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Monday Morning

….HYPERTENSION! Flip! I really hope karma is a nasty traffic officer! I am so tired of people feeling entitled to break the law, turn left from a right turning lane! There is this one intersection on my way to work; and drivers really behave like complete and utter douches there. Turning from the wrong lane, they clog up the traffic even more; and then give me strange looks when I try to stick to the law and drive as the traffic laws dictate. As though their time is so much more important than mine and the 3 seconds they may save by performing an illegal turn are crucial to their day. Oy! A rather annoying start to my Monday!

In saying that – the weekend was insane. I was super super busy on Friday night and Saturday (work wise) and then, poor Thandipants started throwing up on Saturday night; so all in all – just revolting! She was ok the rest of yesterday, but threw up again at 4:30 this morning – poor chicken, and all she wanted to do was not vomit so she could go to school. I’ve let her go in, but she was looking a bit pale and washed out. Let’s hope she’s over the worst of it!

Ok, time to get this week going!

Weekend spin!

…showee! It was hectic!

My weekend started early on Friday morning, when we hit the road to our neighbouring city to sort out our visas for our Scotland trip. It’s quite a palava (no, autocorrect, not a pavlova)- I had a huge file of documents that had to be submitted. The system wasn’t too awful; but there was a bit of a delay that almost drove me crazy – when you are the only people in the facilitation centre and they make you wait and wait and wait for 40 minutes to take your photo and take your fingerprints! (This after they made me remove all the staples from my paperwork – about 37000 of them – ok, so that’s an exaggeration but it was a lot, because there was a lot of evidence they wanted!) Anyway, once that was done we had a yummy lunch with a friend of mine and then it was back home.

Home to the launch of our Wild Women calendar! We had a fun evening, and the calendar is totally awesome! Very tastefully done, very discrete, and some gorgeous photos. I forgot to bring the disc with me to work, so I’ll post a few pictures, and if anyone wants a calendar – let me know – and I’ll see if I can get it posted to you! They’re R150 each and ALL of that goes to our charities, because everyone donated their time and resources.

I managed to get 2 runs in this weekend. Neither of them were pretty – I am struggling at the moment – my calves feel super tight and my hip flexor on the left is niggling. I think an appointment with my chiro and some dry needling are in order. But glad with my mileage – 11km on Saturday and 24 yesterday. Although yesterday was interspersed with tears and lots of stretching. Character building I tell you. Character building.

In other TAFKAD is in town – yay! She’s here for a family wedding and our school reunion – 25 years <insert appropriately horrified emoji her> so nice to see her and catch up!



…on a Sunday… so in the aftermath of my win and a late night, we headed off to a day of wine bottling! 

Patients who have become friends were preparing to bottle their latest vintage; every year they get grapes brought down to our neck of the woods, do the whole destemming, pressing and fermentation. Just enough for 1 barrel. And then it was time to bottle it. 

So there we were – bottle washing, filling bottles, corking, sealing, labeling. And a huge Greek souvla slap up lunch to follow. It was really fun – they roped in all their buddies, had a jumping castle for the kids, do a whale of a time was had by all! And the wine was flipping delicious! 

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, but doing the sums, figuring out the costs, it’s an expensive hobby being a garagiste, so something that is off of our current agenda. 

Me with the little lady for whom the wine is named.

I’m a 

…winner! Whoop! Whoop! I won the Regional Business Women’s achiever award in the professional category! What a night!

Saturday was amazing! It started early, the evening. Hair at 12; make up at 3; dressed;  fetch a co-finalist; dropped off at local car dealership; photos, champagne, snacks; chauffeured into the Hotel; VIP room for mingling with the schlebs; grand entrance! Phew! The actual function was amazing! I felt like a princess all night – seeing myself on the big screen, hearing my name was just the cherry on top of an incredible evening.

I am so relieved (for want of a better description) that my work has been validated. I’ve been noticed, I do some good things and other people agree! Wow! It’s so nice given how challenging and tough this year has been.

Here’s my acceptance speech

“Wow! Thank you!

Thanks to the BWA for this incredible award, I am honored to have been recognized for all I have achieved. Thank you for the opportunity to assess my achievements, review my goals, and I can now honestly say – watch this space, there is more to come.

I cannot accept this award without acknowledging the team I work with that makes what I do happen. To the hospital staff, from the clerk to the cleaner, management to midwives, nursing sisters to colleagues, I cannot thank these unsung heros enough. Without you guys I cannot serve this community and my beautiful patients. Together we make the difference.

To every patient that has walked through my door – thank you for your confidence in me and for allowing me the privilege of taking care of you.

To my fellow finalists in this category – thanks for being such great contenders – Jaclyn, Annelize – I can see some collaboration coming our way.

My friends all over there at table 10, you guys are the best cheerleaders ever; a few of you couldn’t be there – missing you Tanja and Donne. Bonnie – I call her my chief whip for many reasons – thanks for your belief in me!

My family – Charles, my love, I couldn’t do it half as well without you , Errol my Dad – it’s all coming together now, finally you children are getting things right!

There are 2 special ladies I have to mention tonight – neither could be here – 1 is 6 years old and this is way past her bedtime; Thandi – my motivation and inspiration – may you know that there are no limits. The other would have been 80, but is hopefully getting this on the interstellar web – mom, love you, miss you and thank you!”

With some fellow Wild Women, both involved in the evening, as BWA executive members. The other finalists in my category (I think we were the prettiest!) my beautiful family (T and Charlie came along for a quick photo at the car dealership) making my acceptance speech

What a night! What a moment! My feet are still aching from my killer heels, but my heart is happy!

Another week

…another same old, same old. It’s been a roughish one – work has been busy, so much happening after hours. I am exhausted! But the weekend is imminently here!

And this weekend is my awards dinner, where I get to hear who has won the Regional Business Women’s Association Achiever Award in the professional category. Phew! That’s a mouthful. It’s gearing up to be quite an event – with a cabaret star as MC, the Soweto tenor quartet as entertainment, killer heels and a beautiful dress – I think I’m ready. Hair appointment is booked, schedule is confirmed, let’s do this thing. I’ll post some pictures – it’s going to be spectacular! And that’s happening on Saturday night.

Sunday we have been invited to a wine bottling by one of the local garigistes. They are a stunning Greek family, and after the wine bottling they are hosting a souvla lunch – sure to be awesome!

I hope I will be recharged after the weekend. This week was not so kind to me, so let the fun begin!



…waiting, and seeing the world go by. This weekend felt a lot like that.

On Friday night Thandi had a sleepover at Gran’s house, which she loved. Muffin, Granny’s little excuse of a dog was allowed to sleep under her bed, and in the morning crept in with her, which she loved (me not so much, but that’s me); so Charlie and I were at home, stuck in domestic bliss. Me icing biscuits, he engaging in some Facebook trolling. (He’s currently arguing with some antivaxers and  some flat earthers, I hate it! The arguing that is.) Anyway, and exciting night sans child and we went to bed early.

Saturday was a run, work, children’s party (the biscuits I iced were for that), some chilling on the couch and an early braai with friends; Sunday another run, work and more couch time. Really really exciting stuff. But good too to do little.

Starting to get our ducks in a row for our trip to Scotland – visa appointments booked – it really is a bummer when you live in a lesser major centre and have to travel for all these sorts of things. Anyway, I believe they are fairly efficient, so trust all will go smoothly. Accommodation is all booked; car still needs to be hired, and I will get onto that this week; and then payments must be processed. Phew! Let’s hope our prez doesn’t do something foolish in the next month! Oh, and I must train for my marathon! (refer above to running and running). I am starting to get excited, I just wish that all the admin was out of the way, I find that very stressful!


…from school traffuck! Flip, I am so enjoying the smooth ride to work, I can leave 10 minutes before I have to be at the office, take my leisurely time in the morning, indulge in another 5 minutes in bed, which given how chilly the mornings are at the moment is a good thing. Another week of rage free roads.

The weekend is ahead – Jacqui and her family are here from CT for a couple of weeks, I am really looking forward to that. I miss these good old buddies who live too far away! So there will be some catching up; there will be some farewelling of the Germans; there will hopefully be some running, if my scratchy throat behaves; there will be some chilling and hopefully some lying in a sunny spot pretending to be a dassie.

Take care, and keep warm, my blogsters!