Liebster Award

Thanks to Abigail Holden, who blogs as Triangular Room, who nominated me for the Liebster Award! This award can be found all over various blogs – it’s a nice way of sharing cool blogs with others and to answer some fun questions.

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The Liebster Award rules work like this:

Thank and link the person who nominated you.
Answer the questions given by the nominator.
Nominate about 11 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers, and link them
Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer
Notify all nominees via social media/blogs

(Above taken directly from Abi’s description 🙂 )

The questions that Abi gave me:

Favourite movie/s
The Cornetto Trilogy (adore Simon Pegg), The Crow, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Django Unchained. Too many really, and my answers are usually subject to my current mood 😛

Favourite TV show of all time
Hannibal

Favourite current(ish) TV show
The Walking Dead

White, milk or dark chocolate?
Dark

If you were a fruit (or vegetable!), what would you be, and why?
Avocado; smooth, creamy, good for you, and filled with good fats (hehehehe)

Favourite game (board/video/tabletop – anything!)
Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door

Favourite book/s
These too change quite frequently, but Stephen King’s The Stand with the Captain Trips chapter being a long standing favorite for me. Currently devouring all things Neil Gaiman.

Favourite character – book, movie, TV etc.
Probably Silk from Edding’s series The Belgariad.

If you could choose one fantasy universe to exist (e.g. Middle-earth, Hogwarts, a galaxy far far away etc.), which one would you choose?
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

Favourite place in the whole world
I haven’t had much opportunity to travel… Of places I have been to, probably SIngapore. Of places I want to go to, Aztec ruins in Mexico.

Best super hero/magic/etc. power you would want for yourself
A psychic ability that I can turn on and off at will.

And now for me to nominate some people to join in the chain fun. These are blogs I find interesting written by people who interest me, for whatever reason – and unfortunately in spite of what the rules say it’s less than 11 nominees (whata bloody odd number), and some of them do have over 200 followers, but heck, including them anyway, and you should check them out 🙂

Bloggsy Malone I turn stumbled-upon venues into destination resturants. I’m driven by the simple, beautiful indulgences life has to offer – good friends sharing heartfelt conversations over great food. I write about and take photos of the best food experiences and the phenomenal sights I get to see every day in South Africa.

Cupcakes & Sailors featuring Cupcake Mummy & Fysh “tattooed illustrator •mum to a boy fysh •vegan aspie with borderline personality disorder •cupcake obsessed hedgehog owner •book reading tea lover •blogger •boxer •puddle jumping camera slave…”

The Blessed Barrenness – Sharon doesn’t have a 3 liner copy paste for me (cue me yelling Sharooooooooooooooooooon in Ozzy’s voice), so I’ll just tell you she’s my work bestie who is a tattooed mom that rocks to two beautiful adopted girls, and she makes parenting, being a wife, runner, LCHF and Banting look like a breeze – constant inspiration for love, life, fun and fitness!

Calling Through The Fog I am a columnist, screenwriter and sometime novelist, living and working in Cape Town, South Africa. This blog contains pieces I’ve written for The Times, Business Day Sports Monthly, and whatever else takes my fancy. 

Why-Ed.com Why Ed was created out of the ashes of late nights and early morning drinking.Hi my name is Ed if you didn’t know already, I enjoy long walks on the beach, poetry and poking dead things with a stick. Party weekends will always be on the cards. And before I forget, I have a co-writer, friend, gamer and metal-lover named Tank that will also be contributing constantly.

Antiredcap Random posts from around the internet.

And now, for the nominees that haven’t already answered a million questionnaires from other bloggers and who may be interested in teaching your reading public more about yourselves, here are my questions for you:

  1. Your best childhood memory
  2. An incident or time in your life when you were most afraid / that scared you the most
  3. The favorite food stuff to smash in your face (if it has a calorie count, it counts)
  4. Your favorite vocalist
  5. Do you like people?
  6. The pet you’d have if law, fear of your own personal safety, and reality were not considerations (example: Falkor the luck dragon would be mine)
  7. Your favorite celebrity, and why
  8. Share a joke that you still find funny today, even after hearing it a thousand times
  9. Something silly and stupid that irritates you unreasonably, that you know really shouldn’t
  10. The single most important thing that has happened to you in your life to date (defining – good or bad)
  11. I liked Abi’s question, so I’m using it too 🙂 What super power would you want?

#28DaysLighter – revamp

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January is wearing me down people, WEARING ME DOWN!! I’m busy finishing off my online UCT course (submitted 3rd last assignment this morning, 2 more to go), I’ve received my UNISA text books and study guides and assignment stack, and I’ve started the process of sorting out the various hoarded items in my abode from the last 5 years spanning 6 moves so that I can move AGAIN….

… excuse me while I just go and get a brown paper bag quickly….

… hyperventilates….

RIGHT. BACK. So, I’m feeling oh so slightly overwhelmed at the moment, and to add to everything I have to do or face not being able to move or failing, it’s actually an almost impossible task to create a list of 28 things to do for each day of February, because things I’d normally add to my list are things I have no choice but to do now, and fast; I no longer have the luxury to treat them as challenges to be achieved “one day”.

I started with a list, but I’ve already cleaned out my closets and sent 3 full boxes to the hospice. I’ve already sat down for two hours and made study notes; and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. As a result, I’m putting the advent calendar concept on hold, BUT I’m still going to go ahead with my #28DaysLighter challenge to myself; it just now takes on a slightly different meaning for me. I’ll be sharing with you what I’ve done each day in February that helps make my stress levels and my must get finished massive workload lighter. It’s now more about keeping myself going by cataloging successes for myself to prevent drowning in the stress pool.

So, #28DaysLighter – share with me any productive task / success you feel you’ve achieved in the day, even if it is just a walk with the dogs (you’ll see that from me at some point, guarantee it!); I’d love to hear from you!

#28DaysLighter – Fight Off The Hoard!

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It’s a new year, and you’ve made all sorts of resolutions, and possibly are even still sticking to some of them, but in the rush for new things and new adventures we often lose sight of neglected tasks. Simple, silly things. Your clothing cupboard is overflowing with items you don’t even remember owning, let alone have touched in over 6 months. The great books your thoughtful partner bought you are on top of a pile of 16 other books you’ve been meaning to read. That 27th cute coffee cup your kid bought you is stuffed behind all the previous cups that haven’t been used in 7 months and are sporting chips that would probably result in needing stitches if you sipped on any of them too absent mindedly.Your unfinished (or, in my case, completely unplayed) stack of Xbox360/PS3/3DS/WiiU games has somehow spawned offspring and grown to such a size that they’re now holding weekly meetings to address the state of the nation in the absence of power to actually be played.

So, that lead me to thinking of a twist on the advent calendar – the ACTIVITY CALENDAR!

The idea is simple – make a list of 28 things you have been putting off due to the sheer mundane concept of the task or just been neglecting because you never seem to have enough hours in the day, and use each day in February to actually do them. Write each activity on it’s own piece of paper, chuck it in your chosen receptacle, and each day in February we’ll take one out at random and make time to complete it before the end of that day.

Now, don’t make the tasks mammoth ones – as you need to complete them before the end of the day they need to be something you can realistically get done in the time you have. So, completing the entire collective works of Shakespeare – bad task. Defrosting your freezer – good task. Attempting to change the view of an online Troll with reasoning – bad task. De-weed your herb garden that now resembles a marigold farm – good task. Finally do that 3 day Otter Trail hike you’ve been dreaming of for years – bad task. Take a half hour walk / jog in your neighborhood – good task. You get the point – fight off the horde, be it clutter or extra weight, make every day a small victory!

Some days will lend themselves better to some of your tasks than others, so you’re allowed ONE swap a day. That’s it, just one. If the second one is even more taxing than the 1st you chose, my thoughts are with you 😉 GET ON WITH IT.

As all things are more fun as a community and seeing others progress helps us stick to our own goals ourselves, share your task each day with the hashtag #28DaysLighter and tag me on Twitter or Instagram. Have your 28 tasks done and ready for action by the 31st January, and let’s have fun with it! I’ll be taking a picture every day to show what I’m up to during #28DaysLighter, and I hope you will too 🙂

Let me know below if you’ll be joining, and share your lists or specific tasks; inspiration always comes from external sources so it’s good to share 🙂

Credit to my awesome other half for the header image creation 😛

New, shiny and improved – thanks to Blessed Barrenness & Complete Hair!

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On the 4th of June Sharon posted a competition that I would spam the ends of the earth to win, and, lo and behold, my spamming WORKED! The prize? R1200’s worth of hair styling treatment courtesy of Complete Hair in Bromhof. I’ve long been moaning about my hair, and due to a combination of forgetfulness on my part, and then my bank balance being pitiful when my memory wasn’t, a hair cut has been long overdue. So, complete with split ends and just generally damaged hair (I use box colour and that combined with no trimming in well over 6 months is not a pretty outcome..), I presented myself to Jade at the Complete Hair Salon this past Saturday.

The salon recently moved from a small centre to a house in Catalina Close, Bramhof. It’s situated just off of Braam Fischer and is really easy to find (I found it, so it must be!). Being in a private house means a level of intimacy, welcomeness and comfort you won’t find in a shopping centre. I arrived to Jade’s welcoming smile and after a brief chat (and Jade’s horrified look at my split ends), I was whisked off by Alice to have my hair washed and prepped for the cut and ensuing hair treatments / concoctions and dyes. All this while somehow making a lovely hot cup of coffee complete with sugar biscuit appear 😛

Being in a private house also means you can flit about at your leisure whilst in your foils during waiting time without feeling self conscious or having to worry about the stretch between the salon and the bathroom – in a centre this usually means straining your bladder to almost bursting point to avoid being seen by “the public” in the mall in your state of disheavel! Not a problem at Complete Hair. And I got to sit in the lovely garden and soak up some rays while having a smoke. When you’re in (yes, IN – any girl type treatment stuff is, quite frankly, a laborious chore in my mind) for three or more hours, this is a lifesaver!

Jade took my messed up neglected hair and turned it into something that has gotten me nothing but compliments since Saturday; from my work bestie and boyfriend to other colleagues and our FD at work. A job very well done, so much so that I made my next appointment before I left on Saturday.

I’d highly recommend Complete Hair for personal, friendly service with a homely environment to boot 🙂

Thanks again to Jade, Complete Hair and The Blessed Barrenness for this great prize; I look forward to my next appointment!

You can find Complete Hair on FaceBook HERE
They’re at 26 Catalina Close, Kelly Avenue, Bromhof
Tel: 011 791 4159

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First #JoziMeetUp was a great success :)

A litte while ago Sharon, Laura and Wenchy banded together and decided it was high time we had a Twitter / Blogger meetup event for the JHBurgers (I’m now dreaming of RocoMamas), and I’m quite happy they did!

The meetup venue was at the SunnySide Park Hotel, which in itself was a treat to visit. The hotel has the Ye Olde English charm to it, nestled amongst beautifully cultivated gardens with interesting nooks and crannies filled with stone sculptures and water features, making you forget you left the madness of Houghton Drive a mere few minutes ago. The staff are well attired (James, a coffee please yes hmmmm), friendly, and somehow managed to pull of what seems an impossible task for most eateries these days, separate bills, in the face of a group of gaggling women 40 plus strong. They even had a jumping castle set up alongside our meetup spot for the kiddies that accompanied the Twitterati and Blogqueens with sprogs. Kudos to them! I’m rather jealous of Nadia, who won a night’s stay for two there sponsored by the awesome people at SunnySide Park Hotel!

On to the actual meetup though – it was great meeting new people and hearing snippets of themselves and what they do (blog / instagram / work / life etc) via the mostly brief introductions when called up to get their goody bags (I’ll get to those in a moment). From divorced women, to mother’s of 8, to recently converted marathon runners, it was a fantastically interesting group and I’m looking forward to stalking them all via their various social media vents 😛

The goody bags. Oh boy, THE GOODY BAGS! Hats off to Sharon, Laura and Wenchy for getting them packed on time and of course for getting the sponsors on board for the swag bags, I’m quite certain I speak for each of us attending on the morning – we love them!!!! An absolutely awesome touch from Macaroon were personalised tote bags for each of us, and mine will definitely be seeing much use out and about (even though the other half says it’s too beautiful and he wants to frame it!). Inside these beautifully personalised bags were goodies to make anybody happy – you can check out the pics below for the haul and I’ve listed the sponsors involved to say thank you – we all really appreciate it.

It was a lovely morning filled with laughter and new people met, and I am looking forward to the next meetup already! If you’re a blogger / tweeter, or a sponsor that is keen to get involved, get a hold of one the three superstars that organised this shindig:

Sharon over @ The Blessed Barenness
Laura over @ Harassed Mom
Wenchy over @ Nocturnal Wenchy

And now for the pretty pics 🙂

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I happily managed to swap my LaCreuset set with Sharon - we had each other's colours as it turned out :P

I happily managed to swap my LaCreuset set with Sharon – we had each other’s colours as it turned out 😛

And a big THANK YOU to the sponsors who got involved!

Goody Bags

Le Creuset
Rain Africa
Swani Spa
L’Oreal
Macaroon
Naartjie
Bio-Oil
Wakaberry
Killarney Mall

Give Aways

Apple Store
Sorbet
Tranquil Body Treats
Richard Simmonds
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A Rocking Evening!

I had the great fortune of being able to see Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke perform an acoustic gig at Barnyard last night; and boy am I happy myself and the other half went – was a great experience! I’ve seen Francois perform on various occasions in an acoustic setting; on his own and with others, but had never seen Arno on his own – I can now understand why women go a bit gaga over the lad 😉

They went through a host of Springbok Nudegirl’s songs, Arno tracks, Van Coke and Fokof songs, all of which were met with great enthusiasm from the crowd attending. It was pretty cool to hear old favorites with a new acoustic twist and the added vocals from one of the two gents on a song that wasn’t theirs; with beautiful harmonizing thrown in from Jedd Kossew (guitarist for Van Coke Kartel).

Gus Warden on drums performed brilliantly as well; overall a great 4some to watch! Francois and Arno are also including a sort of 20 year review in their show of personal favourites of their own from past rockers. Cover’s of Battery 9’s “Kom Hier” and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” among those, along with numbers originally by Fuzigish (the other half went a bit fanboi over that hehehehehe), Koos Kombuis and Johannes Kerkorrel.

The show only has one night left – if you’re in Jhb and can get to Barnyard Rivonia tonight, I strongly urge you to book yourself a ticket to see them in action – you won’t be disappointed! Clickety here to get your tickets!

Here are two short snippets I took last night, hope you enjoy them 🙂


Press Release for the show:

Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke will tour South Africa during April and May 2014, with a show that celebrates the past 20 years of SA Rock.

The performance sees both singers on stage together for the full set, along with their acoustic guitars. Gus Warden will accompany them on drums and Jedd Kossew (Van Coke Kartel) on electric guitar.

Together they will perform a selection of hits from Springbok Nude Girls, Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke Kartel and Arno’s solo career as well as SA Rock songs that have influenced and inspired them over the last 20 years.

“I am very excited to play some shows with Arno again. We had a great run of shows last year and this year is going to be even better.” says Francois.

Francois van Coke is the lead singer of Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. During his ten year career as lead singer of these Afrikaans rock bands, he has released 7 full length albums, 3 Ep’s and collaborated with likes of Seether, Jack Parow, Die Antwoord and Die Heuwels Fantasties. He has received 3 SAMA awards and multiple MK Awards.

Francois is currently working on new Fokofpolisiekar material, touring with Van Coke Kartel, playing solo shows and working on a new project set to be released in 2015. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/francois.vancoke

“I think Francois, me and the guys are equally ecstatic about taking our show on the road again after last year’s success, but this time we’re adding something special and paying our respects to some of the best songs written over the last 20 years by South African rock artists, and that is an added joy. We had a meeting and discussed our wish lists, made up of sentimental personal favourites. Songs that should never be forgotten. I don’t see this as a celebration of the past but rather an affirmation of timeless SA Rock classics.” says Arno.

During his career as the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno Carstens has released 10 studio albums, had over 20 top ten singles, won 5 South African Music Awards and shared the stage with legends of the music world including U2, The Rolling Stones and REM and performed at some of the most legendary international music festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park and Hard Rock Calling.

Arno Carstens 5th solo album, ‘Lightning Prevails’, will be released in 2014. Watch the video for the first single, a cover of AC/DC’s Highway to Hell online at http://www.arnocarstens.com

MeetUps and networking ahead! #JoziMeetUp

I’m very excited to be attending my first ever meet-up with Twitterati and bloggers from around Gauteng tomorrow morning, for the first official #JoziMeetUp at the SunnySide Park Hotel. I haven’t been blogging regularly by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m slowly getting into it now and keen to meet other people who have a passion for sharing, well, their passions 🙂 And maybe it will also force me to post updates more regularly on here 😛

I’ll be sure to do a post on the morning’s events and all the cool people I’m sure I will have met!

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