Posted in Baking, Ordinarylife

Now I need to bake more.

I get stupid excited about certain things!  Like bouncing of the walls (internally) excited.  Today it is the internet – more specifically stuff that I have ordered from the internet .  I love the fact that I can order stuff from ½ way across the world and it gets delivered to my door!

Cookie Cutters - in the box

My latest purchase…. cookie cutters!  Now I know that you can buy them locally, I know that there is quite a variety (although not so much in PE) and I know that I should probably support the local economy but it is so exciting being able to find exactly what you want and then have it shipped to you.  How on earth did I cope a few years ago?

So, more about the cookie cutters I bought – They are so cute, now I just need to make some cookies.

Cookie Cutters - bunnies, tea pot and cup, a dancing bears and a ladybird!

 

cookie cutters - a balloon, a luggage tag, flowers and a star.
Posted in Books, Kindle, Ordinarylife

My latest reads

The two books I have just recently finished reading are:

Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.

A friend recommended Swan Thieves, saying it was the best book she read last year.  I would not get that excited about it although I did enjoy it and can understand why she loved it. However I have read such good books this year – most notably The Book Thief – which is high on my list of top books ever.  Swan Thieves is interesting in the way it swops between two time periods.  I would also say that if you are an artist or interested in psychology (or both – which my friend is) it would appeal more.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is a very interesting and inspiring book. It is a true story about a young woman and her family and how she ensured that they all survived during the Taliban reign in Afghanistan.  It is well written and an easy read.  It has made me what to find out more about Afghanistan and its people, the troubles that they went through and are still going through and how individuals survived.  I am not sure how I would cope if I were suddenly told that I could not leave the house. 

If you could only read one of the two I would recommend The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. 

Did I mention before that I have also recently read Water for Elephants??? If not then I should – it was great and I would RECOMMEND that book.  Loved it!

The book I have just started is The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.  I have not read enough to comment though.

And yes, all the above books are available on Kindle in South African – and Water for Elephants is on special for only $4.17.  Yes, that is less than R30.  LOVE MY KINDLE!

These books are to blame for my lack of exercise (I have to blame something as I am not going to take full responsibility for my laziness).  I love reading and once I get stuck into a book I can’t put it down. This means that often I will read past midnight – and then there is NO way I am getting up early to run.  Maybe it is time to put down the books and run a bit – at least for the next 3 weeks.

Posted in Ordinarylife, Running, Training

Big Trouble

I am in trouble…. big      BIG     BEEEEEEGGG        trouble!

I entered the Knysna ½ marathon – a whole 21.1km but have not put on my running shoes in ages.  And when I did it was because I needed to go outside and I did not want to get my slippers wet on the grass.

The race (walk, crawl, cry ) is in 3 weeks.  Holy moly what have I done…. I was psyched to do it, I was prepared, I had it all planned. And then each day for the past 3 months I pulled the blankets over my head, swearing I would start my plan the following day.  The following day just has not happened yet.

Oh, my goodness this is going to hurt – lots!

Unless of course I change plans – and swop to champagne and oysters instead of blood, sweat and tears!  Ah, the weekend might be good after all.

Posted in Baking, Cookies, Food, Ordinarylife, Parenting

A sugary thank you

Here are my latest biscuits.  I made them as a thank you gift for my mom!  I would never have survived last week without her.  My nanny was not able to come in, and without my mom I would have been really stuck.  I had to go to Cape Town on business on Tuesday – Granny’s ROCK!

So, mom – once again – THANK YOU!

Heart shaped - iced sugar cookies

 

Heart shaped iced sugar cookies
Posted in Baby OL, Food, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

A mini outing

On Saturday morning we went to Elephant Walk.  On the first Saturday of each month they have a car boot sale, as well as the permanent Farm Stall and antiques shop.  I have cycled past it many times when training, but have never been inside.  I decided that this weekend was time to rectify that.

I even managed to drag Mr OL with me – I think it was the mention of Farm Stall that got him salivating…  What can I say – we like food.

Well, the car-boot sale was just that and after a brief walk around we headed for the food.  YUM!  We will be going back.  The veggies and things were great, and they had fresh bread.  We bought a few things and headed home.  Lunch was thick sandwiches made with the fresh bread, butter lettuce, tomatoes and mustard all bought at the farm stall.  We also added a bit of Brie cheese. 

They also have a restaurant, but I did not go inside or look around.  Will have to do that next time.

Of course I forgot to take my camera!  Once again… bad blogger.  At least I did take pictures at home of Baby OL eating the bread.

Hmmm Bread!
Posted in Ordinarylife

Free speech? Not so much!

I am not one to swear (much) but there is a time and a place – and apparently that place in NOT in the state of Victoria – Australia, where, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, they are about to ban obnoxious swearing. 

Yip, swearing will be banned in Australia…. Holy #$#@$ or now should I say Cripes!  That is going to be hard to enforce.  And how are they going to prove it, and what constitutes “obnoxious swearing” as opposed to all other types.

I can just see that police man walking up to a person swearing and tell them they are being fined.  Yip that will calm him down!  Instead of Bleep, Bleep, Bleep Aussie TV will have to change it to Kerching, Kerching, Kerching.