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  • Under The Influence Under The Influence

    With my recent call back into a more active lifestyle, the influence from this has not gone unnoticed. Bethany has always been active, loves swimming, more recently getting well into Netball and since learning to ride her bike she's been an avid fan of getting out and about. I asked Beth late last ...

  • Goals Aren't Met, They Are Smashed Goals Aren’t Met, They Are Smashed

    Life to us is all about setting goals.  Then, you don't just achieve it, you smash it to oblivion and move on to the next one.  Take moving house for example, we wanted to move and do something different, so we moved to the other side of the planet.  That's how we roll here at Dawes HQ! My goa...

  • Sunday Morning Project Sunday Morning Project

    Every now and then you stumble across something on the internet that makes you think "I should do that".  Now for me, most of those moments happen when I'm slightly drunk and I see something crazy and think I could do it, but not this time.  I saw something recently someone had posted, and unfortu...

  • Hardest Moment Yet... Hardest Moment Yet…

    Normally, writing about positive events is pretty easy.  "We went here..." or "Then we did this..." usually suffices.  However when its about a negative experience, it's not so easy.  Thankfully to date, we've had a high positive-to-negative experience ratio but like any 'streak' is subject to ch...

  • Baking, The Man Way Baking, The Man Way

    Henry Lawson, Australian Poet and Writer says it best: "Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer."  Yet even Plato agreed all those years ago when he said: "He was a wise man who invented beer." Beer is good, we all know that.  But beer isn't just a drink, it's a highly complex ...

  • Doing My Bit Doing My Bit

    Aftershocks continue to shake and rumble through the Canterbury region, even 2 weeks after the 7.1 quake caused so much mayhem.  I flew down on the Thursday following the 'big one' to help out, to maintain some of the technology and services that the Welfare Centres were delivering to affected Chri...

  • Petone Winter Carnival Petone Winter Carnival

    It promised to be a cold and wet weekend, but it wasn't that wet and it wasn't too cold either.  Marrisa was heading out on Saturday night so me and the not-so-little one headed down to Petone for the Winter Carnival. Not getting down there until after 6pm meant we missed much of what was going ...

  • Blacked Out Blacked Out

    I was lucky enough to score a few tickets to the All Blacks game at the Westpac Stadium last week.  The weather was perfect - rain and a bit of an ice cold southerly breeze to finish it off. Having crammed myself into the packed train full of the young and old, all wearing the national team colour...

  • 2010 - The Year of the... 2010 – The Year of the…

    Well, if you go by Chinese astrology it's the Year of the Tiger (not Tiger Woods of course) - but for us it's most definitely the Year of the Frog. Frog Consulting is a team of experienced Information Technology consultants based primarily in Wellington. Although our focus is within the nat...

  • The End Of An Era The End Of An Era

    We've driven down State Highway 2 on a morning and been stuck in some really bad traffic.  Most of the time we get straight through, rush hour isn't really a rush, more an amble. We have seen some pretty bad smashes over the last few years, cars shunted against the median barrier, cars over turned ...

  • The Plan Continues... The Plan Continues…

    With a week of some heavy and most definitely wet rain, work on the garden had slowed somewhat.  In fact, given a choice of an evening in the garden or a beer in front of the TV, the latter has won every time. This weekend though was different. Saturday was terrible, the rain lashed down and I ...

  • Operation: Eden is go! Operation: Eden is go!

    We've had a couple of awesome summers in our house, but now it's time for a change.  When we bought the house one of the selling points was the landscaped/low maintenance garden in which indigenous trees and plants are in abundance. One thing the property lacks is grass, plain old green green gr...

  • Happy Birthday Marrisa! Happy Birthday Marrisa!

    Well it's another year older for Marrisa today.  Only a week after I get to blow out the candles it's her turn. Today wasn't a busy run around do stuff type of birthday for Marrisa, today was a stay at home, do girly stuff alone and get ready for the party tomorrow... It's all about the party th...

  • Power To The People! Power To The People!

    A while back you may recall we launched Dawes Hosting Services, which has been a very successful venture.   Because of the way we work, we not only provide premium services to businesses, we also offer free services to several local charities and community groups. We provide a hosted Content Mana...

  • The Personal Touch The Personal Touch

    When we lived in the UK we had a personalised plate on our car. It wasn't anything spectacular as the UK DVLA doesn't have the same scheme that NZ does. You can't generally go out and buy something with your name on it - it be close with an alphanumeric resemblance, but it isn't the same. As a co...

  • Just Out For A Coffee Just Out For A Coffee

    So anyway, I was outside my office building minding my own business today when New Zealand All Blacks rugby star Richie McCaw comes up to me and asks if he can have his photo taken with me.  Of course I say yes, only to happy oblige because if they get hammered by the French this Saturday night ...

  • It's That Time Again It’s That Time Again

    If there's one thing I love about living just outside of Wellington it's the commute on a good day.  There's nothing like leaving home on summer morning at 6.30am for a blast down the highway in the sun.  The same can be said for leaving early on a Friday to take 'the long way' home, over a few hi...