One of the really awesome things about coming back home to New Zealand has been seeing my old friends. Most of them have also spent the last few years (at least) living abroad, and now that we're all turning 30 they're all starting to trickle back in. I appreciate this VERY much. Once I've managed to convince all my English and American friends to move here too I'll consider my job done.
Another came home a couple of weeks ago from France. I was up at her parents' place last weekend hanging out with her and another friend from school…much, much fun. Tomorrow night I'm going to see both of them again at a dinner party, which should be more of the same. It's awesome; we've all changed a lot, we've all done a lot, we've all very much had our own lives going on, but when we hang out we still get on as well as we ever did. It's not as if nothing has changed, because obviously it has…it's just that we chose well when we were younger. Go us.
Depending how the rest of the weekend shakes out, I may or may not have a couple of casual Sunday afternoon drinks with some more school friends, who became total besties when we were all living in London at the same time. I was out to lunch with them today, but there's no such thing as too much of them.
Friends are the BEST.
I actually can't quite believe the weekend is here already. I realised today that it's only eleven weeks until I go to the States again. I swear, when we all look back at 2014 in the future it's just going to be a great big blur. Time flies when you're having fun, I guess!
And having fun I am. The (blurry) bests of this week were pretty outstanding (but yes, blurry).
I read a great piece just today on being too poor for pop culture, written by D. Watkins and published in Slate. It's really far too easy to forget how different everyone's experience is, and how stuff that 'everyone knows' really isn't stuff that everyone knows. It's also far too easy to assume that everyone, given the same money and opportunities that we have (and by we I mean me, my family and my friends, because even though we're all different we're a pretty homogenous group when you get down to it) would want the same things that we want, and would enjoy the same things – jokes, food, events – that we enjoy. Reading about such a different experience, and from a first-person point of view rather than the distancing third person, is so important. It's so important that we all recognise how different other experiences are from ours. You should probably read this article – and actively search out others like it, too.
I had ramen for lunch today. I usually take lunch to work, and eat it at my desk while working (naughty, I know). Ramen with friends beats leftovers at desk, hands down. We went to Chop Chop Noodle Bar in Ponsonby Central. Highly recommended! And definitely the best thing I ate this week.
Finally, the best thing I did this week…hmmm. Talk to my husband? I know that sounds lame, but seriously. We Skype every day, and some days we don't really have much to say…which sounds sad, but that's the way it is even when you're in the same country. Some days are just pretty uneventful. This week's been super eventful for us both, though, and we've had lots of plans to make and lots of things to organise…and that's led to really satisfying conversations, really funny jokes, and just really good times. That man is awesome. Even from afar.
Well, that's a nice way to wrap things up if ever there was one! What were your bests this week?