Currently I am….

I have seen this on a few blogs lately and have decided to do it as well.  Mostly as a catch up but also as some badly needed inspiration

 

Currently, I am…

Reading:  Running and Stuff by James Adams on my Kindle.  My sister worked with this man in London and suggested I read it.  I have only just started so can’t really comment but so far so good.  It is about ultra-running and if you are into that, then you will probably enjoy this book.  I have read a few books lately but can’t think of what they are.  I am terrible with titles and authors.

Listening to:  Whatever is on in my car, normally “The wheels on the bus……”  I used to listen to 5 FM but since Gareth Cliff left I have not been listening to it much. Also I spend a lot less time in my car now that I work from home.  I still take Little OL into school, but she has started requesting “her movies”  She means her CD.

Laughing at:  Little OL – I love how her language is developing and how she describes things and the stories she tells. She is like her father though, and does not talk that much, so when she does its really cute.

Little OL

Swooning over:  Succulent gardens….. I can’t even believe that I am writing that!

 

Planning:  On hiring a new nanny, although now we are looking for less of a nanny and more of a cleaner.  Possibly only 2 days a week although I don’t know what we will do when I travel to the various expo’s.  My mom normally comes with me but we might have to hire somebody to work the expo and have my mom stay and look after Little OL.  I hate having to interview people!

Eating lots of:  Lindt 70% Chocolate……..  LOTS!!

Excellence 70%

Feeling:  Excited, happy, nervous, proud, betrayed, stupid and cross all at once.  The excited, happy, nervous and proud part are life in general. The betrayed, stupid and cross part is just last week – nothing serious and I will get over it in the next week or so.

Discovering:  That I love Ultra-Running, but I am not good at training.  I need to get my butt back into gear and hit the roads again.  Please don’t tell anybody, but I think I want to run Comrades Marathon next year.  I just need to figure out a way to have a stand at the expo and run the marathon and have somebody at home to watch Little OL.  Unfortunately with Mr OL’s job it is not possible for him to take the time off to watch here and as he works 40km outside Port Elizabeth, in Uitenhage, he is not able to get back in time to fetch her from school.  Thankfully I have a year to figure all of this out.

Looking at:  Granny square blankets on Pinterest…. How hard can it be???

Wearing:  Boots, it is just about the only thing I love about winter.  That and I totally love the winter sun. Especially when it is cold outside and you find a patch of sun somewhere – I am like a cat…..

Cooking:  Tonight I made an awesome Butternut and Carrot soup – I surprised myself – especially as I just used left overs…. We had a roast meal on Sunday and had left over butternut and carrots.  I put it back in the oven and roasted/caramelised it a bit more tonight.  I then put it in a pot with some cream, milk, veggie stock and a little cayenne pepper.  I boiled it for a little bit and then pureed it.  Oh my word!  The roasting made it taste great.  I really hope it is a soup I can recreate.

 Wondering:  How I can convince Mr OL that his clothes really don’t need ironing….  I would put off hiring anybody at the moment if it were not for the fact that Mr OL wants ironed clothes.  He is fussy like that :-)

Trying out:  Various recipes from the Tim Noakes Real Food Revolution and Low Carb Living for Families.  Who knew you could do so much with cauliflower….

That’s about it from me for now.  What are you up too?

Thanks Julia, Mrs FF, Lynette and Robyn for the inspiration

 

Is he yours???

This cat has decided to make himself at home in our front garden.  He is very friendly, gets on well with children and other cats but he is not neutered.  I don’t know if he is somebody in the neighbourhooods or if he has decided to adopt us.  Personally I think he has the hots for Miss Molly – our little black cat. 

I want somebody to claim him – so I can shout at them for not having him neutered.  And if he is not anyones then I think a trip to the vets is called for.  And a name….

The funny part is that when my sister was the age that Baby OL is now a ginger cat adopted our family then and stayed with us for 18 years until he passed away. They look VERY similar.

Just a few things…

I found this on Jess Giggles and as I have hit a bit of writers block today I thought this might be fun. 

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?

The water bill on a house that I rent out. 

I feel it should be the tenant’s responsibility to pay it.  Every month when I pay that bill it really grates! Especially as we have water restrictions and they have done nothing to lower their consumption.  I am very water conscious at home and here I have to pay for people that don’t seem to care.  I moved to a different rental agency about 3 years ago and they always include it in the rent so that there are no “fights” to try and get the water municipality’s payment.  Makes sense but still grates!!!

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?

Fushin Sushi on Thursday night (see post below)

3. What do you really want to be doing right now?

Counting my lotto winnings…… :-)

4. How many schools did you attend?

3 in total.  2 primary and 1 senior.

5. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?

It has long sleeves and I was cold.  I should have put a jacket on too though.

6. What are your thoughts on petrol prices?

Surely with the strong Rand they should be lower?

7. First thought when you woke up this morning?

I am going to kill that cat!

8. Last thought before going to sleep last night?

If those cats wake the baby again tomorrow morning I am going to kill them! (Anybody want two cats – house trained and make really good alarm clocks)

Going cheap - already gift wrapped...

9. Do you miss being a child?

Not at all!!!

10. What errand/chore do you despise?

I would despise ironing if I did it, but I don’t.  Why?  Well because I told Mr OL before we got engaged that I NEVER EVER, EVER iron and if he wants anything ironed he either needs to do it himself or get a domestic worker.  Guess what happened?

11. Get up early or sleep in?

Get up early

12. Have you found real love yet?

Yes

13. Favorite lunch meat?

I don’t like lunch meat.

14. What do you get most times you go into a grocery store?

Biltong

15. Beach or lake?

I have to say beach because I LOVE the sea, but I am not a fan of sand.

16. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?

Yes.  I have a lot of friends that feel their husbands gave up trying as soon as they got married.

17. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?

I have never watched Sopranos so I guess it is Desperate Housewives

18. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?

I have a schoolgirl crush on Zac Efron – although I don’t think dinner is what I would be thinking about.  And yes, I do realise he is 15 years younger than me…..

Zac Efron

 

Photo from HERE

19. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?

Yes, although it was not my fault, some #$%$^$@$#%#@% arse crashed head-on into my brand new car.  We were lucky to be alive!

20. Ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?

Yes, see above. 

21. Ring tone?

Normal telephone ringing?  Not sure what it is called.

22. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?

Well, my teeth are always in my mouth and I don’t really consider that to be strange……

23. Somewhere in South Africa you’ve never been and would like to go?

Natal Midlands

Natal Midlands

Photo from HERE

24. Do you go to church?

No

25. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?

Career – I am happily married. 

Our wedding

26. How old are you?

15 years older than Zac Efron…

27. Do you have a go-to person?

Yes, 2.  My sister and my mom.

28. Are you where you want to be in life?

No, but I am happy.

29. Growing up, what were your favourite cartoons?

I did not really have any. We did not watch TV much when we were growing up.  But I had a Noddy doll that I loved.

30. What about you do you think has changed the most?

I used to be a drunken party animal – and now I am a sensible, sporty, if somewhat boring mom.

Ironman Finish 2009

31. Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life?

Nope, I would rate them my worst.

32. Are there times you still feel like a kid?

Yes, I get pretty excited about stuff and start to jump up and down.

33. Do you have a pager?

Nope, never have.

34. Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?

At one of my friend’s parent’s houses.

35. Were you the type of kid you would want your children to hang out with?

Yes

36. Who do you think impacted your life the most?

I would say my parents.

37. Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out for you?

The headmaster of our school, Mr Bernard Simpson and the art teacher Mrs Carol Vogel.  I remember them both very fondly.

38. Do you tell stories that start with “when I was your age”?

Not really

39. What was the first new car you purchased?

Out the box new car – a Renault Clio – which was written off after 4 months (see above).  Thankfully the insurance company replaced it.  My very first car was a Ford Escort that I bought from my parents.  I had that for about 9 years until it fell apart from the rust.

40. What is the scariest thing that has happened to you as an adult?

I became a parent

19 Feb 2010

41. What advice would you give to someone about to get married?

Don’t.!

Ok, do but don’t expect it always to be easy. Or that there won’t be days when you want to throttle the other person. Talk about it and move on.

42. What’s your favourite room in your home and why?

I don’t really have one favourite room.  It depends on the time of the day. Sometimes the sun is in the lounge in the late afternoon and it is nice to sit there and warm up.  Other times it might be the kitchen, or lately in my baby’s nursery while I give her, her last feed of the day before she goes to bed.  She is quiet and just lies looking up at me, sometimes falling asleep in my arms.  I love that.

Baby OL's Nursery

43. What advice would you give someone starting their first job?

Don’t do what I did.

44. If you could go back and change one thing you did, what would it be?

I suppose I would have to say nothing, because everything I have done has led to this place.

45. If you could go back and change one thing someone else did, what would it be?

I would change my parents’ rule of “children should be seen and not heard”.  They were VERY strict about it and I was never given the opportunity to speak to adults.  For a very long time I battled speaking to people older than me, even if only by a few year.  I really battled at work because I was so intimidated and lacked the confidence to voice my opinions.

Ok, explain this….

So explain this to me, Baby OL sometimes wakes at the slightest noise in the house. We have wooden floors and if you walk down them too loud it wakes her up.  If the birds start tweeting outside her bedroom at 5am she wakes.  If the cats scratch in my bedroom, which they do every morning, then she wakes.  If there is the biggest loudest most amazing thunderstorm directly over our house she sleeps…… Like a baby!!!!

I was awake, Mr OL was awake, the cats were awake, the dogs awake. Baby OL – sound asleep!  In fact she had the best night she has had all week and only woke at 6:15. 

The storm continued for hours, it was awesome.  There was thunder, lightning, hail and lots and lots of rain, which we desperately need.  Let’s hope it hit our catchment areas.

Should I or Shouldn’t I?

I went for a run this weekend – it was a 15km race and about 5 km too far to be comfortable! 

 It is amazing the things that go through your mind when you run.  Especially when you begin to battle a bit.  My first thought was how can I feel this bad when it is only 15km and my second was “oh screw it walk!’  So I did, pretty much the last 2.5km.  Uhmmm, this is me who has plans on running a 89km ultra next May.  LOTS more training is going to be necessary.

 So anyway – entries for Comrades open tomorrow… should I or shouldn’t I???? That is the question.  Well, the question is more like will I or won’t I.  I thought about entering anyway and then seeing, but if I don’t end up running it I will feel bad. There are a limited number of entries and I might have taken the entry of somebody that would do it.  But then again I might really want to and not have an entry…… Oh decisions.

 Just to put this into perspective – I have not run (besides in the odd 10 or 15km race) since I went back to work after maternity leave – I just can’t get up in the mornings….  Well, I can get up, feed Baby OL, kick the cats out the house but staying awake and getting out the house that is another story.  Maybe now that it is getting lighter it will be easier?

Here is the profile of this years race. It was a “down run”, next year will be a “up run”  so you start at the coast (Durban) and run up to Pietermaritzburg. 

Route Profile

Not my brightest idea?

So a while ago I started playing a game with my cat, Bacardi.  Each night I will say to him, “Come Bacardi we are going to bed, even if he was fast asleep on the couch he will get up and follow me.  When we get to the bed we play a bit of a game.  I run my feet or hands under the duvet and he “catches” them.  We play for a very short while and then go to sleep.  Very sweet! 

Very sweet – that was until last night!!!  It was hot and I just threw the duvet of the bed – I forgot all about the “game”.  As I was just putting my feet under the sheet he pounced, teeth and claws out.  Holy $#@#%!!!!  No DUVET!  I could not move because every time I moved he would pounce again.  Eventually I managed to turn away from him but then I must have moved.  He pounced on my butt.  I screamed and leapt out of the bed and then burst out laughing.  It must have looked really funny and anyway, how could I be cross – I had “taught” him this game.  

The only way I could get back into bed was to put the duvet back on.  Now if I could just teach him that we only play that game in winter?  Having scratched, bitten and swollen feet is not fun!

Bacardi! Not as innocent as he looks

The finished product

Here are some photos of the padded playmat I made.  I am very impressed with my little self and love how it came out. Although I am sure that proper quilters or seamstresses would be hanging themselves with the cord of thier sewing machine if they took a closer look!

The finished playmat

The inspection

The approval

Bacardi seems to think I made it for him…..

Am I evil?

Mr OL has decided I am an evil mother. 

Miss Molly (my cat) has figured out how to get into our house roof if the garage door is open.  Unfortunately she can’t get out again if the door is closed.  This morning as Mr OL was leaving for work she jumped in.  He could not get her out before he left for work so asked me to try.  I could not get her to come down either.  I tried to tempt her with biltong (her favourite), cat food and just calling but NO – so I left here there.  I am sure that one day in our roof will not hurt her???  It was either that or be very late for work.  At least I know when I get home I will not have mice or lizards or anything else in our roof (not that I think we do) as she is a very good little hunter. 

So what do you think evil mother or not?? 

Miss Molly

Trained cats!

I have my cats well trained.  They come home at about 5 or 6, when I get home from work, usually they are there waiting for me but if not I just call them once and they come running inside.  I then close the doors and the windows, give them some food and let them out again the following morning. 

It works very well – except when it does not work!!!! 

If one of them does not come home when I call I begin to panic.  They are usually so prompt that I think something must be wrong.  Last night I was about to put up Missing Posters all over the neighbourhood (again).  Miss Molly still was not home by 8pm and I had called and called.  Every 15 minutes from about 6 but that is beside the point. 

Eventually at about 8:30 she wondered in looking all smug!  Hmph – how to set me off into a panic.

Here are some photo’s of my muppets!

Bacardi an Duke - a brief truceMolly

DukeDaisy

Let me entertain you.

We have two cats, Miss Molly and Bacardi and it is amazing the differences in their personalities, attitudes and how they approach things.

 

We have two dogs that are totally different from each other as well, but you expect dogs all to be different.  Cats, well, aren’t they just cats???

 

Not ours.  It was highlighted yesterday.  I bought them a toy, it is kind of a feather boa on a stick that you wave around and they chase.

 

Bacardi saw the thing and started meowing constantly.  The then followed it thumping along after it and making a huge racket, squawking with each footstep – no wonder he never catches anything.  It was so funny!  No attempt at subtlety.  Pure brute force and lots of noise! 

 

Miss Molly on the other hand, she saw the toy, promptly squatted down, tried to make herself invisible and then pounced.  Much more tack.  I can see now why she is the one that brings in the moles.

 

I must admit though, I don’t know who was having more fun with the toy – them or me?  I was thinking at one stage that they might just be humoring me.  As in “oh shame, look how much fun she is having her toy, let us just keep her entertained for a bit.”

 

Miss Molly and Bacardi

Miss Molly and Bacardi

 

And then just because I can’t go a day with out mentioning it!!! 23 Days till IMSA

 

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