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Goodbye, 2014


You have been the worst year of my life – and many other people can say the same thing. Perhaps you were here to test me.. You have done your job, I have been tested and I am now finished with you. (more…)

H is for Holidays

I can’t believe my holiday time is already over.  I had a total of 19 days off, which was just what I needed after the trying year I’ve had.

The holiday started with a roadtrip down to Hermanus.  A 14 hour drive.

roadtripI’ve never been to Hermanus, and really liked the small sleepy town.

hermanusWe also witnessed some incredible sunsets.

sunsetA lot of time was spent on the beach getting our suntan on – I burnt quite badly right at the start of the holiday which suuuucked but at least I’m nice and brown now.

beachI did the bravest thing I’ve done in 5 years – hired a bike.  Now, I’m an overly-cautious (aka neurotic) person.  I’m scared of speed, danger, adventure.  So it’s unbelievable, but I actually cycled this bike into Hermanus town.  It was only 3km – but that’s 3km on a road with cars.  I freaked out a couple times, but I’m super proud of myself for doing that which scares me.

cyclingWe spent a day in Cape Town.  We had some Burger King (omg yum), after which, Ross and I went full-tourist and visited Table Mountain.

tablemountainWe came back home to celebrate Christmas with my family on Christmas Eve (part of our German heritage).  We also devoured a gingerbread house covered in Lebkuchen.  Delicious.  I couldn’t take any back with me to Joburg because I knew I would never stop eating.

gingerbreadhouseI then took it really easy, watched movies, had some orientation sessions at the new job, and even went ice skating!  I used to ice skate quite often – I even took lessons, but I lost my knack and was very nervous about getting out on the ice.  I actually really enjoyed it and am now considering taking up lessons this year – they can be done on Wednesday evenings, which would work perfectly for my schedule.

iceskatingBefore we knew it, New Years Eve was upon us.  My amazing friend Lani hosted us at her house – she is renowned for throwing the best parties.  It was such a great evening, with the perfect people.  We drank delicious punch, played hilarious drinking games and partied into the early hours of the morning.

newyearsWelcome, 2014!  Nice to meet you!


It’s Holiday Time!

Yes, the time has arrived!

I have finished work for the year, and will start my new job in January.  I’m so excited, I might explode.

Tomorrow morning, we are leaving super early to go to Hermanus!  I’ve never been before, and I’ve heard it’s absolutely stunning so I’m quite excited for it.  We’ll be joining Jess and her family until just before Christmas.

I really need a break away, the last couple of months haven’t been easy and I can’t wait to just relax, sleep, suntan, read, get fresh air.  Needless to say, I may be quiet on the social media front – and I most likely won’t be blogging much.

So, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  I hope it’s happy, joyful time for you all.   Let’s say goodbye to 2013 with a bang!

Also, thanks to Cleo for this picture that made me smile..


Would You Like Some Food With That Diet?

I’ve been doing the whole ‘Eating Clean‘ thing for 7 months.  I’ve lost 7kg, and quite a few centimetres.  But, I’m tired now, and have admittedly fallen off the wagon a little bit over the last two weeks.  I’m feeling fed up, I get annoyed when I watch skinny people eat all the delicious food while I nibble on my Ryvita and Cottage Cheese.  I need some inspiration, and I need to not give up, but at the same time, I just want to be fat and happy!  I have 3kg to lose still which is not that much, but it is taking FOREVER.  I just cannot shift these last few kilos.  I have been eating so well, and still I don’t lose weight, and so I’ve gotten a little bit over it.  On top of this, I am craving everything and anything.  You name it, I want to smash it in my face. And before you tell me to exercise, I run quite often and use andarine quite regularly to maintain my fitness.  I admit, I could probably exercise more which would involve waking up at 4AM to go to gym, but I’m not a fan of gyms.  Excuses, yes, I know.

These cheered me up, at least..

seafood ants baby icecream noregrets regret rememberdietThese pictures all sum up me at this present time.  NEED. STRENGTH.  Just as I’m about to give up and take another a spoon of peanut butter, I remind myself:

skinnyAlthough, I’d like to categorically state that nothing feels as good as Lebkuchen tastes.


OK guys, seriously, where has this year gone?  I can’t believe we’re already in December, and I have so much to do – and literally no time to do it!

I’ve got 9 more working days at the current job, after which I will get a bit of leave – and we’re going away, so I won’t be able to run any errands after this time.

9 days.  5 of which will be spent working until late in the afternoon.  1 of which will be spent at a Christmas Party, meaning I won’t get a chance to do anything.  That leaves me with three days (or should I say, afternoons)..  Three afternoons to: get my hair done, buy new uniforms for the new job (in town, no less), go for another orientation session at the new job as when I start there I’ll be all alone, go to SARS to sort out my banking details (I stupidly submitted my returns, only to remember that I had changed bank accounts in the year), and buy Christmas presents for family and friends.  Three days.

Perhaps the Christmas present shopping can be done on the weekend – but I have one weekend left which is already filled with plans!  Hopefully Delta park run Saturday morning, followed by a braai in the afternoon, and I’ll be watching Sleeping Beauty on Ice on Sunday.

Quick! Someone swop lives with me!?