009, 04:22:09 am

Thanks, eah, they are not too bad :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 21, 2009, 10:20:00 pm

I had a disturbing dream a couple of nights ago. I dreamt I was at home with mum and dad. Well my mum was cooking one minute then she fell to the floor(I found out she was dead)

Spooky cos I have never had a dream like that before and to top it all she was the same age as now.scary, hope it wasnt a premonition :-\

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: LijFrodo on January 22, 2009, 08:09:52 am

[quote author=miss sixty link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=60#msg1173920 date=1232594400]
I had a disturbing dream a couple of nights ago. I dreamt I was at home with mum and dad. Well my mum was cooking one minute then she fell to the floor(I found out she was dead)

Spooky cos I have never had a dream like that before and to top it all she was the same age as now.scary, hope it wasnt a premonition :-\
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I think,you shouldn't be afraid sweet.Eveyone is gonna die at a day.If it will happen,you cannot change it ! Be relax ! :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 23, 2009, 12:51:11 am

Thanks Seyma, I will try to relax about it. :-*

I had a sauna and shower so feel nice and relaxed now. :) I try to have a sauna once a week..now watching family guy'

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on January 23, 2009, 02:08:56 pm

I'm sure your scary dream was just a dream. :) I've been having pretty disturbing dreams lately, not pleasant at all.

Do you have a sauna where you are staying?

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 23, 2009, 06:15:13 pm

Yes, Im sure you are right mary :)

Yes in the backpackers an infared one, just adjacent to our little flat, pretty cool, eh :D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 25, 2009, 02:23:50 pm

update. Ii have sprained my finger :P it is swollen, painful and has bruising. I accidently whacked my hand onto the wooden front of reception here at work ::) clumsy I know.

I think it is a volar plate injury now.

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on January 26, 2009, 02:55:12 pm

Ouch! I hope it gets better soon! :(

BTW, that is pretty cool about the sauna. :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 26, 2009, 06:21:08 pm

I think it already is getting better I sometimes wear a bandage round it when working so as not to hurt it more. The swelling and bruising seems to be going down which is good. So fingers crossed :)

I know saunas are cool, never had one before came here. We have a half day tomorrow then a day off Thursday. We are thinking of going to Franz josef :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: LijFrodo on January 27, 2009, 07:58:35 am

[quote author=miss sixty link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=75#msg1174127 date=1232911430]
update. Ii have sprained my finger :P it is swollen, painful and has bruising. I accidently whacked my hand onto the wooden front of reception here at work ::) clumsy I know.

I think it is a volar plate injury now.
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sorry ! ... get well soon sweet ! I hope,its better now ! :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 07, 2009, 02:26:54 pm

Im feeling overwhelmed. Whenever Mark wants to talk about what we can do for the rest of our time here in nz I say I dont want to think about it, why? ??? We are meant to be leaving fox 14th april 09 to carry on with our holiday but now Mark thinks we should leave end of March. I dont know what to do. We havent much else to see on the South island and we are thinking of coming back on bunac visa later in the yr. But Mark says what if we dont come back for whatever reason.

We will have enough time to visit australia for a week maybe 2 and do the tongariro crossing on the north island if we leave 14th april. I just dont know what I want anymore. To keepon travelling or stay in uk when we return, I am very confused and get too emotional when confronted about it. I was even crying in the forest last evening when we went for a walk.

Whats wrong with me, I cant seem to have a conversation like this without resorting to tears. :(

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 08, 2009, 11:27:27 pm

We weren't working well together with Heather but then we had a group meeting and now everything is sorted between us, got a bit emotional and huggy with Heather

We are leaving 29th march to continue our travels!

I slipped on the tiled floor after it had been mopped and got a bruise on my knee.:P

I hope we all work well together from now on :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on February 10, 2009, 01:20:53 pm

Good luck to you with your co-workers.

I'm glad you've decided on a course of action. I personally like to have things planned so I know what I'm doing next. Don't think of things as your advanture soming to an end, just think back on all the fantastic times you've had and be grateful that you have had them at all. Hope that doesn't sound rude at all, I mean it in a very nice way. :-* :-*

Hope your bruise doesn't hurt too much!

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 10, 2009, 02:38:49 pm

Thanks mary, true having the last part of our journey sorted we feel better. Now do we go to the north island to do the tongariro crossing then go to australia for a couple weeks? We would love to do both before we return :)

We are very grateful to have had all the adventures we have had over the past year

My bruise is going away now hun, thanks :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: jen10 on February 10, 2009, 04:28:42 pm

i hope everything is ok for you miss sixty. just checking in on you. :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 12, 2009, 04:40:04 am

[quote author=jen10 link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=75#msg1175353 date=1234301322]
i hope everything is ok for you miss sixty. just checking in on you. :)
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Yes I am fine Jen.

Not much to update on really. Just been to lake matheson and watched the sunset, it was beautiful.. we had stuffed pumpkin for tea with roasted kumara, yummy :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on February 12, 2009, 04:49:52 am

Good to hear your bruise is going away. :)

I bet the sunset over the lake was beautiful. It's summer in NZ still, isn't it? Is it warm there?

Stuffed pumpkin? Sounds nice! Kumara is sweet potato, isn't it?

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 12, 2009, 03:17:18 pm

Yes. It is still summer here, not always warm though. We are in a rainforest so we get a lot of rain :P

The pumpkin was suffed with mince and red onion. Yes kumara is a sweet potato, very nice :)

Heather is being weird again we were in the cafe yesterday having lunch and she totally blanked us when we went to say hi to her. She was with a backpacker. Even stranger she sat at the table next to us ???

I just give up with her..

I don't think I can work with her,I will get too stressed :( doesnt help sometimes I will be by myself with her as Mark has day off and I will be working the morning, vice versa.

How do I work with someone who ignores me or acts over friendly then ignores me out of work. :-\

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on February 13, 2009, 04:57:44 am

Just try and be friendly. Keep conversation with her to the basics - nice weather, how are you, etc. If she keeps blanking you, keep your temper under control and just blank her too.

[quote]
It is still summer here, not always warm though. We are in a rainforest so we get a lot of rain [/quote]
Sounds like an Irish summer, lol. :P :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 13, 2009, 02:16:49 pm

I will try that approach then, let you know how I get on. :P

;D

Only working 10-2 today, hardly worth it!, Mark working 1-5. Bex is leaving tomorrow, we will miss her. We have got her a card for everyone to sign :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on February 14, 2009, 05:03:17 am

Was Bex a good friend of yours? It's a shame she's leaving.

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: LijFrodo on February 14, 2009, 09:46:14 am

[quote author=miss sixty link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=90#msg1175521 date=1234469838]
Yes. It is still summer here, not always warm though. We are in a rainforest so we get a lot of rain :P

The pumpkin was suffed with mince and red onion. Yes kumara is a sweet potato, very nice :)

Heather is being weird again we were in the cafe yesterday having lunch and she totally blanked us when we went to say hi to her. She was with a backpacker. Even stranger she sat at the table next to us ???

I just give up with her..

I don't think I can work with her,I will get too stressed :( doesnt help sometimes I will be by myself with her as Mark has day off and I will be working the morning, vice versa.

How do I work with someone who ignores me or acts over friendly then ignores me out of work. :-\
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yeah ... I know,there is summer.Cause,NZ is on south hemisphere ! ... You are very luck being in NZ.If I were you lol ! ... ::)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 14, 2009, 01:21:08 pm

It is a great place Seyma. I wish all my friends were here :D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 20, 2009, 11:00:49 pm

[quote author=maryd link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=90#msg1175646 date=1234605797]
Was Bex a good friend of yours? It's a shame she's leaving.
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I missed this, yeah we both got on with her, we have swapped contact details.

time for update..

Well we now know why Heather left apparently she wanted to be manager and to boss us two about!! She wasnt happy us in charge.

This week has been very tiring we feel overworked. I hope we get our day off tomorrow, otherwise working over 50 hrs this week each!!

I would love if any of you have skype let me know so I can add you and chat to you there. I already have added Vicky and chatted to her

I had a heather o rourke dream last night first one, I dreamt I skyped her she looked about 12 but healthy and not ill..a lovely dream..

I am feeling fed up at the moment. Mark is working till 8.30pm then we have tea, steak sandwiches..

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on February 21, 2009, 05:39:21 am

Hope you manage to keep in touch with Bex. I didn't realise Heather had left.

I hope you get your day off - 50 hours must be pretty tiring! Everyone needs a little time to themselves. :)

What's Skype? (I don't think I have it, whatever it is, lol).

I'm glad you had a nice dream about Heather O Rourke. :)

BTW, I love steak sanwiches. I like steak better on a sandwich than by itself, lol! :P

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 21, 2009, 05:06:26 pm

We will

We got day off today :D

like msn

I love steak sandwiches with sweet chilli

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 24, 2009, 10:33:02 pm

UPDATE on my feelings..

Why am I so angry and annoyed at everyone and everything Mark says or does..? And why am I bothered if AJ or Kev dont talk to me, why do I take it so personal?? I think I have an anger problem, I get upset and storm off over Mark taking towels out of the washing machine, I mean why?? Now I just feel like crying, how I have treated Mark, it is unacceptable :-[

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: Lanta the Gemstar on February 25, 2009, 12:34:56 am

Why would taking towels out of a washing machine be a cause for anger? :-\ You could be right... being depressed can lead to unreasonable irritation and feelings of powerlessness.

Also, depression doesn't have to have a reason. In any case, I'm glad to hear you've made it up with Mark, and hope you don't let it affect your remaining time in NZ too much.

:)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 25, 2009, 12:40:24 am

Because he was changing the way I do things, no matter, it is forgot now.
Yeah, it is all part of my depression which I guess will never leave me. :-\

Dont worry it wont affect the rest of my time here :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on February 25, 2009, 01:27:26 pm

Maybe you just need to stop a moment and ask yourself, 'why?' I mean, Mark obviously didn't move the towels to annoy you - he probably didn't even think it would make you angry. Glad things are all patched up. :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 25, 2009, 02:09:05 pm

I know mary but somethin inside me snaps and I cant control myself emotionally. :P

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: jen10 on February 25, 2009, 03:44:21 pm

liz, sometimes i feel that way too. sometimes i get really angry over the littlest things. most of the time, though, i just get sad. crying helps so much though...even though it sounds weird, i think crying it out is the best way to go...but then after your cry, just get back up and say, "i am gonna be ok." :D i hope reading this helps, liz. :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 25, 2009, 09:08:38 pm

thanks jen, it does help a little :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: LijFrodo on February 27, 2009, 02:54:04 pm

[quote author=miss sixty link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=90#msg1176566 date=1235532782]
UPDATE on my feelings..

Why am I so angry and annoyed at everyone and everything Mark says or does..? And why am I bothered if AJ or Kev dont talk to me, why do I take it so personal?? I think I have an anger problem, I get upset and storm off over Mark taking towels out of the washing machine, I mean why?? Now I just feel like crying, how I have treated Mark, it is unacceptable :-[
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hey ! are you fine hun ? Why are you angry ? ..... :(

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 27, 2009, 03:23:48 pm

I am pissed off because of AJ and Kevin they complained to Mark that I was an unfriendly person!!!!! Far from the truth, I have in all my 31 years of life NEVER been called unfriendly. I may not be as friendly as they want me to be but that is their problem. We all made up and I hope we are fine now till we leave but we shall see..but I still feel anger about it..

Just had to vent! >:( :(

Now I feel really upset and always crying, I shouldnt be alive if I am unfriendly. Mark gets on with everyone he meets and is always friendly, why cant I be..I thought I was. :'(

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: jen10 on February 27, 2009, 03:55:32 pm

those people are WRONG! they are totally incorrect about you. you are so kind to others and you are very polite. ;) what they say does not matter. don't listen to them, liz! :-* :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 27, 2009, 04:00:37 pm

[quote author=jen10 link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=105#msg1176769 date=1235768132]
those people are WRONG! they are totally incorrect about you. you are so kind to others and you are very polite. ;) what they say does not matter. don't listen to them, liz! :-* :)
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thanks hun, sent you a pm :-* I will try my best to cheer up..if I can :-\

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: LijFrodo on February 27, 2009, 04:59:00 pm

[quote author=jen10 link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=105#msg1176769 date=1235768132]
those people are WRONG! they are totally incorrect about you. you are so kind to others and you are very polite. ;) what they say does not matter. don't listen to them, liz! :-* :)
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i agree completely ! ... There is a solution.Yes,please don't listen to them ! ... :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 27, 2009, 05:05:16 pm

[quote author=*Skydreamer* link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=105#msg1176776 date=1235771940]
[quote author=jen10 link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=105#msg1176769 date=1235768132]
those people are WRONG! they are totally incorrect about you. you are so kind to others and you are very polite. ;) what they say does not matter. don't listen to them, liz! :-* :)
[/quote]

i agree completely ! ... There is a solution.Yes,please don't listen to them ! ... :-*
[/quote]

Its hard not too, I take things way to personally :-\

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 27, 2009, 07:10:04 pm

I am having some music therapy so happy now :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on February 28, 2009, 05:22:46 am

Don't take things like this to heart. Try and be strong, and not care what other people think - we all think you're a lovely person and very friendly. I'm glad you've cheered up. :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 28, 2009, 02:28:31 pm

I actually feel happier today and I am just going to be myself with them see how they like me then, hope they will think I am friendly :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: jen10 on February 28, 2009, 02:44:10 pm

[quote author=miss sixty link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=105#msg1176870 date=1235849311]
I actually feel happier today and I am just going to be myself with them see how they like me then, hope they will think I am friendly :)
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good! that is good, liz. yeah, just be yourself. cause is the best you you could ever be. haha! i hope it goes well with them. ;D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 28, 2009, 10:45:29 pm

Well today was so much better we all got along and even worked better! I feel happy in nyself now, which is good :) 8) ;D Thanks to everyone who showed me concern it meant a lot to me :-* :-* :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: jen10 on February 28, 2009, 10:49:25 pm

[quote author=miss sixty link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=105#msg1176913 date=1235879129]
Well today was so much better we all got along and even worked better! I feel happy in nyself now, which is good :) 8) ;D Thanks to everyone who showed me concern it meant a lot to me :-* :-* :-*
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great, i am so happy for you. your welcome. LOL. ;D :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on March 01, 2009, 05:44:02 am

I;'m glad things are looking up a bit. :) You're right, you just need to be yourself. :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 01, 2009, 02:13:01 pm

thanks Jen and mary, and I will continue to be myself and be happy and friendly. :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: jen10 on March 01, 2009, 10:35:49 pm

[quote author=miss sixty link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=105#msg1176960 date=1235934781]
thanks Jen and mary, and I will continue to be myself and be happy and friendly. :-*
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haha, no worries. you don't even have to try! you are already so friendly. and i really hope you are happy. ;D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 02, 2009, 12:29:43 am

I love all you guys here, you all so friendly and caring :-* I am happy still which is good. Not much to update just another day of work, I seem to be doing more hours than everyone else this week but at least me and Mark get a day off together this Saturday ;D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: jen10 on March 02, 2009, 01:31:19 pm

good luck at work. i wish all the best for ya. ;D :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 02, 2009, 11:21:19 pm

Work update!

Today Kev had an argument with me over them always cleaning the cottage in their free time then complained that I never stuck up for myself and Mark always is defending me(he is my husband)! That he had no respect for me, that I was a fool and did no work and have no respect for this business!! That no-one likes me, him, AJ, Bex or Astrid, that the place was ran shit before he came along. We don't know wether to stay or leave now but we can't work with them anymore, thats for sure!

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on March 03, 2009, 03:27:25 pm

[quote author=miss sixty link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=120#msg1177122 date=1236054079]
Today Kev had an argument with me over them always cleaning the cottage in their free time then complained that I never stuck up for myself and Mark always is defending me(he is my husband)! That he had no respect for me, that I was a fool and did no work and have no respect for this business!! That no-one likes me, him, AJ, Bex or Astrid, that the place was ran shit before he came along. We don't know wether to stay or leave now but we can't work with them anymore, thats for sure!
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It's clear that kev is just out to pick a fight. My advice is to turn the other cheek, and don't give him the satisfaction of thinking that he's forced you out. I'd stay put in your job out of stubbornness until you are ready to leave, in your own time.

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 03, 2009, 07:59:27 pm

Mary we have already left so too late for that. We couldn't have stayed and worked with him in that situation :P Now it is just AJ and Kev running the place all day and I hope they find it difficult! >:(

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 07, 2009, 09:19:46 pm

We are in Punakaiki and have been since 5th March, we leave to go to Nelson tomorrow for 7 nights, it is great to be back in holiday mode. So relaxing :D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on March 08, 2009, 06:30:19 am

I'm glad things worked out for you in the end. What are you up to? Just seeing the sights and things?

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 08, 2009, 06:43:12 pm

yes, just sightseeing really, may do some help x again up in moteaku for this guy we been in touch with. May also visit australia and maybe the north island to do the tongariro crossing. :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 15, 2009, 05:19:33 pm

Well we can't get residency the migration consultant said we would struggle. So looks like we will have to live backin UK. We are a little disheartened to learn we won't be able to live here like we wanted. The only chance we have is if someone sponsors Mark, then he sponsors me. I highly doubt that will happen at least not on this work hol.

We will fly home via Singapore 28th May, not long now. Mark is going to take driving lessons(automatic)we will both try to get jobs then decide what to do from there. As there are a few options open to us.

1. Move out from my parents to bedsit/flat somewhere other than Manchester. Settle down again.

2. Move out from my parents to bedsit in Manchester area till apply for Bunac visa to come to NZ again.

3. Move out from my parents to flat in Tenerife, settle there.

4. Travel England in campervan to find best place to live for us.


Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on May 16, 2009, 06:07:50 am

It's good that you have a lot of options there. I can understand that it's upsetting to be going home, but at least you have a lot of good memories to treasure. :)

BTW, travelling England in a camper van would be a real adventure. :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 16, 2009, 04:42:59 pm

Yeah we got lots of great memories, I just must try not to focus on the bad. :P

It would be an adventure I agree. 8)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on May 17, 2009, 05:55:52 am

[quote author=miss sixty link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=120#msg1179479 date=1242506579]
Yeah we got lots of great memories, I just must try not to focus on the bad. :P
[/quote]

Yeah - i mean, you've been out there for a year, you must have some bad memories too, but try to focus on the good. :) You've lived your dream, after all, and I'd say a lot of people don't have the courage or means to do that. :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 17, 2009, 05:58:12 am

thanks mary :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: Culpie on May 25, 2009, 01:46:25 am

What an exciting year! Think of the people you have met and all the great things you have seen in NZ! Wow! Much as I would like to do something like that....I know I probably won't get the chance. You have really lived a dream. Heck, you could probably write a book about your experiences and include some of those wonderful pictures you both took.

I bet your folks will be glad to have you back in the UK. Do you miss the UK much? Sounds like you have some good options open to you. It will be fun to see what you do next...even if it is settling down in the UK. :)

What was your favorite part of NZ? Favorite adventure? I must admit that I was very impressed that you went kayaking.

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 25, 2009, 06:55:16 am

Hehe, thanks Culpie, yes it has been a very exciting year! I guess you could call our blog a kind of book...My parents and family/relatives will be so happy to see us both after a year. Marks mum and Richard also who we will spend a month with in Tenerife from 16th June.

Only missed the Indian food!

Yeah, we do have a lot of options open to us. We shall see where we go..but if we settled down in the UK would probably be more in the country.

My favourite part of NZ is Canterbury region(Lake Tekapo, Hanmer Springs, Christchurch. I also love Queenstown, Glenorchy.

Favourite adventure probably Helicopter flights we did also the paragliding and horse riding. Was a little too scared to enjoy the kayaking, preffered canoeing down the avon.

:)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: Culpie on May 26, 2009, 12:42:11 am

You have to keep blogging even when you get back to UK. I think I am addicted to your journeys now. ;)

Have a wonderful bday and a safe journey home!!! :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 26, 2009, 01:10:36 am

Unfortunately we will be ending the blog on our return to UK! But will be sure to keep you all updated on here!

Thanks mate! :-*

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: Culpie on May 30, 2009, 01:25:42 am

Oh poo! I will miss your blog. :'(

Maybe you will have to start a "Our Adventures in the UK" blog. ;D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on May 30, 2009, 12:32:51 pm

When are you coming home? Have a safe journey - and here's to your birthday! :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 31, 2009, 04:07:20 am

Dont worry Culpie, Mark is going to start a new blog on job hunting etc.

We are home now, settling in to my parents again :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: Culpie on May 31, 2009, 09:12:39 pm

So glad you got home safely! I bet the fam is glad to have you back. ;D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 01, 2009, 02:29:17 am

Yep they are! :D Going to Dentist today, think need 3 fillings, also may have eye test may need new glasses :P And get some cash out in case I need it.

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on June 01, 2009, 12:00:33 pm

I bet it's strange to be back. At least there's some beautiful weather for you. :) Glad you had a safe journey home.

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 01, 2009, 02:38:34 pm

It is, we are a bit depressed actually. I have cried a couple of times. We both really miss NZ. We are going to apply for the bunac visa though and head out again for another year. We are going to treat the year here in UK as a working holiday. :D

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: maryd on June 02, 2009, 10:38:10 am

It'd be great if you could go again. :)

I understand your depression, I always feel a bit down after coming home from holiday. At least you have brilliant memories though! :)

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 02, 2009, 03:05:50 pm

We can, we will go sometime next yr!

It isn't so much holiday blues as not as good lifestyle.

We have applied to live in a new town being built 20 minutes drive from Chch. Called Pegasus, it will have everything one needs in a town plus a beach! Google it and you can see what I mean. So fingers crossed we get in. :)

I feel lost and sad at the moment :(

Title: Re:All About Me!!
Post by: Culpie on June 06, 2009, 03:07:43 pm

Your feelings are totally natural, Liz. It is hard to come back when you would rather stay in NZ. Plus, having to settle into the UK again. House/apartment/flat and job hunting is tough. Hang in there! :-* You will be settled before you know it. I can just imagine how glad your relatives are to have you guys back around. :)

I looked up Pegaus on google and all I can say is wow! :o Very nice and it would be lovely to be close to the water. I have my fingers AND toes crossed for you. ;D

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 07, 2009, 05:00:40 am

We cant wait to go Tenerife for a month. When we get back from there we will look for jobs and then bedsit. Mark already has an interview on thursday for a it job in a school of music. I will ring agy I was with before we left. I have also contacted manhester building society.

Looks great, doesnt it! :)


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Post by: Lanta the Gemstar on June 09, 2009, 09:55:34 am

Welcome home Liz! :) Hope you are feeling more comfortable back in the UK now... but wow... "Pegasus" sounds cool!

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 09, 2009, 10:03:54 am

Thanks Gem, settled in ok. Just fed up, not as good lifestyle here as in NZ. It does doesn't it, sure hope we are able to move there. Would be a dream come true for both of us! :)


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Post by: Culpie on June 11, 2009, 11:19:54 pm

Pegasus really does look WONDERFUL! ;D Getting settled again is such a hassle sometimes. :P

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 12, 2009, 03:11:02 am

It does, but we heard nothing in the 5 days so I do not think we can move there. I emailed them again, no reply yet. :(

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Post by: Culpie on June 28, 2009, 03:34:30 pm

Oh poo! It would be so neat! Maybe they are having trouble with their emails. ;) As you can see...hope springs eternal in me. ;D I will continue to keep my toes and fingers crossed for you.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 29, 2009, 07:10:59 am

not too promising they sent an email that basically stated we would find it difficult getting employment. I have emailed them for all info inc prices
before we make decision but they still not replied. will probably leave it and go on work hol and try to get sponsored.

not much else to report. still in tenerife. :)

mark won photo comp in big issue he 25!

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Post by: maryd on June 29, 2009, 10:02:04 am

Well done to Mark! That's great!

How long are you in Tenerife for?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 29, 2009, 10:56:28 am

till 13th July :D

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Post by: maryd on June 30, 2009, 06:24:52 am

Any chance we could see the photo? What was it of?

Wow, so you've still got a nice long time left! What are you up to there?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 30, 2009, 08:43:07 am

will have to put it on the blog so you can look is a pic of coffee cup and mount cook nz

i am stressing over future again. will we have enough money for storage etc. i am getting a bit fed up and finding it boring here as i will probably on return to uk. :(

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on July 09, 2009, 03:50:33 am

The photo is on the blog!

I emailed MBS where I worked last year for 3 1/2 months they are fully staffed unfortunatley and will let me know if any casual vacancies arise.

I also emailed Randstad the agency that got me that job last yr I have to ring them on Tuesday to have a chat about the work I want them to look for, for me. I will be dealing with Shona who I dealt with last time and I will not need to re-register! Just to fill in paperwork when they find me a job. :)


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Post by: maryd on July 09, 2009, 06:52:24 am

The photo was brilliant!

Hope you get a job - good luck!

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Post by: Culpie on July 12, 2009, 02:56:42 pm

The photo is lovely! Love the scene and colors. ;D

Job hunting is one of the toughest parts about getting settled again. How nice that you can work with a familiar face as you search. :) Good luck on the job hunt...I am sure you will find something soon.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on July 12, 2009, 07:33:06 pm

thanks mary and culpie! I will ring the agency tuesday to have a chat. i have given mark a job lead to follow up so we shall see.

i have just come in from smileys pub am a tad drunk, lol ;D

back to UK tomoz

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on July 28, 2009, 07:19:39 am

Been back for 2 weeks, trying to find jobs, no luck yet, I hope the agency find me one soon.. Mark is also finding it hard to find work. He has his practical driving test on 26th August, I hope he passes! We got a wedding reception in Carluke to go to September 19th our friends we met in NZ. Alan who scottish and Mel canadian . That's something to look forward too:-)

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Post by: maryd on July 28, 2009, 07:40:03 am

That's great that you're keeping in touch with people you met in NZ - have fun at the reception!

And good luck with the job hunting, hope Mark passed his test!

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on July 28, 2009, 07:55:31 am

Isn't it, I think we have met more friends on our travels in one year than in our lifetime, lifelong friends!

I will let you know if Mark passes :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on July 29, 2009, 05:48:23 am

I am feeling depressed because of what happened yesterday, I let things get to me too much, I cannot just chill :(

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Post by: maryd on July 29, 2009, 06:50:05 am

If you want to PM then feel free. :-*

What sort of jobs are you both looking for?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on July 29, 2009, 07:17:08 am

Thanks mary :-*

I am looking for administrator jobs, Mark I guess IT but he is finding it hard as got no qualifications or recent IT experience..

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 21, 2009, 04:05:17 am

Yesterday we signed on to the dole. Two things to look forward to are mark passing his test and our friends wedding reception in Carluke :) We booked a B&B there for a couple nights.

I realise looking at my parents how rude my mum is with waitresses etc. doesn't say please or thankyou. How they both act with us living here, they want us here or so mum has said. I don't think they do really. I have to instigate hugs in that I have to hug them. We have never been a huggy family. The TV belongs to my dad we are continually reminded its there TV. The food/drink is bought by them we have to treat it like we bought it.
They just don't act like normal parents. I hate living here, I always have..my depression started here, that doesn't help. I have never truly loved my mum don't know if it had anything to do with my birth and the fact I spent 2 weeks in an incubator. I get on some of the time but then she will do something to make me hate her. :-[

Am I just being stupid and should I grow up?

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Post by: maryd on August 21, 2009, 05:52:17 am

I don't think you're being stupid. I think it's only natural to feel slightly oppressed when you have to spend all your time living with your parents, especially seeing as you're used to having your own life and having plenty of freedom. I also think that the longer you spend with them, the more of their little faults you're going to notice. I'm sure that deep down you love your mum, but it may be hard to see at times - and I personally think it's healthy that you've tried to think why you don't like her sometimes. It's good to think about things.

If moving out isn't possible right now, maybe you and Mark should offer to split food bills with your parents? Or maybe you could do your own shopping and keep it separate from your parents?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 21, 2009, 05:57:53 am

When we get jobs we have to pay them housekeeping money. As they are vegetarians buying our own food will pose a problem.

I am okay now, I guess I do love my mum deep down..

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Post by: LijFrodo on August 22, 2009, 07:24:49 am

How are you Elizabeth hun ? Are you in New Zeland still ? Your lucky ! ... :D

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 22, 2009, 09:11:18 am

I wish Seyma been back in UK since May 31st

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Post by: LijFrodo on August 24, 2009, 03:12:42 pm

[quote author=miss sixty link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=165#msg1181804 date=1250946678]
I wish Seyma been back in UK since May 31st
[/quote]

I am sorry ... I couldn't understand you :( Are you in UK now ? Did you come back ? ... :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 25, 2009, 09:43:40 am

Yes, we are back in UK. We arrived back May 31st.

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Post by: LijFrodo on August 27, 2009, 02:28:39 pm

[quote author=miss sixty link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=165#msg1181864 date=1251207820]
Yes, we are back in UK. We arrived back May 31st.
[/quote]

OK ! ... I bet,you didn't wanna leave there.I hope,I can visit NZ someday ! ... ::)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 27, 2009, 03:16:56 pm

No we didn't wanna leave! You should visit I highly recommend the place. :)

Well today by chance I found a migration consultant that actually thinks we have a good chance of migrating to NZ. We are awaiting an in-depth assessment form plus application for job-placement in Canada. Wish us luck!!

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Post by: maryd on August 28, 2009, 05:26:31 am

That was lucky, meeting the consultant - I hope you do have a good chance! If you don't get to go to NZ, would you like to go to Canada then?

Good luck! :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 28, 2009, 08:42:54 am

Thanks, never been Canada, but that would be a second choice. But would prefer NZ

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 13, 2009, 11:35:40 am

Filled in the form and sent the CVs of last Monday so hopefully will hear back within the next Cpl. weeks. I really am struggling with the lack of lifestyle here, everything is so boring. I am finding it difficult motivating myself to carry on job hunting when deep down I don't want to live in the UK or work here! It is all very depressing. Stuck in one place all the time with my parents again who I escaped from 7 years ago. I am 32, married I shouldn't be back with my parents. Nothing seems to matter anymore now we are back :-[

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Post by: maryd on September 14, 2009, 10:51:19 am

I'm sorry to hear you feel like that. I know it's hard for you to be back living with your parents. Good luck with the job-hunting - even if you don't want to stay in the UK, having a job would be a good thing, and maybe you might be able to move out of your parents house. I hope you hear good news! :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 14, 2009, 11:01:42 am

Thanks mary :-*

Yeah I know having a job will be good for me as I will be able to save money for our future. It's just coming back from a working holiday is harder than I first thought. Whatever we do day to day we never seem to truly be happy. As I said to my parents when I landed in NZ the first time it was like my true home, where I should have been born. The UK has never really felt like home for me, it's only now after being away for a year I know where I truly want to live..if I don't get to live in NZ somehow am I ever going to be truly happy :-\

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 15, 2009, 10:58:52 am

Feeling depressed today don't know where my future is heading or what I am even on this earth for :-[

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Post by: maryd on September 15, 2009, 12:23:19 pm

Please don't feel that way. I believe everyone is here for a reason, including you - you make people happy, and that's more than enough. I know things are hard at the moment, but nothing lasts forever. :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 15, 2009, 12:39:20 pm

Thanks mary, I am feeling happier now :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 23, 2009, 02:55:00 pm

Still jobhunting, still waiting to hear back from gateway migration regarding moving to NZ. apart from that not doing much else except reading, going for coffees out and generally chilling 8)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 26, 2009, 04:46:16 am

Sorry to d post but I have got an interview at costa coffee on tuesday at 12.30! Wish me luck :)

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Post by: maryd on September 26, 2009, 05:13:47 am

Good luck! I hope you get it. Plus you might get free coffees. ;)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 27, 2009, 07:39:15 am

thanks mary, hey yeah I might. I just think learning to make coffee like they do in shops will be an interesting skill to have learnt :) Not up to much this weekend Mark watching Formula one in Singapore now. Hey, cool because we been there 3 times! Recording Dirty Dancing tonight to watch tomorrow morning before going to Alty for look round and maybe a coffee. Then my interview on Tuesday! And on Wednesday we going to Manchester to an Expo at the palace hotel to find out about living in NZ 8)

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Post by: Culpie on September 27, 2009, 09:10:25 pm

Hey there, Liz! Hope you are a little happier than previous. It is disorientating trying to settle in again. Hang in there! If you keep looking I am sure you will find the right job. Working will really help you feel more settled...especially as it will let you move into your own space again. :) Much as we love our parents...it is fabulous to have our own space. ;)

Have you looked into any group or activities in your local area? Sometimes this can help you acclimate to the UK. Anyone who enjoys hiking or outside activities, LOTR or NZ Fans, or so forth?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 28, 2009, 03:16:59 am

aww thanks Culpie, your so sweet :-* my mum tells me to do activities or volunteering but I really don't have the motivation to follow through as I did in NZ :P I will be fine I have my good days and my bad days. Anyway lets hope I get this job I have an interview for tomorrow 8)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 30, 2009, 11:47:44 am

Went to an Expo in Manchester today basically found out is too expensive to do a student pathway visa, so emailed migration consultants to say to leave it

Will just go back with bunac on another working holiday and see what happens

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 30, 2009, 05:13:01 pm

Thanks Carina. I just don't know what to do anymore. Do we settle down again in the UK (Mark doesn't want too ,said he's done that) or go to NZ a last time on a working holiday and really try seriously to stay there. (knowing we may have to leave a third time). I really am torn what to do :( ??? :P

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Post by: baratsubomi on September 30, 2009, 06:00:37 pm

You're lucky to have met a guy like Mark. I had similar troubles you did and could never get myself to open up to a guy like that. The bullying only made me close myself off from them.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 01, 2009, 03:49:15 am

Carina - I would like to go back to NZ as I know it will be the last chance I get!

I am lucky to have met Mark and he helped me more than he realizes :)

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Post by: maryd on October 01, 2009, 07:12:28 am

I hope you get a chance to do what you want Elizabeth. :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 01, 2009, 09:49:55 am

Thanks again Carina, we know what to expect as we have already been for a year work hol. We know what sort of jobs we would want to do prob manage a hostel like we did in Fox Glacier. But first we really need a job here to start saving :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 02, 2009, 04:20:37 am

Yes, well greater manchester about 40 mins to an hour out by bus :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 02, 2009, 09:58:44 am

Hehe not at all. Since returning to the UK from NZ I miss the lifestyle I had. What I mean is I don't like Manchester, then again never really liked it.

Probably hostel work

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 02, 2009, 02:13:05 pm

Very true I have great memories and am looking forward to going back at some point :) Heard nothing from Costa so don't think I have got the job :P

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 03, 2009, 10:58:15 am

Yeah I will. Mark is going to book us both on a barista training course to learn to make coffee but won't be till November. He thinks we may be able to get a coffee cart (or something similar) and sell coffees including flat whites of course ;)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 04, 2009, 04:09:47 pm

Yeah well whatever comes of the course at least we can have a go at making coffees as we have always wanted to. We are thinking of applying for the visa in December this year and going back to NZ next year at some point :)

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Post by: maryd on October 04, 2009, 05:25:55 pm

I'm sorry you didn't hear from Costa, but the training course sounds fun and practical! And by the way Carina, thanks for the link - like you, I'm not really a coffee-drinker so I didn't know what a flat white was either. :P

Good luck with the visa applications Elizabeth!

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 05, 2009, 09:05:51 am

Thanks mary :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 05, 2009, 03:31:59 pm

Got an interview at Loans Direct on wednesday at 3pm, hope I am lucky in this one.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 07, 2009, 11:22:33 am

Had interview, not sure if I will get the job though, felt could have gone better

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Post by: maryd on October 07, 2009, 01:38:20 pm

Hope it went better than you think, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 07, 2009, 05:00:02 pm

In the next couple of days we will find out :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 08, 2009, 02:19:40 pm

Haven't heard from either job yet, don't think I got the chambermaid one as would start tomorrow.

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Post by: Culpie on October 11, 2009, 11:31:42 pm

Hi Liz,

Popping in to see how things are going. Drat! I was really hoping the Costa job might be the right thing. :'( Boy, job searching is such a pain, isn't it. I like the barista idea....I don't know about the UK...but you can make a decent living at it here in the States. Well...may not here in the country, but definitely in the cities. ;)

How are you both holding up? Kinda a bummer about the visa situation. It seemed like a great find. Is it really expensive?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 12, 2009, 03:58:51 am

Tell me about it! But as long as I get one even for just a few months will be cool so I can save up for the next working holiday. The visa will cost 1038 plus flights etc.. The student visa would have been 12000 after student fees etc.

Mark has a driving test tomorrow(2nd one)hope he passes this time :)

Never been to America before though Mark has, we are thinking of going to NZ next time via LA

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 13, 2009, 03:24:56 am

Got an interview at Clinton Cards today at 11.30, wish me luck :)

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Post by: Lanta the Gemstar on October 13, 2009, 03:26:30 am

hi :) I wish you all the luck in the UK ;D

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 13, 2009, 03:28:50 am

Thanks Gem, receiving all you luck :D

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Post by: maryd on October 13, 2009, 05:31:16 am

Good luck Elizabeth, I hope it goes well for you! Fingers crossed.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 13, 2009, 05:39:01 am

Thanks guys, good news Mark has passed his driving test second time:-)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 13, 2009, 08:36:31 am

Will know by end of the week, didn't realize was only 8 hrs per week though and minimum wage, oh well better than no job I guess :)

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Post by: maryd on October 13, 2009, 11:58:12 am

Well done to Mark! Maybe that will help with his job-searching too?

Elizabeth - as they say, every little helps! :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 13, 2009, 04:37:19 pm

Yeah, he will need to find a cheap car and insurance first though.

It does. We are thinking of going back to NZ next April or May will send application off within the next two weeks.

Mark needs to practice driving here before NZ.

I hope my agency gets me a job soon they have been very quiet over the past few months. I am trying to re-register with another also.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 14, 2009, 03:53:37 am

About 5.80 I think for my age. I am with an agency and trying to re-register with another :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 19, 2009, 10:54:12 am

Mark bought his first car today a white VW Polo :)

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Post by: maryd on October 19, 2009, 11:43:51 am

That's great! It'll be nice for you both to get out of the house and go for a drive easily. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 20, 2009, 02:53:14 pm

I have got a new temp ongoing job through my agency starts tomorrow. Working at MMU in Manchester 8.45-4.30 mon-friday 6.56 per hour :D

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Post by: maryd on October 20, 2009, 06:22:04 pm

That's great Elizabeth! Congratulations! Looks like all the job-searching paid off. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 21, 2009, 01:29:45 pm

Finished my first day, totally out of my depth here, not done research admin before. Going to have to take one day at a time I think/ I am sure I will be fine :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 22, 2009, 02:03:21 am

Yes. Thanks, let you know later how my second day went :)

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Post by: maryd on October 22, 2009, 07:35:15 am

I'm sure you'll get the hang of it soon Elizabeth! Hpe your second day went well. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 22, 2009, 01:21:14 pm

It did, just tidied up student files, got an email now. Everyone is so friendly here :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 23, 2009, 12:25:58 pm

Off for the weekend now, my brother is over from london as its my aunties 50th on sunday. Got to go formby for the meal. Tomorrow me and Mark are baby-sitting for a friend from 6pm. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 30, 2009, 02:59:49 am

Settling into my new role nicely helps because everyone so friendly. Mark is still looking for a job he has an interview today for Tesco's but he has to go to Staffordshire for the interview so is getting a lift. He hasn't driven on motorways yet! This weekend we may pop to Knutsford for lunch/coffee after going to order my hair colour from Altrincham market :)

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Post by: maryd on October 30, 2009, 07:49:55 am

Good luck to Mark! And I'm glad to hear you;re settling in to your job. :)

Over here, I don't think you're allowed to drive on the motorway until you have your R plates off....

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 30, 2009, 11:30:01 am

I see. Well Mark will prob use P plates when he first goes on motorway!

Bought my parents and brothers xmas presies today off Play.com :)

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Post by: maryd on October 31, 2009, 07:34:06 am

What are P plates? The rules might be different in England anyway, I don't know. :)

Wow, well done on getting the Christmas shopping started! I'm a last-minute sort of person. :P

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 31, 2009, 10:55:50 am

Pass plates you use after you have recently passed your test till you feel okay at driving :)

I was bored at work so decided to do xmas shopping, LOL ;D

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Post by: maryd on November 01, 2009, 06:30:08 am

Well, at least you'll be prepared come Christmas. :)

Ah, I see - I think the rules over here are that you have to have Restricted plates for a year after you've passed your test.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 01, 2009, 07:30:11 am

Mark says that's like New Zealand mary. Going out for a coffee in a bit then baby-sitting this evening :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 10, 2009, 02:09:37 am

Learning more at work now, still not working wholly independently but getting there. Nick is coming up this Thursday till Sunday (my brother) from London.
Got xmas presies bought and cards wrote plus a little xmas tree for my office to go on my desk with lights too! :D

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Post by: maryd on November 10, 2009, 07:06:59 am

That sounds fun Elizabeth, you must be really organised to have cards written and everything - I'm not quite in the Christmas spirit yet but I know as soon as December comes I will be. :)

Good luck at work - sounds like you're doing fine! :-*

Hope you enjoy your brother'svisit.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 13, 2009, 02:18:30 pm

I still have to get Mark's present!

I think I am going to be fine, yes :)

What I see of him, lol!

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 15, 2009, 04:21:37 am

Got quotes for flights from austravel yesterday9made use of free tram)got a good deal 638 pp from Manchester - Christchurch(via Dubai refuel Sydney)daily flights with Emirates at the end of April/beg May.
We will put a deposit down on Thursday. Post the application forms off at the weekend! Now all we need is for Mark to get a job!! :)

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Post by: maryd on November 15, 2009, 06:58:40 am

That does seem like a good deal to fly to NZ. What are the application forms for? Good luck to Mark in his job searching.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 15, 2009, 07:02:36 am

It is a very good deal! (only on till 30th Nov) Applications for our visas! Thanks, I'm sure he will get something soon :)

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Post by: Culpie on November 15, 2009, 10:06:01 pm

Everything seems to be going well for you two! Hooray! ;D Just popped in to congratulation ya on your new job...sounds great!

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 16, 2009, 01:54:11 am

Thanks Culpie! Yeah, everything certainly seems to be going to plan up to now!

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 25, 2009, 01:34:13 pm

Booked our flights to NZ via Dubai and Sydney today! Mark has got himself a job at Staples working 20+hours per week, yay! :D

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Post by: maryd on November 25, 2009, 02:26:28 pm

That is great to hear Elizabeth! When will you be flying out to NZ then? And congrats to Mark. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 26, 2009, 01:47:54 am

Thanks mary and Carina! The flight is booked for 27th April, next year! :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 28, 2009, 03:13:33 am

I am so glad I am not doing this job permanent, it is hard and I am finding ti difficult to pick up. I am starting to doubt my ability at doing this job :(

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Post by: maryd on November 28, 2009, 06:40:54 am

Don't doubt yourself! Think of it this way - it's the first time you've done a job like this one, which makes it great experience, and you seem to be giving it a really good go. You can do it Elizabeth! :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 28, 2009, 07:07:06 am

Thank-you mary, I'm nearly crying here :-\ I guess my depression has crept back a little though nowhere near as bad..I feel okay today :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 04, 2010, 02:10:28 pm

I have emailed Helen at work and Shona at my agency today regarding various issues to do with my job but it all boils down to I am not happy within the role and they should find someone with more experience.

The girl who is supposed to be training me Aphrodite doesn't seem bothered and was quite rude the other week reg something I had done wrong but had never done before!! Also half the time I have nothing to do and am sat at my desk being totally bored!!

I just hope I have done the right thing in sending the emails but It felt right at the time of sending them.

We are still planning on going back to NZ but may come back before the year is over, depending how much money we have.

I don't want to go to work tomorrow I don't feel excitement or motivation anymore :(

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 05, 2010, 01:52:19 am

Update-I sent new emails last night to say ignore previous I had been feeling unhappy in the role for past couple weeks but I would stay till April 21st.

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Post by: maryd on January 05, 2010, 05:33:30 am

I think you've done the right thing Elizabeth - it's good that you have a set date to work towards, and I know you're strong enough to stick it out for that long. It's a shame you aren't being trained properly, but that's not your fault. :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 05, 2010, 05:49:35 am

thanks mary :-* I left for work today but came home halfway cos of snow!!!!! Found out Uni closed and also maybe tomorrow, I will keep an eye on the weather. Still snowing now, must be 6-7 inches out there!!

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 08, 2010, 12:30:38 pm

Got our passports back with whole page with our visa in. Can't wait!! :D

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Post by: maryd on January 09, 2010, 06:36:09 am

That's great Elizabeth! :)

When exactly do you go to NZ?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 09, 2010, 07:51:28 am

Thanks mary, we fly to Dubai 27th April of this year, then Sydney to refuel 30th April then arrive Christchurch, NZ 1st May! :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on January 13, 2010, 02:00:26 pm

I finish my job on Friday, they thought someone with more experience was needed. I am fine with it as I expected this. I will now try to get a new job :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 11, 2010, 05:05:15 am

Just got back from interview at Johnson's the Cleaners. If successful would start 1st March. Tho would also have to travel to Eccles which would be annoying as would have to get two trams! 16 hours on min wage.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 16, 2010, 08:15:01 am

Registering with Connections agency tomorrow at 11.30 :)

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Post by: Culpie on February 22, 2010, 10:50:58 pm

Hey there, chickie! I haven't been on in ages. :-[ So you are definitely off to NZ in April, eh? How fun!

Any luck on the job search? Do you think you will find a job for heading out to NZ? Are you looking for a temporary job? Just a little professional curiosity. :D

How are things going for you two?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 23, 2010, 03:17:34 am

Hey Culpie :D

Yeah we arrive in Chch 1st May. Will get a job when we get there. I will try to get job at shop we used to work at for a month. But we mainly will try to find work together managing hostel or housekeeping :)

Things are going fine, Mark still working at Staples contract 20 hours but he been working 39 hours lately

I am still job hunting

This weekend we babysitting Friday and Saturday night :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on February 26, 2010, 11:56:24 am

Got an interview next Tuesday 12pm for part time showroom assistant at bluebell fitted furniture, wish me luck :)

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Post by: elijah fan on February 26, 2010, 03:14:49 pm

Good luck Liz! I hope you get it :)

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Post by: maryd on February 26, 2010, 03:19:27 pm

Good luck Elizabeth, I hope the interview goes well! And wow, not long now until NZ! :D

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Post by: LijFrodo on March 01, 2010, 01:12:52 pm

Good luck hun ! I hope,you success ! ... :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 01, 2010, 04:34:04 pm

Had an interview today at 4.30 for temp role in recruitment agy, will know by Friday! Other than that interview tomoz at 12. Thanks for the good luck :D

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Post by: elijah fan on March 02, 2010, 02:34:06 pm

I hope you get it Liz :-* Your welcome :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 02, 2010, 02:44:40 pm

Thanks Julie, I will know by Friday if I have got either job :)

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Post by: elijah fan on March 02, 2010, 03:01:45 pm

YW :) That's good, I'll be praying you get one. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 12, 2010, 05:36:01 am

I am getting bored and fed-up waiting for New Zealand. The days seem to drag and life has no meaning :(

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Post by: maryd on March 12, 2010, 09:37:51 am

I'm sorry you feel like that Elizabeth, but you have to remember that it's not long now, and then you'll be off adventuring and having fun again! :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 12, 2010, 12:12:40 pm

Hey mary, thanks. I am okay now :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 18, 2010, 02:19:48 pm

Windows are getting done everything is chaotic but should be finished by Tuesday! Well just in process of paying off travel insurance for NZ :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 22, 2010, 02:23:48 pm

update : Not long to go now less than five weeks and counting :D

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Post by: elijah fan on March 22, 2010, 03:42:25 pm

Less than 5 weeks till your birthday or till you go to NZ?


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Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 22, 2010, 05:39:17 pm

[quote author=elijah_ fan link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=285#msg1192440 date=1269286945]
Less than 5 weeks till your birthday or till you go to NZ?


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till we go to nz, my birthday is 27th May so still couple months off, although Mark's birthday is this Friday. He will be 30 :)

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Post by: elijah fan on March 22, 2010, 08:10:43 pm

Oh wow, it's getting close! You must be very excited! :D I'm gonna go there someday too... I just know it, lol.

Oh, happy birthday to Mark :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 23, 2010, 01:49:33 pm

yeah, well excited! I hope you do..thanks. Not sure what we doing yet may go to Alton Towers :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on April 11, 2010, 10:34:25 am

Gosh, haven't updated in a while..Not much going on now, Mark quit work and put his car up for sale and we are just counting down to new zealand.
Got currency for Dubai and on Tuesday will get last minute essentials pus hair colour and a new watch strap for me.

Mark is waiting for a girl and her dad to come round to look at the car. :)

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Post by: tiram90 on April 11, 2010, 11:41:12 am

Let me get this straight. You sell most of your stuff to go to NZ. Then you stay there for a while, before comming home here again. And when you get back here, you've got no apartment, no car and almost no money? Or?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on April 11, 2010, 12:37:32 pm

sort of right there Marit we have sold a lot of our stuff ie big things and we are if we come back and dont get sponsored gonna come back to no flat, no car and money situation we will try to save all we can in new zealand through working just in case we do come back. but we have used up our isas. we would we move back in with my parents again.

We are in nz for at least a year by the way, storing everything at my parents. :)

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Post by: LijFrodo on April 20, 2010, 03:04:27 pm

Are you in NZ again ? Thats excellent ! ... :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on April 20, 2010, 03:14:41 pm

Hey there Seyma, Not yet but we will be from 1st May ;)

Just waiting now to 27th to fly to Dubai en route to Christchurch. Is dragging, LOL ;D

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Post by: elijah fan on April 29, 2010, 12:10:13 am

And, now you're on your way! Happy flying Liz :D I'm sure you'll have such a great time :)

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Post by: maryd on April 29, 2010, 07:57:16 am

I was thinking about you yesterday, I thought you must be in Dubai by now! Hope you're having a great start and safe flights. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on April 29, 2010, 11:22:47 pm

Thanks Julie :-* Yeah good upto now!

Hey mary, aww, thanks. Yeah Dubai was awesome. Keep in touch via our blog in my signature, you can comment there too! :D

Waiting for our flight to Sydney. A380, Cool 8)

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Post by: Lanta the Gemstar on April 30, 2010, 03:55:11 am

For a brief moment, you're gonna be on MY country's soil Liz! :o ;D

Teehee. Happy flying babe! :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 01, 2010, 12:46:32 pm

Hey Gem, not seen you on here in ages!!

Thanks, yeah was there for around 3 hrs.

In Christchurch now, got here yesterday at 2.20pm. Now is 4.45am Sun morning, went bed at 7pm so got up early. Our house is nice there is only one other person sharing with us, he a student been here 8 months staying another three.

Going food shopping today and looking for vans :)

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Post by: maryd on May 03, 2010, 04:32:36 pm

Glad things are all going well so far! Sounds like you're having a great time. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 03, 2010, 08:47:50 pm

Yeah been good upto now apart from getting a flat tyre on the way to Port Levy!! We love our new camper named Bumblebee :) Keep upto date reading our blog everyone 8)

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Post by: maryd on May 04, 2010, 02:56:31 pm

Are you living in the campervan, Elizabeth? Sounds cute. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 05, 2010, 02:46:47 am

No using it to travel in, we are staying in urban rooms again. We intend to get live-in positions or job here so can stay in this house we are in. Is cheaper than hosteling :)

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Post by: maryd on May 26, 2010, 05:03:55 am

Hope things are still going well Elizabeth! I have been reading your blog and I hope you get one of the jobs you got interviewed for! :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 26, 2010, 04:47:04 pm

Hey mary. Hope so too, didn't get lush one or bonz one still waiting to hear on cinema one. :-*

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Post by: Culpie on May 29, 2010, 12:10:04 am

Hey there, Liz! Hope you are enjoying NZ. You guys are brave to up root yourself again so soon. I wouldn't be able to do it. I like to travel but always like to come back to home base. ;)

Enjoy yourself! I will watch the progress on your new website. My online time - as you can tell - is very limited. When I get a chance to be online it is usually Facebook or LJ. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures! ;D

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on May 29, 2010, 06:02:22 pm

We are enjoying NZ but wish for nice weather to come back - we are tryin to find paid jobs so we can start saving and not spending all our money

I'm always on facebook too - what your name there I can friend you :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 15, 2010, 05:11:29 pm

Update

I'm now temping for Randstad Education at ABC Centre Merivale at least for this week did 4 hrs yesterday doing 4 today and tomorrow and 8 on Friday :) Only babysat b$ not helped in a preschool so I am learning new skills which I want and will look good on my CV 8)
Mark still looking for work - but we may have a hostel job here in ChCh managing it 50hrs together - tho get same wage each week so can carry on temping :)

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Post by: maryd on June 17, 2010, 05:09:36 am

Yay! Well done on getting a job! I hope you're enjoying it! :D Hope you're still having loads of fun over there. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 17, 2010, 11:27:52 pm

thanks mary - finished 2 1/2 hr early today and now got weekend free so can lie in Yeah we are still enjoying it - keep in touch via our blog - hey are you on facebook? :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 26, 2010, 10:58:09 pm

had an interview for a shop job in lake tekapo f/t 9-5 five days a week, $15 per hour - hope I get it would love to live in lake tekapo one of our fave places in new zealand :)

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Post by: maryd on June 27, 2010, 07:35:35 am

^ Good luck with your interview! I'm keeping up with your blog, it all sounds so great. :) And no, I'm not on facebook, sorry. :P

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on June 29, 2010, 05:52:36 am

I will know in around two weeks - so bit of a wait yet - thats good yeah a lot of nice pics eh! thats ok can keep in touch on here :-*

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Post by: Culpie on July 19, 2010, 02:39:34 pm

Howdy hey, Liz! Just popped in to see how the job search was going. :) I follow your blog too...what lovely photos you guys take!

Have you had any luck finding a job? Is the weather cooperating?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on July 20, 2010, 04:10:46 am

Hey Culpie - Yeah I am a casual temp with randstad education as a reliever, tho pretty quiet right now!

The weather has been okay some cloudy/rainy days but some lovely sunny days which we have made the most of

Mark has an interview tomorrow at 2.30 for a sales job at PCU a computer place and we may go help out in a hostel in hanmer but we shall see

Are you on face book?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on July 22, 2010, 04:25:47 am

update - mark has second interview tomorrow PCU 9am :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on July 26, 2010, 12:42:38 am

UPDATE - Mark has 4 day paid Trial at PCU starting tomorrow at 9:30am!

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Post by: maryd on July 26, 2010, 05:50:08 am

^ That's great Elizabeth! Glad you're still having a great time. :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 01, 2010, 12:36:40 am

Mark got he job CONGRATULATIONS :D

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Post by: elijah fan on August 01, 2010, 05:42:20 pm

^^ Congrats! :D That's wonderful.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 01, 2010, 11:59:46 pm

thanks Julie. Well I was due to have interview for hostel helper today but agy rang with work, I was on the bus on the way they rang said I am not needed now - so I am annoyed as wasted bus fare and having to re arrange interview tho not heard anything from hostel yet.. :P >:(

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 15, 2010, 04:09:51 pm

Since last update had a few more days work but not many :P

Just had a weekend break in Kaikoura around 2:30 hrs from here saw lots of seals and a waterfall where baby seals played and you can get real close to em. Stayed at top 10 holiday park :D

check out blog for pics?or facebook :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 18, 2010, 11:02:56 pm

Immigration Update

We are currently in touch with an Immigration Consultant in Rangiora and he says if Mark can get title of ICT Sales Representative we should be able to apply for residence - so fingers crossed his boss says ok :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on August 31, 2010, 04:21:30 am

Update

I have had a 2day trial for pt shop job and tomorrow am registering with madison rec. We are going to try to apply work permits instead as cheaper :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 04, 2010, 11:00:47 pm

Well what a eventful weekend we have had so far. Firstly we were awoke not by alarm clock but by noise and shaking of the house. Mark was up, down, flying out of bed asking what is it, whre?s my whatever ? I was sitting in the bed and looking out of the window thinking someone was throwing stuff at the car ? then I said wait it?s an earthquake. Then it stopped and then it started again even worse then we knew we should get out of the house. Our housemate Felicity was shouting is everyone alright, we need to get out of the house. I opened the door and said yeak just getting dressed. It seemed vto take forever to get dressed and not properly I didnt button my shirt up right and later found out my knickers were inside out and the wrong way round, lol:-)

We eventually were all out of the house standing on the street surveying the damage which for our house was bricks all over the place fropm the chimney some of which had totalled housemates car.

In the house was not so bad no smashed plates, glasses etc just opened drawers ? stuff on floor and our desk had moved about a foot from the wall! Also the power and water was off.

Luckily we had packed food supplies etc in the car for our road trip and done the food shopping and filled up petrol the day before and we had gas burner and water and torch and first aid kit in the car.

Funnily enough we watched Surviving disaster a couple of weeks ago on surviving earthquakes, lol:-)

When the light came up we had a cup of tea using camp stove and kettle before braving going back inside the house to collect rest of stuff and heading off for the west coast luckily avoiding seeing much damage apart from roof cave in just down road from us.

Found out was 7.1 and 10 miles deep and curfew in CBD about 5 mins walk from us between 7pm ? 7am!! We were glad to escape the drama of the city. Luckily power came on around 3pm in our house but still no water

Now city will have to rebuilt in cost of 2 billion dollars!! Tomorrow will be hit by gusty winds + some people we know in fox have died in skydiving plane crash 9 people, 6 nz, 1 english, 1 irish and one other

So in all a very eventful, sad day for all nz as as far as Hamilton on the north island felt tremors!

Enjoying our time in Hokitika and already had lunch at nice lake, gone to gorge and had coffee out, wine on beach watching sunset and now heading off for spa:-)

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Post by: elijah fan on September 05, 2010, 09:49:33 pm

Wow, that sounds so terrifying Liz... :-\ I'm glad you and Mark are ok though. I've never been in an earthquake before but I've always been terrified of them.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 05, 2010, 09:56:42 pm

[quote author=elijah_ fan link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=330#msg1196362 date=1283737773]
Wow, that sounds so terrifying Liz... :-\ I'm glad you and Mark are ok though. I've never been in an earthquake before but I've always been terrified of them.
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It was Julie we only been in tremors in uk b4 never a full blown earthquake - but it aint putting us off living here we already knew NZ experienced earthquakes

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 07, 2010, 05:01:16 am

Good news you can now walk through Cathedral Square and down Columbo Street this is good as now got somewhere to go and sit and get fresh air

We also had a coffee at Pronto on New Regent Street one of our fave places felt nice to do something normal in amidst the chaos - luckily the guy running it was fine we weren't sure cos he lives above the shop - happier now we got somewhere to go for coffee and somewhere to go in the fresh air :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 15, 2010, 03:55:08 am

Now got a job as Claims Administrator for EQC Earthquake Commission
8.30 - 5 five days a week so 40 hrs @ $15 per hour :D

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Post by: elijah fan on September 15, 2010, 01:59:40 pm

Awesome! :D Congrats Liz ^^

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 16, 2010, 03:07:15 am

thanks Julie :-*

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Post by: maryd on September 17, 2010, 09:13:56 am

Well done on your new job Elizabeth! :D

It's great that things are slowly getting back to normal after the earthquake. :)

I was just wondering how long you have left in NZ? Are you going to try and stay permanently? :)

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 17, 2010, 06:42:12 pm

[quote author=maryd link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=330#msg1196522 date=1284729236]
Well done on your new job Elizabeth! :D

It's great that things are slowly getting back to normal after the earthquake. :)

I was just wondering how long you have left in NZ? Are you going to try and stay permanently? :)
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thanks mary its also nice to know I am helping in a small way the people affected by the earthquake :)

Yeah its great too see normalcy returning ;)

We have till 2/6/2011 but are going to apply for work permits then later residency this is the plan anyway ;D

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Post by: Culpie on November 26, 2010, 11:12:02 pm

Hey there, Chickie! Long time no see...When I heard about the earthquake I hopped on your blog site and followed your news. Yikes! Scary scary time! So glad you guys made out ok! Whew! Some of the pictures I saw on the news were amazing!

How's work going? Is Mark still enjoying his job? Any news on the residency applications? How are you doing?

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on November 28, 2010, 09:50:44 pm

[quote author=Culpie link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=315#msg1197399 date=1290831122]
Hey there, Chickie! Long time no see...When I heard about the earthquake I hopped on your blog site and followed your news. Yikes! Scary scary time! So glad you guys made out ok! Whew! Some of the pictures I saw on the news were amazing!

How's work going? Is Mark still enjoying his job? Any news on the residency applications? How are you doing?
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Hi Culpie - thanks hon, aftershocks seem to be dying down for the moment! Works good - Mark wants to get out of his job. We actually just went for an interview for Assistant Managers in Lake Tekapo for Backpackers if we get the job we will apply for work permits then later residency as would work out cheaper and you need 3 yrs experience in the field for residency :)

How's life with you? :-*

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Post by: Culpie on February 23, 2011, 09:58:53 pm

Going quite well, Liz! As you probably can tell...soooo incredibly busy now. It seems that someone hit the overdrive switch 6 months ago. Our weather had warmed up a bit (30F-40F), but we are on our way back down (-16F) expected this evening. Sooooo got the woodstove going and I am relaxing in front of it. :)

Just bought a new car last week to replace my 11 yr old car. Someone rear-ended me while I was stopped in traffic. :-\ And the insurance co totalled my vehicle. Grrrrrr! However, I have to admit that I am enjoying my "new" vehicle.

My chickens are fully grown now and still producing about 5 eggs a day. Soooo you can imagine how many eggs I get. ::) My siblings are getting lots of free farm fresh eggs.

How about you? Are you ok? I saw the news about the earthquake and got to worrying about you and Mark. I finally found ya on FB and sent over a friend request. Hoping you guys are ok! :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on March 11, 2011, 02:02:48 am

[quote author=Culpie link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=315#msg1198098 date=1298516333]
Going quite well, Liz! As you probably can tell...soooo incredibly busy now. It seems that someone hit the overdrive switch 6 months ago. Our weather had warmed up a bit (30F-40F), but we are on our way back down (-16F) expected this evening. Sooooo got the woodstove going and I am relaxing in front of it. :)

Just bought a new car last week to replace my 11 yr old car. Someone rear-ended me while I was stopped in traffic. :-\ And the insurance co totalled my vehicle. Grrrrrr! However, I have to admit that I am enjoying my "new" vehicle.

My chickens are fully grown now and still producing about 5 eggs a day. Soooo you can imagine how many eggs I get. ::) My siblings are getting lots of free farm fresh eggs.

How about you? Are you ok? I saw the news about the earthquake and got to worrying about you and Mark. I finally found ya on FB and sent over a friend request. Hoping you guys are ok! :-*
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Thats hot as! :P sounds cosy with the woodstove, lovely! Chooks, cool that you get so many eggs! Yes we are fine we were safe as you prob now gathered but now back in ChCh ironically! I know we are now friends ;)

Whomever else is on FB send me friend requests I will accept! :)

ps sorry about your car hon take care xx :-*

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 01, 2011, 07:05:47 am

UPDATE

Got new job working for Manchester Building Society who I temped with 3 years ago! Temp - Permanent. Start Tuesday 18th October! :)

Weather is hot here in UK lately and set to last quite a while! Not much a fan on hot weather so hope Winter arrives soon 8)

Mark still looking but has interview this Thursday for IT job in Altrincham hope he gets it :D

Cousin Joe is off to NZ today to be with his french gf who is studying there for 3 months. Jealous!! ;D

Other cousin Danny and gf are off to live in OZ next year too!

Hope everyone is well and happy

:)

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Post by: elijah fan on October 02, 2011, 01:02:50 am

Congrats on the job Liz! :D That's great! And good luck for Mark's interview, hope he gets it too.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 10, 2011, 09:02:20 am

thanks hun x Start week on Tuesday! Mark didn't get the job but he working at Fathom 3 day trial if all goes well will start when I start next week but still look for full time work :)

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Post by: elijah fan on October 11, 2011, 12:49:16 am

That's exciting! I hope things go well :) What kind of work will you be doing? I'm not familiar with the Manchester Building Society, lol.

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Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 12, 2011, 02:15:12 pm

[quote author=elijah_ fan link=board=16;threadid=33453;start=330#msg1199123 date=1318308556]
That's exciting! I hope things go well :) What kind of work will you be doing? I'm not familiar with the Manchester Building Society, lol.
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Mark is going to work 2 days a week till they find someone else he doesn't like the managers or the way the shop is run. I will be Savings Customer Service Administrator I will be opening and closing bank accounts, customer service, general admin, front office. I will know more once I start work there :)

Tomorrow going to The Lowry Outlet mall for some thicker socks and more work trousers. Have lunch out too! Saturday me and Mark will pick up hire car and go to Blue John Cavern and Castleton for the day
Marks mum is over from Tenerife so Sunday go to Chester with her and Monday visit Southern Cemetery and put flowers on Marks grandad and aunties grave and go to Curry Mile for Indian meal for tea

Tuesday I start work :) :)


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