Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Smarty McBrainyPants n Co.

We are just back from our somewhat irregularly held quiz night at the Ruakura Campus Club. We've been going here for over a year now, and our track record hasn't been the best. Not that we're the worst or anything. We're usually squarely in the middle, just outside of the top four prize winners! But it's a lot of fun, and they have a really good handicap system which stops the same people from winning all the time.

Anyway, tonight we won! There was a tie, and we won the tie-breaker. And here is that tie-breaker question for you fine folks...


What year was the first women's cricket match reported?

Happy guessing....


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Vote Now!

How much do you wish YOU were going to Africa?
Vote on the poll over there ---->>>

You can vote for more than one option :-)

Leave a comment or write in the guestbook - what are the top five places in the world you'd love to go? Do you want to see all the touristy things like the Pyramids, and the Leaning Tower, or would you rather get lost in some Amazonian Rainforest?

58 days to go!


Monday, July 28, 2008

Introducing... The Human Pincushions!

High on the the list of objectives for our trip to Africa is this:

It's pretty up there. So with that in mind we went today for a trip to the Travel Doctor. These guys are sprinkled at medical centers around the country and know stuff like what deadly diseases you need protection from in different countries. Seeing as part of our holiday involves a camping trip (more details later) we are probably going to be a bit more exposed to nasties than if we were staying in 5 star hotels. So after a 1hr consult with the doctor, it was off to the nurse for the jabs.

I am now the proud owner of shiny new antibodies for Polio, Typhoid, Tetanus and Rabies. Yep, FOUR injections. Then, not content with that number of holes in me, they took some blood too, to test for the antibodies for Hepatitis A (as I think I've been immunized but not sure) and Chickenpox (as I don't think I've ever had it and it is nasty to get as an adult apparently).

Juliet managed to get away with only 3 as her tetanus was up to date.

We were especially pleased that they managed to get all our injections into our arms, and didn't have to go looking for other places to jab!

So after all that, and a 20 minute spell to make sure neither of us was going to faint, it was time for the painful part - paying at reception. FIVE HUNDRED BUCKS if you please! Well, it was either that or stay in a bubble while we're in Africa.

We also picked up some pills to ward off Malaria, which we have to take every day we're in the malaria zone, and for a month afterwards.

Well at least it's something crossed off the list... although we still have to go back 3 or 4 times for various boosters before we go.

Better go now, I can feel the PolioTyphoidTetanusRabies cocktail kicking in...


Risen from the ashes...

Time to turn over a new leaf.

A clean slate.

And all those other cliches.

Only 59 days to go until we leave for our African Adventure. Join us as we prepare for the last holiday we'll be having in a while!

We'll be throwing a few other topics into the blog as well, I know there are people still waiting for new house photos, and then there's the deck, and goodness knows what else.

Wish us luck!