Posted in Ordinarylife, Politics, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Moaning Monday!

Moaning Monday seems to be catching.  First it was Rambler, then Shayne and now I just can’t help myself. 

I am absolutely livid!!!  I think that MOAN might be a bit of an understatement.  It might just turn into a full on rant. 

I was in a rather good mood this morning, weird considering it was Monday.  But still I was happy.  Then I went popped out of the office after lunch and was hit by chaos!!!!! 

Now, I am not against strikes or people’s right to strike or protest.  But there is striking and there is vandalism and there is a chasm in between.  They are not one and the same and because you are striking or protesting DOES NOT give you the right to violate our city. 

There is a countrywide municipal strike on at the moment which started today and some of the Port Elizabeth municipal workers went on a protest march along Rink Street and Cape Road.  Still all very well and fine, however on their way they ripped open every single rubbish bag they could find, they broke every glass bottle – smashing them onto the roads or pavements, they overturned every rubbish bin, breaking the ones they could and they up rooted the flowers and plants in the planters in the middle of the roads and caused damage to the concrete retainers for the planters.  The place looks disgusting and for what?  What do you think you have gained by doing this?  Yes, our city now looks like a mess and yes, it will probably stay that way till you come back to work.  But who do you think will need to clean it up – you!  Clever, very clever! 

You have now lost my sympathy.

Posted in Family, Ocean Racing Series

Mom is always right?

I saw this on Goblin’s blog and am shamelessly stealing it.  It is Monday and I am in need of some blog inspiration.  I am rather surprised at how many things I am saying yes too…. YIKES.  I am taking it to mean that I have lived a full and “colourful” life….. Some of them are not as bad as they first sound, but you can’t explain unless some one asks? 

Here are the rules – and let me know if you have also done it.  I think it makes some interesting reading…..

1. You can ONLY answer Yes or No.

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and asks.

3. Answer carefully.

Kissed any one of your Facebook friends? YES

Been arrested? NO

Kissed someone you didn’t like? YES

Slept in until 5 PM? YES

Fallen asleep at work/school? YES

Held a snake? YES

Ran a red light? YES

Been suspended from school? NO

Experienced love at first sight? YES

Lied about your age? YES

Totaled your car in an accident? YES

Been fired from a job? YES

Fired somebody? YES

Sang karaoke? YES

Pointed a gun at someone? NO

Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? YES

Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? YES

Caught a snowflake on your tongue? YES

Kissed in the rain? YES

Had a close brush with death (your own)? YES

Seen someone die? NO

Played spin-the-bottle? NO

Sang in the shower? YES

Smoked a cigar? YES

Sat on a rooftop? YES

Smuggled something into another country? YES

Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? YES

Broken a bone? NO

Skipped school? YES

Eaten a bug? YES

Sleepwalked? NO

Walked a moonlit beach? YES

Rode a motorcycle? YES

Dumped someone? YES

Forgotten your anniversary? NO

Lied to avoid a ticket? NO

Ridden in a helicopter? NO

Shaved your head? NO

Blacked out from drinking? YES

Played a prank on someone? YES

Hit a home run? NO

Felt like killing someone? YES

Cross-dressed? YES

Been falling-down drunk? YES

Made your girlfriend/ boyfriend cry? YES

Eaten snake/ Shark? YES

Marched/ Protested? NO

Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? YES

Puked on an amusement park ride? NO

Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? YES

Been in a band? NO

Knitted? YES

Been on TV? YES

Shot a gun? YES

Skinny-dipped? YES

Gave someone stitches? NO

Eaten a whole habanero pepper? NO

Ridden a surfboard? YES

Went water skiing? YES

Drank straight from a liqour bottle? YES

Had surgery? YES

Streaked? NO

Ridden in a hot air balloon? YES

Taken by ambulance to hospital? NO

Tripped on mushrooms? YES

Passed out when not drinking? YES

Peed on a bush? YES

Donated Blood? YES

Grabbed electric fence? NO

Eaten alligator (crocodile) meat? YES

Killed an animal when not hunting? NO

Hit someone in the face? YES

Hitchhiked? YES

Peed your pants in public? YES

Tattoo? YES

Snuck into a movie without paying? NO

Sleep on a certain side of the bed? NO

Stayed up for 48 hours straight? YES

Still love someone you shouldn’t? YES

Think about the future? YES

Been in handcuffs? YES

Believe in love? YES

Still in touch with your childhood sweetheart? NO

Accepted too much change from a clerk? YES

 Funnily enough I remember a conversation I had with my mother when I was about 14.  I told her I knew how to say “YES”  in 10 different languages.  Her reply was she did not care how many languages I could say “yes” in, it was more important that I learnt how to say “NO”.  I should have listened.

Posted in Cycling, Food, Ordinarylife

What now?

I can’t believe that the Tour de France is finishing this weekend.  I have really been into it this year.  What am I going to do in the evenings now….

I have watched it in past years and enjoyed but nothing like this year.  Thankfully the timing has been perfect with regards to work and stuff.  I finish work at 4:30, rush straight home and am usually in time to watch the last 30 or 40 km.  The exciting bits!!! 

I am not sure if it because I know more about cycling this time round, or I recongnise or what it is but I am LOVE ‘N it!!!!!! 

At least once it is over I might be able to stop and do stuff on my way home – like restock the fridge.  Mr OL is on an enforced diet.  Luckily we had quite a bit stocked up before hand but now it is down to a few pieces of past their best fruit.  (I took the best fruit to work this morning – yum, strawberries, kiwi and guava)

Last night I roasted a duck – just because we had nothing else in the freezer.  That and roast are easy.  Get home; put it in the oven, watch the TV and viola – an hour or so later it is done. 

Actually last nights dinner turned out quite nice.  I did roasted duck with a cranberry reduction and mash.  YUMMY!!  Tonight I think it is going to be take away pizza bought ordered before I leave work and picked up on the way home.  I will go shopping tomorrow.

Posted in hiking, Hiking Trails, Morning Sickness, Ordinarylife, Pregnancy, Running, South Africa, Whale Trail

General Update.

So I thought I had better do a general update post – what is going on!! 

Well I suppose the quick answer would be nothing much.  Which is probably why I have not been posting?  But seeing as have a blog I suppose I had better put something on it!  I have been blogging for nearly 3 years and besides when I am on holiday and don’t have access to the internet this is the slackest I have been.  Yes, the guilt is setting in. 

So – update…. 

I am 9.5 weeks pregnant – not far at all.  I put on a bit of weight initially (the only way to keep the nausea at bay was to eat) but seem to have lost it again.  Besides the nausea and fat (possibly bloated) stomach is the only different I have seen is my boobs!!!!!  I have a cleavage.  Quite a substantial one!  Wow….  Let’s hope they don’t continue to grow at this rate. After nine months I won’t be able to stand upright.  People are going to start calling me Pammy for another reason besides it being my name. 

In other news, I am going hiking soon and can’t wait.  It is still a couple of weeks away but I am really looking forward to it.  We are going to do the Whale Trail in the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.  It is whale season, so hopefully we see lots of them.  I am also hoping it warms up slightly!!  It is 12º Celsius in Port Elizabeth today.  I know that is not that cold to people living in some other places but we are not prepared for weather like this.  We don’t even own a single heater!!!  Lots of layers of clothing are required the minute we step inside the fridge that we call home. 

I have been really slack on the exercise front as well.  I have just been feeling so listless and nauseus and cold that the last thing I have felt like doing was going for a run or a swim.  I WILL start again soon.  I bought a book called Exercising duing pregnancy but have not read it yet.  There are certain smells that make me want to gag at the moment – mostly chemical smells – and that book has it.  I tried to start but it was not pleasant.  Maybe in a few weeks time when the nauseas abates….. 

Hmmm, any other news??? Nope, not really.  I am still here, still alive and everything seems to be going well.  I have another appointment in 2 weeks time and then another scan at week 12.  boy, oh boy am I glad that I decided to add the saver section to my hospital plan this year…..

Posted in Ordinarylife

More than I think I know?

The mind is a strange and curious place (but maybe that is just mine?). 

On Monday night I had a dream about an actor.  It was very clear and vivid and when I woke up on the morning I could picture his face in detail.  But I could not remember his name or anything he had acted it.  It bugged me. Actually that was a bit of an understatement.  It annoyed the $##$%# out of me all day!  Who the heck was this guy? 

I tried Googling but that is rather hard when you don’t know his name or anything he has acted in.  Tall, dark actors with cute smiles seem to be a dime a dozen on Google!  In fact any variation of the above drew no result.  Top 100 hottest Hollywood actors etc – nothing.  Not that it would have helped because I would not have recongnised his name anyway…..  

And then last night whilst driving I remember what he had acted in!!!!  Wow – why is it that something like that just suddenly comes to you.  I had been trying all day to remember.  So, this is why I say the mind is odd.  Was that knowledge there all along?  Must have been?  Makes me think though, what else is hiding in the depth of our brains.  Do we actually “know” and”remember” everything that passes our way but only keep a certain amount in our conscious knowledge or filed somewhere for easy access. What about all the other stuff.  Does our brain archive it, but keep it somewhere?  Or is there a lot that we do actually loose?  I know they say we only use about 10% or our brain’s capacity – so how do I access a bit more?  And would I want to? 

So, I am sure you are all curios – he acted in Jack and Jill (he was Jill) and his name is Ivan Sergei. 

Ivan Sergei
Ivan Sergei
Posted in Humour, Ordinarylife, Women

Words for Women to live by.

I got this on email today and it made me smile.


Words for Women to Live By : 

1. Aspire to be Barbie – the bitch has everything.

2. If the shoe fits – buy them in every color.

3. Take life with a pinch of salt… A wedge of lime, and a shot of tequila.

4. In need of a support group? – Have a daily Cocktail hour with the girls!

5. Go on the 30 day diet. (I’m on it and so far I’ve lost 15 days).

6. When life gets you down – just put on your big girl panties and deal with it.

7. Let your greatest fear be that there is no PMS/Menopause and this is just your personality.

8. I know I’m in my own little world, but it’s ok. They know me here.

9. Lead me not into temptation, I can find it myself.

10. Don’t get your knickers in a twist; it solves nothing and makes you walk funny.

11. When life gives you lemons – turn them into lemonade then mix with vodka.

12. Remember wherever there is a good looking; sweet man there is some woman tired of his bullshit!

13. Keep your chin up, only the first 40 years of parenthood are the hardest.

14. If it has Tyres or Testicles it’s gonna give you trouble.

15. By the time a woman realizes her mother was right, she has a daughter who thinks she’s wrong.

Posted in Ordinarylife

Another meme

So once again I am “stealing” meme’s.  Thanks Shayne – just what I need at the moment. 

1) Are your parents married or divorced?

            Divorced, they stayed together for nearly 30 years getting divorced when I was 31. 

2) Are you a vegetarian?

            Heck no! 

3) Do you believe in Heaven?


4) Have you ever come close to dying?


5) What jewellery do you wear?

            My wedding ring 

6) Favourite time of day?

Early morning 

7) Do you eat the stems of broccoli?

            Yes, I did not realise that some people cut them off? 

8) Do you wear makeup?

            Not when I can help it.  I got permanent eyeliner done for my birthday so it is now much easier. 

9) Ever have plastic surgery?

            Nothing yet.  Not sure as I get older and after kids. 

10) Do you colour your hair?

            YES!!!!  Ever since I started turning grey at 19. 

11) What do you wear to bed?

            Depends on the season.  Tracksuit pants and thermal top in winter and nothing in summer. 

12) Have you ever done anything illegal?

            Can I plead the 5th??? 

13) Can you roll your tongue?


14) Do You Tweeze your eyebrows?

            Yes, but rarely.  They don’t seem to grow back that quick. 

15) What kind of sneakers?

            My running shoes are Asics – other than that I don’t really wear sneakers. 

16) Do you still own vinyl?


17) What is your hair colour?

            Light brown 

18) Future child’s name?

            We have not yet decided.  I have a list though.  Boys we both agree on Thomas, but don’t know if we will go with that.  Girls…. We can’t agree.  But at least we still have 7 months before the baby is born.

19) Do you snore?

            Mr OL says occasionally 

20) If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?

            Timbuktu (although just leaving work and going home is sounding pretty appealing.) 

21) Do you sleep with stuffed animals?

            No, my bed is too full with real ones.  My cats have decided it is cold and we need their body heat to warm us up.  The closer to us they can be the better. 

22) If you won the lottery

            Pay off our houses, change cars (mine is 13 years old), go on holiday. Quit my job…. The list is endless so it had better be a decent amount. 

23) Gold or silver?

            White gold or silver (or in my dreams platinum)

24) Hamburger or hot dog?

            Hamburger – you would have thought that 4 years of working at the Spur might of put me off, but no.  Give me a cheese sauce Spur burger any day and I will be a happy girl. 

25) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

            Potatoes, very versatile. 

26) City, beach or country?


27) What was the last thing you touched?

            My keypad. 

28) Where did you eat last?

            Sitting at my desk in my office. 

29) When’s the last time you cried?

            Season finale of Greys Anatomy, but then also from laughter at the Grahamstown Festival. 

30) Do you read blogs?


31) Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?

            To a party. 

32) Ever been involved with the police?

            Yes, but I was innocent I tell you. Innocent!!!

33) What’s your favourite shampoo, conditioner and soap?

            Pantene shampoo and conditioner.  Soap – Palmolive. 

34) Do you talk in your sleep?


35) Ocean or pool?

            Ocean, in my wet suit for a long swim. 

36) What’s your favourite song at the moment?

            I am not good with remembering songs.  If I hear one I will say “this is my favourite song” and say the same thing a couple of hours later about another song.  I will never remember the title to either. 

37) What is your favourite colour(s)?

            Depends what for.  Normally I say blue, but my house is mostly decorated in burnt oranges, reds and browns. 

39 Ever met anyone famous?

Does snogging a Springbok count (not telling which one and it was a very long time ago)?  But seriously I have met quite a few famous people both SA and international.  The most famous I suppose would be Christian Slater, Richard Branson, Ruby Wax, Shaggy, the Bross Brothers, the drummer from Oasis and quite a few others.  (living in London).  I also worked at an event company in SA for a while so meet quite a few local celebrities as well, including Alan Donald, Corne Krige (no it was not him), Derek Watts, John Smit (not him either), Darren Scott  – actually the list is long, so I will stop there. 

40) Do you feel that you’ve had a truly successful life?

            In most parts yes. 

41) Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?


42) Ricki Lake or Oprah?


43)Basketball or Football?


44) How long do your showers last?

            Until I run out of hot water if I am allowed to stay in that long. 

45) Automatic or do you drive a stick?


46) Cake or ice cream?

            Ice cream 

47) Are you self-conscious?


48) Have you ever drank so much you threw up?


49) Have you ever given money to a tramp?


50) Have you been in love?

            I have and I am. 

51) Where do you wish you were?

            Lying on my couch in the sun watching Tour de France. 

52) Are you wearing socks?

            Yes, thick hiking socks hidden under black boots for work (it was cold this morning) 

53) Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?


54) Can you tango?

            I have learnt how, but cant actually do it. 

55) Last gift you received?

            My car radio for my birthday from Mr OL. 

56) Last sport you played?

            Running (I don’t do team or ball sports) 

57) Things you spend a lot of money on?

            Triathlons are expensive.  You are basically buying stuff for 3 different sports.   You also tend to eat a lot so it would be sports stuff and food! 

58) Where do you live?

            In the town of my birth Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 

59) Where were you born?

            See above – at the Provincial Hospital. 

60) Last wedding attended?

              Candice and Warren, as a last minute date for a friends whose date let her down.  Mr OL was overseas so I though why not.  It was lots of fun, although I am not sure what the other guests thought when my friend brought a girl…. 

61) Favourite alcoholic drink?

            Champagne  – but don’t get to drink it that often. 

62) What’d you do last weekend?

            See previous post…. 

63) Most hated food(s)?

            Brussel Sprouts!!!!!!!!! 

64) What’s your least fav chore?

Ironing – I will NOT do it.  I told Mr OL before he asked me to marry him that he had better make a plan otherwise he is going to have crinkly shirts.  He made a plan. 

65) Can you sing?


66) Last person you instant messaged?

            A friend about a special on sports goods. 

67) Last place you went on holiday?

            For longer than a weekend – probably my honeymoon which was in the Western Cape.  Now we have animals it is a bit difficult to get away.  Check back in August though.  We are doing the Whale Trail then.  Can’t wait!!!

68) Favourite regular drink?

            Mmmmmmm Milk – new drink from Clover.  It is milk with vanilla extract.  I LOVE it!!! 

69) Current crush?

            See above……  and of course Mr OL.

Posted in Art, Morning Sickness, Ordinarylife, Pregnancy

The funny and the not so funny

Sorry not been posting much lately. 

I have been feeling rather crappy and ended up taking yesterday off work.  Pregnancy induced migraines – what fun!!!  So I managed to avoid morning sickness and end up throwing up from a migraine?  Apparently it is normal and has to do with the hormones.  I can’t believe that some of you have voluntarily done this more than once.  Yes, I know, I will forget all about it as soon as I hold the little one…At the moment that feels very far away. 

But in more fun news we managed to get to the National Arts Festival held in Grahamstown.  It was fantastic – well not the whole festival but the shows we went to were very good.  Mr OL and two other men he works with arranged the whole trip; the shows, accommodation etc.  All us wives needed to do was go with. They did a very great job. 

We caught 4 shows, which were Banana Republic (quite good), DeKaf with Sivuyile Ngesi (brilliant), Laugh with David Newton (also brilliant) and Koch Up with Conrad Koch a ventriloquist (most laughed at but it was because he kept picking on people from our group). 

We also walked around the stalls and I must say I was a bit disappointed.  I am not sure what I was expecting but there was not much that was not there 6 years ago (last time I went).  Who buys didgeridoo’s out side of Australia, who wears tie died tights and tops besides the other stall holders?  There were a few things new I suppose but oddly enough the only things that Mr OL and I bought were both food related.  Me a LARGE jar of olives and Mr OL a bottle of hot sauce. 

We stayed in the Victoria Primary School hostels, which were very nice.  We were 6 people and manged to get a 7 bed dorm so were not sharing with people that we did not know.  It was very clean and beside old springs and mattresses on the beds very comfortable. 

The shows however were the highlights.  If you get the opportunity to watch any of them I would seriously recommend them – especially David Newton and Sivuyile Ngesi (David Newton produces and co-writes his show too).  I have seen David Newton before and although I enjoyed his previous show – Politically Incorrect – this one I found much better.  It was not as crude but just funny. 

We got back on Sunday morning and I had a slight headache which by Sunday Afternoon was a full blown migraine.  Not a fun way to end a funny and fantastic weekend.

Posted in Family, Ordinarylife

The easy way out.

I could not think of anything to blog this week, so as a desperate measure I was going to steal the meme on Shayne’s blog, however on my way over to hers I popped over to see what Rambler had to say and found a meme there.  Hmmm decisions.  Clive’s won.  I might save Shaynes for next week, although hopefully by then my blogging inspiration has returned.

I am not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do it please let me know so I can come and read what you wrote. (Yes, I am nosey).  Have a great weekend.

I am: sitting at work.

I have: everything I could ever want, except perhaps….No, I do have everything I want.

I know: less than I did in my teens.

I think: so far my life has been right on track.

I don’t think: I should be as critical of myself as I sometimes am.

I want: to be a stay at home mom, with maybe a hobby business on the side.

I have: an idea that is not going to happen.

I like: getting outdoors.

I dislike: being cooped up on an office all day.

I hate: it when people have no concern for their children’s safety.  SEATBELTS PEOPLE!!

I dream: of having a small holding in the mountains, with a beautiful view and a self sufficient garden.

I fear: I will not be able to do the things with my kids that my mom did with us due to crime and safety issues.

I am annoyed: by people that litter.

I crave: nothing since I am pregnant. Thankfully as I normally crave biltong but I can’t eat that now.

I usually: crave biltong.

I search: the internet when ever I have question or want to buy something.

I hide: the fact that I am an absolute chicken and scared of pretty much EVERYTHING pretty well.

I wonder: if our baby will be a boy or a girl.

I know: that it does not matter either way.

I just can’t help: myself if I get a good book in my hand.  I have to read it till it is finished, even if I stay up all night.  Thank fully I read very quickly.  I read “The Kite Runner” on Sunday, and 2 more books this week.

I regret: Not travelling more when I had the chance.

I love: my family.

I can’t live without: my Swiss Army Knife.  OK, I could probably live without it, but I have it in my handbag at all times.

I try to: enjoy life and try different things.

I enjoy: a diverse range of things, from reading to triathlon to hiking.

I don’t care: if I don’t come first.  I love taking part.

I always: thought that I would stay single and adopt.

I never want to: be filthy rich, just independently wealthy.

I rely on: my family to be there for me when I want to talk.  They always are.

I believe: I have the funniest, cutest pets in the world.

I dance: (d) Highland for 10 years and travelled all over the country for eisteddfods’ and competitions.

I sing: terribly

I argue: much less than I used to.

I write: the biggest load of rubbish most of the time

I win: the lottery every week in my dreams and plan on how to spend the money.

I lose: it when people throw litter out of their cars or on the ground.  I usually say something if close enough. 

I wish: it were lunchtime.  I am starving (again)!

I listen: but don’t always hear what the other person is actually saying.

I don’t understand: why people can’t just treat each other’s religions or beliefs with respect.

I’m scared of: failure and success, probably in equal measures.

I forget: that I am 37 and usually think I am about 32 or thereabouts (wishful thinking)

I am happy: with my life.