AmeriNZ 412 – Returning to normal mode

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016This week I’ve been starting to get back to regular life after my holiday. February is already shaping up to be a busy month. I start today with updates to what I talked about last week, then it’s on to some of the new things I’ve been doing. I’ll be getting stuff done this month, if things go to plan.

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Links for this episode
”The long short month” – My blog post on the start to my February.
“Fiji Trip 2024” – The tag for all trip-related posts (when they’re published).

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AmeriNZ 410 – Nine days to go

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016It’s nine days until my next birthday, and I’ve been busy, and with varied things. I talk honestly about some of my challenges I have with going clothes shopping. Also, it’s rather hot.

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Links for this episode
”Clothes maketh the sequel” – My blog post on my shopping excursion.
“Heat alert issued for Auckland: ‘Keep hydrated'”1 News.

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AmeriNZ 409 – The holidays were good

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016I had good holidays this year because I actually had some this year! I was alone on Christmas last year, and I’ve almost always seen in the New Year alone, but this year I was with the family. I have a lot of little chores I plan to get done over the next couple of weeks, during what’s the quietest time of the year. I forgot to mention that I had another series of “Ask Arthur” blog posts last month. (link below).

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Links for this episode
”Ask Arthur” 2023 – My annual “Ask Arthur” series of blog posts.
“The year Christmas returned” – About my Christmas.
”Message on the tree” – The symbolism in my tree topper.
”The year changed differently” – About my New Year’s Eve.
”Finding the right metaphor” – A way to understand loss of a spouse.

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AmeriNZ 407 – The circus begins

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016New Zealand finally has a circus—whoops!— I meant a government. The three parties finally managed to strike a coalition deal. The new parliament was sworn-in this week, and everything now begins. I talk about that first. By the way, I was right: The tradition of not entering the Debating Chamber goes back to the time of Cromwell, because of Charles 1. Then, I talk about what I’ve been up to, especially how busy I’ve been.

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Links for this episode
“New Zealand’s 3-ring circus begins” – My blog post about a deal finally being struck.
“NZ’s new government: A grab bag of hot takes” – My post on the “hot mess” the coalition’s agenda is.
“Some of Parliament’s rituals and traditions explained”1News – TVNZ
“Errors in my ways” – My post on why the dentist appointment was a surprise.
“Tooth telling” – A follow-up post about seeing the dentist again this week.

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AmeriNZ 406 – Interregnum continues

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016New Zealand still doesn’t have a government—that is, the new government hasn’t been able to strike a coalition deal yet. I talk about that first. Then, I talk about what I’ve been up to, including updates to some things I’ve talked about in recent episodes.

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Links for this episode
“New Zealand’s in between days” – The blog post I mentioned, with more detail on this interregnum period.
“New Zealand’s three ring circus” – My post the negotiations becoming farce

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AmeriNZ 405 – Pensive week

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016I had a reflective week or two because of the anniversary this past week: Tuesday was the tent anniversary of the day Nigel and I were married, and Thursday was the 28th anniversary of the day in 1995 that I arrived in New Zealand to live, the day that Nigel and I began our life together. I talk about that first. Then, I talk about the final results of New Zealand’s General Election, and some of what that means. I also tell you the truth about what the results actually show, a view not usually presented by pundits and commentators.

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Links for this episode
“Ten years married” – My blog post about our 10th marriage anniversary
“Twenty-eight years later” – A post on our “main anniversary”
“2023 General Election – Official Result” – Electoral Commission New Zealand
“When will the government actually get back to work again?”Stuff
“Special Votes: National and ACT lose majority in largest ever Parliament”RNZ

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AmeriNZ 404 – My day of labour

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016New Zealand’s Labour Day Holiday was this past Monday, and I laboured—and laboured. I’m plotting—sorry, planning a new project that—well, we’ll see. Finally, I have a lighthearted way to end the episode.

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Links for this episode
“My labouring day” – My blog post about how I spent the public holiday
“Tomatoes and blessings” – A post on Labour Day memories
“Falling numbers” – Just a slice-of-life story with something I thought was funny

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AmeriNZ 402 – Election eve

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016The New Zealand General Election finishes tomorrow—finally! As I said last week, no one has any idea what’s going to happen, but it’s likely to be very close whatever it is. I also update a bit from last week, and tell you about my technological win.

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Links for this episode
“Getting on the bus” – My blog post about how I vote
“Port Waikato by-election to follow general election after ACT candidate’s death”Stuff
“Pōti ahau – I voted (2023)” – My blog post about voting
“Voting statistics” – Official voting statistics from the Electoral Commission
“Two busy days” – My blog post about the weekend
“Another personal victory today” – My blog post about fixing my Ethernet

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AmeriNZ 400 – 6,028 days

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016This is the 400th episode of the AmeriNZ Podcast!!! Who’d ever have guessed I’d make it? It only took me 6,028 days… I talk about all that first, then what I’ve been up to since last week’s episode. This episode is also 18 weeks in a row, actually.

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Links for this episode
“Unusually busy me” – My blog post about my recent weekend
“A history of daylight saving in NZ” – 1 News (TVNZ)

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AmeriNZ 399 – For years

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016It’s been a reflective time for me lately, with some anniversaries and the Pride 48 live-streaming weekend. I talk about all that first, then it’s on to some stuff in the New Zealand news. Next week: Episode 400!!!

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Links for this episode
“208 weeks, but not a year” – My first blog post about “The Horrible Anniversary”
“The fourth horrible anniversary” – My post about this year’s “The Horrible Anniversary”
“Streaming nostalgia” – My blog post about the Pride 48 weekend
”Pukaki Downs fire: ‘Huge relief’ as rain falls and wind dies down” – Radio New Zealand
”Queenstown’s wettest day in 24 years as rain lashes South Island” – 1 News (TVNZ)
”Queenstown cryptosporidium outbreak: Residents face ‘months’ of boil water notice” – Radio New Zealand
”Wild weather: State of emergency in Southland, warnings in place for wider South Island” – Radio New Zealand

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