Normally, Viv and I live in Wellington, New Zealand and David, Matthew and Christopher live with us. But for two weeks, Viv and Christopher are travelling to England to see Christopher's grandparents, leaving me to look after the other two boys here in New Zealand.
These entries were transferred here from elsewhere on the web in February 2002. Apart from some (incomplete) correction of typos, they are as they were written in late 2000. I didn't start writing at LiveJournal until the beginning of 2002.
Up early in the morning. Today was also the last day of the school term. After breakfast we dropped David and matthew off at school and set off for Wellington airport. The traffic reminded me as to why it is that I normally catch the train to and from work.
Still, it wasn't too bad and we arrived at the airport just after 9 in time to check in for the flight to Auckland, which was delayed about half an hour anyhow. A cup of coffee each and a Coca-Cola (R) for Christopher and then on to the departure lounge. As Viv and Christopher said goodbye to me and the lounge emptied, I noticed that a large number of pre-schoolers were still there. Newtown Playcentre, to be precise. I'm not clear excatly who it was that they had turned up to see leave. A staff member, I think.
After the flight left, I wandered around the airport for a few minutes and then drove into town, realising that it was just coming up to lunchtime. This meant that I was able to catch up with my usual Friday lunch group, and so it was that Gareth, Richard and Andrew dined with me, a little to their surprise as I had said I wouldn't be there this week.
After lunch, a drive up to the Hutt Valley and home, where I caught up with my email, checked whether or not the flights were running on time at the United Airlines site. In fact, the flight to LAX is running fifteen minutes early. I also called Telecom NZ in response to an invoice I received today. They say I owe money - I say I don't. We now agree that I don't - somewhat to my surprise!
Today we had pizza for tea, our usual far for a Friday. After David had tidied up the Lego and Matthew had finished his turn on the computer, we set off to Pizza Hut to collect one pizza with garlic bread, cola and fries, of which two slices survive until the morning. Soon after that, it was time to visit the Allan-Johns family for their open evening. This was disappointly poorly attended. Those who did go along saw videotape of their trip, including recognisably English countryside, some of places I knew and some of places I frankly didn't recognise at all.
Just before 10pm we left, too early for Matthew, who was tired by this stage. It seems very quiet here, without 40% of the family here. Tomorrow morning will no doubt be spent in processing a variety of messages and the like, while juggling other commitments such as finding the right clothes for hockey players or whatever else comes up as a problem nedeing attention. For now, the new day is dawning in England
The sun that bids us rest is waking our brethren 'neath the western sky.
David and Matthew got up quite early this morning, but I didn't. Matthew made me a cup of coffee and David asked if I would like a piece of the pizza. It seemed kind of him to offer, so I said he could have both. I have heated some oats for me to have for breakfast. The rest of the morning, I think, will be fairly quiet until we go off to watch or play the last hockey game of the season.
Meanwhile, the United Airlines website isn't working properly, so I can't tell whether the next part of the global journey is running to time. By now, if all is running to time and plan, Viv and Chris should be at Universal Studios and have finished their lunch.