Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude, Art, Baby OL, Baking, Children, Family, Ironman, Ironman 70.3, Medal Displays, Medal Hangers, My Art Work, My New Business, Ordinarylife, Paintings, Parenting, Running, Sketches, Trail Running, Training

Happy 5 year Blog Anniversary!

I have had this blog for 5 years – wow time has flown.  Before I started here I had an iBlog account for a short while as well.

Over the years my blog has changed quite bit.  It has gone from being mostly about Ironman training to a real mix up of stuff, Ordinary Life stuff!  I have had a baby, I have started baking and icing cookies, I have shown you all some of my paintings and sketches, I have started a new business – SA Medal Hangers.  And very importantly I have made some great friends!

Thank you all so much for joining me on this journey, I am thoroughly enjoying it!

Here is the link to my first post – published on the 1st September 2008

https://pamiejane.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/windy-city/

Posted in hiking, Medal Displays, Medal Hangers, Running, Trail Running, Training

A Park Run and a Trail Run

I ran this weekend.

I don’t know how wise it was but I was going stir crazy not running, my foot is just getting more and more painful and I figured “what the hell” Resting it does not seem to be working anyway, it’s been 12 weeks of almost no running.

I might have slightly over done it by doing two races but still….

On the Saturday I did the Hobie Beach Park Run.  They are awesome and what a fantastic idea!  5 km held in a park or open area, you register once, get a bar code then just arrive.  No matter where you are in South Africa you can just rock up with your bar-code at the local one.  If you are a Discovery member you get 500 points and as long as you have registered that on the system then the points are automatically updated.  Each race is timed and so you can gauge your progress…. And best of all the FREE!  They are very popular.  Here is the link to the Park Run SA!

On Sunday I did a trail run.  11km which I said I would walk but once out there I ran quite a bit of it anyway.  Well the parts that were not up a steep hill, or down a steep hill, or where the view was stunning, or where it was too rocky (ok, there was a lot of walking)  At one stage I had to give myself a bit of pep talk about all the photo taking.  I knew it was bad when I thought about taking photos of the fynbos….

But OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!  The views were STUNNING (yes all the caps are necessary).  I only had my phone with me but even with that I got some decent photos – more to do with the scenery than my photography skills.

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I can’t believe that an area like this is so close to PE.  I absolutely love mountains (and the sea, but this post is about mountains)

And the good news is that I don’t think I killed my foot – it is no worse today than it was on Friday.  Yippee – I am going to start training again.  I have 2 months left before the Fairview Dryland Traverse!  I will worry more about it after that.

And just incase you haven’t figured it out it – I was the girl there promoting her stainless steel medal hangers……. SA Medal Hangers

Posted in My New Business, Ordinarylife

A bit of an update

Wow, my poor blog is getting neglected.  Unfortunately blogging is (almost) the last thing on my mind at the moment.

Front and foremost is SA Medal Hangers.  I am so excited about this project and have been absolutely blown away by the feedback and response I am getting to it.

So here are a few updates:

Firstly – my logo!  What do you think? I absolutely love it.  Thanks to Simon Says

LogoThen some of our hangers…… Just photos I took so not the best

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These medal hangers are all 65cm long with either a single or triple bar to hang your medals from.  The most popular at the moment is the one that says “SWIM, BIKE, RUN, PLAY!”

I am working on designs and wording l the time and I keep getting suggestions about sports and activities where people receive medals…. Did you know you received medals for Dragon Boating?  I love it!

If you have not already I would really appreciate it if you would “LIKE” my Facebook page it is http://www.facebook.com/SAMedalhangers or click HERE – SA MEDAL HANGERS

Thank you.

Posted in Baby OL, Children, Family, Ordinarylife

The little things

I am not going to say that I have things sorted with Little OL because 3 year olds change their minds at the drop of a hat, but let’s just say that last week was MUCH better than the week before.

I asked our nanny to come in 30 minutes later, so that we would have already left the house by the time she arrived (I had to laugh to myself about that one, I must be the only woman in SA that asked her nanny to come in late) and I have been fetching her at midday.  This unfortunately takes an hour out of my work day which I can’t really afford at the moment, but it is a small price to pay for a happy child.

She still moans when she wakes that she does not want to go to school but as soon as I mentioned that she would be all alone at home and that her nanny is only coming in much later she goes and gets dressed and ready. There have been no tears (her or me) and no drama….Ahhhhh, I love a peaceful house.

It is amazing what a difference those two changes have made.

 

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Posted in My New Business, Ordinarylife

A sneak peak!

Those of you who are friend of mine on Facebook will already have seen these, but here is a sneak peak at the new business venture I have been working on.

Medal hangers!

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Some of the options available!

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and a few more

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I have  few more and will be taking more photos shortly.

If you want to know more please visit our FB page its www.facebook.com/SAmedalhangers  or email me on pamela at medalhanger.co.za.   My company’s name is SA Medal Hangers.

(PS:  Please go like and share my page…. please )

Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude, Baby OL, Children's Parties, Family, Ordinarylife, Parenting

Fun times

I was in tears this morning. Big tears – 3 times!

I know other things (see way below) are going on at the moment and it was more than just the school thing but still…. I am really battling with Little OL and schooling this year.  I know a lot of stuff, I know that she is too young for a full day at school (without a nap).  I know that she is pushing her boundaries and I know that the school holidays broke her routine.  I know it is more fun with the nanny who gives her whatever she wants (TV and sweets) and I know at school they put demands on her.  I know all this but it does not make it any easier when your child point blank refuses to get in the car and go to school.  Yesterday after eventually managing to get her strapped in the car-seat, she somehow managed to wind down the wind with her food and was SCREAMING (as only a 3 year old can) at all the passers-by in the neighbouring cars “GET ME OUT OF HERE!” over and over.  Not fun.  I turned the radio on loud, put my head down and drove.  I did see a look of sympathy on one woman’s face though (for me not little OL – the others however were pointing and laughing.  I was very surprised nobody pulled me over and asked me if I was kidnapping her.

Today was a repeat performance – except she figured out how to twist and turn so that I could not get her strapped in…… The escalating frustration level on both sides was not helping and in the end all I could do was burst into tears and walk away…..  I wanted to say “fine, stay with the nanny” but felt if I did that, then I would just have the same thing on Monday.  When I got back to the car she had calmed down, we hugged, she got in her car-seat and we both snivelled the whole way to school.  When I put her in her teacher’s arms I burst into tears again and ran to my car. Can I count that as my first run in 8 weeks?

I drove to work, got myself some coffee and had just calmed down when I received a phone call from her school – I saw the number and my heart sank…… What now – is she sick, is she still bawling her eyes out, can the not calm her????? The secretary said they phoned me because Little OL had told her teacher that she made me upset in the car and she wanted them to phone and tell me she was sorry…. Bring on waterworks number 3!

This however cannot go on….. I actually had a meeting at the school earlier this week – for the next week I am fetching her at lunch time and taking her home to the nanny who we have asked to work full time for a bit.  Hopefully this helps.  I have also asked the nanny to come in later to work so that we have already left the house – on the days the nanny is not there she is perfectly happy to go to school.

Also, in a couple of months this might not be a problem.  I will be unemployed anyway….. –that’s the other stuff that is going on, they are retrenching at work and the PE office will close.  I am trying to take it as a good thing…..