So what I'm going to do is get myself a bus ticket and take myself to an agricultural area and see about getting myself some fruit-picking work. It's bound to be difficult and exhausting and dull, but it will make a far better story to tell once I'm done with it, it's something I would not do at home, and there are likely to be other travelers my age doing the same thing. There are hostels in those types of areas that help their residents find the orchard work, and they generally have fairly reasonable weekly rates, so that would be helpful. And it would be a way to keep busy and to make some money before the parents arrive at the end of March (a time to which I'm looking forward with great excitement). I'm thinking at the moment of going to Hastings, as that's sort of between Wellington (where I am now) and Auckland (where I'll be meeting my parents when they arrive), but I've also been in touch with a woman at a visitor's center in the Nelson area (in the South Island) who says she would be able to help me find work, and who says that there is "tonnes" of work in the area starting in mid-February. So I'm going to do a little bit more research, and then I shall let you all know what I decide.
This means, of course, that I will have the pack all of my belongings together again, which is guaranteed to be a difficult task, as I've definitely made myself at home in the room where I've lived for the past two months. My stuff is spread out well. AND there's more of it than there was, what with shopping and all. So some of that will have to be mailed home, and I'm hoping that I'll be able to leave some things (like nice shoes and dressy pants) in the closet here until I come back through with Mom and Dad. I'll just have to ask nicely.
Making a decision like this, really making any decision, when I've been feeling kinda down and unmotivated, really helps. I'm in a much better mood than I have been, and I am sure that it's because I've now got a definite goal. Only time will tell if it's a good move, but it certainly feels better than the whole door-to-door job seeking thing that I've been despising.