5 Month Hiatus

November 27, 2015

Taking a 5 month break from blogging is a big no-no. At least if you want to retain an audience and/or attract new readers. For me it wasn’t a choice to take a break; it wasn’t even a conscious decision. 

We went back to the States. USA. ‘Murica. Land of the free (so free that you are free to elect Donald Trump). I took a 12-week contract nursing job and Scott worked part-time at a bike shop. We also had two months off. Lush.

We filled up on time with family and friends, enjoyed the food and beverages we had missed from home, travelled to places we had always enjoyed. We finished summer in New Zealand, and settled right into summer in California.

I wrote 2 blog posts.

I forgot about my blog entirely.

It was okay.

We saw abundant beauty and experienced new and breathtaking things. But I don’t feel the urge to share California like I do to share New Zealand. Maybe it’s because most of my readers are from there or have been there. Or maybe it’s just because California is home, while New Zealand is foreign. Exciting. Or just extremely photogenic.

I guess this is my way of saying: I took a 5 month break, and I may or may not blog about stuff that happened in that time. We will see.

Anyhow, today is Thanksgiving (in America. It’s Friday here.) Today is my second least-favorite day to be in New Zealand. There’s only three days that I find particularly hard, so out of 365 that’s not too bad. But I figured that I would battle my lack of turkey and cranberry and pumpkin with a blog-renewal post.

I’m back!


Scott’s birthday was on Tuesday, so naturally he took the day off work. We drove out to the Banks Peninsula, about an hours’ drive south of Christchurch. We picnicked, got held up by sheep, and drove on numerous dirt roads. After, we rode bikes with friends in the forest for a few hours, and then finished the night off at the pub. Happy birthday, indeed.


Don’t you just want to move in to this village?! The good news: that’s a B&B down there!

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Isn’t that an incredibly helpful road sign?

But the best thing about a little dirt road with vague signage is where it takes you:


Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

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  • Reply welderdude1985 November 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! It is good to hear you are back. I don’t know if you remember but my partner and I meet you for drinks when we first got to New Zealand (a year and a half or more ago?). Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your advice (esp about the ibuprofen prescriptions!). We have been busy building a tiny house since January and it’s almost complete. And that wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn’t read your blog post about budgeting for moving to New Zealand! Anyway this is the blog http://southislandtinyhouse.wordpress.com/ (no where near as nice as yours). Hope all is well!

    • Reply kristen.fellers@gmail.com November 28, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Of course I remember! Im so glad I was of some help- going to check out your blog now 🙂

  • Reply Don and Chris Stipp November 28, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Your mom and dad are the perfect buddies in Hawaii! Had fun with them, especially on Halloween in Waikiki. I’ve missed your blogs – glad you’re back!

    • Reply kristen.fellers@gmail.com November 28, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks so much! And Im so glad you all could meet up- sounded like a blast 🙂

  • Reply McKenna December 6, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I hear ya on the NZ Thanksgiving Blues. Some of the New Worlds here carry Libby’s canned pumpkin! I made some pumpkin pie last weekend for a belated Thanksgiving celebration. 🙂 Auckland has this American food place called Martha’s Pantry that carries it (it’s also great for when you get a Poptart craving!!) which I got for a whopping $12 (but oh so worth it when I had some pie).

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