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…oh my word! This week has been crazy! And the load shedding (rolling electricity blackouts, affecting the whole of South Africa)has almost pushed me over the edge. Argh! Anyway, not much I can do about that, and Eskom and the government don’t really care about the heat tantrum I end up having when the zircon is down at the office, and we cook, amidst the electronics that have to still function. So, we soldier on.

Work has been rather busy _ I have had quite the baby season of late! 6 this week in fact! But all seem hale and healthy, so all happy!

Thandigirl has also been busy, swimming up a storm, she swims in the A league at school, and this week were the city wide top 10 trials, She swam in all 4 strokes and has done well, we will hear soon if she is swimming in the finals next week. She came 3rd in freestyle, 4th in backstroke, 2nd in breaststroke and first in butterfly. This is in her heats, so they will compare times with the other heats, and the top 10 in each stroke get to swim the finals. So hear’s hoping for good news!

Running wise I have had a productive week. I am still streaking and am really noticing how much fitter I am, and no I am starting to see massive gains in my pace too. There is a reasonable 10km race this weekend (we live in a very hilly city, so any route reasonable is tough to find!) and I am thinking of doing it, to see how I go. I must have a look, I think the last 10 I did I ran 1:05, so an improvement would be great!

This morning I was interviewed on our local community radio station about my experience in Moscow – I loved it! I always just wish I had more time to chat, but I think I got across that it was an amazing and fun experience, made easier by the friends I met along the way! (Wild Coast fm, but I am afraid there isn’t a podcast of the interview…)

Ok, so I must get on with some work, have great weekends, all of you, and here’s is to a more manageable week next week!


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.

Ballet stars

… so last night I got to watch the ballet. It is fantastic! The children have put in lots of work and they did beautifully! Charlie is hysterical! The Tin Soldier is brilliant, he jumps so high, I am astounded! He must have springs in his legs.

I don’t have a photo of Charlie and a Thandi fully costumed, but I have a sweet selfie of the 2 of them.

I will get better ones and share those.

Grammar Geek

…in the making. Yesterday Thandi’s school team won the Fun with Words competition. It’s a city wide competition, 15 teams comprising of 6 members, 2 from grade 1,2 and 3; pit against each other I. Some fun word and spelling games. Last year the team came second, this year they won!

(Super proud and relieved mom. We spent many hours playing word games over the last year. It has all paid off! And I just love these sort of puzzles, I’m glad she does too!)

Show week

…and it’s opening night tonight, after a successful full dress rehearsal last night. The Tin Soldier is a go! Wow, it has taken a lot of work to get to this point, and I am reminded each time how much work it takes for the 3 minutes or so that Thandi is on stage. Jingoes. It all seems so anticlimactic. Saying that I am really looking forward to watching the show itself, which I will do tomorrow evening. I know it will be very special.

During the dress rehearsal last night the teacher invited some local charities to come and watch, so at least the girls got some practice in with an audience. Thandigirl was super excited to perform, while the others in her group were quaking in their boots, I just love her confidence. She beamed from ear to ear from curtain up until her exit into the wings. Born for the stage!

Charlie seemed to take the whole thing in his stride, and sounds like he enjoyed the experience. I know he’s not loving his outfit, and is a bit mortified at the whole town seeing him, but I think it’s just so awesome that he gets to do this with his daughter! Making memories!

I will share some pictures after tonights official opening, the costumes are just magnificent!

School Holidays

…can they be over already? My girl is bored, grumpy, has indulged in too much screen time and is driving me crazy? And if I get subjected to any more of the inanity she watches on Youtube, I may be ill. Glory! Anyway, she only has 5 more days before she is back at school. Today she is (fingers crossed) going to go to the beach, a local company does a 6 hour programme every day of the holidays including surfing, boogy boarding, snorkelling, canoeing, sand boarding, beach walks etc, so it’s super fun! Saturday we are making a day trip out to Grahamstown to the festival, I’ve booked some fun looking shows and we want to do the park run there too! And then before she’s rubbed the sleep out of her eyes, it’ll be time to head back to the classroom. And parents the country over will breathe a huge sigh of relief!

Her holiday really hasn’t been bad, but kids these days don’t cope well with boredom. She has had days with my PA, learning to cook – adding to her repertoire with samosa’s and brownies; she’s been to miniature golf, the local trampoline centre and the beach. But I think she has also picked up on all our tension regarding Pops and a few other stressors…

Despite her rough edges at the moment, she is still my perfect little girl, who I love like crazy!