Currently: April

Watching:  “This is Us” “Life in pieces” “Man with a plan” “American housewife”

Reading:  City of friends by Joanna Tollope

Enjoying:  Cycling again!  Cycled 30km’s on Saturday.

Eating:  Less red meat and more chicken with vegetables.

Drinking:  Loads of tea.

Laughing:  at last night. We were supposed to meet hubby’s parents for dinner.  Due to a miscommunication we ended up at different restaurants.  Same name, different branch. They phoned to ask if we were running late while we were wondering if they were stuck in traffic.  Had a nice evening when they eventually arrived (at the correct branch).

Looking forward to:  3 day weekend

Grateful:  for the rain we had yesterday and more which is predicted.

Feeling:  like rubbish after changing my contraception.  I went with a convenient option many years ago and am paying the price.  I feel completely horrendous and I think the only people who haven’t pissed me off or who I haven’t had words with are those I haven’t yet met.

Hoping:  this will pass SOON.

xx

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TGIF

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The weekend starts in a few hours – something I’m incredibly grateful for!  This week has been busy but I don’t feel like I’ve ticked much off my to-do list – just one of those weeks!

Each Friday there is a link up with the fabulous Peaceful Posse.  Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth    http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/ host this amazing Friday link up called What’s up weekend?  Bloggers share their gratitude lists and it is a great way to start the weekend.  My list this week:

  • Fun in Langebaan over the weekend. Took a days leave last Friday and spent a fantastic weekend cycling, visiting the spa, having braais and relaxing in a beautiful place. Love Langebaan!
  • Getting back into my cycling. We rode around West Coast National Park and it was great seeing it at a slower pace on the bike.
  • Dinner at Cattle Baron on Monday.
  • Going back to gym on Tuesday – spent 30 minutes on the treadmill and then had a healthy dinner afterwards.
  • Wine after super long days
  • Rain on Wednesday
  • Finding balance this week – just because we had a dinner out on Monday didn’t mean we couldn’t eat healthily the rest of the week. Countered the treat with lots of stir-frys this week and the scale registered it this morning!
  • Waking up hours before the alarm and going back to sleep
  • Feeling less tired – could be that we are back at gym/eating more vegetables/vitamin has kicked in
  • My new blog finally getting there – might be able to start posting on it next week.

xx

 

Hump day confessions

I see these posts on other blogs sometimes and thought I’d give it a go…..

Confession no. 1:  I’ve got my head in the sand about winter. Pretending it isn’t around the corner by wearing dresses and sandals most days at work. I bought myself a lovely cardigan but I refuse to do more than look at it when I open the cupboard in the morning.  Not ready to pack away my floral dresses just yet.

Confession no. 2:  I have always done my own nails and had them short but now have discovered gel overlays.  Oh my word – what took me so long to try this?  And I haven’t done anything to my nails so they have grown quite long.

Confession no. 3:  due to having long nails for the first time in years I’m battling to type at times but I feel this is a small sacrifice for pretty nails.

Confession no. 4:  My parents moved last year and are 2 hours away. We are closer now and more in contact than when they lived 5 minutes away.  I grew up in a house which was often filled with visitors and a doorbell that never stopped ringing.  Only as an adult (and after realising I’m an introvert) did I realise why I felt it was sometimes invasive.  It is not that I am anti-social – it is was just that we seemed to be the household that everyone my parents knew felt they could just rock up and park off at.  My parents are amazing hosts but I feel that they were sometimes taken advantage of and it upset me.

Now when we visit we actually get to have a conversation with them instead of watching them run around after everyone, getting them eats and something to drink.  A conversation gets to be about my parents, sister and us.  Not a visitor.  Not who needs more coffee.  When I tell my parents something these days they have the time to hear and take in what I’m saying.  They have made amazing friends – I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few but nobody falls through their doorway from sunrise to sunset expecting to be fed and entertained.  Everyone respects their time and space.

Confession 5:  I have always refused to have a doorbell.  This could be linked to the above.

Confession 6:  I’m often shocked at how much tea I drink! I start off the day with good intentions to match each cup of tea with a glass of water but seldom does this happen. Sometimes I’ve had 3 cups of tea before 9:00am.

Confession 7:  I detest throwing things away in the belief that I’ll need that random piece of paper/receipt/post-it/ reminder one day.  This means I’ve still got my work diary from 2006.

Confession 8:  On Monday hubby and I were supposed to start our week off with a super healthy dinner.  I was going to make a grocery list.  We were going to go to the supermarket.  But then we found ourselves at our favourite restaurant and that was that.

Confession 9:  I cannot get the most recent episode of “This is Us” out of my head.  It was the Superbowl Sunday episode and I knew we were going to find out how Jack died but it was just so incredibly sad.  I ate alot of ice-cream while I watched it with a wet face.

Confession 10:  we are out of ice-cream.

Well that felt good.  What would you like to get off your chest?

xx

Sentence a day: March

I saw this on Lindsay’s blog  http://theflynnigans.com/   and decided to give it a try.  It is a month in your life, summed up in a sentence (or two).

So this was my March:

Thursday 1st March 2018: Drove myself around today – I’m determined to get this driving thing sorted!

Friday 2nd March 2018: Went to the movies after work and watched “50 Shades Freed” and then to a favourite restaurant for dinner.

Saturday 3rd March 2018: Went to get Mark’s Leopard photo printed and framed.

Sunday 4th March 2018: Had a quiet day pottering around.

Monday 5th March 2018: Busy day at work.

Tuesday 6th March 2018: Had dinner out – couldn’t be bothered to cook!

Wednesday 7th March 2018: Really bad mood has been following me around. Not cool.

Thursday 8th March 2018: Is it Friday yet?

Friday 9th March 2018: Gin and Tonic after work

Saturday 10th March 2018: Went to Langebaan and booked myself a pedicure and manicure at a Spa.

Sunday 11th March 2018: Breakfast at Fraiche Ayres, then shopping, cut Mark’s hair, planted some cacti (water-wise!), Mark put up the Leopard picture in our bedroom and I did laundry.

Monday 12th March 2018: Woke up with a scratchy throat which got worse as the day went by. Bought ice-cream after work which was so soothing.

Tuesday 13th March 2018: Why is it one always gets ill at the worst times?

Wednesday 14th March 2018: Stayed home and slept loads. Ate toast and had tea and felt more human by the end of the day.

Thursday 15th March 2018: Wellness day at work.

Friday 16th March 2018: The cough that wouldn’t go away.

Saturday 17th March 2018: Feeling better! Went to our friends beautiful wedding and it was such a stunning day.

Sunday 18th March 2018: Had breakfast out and then went for a drive to Langebaan.

Monday 19th March 2018: Feel like a bus has flattened me – cough back and feeling awful.

Tuesday 20th March 2018: So glad tomorrow is a public holiday.

Wednesday 21st March 2018: Had breakfast out and then took a long drive enjoying the warm weather.

Thursday 22nd March 2018: Decided to book a night in Langebaan and was so glad that I could get a spa appointment.

Friday 23rd March 2018: Weekend!!! Packed and got ready for tomorrow.

Saturday 24th March 2018: Up super early and on the road. Went to West Coast National Park and drove around. Breakfast at Ginja Beanz and then I had my spa appointment. Tried gel overlays for the first time and then had 30 minutes reflexology. Booked in, did some grocery shopping and had pizza for dinner.

Sunday 25th March 2018: Mark went to West Coast National Park and I read in bed with some tea. Checked out and went to have breakfast before going home.

Monday 26th March 2018: Busy day followed by grocery shopping.  Delicious dinner and ice-cream for dessert.

Tuesday 27th March 2018: Training at work.

Wednesday 28th March 2018: Cleaned after work and then had dinner out as our reward

Thursday 29th March 2018: super busy day at work. So glad 4 day weekend is here.

Friday 30th March 2018: Up super early and on the road before 5:00am. Got to Wilderness in time for a late breakfast at Flava. Went to Knysna and took pictures. Checked into our B&B and went to Cocomos for drinks. Afterwards went to Pomodoro for dinner. Their pizzas are delicious.

Saturday 31st March 2018: Went to the market in Sedgefield – so many great stalls!  Had a chilled afternoon, then went back to Cocomos for drinks and I had delicious chili poppers. There was a great band playing – Coffee Addicts – and we enjoyed their music. Went to Pomodoro for pizza and walked back to the B&B. Cannot believe March is over.

xx

Hello Friday

It was a 4 day week yet it felt longer.  What is up with shorter weeks that do that?  I usually post this at lunchtime but today got away from me and it is now early Friday evening and the weekend has arrived!  Supper is on the stove and there is dessert in the freezer and I cannot wait to get on the couch with Mark and Masterchef!

Each Friday there is a link up with the fabulous Peaceful Posse.  Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth    http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/ host this amazing Friday link up called What’s up weekend?  Bloggers share their gratitude lists and it is a great way to start the weekend.  My list this week:

  • An amazing time up the Garden Route over the long weekend.

Left Cape Town super early and had breakfast at Flava before driving to Knysna.  The weather there on Friday was sunny and even though the rest of the weekend was cloudy (we stayed in Wilderness both nights) we had such an amazing time.  Drinks at Cocomos in the afternoon and dinner at Pomodoro.   Visited the market in Sedgefield which was fun.  Also drove past Buffelsbaai (last pic).  Then repeated the drinks at Cocomos and dinner at Pomodoro.  Seriously the pizzas are SO GOOD.  This was probably my favourite Easter weekend.

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  • Fun with Instax pics. Photos that print instantly are so much fun 🙂
  • Trying a vitamin as I’m over feeling SO tired all the time.
  • Hot cross buns. With cheese. Yum.
  • Mark got a new bike – looking forward to going for a cycle soon.
  • Horrendous headache that lasted most of Thursday is gone. Hubby’s earache is better.
  • Soothing hand cream. My hands are so dry with using hand sanitiser at work.
  • Life in Pieces – I love this show so much.  I’m still laughing at the cauliflower rice episode.
  • Re-reading “Rachels Holiday” by Marian Keyes and enjoying it all over again.
  • Watching Masterchef Australia.

We have a fun weekend planned.  We are making the most of the last bit of warm weather – the mornings are already chilly 😦  So we are visiting one of our favourite places tomorrow.

What are your plans for this weekend?  Whatever you have planned – enjoy!

xx

April mantras and goals

As I type this the Easter weekend is over and it is back to work.  I’ve given my mantras a bit of thought for this month and they are:

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My OLW for 2018 is release and I’ve done a rather crappy job of it so far.  I’m really, really annoyed that I let nasty comments in and set up residence rent-free in my head.  I’m cross with myself for letting someone get to me and bring out the worst in meAnd I’m like this because of some throw away comment this person (who ironically didn’t give two thoughts about it afterwards) said to me.  I couldn’t rise above the hurt and be the better person, I had to vent to those near and dear to me and all it has done is let this other person win.  She’ll always be the way she is and I need to accept this and distance myself (in a polite way).  It gets tricky because sometimes rude people like to hide behind the “didn’t mean it like that way” excuse and still expect to see you for dinners and other get togethers.  And then you are the difficult one because you’d rather swim with a shark than see them.  And it isn’t an old friend or a random person you can easily avoid.

Sometimes being a good person is difficult.  I’m dissapointed in someone who I gave more credit to over the years because I thought we mutually respected each other.  I looked at endless dinners and group holidays with rose tinted glasses – focused on the positives and swallowed down irritations.  But late last year this person was beyond rude and I couldn’t find an excuse to justify her behaviour.  I spent days telling myself “she didn’t mean it like that” and “she is going through stuff, try keep that in mind”  But you know what?  Loads of people go through things and don’t turn nasty or take it out on their relatives and in-laws.  They are able to remain polite and show gratitude when those around them do nice things for them.  Not insult them.  Make stupid comments to belittle them.  Then deny it before they think they can justify it.

Anyway, on to goals.  My March goals were:

  • Sort linen cupboard.  Seriously. Well I have 2 more shelves to organise so that is something.
  • Learn to say no more often.  Yes.  I put my foot down on something and am pleased.  What gets to me is when you say no and then get asked again.  Before now, I’d feel bad and then give in but I didn’t.  I just spelled it out clearer.  And the answer was still NO.
  • Continue water conserving efforts.  It is a mindset which is a part of daily life these days.  Even when I’m in a non-drought area I’m still saving water.
  • Blog at least 8 times and include our Sun City holiday and a post on the drought in Cape Town.  Blogged 9 times and included both posts.  https://my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/our-sun-city-holiday/                               https://my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/the-drought-in-cape-town/
  • Plan a spontaneous day trip or weekend away  Had a great time in Langebaan.  Decided just days before to go!
  • Go to gym more often  This is a big no.  Had flu which took a few weeks to get over.  I feel like this is a valid excuse not to go running as often as I’d like.
  • Read 3 books  Read 4!

Not bad!

April goals are as follows:

  • Finish last 2 shelves of linen cupboard
  • Sort bathroom cupboard out
  • Go to gym.
  • Read 3 books
  • Live out my OLW for the year. Stop making excuses and just release!
  • Decide on a blog name – new blog is getting there – just need to make a final decision on the name.
  • Go for a cycle.  I lost my cycling confidence a bit and need to get it back.
  • Drive more often. Definitely a trend here with wheels and I.

 

xx