Charlie's Bird

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the grinch

…seems determined to steal my Christmas! I am sick, have a horrible cold, that is just lingering. My ear has been so blocked and sore since last night, it’s horrible. my voice is going too. And now I have some work that can not be delayed and must be done on Christmas Day.

Guys! I have a 5 year old, this just isn’t fair!

Bah bloody Humbug and a Merry Christmas to you too.

3 more

days to Christmas! Argh! It has been a crazy week, work has sabotaged me at the most inopportune times, and I haven’t got all the things done I need to. Tonight is my chance to tweak the last few decorations, brandy the Christmas cake, and make a batch of biscuits. I need to also make a dessert, which is one of those that kind of looks after itself, so I will get that done, and then tomorrow I marinate the meats and make sure I have the other things I need for an awesome celebration!

I have a few more gifts to wrap, and then it can come!

The blogosphere has been quiet, so I will send you my best wishes now, in case you don’t check in again. May you have the best time with friends and family, may your pudding be filled with coins, your tree adorned with decorations and your heart full! Merry Christmas!


… I think I can confidently say that I have had enough of the excesses of this years season. Phew! I am tired of all the eating and all the stuff and all the alls! (This is not sounding like me!) I usually embrace it all, but maybe because I have been working and things have ticked along despite this Christmas stuff, and maybe because I hate the fight for fridge space, the real struggle to keep things under control and the endless struggle to keep everyone else happy has just worn me down. Roll on some austerity measures! (god, I sound like a bad finance minister, don’t I?)

Anyway, next year I am vowing to try to keep it simpler, not sure how I do that, except by surrendering to the restaurant gods… Or maybe I’ll sign us up to volunteer somewhere for the day?

And so…

..that was Christmas. My tree is turning brown and shedding her needles, the decorations are starting to fall off the droopy branches, and the mess and clutter is starting to drive me muggy. So it’s time to pack it all away – the stockings, the gold baubles, the wreath, the speaking christmas bear, the nativity scene…

The weekend was mixed, moments of intense pleasure and beauty, times of excited insanity and a LOT of work. Christmas day itself saw 3 babies (Joshua, Gabriel and Lila) welcomed into the world, and lots of OBGYN work, along with a successful (I think) dinner for 16. It was really tough this year, juggling the busy OBGYN workload, mom desires and host duties. I don’t want to be the grinch, but next time, it might be on someone else’s shoulders to host (even if that someone else is a restaurant!) (I can’t believe I just said that, I don’t even recognise myself anymore!) (Good God!)

IMG_2685 Cutest smile when she realised Father Christmas had brought her exactly what she’d requested!

IMG_2693 Christmas table


IMG_2697 Playmobile with her bestie!

IMG_2703Lego friends!!!

Fun was had by all!

‘Twas the

…night before Christmas. And the babies don’t stop! but I have managed to throw off my funk from Tuesday. (Listening to Frosty the snowman repeatedly can just do that to one! ) I have cooked and prepared to the best of my ability now, and soon it will be time to celebrate this season. My Charlie’s family are all down, so we will have a house full on Friday – just as it should be – noisy, messy and chaotic (maybe I won’t mind getting called to the hospital!)

On that note – I wish you a wonderful Christmas, many blessings and a peaceful time. (and don’t eat too much trifle!)


…can I ask your leniency, and would you mind if I have a little rant? You see, I’m feeling very sorry for myself. I am working, and working hard while the rest of the world seems to be on holiday. And I’m feeling a tad sorry for myself. You see, there is the work and the demands of the patients, and I know they mean well, but if one more patient asks when I’m closing up for the season, I’ll scream. ‘You’re here for your appointment’, I want to growl, ‘how could I take time off?’ And really, you know for a couple of days, we tell all the babies in the world not to be born, so we could take your collective holiday.

Then there are the shops that are driving me crazy. Don’t we all eat the entire year? How is it that the shops are heaving at their seams only now? (except my shop, that is. It’s quiet, so come and shop there, please!) Argh! And don’t even get me started on the on line retailers – last night I was trying desperately to finalise my woolies order for Christmas (because, I don’t really have the time to get to said shops, because I am doing you PAP smear) and the page went down. And it isn’t the easiest interface to use, so I’d already been on the site for about 90 minutes. And it took another hour for me to get that finalised. An hour I could have slept (before being called by the hospital). 150 minutes of my life which I won’t get back…

And then my darling daughter, who I love beyond all measure cannot seem to sleep past about 4h30 at the moment. Dear Mother of God, I need to sleep! I am tired, cranky and getting woken up by work at all hours of the night, please could I just sleep until 5h30 or 6?

And let’s not even talk about my running. I have goals for next year, and I am seriously beginning to doubt that I will achieve them.

Ok. Cranky whiney session done. I can’t promise that I will be all happy and chirpy from here on out, but I will try.

Bah, bloody, humbug…

Crafty Tuesday

…as I sit here between patients cutting out paper card reindeers, and attaching red lollipops to make rudolf noses, for Thandi to hand out to her friends on the last day of preschool tomorrow! (I can’t believe we are here!) and I am cursed by craftiness! I am now thinking of all sorts of ideas to try and do, before Christmas comes. Argh! Sometimes my type A personality and the standards I set for myself drive me crazy!

IMG_2532-0 cute, huh?

In other news, my nieces arrive today for a week. We are all so looking forward to having them, especially Thandi who adores her cousins! Yay for holidays (for everyone else, except me, that is!)