Charlie's Bird

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And we’re on our way.

….Team Tenacious AF is on its way. Wild coast running, here we go!

(And if you are wondering what the AF stands for – asks millennial… (as fuck))

A night at the Oscars…

Dinner was fabulous! I loved it! The food, even if I say so myself was delicious, the company was great and the wine brilliant.

Black tie crackers (smoked cheese on a charcoal cracker with an olive bow tie and balsamic button)

Starter – rice paper rolls filled with creamy feta, avo, cucumber, beetroot and carrot, served with balsamic glaze, black sesame seeds and micro rocket.

Main – zebra pasta with a creamy asparagus, artichoke and lemon sauce, served with Parmesan.

Dessert – caramelized white chocolate ice cream in a chocolate biscuit film reel, white chocolate and lemon popcorn and free zen grapes. (Who knew those grapes are that nice?)

And the Oscar goes to…

Oh boy

…waking up on a Friday morning with a migraine, on a morning that one has to stay fasted for blood tests; and on a friday that is going to be super hectic is not the best start. But I have had my bloods done, had some drugs and am starting to feel a bit better. Work will be busy, it is a friday after all, and then the weekend awaits. Last night I had a lovely art class, then came home to work on one of dessert elements for Saturday night’s dinner (can you tell, I’ve been watching Masterchef?) I am really getting excited about putting this dinner together! I just am feeling the time pressure, because I have literally had something on every single night this week, and I haven’t really had time to sneak out of the office to look for the little things that will add to the ambience. I see a late night in my immediate future. I can’t wait to share my menu and pictures with you guys, tune in on Monday for the next episode in BirdyChef!


My Work

…like everybody does, I get caught  up in the fact that work demands so much discipline from me, leaving me struggling for the time to do the things I want to do; I forget that work gives me the opportunity to do those things I want to do – without it I wouldn’t be able to afford my home, my hobbies and my holidays! A moan is sometimes quite nice, but it’s counterproductive, really.

What I am focussing on at the moment is the absolute privilege that work affords me, allowing me to be so involved in such an intimate part of my patients’ lives, I get to see them at very vulnerable times in their lives, and I am always so honoured when they choose me to hold their hands on their journey. Be it a journey to a pregnancy, a journey to a baby, or a journey to a solution. It’s important to remember this privilege and honour, and not to be blasé. The footprints we leave in our fellow travellers’ lives  should be light.

it’s real

…the struggle to be positive. Especially after a poor night’s sleep. Ugh, the coughing woke me up again last night. This is insane! Oh well, I am still alive…

My positives yesterday – I’m hosting my annual Valentine’s Dinner this weekend, so last night I started working on some of the foodie creations I am making for it! I think I have my entire menu sorted out, my decor is 99% sorted out and at lunch today I need to run out for a few things, then its just to finalise the last few fresh things I’ll need, and I am ready to cook! I am looking at some interesting recipes – wish I had time to try them all!

The only problem with searching for recipes and ideas on the interwebs is the I get sucked down the rabbit hole; and 2 hours later I realise my bladder is bursting and my eyes are burning; and I am going to have too few hours sleep…

I will share photos from my dinner and spill all the beans when it is done – my girlfriends read this, and I won’t give any surprises away. It is themed as a night at the Oscars, complete with awards for everyone!n Watch and see and drool!

Weekend round up

…so what did I do this weekend that fulfilled those goals I typed out last week ?

  • did a 15km run with Charlie on Saturday. It was a slow run, I coughed quite a bit, but managed to finish. I am really hoping that slow steady progress will win my race.
  • I was on call, and did some work (welcome Baby Jody and Baby Austin), so I worked on the bank balance.
  • I did some sewing – I managed to make myself a very simple shirt, and I cut out some cute masks for Thandi’s birthday party (yes, I know, I am 4 months early, but I’m being prepared!) which I will glue together tonight.

I am ok after the weekend, wish there was more time every day, but 24 hours is all we get. I did intend to get another run in, but I was foiled by the work on Sunday, and it got seriously hot yesterday, there was no way I could have run on the afternoon without melting into a messy puddle on the pavement. So there we go. Project Save this Birdie is underway.


… on my goals.

Now after yesterday’s rather bleak post, I realised I need to short my focus from my own belly button (enough naval gazing, thank you) to my horizon. Because it is gig and wide and I can choose any number of directions. So, let me recap on my goals for now.

  • Workwise I have to focus on my bank balance – as much as I do what I love, I also have to pay the bills, and last year with the deli drama, I lost most of my savings. I want to get back to the place where I had a healthy amount of savings that I felt like I did not need to be overly concerned if disaster struck and I say needed cash in heartbeat. Currently I am not in that position, but this year I will consolidate and work hard to get back there. I am committed to this as a priority.
  • Running – so my goal of being super fit for this adventure on the wild coast is up the creek, but I will enjoy it, and then get some serious training in – on my horizon are the following events – the 2 Oceans half marathon, the Wild Women on the run event and the Cape Town Marathon. I have some goals, but my priority is to enjoy these events. I want to run with a smile and not a grimace!
  • Bodywise – I always joke that my new years resolution in the Year of the Body 73; and every year not much seems to change. About 4 years ago I lost 16kg, I’ve gained about half of that back – I need to get back down again. I have developed a number of chronic health conditions (thanks for those genes, family!) and I know that my weight is not assisting me. ( I will concede my self discipline here is low, but I am getting ready for the changes).
  • Mentally I am tired of being tired; I am over the day to day exhaustions and I will focus on those little things that give me joy. My painting class being my current thing. I am loving the time I spend exploring my creative side… I am also trying hard to limit myself in terms of how many things I commit to – if they do not advance me personally or professionally, I am going to try to say no! (not easy for me, at all!) I also am prioritising family time – my girl is very aware that I am busy and therefore tired when I get home. I know her awesome dad does so much for her, I want to remember good times with me, and not just boring tired mommy. My Charlie also needs my attention – ahem…

So focussing on goals will hopefully allow for some successful planning. Onwards and upwards… (I will report bak here periodically, it may be weekly, maybe monthly. My running log is in my pages, as is my weight loss (ok, I’m a bit shy to update there currently…) follow me there to hold me accountable.