Friday, 26 December 2008

christmas 2008

this year has been amazing, hectic, life-changing, whirlwind crazy, upside-down, and incredibly blessed. i can't believe 2008 is almost over.

nico & i boldly went where we had never been before... we hosted our first christmas lunch this year. rather exciting, but a lot of hard work even though we only had 4 guests! the menu was made up of a few of our favourite dishes and, to our surprise, all the items worked out very well together.

the decorating also came together nicely, i chose a blue and white theme to go with our new patio chair cushions, which gave a fresh and cool twist to the traditional theming. although i was really tempted to go all out with the decorations (think fairy lights, candles, and other frills galore) i managed to control my imagination to our newly-wed budget. along with a neutral tablecloth and bright place mats we had fresh basil plants on the tables, which are renowned for deterring flies, or so they say... it didn't seem to do anything for those pesky pests buzzing around our tables though.

nico even designed a beautiful menu for this special occasion on my new macbook. we decided on a bible verse (Isaiah 42:6,9,10) for the inside facing page of the menu, what was wonderful is that this fitted in with the word my father shared with us later.

whilst it was lovely to spend the day with family, and they are set on making a tradition of having christmas at our place, i will be happy to share the duties from now on with the knowledge of all it takes to make a success of one of the biggest days of the year... after all, the day is about celebrating the coming of our saviour jesus with loved ones.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

proudly south african


You call a bathing suit a 'swimming costume'.

You call a traffic light a 'robot'.

You call an elevator a 'lift'.

You call a car's hood a 'bonnet'.

You call a car's trunk a 'boot'.

You call a pickup truck a 'bakkie'.

You call a Barbeque a 'Braai'.

The employees dance in front of the building to show how unhappy they are.

SABC TV advertises and shows highlights of the program you just finished watching.

You get cold easily. Anything below 16 degrees Celsius is Arctic weather.

You know what Rooibos Tea is, even if you've never had any.

You can sing your national anthem in four languages, and you have no idea what it means in any of them.

You know someone who knows someone who has met Nelson Mandela.

You go to braais regularly, where you eat boerewors and swim, sometimes simultaneously.

You produce a R100 note instead of your driver's licence when stopped by a traffic officer.

You can do your monthly shopping on the pavement.

You have to hire a security guard whenever you park your car.

When you are a victim of crime and say: 'At least I'm still alive'.

You know a taxi can move twice its certified number of people in one trip.

You travel 100's of kilometres to see snow.

You know the rules of Rugby better than any referee.

To get free electricity you have to pay a connection fee of R750.

More people vote in a local reality TV show than in a local election.

People have the most wonderful names: Christmas, Goodwill, Goodman, Pretty, Wednesday, Blessing, Brilliant, Gift, Precious, Innocence, Given, Patience, Portion, Coronation.

'Now now' or 'just now' can mean anything from a minute to a month.

You continue to wait after a traffic light has turned to green to make way for taxis travelling in the opposite direction.

Travelling at 120 km/h you're the slowest vehicle on the highway/freeway.

You're genuinely and pleasantly surprised whenever you find your car parked where you left it.

A bullet train is being introduced, but we can't fix potholes.

The last time you visited the coast you paid more in speeding fines and toll fees than you did for the entire holiday.

You paint your car's registration on the roof.

You have to take your own linen with you if you are admitted to a government hospital.

You have to prove that you don't need a loan to get one.

Prisoners go on strike.

You don't stop at a red traffic light in case somebody hijacks your car.

You consider it a good month if you only get mugged once.

Ruwandan refugees start leaving the country because the crime rate is too high.

You consider a high crime rate as normal.

You actually get these jokes (but they ARE true!) and pass them on to other friends from SA.


Wednesday, 5 November 2008

a lack of moblogging tools

oh would it, could it, be more difficult to blog "remotely"?! all i wish for is a simple tool to post a few thoughts from my htc tytn whilst on the go. this post is being typed into opera mini - at least it allows a web frontend to blogger, but no cutting or pasting. moblog has only published one of my posts so far, but otherwise gives me "an error has occurred". it even completely lost one of my posts, never to be seen again. cellspin & picoblogger i've downloaded but they require web setup with sites not designed for mobile use - what else was i going to do? wait till i was close to a computer so i could create an account from my pc so i can use my phone to blog? it makes no sense! oh i dream for the day when i can run windows live writer from my windows mobile 6 phone...

Sunday, 2 November 2008

say aaaahhhh...

october has been a marathon medical month for me. it began with my first ever stay over in hospital and first experience of general anaesthesia, and ended with my first dental op under general anaesthesia. boy am i glad for medical aid.

while going under is quite intense it's a million times better than being present for your own dental op. believe me i've had to try banish the memories of a number of apisectomies, extractions, bone implants all under local, all whilst i was fully aware of the surgeon's every movement around my mouth.

of course this time was different. i had my wonderful and caring husband by my side most of the time. i was administered both general & local anaesthesia injections which lead to strange & disturbing dreams. the oxygen smelt of coconut. i woke up very groggy wanting only to go back to sleep, away from the bright lights, the feeling of complete dejection and aloneness, and the terrible pain in my throat from the intubation. thankfully i didn't spend too much time in the recovery room & was returned to my ward. my sweetheart was there to comfort my tears, give me cold juice for the throat & feed me. small things make a big difference.

i'm almost back to normal again with the swelling in my face concentrated on my top lip. i also have to get used to the plate & denture they fitted while i was under. while it covers the gaping hole in my front teeth (for which i am grateful) it also causes me to lisp and sound a lot like sean connery. when this is all over in a year or so i may giggle about it... up till then i'm going to concentrate on surviving the days of small embarrassments and mountains which would normally be molehills...

Thursday, 30 October 2008


i'm trying the whole moblogging thing in an effort to post more frequently than in the past year or so. the theory is that i'll find the time to blog whilst on the go. i did qualify it as a theory... ;)

Saturday, 18 October 2008

corporate value proposition

i found an interesting article on corporate value proposition whilst researching for work - how to write a strong value proposition.

this also ties into one's personal value proposition or, as some like to call it, your elevator speech. i have always struggled with this in describing what i do... even more so in trying to describe what it is i want to do / be. perhaps it's because i haven't completely figured it out yet. more likely is that it's not a traditional role and there isn't really anyone out there i could refer to for a frame of reference.

the closest i have ever come is to say that i want to be a chief happiness officer. but what is a chief happiness officer? how do i become one? it's the transitioning from what i do now to what i want to do that baffles and scares me slightly.

another blog that runs in the same vein is personality not included (if you can ignore the "shameless" promotion of the book of the same name).

a point to ponder in pondering the question "what am i doing with my life?"

Friday, 3 October 2008


it's a stunning day and i'm looking out onto a little bit of paradise. my first stint in hospital is not so bad at all. i'm here for a small procedure related to the recurring kidney infections i've had over the past few months. it all seems to have gone well. the anaesthesia was an interesting experience - one minute you're staring at the ceiling breathing in oxygen the next they're waking you up & telling you it's all over. there were some strange dreams of a boy in a garden inbetween. i'm happy not to be bed bound although walking around with a drip & other tubing is proving to be awkward, in all aspects. :) had a very "mr bean" moment this morning - managed to take my top off for bathing but when it came to getting it back on again i became so entangled with the drip cords i had to call in the nurse to assist.

small victories and things to remain amused by...

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

air head

i am smitten - i have come face to face with a macbook air. the styling is gorgeous. it's tiny and feather light.

however there are some things holding me back... no cd / dvd drive being one of them. no network port another. so i guess not.

engadget gives a good review.

Monday, 29 September 2008

windows live writer revisited

so it turned out i was being uber-silly... the proxy default was still activated on internet explorer (something i have to use for work), hence windows live writer was not able to connect to the internet....

uh... duh...

Thursday, 25 September 2008

well hello there stranger...

i love virgin money's marketing material. it's always innovative, fun, spunky, and well designed.

i received my new virgin card from them today - an order they automatically generated upon seeing that the expiry date was rapidly approaching. too bad they didn't check whether any of my details had changed. i now have a sparkly new card in my maiden name.


one is likely to receive some form of marketing material when receiving a package from virgin. i received a clever paper fortune cookie...

the message inside reads:
you will meet a good-looking stranger.
kinda apt considering i'm attending the 27dinner tonight (on the 25th it's just wrong...), where i met my good-looking and oh-so-handsome stranger over a year and a half ago at the very first 27dinner...

who knows what will happen next... things could only get stranger ;)

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

frustrated with windows live writer

argh! windows live writer won't set up any of my blogger blogs... and i don't know why. all i know is that it gives me the following in an error box:

An error occurred while trying to connect to your weblog:
Unable to connect to the remote server
You must correct this error before proceeding.

there is nothing wrong with the connection as far as i can see. i've searched the web, no similar error anywhere.

basically what has happened is i'm accessing windows live writer (wlw) via a new user account on my machine, so it's asking me to register all my blogs from scratch, as if it's a new installation. i thought there may be something wrong with the current installation, so i downloaded and installed the new 2008 version. still the same error...

whilst searching for help, i came upon this useful blog - whateverblog. - written by a guy on the wlw development team. there's also the wlw blog.

help, anyone?

Sunday, 14 September 2008

those hairy bikers...

ok well, perhaps the royal enfield doesn't evoke images of hairy bikers. not even really scary bikers. and that is probably a good thing. a good thing because on saturday i decided (it may not have been a very carefully calculated decision, more like a whim) to suggest to darling dearest that we go check out the new royal enfield shop in the leaping frog shopping centre in fourways. he's been giving the enfield the side-glance ever since he happened upon the shop in 44 stanley. and it's not a bad bike, as far as bikes go... especially on the appearance side, with it's classic old-style good looks.

but it's still a motorbike. and i can't say that i'm a big advocate of my one and only being involved with anything to do with something so dangerous. no matter how many benefits are listed.

as for the new store, it's cool in its simplicity. i liked the design elements, the play on colour between the store and the adjacent bulleteers bar. nice concept. i hope that they will get much attention and traffic in this little centre... as for joining the bulleteers, well we'll see...

Friday, 12 September 2008

of blogs and new bloggers

a colleague is "starting a blog". how is he starting his blog? by writing his articles up in a ms word document, printing them out, and circulating them around the office. his rationale is that he wants to start the blog up with a whole lot of articles behind its belt.

sure thing. i can understand that.

i can't understand the whole printing and circulating thing though.
  1. if you're not ready to subject the 'web to your articles yet (and keep in mind no one knows what your url is, so you're pretty much just shouting out to the void), then why oh why would you subject people who can't get away in time to them?
  2. printing? at least email it - you are looking to appeal to an e-savvy audience, no?
all in all though, some interesting thoughts have been produced, and will no-doubt arise to some interesting debate. now just to wait for the electronic version...

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

time for a meme

this is for you, hon...

1. The 'V", 2. Italian food in Chiang Mai, Decor4, 3. Pretoria, 4. Green on Green, 5. Eagle, 6. Ginger Ale @ Northstar, 7. Idyllic, 8. Spring Trifle, 9. The Freedom (to Be), 10. Wedding - Post Ceremony, 11. I'm a Special PERSON ..!, 12. Tight Like a Tiger

Type your answer to the questions into flickr search
-Using only the first page, pick an image
-Copy and paste each of the urls in the Mosaic Maker

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3.What high school did you go to?
4.What is your favorite color?
5.Who is your celebrity crush?
6.What is your favorite drink?
7.What is your dream vacation?
8.What is your favorite dessert?
9.What do you want to do when you grow up?
10.Who/ what do you love most in life?
11.Choose one word that describes you?
12.What is your Flickr name?

Monday, 30 June 2008

the same... only slightly different

my life has changed significantly recently, and yet has remained the same. this echoes the antithesis that has always intrigued me... the rhetorical contrast of change remaining the same.

i've pondered moving to a different blogspot address for some time, but didn't really get around to putting this into action... after all the site has been a part of my (online) identity for so long. well a change in surname, and thereby a change in my (self-) identity, seems a perfect opportunity... and voilĂ : I present my new personal blog.

the same victoire... only slightly different.