The Olive Festival

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Yesterday I went with a friend of mine, Charnè, to the Olive Festival in Riebeeck’s Casteel. It was an awesome day with lots of amazing delicious food, wine, laughs and great company. I spent far too much money yesterday but I had a blast and I really don’t mind living on 2 minute noodles for the rest of the month lol…. Next year we’ll stay over I think. We paid R100 for a weekend pass, which included a glass for wine tastings. Definitely worth it if you can get to all the wines to taste. We even had a glass of champagne in the middle of the vineyard 🙂

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If you in Cape Town I would definitely recommend a day out to the Olive Festival.

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And this little madam added half a glass of apple juice to my chenin blanc when I wasn’t looking… tsk tsk… some habits are hard to break I guess lol…

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Seriously awesome day… thanks my friend xxx

A Weekend of Madness

I moved on Friday night. Normally quite an exciting time (new beginnings and all that), but this time was different.  When I got retrenched a couple weeks ago the first thought that went through my mind was “my lease expires 30 November, and I can’t get a new lease without a job”… so after a brief chat with an amazing friend it was agreed that I could move my household contents – including 2 cats, 2 dogs, a fish and a child – into her 3 bedroom home. We figured we’d shuffle everything around and we’d fit.

Well, we’re sitting here now Sunday evening, and the kitchen and lounge have been sorted.  The rest of the house… well….  erm….  There are beds in the “dining area”, 2 lounge suites squashed into the lounge, the cats hiding out in the wrong bedroom and 2 kids who at various points during the course of the weekend have had the kind of fights typical of siblings. It’s a huge adjustment for the kids – both of them are only kids and now all of a sudden they’ve been thrown into a situation where there is another kid around all the time. I think it may take a week or 2 still but we’re getting there. Today was definitely better than yesterday.

We had 2 birthday celebrations today – a dotty dalmation 2nd birthday at Spur, and a very close friend’s early birthday celebration (it’s in 17 days just in case we forget)… 🙂

There’s still a lot to be done in the house (sorting and packing and general tidying up) which I’m hoping to get stuck into this week.

I also have an interview on Tuesday with a company in the City Bowl. I’ll be doing some research and intensive prep work tomorrow – wish me luck! 🙂

Right now though, it’s time for a chilled glass of wine, a movie and some down time to recharge for the week ahead.

Say it in a post card

So these postcard things have been doing the rounds for quite some time and a lot of them are amusing, I already had an ode to wine here, and I have a few more to add…

Sadly no wine for me this weekend as we all need to be up before sparrow’s fart tomorrow morning for the Discovery Big Walk, where we will be walking 25km from Fish Hoek to Greenpoint Stadium. I have no idea what I was thinking when I agreed to do this, but do it I must and I have bottle in the fridge waiting for me when I get home. I think I should probably try and find a wheelchair for after too as I probably won’t be able to walk…..  Will keep you updated along the way I suppose…

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My World On My Phone

I’m a busy mom. I work a full day and have a daughter most evenings (she does spend a lot of time with her dad). I feel like I’m always busy and it’s kinda hard to keep track of everything all the time.

I’m also a bit of a techno geek, which is why I love my Samsung Galaxy SIII so much. I love the Play Store – I love the awesome free apps I have found that make managing my day to day tasks and activities so easy!

I have a calendar app, to keep track of all the birthday parties and business meetings and networking dinners! I have a calorie tracker – to keep track of all the birthday cake (and wine and good food), and an exercise tracker to see how far I’ve run/swum/cycled and calories burned.

I have apps for banking, shopping lists, blogging, pinning, tweeting and facebooking. Apps to edit photos and share them on any social media I want. Emailing, instant messaging, note taking, music-sharing, navigation-so-you-don’t-get-lost apps. Apps for checking the weather where I am, and where I’m going. eReader apps because it’s easier to fit in my handbag instead of  that big novel, or have a dozen recipe books in the kitchen! I can throw birds at pigs and learn how to play the piano and squash big fat ants, colour in Disney princesses and scan business cards!! Subscribe to international newspapers and keep up to date with what is going on in the world without leaving my desk – or bed! Buy electricity and airtime and data and download music and rent movies to watch online!!!

I even found Platter’s South Africa Wine app – with over 3000 wines, maps, and ratings!  *sigh…. too much happy*

           

It’s crazy! And this is probably only the tip of the iceberg of what these phones (and other smartphones) can do.

A few years ago I would never have thought my whole life would be in one little device – now I think I’d be lost without it.

Move – eat – live

Ah, the onset of summer….  most people get mini heart attacks at the thought of being all exposed and wobbly on the beach in December. And I’m one of them again this year.

I joined Virgin Active a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been a few times, mostly for cardio as I want to lose weight and get fit before I start toning.

I haven’t been absolutely comfortable with my body since the pregnancy (I mean, really, which mother is?), so I’m taking the plunge and getting active. The Virgin Active gym in Tableview is great as they have an awesome Club V section for the kiddies to hang out while mom works out. Aurora loves it there and has actually become my personal cheerleader and motivator – by nagging to go to gym every day when I fetch her from school. I have no excuse now not to go at least 3 times a week.

On Sunday I did a full 60 minute cardio workout, and went to fetch and was immediately told “go workout some more mommy, I’m not done here”. So I did 🙂

So, the question is – can I lose 9kg by December? I hope I can do it. The only part of my diet (eating habits) that has me really worried is the wine that I do enjoy so much!  I’m sure the odd glass here and there will slow things down, but I don’t want to starve myself of any pleasure to feel good 🙂

@Sleekgeek has inspired me to change my lifestyle and #eatclean, get active and shed the kilo’s!  While I haven’t officially joined the SleekGeek Summer challenge I am well motivated to see the results of some of the participants.

You can follow them on Twitter @Sleekgeek, Facebook, and the web.

There is a 30 day REBOOT support group with guidelines on what to cut out of your diet (and, sadly, alcohol is one) to reset your metabolism and burn that fat baby!!!!

Here’s to healthy, fit and fabulous summer me – AND YOU!!!  🙂

My friends are the family I choose for myself

I’ve always considered myself a good friend, and thought I had good friends, but I said something to someone about someone else and that someone else heard what I said (we’ve all done this, right?). The someone else is my sister, who I was very close to for a very long time, but we seem to have drifted apart quite a lot over the last few months. What I had said and how the story was retold set off a nasty fight and caused a lot of hurt feelings. It all felt so high school and honestly I’m turning 34 next week – aren’t we supposed to grow up and let things like this go?

It was quite by accident on Monday that I found this particular article on News24, and it was just so relevant to what I was experiencing with my circle of friends. It also opened my eyes and made me realize that, although I may be a good friend (and I really do think I am), I can be better, simply by doing these things for my friends…

Some things good friends do instinctively

  • Good friends keep things to themselves that were told to them in confidence.
  • They are reliable about things such as prearranged dates, times, or contributions to a dinner party.
  • They are not jealous if you have other friends. On the contrary, real friends are happy for you.
  • Good friends phone or visit when you are sick, or your mother has died.
  • They know when to listen and when to talk.
  • They are of the few people to whom you can say that you are not well, and they don’t feel uncomfortable.
  • They know when to back off – sometimes you just need space and they do not interpret that as a personal rejection, because they do not see everything from their own point of view.
  • They will tolerate your lively children, or your grumpy mother-in-law or you boisterous fox terrier.
  • They will be honest with you if you ask their opinion, but, once they have given it, will not hold it against you if you don’t follow their advice.

More things good friends will do

  • Good friends never say “I told you so”, even if they are right.
  • They will laugh and cry and be silly and drink a bit too much with you, but will not tell others about it.
  • They do not make you feel that you have to spring clean your house before they visit.
  • Good friends are not jealous of your success or your nice new boyfriend.
  • They will not allow other people to say nasty things about you in their presence without defending you.
  • They will encourage you to do adventurous new things, such as skydiving or dyeing your hair, or going on a blind date.
  • Good friends will laugh at your joke even if they have heard it six times before.
  • They will take you out on your birthday if you have nothing planned.
  • Good friends don’t automatically expect you to agree with them on matters of sex, politics and religion.
  • Good friends will fetch you if your car breaks down at 2am.
  • They will go to the divorce court with you or visit you in hospital.

If you don’t have friends who do these things for you, it might be because you are not doing these things for them. It’s not too late to start right now.

(Susan Erasmus, Health24, updated September 2012)

I am very pleased to say that last night broken fences were mended over 2 bottles of wine (I am feeling it this morning) and we have agreed to leave the crap in the past and work on strengthening our relationship, for ourselves and for our daughters.

As for the rest of my friends – I love them dearly. My friends are the family I choose for myself, and I know I have chosen well. I would be lost without them.

I am looking forward to celebrating my birthday next week with these special ladies, and hope that I will be celebrating with them for years to come.