Posted in Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Swimming

This time last week

This is what I was doing this time last week. 

Macarthur's Baths, Port Elizabeth
Macarthur's Baths, Port Elizabeth
Macarthurs Baths
Macarthurs Baths, Port Elizabeth
They were too scared to go on their own?
They were too scared to go on their own, Honest!
Pure Joy!
Fun had by all!
Fun had by all!


I don't want to get wet!
I don't want to get wet!

What can I say – life is tough in Africa??


I would rather be doing it now than sitting in the office.

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Family, Ordinarylife, Pets

I think my cat is short a few brain cells?

So how do you tell if you have a “doff” cat?  I think one of ours is missing (more than) a few brain cells.


Now don’t get me wrong he is absolutely gorgeous and very “special” but I don’t think he is blessed in the brains department.


He can’t seem to walk under our low coffee table without hitting his head on it – every single time!  He can’t drink running water out a tap and just looks at it in shock when he gets water on his head.  He runs into the shower as we get out and then sits down.  He then looks all pitiful because he now has a wet bum and feet (this happens daily).  The funniest is when he spots our other cat stalking something.  He “tries” to help, by bounding up to her.  What ever she has been stalking flies or runs away long before he even gets close.  She then looks at us in frustration, its like – “I was soooo close and then – HIM again!!!  Please do something about him”  


He was a stray and I think it is just as well that we found him when we did as I don’t think he would survive in the wild on his own.  He would have starved.  Miss Molly on the other hand would survive, although she is a tiny little cat, she is quite a hunter.


The one thing about him though is that he loves being around you, they say dogs look happy to see you however when we get home both our cats are sitting there waiting for us.  Miss Molly disappears off again just after we have said hello, but Bacardi won’t leave our sides.  He will follow either my husband or I around the house, very sweet.  He does not like our dogs though, and chases them.  It is quite funny to watch as our German Shepherd is terrified of the cat.  I am not surprised as Bacardi hisses and spits when ever he gets close.

Bacardi, hiding
Bacardi, hiding




Miss Molly and Bacardi
Miss Molly and Bacardi
Posted in Family, Ordinarylife

I love Boney M……..Not!!!!!!

After a rather hectic, funny, embarrassing start to the week things have thankfully calmed down.  Well, sort off.  The women in the office are now sending me “funny” video clips of people freaking out at mice.  Just as well I have a sense of humour???? 


The only thing with things calming down is that there is less to blog about, so when I saw this on Jenty’s site I thought it would be perfect for today, even though I am not that much of a Christmassy person.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Depends on the present, some just suit bags better whilst other NEED to be wrapped.  I mostly wrap though.  I love ribbons and things.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial, we always had a real one when I was much younger and it was my job to sweep the pine needles.  I still remember it!!  Ugh those things got every where.

3. When do you put up the tree? 1st Saturday in December.  I think that is a Swedish tradition, or at least that was what the people I knew did and I thought it quite a good idea so I have stuck to it.

4. When do you take the tree down? My mom always said that it was bad luck if you left it up more than 12 days after Christmas, and although I usually leave it to the last day it comes down then.  My Fairy lights stay up all year though.

5. Do you like eggnog? Don’t know, I have never tried it.  I do love Glüg though, which is a Swedish drink similar to the German Glühwein.  Yum, yum, yum.  You get it at all the Christmas Markets.  Yum, yum, yum.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? A Noddy doll that had a cord and when you pulled it the doll spoke

7. Hardest person to buy for? My parents in law.  I don’t see them that often so don’t know what to get them.  This is my husband and my second Christmas married and this year is no easier than last!

8. Easiest person to buy for? My husband

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Both.  I used to be quite particular about sending cards but have slackened in the past few years.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Cant’ really remember a really bad gift.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?  I don’t really have one.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I start “looking” and thinking about it from about October but have not actually bought anything yet.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Never, but I do recycle the wrapping paper or bags.

15.Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?  I don’t think I could narrow it down to one thing!  I love roast meats, potatoes etc but I also love mince pies!  Mince pies with ice cream, mince pies with cream.  Christmas pudding, with ice cream, Christmas pudding with cream, with custard, with brandy sauce with……. Oh yes and a new delight my Mother-in-laws Christmas cake – YUMMY!!! We are trying to convince her to bake us 2 this year but she is not going for it. 

16. Lights on the tree? On the tree, on the house, on the trees outside, along the curtain rails, strung over basically everything that might be available and nearish a plug!  The only thing is that they are up all year!  My only rule is that they must be white and non flashing.  I don’t like coloured lights (except on the tree)

17. Favorite Christmas song? Seeing as I can’t sing, I don’t really have a favouite song.  I do get Riding on a sleigh stuck in my mind though.

18.Travel at Christmas or stay home? We have breakfast with my mom and then travel on Christmas day to my husbands family (they live 300km away).  We find the roads are quite quiet then.  We usually stay a couple of nights and then come back home.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? No, I don’t even know how many there are.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?   A star

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The busyness of the shops, the constant Christmas carols, Boney M, the daft email cards, no parking at the beach, uhm did I mention I am not a Christmas person.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? All my ornaments are silver.  I will usually buy 1 or 2 more a year, as well as more fairy lights to replace the ones that blew during the year.


Posted in Ironman, Office, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Swimming, Training, Work


This week just seems to be one embarrassing moment after the next!!!!


Yesterday kind off took the cake though.  Yes, even more embarrassing than my husband falling asleep in yoga and me getting the giggles!


So what happened?  Last night at the gym I was in the ladies changing room getting ready to go and swim.  I had put my gym bag in the locker and just had my swim bag with me, in which I had put my swimming cap, goggles and flippers.  I put the bag down on the counter and it moved a bit, but I just figured it was the stuff in there settling and did not pay any more attention.  I went to the scales (scary, almost as scary as what was about to happen) then came back, put my hand in the bag to get my swim cap and pulled out something soft, fluffy and squiggling!  I nearly had a heart attach when then thing moved.  I freaked and flung what was in my hand down!  EEK, a mouse!!!!!!!  A mouse, holy crap!  I shrieked, it jumped off the counter onto the floor and ran.  By this stage all the girls in the changing room where freaking or shrieking and the poor mouse did not know which way to turn.  It was actually quite funny, a whole lot of naked girls screaming and jumping on benches.  The poor mouse ran out the door towards the pool and was not seen again.


You know once you have touched something gross that feeling stays on your hand, it stayed for ages.  I was really NOT expecting a mouse in my swim bag.  I was SO embarrassed.  I mean what do this people now think of me?  I carry a grey mouse in my bag.  I mean it was not even a cute field mouse.


The thing is I know exactly where it came from.  As I have mentioned before I don’t work in the best area and they were cleaning out the rubbish bins in our parking lot.  I saw all the mice and rats scurrying away earlier in the day and running past my car, at least I thought they had run past.  One of them must have gotten in (or at least I hope it was only one).  Ugh, imagine it had run across my feet as I was driving! 

Edited to add:  When do you know you are training for a Ironman – when after nearly dying of fright your first thought is that wish you were wearing your Heart Rate monitor because you wonder what your heart rate went up too.



Posted in Humour, Ordinarylife, Yoga

Was I snoring?

I think I mentioned a while back that my husband and I started yoga.  We have been going a couple of months now and are really enjoying it. There are a few things that I was worried about and up until now neither of them has happened. (to me).  That was until last night!  And it was not even my fault.


I started to giggle, you know that feeling when it bubbles up and you know if you don’t control it well, you are then history and there will be NO stopping it. Thankfully I managed to control it before it be came hysterical laughter but still. 


Now the question is WHY was I giggling????  Even as I write this I start to laugh!  My husband fell ASLEEP!  Yes, that is right, in the middle of the lesson!  We were doing relaxation, and I heard his breathing change and I wondered.  When the teacher said we could all roll onto our sides and start getting up slowly he did not move.  Then I knew!  He did not move until I kicked him (gently) on the leg.  But by that stage it was too late and everyone else knew too.  Even if they had not realized immediately, the dazed and confused look on his face would have given it away.  It was a combination of “why is everyone sitting up?” and “Oh crap – I fell asleep?  How long?  Oh crap” deer in the headlights kind of look.  It was very funny!

Posted in Cycling, Ironman, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Running, Swimming, Training, Triathlon, Wetsuit

A list, lest I forget!

I had a triathlon this weekend and thought I had better be better prepared than I am usually, so sitting in front of the TV on Saturday evening I started writing a list of all the things I would need and should remember to pack.  Holy crap!!!  No wonder I usually forget something.  That list was LONG.


There are a few things that can be used for all 3 disciplines and then there are some items that are discipline specific and VITAL – ie. Bike!


Getting a good spot in Transition
Getting a good spot in Transition


Now I know I have more on here than some people use, but this is what I require to do a triathlon.



Stuff I put on before I leave the house:

Tri shorts and top, these are specifically designed so you can swim, bike and run in them.

HR rate monitor (watch part and body strap)


Anti-chaff stuff for under arms for run! (I forgot this – OUCH!!!)



Water bottle (filled with water to wash my feet before putting shoes on (get rid of beach sand) and to take a swig out of to wash down my first gel as I get ready to get on my bike.

Energy gels – I like GU.

Black plastic bag.  This is multifunctional but I usually only use it if the weather is BAD.  I open in it on 2 sides and put my stuff in it, so my towel is not lying on the dirt.  I then cover my stuff with it, so if it is raining my shoes are not filled with water before I even start.  It also makes it easier to carry all the crap back to your car at the end.


Surf lock for car (to put car keys in)



Wetsuit, goggles, swim cap, ear plugs (I can’t swim with out them, I get immediate and terrible ear ache)

baby oil – around neck to stop wetsuit chaffing (put on when putting wetsuit on)




BIKE, cycle shoes, socks, sunglasses, sports drink in bottle on bike.



Running shoes, cap




So you see, it is A LOT to remember. 

This does not even include stuff on your bike that some people (read me) carry incase you get a puncture (but this is always on my bike so I don’t really need to “remember” it.

Posted in Exams, Ordinarylife, Studying, UNISA


So how often would you say is too often to check the internet for your exam results?  Once a day, twice, what about 5 times?  I think 5 times is about right.  Lets put it this way, I am about to check for the 2nd time today and it is only 9:30am!


I have results pending for 2 exams.  The one is the final one for my degree and the other is a work related exam.  Both will be released “sometime” in November!



Posted in Hobie Beach, Ironman, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Running, Shark Rock Pier, South Africa, Training, Triathlon

I made a start

I think I must just get used to the fact that I can either have pretty feet or I can do sport!  It is a one or another situation – and I choose sport!


I don’t know what it is with me but I blister, even on the shortest of runs.  Not that last night’s run was short!  We did 15 LONG kilometers…. Not bad for my first run in ages, in fact I was quite impressed with myself.  I was not all that social though.  The people I was running with were chatting away and it was all I could do to remember to put one foot in front of the other and breath at the same time.  Hopefully it will get better though.


At least we had nice weather and we ran along the beachfront which always makes everything seem easier, it is so beautiful and we even spotted a couple of whales just off the shore.

Posted in Ordinarylife

My sincerest apologies

My dearest Car


You have served me well over the past 6 years, and I would just like to offer my sincerest apologies.  Yes, I might have been looking around at other models yesterday.  I might have dallied with the idea of an upgraded, younger, nippier, more fuel efficient model but I promise I was only looking.  I did not actually cheat on you.  I did not take another car for a test drive.  I was just talking about it, the way you talk about a hot film star.  You would never actually (be able to) go there.  There is no reason to blow a gasket over this.


Why would I replace you?  You are reliable (usually) and are quite quick – you should be with the amount of gas you guzzle.  So what if you have been around the block a few (too many) times, have few scratches and dings and a wonky indicator?  You are mine (and paid off) and I adore you.


So, please, please accept my sincerest apologies and start.  This pettiness is not becoming.  I was only looking, I did not realise that it would offend you so much that you would not start when I got out of work yesterday.  Have I not treated you well, have you not been pampered when the time is right?  Heck, in fact you were even washed and cleaned yesterday morning!


So please, when the mechanic looks at you today, don’t let play up.  Just let it be a simple thing, like a spark plug.  I promise that I won’t be replacing you any time soon.




Your dear owner and driver



Posted in Cycling, Ironman, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Running, Swimming, Training, Triathlon, Wetsuit

It was only one day, I will make it up….

Ironman South Africa is 20 weeks away – that means that the training program I am going to follow began yesterday.  Oops……


Now, I knew it began yesterday; it was not as if I missed the start, it was just, well… I did nothing about it.  Besides make a pretty, colour coded Excel spreadsheet.  In fact I did that about 2 months ago in preparation.  I even put in build up weeks.  (of which I did none – but I am blaming my shoulder).  Yesterday I just played around with the colours and things.


I did go to yoga last night, I wore my heart rate monitor, so it was not as if I did NOTHING, but I did nothing that is actually on my programme.  So last night I came home from yoga and set out everything that was necessary for this morning’s run!  My first run of the programme yipee.  I even set my alarm clock.  What I did not set out was wet weather gear!  Humph, I woke up this morning to rain!  There was no way that I could do my first run in the rain, so I went back to bed!  Now I feel guilty!  So guilty in fact that I have cancelled my art class for tomorrow night so I can run with a group of friends.


So wish me luck as I start a 20 week programme culminating in a race – Ironman South Africa – on the 5 April 2009!  I fear my blog might get a bit boring – some weeks on the programme call for up to 18 hours of exercise in 1 week.  Thankfully I am broken in gently, with this week calling for 8 hours.  I do have a triathlon on Sunday, so at least that might make up for missing yesterday and this morning’s session.  Tonight I am hitting the pool!