Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.

Positivity

..sometimes we have to seek out and embrace positivity wherever we find it. I’ve obviously been struggling a bit with that lately, and then yesterday some positivity was given out by the universe, and I am so glad I got to witness it. It made me smile with my eyes and my heart race a little. And it made me seek out other positive things along the way of my day. And I went to sleep with a bubble of happiness in my brain.

So, consider this your public service announcement for the weekend, seek out a positive moment today, and embrace it, and before long you’ll be going along with a twinkle in your eye and a spring in your step.

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…more sleeps! Russia, we are almost on our way! Our itinerary has tightened up and we are all getting very excited!

I’ve even had a few moments to myself this week, and have bought a new suitcase, procured all the gifts we want to take along and are starting to make packing lists. 5 more sleeps, 4 of those on call…

My Harlequin

Is that not the cutest Harlequin ever? I love this kid beyond measure.

(I’m afraid I have no photos of Charlie in all his garb and make up. There has been talk of bribery and corruption. I will keep pursuing the photographer though and we will see what crops up)

Balancing act

…this weekend was a bit of a balancing act. Between lots of different events, running and all, we managed to also just have some down time, which was really necessary.

Saturday started early, as we got Thandi up and ready for her first adventure race. Adventure racing is big in this neck of the woods, and every year one of the schools hosts an event. There are numerous categories, and Thandi was the girl in a team with 3 grade 3 boys. They were in the G1-3 group, and had to run 2km, mountain bike about 2-3km and then get through some challenges (minute to win it kind of stuff) and then a final run to the finish line. I was super impressed at how they all had to work together as a team, (they have to finish together) and how they encouraged and motivated each other. She had such fun, and is planning next year already. They managed to come in 17 out of 32 teams, for her first try, that was ok!

The rest of the day was spent at home, sewing, making dough and chilling. We made steamed buns for supper which I served with the left over chicken – they were a revelation! Yum!

Sunday dawned with me getting some running in before we headed off to the local paper’s annual fun run. At the same time as that run happens, another really special event takes place. An enabling run for the disabled. So people with prostheses, in wheelchairs, differently abled children all get the chance to run too – they are assisted, pushed, carried, encouraged by an able bodied person. We got to walk with a young boy, who is differently abled. What a privilege to get through the fun run, with cheering and laughter and happiness! And to count our blessings.

After a clean up, it was off to a slap up lunch at a local and rustic chippy don at the harbour. And how nice was that – fresh fish, tasty sides, good views… A great lunch to round out the weekend.

Bookclubbing

…so last night went off well!

Starters was a garlic, ginger noodle soup with bok choi. This was so easy and so tasty! Loved it! And I will definitely have a crack at it again. Mains was Hainanese Chicken rice, which is just sooooo delicious and simple, I could eat it weekly! First you poach a chicken in stock which is flavoured with ginger and spring onions, You then plunge your chicken into ice water, and then massage some sesame oil lovingly into the chicken skin. Then you prepare some  jasmine rice, using that same stock; and then you make sauces – a soya sauce based one, one with spring onions and ginger and a fiery chilli sauce. All so yum. And for dessert I made a matcha chiffon cake with a pomegranate icing, which I really enjoyed. So light and delicate in flavour.

 

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…more sleeps till we leave on our great Russian experience. I am getting very excited now. I am desperate for a break. Desperate! I know it always happens around leave time, when you start to think that you cannot cope with one more day, but if you holiday wasn’t coming up, could you? Currently, I really don’t think so. Every day has become a huge exercise in self motivation to get out of bed, out the front door, and out of the car once I reach the hospital. I am practically a motivational speaker by now.

My running streak continues, and I have completed day 65. Today will day 66. This week hasn’t been great though, in terms if my efforts, I have a cold and am really feeling exhausted. So I have down a ┬álot more walking and recovering this week. It’s raining a lot this morning, and the predictions are that it will stop around lunch time, I really hope it does, because I’d love to stretch these legs later this afternoon.

In other news, it is bookclub at my house tonight. (I really know how to flood my schedule.) I have some asian delights for dinner planned, hoping it all goes according to plan. Anyway, more about that tomorrow.

Have great Thursdays!

Disappointing

…people remain so disappointing. This last week has been completely revolting, and I’m not even talking about me. We have seen women raped and murdered, children abducted, children shot in gang warfare, grandmothers murdered with their granddaughters. People are so fucking disappointing. And I fear how disappointing they may still become, and I wonder of I will be brave enough to send my child off into this great big bad world, where wolves lurk in post offices, spaza shops, bars, corner cafes and Fortuners.