Monday, March 2

10 Things

Whaddup, whaddup. Sorry for the radio silence. I've had a rather shaky start to the year in terms of my health. Been in and out of the doctor's office and just haven't been in the right head space to get my blog on. But I'm feeling a lot brighter and lately, I've been...
  1. Living in my summer uniform: aka the kimono!
  2. Furnishing the cottage. Bit by bit, it's starting to feel more like a home. The cost of it destroys me but its been fun to piece it together. If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll know I've gone moggy with home stuff! Can I be a professional pinner, somehow? 
  3. Watching a lot of Lost! We've gotten to the point where the show spirals into a convoluted mess {dare, I say!} but it's been the best tearing through it with Tall One who doesn't usually watch telly shows. We're about to start Game of Thrones although I'm not sure it's gonna by my cuppa tea. 
  4. Realising that my life now is so tame compared to my twenties where I was always out till 4am, watching gigs, attending weird art shows and throwing back cheap shooters in smoky dive bars. I mean, the points above involved telly and decorating! 
  5. Reading tons and tons about photography and cooking up plans to upgrade my gear. Up until this point, I avoided learning the technical stuff as I was worried it would suck the joy out of my favourite hobby but man alive, I wish I had learnt it all years ago! It would have saved me so much frustration...
  6. Loving our life and hood up the hill. It's crazy to think I just wailed when we got here. I'm so in love with it now, I can't imagine living anywhere else. That said, the long drive to work still does my head in.
  7. Concerned about the effect of social media on today's kids. I'm worried that for many, their self worth is getting tangled up with likes and shares. I only got a smart phone in my twenties but I still catch myself comparing myself to others online which triggers all sorts of bad feels so I've been trying to distance myself from the world's new obsession with followers and likes etc
  8. Looking forward to April when I'll be heading to Solitude with Tall One for an Easter break. The first thing I'm gonna do when I get there is have a bubble bath! I've tried to make peace with just being able to shower at our cottage but truth be told, I miss my bubble time summin' cray.
  9. Having friends over for rugby and braais. Before living together, neither of us were able to entertain a small gang so we're really chuffed that we can have fun Friday nights at home. 
  10. Feeling grateful for my Tall One. The other day, I felt like I was falling behind in life and as we were heading out our driveway,  Jon suddenly said, "Panda, we are rich in life. We live in a nice part of the world and we've got good friends." And that folks, is all you really need - a roof over your head and a few, good buddies.
Hope you have had a good weekend? x

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Wednesday, February 11

Our getaway in the hills

Whaddup whaddup! Jon and I decided to head for the hills last Friday for a bit of R 'n R. We spent most of it under a tree, stoking the fire, snugging the dogs and mapping wine! Jon's been going to this campsite since 1998 - sometimes twice a year - so he's rather familiar with the local er, dogs and shrubbery! We usually go there in the dead of winter so this was the first time I'd seen it so green. They've got piggies and a goat now too.  How shady does that piglet look below?! PS: I know I have worn that hat a million times now. Lols. I need to get another hat stat. They're super handy for mental hair weekends. x

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Sunday, January 18

Sunday Chillin'

Holla! I am scribbling this from the couch while watching Ocean's Eleven for the zillionth time and Jon is cooking us our very first potjie! It smells INSANE. We are determined to make Sundays as fun as possible because I can't bear Sunday night blues. This morning, I rustled up a French style brekkie as I've been dreaming about visiting Paris again. Afterwards, we shopped for the potjie, went on a coffee date and worked out what we still need to get for the cottage. We reckon we'll be sorted by November. Oi! Oh, we also rented some Lost episodes! I was beyond obsessed with the first few seasons of Lost and I desperately wanted to rewatch it but I never expected Jon to go on the Lost journey as he's not really into fictional shows - but he's on the Lost train too! We're halfway through Season One and it's been so much fun cranking through a series together. We went years without a telly and now look at us! Anyway, I must go make my lunch for work tomoz. I am determined to hop on the health train too. Can't become a croissant monster! PS: Those are some of the flowers in our garden below! I just love opening the curtains to 'em x

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Friday, January 16

Looking back at old pics

Sooo, I was going through some old photographs and I came across these guys. If you're new to Gloss, this is how it used to look back in the day. Lots of ridiculously close-up shots! I really need to get a wider lens stat. Anyway...I felt really weird and sad going through these. I mean, I love the pics but a flood of memories came rushing back. I started Gloss after returning from London because I was excited to explore and share snaps of my home town but I also threw myself into it because I needed a distraction from the fact that my marriage was falling apart behind the scenes. Not the sort of thing one can easily blog about! So on the one hand, I was dashing around, making new friends (Nads and I were inseparable at the time!) and starting a new job, but on the other hand, I was putting on weight and crying my eyes out in therapy every few weeks. Life sure looks different now. Anyway, no real reason for blogging this other than I stumbled across these, and thought, "Ah, cool but sad." Then I thought I should scrapbook them and then decided I am way too lazy for that and would just bung 'em up here! 

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