Humpday confessions

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Calm down Janet, I know it is Thursday.

It has just been one of those weeks.  I’m tired, I had a weird earache (went away yesterday thankfully), I’m feeling all sorts of meh and cannot even blame pms.  Anyone else get super emotional during random times of the month?  Like everything is just SO upsetting and letting go of insignificant things is impossible.

Anyway onto humpday confessions on a Thursday:

  • Being efficient is great – good on you.  Being efficient as well as polite or at least showing something adjacent to kindness?  Even better.  Lets think about that.
  • The heat on the weekend was amazing but I’m thrilled with this cooler weather and spot of rain we got this morning.  I love the warmer months but am happy for us to first have a proper spring.
  • I wish getting a decent apology didn’t mean so much to me.  That getting one (or not) made such a difference.
  • Stationery shopping makes me so happy – it is just such an instant mood lifter.  Crap day?  Hello pretty notebook.
  • I’m just completely out of my reading routine at the moment.  Feeling meh and just uninspired and even my TBR list isn’t changing my mind.  I didn’t even do the monthly book review link up and I read such a good book (Watching you by Lisa Jewell) which I want to review soon.  Reading mojo, please return.

xx

 

Weekly gratitude

I usually do these posts on a Friday, not a Monday afternoon but better late than never right?

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I’m linking up with Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/  with my list of things that made me smile during the past week:

  • Celebrating the anniversary of our first date.  On Friday it was the 17 year anniversary of our very first date we had back in 2002.  And for the record I was super brave in those days and phoned to ask him out for coffee!  Best decision I ever made ❤
  • We had a great weekend in Hermanus celebrating.  The weather was perfect and so hot – felt like summer had arrived from Friday afternoon!  We drove through, did some grocery shopping, checked in, went to have nachos for dinner.  Saturday we drove through to De Hoop and saw not one but two Woodpeckers!  I adore them and got to see where they were making a nest.  We had a drink at the restaurant – it was roasting hot and we sat inside.  Drove back to Hermanus for a chilled evening.  On Sunday we went to have breakfast, then packed up and made our way home.

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  • Going to gym last week and doing my best 5km run ever
  • My parents are back home after another eye op for my Dad. Even though the results weren’t all they’d hoped for, we hope and pray the Dr has good news in 6 weeks time.
  • Hamburgers for supper – we’ve been trying out different combinations and have perfected it now.
  • Clean and tidy home
  • Fresh bed linen
  • Mark doing a corporate photo shoot at his work which was very exciting
  • Doing a bit of gardening one evening after work.
  • Cooler weather predicted this week – I am ready for summer but I’d like to ease into spring a little more slowly!

Quarter end so I’ve got a super busy week ahead and better get on with it.  Might need a cup of tea before 🙂

Have a great week.

xx

August recap – what is new with you?

Each month the lovely Kirsten from http://www.seeyouinaporridge.com/ hosts a link up where bloggers can share a recap from their previous month.

August was a great month and Mark and I enjoyed two weekends up the West Coast.  I love Langebaan.  I love seeing the Gannets at Bird Island in Lamberts Bay.  I got some spa pampering.  Great food at Ginja Beanz. Both getaways left me feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead.

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We discovered a new place for breakfast and brunch called Jarryds in Town.  I’d visited the restaurant after a morning hike with my boss and some colleagues and wanted to show Mark the menu.  So we had a couple of brunches there and the food is SO good.

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I spent a lot of time at the gym, did my best 5k run and lost a few kilos.  We have been doing meal planning and increasing our veggies (not that you’d tell by the pics above haha).  But during the week we have been eating super healthily and doing a dry month.

Getting back into my creative writing was one of my goals for August and I’m pleased to say I ticked it off the list.  I just need to allocate more time to it.

I did make time for blogging and finally got around to writing a post I’ve been meaning to share for ages on female friendships.  https://my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/4001/

The month flew by to be honest and now we are in spring.  The mornings are less chilly and summer is around the corner.  It is my favourite time of year 🙂

What about you?  How was your August?

xx

 

 

 

2019 Winter bucket list recap


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I must say I enjoyed this last winter and once again embraced the chilly weather and made the most of it.  We are going into spring now and I’m looking forward to unpacking my summer clothes and swapping jackets for dresses and sandals.

My winter 2019 bucket list included:

  • Visit somewhere we’ve never been before  Yes and it was so enjoyable.  We visited Giants Castle in the Drakensberg.  https://my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/weekend-in-the-drakensberg/
  • Cycle 45km’s No, unfortunately not.
  • Get a new winter jacket  Which I pretty much wore it most of winter!
  • Plan a getaway to Wilderness and visit the market in Sedgefield again Spent Easter in Wilderness https://my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/easter-weekend-recap/
  • Read “The life changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo Nope, still on my TBR list
  • Get new yoga clothes
  • Do a workshop through the yoga studio I attend  I missed the last 2 sessions as I was sick but I’m ticking this off
  • Make soup from scratch Nope!
  • Embrace the season change like I did last year and make the most of the cold weather
  • Go to bed earlier during the week

I’m debating whether to make a summer bucket list because whilst we have loads planned I feel like I just want to savour the warmer weather and not make another to-do list.  For some reason I feel more care-free and chilled in the warmer weather and I just want to soak up every moment.

xx

 

September goals and mantras

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And just like that spring is here!

Well almost….we had rain yesterday and it was chilly in the evening but September means warmer weather is on the way for us.

*Does happy dance*

The first Monday of the month is the link up with Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/ with monthly goals and mantras.

But first a recap of last month’s goals:

  • Increase gym visits this month
  • Make time to do more creative writing
  • Re-organize upstairs bathroom
  • Drink more water
  • Make an appointment for some spa pampering
  • Blog 10 times and schedule more posts 12 updates but who is counting 🙂
  • 2 Facebook free days a week (minimum) I am sure I did most weeks but didn’t always keep track of it.  I just know I’m more mindful offline and ❤ it
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Update my gratitude journal daily Started over a week into the month but then got into the daily routine
  • Have an awesome long weekend

A lot was ticked off and most was pretty effortless.  The main bathroom cupboard was a fun project and I enjoyed organizing it after I found containers.  The bathroom looks so minimalistic and tidy now, each morning I walk into to clean and uncluttered surfaces.  The spa pampering was bliss and we loved the long weekend we spent up the West Coast.

Lets have a look at my September 2019 goals:

  • Make time to do more creative writing – schedule time each week for this
  • Read 2 books
  • Continue mindfulness, writing in my gratitude journal and spending less time on FB
  • Write an article on my dry month and how it improved my fitness, sleep and mood
  • Make another spa appointment.
  • Drink more water than tea!

Mantras for the month:

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream – C S Lewis

Spring:  a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be – unknown

Although no on can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending – Carl Bard

Here is to a great September

xx

 

Weekly gratitude

Hello from a very cold Cape Town!  We were having some slightly warmish weather a little while ago but now it feels like winter all over again.  I’m sitting wearing layers with the heater on and a lovely cup of tea (with honey).

This week has flown and I cannot believe we are nearly at the end of August.  I had a check up at the Optometrist and a follow up at the Dentist this week but managed to fit in some kick ass workouts and have to say this dry month has improved my fitness and eating in so many ways.  I will be doing a post on it and look forward to sharing what I’ve learnt along the way.

Fridays mean happy vibes and gratitude lists.  As always, I enjoy linking up with Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/  with my list of things that made me smile during the week:

  • Hike up the mountain and breakfast at Jarryd’s last Friday morning.  I have the best boss ever.
  • Quiet Saturday mornings with tea and a book
  • Saturday brunch was this………..

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Went back to Jarryds with Mark so he could try the amazing menu.

  • Productive Sunday.  Skipped the gardening because of the rain but caught up on chores, ran 5km’s, did a quick shop, stocked up my gift drawer and had a nap.
  • Getting a last minute check up at the Optometrist.
  • Prioritising gym on days I feel like skipping it.
  • The heater – first thing I switch on when I get to the office in the mornings.
  • Finding containers and re-organising the main bathroom cupboard. Amazing how much better the counter looks uncluttered!
  • Drinking mint tea each day (been reading up on the benefits of this refreshing tea)
  • This candle that smells SO GOOD

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What about you?  What is on your gratitude list this week?

xx

West Coast weekends

We recently spent 2 weekends up the West Coast visiting Bird Island in Lamberts Bay and staying in Langebaan at a gorgeous guesthouse.

Bird Island is amazing and home to the Gannet which is one of the most beautiful birds in my opinion.  We arrived early each time to get the morning light and enjoyed some time in the hide which gives great views of these magnificent birds.

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We stood for ages just watching them take off and saw some comical landings!  Such an enjoyable start to the day.

We made our way back to Langebaan, had breakfast at Ginja Beanz and spent time in West Coast National Park.  The flower season is here and spring is around the corner.

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I had some pampering the one weekend at my favourite spa – Zest – always a treat to visit.

We stayed at Harrisons House which is a 5 star guest house in Langebaan.  The rooms are beautiful and filled with thoughtful extras.  Underfloor heating in winter – bliss.

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The breakfasts the next morning were such a treat!

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We drove back the one afternoon through Mamre and I took this pretty photo.  Spring is getting closer and I am looking forward to warmer weather!

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There is so much to do and see up the West Coast.  Cannot wait to go back.

xx