Charlie's Bird

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

Weekend watching

…so as predicted the weekend was a lovely mass of unplanned events, except for my date with the couch on Sunday.

Friday night we had a heap of fun at the local Rotary chapter’s wine auction – Charlie has recently been inducted as a member – I like the idea of service organisation doing good stuff around our community.  (he does lower the average age by about 20 years!) The night was good fun, with one the members being the dry-joke-telling-MC, one of the Annes being the energetic auctioneer, and our table getting rather hysterical!

Saturday started with a stunning run through the burbs and across the beach – loved that too. A quick coffee, some shopping while Thandi was at a party and supper with friends rounded out the day.

Sunday was all about that little run in KZN. I don’t think I have ever spent the entire day in front of the TV quite like that. I didn’t sleep well, so kept waking up, at 5h15, I decided I may as well get up and watch the start, which I did, then I earnestly dot watched and shouted at the TV. My golden friend collapsed and landed up in hospital, so no glory for her this year – we (all her friends) are all so worried about her and trust she is going to recover well and come back stronger. A friend reminded us all that last year Ann Ashworth dropped out after 1km and came back to win the women’s run; so we will watch  and wait and see what SS does. Some friends achieved great glory with PB’s, others were cut off, others bailed – I think you are all amazing for having the courage to tackle the preparation and training for this kind of an event.

My training is ticking along – do we ever do enough? probably not. Let’s see what this week holds.


…I am looking forward to unplanned weekend – we were on our way to the Wild Coast to take part in a trail fest, and it was unexpectedly cancelled – the title sponsor (the hotel) decided to not play nice anymore, so the plug got pulled. I am a bit bleak to be missing out on a run in my favourite part of the world, but will get some other runs in anyway. Aside from agreeing to attend a wine auction tonight (very dangerous!) we have no other plans, what a pleasure!

So last night I got to art, for the first time in 3 weeks, and did some work on this enormous painting I am doing of my Thandigirl; but what was really cool last night, was that she came with me. With Charlie’s driver still being off, he is running around like crazy; and we had a childcare clash, so I grabbed an extra canvas, my acrylics; and brought her along – she loved it; especially when one of the there ladies asked her to help prep her canvas! So nice to make some special memories with her; even though it turned into a little bit of a late night, she enjoyed some creative time, some time with mom, and seeing what mom does, and where she goes to when she’s at art.

I guess these are the moments I need to bank, because there will be so many I will miss out on. I love my kid!

Thursday wishes

…so it’s the Thursday before the Comrades marathon – for my non SA readers, the Comrades is an insane ultra marathon – 90km between 2 cities in the province of Kwazulu Natal; Pietermatitzburg to Durban (they run it is a different direction alternate years, so one year is up, the other down – it’s a down this year)

I know a lot of runners who are travelling today (and tomorrow) to get ready and acclimatised before the race, which takes place on Sunday.

Runnermom is one of them – good luck, my friend, I know you feel very ambivalent about this year, but remember the people you may meet en route who may just change your world – go and enjoy the outing; run with your heart, so that your brain keeps quiet! I will be dot watching with great enthusiasm!

Another is an amazing friend of mine, who last year won a gold medal, coming 9th in the ladies race – I cannot wait to see what she does this year, she has worked so hard. What is really special about Steph is that she still finds time to run with me – we had a leg loosener for her this morning – just her and I, she ran mostly at my pace, (so really a stroll for her) and we had a lovely chat. the pressure on the elite runners is insane, but she is just so beautiful and humble and kind. That she even talks to a girl like me! So I am hoping to see another beautiful performance from my golden friend on Sunday.

And on Sunday, for maybe 20 minutes, I’ll have some fomo, and then I’ll go out and have a run and it will all disappear – 90km is VERY far, 56km was tough, not sure how much harder 90km must be; and I know I don’t have that in me. Well, I do, but I do not have the desire to do the amount of training an event like that requires. I am a very happy Comrades marathon supporter!

(there are so many other people I know running, whose names I haven’t mentioned – I’m not ignoring them, and I wish them all well, my dots multiply every year!)


…so this morning, Charlie’s poor driver was stabbed – he’s ok, and is going to recover no problem, but he had about 9 wounds, one of them a huge one across his scalp, and those in the know will tell you that scalp wounds bleed like crazy! Poor guy! The tsotsi wanted money and a phone, he managed to hide his phone, and had no money. The fight sounded viscous, with him telling us he managed to stab the other guy back; and when the tsotsi grabbed the car keys, he chased him, until he dropped them and he was able to get them back. He jumped in the car, raced to our house; and we rushed him up to my rooms, where I stitched him up. I haven’t done something like that in so long!

He was quite shaken, the poor guy, he is physically a small fellow, so he probably looked like an easy target – that guy learnt a bit of a lesson, I hope!


…yoh, things escalated quickly last week! before I could rub my eyes out, it was Friday, I was on a plane, flying up to JHB to attend a meeting on Saturday. The nice part was that I got to see my family up there, the crappy part was the push to get there. My flights were a bit sucky, so I landed at 19h45 on Friday night, and departed on Sunday morning at 06h45! With SA Express not flying, there are some serious issues with flights from my neck of the woods to the rest of the country.

The meeting was a very productive one, I am very pleased I was asked to attend it; it represents a move in a good direction career wise. It represents more opportunities for me; which is always a good thing!

I love JHB, I love the vibe, the energy and this trip was no different. One of our speakers at the meeting did a presentation on social media – wow, she was dynamic! You know when you hear someone speak, and you wish they would be your friend? Ja, that. Anyway, I am hoping to get my professional doctor page up and running soon, it is time to join and engage with this new generation.

(on an aside, we ate dinner at a divine little Italian spot in Parktown North, I have no idea what it’s name was, but I have a totally delicious beef short rib meal, followed by a walnut and ginger cake for dessert – heavenly!)

How to eat an elephant?

…or what to do when your plate is too full.

Ok, so in the last while I have put myself under a fair bit of pressure and I’m feeling overwhelmed. At least the birthday party is done; and I have manipulated myself out of a few other commitments, but I still have lots on my plate.

  • Workwise I have been given an opportunity to grow my career in a slightly different direction. I am excited about it, and I am pleased at the opportunities it will bring, but at the same time I need to assess what exactly it is going to cost me in terms of time.
  • In my own practice, our senior associate is retiring at the end of June, the party is organised, we await RSVP’s; and then I am responsible for organising a gift for him. I already have my ideas, so just waiting on contributions from colleagues.
  • I am currently the Lead Obstetrician for our hospital, which brings along a whole lot of chores and responsibilities. While it hasn’t been arduous, organising meetings, I feel like I need to be doing more to make sure we maintain a high standard as group of obstetricians.
  • Running Rhodes – now while I realise that I need something to keep me motivated and running, I am nervous about this event. I am loving upping the training; and feeling my body respond, as opposed to where I was last year, when my running went dramatically backwards because of that medication I was given. I am nervous though, I know I am always a bit of a last trainer, and know I do not really have enough time to get the training in I need; but I am going to count on the almost 200km I have done on trails this year to see me through.
  • School commitments have changed. So I was voted onto the SGB (school governing body) at my daughter’s school, and I am slowly now extricating myself from the PTA (Parent teacher association). For those that don’t know, the SGB is more involved in the daily governance of the school – budgets, buildings and maintenance, HR, staffing, discipline and policy setting; while the PTA is the fundraising arm of the school for all the nice extras. I am very pleased to be involved, there are some big changes happening at schools across SA and ours is no different, but I am also realising it is a big commitment.

Guys, what I am trying to do, is just break things up into some small bite sized pieces, that I can deal with one at a time. Because that is how you eat an elephant.

(and once all these things are attended to, then there is my family; and myself – I’ll get to me, one day)


Another year

…another party! And it looks like it was a success! I hope I am making awesome memories for my daughter; I am certainly having fun, completely exhausting myself all the way to martyrdom!

 The children arrived

 We played some games!

 We went on an adventure walk and a scavenger hunt.

 We won some prizes.

 We partied with friends, family and cake!

 And went home with dirty feet and sweetie jars!