Posted in Baby OL, Feeding, Food, Ordinarylife, Parenting, Restuarants

When I have kids I will NEVER….

“My daughter is NEVER going to the Spur. She is going to learn the value of going to a good restaurant, sitting properly and savouring the feelings that come with good food.”

Yip, that lasted until she was 18months and 5 days old.  I took her to the Spur yesterday… And I have created a monster – BAD mommy.

Somebody in the house (I will not name names but will say that Mr OL was not in the country) NEEDED a Spur burger with cheese sauce. 

While I was waiting for my take-away I took Baby OL to the kiddies play area.  At first she just stood there and looked in amazement at the kids and toys and stuff, but it did not take her long to get the hang of it…  Eventually when my burger was ready I had to drag her out of there tucked under my arm kicking and screaming. 

So – first experience of the Spur, it did not involve food (for her) but did involve running around, causing mayhem, normal Spur behavior.

Edited to add:  At this stage I need to confess that I worked at various Spurs in PE and Cape Town …… for 4 and a bit years.  I love their cheese sauce burgers – especially from Silver Cloud Spur in Newton Park.  YUM!

Posted in Food, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Restuarants

Insert happy smiley face here :-)

Date night was awesome.  It involved lots and lots and lots of sushi and a little bit of wine….. YUM.

We went to Fushin Sushi, in Stanley Street Richmond Hill and sat at the counter.  It was great to see them making the sushi, right from filleting a whole salmon to putting it on the plate.  We had a platter after platter and Mr OL very diplomatically hid the bill from me.  It was his treat. 

I got well and truly spoilt and loved every second of it.

Posted in Baby OL, Books, Family, Food, Gardening, Ordinarylife, Parenting, Restuarants, Running, Sewing, Training, Training

I miss…..

There are a few things that I miss since I have had a baby.  And they are not the things I expected… I do not miss nights out or parties, I did not do that much anyway.  I am missing the hectic training I was doing but not as much as I thought.  I also miss going out to restaurants and just sitting down for a good meal, but I know that will come shortly.

So what am I missing?  Well, oddly enough I miss working in my garden!  I miss pottering around, planting seedlings, and just doing stuff!  I also miss cooking – just for fun.  Not puréed baby food.  Normally I would get home from work and cook dinner – not all the time as Mr OL and I would take turns.  But I enjoyed it.  Now Mr OL does all the cooking while I bath and put Baby OL to bed. 

So when exactly did I get this old? 

Truthfully though I think it is more the creative aspect that I miss.  I like designing my garden, I like concocting new dishes.  The only creative outlet I have at the moment is sewing Whachumacallits, and although each one is unique and hand drawn I miss variety.  I am very excited about the market on the 29th but will be quite pleased when it over.  Then I might have more time to do other stuff.

I suppose that Mr OL might be right, he says that I do too much.  But I guess I like it that way.  I like to be doing stuff – and different stuff. 

Here is list of things that I want to do but just don’t have the time at the moment.

  • Sew Baby OL some summer dresses – I am in front of my sewing machine  a lot at the moment but it is all for the market.
  • Plant some veggies and herbs – and have the time to look after them.
  • Learn to bake.  We have recently bought a Kenwood Major, but I have not even used.  I can’t wait to give it a test run and make something.
  • Make Mr OL a nice romantic meal and sit and eat it at the dining room table, possibly with a bottle of wine (actually maybe scrap the wine – last time I had any 17 months ago Baby OL was the outcome)
  • Spend an evening just sitting, relaxing!
  • Finish one of the four unfinished books next to my bed.  Normally I finish a book within a couple of nights but at the moment it taking me forever.  I will read a couple of pages each night before I go to sleep, but at the moment it is never more than a couple of pages. The one I am currently reading is “The Great Run” by Braam Malherbe.  It is about his run along the entire distance of the Great Wall of China.  So far so good, but I have only read about his first day…
  • Read up on and practice using my camera properly.  I am sure it has functions that I just don’t know how to use.

So if you had more time what would you like to do

Posted in Dogs, Family, Morning Sickness, Ordinarylife, Pregnancy, Restuarants, Running, Women

General Update

I have been a very bad blogger!  Here are some updates. 

On Tuesday Mr OL and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary.  In some instances it has flown by and in others it seems as if we have always been together.   Mr OL took me out for dinner and by that I mean I told him he was taking me out, booked the restaurant and told him the time and place.  I kindly let him pay (the taking me out part).  I think he might have realized just how much being pregnant has made me go off meat.  His very carnivorous wife went to her favourite steakhouse and ordered the vegetarian platter.  It was actually very good. 

On Saturday I was feeling quite good so I went for my first run in a while.  Oh boy!!!  I did not realise just how quickly I would loose some of my fitness.  I intended on running 10km but settled for a very slow 7km.  It was good to be out again – but then the weather turned all nasty on me and I have not been out again.  This weekend I promise!! 

I posted the pictures of our 12 week scan.  It is actually the scan where they do the NT Test and some blood test to check to see if it is a high risk pregnancy with regards to Down’s syndrome and other chromosomal problems.  The scan looked good and the neck fold was 1.31mm which is considered good.  Anything under 3mm is good.  I am still waiting for the combined results and should get them on Monday afternoon or Tuesday.  I think after that I will calm down and enjoy this pregnancy a bit more.  I think because of my age I am a bit worried.  I will also be in my 2nd trimester from next week and I have heard that is better….  Not that I have been that sick or anything.  Just the occasional migraine and wave of nausea, but nothing compared to what some people go through. 

I did buy the first baby toy yesterday.  It is a fluffy sheep that snores.  I was in hysterics in the shop so had to get it.  Its tummy moves up and down as it snores as well.  My dogs are not so sure and Daisy started to growl at it.  We then “introduced” them and she just sat and stared at it.  Another funny thing that happened yesterday was that there was a baby crying on the TV.  Both my dogs jumped up and started staring at the TV.  They don’t usually pay much attention to the noises on the TV.  I rewound it and played it back to them.  After the 3rd time they got bored and ignored it.  It will be interesting to see how the react to a real baby.  I am sure that Duke will be all protective and Daisy will just want it to get a bit bigger so she could run around with it.  

Well – that’s all for now.  HOME TIME!!  And weekend.  Have a great one.

Posted in Food, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Restuarants

The good, the bad and the very ugly.

In the past week I have had one of the best and one of the worst dining out experiences in PE. 

I will start with the WORST – just to get it off my chest (which as a pleasant side effect of pregnancy seems to be growing by the second) 

The worst – Barney’s at the beachfront!  DON’T go there.  Or at least don’t go there until they get a new manager.  There was a combination of things that went wrong, from Mr OL not getting his food until everybody else had finished eating, all of our food was cold.  The one girl sent hers back 3 times to be heated up and each time it came back as cold as it had left.  The child’s food, which should have been at the table first came second last (just before Mr OL’s).  When she did get it the roll was frozen and the rest was so terrible she did not eat it anyway. We never got refills on our drinks and when we eventually got hold of the manger to complain his attitude was SHOCKING!!!!  He said he was not aware there was a problem and the waitress was new.  Uhmm, ok but that does not explain the nearly frozen burger roll or the icy cold chips or most of the other problems.  We told him that people would not come back if the service and food was this bad and his words, along with a shrug of his shoulders and a smile were “We have open a long time”  As if so what, people come back anyway.  SHOCKING, SHOCKING, SHOCKING! 

Then the good experience. And an experience it was.  The restaurant was Cubata.  It is in a ‘bad’ part of town, the décor was shocking, the service (initially) sucked, the table we had booked was taken but after the meal and the experience all was forgiven.  It was FANTASTIC!  It is a small, family run Portuguese restaurant that only seats about 30 people.  It is not licensed so you need to bring your own.  They only serve grilled chicken (peri peri or not), prawns, spare ribs, calamari and chips.  We tried ordering from the menu and the owner said we should just let him bring us stuff.  So we did.  He brought platters of ribs, chicken and prawns (you pay for these each so tell him how many you want – they are huge so we said 2 each).  He also brings you fresh rolls and big plates of chips.  You just pass along help your self and eat!  The food was some of the best I have ever eaten.  It is simple and non pretentious.  Don’t go there though if you want a quiet meal or as a couple.  It is for groups, as it gets rather loud in there.  Don’t go there if you are not the lick your fingers type of person.  It gets rather messy and there are not enough paper serviettes to go around.  Do however go there for the experience and the food.  You will never want to order ribs anywhere else. 

If you do want to go, book well in advance. They are fully booked for nearly 3 months. They have two sittings a night and they basically KICK the first lot out at about 7:30, so if you want to hang about after eating try for the later sitting.  The people before us were basically kicked out, with half drunk bottles of wine in their hands as soon as they had finished eating.  But it is well worth it.  We booked again as we left, so will be going back in about 3 months time.