Physio for free!

Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
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Sunday, October 7, 2007

The past few days have been pretty sucessful. On Tuesday, I put on the big Mexican fiesta for Stu's 32nd birthday. Thanks to some recipes from my Aunt Monique, it was a huge success! I made chicken enchaladas and bean burritos, as well "mexican rice" (which just means rice with taco spice, i DID invent that myself!) and some nachos with refired beans and guacamole (homemade by someone else!), and sangrias. I also baked "pastel tres leches", a mexican milk cake. Anyone who knows about my skills (or lack thereof) in the kitchen would have been extremely impressed that I cooked this all for FOURTEEN people, and got loads of compliments on it. Apparently it was even better than some Mexican purchased in Auckland! More importantly, Stu was really surprised at all the effort, and I'm fairly certain he had a great night. (The Welsh bar afterwards helped as well ;)Nat took the day off on Wednesday, and since Stu and I were jobless at the time (he's gotten offers!) we had a great day just wandering around the city, and a FANTASTIC lunch.

I took a week off work, but I'm going in tomorrow to tell them I won't be returning. the first day I spent off my feet for the most part, resulted in waking up the next day and being able to see my ankle for the first time in about 10 days. Of course, this was the day I had booked an appointment (finally!) to see a professional about my foot. I went to a physiotherapist, as NZ has an "ACC", accident compensation corporation, which covers treatment for any injuries as a result of an accident. (you can't sue people here). Since I slipped in the fridge at work and turned the same foot as well, I put in a claim. Now I get free physio (for the few weeks I am here, anyways) and am relieved to find out it is just a sprain (in two separate places). Good news is she is going to give me some exercises to strengthen my arches as well, since I have flat feet.

On Friday, five of us went to experience some live rugby action. I proceeded to immediately lose hold of my ticket and it blew away. (This is Windy Wellington, after all). It was such a windy night, we moved seats twice to hide from the wind, and I still returned looking totally sunburnt as a result. We did end up leaving 20 mins early because we just were sick of the cold, however Wellington (vs. Southland) was kicking butt so we knew where the game was headed.

Yesterday was a day of being annoyed with the hostel staff, as loads of peoples laundry got nicked overnight (the room was broken into) and they were being lazy on getting on it quickly. "We'll take care of it Monday". We went to the police station to file a proper report to help get them in gear, then went out for Hell Pizza, since Stu's friend was down for the weekend. I was just too tired to stay awake for the rugby, but no matter as both of the South Pac teams I would go for got knocked out. I've decided to go for Scotland, which earned me a few dirty looks, considering the people I hang out with the most are all from England! Oops.

Tomorrow, hopefully I will be able to meet up with Heather, a fellow Canadian in new Zealand that I've connected with online, and show her around the city. I also have another physio appt, this time to learn some of the proper exercises. I'm actually really interested in that, since I've never had physio before.

XOXO
Shawna
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