People have been asking for clarification on a few things..
One, what does Kia Ora mean? Here's the definition taken straight out of Wikipedia:
Kia ora is a Māori language greeting which has entered New Zealand English. It means literally "be well/healthy" and is translated as an informal "hi" at the Māori Language Commission website Kōrero Māori.The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage website NZ History lists it as one of 100 Māori words every New Zealander should know, with a definition "Hi!, G'day! (general informal greeting)".
Many Kiwis start their emails with this greeting, and I love it because it's Polynesian and try to use it when I can.
Two, "why is your blog called 'Notes from the future'?"
That's because I am actually in the future right now (well, if you are in the states, that is). We're across the international date line so when it's noon on Sunday in California it's actually 8am Monday morning down-under. I like to think of it as 4 hours behind, but a day ahead. And when the time changes for ya'll in the Northern Hemisphere in a few weeks we'll only be 3 hours behind.
And, three, yes I have a phone line down here! A phone line that is not long distance. But, I only have limited outgoing calls, so if anyone wants to chat, shoot me an email and we'll set up a time for you to call.
I have so much more to write, but must get back to work... Have a great day everyone!
PS- Dave was right, the weather IS warming up nicely.