Well look at that – it’s been three years since I last wrote, and now we’ve returned from our 2021 houseboat board games weekend. We went in 2019, skipped 2020 due to COVID, and this year hired a bigger boat and went with a larger group. For the first year since we’ve been doing this, we had sunshine the entire weekend. Since 2018, Mr ETT and I moved house and began new jobs. While we continued to save for FIRE on auto-pilot, now we are settling back into a routine, I’ve started becoming… uncomfortable? Worried? I don’t really know how to put it, but I know we can be doing ... Show Me More!
A month ago, I was feeling completely overwhelmed. We had returned to work after 2 weeks off, which triggered my feelings. Imagine it’s 26 degrees inside, and you step outside to a 28 degree day. It’s a bit warmer, but you adjust quickly. That is my normal working routine. Compare that to stepping outside into 47 degrees. You feel the full force of the sun boring into your scalp, trying to immolate you. That’s what returning to work after having time off felt like. I decided to complete a time study to see whether I truly didn’t have enough of it. The old saying “work expands to fit the time ... Show Me More!
Mr. ETT and I visited Kiama, on the NSW South Coast, home to the largest blowhole in the world (according to a single tourist website). Fact check fail! We’ve been to Kiama a few times before, but only always as a short stop on the way to somewhere else. We had never made the time to stay there. It turns out this was an oversight I’m glad we corrected. Initially, the idea was that I would finally get on the back of the motorbike for a reasonably long trip. Mr. ETT had suggested Tamworth—a bit ambitious considering it is 5 hours away! I quashed that idea pretty quickly, so we ... Show Me More!
A colleague introduced me to roleplaying games (Dungeons and Dragons) when I was going to Uni and working as a trainee. She played regularly with another colleague and three friends near where we lived. Roleplaying turned out to be a lifelong love of mine – and it was where I met Mr. ETT! My History of Gaming Back in those halcyon days when we were all still living at home, we paid a token couple of dollars each to a local business that one of our parents worked for, located in a re-purposed house. Here we played into the wee hours of the morning, before rolling into sleeping bags, ex-communicating the ... Show Me More!
We recently took two weeks to explore New Zealand’s North Island. If you haven’t yet checked out what we did, you can read about our first week’s adventures around Taupo and Wellington, then our second week’s doings around Rotorua, Waitomo and Auckland. As we all know, wonderful holidays often aren’t free. This time I will be detailing how we saved (and wasted) money while travelling through New Zealand’s North Island. Hopefully you will be able to learn from our failures, as well as come away with some ideas for saving. Planning I’m a planner. I like to have lists to tick off, and plenty of time to organise. That wasn’t ... Show Me More!