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And in the blink of an eye, another month goes by

1 November , 2018

And what a month it’s been!

I don’t even know where to begin with this update…uhm…okay, lets start with work…

New secret place, is not that secret if you follow me on fb or LinkedIn, but anyway – new secret place is firstly not in one place. This has taken SOME getting used to on my part. The work is interesting, the people are polite and professional, and after a month I’m still not 100% sure I know exactly what’s going on, but I’m getting there and having fun while I do it.

As my new secret place deals mostly with art, I am seeing the most fantastic things. I really wish I could show some of them to you, but copyrights is a bit of a grey area and I’m actually not sure what I’m allowed to post and what not – so I’m erring on the side of caution until I get some clear guidelines.

Now onto home…

Home is fabulous! I have never been happier, and Nicola is blossoming with the new dad-figure in her life. Nicola and Andy have adopted each other properly. It gives me all the feels to see them interact. So much l

We had a little altercation with Nicola’s teacher during this month about the language she uses in class. She told the kids to shut their traps, so we went to discuss the fact that our noodle does not have a trap and that if she spoke like that at home, she wouldn’t be able to sit comfortably. Unacceptable. The teacher says she said it was a joke…we left her with her face-saver-excuse and a warning.

It was pretty momentous for me, the whole thing. This was the very first time ever that I did not have to do the parental thing at school on my own. Seems like a small thing to other people maybe, but to me it was huge!

Other things…

I have been robbed. Repeatedly.

Firstly, a deposit wasn’t paid back to me – and I’m actually entitled to it. Grrr…

Secondly previous secret place power-that-be decided that my 10 days leave wouldn’t be paid out. Just because. Apparently we don’t accrue leave when we work there. Also didn’t pay my travel claim. I think I’m being punished for not making the world domination dream a reality and for getting off the bus when I thought it was headed where I didn’t want to go. It was pretty tense at the end, sadly.

I am miffed about the whole thing, or things as it is. Money is now subsequently TIGHT. Especially since I got pro rata salary this month because of the 2 days I took to go camping with Nicola.

Anyway, since I am sick and tired of drama, I am letting it go and moving on. Karma will have to sort them out, I’m busy, and not in the mood to fight about anything. Luckily Andy works for himself and always manages to pull a rabbit out of a hat when he needs to.

And now on to some motivational stuff and photos! 😀

Love this…definitely worth remembering!

Also this…and true of everyone.

Uhuh…

Polka, who believes she is a cat evidently…

This I could tattoo on my ass for every person who ever saved it when I least expected them to! 😆

Did you ever see a Pin about sticking a rose into a potato and planting it to have your very own rose bush? We tried it…now we have a potato plant. 😆

Yup…

All the feels…these two make me go aaaawe every day…

We now have fish! We had the goldfish Cherry…but this guppy is new, Nicola named her Brooklyn. I have no idea why. Brooklyn is preggers. Actually Andy is pretty sure she dropped some babies already and the shark we had in the tank ate them. Apparently this is no biggy, in two weeks or so she’ll let loose some more (even though we don’t have a boy guppy).

The shark…aka Piet…aka Piranha Piet! You can just see the attitude in this pic, right? Piet has been relocated to a flower vase for the safety of the other two fish.

Look what Piet did to the goldfish! Luckily these fins grow back in about two days. Poor thing looks a bit ROUGH and terrified.

Polka, still playing house cat…

Okay sneak peak at some art, sort of. Nicola is chilling at a bench in front of one of our clients’offices. From one angle it looks like people reading and chilling and from the other angle it spells “Think”. Very cool actually. It’s supposed to be interactive art, but apparently security sometimes chase people off it. 😆

I’ve sat on the K and it’s actually pretty comfortable. Just the right height, even if it’s concrete. At sundown you get the most spectacular hues of orange and gold on the opposite buildings when you sit here. A great place to think…

Have you ever enjoyed an ice cream this much? So cute!

All the feeeeeeeels….

Summer means storms around here, and we’re all very excited. Even when there’s no lightning or thunder (my favourite parts), at least there might be puddles (Nicola’s favourite part) and everything cools down a bit (Andy’s favourite part).

Sometimes the small things are actually the big things…

Every night when I get out of the shower, Andy has a cup of coffee ready for me. I can’t tell you how much that means to me on a day where I feel like I’ve had the stuffing knocked out of me.

I don’t ask – he just does it, and many many many many other little things. He’s amazing. I get quite emotional about this.

Nicola, getting her paint on one lazy weekend morning…

I did tell you about the bees, right?

Anyway we cleaned these ones up a bit and sent them on the rounds to school and Voortrekkers so that everyone could get the chance to see a Queen bee in comparison to a woker bee…or as we found to our surprise two queen bees. I know they don’t look exactly the same on this photo, but it was a different angle and the one was obviously not completely mature yet.

Okay, that wraps up this catch up for now I guess. Don’t be strangers! 😉

Chat again soon…

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It was good while it lasted

15 March , 2018

I have a home office, and although I am on the phone more or less ALL day to colleagues, contractors and customers in our virtual environment my face-to-face interactions are really maybe 1 or 2 a week.

Subsequently I haven’t really been man down sick in more than a year! Which is big for me. I usually get hit by two proper flus at least and whatever tummy bug is doing the rounds.

Seems my streak is over though…dammit.

And to add to my reasons to feel sorry for myself, I also took a spectacular tumble at Monday’s school run. Luckily nothing broken this time. Just lots of mud, blood and embarrasment!

I have (self)pity covered, send soup! 😉

Oh look at this pic…2nd shelf, righthand side, left item. Haha, I’d be mighty pissed off if someone prescribed me that! (I was curious so I asked the pharmacist what they “used” it for. She said it’s a asthma pump with no meds that they use to demo technique with. Did you know there was such a thing?!).

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Happy Spring Day

1 September , 2017


Not the coldest winter ever, but still one that made me feel like hibernating.

There are so many things that I have been meaning to write about, but somehow I blink and the moment has passed and I wrote nothing again.

Let me see if I can do a short summary in bullet points:

  • If one considers 18 to be grown up then I have now been adult-ish for 21 years. Of those years I have been single by choice for roughly 14 of those. I’m quite comfortable with my own company. However somehow I am now giving off man-stealing vibes, because for the first time ever people are now pissing on their territory when I’m near. It’s been strange to experience…I still consider myself to be harmless.
  • Still working the flexi hour gig. It’s going really well and we’ve damn near hit our target for November every month since March! I enjoy the people I work with, and they seem to enjoy me too.
  • Gardening up a storm with Nicola at my parents’ place! We’ve planted pumpkins, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, peas, cauliflower, strawberries and blueberries. I’m working on some tomarillo seeds from the neighbours to add to our collection.
  • We are now on fibre both at home and work. Data caps no more! Really, it’s too much fun not to worry at all about it. I actually make most of my calls on Voip now too. Earlier this week, unbeknownst to me the router and my phone had a disagreement about security and I was on mobile data for a day before realising. Haha, burnt through what usually lasted me a month in less than a day!
  • I have been terrible at reading. I’ve been sitting on the same book now for almost a month and I still don’t really care about the characters. Soldiering on however, I still have 50% of the book left to find someone I like in it.
  • I have also disembarked the bant-wagon. For many reasons, the primary one being I am not really in charge of what I eat at the moment. So I sort of try to dodge it, but if I can’t I don’t lose any sleep over it.
  • And I have cracked and joined Instagram. Just to see. I’m still not sure what the fuss is about or how many of my photos I’ll unleash on there, but we’ll see.

So that’s where we are, in a nutshell. I’ll leave you with some words of wisdom until I manage to write again…

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He was a very good boy…R.I.P. Diablo

12 May , 2017

He was without a doubt the most disobedient dog we ever had, but he was so gentle hearted, playful and filled with mischief you couldn’t help but laugh (or forgive him).

He had a good run, but his heart just couldn’t keep up with him anymore.

There’s a photo somewhere of him when he was a pup. Glowing red eyes and trying to eat the burglar bars. I really wanted to put that pic up here but that was 2 hard drive crashes ago and my photo albums are all still chilling in boxes. 

Here are a few of my favourite photos of Diablo (that I have in soft copy anyway).







And this was him on his last…

And then he got better…

And then he didn’t.

And when our boy, who loved to run and yip, was quiet and battled to get up or eat from pain…we knew it was time to say goodbye.

And it sucked, because we loved him. And he was part of our family. 

And we will never forget him.

Thanks for the laughs, cuddles and unexpected avo trees Balloeki… and even the high speed chases when you managed to slip out and go on a sight-seeing rampage from time to time. 

xxx

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2015 in review

31 December , 2015

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Friday bullets

7 February , 2014

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Do you like my picture? There sure has been a lot of rain this last week! I don’t think you can actually properly see the river that I was driving down from my photo. Sorry, I would have turned down the window a bit but I kept getting showered by oncoming traffic and eventually had to drive with a towel over my shoulder because I needed to crack it open a bit to clear the fog from my windscreen’s inside.

On the upside, I’ve managed to squeeze an extra 10 minutes out of every morning at home since I haven’t had to water the plants all week! 😉

This has been a pretty laid back week. This weather just makes me so sleepy and peaceful…

  • There’s been a bit of comment chaos on one of my old posts. I think it’s all under control now. If not, I’ll just close that off for comments going forward (you know I’ve never actually had to do that on any post before?)
  • I had a two day migraine thing, for which I took one duvet day. I actually feel it coming on again as we speak, so maybe time to pop some more pain killers.
  • Nicola was very upset with me yesterday because I wouldn’t let her fly to Japan to go and enjoy Oom Freddy’s birthday party with him – hahaha!
  • I have been hearing really lovely things from Nicola’s new teacher about her (of course). I must say I get a great kick out of it when a new teacher can see straight away what an amazing little girl she is, and they enjoy working together. That’s the best learning environment for her by far! She is the strictest teacher at the school, which is why she usually gets them the year before big school.
  • Talking about big school, I would feel a lot better if I could get my hands on a registration form for grade R at our school of choice. I emailed them earlier this week and they say I have to check in with them again end of March. Pffft…
  • I have found suspect things growing in the garden…which I plan to eradicate over the weekend before they spread to my container plants. Normally  I would just leave it and file it in my head under “not my problem” things, you know since we’re moving out there in less than two months – but this thing is very toxic, and literally grows like a weed (although not being actual weed this time at least), and in general it just upsets me to see it when I go outside for a smoke break. I do not want Nicola anywhere near it.
  • One of my cousins is getting married later on this month, to a lovely young lady called Leatitia. As you can imagine, her name comes up in discussion quite a bit – some of it regarding the wedding, the wedding cake, the upcoming bachelorette and so on. Well, Nicola has taken a liking to the name and decided to rename my parents’ husky (Diablo) to Leatitia – hahaha! We’re not allowing it, in case you were wondering, but it is a little bit funny. She says that my mom must make him a beautiful lady bird costume that he can wear to the dog show, where he will do amazing tricks and win the grand prize. (Unless there is a prize for eating avos and cherry tomatoes while being pretty or howling through kitchen windows, I don’t think he’s going to get it, shame…). Poor Diablo. Nicola is forever trying to rename him. Not too long ago she also renamed him Buster – for the exclusive purpose of being able to moan at him,  “Hey Buster! What do you think you’re doing?!”. (You’ll probably not be too surprised that the first thing she offered to do when she met our new landlord, was to rename all his dogs for him – and she doesn’t even know what their existing names are!) 😉

Now, you’ll have to excuse me…I have a serious case of the 14:00 slumps, partnered with the Friday lazies, and if I don’t go grab some coffee right this instant I am very likely to fall asleep behind my desk.

Hope you all have a super fantastic weekend – with lots of rest thrown in for good measure.

Ps! Is the post office still on strike? I can never tell if they’re on a go slow, or just pottering on at their regular speed. I’m waiting for a linen set I ordered online for Nicola’s new room and the anticipation is killing me…

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Kicking ass…

27 December , 2013

I saw this award doing the rounds the last week or so, and I’m thrilled to see I got nominated for it twice! 🙂 I kick with both feet obviously? Thanks Marcia and Julia.

What are you working on right now?

Relaxing. It’s going really well. 🙂 Also, starting January (next week) the job hunt is ON. Aaaand, there is a little side project that will hopefully snowball into a big passive-ish income at some point. I’m actually full of little things in various stages of completion.

Where did the idea for 123 Blog Myself come from?

The idea to write the blog came from my friend Freddy, but the name came to me on a treadmill one day when I still went to gym. I casually mentioned it to my friend Annelie at the time but it was ages after that before I started blogging. The name comes from a game we used to play as kids at my grandmother’s house. You have a safe wall, and it’s sort of a twist on hide and seek. If the seeker finds your hiding spot you both race to the wall and if you manage to get there first you have to hit it and shout “123 block myself” to stay safe. I guess if you want to pull it through to blogging you could say I have to tell my own story before someone else does it for me? 😉

How do you bring ideas to life?

I mull them over in the back of my head for ages…then I usually discuss them a couple of times with different people to see if I’m heading down the right track…and then I pounce and get it done in a way that sometimes makes it look a bit by the seat of my pants-ish, but really isn’t. There is also quite a bit of luck and timing involved in the big things, and I draw heavily on my support network to make big things come to life.

What is one trend that really excites you?

I don’t do trends. Online shopping, that really excites me!

What was the worst job you ever had, and what did you learn from it?

It was something I did over a school holiday when I was about 16 or 17. I got a weekend gig working at Lifestyle Nursery walking their ponies, and taking other people’s children on pony rides through the nursery. I thought it was going to be all green and out in the fresh-ish air working with animals…it was that, and then some. When you’re lifting and helping down hundreds of kids (some a little chubby, some a lot cranky) onto a pony’s back, it’s…well let’s just say it’s a full body workout. And when the ponies get tired they tell you in the only way they can I suppose, by biting your ankles. I didn’t stick with that job for long.

If you were to start again, what would you do differently?

Not a thing. I’m pretty happy with where things are headed. I might make a only buy cash type of rule. Credit card debt is awful, even if I am mostly on top of it now. Oh yes, and I would NEVER ever do business wit Telkom. I have on two occasions and I always end us screaming at people in call centres about it, with no result really.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you go about doing it?

I would make prisoners pay for their own stay through drug trials and cosmetic/shampoo/what-not human trials. It would be voluntary, in a way that working for your food can be called voluntary. No one needs to be given anything they don’t already have. But the money generated would be split in three ways, a third going to their victim, a third going to their own family who’s silly breadwinner is in jail now, and a third goes to them – from which they can pay for their living expenses and or save some for if they ever come out.

Tell us a secret?

Mmm…I don’t really have secrets. Can’t exactly be telling you other people’s secrets now, can I? Okay, I do have a few of my own – but they’re secret for a reason – so I’m passing on this question, sorry.

What are your three favourite online tools or resources, and what do you love about them?

I like facebook for birthday reminders and keeping up with what friends and family are up to. I enjoy twitter for quick updates from all kinds of interesting people, and for breaking news if there is any, also the jokes after breaking news is pretty awesome on twitter. And I love blogging and reading blogs for connecting with like minded individuals and friends, and seeing how other people go about with their day to day business and lives.

What is the one book you recommend people should read and why?

Face to face confrontations – can’t tell you by who now, I’m not in front of my bookshelf. It’s not a great read…but it’s a great book when you read it at least twice and then let the ideas simmer a bit. It is has good, clean and healthy ways of fighting in it. Well more the hard conversations which should be had before things progress to fighting.

Three people you should follow on Twitter and why?

Depends what you want from it. I follow 193 people and it’s a mix between friends and family (whom I will keep following unless they start clogging up my TL with things I don’t want to see), a couple of celebs and news sites, and really anyone that someone RTs that I find hilarious.

When was the last time you laughed out loud? And why?

On Christmas. My uncle was explaining to us what he goes through with a son that has turned vegetarian. You had to be there, but it was hilarious – we were all in stitches!

Who is your hero?

My family are all heroes to me in one way or another. My daughter is my most favourite though – I am just constantly amazed and in awe with her around.

Bloggers you would like to take part?

Freddy, Melinda, Cat, Marleen, MrsFF, Lynette, Bulldog, Jeanette, Mandy – if you want to obviously.

And now for a few seen around photos:

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Secret place spring display.

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Coffee that was as happy to see me as I was to see it.

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Water truck near Nicola’s school. They are busy with some major construction, and no one actually knows what the hell they’re doing even after three years of that going on.

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Pretty ring I got from Tamara.

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Nicola thinks anything in my kitchen cupboard is fair game wen it comes to selecting bath toys.

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Vanity plates – I do like the last one. 😉

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For Bulldog. If you want Loeries in your garden get some of this, they love it! The top picture where it looks like a lawn mower got hold of it, was actually them eating it.

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Something festive involving cameras and balloons in town one day when I popped out for lunch.

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The view from the 5th floor of secret place (where the railing seems a bit short). When it feels as if the walls are closing in on you, this is a great place for a smoke break.