Monday, November 29, 2010

The weekend that was

Flapcakes / Panjacks
Summer is definitely making an appearance in Cape Town and I’m loving it! I can’t wait to spend some of my holiday lazing at the beach (at least it’ll balance out from all the frantic and feral Christmas shopping I know most of us have to look forward to).

This weekend I…

+ Went up Signal Hill for a picnic with the lovely drummer boy, wonderful Meh and charming Wal.

+ Bought a new bikini.

+ Coloured in with lovely drummer boy’s gorgeous niece and realised you can’t always keep it inside the lines (i also love crayons).

+ Had delicious Thai Green Curry at charming Wal’s flat.

+ Went to a strange blues gig.

+ Swam.

+ Met my amazing Marja for coffee and breakfast with the lovely drummer boy.

+ Watched Harry Potter 7 (it’s amazing – go see it!!)

+ Had plans that got cancelled.

+ Watched Family Guy.

+ Started planning a picnic for lovely drummer’s little nieces.

+ Ate yummy flapcake / panjacks that were made by wal & lovely drummer boy's brother, P.

What did you do this weekend?

Here a re some more pics from my weekend:

They call him the gnome


A guinea
A Signal snack


The Franklin

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

smile grumpy shit

Soon to be Guide Dog

On Saturday the lovely drummer boy and I went to go buy his new synth. He was like a kid in a candy store and couldn’t wait to get home and try it out. As we were driving home he spotted a poster for the Cat & Dog show at the Good Hope Centre so we decided to go.

After what seemed like hours of him messing around on his new Gaia (I was very, very, VERY patient) we finally go back into the car and set off for town, me squealing in delight.

It was R50 to get in (I thought that was a little steep) and we excitedly made our way inside, expecting to see many furry faces. It was the best place in the whole world to be – there were cats, dogs, birds and even miniature ponies. I couldn’t get enough of the friendly fluffies but geez were some of the people manning the stalls miserable.

In my mind, if you know you’re going to set up a stall at a three-day exhibition in order to PROMOTE your [Enter Breed Here] Club at least put a smile on your dial. Don’t get me wrong, there were so many welcoming people willing to talk about their dog and Clubs, and really quite responsive but there were also a few who really couldn’t care less. It made me feel sad that the dogs representing the Clubs had to spend their whole day in the company of such a sour puss [hehe].

So, just so you know, all you grumpy stall people: Animal people are pleasant people, and you’re not one of them. Next year I’m bringing some rotten eggs in my bag, just in case.

But on a positive note: We got to meet the best ball-loving Australian Shepherd, a lazy wrinkly dog (no, that’s NOT the proper name), a sleepy and very, Very large St Bernard and a soon-to-be guide dog. We also said watsup to one of those dreadlock dogs (the kind Gwen Stefani had for years). They smell. Like really smell, but are still cute.

Here are some pics:
I met Scooby Doo
His ear was bigger than my hand!
Love this lil one

So many wrinkles!


The lovely drummer getting some love

Interesting "plate" for my chicken curry

It really really makes your cat happy. Really
First prize goes to "peek-a-boo" cat for her great suprise factor

Super chilled cats

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Weekend That Was

I had such an incredible and busy weekend, this weekend I…

+ Finally got the lovely drummer boy back from City Varsity (his course is officially finished)
+ Saw 30 Seconds to Mars live on Sunday courtesy of the wonderful Meh (thankyouthankyouthankyou)
+ Watched the Proteas ace it on the cricket field.
+ Went to the Cat and Dog show at the Good Hope Centre (yay!).
+ Lazed around with the lovely drummer.
+ Ate no meat on Sunday at all.
+ Went to see The Social Network.
+ Played Rummy and Go Fish on Friday night while enjoying some chilled white wine.
+ Was a panda for a little bit.
+ Saw a pizza box cat (Leo) at Ground Zero.
+ Went with the lovely drummer boy to buy his new Synth.
+ Had yummy melted cheese and avo pitas with the wonderful Meh.

What did you do this weekend?

Ps summer is on her deliciously watermelon-scented, sun ray-warmth way. I can feel it. x

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cheer up all

I know we all feel just like this mud-covered lion sometimes: sticky, tired and totally fed up.

But take a look outside, the sun is shining (if you're in Cape Town) and we're already half way into the week which means the weekend, she is a-coming!

Also, my Bucket List has gone up on the Fashionable BeingBrazen's blog. Meep, I'm so excited!! Go read about me, go, go, you can go, it's ok. Why are you still here...GO.

Oh, and  isn't he just adorably forlorn in this pic? (I have NO idea where it comes from Thanks to Claudz of Purple Lips and Perfect Smiles I now have an inkling of where this messy lion came from, here.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The cat's last life

The lovely Wal and I went to meet with the photographer that we’re going to be shooting with (how exciting!) last night. We met up at Rafiki’s and chatted about ideas for outfits, locations and themes. It was really cool to try come up with interesting ideas for shoots. Sadly the night didn’t end too happily.

Afterwards we had to stop off at Wal’s work quickly and as we pulled up outside her building, just off Kloof Street, we spotted a black cat tentatively edging towards the busy road. I was worried he’d just dart across so was watching him and moved towards the traffic to see if I could try and slow a car down for the cat to cross when a homeless guy asked Wal and I for money. As we turned to him the cat shot across the road and was hit by a car. The sound was sickening and as I ran to him he was moving around crazily on the tar. A girl parked nearby shouted across that she’d take us to the nearest vet so I picked the cat up and got into her car and we drove to the medi-clinic. Sadly the cat died on the way, in my arms. I felt so helpless and angry that such an unnecessary thing had to happen.

I also experienced such compassion and unconditional caring from a few people.

To the guy who stopped his car and came over to me asking if everything was ok: the concern on your face, in voice and in the way that you were willing to stay with us was so wonderful and I am so grateful.

To the girl who dropped what she was doing to frantically drive the cat and I around trying to find a vet or clinic: Thank you, your selflessness was really appreciated, your bubbly positivity helped a lot and you truly seem to be a lovely person.

To the nurses on duty at the medi-clinic who allowed us to bring the cat into their ward checked him and, when we had discovered he had passed away called the 24 hour vet for us and wrapped the lil guy in a blanket: your readiness to help an injured animal when your job is to help people really made the ordeal much less scary and horrific. Thank you so much for calling the medi-clinic on our behalf and being so patient and caring with us.

To the two ladies on duty at the Cape Animal Medical Centre in Kenilworth: Thank you for taking him (at no cost) being so gentle with him and treating him with the respect he deserved.

You all are such wonderful people and Wal and I both appreciate your concern, help and care so much. The cat had a head trauma and we don’t think he suffered for too long – he was such a beauty and we were really sad to see him go like that.

To the hit and run. How could you not at least stop?

I was (and am) quite devastated from the whole experience and wish there was more I could’ve done.

An Evening of Fun

Lastnight the Actor and his brother came over for dinner. We had roast chicken, potato salad, cheese bread and a fresh salad, and for dessert we had tea and cake, yum! 

It really felt nice to have a sit down dinner, mostly it’s just the Marja and I so we generally sit on the couch and eat.

After dinner we played 30 Seconds, and if you’ve never played this game with even semi-competitive people, DON’T. It’s not safe.

For some bizarre reason 30 Seconds brings out the worst in some people, even I (and I kinda think I’m a laid back kinda girl and totally NOT competitive) got super annoyed last night.

Needless to say the Actor and the Marja beat us. We also watched The Amazing Race. My Marja loves this show (I do too but she LOVES it), especially because we get to see so many places we’ve never been before. I. So. Desperately. Want. To. Travel.

Cabin fever aaaaaargh. Also, I was asked to model in a swimsuit shoot this weekend. I’m so super excited and nervous all in one that I think I’m a ball of confusing energy for those onlookers who get too close. Yikes!!

oh, and by the way how cute is this coffee bear!? I found it here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Weekend That Was

Hey there, how amazing has this weather been hey (I’m talking Cape Town here). I know, it’s been amazing, sucks I haven’t managed to make my way to the beach yet. Have you?

Anyways, this weekend I…

+ Stayed in on Friday night with the lovely Marja (twas lovely downtime)
+ Went to see Life As We Know It at the cinema (it's good)
+ Browsed Kalk Bay shops with my three deliciously crazy cousins
+ Caught the train into town on Saturday afternoon (it’s actually such a pleasant journey)
+ Chilled with wonderful Meh and lovely Wal at lovely Wal’s flat
+ Saw The Dirty Skirts play at Assembly
+ Watched as some strange characters tried to hit on my friends
+ Slept on the floor
+ Met the lovely drummer boy in town for a quick “hello” and ended up staying in the Sound Dungeons the whole night
+ Almost bought some “Boob Pasta”
+ Was on Nurofen the entire weekend (hurt my back again)
+ Missed the lovely Se who has gone away for almost three months!
+ Decided I'm going to start eating less meat (I do try already)

What did you do this weekend?

ps, i really love this cartoonist's style. I can't tell whether Clement Lefevre is a boy or girl, but wow is he/she talented! Check out his/her work here

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

GoodMorning GoodNight

I love this awesome Good Morning Good Night Poster! It's a limited edition letterpress and it uses glow-in-the-dark ink! Awesome!!

I'd definitely have one of these in my house, though sometimes (I don't know about you) when I'm having a bad day, it makes me so grumpy I don't even want to hear the words "have a good day".

You know, those days when all you see is red and the chirpy happiness of seemingly EVERYONE AROUND YOU DOESN'T HELP!

Luckily, today is not one of those days.

I found this little design delight here on Cup of Jo and you can read more about it here

ps, how COOL is glow-in-the-dark?! I even just love SAYING it out loud.  

losing you

Yesterday afternoon I found out that a family friend had passed away. She was a childhood friend of my wonderful Aunt M, and left behind her a grown son (married) and a young son (around 8 or 9).

She also left behind her some tears, much more laughter and some fun, crazy, wine-filled, gossipy memories that I don’t think my close family members will ever forget.

She had cancer, and while we all knew she wasn’t getting any better her positivity and determination to carry on belied the fact that she was dying.

IN the past few months of 2010 we (our family) have had one aunt diagnosed with stomach cancer (in remission), one friend diagnosed with breast cancer (deceased yesterday), one gran diagnosed with lung cancer (currently going through chemo), one friend diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (currently being treated), one family friend who passed away in his sleep and one uncle’s brother who died of a heart attack.

I know this post sounds like a depressing one but I promise you it’s not. All these people are loved and their memories will never fade and I just hope that everyone who is sick and those who are losing or have lost someone know that you’re not alone, and although it’s very painful, leaning on family and friends is the most important thing you can do.

Here’s to peace for the people no longer with us and to memories that make us smiles for those of us still making our way upstream.

Much love,
Photo from here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Last night we couldn’t decide what to do for dinner, we wanted takeaway Chinese but our favourite place is closed on Mondays. Then my Marja’s friend from France (who is staying with us at the moment) suggested we go to the Brass Bell’s Monday Night Quiz Evening.

It was really quite fun, even though our A-Team (the Marja, French Guest and myself) came dead last (the questions were hard ok, and ALL the other teams are super regulars).

It’s R20 per person and all the money goes into a pot. The winning team, second-place team and third-place team all get a portion of the money which I think is really cool (the winning team last night won R400 between 7 people!)

We order a large portion of juicy ribs between the three of us so when the snack platter (per team) was brought out we couldn’t finish it (the platters are complimentary). The Quiz Master took pity on us mere Quizzical Mortals and gave us a bottle of wine even though we came dead last, so we went away with a little more knowledge between the ears, full tummies and some wine. What more can you ask for?

What’s your favourite quiz question?

I quite like – What is the name given to a posh wine waiter/steward?

Can you guess it? No Googling now!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Weekend That Was

Hello lovelies! I’m feeling pretty happy seeing as it’s almost time to go home from work! Can’t believe how quickly this Monday flew past! But, onto important things – the weekend, this weekend I…

+ Got a pizza and a dvd with the lovely drummer boy
+ Went to visit my gran who is going through Chemo at the moment for her lung cancer
+ Spoke a lot about future plans/changes/developments/dreams
+ Caught the train from Fish Hoek to Town and really enjoyed walking up to Kloof Nek
+ Stopped at a bar and had a drink with only me for company
+ Got very very drunk with the Magic Wal on a mixture of wine, beer, punch and sparkling wine (Don’t do it. Ever)
+ Was a brat and the lovely drummer boy still loves me (He is the best)
+ Woke up with scratches and bruises all over my hands, feet knees and stomach (What was I doing!?)
+ Had a rude and slobbish hangover
+ Spent my Sunday sleeping on the sound foam in the Sound Dungeons
+ Realised how stupid it is to drink too much
+ Felt all round groggy for two days straight now

Don’t drink kids, it ain’t worth it. How was your weekend lovelies?

Pic from here 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

30 seconds

Last night my Marja had friends over to play “30 Seconds”. There were 11 people without me so I agreed to play with to make the teams even.

It was probably the most interesting and stressful game of 30 Seconds I’ve played ever. And I mean ever.

No one (including my Marja) knew how to play so I had to explain it to them through the constant babble and chaos of ordering pizzas for 12 people (A TASK!)

We then played. Boy was it traumatic! After we had played a few rounds it was clear to see who the competitive ones in the group were – friends got frustrated with friends and family members got loud with family members.

A few people were so disinterested when it was another team’s turn that actually left the room to go do their own thing! Needless to say my team won (yay!) after which I sneakily snuck off to bed without saying goodbye – strangely enough I had quite a bad headache ;)

What’s your favourite boardgame to play

Ps I really love this artist's work! I found these pics of TheGiven blog here

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

walk on the beach

Yesterday I got home and the house was empty. My mom had gone for a walk on the beach so I decided to join her. It’s the first time I’ve been on the beach in months which is ridiculous as I literally live 2 minutes away from it.

It was so therapeutic to listen to the waves crashing and have the sand between my toes. We always like to walk along the side of the beach where the dogs are allowed cause we love watching them gallop past, slobber trailing for miles behind them and their faces are just the epitome of happiness.

We met a 6month old Boerbull and she pee’d on my foot she was so excited. It was kinda gross but more cute, and I just washed it off in the sea.

Anyways, it was lovely. Think I should make a point of going for a walk along the beach more often.

Which is your favourite beach to visit?

Oh, and today for lunch I have a deliciously yum ham, cheese, tomato and mayo sandwich on white bread. I can’t wait to eat it with a cup of tea. Yay!

(It’s amazing the small things that can out you into a good mood)

Ps, I found this image here

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Crowded House Y'all!

Oh my gosh, I totally didn’t tell you all, last Tuesday night (October 26) I got to see Crowded House live at the oh-so-swanky Grand Arena!

It was amazing. I’m a big fan of theirs and have been for a few years so to be able to hear songs like “Fall at your feet” and “Don’t Dream it’s Over” gave me goose bumps!

I went with my lovely Marja, the Actor (my big brother from another set of parentals), the Actor’s brother and of course the lovely drummer.

I bought the drummer his ticket as part as hi birthday present and was a little worried he wouldn’t enjoy himself cause he had never really listened to the band before but turns out he loved them!

It was such a special evening and one guy even got up on stage and proposed to his girlfriend. The audience were like “whaaaaat!?” It was cool.

Oh. She said yes (thank goodness or that might have put a bit of a damper on the whole event).

Anyways, if you ever get a chance to see Crowded House live, do it! They have such an amazing onstage sound and presence and are just all round awesome.

What awesome bands have you seen lately? (Or bought tickets to see)?

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Weekend That Was

Woah, I’ve been so super busy I actually haven’t had time to post anything up for like a week! So sorry everyone … well, this weekend I

+ Found a giant gold clock on the street
+ Had a studying fashion designer turn my gold clock into the best neck-bling a girl could ever have
+ Drank too much Hunter’s with the fantastic wal
+ Went to PopShop24
+ Saw the lovely drummer boy’s gig at the Turtle
+ Lost my phone
+ Went and slept in the sound dungeons on Saturday while the lovely drummer worked on his projects
+ Bumped into Miss Bobby from Bobbylicious and her rockstar boyfriend at the You, Me and Everyone We Know Market
+ Bought a R20 Boobtube from the You, Me and Everyone We Know market
+ Bought tickets to see Maniac at the Labia
+ Went to fetch my phone from fantastic wal (who found my phone!)
+ Went to Fruit & Veg City (alone), bought myself lunch (alone), ate/shared my lunch with some pigeons, and really enjoyed it.
+ Watched Maniac with the lovely drummer boy, his brother, wonderful meh and fantastic wal
+ Met up with lovely Se, dressed up and went to a 21st at Julep
+ Then went to Assembly’s Halloween gig with lovely Se and wonderful Meh
+ Felt exhausted
+ Woke up super early, caught a train home to go on a township tour only to find out that I wasn’t going
+ Felt even more exhausted
+ Went to the Noordhoek Market and had an amazingly relaxed (fell asleep in the shade under our table) day!
+ Saw the pupps! They’re looking beautiful! (Pics to follow)
+ Got to have a pizza and coke date with the lovely drummer boy on the grass before he went back to the sound dungeons

Phew! What did you do this weekend? 
Ps, Happy Halloween for yesterday
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