12 August 2010

New Lifestyle Choices

We have been thinking a lot lately about lifestyle changes and choices, so our life reflects intention and direction. We have already started with food and attempting to eat a more healthier, whole food diet.  Now that we are going back to NZ we have also started to think about our time and work choices.  Here is what we have drafted up, I'm sure there will be some tweaking as we start to work it out, but basically we want to intentionally make time for the things you never seem to have time for. We are hoping our week might look like this...

20 hours -- paid work

10 hours -- community work
Volunteer, does not benefit us
Youth, social justice, camps, practical stuff etc

10 hours -- study/up-skilling/reading
Jon--  Music, Bible, Maori
Ruth-- Food/cooking, woodwork, Maori, drums

10 hours -- garden & maintenance
Vege garden, self-sufficiency, caring for our space

10 hours -- exercise
Volleyball, squash, touch, running, softball?

Basically works out to be 1.5 hours a day of each thing  (except work = 4 hours a day, but not Sat)

Sunday = day of rest & family time

9 August 2010

Farewell Hangi

In less than a month we are leaving Ukraine for at least a year, maybe two or more.  We thought we would go out in style and attempt a Hangi, which is a traditional Maori celebration meal.  We had a small practice attempt a few weeks ago, which was successful (& maybe the first Hangi ever in Ukraine!) except for my nephew's ball rolling into the fire and burning! (Disaster!)
Here are the invitations we have made to hand-out.  We are looking forward to having all our friends here, and spending time with them before we go.



It has been awhile...and my excuse is that I have been busy.  With what you may ask?
Setting up camp on an island in the river
Being at camp (on an island in the river) for a week
Recovering from being at camp (on an island in the river) for a week
My sister & her family then came for 10 days -- we did heaps of stuff with them, including...
--the Aquapark
--back to the island for a day
--sightseeing in Kiev
--practice Hangi (see next blog for more details)
--outdoor Ukraine museum
--played in a cricket game

They have just left last week, and we are escaping the heatwave we have at the moment (35+ degrees) by doing not much.
You can catch all of other news and photos at our TEAM PIRINI blogspot