Posted in Baby OL, Charity, Family, Ordinarylife

Fun and games

It was our annual Christmas outing with the girls from the cottage at the EP Child and Youth Care Center that the company I work at sponsors.

We have been sponsoring it for over 3 years now and it is amazing to see how the girls have grown and become more confident.  As they get older they move to a different cottage but there are still about 8 girls that have been there since we started. 

I really enjoy spending time with them, and have taken Baby OL to visit a couple of times.  Normally she is quite shy, but this time she started laughing, “talking” to them and blowing bubbles.  Fun was had by all.

Here are a couple of photos of the day.

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Posted in Chocolate, Ordinarylife, Running

Step away from the chocolate!!!

Normally when I am anxious or nervous or generally worried about something I lose weight so what the hell is wrong with me at the moment.  I am eating like a horse! 

I have that nervous, anxious feeling in my stomach but instead of feeling nauseous at the sight of food or going for a long run I am trying to get rid of the feeling with chocolate, white bread and basically any other junk that I can lay my hands on!  Not good. 

I need to start exercising again – my knee feels better, so maybe if I go into it slowly this time things would be good. 

This weekend – definitely!!!!

Posted in Ordinarylife

THE GREATEST ADVICE

One of my friend’s posted this on their Facebook page.  I think it is just what I need to hear at the moment. 

Now if I could just take some of this advice I will probably be fine.  Ok, I am mostly fine now, but I would be better.

  THE GREATEST ADVICE By Rick Warren (The Purpose Driven Life)

Don’t associate with people you can’t trust.                   

Don’t cheat. Don’t lie. Don’t pretend.                   

Don’t dictate because you are smarter.                   

Don’t demand because you are stronger.

Don’t date because you are desperate.                 

Don’t marry because you are miserable.         

Don’t have kids because you think your genes are superior.           

Don’t philander because you think you are irresistible.

Don’t sleep around because you think you are old enough & know  better.  

Don’t hurt your kids because loving them is harder.             

Don’t sell yourself, your family, or your ideals.                             

Don’t stagnate! 

Don’t regress.     

Don’t live in the past. Time can’t bring anything or anyone back.           

Don’t put your life on hold for possibly Mr/s. Right.       

Don’t throw your life away on Mr/s. Wrong because your  biological clock is ticking.

Learn a new skill.                             

Find a new friend.                             

Start a new career.     

Sometimes, there is no race to be won, only a price to be paid for some of life’s more hasty decisions.

To terminate your loneliness, reach out to the homeless.           

To feed your nurturing instincts, care for the needy.             

To fulfill your parenting fantasies, get a puppy.

To make yourself happy, pursue your passions & be the best of what you can be.                 

Simplify your life. Take away the clutter.     

Get rid of destructive elements: abusive friends, nasty habits, and dangerous liaisons.     

Don’t abandon your responsibilities but don’t overdose on duty.

Don’t live life recklessly without thought and feeling for your family.                             

Be true to yourself.                   

Don’t commit when you are not ready.                   

Don’t keep others waiting needlessly.

Go on that trip. Don’t postpone it.               

Say those words. Don’t let the moment pass.               

Do what you have to, even at society’s scorn.

Write poetry.                                 

Love Deeply.                               

Walk barefoot.                           

Dance with wild abandon.                             

Cry at the movies.

Take care of yourself. Don’t wait for someone to take care of you.     

You light up your life. You drive yourself to your destination.                   

No one completes you – except YOU.         

It isn’t true that life does not get easier with age.                       

It only gets more challenging.             

Don’t be afraid. Don’t lose your capacity to love.                           

Pursue your passions.

Live your dreams.                           

Don’t lose faith in God.                       

Don’t grow old. Just grow YOU!

Posted in Ordinarylife

Expectations

What do you do if the things you expect and what you actually get don’t meet?  Do you adjust your expectations, maybe down grade a bit, perhaps“give up” on what you expect and be happy with what you get?  Or do you keep your expectations and try not to get too disappointed when they are not met?

I don’t think my expectations are too high, but then…. Maybe what I consider normal and what others consider normal differs?

Posted in Ordinarylife

Must be fun to work at a toy store??

Or not

I swear that Toys’R Us has the worst customer service possible. The staff stands around leaning on things talking to each other or looking just plain bored all the time.  If it was not for the fact that I get VERY good discounts through Discovery Vitality I would NEVER set foot in that place again.

Last time I thought perhaps I had just come on a bad day, but this weekend really took the cake.

Does this sound like a bit of a vent? Yes?  Good, because it is.

Normally the staff at the check-outs have their heads on their desks and you actually have to ask them if they are open or if they are asleep. They just look up, rub their eyes and glare at you because you dared to disturb them – oops, sorry. All I wanted to do was pay.

However this Saturday I did not even get to the tills.  I wanted to buy some formula, but they did not have the one that I wanted on the shelf, so I looked around, noticed FOUR people with Toy’s R Us T-shirts leaning on prams or against shelves.  I politely asked them if they worked there but all I got was a glare – uhm….. OK, so I asked again. Still no response except that they looked at each other.  Thankfully somebody else who also worked there happened to walk past.  He said – the customer is talking to you, then he came over and helped me.  He was very nice and went into the store room to check for me.

Then of course I got to the tills and it was the whole palaver all over again. Seriously people!  I do not want to have to tap you on your shoulder to see if you are awake and willing to serve me. Where the HELL is the manager?  Surely he or she should notice that all of his checkout people have their heads in their arms and leaning on their tables. 

Is it just in PE or does this happen at every Toys ‘R us store?

Posted in Art, Crafts, Family, Ordinarylife, Parenting, Running, Swimming

I feel frustrated! Or something….

Reading other people’s blogs is not helping.  I see all these people that are busy designing, taking beautiful photos, baking, cooking fabulous meals, renovating, painting, scrapping, learning, writing, basically just creating and I feel like I am doing nothing!

I think I am beginning to miss my art classes.  But here is my dilemma, I am not sure if I actually want to go back.  Not because I didn’t enjoy it or anything like that, but it would spend away from Baby OL.  More time away!

I already work 8 hours a day so not seeing her in the evenings would be bad.  Also I want to start sea swimming again. So I need to decide, sea swim or art?

They grow so fast that I don’t want to look back and realise that I have missed so much.  I already run, although at least that is in the mornings, usually before she wakes up.  Urgh!!!  I suppose drawing and painting is something that I could do while she is asleep, but then when would I spend time with Mr OL?  Can somebody please just give me an extra day on the weekend!

Posted in Ordinarylife

Halfway blonde

I am the type of girl that when I decide to cut my hair I need to do it NOW!  I am not good about making appointments, but yesterday I thought, let me just go about this properly. So I phoned my hairdressers and asked if he had any space from now till the end of the month (he is very busy). They said NO!  I thought as much….. but, then the receptionist  said, not unless I could come right NOW he had a cancellation.

Wow!  After some hectic rearranging at work I was sitting in his chair within 15 minutes.  I have been going to Alfie at Crimpers for the past 9 years.  (I have strayed twice over that time and each seriously regretted it), however over those past 9 years I have only had my hair coloured there twice (I am a straight out the box at home girl) but each time I go he asks if he can’t colour it.  Yesterday I walked in and said he needs to do something about my colour! I think he was in shock  – he might even have squawked – and he is straight!  Now to get a straight man to squawk takes quite some doing.  After he had recovered he asked if he was allowed to do highlights as well…. I told him to go ahead I was leaving my colour in his capable hands.  He somehow managed to pick himself up off the floor.

I am so glad he did, I love it.  It is still brown but has quite a few blonde highlights (after all the stupid things I have done lately it is probably justified).   I told him I could not promise that I would not be going back to the box next month, but he might see me a bit more often.

EDITED TO ADD PHOTO:

The highlights
Posted in Ordinarylife

Anonymous?

Does anyone ever wish they had kept their blog totally anonymous?  And do you think it is possible?  Do you think that based on what you write people would figure out who you were?

I know some of you have private blogs that can be read by invited readers only, but I am not talking about that I am talking about an open blog, but one that can’t be “traced” back to you? 

Sometimes there are days (TODAY) where I just feel like screaming and writing about it, but can’t/won’t because people who know me read my blog and by tomorrow I will probably have changed my mind anyway?  I know some of you get around this by writing password protected posts. 

So, what do you think, is it possible to have a totally anonymous blog?  I suppose I would probably miss out on the personal interaction between readers and myself, I mean how could you become “friends” if you did not know who was writing it. 

Has anyone tried to have an anonymous blog and failed?