Thursday, 31 May 2012

Something Beautiful

is ....

Waking up on a Saturday to a snoring husband beside you and knowing you can remain warm and cozy in bed all day.
Being greeted by an excited puppy, even if he does smell really bad.
Eating Macarons, a gift from Mr H.
Getting a letter off my 11 year sister that tells me how proud she is of ME! Wow.
Seeing my parents still together and still funny and wonderful.
Knowing that I am justified in Christ.
Making red velvet cupcakes and cream cheese frosting.
Opening a magazine for the first time.
Drinking homemade mulled wine and snuggling on the couch.
Seeing the rainbows above Table Mountain.
Spending the evening with my family.
Receiving a Keep Calm package from my Granny in England

What beautiful things have happened to you today?

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Testing the waters of marriage


It's calm on the shore but when you're in the middle of the ocean, fighting off your own demons and trying to save your love from drowning, it's awfully hard to see it.

Sometimes, even despite the warnings, you can go into something with rose-tinted glasses and the reality can hit you like brain freeze. I love being married. I love being married to my best friend. But it's bloody hard. Mainly because I constantly fight it all the time as I find it hard to believe that someone would honestly want to be legally bound to me for all eternity and not have a hidden agenda.

When I push and pull away it causes fractures, tiny breaks in the fabric of our relationship, yet instead of running for the hills, Mr H carefully sews us back together. Then we start all over again. Knowing that he can withstand all I have to throw at him and knowing that he is waiting patiently for me on the shore just re-afirms how valuable he is to me. 

We all have baggage and those voices in our heads that tell us we're not good enough and that people only want to screw us over. The thing is, those feelings are unlikely to leave but our loves will. How long can you push someone away without them packing their bags and departing for good. It's remembering that you're both in it together, as a team and that being on the shore is where you want to be, not raging in the storm or drifting apart.

Monday, 28 May 2012

J'adore


I'm totally loving this print for the kitchen area. Bright and fun, it's a lovely vocal piece.
I've seen some other ideas around this whereby you can frame a funky tea towel with gives you texture as well.

Retro Kitchen Utensils 11x14 Art Print

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Love is all around


My wonderful parents are celebrating their 25th Wedding anniversary today. What an absolute blessing to have two such amazing people in my life who have set the greatest example to me and whom are an inspiration to so many. I love you guys

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

What if.....


This was your closet. I have such a huge problem with finding clothes in the morning as everything is scrunched together and pushed into small shelves that do my clothing no favors whatsoever. Just look at those rows of shoes and the hanging space! I'm drooling.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Things I've learnt in my absence


1) Cassis make the best Macarons in Cape Town. For R6 each, they fill your whole body with joy. (I've eaten 8 this week!)
2) My Gran is truly a technological whiz. She's been helping me with planning my parents 25th and even though she is miles away in England, we still communicate everyday via Facebook
3) The Avengers has changed my life. That blue cube that everyone was after? Well, I'd like to be it if it meant Loki kept trying to find me... *swoon*
4) Woodstock has the worst drivers ever! I've been wrongly fined, hit twice, almost hit thrice and have had a war of words with a dozen taxi drivers. I've reached boiling point on many an occasion.
5) My beautiful friend is pregnant. I'm so happy for her and I can't wait to throw her a gender reveal party for all the family and friends.
6) I haven't lost my writing ability, it had just taken an extended vacation due to a lack of cookies.
7) Thick hair is wonderful. I have a mane. I'm a bit of a beast. It is unruly and often unmanageable but I wouldn't change it. It's perfect for keeping my ears warm and it blocks out a lot of unnecessary chatter too.
8) I have amazing friends who would bend over backwards for me....okay, that isn't exactly new to me but I just felt like reiterating the point. I love you guys.
9) I can sew. I've turned my hand to making fabric roses and turning old tops into stunning works of amateur art. My fingers don't like me much though.
10) Give me tissue paper and I can make you pretty much anything. I can't wait to show you the pics of all the preparation I have been doing for this Saturday's party for my parents.

image from here

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Mmm Macaron


You may know that recently I have had a small (because they are tiny) obsession with Macarons. I once thought of them as dry little wafer biscuits but since trying them last year, I have been converted. I even tried making them...."tried" being the operative word. It was a disaster. I was mortified. But I am determined to try again, it's on my New Years Resolutions list!
I have sampled quite a few of these delicious little morsels from many different outlets and I have decided that, after much research, the best place to buy Macarons in Cape Town is Cassis. I think I may have said it before but I never went into too much detail. So here is a little breakdown of some of the places you can go for these delightful Parisian morsels:

Cassis - I went to their outlet in Gardens. They are R6 a pop which makes them one of the cheapest around yet they are also the best. Plump and full of flavor, I adore their Vanilla ones which are filled with real Vanilla seeds and a gooey custard like filling that is wonderful. Second favorite would be the Chocolate Granache.
Myatt Cafe at the Waterfront. They have so many flavors to choose from and a location that is uber chic but at R8.50 each, they are not cheap. They are also not impressive. Small, flat and tasting very dry, these disappoint me every time.
Daniela's in the Cape Quarter. I can't remember the cost but I do remember a rather stodgy consistency that was more coconut than Almond. However, they were full and beautifully crafted.
12 Apostles. Okay, so this was presented at their High Tea so I can't really use them as a Macaron outlet but they were average.
Checkers. I know what you are thinking, and you are right. They were gross and in fluorescent orange and yellow. (The things I do in the name of research!)
Emporio Leone at the Waterfront is another steep place to eat. Paying an arm and a leg for a tiny piece of dry nothingness did not fill me with the Happy Clappies.

Anyone know of any other locations that I need to go and try?

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

X-rated Cinema goers

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You've just bought the popcorn, smuggled in the salt and vinegar shaker and you're all ready for the movie to start when someone next to you starts giggling. The people in front of you are messing around on their phones. The person behind you seems to be chewing on firecrackers and you swear you can hear someone crying already. There is always that group of annoying individuals who threaten to totally ruin your viewing pleasure.

The Cacklers. Ripping through the silence with a laugh that would curdle milk and scare a Rottweiler, these people are the ones you pray not to be seated next to because their belly shakes are enough to give you motion sickness.
The Couples. Feeding each other their tongues and making like the cinema isn't full of people who have just eaten a load of popcorn. I don't remember paying to watch a porno.
Those on their phones. That blue glare and the incessant tapping, why bother paying to come here? Hey sweetheart, you know that bit in Alien when the creature bursts out of people's chests, well that will be my fist forcing through your rib cage if you don't turn it off.
The Noisy Eaters. The hero is about to kiss the girl, the violins are playing, the atmosphere is electric and then someone starts crunching madly on their popcorn and slurping up their coke. All you can do is hope that they choke. Silently.
The 'Did you see that?' Person. Everyone has that 'special' friend who insists on whacking you on the arm and loudly whispering to you after every good bit, 'did you just see that?'. No dude, I paid R40 to come sit here and stare at the floor.
The Theorists. And then you have the friend who picks apart the entire film whilst you're watching it, offering you deep theoretical insights into every moment and basically forcing you to stuff your empty popcorn box down their throat.
The Weepies. Oh gosh, I can't help it, I am that annoying person who sobs uncontrollably during any emotional part in a film. Sue me.

Friday, 4 May 2012

I breathe therefore I act


I do so despise it when they use the term "actress' to describe people like Courtney Cox and Katherine Heigl. I'm not denying that they aren't pretty women with a wonderfully alluring girl-next-door charm to them but that title should be reserved for people who actually act. Take for instance, Helena Bohnam Carter, she is different, miraculous, magical in each role she does. She is never the same, just look at her repertoire, Fight Club, The King's Speech, Sweeny Todd etc. She is so far removed from herself that she becomes someone else. Now look back at Katherine, when did you see her being anything other than neurotic and highly organized. Hang on, a theme seems to be forming between Katherine and Courtney....but that isn't the point. What I'm getting at is that I can play at being an overly possessive, wine drinking, cupcake baking woman who likes to indulge in her OCDs. I mean, if we're labelling people simply on whether they can work infront of a camera and be themselves then 'By Gum!", I am an Actress!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Hello, is it me you're looking for?




Darlings, it has been too long! I seem to have dropped off the face of the earth and during this fall into obscurity, I forgot my duties to the Universe. But fear not, I am here and have crawled my way back online. Whilst I was away I learnt and discovered some interesting and not so interesting things. Let me share with you:

1) Yesterday on my lunch break, I made my way into the Work's kitchen (which was thankfully empty) to put together a banana and peanut butter sandwich. For some strange reason, I got lost in the thought of seeing whether I could fit a whole banana into my mouth. The thought turned into action. The result was an uncomfortable mess of gagging, near vomiting and then embarrassment as the I.T guy walked in to see me covered in bits of semi-chewed banana. Lesson: Bananas should be eaten in stages.
2) I have been teaching my delightful puppy some new tricks. We are now at the stage of me being able to balance a biscuit on his nose whilst he keeps his head still and then, when I say "Eat", he flips his head back and tries to catch the biscuit. We're very close to taking this act on the road.
3) Last week I had a cupcake crazy moment where I made a batch of 3 different types of cupcakes; Raspberry truffle, Strawberry and lime and lemon curd with meringue topping. It was gooood.
4) Yesterday Mr H told me he wants a boy, a baby boy. I said no thank you. Ya, that was a bit of a BIG moment but I took it with a pinch of salt because he wasn't feeling very well and was running an awfully high temperature.
5) I have my whole household hooked on Game of Thrones which in essence is like watching Porn together. It makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. I think I need to stop this.
6) My parents will be celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary this month and I am planning a party. Who knew the things you could do with a pack of tissue paper and a glue gun! I can't say too much because my Mummy sometimes reads this blog.
7) I have lost my creative imagination. I have severe writers block and it's quite daunting seeing as words are my life. If you find my talents lying cold, hungry and alone somewhere, then please could you notify me. I miss them.