I couldn’t have chosen an easy challenge, eh? Oh well. Let’s see… Starting with the dislikes:
- People who lie. Yes it’s a cliche, but it’s also a huge pain in the backside, and not very nice.
- Liquorice. Just ick.
- Brussel sprouts. Beyond ick.
- Camping. I’m curious about glamping, but I’m generally not much of an outdoor enthusiast.
- Water. It really doesn’t taste, well, like anything. Despite this, I try to drink at least 750ml plain water a day. Not so easy during winter.
- My current situation, specifically relating to work. But what doesn’t kill me makes me stranger – if that’s at all possible!
- Not being able to shop, treat myself for breakfast/lunch on Saturday mornings, and other unpleasantnessess related to my debt and consequent frugality.
- Cough syrup and throat lozenges. Loads of sugar and I don’t see the point. How is something that goes straight to my tummy supposed to make my lungs feel better and keep me from coughing up bits of it? Not to mention the revolting taste. May I just say “ICK!”
- Driving in Jo’burg. I do it every working day, and the afternoon traffic is enough to drive people around the bend. And I find it absolutely appalling the way bus and taxi drivers are so reckless with their charges’ lives.
- Meetings. I generally find them pointless and utterly unproductive. There are exceptions, but the majority? Meh.
And the nice, happy, likey things:
- Cake. Obviously. I didn’t get soft around the edges from carrots. Although I like carrots too. But not that much.
- Books. Reading, writing (I have so many notebooks that I feel to sorry to write in), audio books, e-books, good old, old-fashioned paper and ink books (they smell the best :))
- My friends. I have THE BEST friends. Ever! I don’t have many, but they rock. I like them a whole lot.
- Shopping. Or at least, I used to. I’m pretty sure I like it still, but I can’t remember. It’s been a while…
- Sleeping. Again, I think I do. I have not been able to do much of that lately either, but I do like being lazy in my bed. Preferably with my eyes closed and my mind occupied with the wonderful and weird dreams I often have. I miss you 8-hours-a-night!
- My BlackBerry. And my iPad. And my laptop, external hard drive and most things gadgety.
- Chocolates. Not as much as cake. But more than carrots.
- Shoes – high heels in particular. Mostly to look at. Sometimes to wear, but not that often. Wonky back and all that, you know?
- Jeans. Is there any item of clothing more versatile, comfortable, flattering (if you actually manage to find something for a soft-around-the-edges body that fits properly). I happily wear them all year round.
- Zombie everything. Plants vs Zombies, Zombie Farm, remember last year’s zombie calendar? Books about zombies, Pride & Prejudice & Zombie notebooks (currently serving as my headache diary, as I thought is rather apt).
Hold on, cowboys! Only 28 more posts like these. Aren’t you excited?
In a bit of a silly mood from listening to The Barenaked Ladies. It got me thinking about some things I’d like (other than no debt and a place of my own – which I really want quite badly). Sorry if you wasted your time coming here today, expecting some kind of meaningfulness. Then again, that should teach you to ever expect that from this blog.
- A spa day (facial, body scrub/wrap, hair treatment, massages, etc.)
- Winter boots
- Red heels (still)
- Some place peaceful to stay for my upcoming two week holiday
- A pair of jeans (or two)
- A bit of shopping: new bedding and linen (maybe even a new bed!), books, perfume, stationery, etc.
- A new hobby – I’d like to do more origami, but can’t seem to understand diagrams from books; I need a hands-on approach to that. I’d like to do something that’s quick, easy and portable to do.
- A Kindle – the new one, with a green leather cover (the one with the light-goody attached) and a cool gelaskin (all in my Amazon.com wish list)
- A BlackBerry Bold
- An iPod Nano with a wristband thingy
- A docking station for my iPod
- Maybe an iPad… definitely a PlayBook
And since yesterday was my 32⅓ birthday, I am happily accepting gifts 🙂
Megan nominated me as a Stylish Blogger. Whoohoo!
With reward comes responsibility, and this is no exception. The rules are:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share seven things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!
Okay, so seven things about me you may, or may not know:
- I love doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles, especially the crossword in vida e‘s Obrigado magazine.
- I love pretty heels, but I prefer to walk barefoot.
- I have one brother. He’s four years older than me. He’s blind. He taught me to drive 😀
- I like Apple products, with the exception of the iPhone. I’m an avid BlackBerry supporter.
- If I ever get married I want a violin playing Nessun Dorma rather than a traditional wedding march.
- I’ve never been abroad.
- I’ve never lived on my own (and desperately want to).
And now for my nominations. I don’t read blogs very often. I don’t know why. So pretty much any blog I do read can qualify as new. Here are ones I do go back to, in no specific order:
- Shorty Pam – having met her in real life, I can say that she is even more hilarious in person.
- Samantha – So many things she write I can relate to. And she’s also a Pretoria native 🙂
- Lize – she’s one busy little bee with a huge fashion fetish.
- Tammy – huge bibliophile. From time to time she even does book giveaways on her blog – how awesome is that?!
- Tanya – I’m not big on kids, but reading her blog dedicated to her son, Max, really makes my heart melt.
- Sarah – Sarah has sooo many blogs/columns and not all of them are online. I can relate to a lot of her experiences too. We’ve also met in person and also have plenty of bad skeletony things in our closet. We showed them to each other and we still socialise, so that must be good!
- Tiffany – is one of the ladies I’ve come to know through Twitter, and one day when I’m grown up, I want to be like her. Another fabulous bibliophile.
- Nafisa – best Jo’burg friend. We’ve been friends for a long time and partners in crime at social events. Her brownies and butter chicken are to die for, and she has a wicked sarcastic streak I adore.
- Exmi – I’ve met her and her little boy (and her bf and mom). He’s so cute, and she’s so laid back. And her body thrills are a really great treat.
- Nicola – another foodie blogger (Nafisa used to be one). Another blogger who runs competitions and share really cool food links.
- Acidicice – again, a mommy blogger whose little boy has crept into the hearts of all of Twitter.
- Jenty – a twit lady I’ve met in person. Her dogs, her kids, her schedule (as a photographer) – I don’t know how she does it all!
- Gina – this isn’t her main blog, but I thoroughly enjoy the conversation’s she’s overheard.
- Rose – I imagine if I lived in CT we’d be good friends.
- Nechama – is there anything this woman can’t do? She is another person I’d like to be like when I grow up, complete with the awesome eyelashes.
Thanks again, Megan 😉
By far and without a doubt, Saturday was the worst.birthday.ever.
Morné made me fabulous fried breakfast. I continued to laze on the couch before we went to Brooklyn Mall where I got a new BlackBerry Curve 8520. That allowed me to give my old phone to Morné, whose BlackBerry Storm died a graceless death last week. I hoped to get some nice cardboard to print a few businesscards on, but a quick stop at the bank made it clear that I will not be buying anything at all, anytime soon. So off we went to my mom’s for a braai.
The afternoon was pleasant enough despite the intense heat. As the afternoon cooled down and some rain finally provided a little relief, we got ready to leave, but my brother called to say they were on their way and we should wait a little longer. They arrive and his fiance gave me a tube of bath/shower gel. And then things went a little downhill. My mom & I had an argument. It ended with me screaming at her and telling Morné we’re leaving.
When we got back to his flat, Morné ran me a bath, afterwhich I climbed in bed. And that was that. The consequent depression has still not lifted. The constant rain is not helping. And it seems I might be coming down with a little something. My throat is all scratchy and I’ve been coughing a bit.
I really hope this is not the tone for the rest of the year. I really don’t care for any of this.
My new website. Last Monday I was asked for a rate card – something that is still in the works, but that bodes very well. I’m hoping to approach a couple of lifestyle companies for more sponsorships. Imagine if I could get Vida e at 24 Central to sponsor me a daily coffee/hot chocolate. Or a weekly pilates class at The Gym on Eleventh! Maybe BlackBerry will make me an online ambassador; maybe a cool hair salon in the city will swap a tint, snip & style for an ad spot.
There are a lot of uncertainties and opportunities that will help me be a little more than an average pencil pusher in a cubicle waiting for the perfect writing job. The fact that I can create the perfect writing job for myself – priceless!
Morné. Simple as that. He’s been my best friend for the past nine years. I cannot imagine a day passing without chatting to him. It has happened, it was not nice. He is reasonable and generous and supportive. And very.patient. Also my BlackBerry. Would die!
Yes, it’s true. In two months I’m having my next birthday. I hope to be celebrating, but if the past is any indication the only party I’ll be having is a pity party for one.
As is customary, I do have a wish list, and several items are a bit far-fetched, but isn’t that really the point of a wish list? Do-able or not, these are all things I’d love to have.
In no particular order:
Less (ideally no) debt
Cute little apartment of my own (like these) 😛
A hot air balloon ride
A spa day
Course of Endermologie treatments
A new car (so I can give mine to my mom)
Mini-break at luxury hotel
La Mer anything/everything
New BlackBerry smart phone
BlackBerry PlayBook – as soon as it becomes available
iTunes/Audible/Rhythm Online/Kalahari.net/Big Blue/Exclusive Books vouchers
Shoes – Louboutins, size 41
iPod Classic 160 GB
1TB external HDD