New House!

Ok, its been a while, over a month in fact, since we moved in to our new house 🙂

Yep! we finally achieved a goal we have been trying to get for many years, buying out own house. Its has 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 lounges, large outdoor patio, and enough lawn to keep everyone happy!

These photos are from the advert online, so the furniture is not ours.

We have settled in well, most things are sorted out and unpacked, house warming party out of the way, cats settled in. We even installed Elle-Maes (daughter) new weather station

Life is back to normal, except that we have a huge debt now to pay off 🙂

The Big Sleep Out – Auckland NZ

I have been watching a few people talk about The Big Sleep Out recently, and think its a brilliant idea. I would have even liked to have done it, only it’s not been financially a great time for us to do much.

Everyone has their ups and downs, and some of us more than others.  it sucks to have a down time, and it sucks more if that means you live in the streets.

Anyway, Pauline got sick, very sick. She ended up in hospital , and has Glandular Fever. I subscribe to her youtube posts , and after hearing that she would have to drop out of it, and how upset she was about it, I offered to stand in for her.

My story

I can’t afford much at the moment, We are trying to buy our first house, and had some major bad luck with 2 house deals falling through and lost about $3000, pretty much all our savings, spent on builders reports, LIMs, valuations (required by bank) etc. We can live with that, we finally got it third time around and have a house unconditional (yaaay!). My car then required $750 of work the same week, and the power bill came in at $450 for the month, which along with an expensive shoulder injury was a kick in the teeth this month.

Luckily for us we have 8 weeks before the house settlement date, so should have that sorted by then, however it means money is tight, so tight that i was unable to help my 20 yo son when he rang up one night with no place to stay, no money, and urgently needing help.

He had a spot of bad luck, girlfriend moved out leaving him with an unaffordable rent. A friend let him stay briefly, but he had no way of moving his gear, so the landlord put it in storage for him until he paid the back rent. Soon afterwards he found his student allowance cut off due to him not being able to get to his course during this time, which left him in an even worse spot.

He rang me up , unable to get a Benefit due to not having a birth certificate, unable to get the birth certificate without paying old landlord for storage/back rent and other stuff,  no place to stay since he could not pay rent, and i could do nothing. I live nearly 200km away, and i was stone broke already.

Luckily I managed to get a hold of a friend who was able to arrange pickup, and he has been living there for the past couple of weeks free of charge getting things sorted. I owe that friend a HUGE debt, and will indeed repay her when I’m back on my feet, as I am sure my son will.

What can you do?

This is only one story, there are other people out there who need people to stand up and give them a hand. They don’t always have that friend who can help, and some have children.

I am helping the best way i know how, by trying to raise awareness, experience what they do, and raise money. You can help without doing the hard yards sleeping outside in the middle of winter, just pop on over here and donate a few bucks

Update: Macy Gray says you should help me!

Changing Names

For a long time i have been into cycling, hence the nickname velofille (bike girl). Couple of years ago i had major surgery which took me off my bike for a few months, and soon afterwards whilst trying to regain my fitness i injured my knees.
Finally couple years later im able to get back on the bike again, i have not actually been doing cycling for some time.
The nickname velofille was fine, except that nobody could recall it, or pronounce it, so i have decided just go go with my name. This means twitter handle has changed, as has a lot of other things (even my blog domain!).

I have no plans to give up cycling, just doing it for different reasons now. It’s going to be more a Social thing than hard core racing so much. I may even do more mountain biking, i have found i enjoyed that a fair bit 🙂