Monday, September 22, 2014

My 40th birthday... in photos


Which is your favourite?

Sunday, September 21, 2014


I had a nap both yesterday and today.

Napping in and of itself is not a bad thing... but it's a bad thing for me. I didn't do any of the things I intended to do today so I had to pack my lunch while cooking and I still haven't packed my work bag or chosen clothes.

On the bright side, Wednesday is a public holiday - yay!

My Ballito photos are finally all done and chosen for printing so that is super great, because I felt like I haven't been able to move onto September with August still outstanding.

I'm sure some of you can relate.

So this nap.

I fell asleep with my arm around Connor but he didn't fall asleep.

C: Mummy, I heard Kendra awake so I went to see what she was doing.

Me: And then you decided to be naughty with her?


(at least he's honest)

They TRASHED the sunroom. TRASHED.

Every single crayon, marker and pencil crayon in the house (and we probably have over 100) was all over the floor, and there were playdough bits everywhere.

The only good thing was that they stayed in that area and didn't mess up the carpeted areas.

D warned me that it was bad.... so after a while, I said to Kendra, "Kendra, can I come look yet?"

K: No, Mummy, you better stay in the room a bit longer.

K's hair being trimmed on the last Thurs of Aug (it's the day MIL visits the kids)
Needless to say, I went to the sunroom, freaked at the vandalism and they whipped that place into shape lickety-split.

And then we carried on doing Pinteresty things.

In other news, my children had their first Ha.ppy Meals today. I'm not really sure how I feel about such a milestone... I like to have a very occasional Caj.un Ch.icken burger (like once a year) but D enjoys McD's Egg Mc.Muffins about once a month. We had minute maid and corn for their sides which is a teensy bit better. Although I LOVE the fries!

And last but not least, we're wearing jerseys!!!! After weeks of 30-degree weather!

What's going on in your part of the world?
I was playing with the 50 mm lens...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

It's pouring with rain... obviously I feel the need to post beautiful beach photos from Ballito! First rains of the season :)

I'm taking a quick break from my #getitdonedaywithmarcia (something I host for my Live Organised Community members). We make a list of things we need/ want to get done and this one day a month is dedicated to those things. It's actually DIVINE because I save up those nagging projects and pop them out.

Already done today - sorting the kids junk (boxes full of nonsense - random brochures, broken buttons, rocks, etc.), sorting the arts and crafts supplies and tossing out things that are dry, etc. (I tell you, NO one does this if I don't), getting a birthday present ready for next weekend, my two pyjama drawers (you have two, right?).

I've just started work clothes and then I have to go through those millions of notebooks the kids seem to accumulate, and then I'm relaxing while I organise August photos.

Anyway, Ballito photos.

These are from our first full day. I took a few photos on day 1 but they don't want to upload for some strange reason.


eager kids

work happening RIGHT above our flat from about 8 - 12 every day. One way to get me up.

D trying to be polite to a vendor


Fitbit for the win!

chipped nail polish - I did a new colour that same evening


view from my spot on the sand
I also finished reading a very disappointing book today. Glad it's done but annoyed, so I've already started a Cecilia Ahern to try and make up.

What did you get up to today?

Friday, September 19, 2014

{Friendship Friday} The Bambanani gang :)

Nearly two months ago I thought it might be a nice idea to have the original Bambanani gang meet up again.

Here's the post from when we met up two years ago on 15 April 2012!

This time it was the end of winter and that day was not too bad actually.

Onto the pics... because I have some photos to sort out.

my D

why do I get such a kick out of this sign?!

check out the look!

I had to jazz this one up a bit


I sneaked a photo...

taking photos of one another - I LOVE THIS ONE!


Louisa's drink

my friend A joined right at the end for a cup of tea
And that was that.

This is the first week in September that I've had ZERO friend dates... :o Both of the previous weeks I had two friend dates.

If we were sitting having a cup of tea, I'd ask you, "so, how are you doing? what's going on in your life? Tell me everything!"

Let's pretend we're having tea.

Tell me everything!
PS is the internet dead? I have like zero views or comments on my posts :(

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weird things that happen at parties - part 2

Remember the last post?

Right, so this is the same party.

This time, I'm the cause of the weird thing.

Okay, I've spoken before about how the art of conversation is a lost cause and people don't know how to converse anymore.

Granted, I'm an extrovert so it is fairly easy for me to start conversations.

But there's a natural rhythm, right? You say something, the other person says something, and on and on.

Well, it turns out I don't know what to do when the ball of conversation doesn't bounce back.

So I start making conversation with the birthday girl's mom, initially because I really feel like since you invited me to your child's party and we've never even met, let alone spoken before, the least I can do is engage a bit with you, right?

And she just answers my question and that's it.

So I try again.

And again.

Flip - same thing.

But then it's almost like I can see myself from outside my body and no matter how much I tell myself to just SHUT UP, I can't. And I'm blabbering on and on.

OH LORD, it felt so awkward but I couldn't stop for a bit until thankfully, one of the kids did/ said something to break the stream of inane talk.

That's when I was really glad I have a big camera to hide behind. And I hid happily behind my camera for another 30 mins til we left.

This wasn't at a busy time of the party nor was she needed elsewhere. Believe me, I analysed all of that :)

D just LAUGHED (laughed!) when I told him my story and told me to relax.

He says they are all introverts ("we're writers. what do you expect?") and since they like their words on pages (or computers, as it were), they're not that skilled in the in-person scenario.

I said, "hogwash!"

Everybody needs to learn to hold up their end of a conversation.

Anyway, there is no point to this but really, it's a mental note to me to shut up when I see the conversation flagging and make a hasty exit!

So has this ever happened to you (on either end of the awkwardness)?
What did you do?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A purple winter walk with the little one

One of the most fun things I did with the kids in winter was to take photowalks. When they allowed me (!), I took my camera. After a couple of these, I said one day, "let's look for anything BLUE" and so it was a thing.

One child got to use the pink camera (Sony Cybershot) and the other chose the colour of the day. Or sometimes that child got to do both. Or I chose the colour I wanted to capture (yellow was my idea!).


The point is it sharpens their attention to detail and sometimes they'd notice a lot more than I did (my attention to detail is very good - it's that S :)).


Anyway, this set of photos was taken in August. Kendra and I set out to look for all things purple.

She took photos of every little flower along the one street that we only had time to walk just that street. But she was a happy camper after that so all was well.

my nails happened to match!

My favourite shade of purple is "eggplant purple". What's your favourite shade (if you even like purple)?


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