Monday, January 30, 2012

*Ahem*..... Your Attention Please

You are looking at (reading the blog of) the newest Intimo Senior Consultant! Yes, that's right - I have reached my goal of Senior Consultant which means I get 60% discount on all my kit additions now, instead of 40%. AND I get a $150 dollar Intimo voucher to use at my leisure. I am VERY chuffed with myself. All my hard work and determination has paid off over the past 5 months. But this is just the start. My next goal is Team Leader for which I have to sponsor 3 ladies to start my 'team'. This one's more of a long term goal. So, if you know of anyone who is looking for part time or full time work, a great support network of ladies, and discounted lingerie, then send them my way!

I can not believe it is the end of January already. I hope the rest of the year doesn't go quite as fast as this first month.

A few weekends ago Claire and Scott had their Northern Engagement Party up at Hill Street in Warkworth. There must have been about 50 people there and it was so great catching up with everyone again. The weather was HOT and humid (not good for straightened hair!) but it was good to be able to use the backyard for the party.

Scott's Mum, Dad, and twin sister came up from Christchurch also for the party - and to have a look around before coming up again in April for the wedding.

More exciting news: I am graduating on the 10th February! Remember the little course I did in beauty skills last year at Aoraki Polytech? Well, I got a letter in the mail inviting me and 3 guests to my graduation ceremony. I have never graduated from anything before so am really excited about it. I don't get to don the cap and gown as it wasn't a diploma course BUT I still get to march up on stage and collect my certificate! Better wear sensible footwear as I would hate to trip and fall up the stairs!

I have rented out my spare room too for short term (3 months) just to try and help me get my head back above water after a busy and expensive few months. Setting up a home, starting a new business, and Christmas seem to have depleted my bank account somewhat.

A 23 year old called Craig is moving in tonight. He seems normal - which was an unwritten requirement.

Today at work I received a big bunch of flowers from my Intimo sponsor, Angela Cossey, to congratulate me on reaching senior consultant which was totally unexpected. If I had a dollar for everyone that came in to the office and said 'Oh, I see you got my flowers'.........

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Perfect Perfection

You are cordially invited to the overview of the marriage of Eru Metcalfe to Averil Bartlett on 2nd January 2012 at 3pm in Ohoka, North Canterbury, New Zealand.

The day started out with a 5.2 earthquake at 5.45am. Claire, Averil, Kathryn, Renee and I had all stayed at Roxy Inn for Averil's last night of 'freedom' (I never really got this term - if you can't do on this night what you would normally do on any other night with the person you are bethrothed to, then perhaps marriage isn't for you? Anyway, I digress.) We had a lovely dinner together, some champagne (thanks Renee!) and were all in bed around 10pm. Claire and I shared her bed as Scott had been banished out to his parents for the night. Girls only! I think he probably thought he got the better deal - Sky TV and no females clucking on about wedding plans and false eyelashes. I would even go so far as to say that he probably started up some sort of motorised gardening equipment just to make sure his testosterone levels were in check! Again, I digress.
So, after being shaken awake, Claire and I got up to find Renee sitting at the table writing her bridesmaid speech. It was raining and cold. Uh-o. Not particularly what you want on the morning of your outdoor wedding. After a cup of tea we went back to bed for another hour or so before getting up again. Averil had slept well (excellent) and Claire was on breakfast and lunch duty - making sure the bride was well fed so she didn't faint from hunger on her way to meet her groom.

Kathryn and I left Averil in the capable hands of the hairdresser at about 10am to go home and make ourselves beautiful. The next time we would see Averil would be when she was walking down the isle at the ceremony. Exciting!!

Fast forward to 2.30pm and the rain had stopped. It was still slightly cooler than days previous but had definately warmed up. The sky was overcast - perfect photographing weather!

By 3pm all guests had assembled at the house where the ceremony was to take place. The house looked amazing. The gardens were beautiful. The guests all looked posh. Eru and his best man, twin brother Karati, looked delicious! Albeit a little nervous.

First to come down the side of the house, around the garden and up the aisle was flower girl Annabelle holding her Daddy's hand. Gorgeous. Then came bridesmaid Renee who looked stunning. Then the piece de resistance - Averil and Dad. Averil looked AMAZING. So beautiful and so happy. She took my breath away.
The ceremony was personal, friendly, and both bride and groom managed to hold it together during their vows. Perfect.

After mingling and photos around the grounds of the house we walked down the road to the Ohoka hall for the reception.
The vegetarian dinner was sensational. The speeches were heartfelt. The dancing was great. All the planning and decorating paid off and the hall was the perfect backdrop for a brilliant night.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Metcalfe!!