Daily Archives: February 5, 2011

apologies for the long interval between posts. there hasn’t been all that much to report on the diaz-tanimura front except that life is chugging along nicely. this week we were hit by the mother of all heatwaves, with temperatures nudging 38C (100F) almost constantly. today is the hottest. as i am writing, it is about 40C (104F) outside. it is HOT. normally this would be the day to get to the pool or beach, but we decided to buck the trend and have a garage sale.

you see, two weeks ago we finally got all of our stuff from seattle. for those of you who might not know, many, many moons ago brenda and i moved from seattle to new zealand. this was back in 2004. we had intended to ship all of our stuff to new zealand, but got scammed by the moving company who took our money and left everything in the port of seattle. so we ended up taking everything and shoving it into a storage unit in seattle, where we paid ungodly amounts of money every month for the privilege. this went on for seven years, but when we decided to move to sydney we also decided to get our stuff shipped over.

brenda and i were not living together in seattle so even though we got rid of many things, we have still ended up with doubles of stuff – dishes, cutlery, chairs, lamps. you name it. plus of course we also had a medium sized shipment of stuff from new zealand, so our house looked (and still kind of does look) like a bomb went off in it!

we’ve gone through several rounds of sorting and shedding, but we definitely needed to have a garage sale to kick things into high gear. so today, despite the heat wave, we set up camp on the patch of grass outside our building. the great thing about doing a garage sale with brenda is that she can convince anyone to buy anything. its amazing to watch her work everyone as they preuse the wares. they probably came in just for a look, but end up leaving with a bag full of stuff. win-win.

this garage sale was a really fun one. not only did we sell most of our stuff within the first 90 minutes, we were also blessed with visits from friends and family. our neighbours clayton and jess were superstars and helped us set up, clean up, AND take care of nayou while we were out there. clayton and jess have a seven year old called alex who is nayou’s bff at the moment.

chris and stacy also popped in for a visit. they too, left with more than they bargained for… sorry for being so pushy guys! hehehe.

i also sold on my beautiful pink ladies that my mum sent me way back when. i was reluctant to sell them but couldn’t find a good place for them in our new house. better that they go to someone who will love them than keep them in storage. their new owner is really cool and i was happy to see them get a new lease on life!

brenda had a brand new pair of coach shoes to sell as well. many ladies came and tried them on, but none of them bought. it was starting to become a bit like waiting for cinderella when adele and bill rocked up. adele tried them on and they were perfect! they made her outfit look awesome. fabulous daaaahling.

we packed everything up just after lunch. it was getting too stinking hot. i really wanted someone to take the red sofa, but i think i will have to try my luck online. at least our apartment is starting to look respectable again. still got a ways to go, but we’re getting there! once nayou wakes up from his nap its going to be time to go to the beach! hope you’re all having a great weekend 🙂