Friday, October 31, 2008
I have missed the event for the last two years because of the small matter of kids writing exams (that's my story and I'm sticking with it!). Only people without school-going children would organise to head out of town during exam time, every year without fail! This time round I was given strict instructions that I would be at the getaway "or else!" And we have no exams going on in our household until 10 Nov. Paula is bringing a cart-load of studying with her and is probably going to hole-up in her room for the duration. Rox, in typical Rox fashion, is pretending that exams don't exist and she is out to extract as much fun from the weekend as she possibly can! Guess who has more of my genes?
So that's what we are doing this weekend. I'll be seeing ya'll on Monday!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It's such a strange set-up because although Eunice and I are as close (in some cases closer!) as family, I am also her employer 2 days a week, but we don't let this get in the way of our friendship ;-)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
- political campaign secretary
- bank clerk
Three places I have lived:
- Shelly Beach
Three shows that I watch:
- Army wives
- Grey's anatomy (can't wait for it to come back...)
Three places I have been:
Three of my favourite foods:
Three places I'd rather be right now:
- Sun City
- Cape Town
Three things I am looking forward to this year:
- The end of the school year (6 weeks to go.....)
- Closing the office for the Christmas break (no work for 2 weeks, yay!)
- Doing things together as a family over Christmas
Thursday, October 23, 2008
In the first week I lost 2 kgs - one kilo off each breast ;-)
And since then? NOTHING-NIKS-NADA-ZERO!!
I am really fed up with this whole thing and on the verge of packing it all in and going on a binge session of note. Think......fruit chutney chips, chocolate, Mozart's ice-cream...super caramel flavour, toasted cheese sarmies.......
The thing is I can't - I am beginning to look like Barney (minus the *happy* face and the purple hue).
So, please people, talk to the weight-loss gods and arrange for a couple more kilos to fall off, pleeez, preferably off my rump this time okay!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Simone needs: to understand that she has great ideas, she just needs to work on
Caz needs: to draw on the best of both worlds
Mel needs: to handle the sales end while some one else runs the company
Lucy needs: a haircut (considering Lucy is a hairstylist I find that hard to believe...)
Linda needs: a new best friend
(If I've tagged you, all you need to do is Google the name of the 5 bloggers you are tagging with the word "needs" attached and see what comes up)
Monday, October 20, 2008
I have always felt that our labels are quite accurate, but boy was I in for a surprise while we were in the berg.
Paula is my dreamy, book-loving, laid-back daughter. She’s a real softie. So you can imagine our surprise when one morning she got up and said she wanted to go mountain-boarding! Mountain boarding is very much a “Rox-type” thing to do, definitely not a “Paula” sort of activity at all. But this girl was determined that she was going mountain-boarding. So off we went. I had no doubt that Paula would take one tumble and decide that mountain-boarding was not for her.
We got there, got her kitted out and she had some lessons on the small ramp. After 2 or 3 tries she decided it was time to head for the adult ramp….
Oh my word, I would never have dreamed that she would even consider it! Up she went, at which point I had to turn away! She fell really hard on her first try and I assumed that at that point she would call it a day. No such luck, up she went again….and again…..and again. The once she winded herself and she had tears in her eyes, but up she went again. I could not believe it! Unfortunately she never made it down without falling and eventually we told her she had to stop as she was going to end up black and blue. She was really sad that she hadn’t mastered the thing, but was quite proud of her bruises.
I have always known that Paulz has a stubborn streak – it’s hard to miss! But I never for one moment expected her to have such guts and determination. I am guilty of under-estimating my own child.
This little episode really brought home to me the fact that labels can be very limiting. Because I don’t expect Paula to do outdoorsy things like her sister, perhaps I am giving her the impression that she shouldn’t do these things. I truly hope that’s not the case!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
What Your Nose Says About You
It's likely that you'll be lucky with money, though this luck may come later in life.
You tend to be stubborn. You don't take other people's opinions seriously.
You are helpful and giving. You like cooperating, and you're always willing to lend a hand.
You are a realist. You aren't much of an optimist or a pessimist.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
1. Who is your man? His name is Grant. To the girls he's Dad or "Annie" (don't ask!!) He's a really tough looking guy but, truth be told, he's a softie at heart (just don't tell his mountain-biking buddies, they'd never believe you ;-)
4. How old is your man? 40 (I am 3 months older than my toy-boy)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
With talk of a global recession, the rand reaching record lows and the interest rate sitting at a level that has made our bond repayments go through the roof, poverty is feeling rather close to home at the moment. And penny pinching doesn’t come easily to me, I have to confess.
So I’ve been feeling rather sorry for myself of late because, facts are facts, and we are having to cut back a little. This means we have to think twice before eating out (one of my favourite past-times) and I’ve had to determinedly walk past the clothing department of my favourite store as I know that a “quick browse” is always going to turn into “a bit of a splurge”. It sucks people!
But driving through the rural area close to where I live all of this is put very clearly into perspective for me. The people living in that area are living in poverty. The kind of poverty that means they don't have a proper roof over their heads, the kind of poverty that means their kids don't have decent clothes, the kind of poverty that means hungry tummies at night.
According to the Department of Public Works, seventy per cent of black South African children under 16 are classified as living in a state of poverty and undernourishment. Many children have lost both parents (often as a result of the AIDS epidemic) with the oldest children left to care for themselves and their siblings. They are frequently forced to drop out of school, reducing their chances of getting decent employment, and further reducing the chances of the household being able to move out of poverty.
It’s a vicious circle. So what is the answer? Frankly, I have no idea. But I really do believe that if each one of us did something small in our own lives to make a difference in the lives of those who are facing grinding poverty we could have a positive effect, albeit a small one.
Nelson Mandela said “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”
A couple of sites worth a visit: Greater Good SA and fellow blogger Mel’s Bosom Buddies
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Holidays are supposed to recharge my batteries, but instead, ungrateful wench that I am, all they seem to do is leave me wanting more holiday. I have spent the entire week sitting here at my desk, grumbling under my breath at the cruel injustice of my having to be here at all! I know, I'm a spoilt brat!
I'm hoping that by Monday I will have reconciled myself to the fact that every weekday for the next 10 weeks (yes, I counted!) my lazy ass will be sitting behind this desk, like it or not. Maybe once I have reached that stage of acceptance my blogging mojo will return
Thursday, October 09, 2008
1. Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you either positively or negatively
2. link back to the person who tagged you : Thanks Lucy
3. link back to this parent post: (the parent post link has, unfortunately, been lost along the way….)
4.tag a few friends or five, or none at all
5. post these rules— or just have fun breaking them!
Lucy and I seem to be 2 peas in a pod, I could copy her response to this tag, word for word, and it would all be true – but I’m going to try to be a little more original than that and post my own response!
1. Blogging has given me an outlet for all those thoughts, ideas and rants that mill around inside my head. Sometimes when something has really got me uptight and rattled I can let it all out in a blog post and feel an enormous sense of relief, other times it feels good simply to share something, but either way, it’s nice to have a place to record what’s happening in my life, the good, the bad and the ugly.
2. I have met some really, really nice people through blogging. This came as such a pleasant surprise as I didn’t get into blogging for the purpose of meeting people – it has been a wonderful, unexpected by-product of the process.
3. Blogging has given me a sense of accomplishment. I am inordinately proud of my little blog. I still get quite a thrill when I look at it and think “Wow, I created that and I did it all by myself” (with some help from angels like Sanni of course!)
4. Blogging gives me “Me Time”. It’s something I do just for me, and it gives me a break from all the other responsibilities that crowd my life. The family knows better than to bug me when I am blogging!
5. On the negative side, blogging gives me an excuse to sit on my fat rump in front of the computer. I SO don’t need another excuse to just park off! When I should be doing a myriad of other things, such as exercising, tidying cupboards, gardening…… I can be found blogging – which probably accounts for the cartload of weight I have gained this year!
I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you are keen to do this one please leave me a comment!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
1.Your rock star name (first pet, current car)
2.Your gangsta name (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite type of shoe)
Rum 'n Raisin Thong
3.Your Native American name (favorite color, favorite animal)
4.Your soap opera name (middle name, city where you were born)
Donna Nigel (well I wouldn't call it a city as such...LOL!)
5.Your Star Wars name (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 of your first name)
6.Superhero name (2nd favorite color, favorite drink)
7.NASCAR name (the first names of your grandfathers)
8.Dancer name (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)
Eau Dynamisante Jelly Tot (Bwahahaha!)
9.TV weather anchor name (your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)
10.Spy name (your favorite season/holiday, flower)
11.Cartoon name:(favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now)
12.Hippie name (what you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)
13.Movie star name (first pet, first street where you lived)
Monday, October 06, 2008
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