Friday, April 17, 2015
You know how some weeks are just survival mode all the way? Well, this was one of them.
After lots of work deadlines, a husband away on business, the start of a new school term for my eldest and power outages which saw me working by torch-light. Oh, and then I dropped my iPhone in water. So I am effectively cut off from the world unless I'm sitting in front of a laptop for the next six to seven weeks.
So you will understand when I say that I am more than ready for a bit of weekend and our trip to the Karkloof Forest on Sunday. We're planning lots of outdoor time, walks under the autumn leaves, maybe some bike riding and just time as a family as it feels like we haven't seen each other for the past two weeks.
So as I go off and start packing and getting into relax mode, here are some great links I've come across this week:
- This Kinfolk interview with Alain de Botton. I loved this article. Read it. If only for this:
"Work-life balance is a myth. Anything worth fighting for unbalances you - parenting isn't a hobby, it's a job. You have to make choices, and therefore sacrifices. Having it all exists only in the mind of Sheryl Sandberg."
- The truth about c-section mamas.
I think this is quite an emotional one for lots of women out there. And this article expresses it so well - especially that isolation and fear in the moments before being wheeled into theatre and being prepped for surgery.
- On a lighter note, I've been looking for some good Australian blogs to follow. Maybe it's the design aesthetic that we in South Africa have been exposed to recently (Country Road and Witchery, Cotton On) or just the South-South element (it's such a relief to read blogs that aren't awash with spring pictures as we descend into the colder months).
Planning with Kids for all you A types (or even A+ types) out there, you know who you are. Nicole has some great resources and also great advice.
Gallerie B I'm desperately casting around from interior design advise to make our house feel more complete. Although I know it's a project that will realistically take years. I think maybe the best part about Gallerie B is being able to look up her Pins according to colour. Genius!
Have a lovely weekend!
Friday, April 10, 2015
It seems autumn is here and we've had some lovely rainy cloudy and cool days to make it feel like Europe or a Cape winter in the very least.
I think this lovely Emily Jones print sums up the feeling of the season pretty well, with essentials like candlelight, falling leaves, red lipstick (yes please) and hot tea.
To that list I'd have to add new winter scarves, soup, down duvets and new books for snuggling with under said duvet.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
|Some memories from our summer beach holiday|
Um, hello there. If there is any one out there....
After five months of not posting (!) I'm finally sitting down and intend to write this until I press 'Publish'. For reals, I promise I'll do it!
Phew, well this year I have really had to hit the ground running - the twins started play group, and because of that I have had the most ambitious household admin lists and decorating lists I've tried to work through. Plus add in work, combined birthday parties - 3 kids, 2 cakes and 30 small guests. (What was I thinking?)
But it feels like we are turning a corner (dare I say it). Michael and Grace Mae turned two last Thursday and it is getting just a teeny tiny bit easier.
[Sidebar: I had a whole gushing draft post saved here about how it's getting so much easier everyday, and then Michael broke his cot by jumping in it when he should have been napping. So I had to do a bit of a real-life edit and I think teeny tiny is quite appropriate for now.]
I know we will are still awaiting the emotional irrationality and roller coaster that is two and three, and potty training that will come in the spring, but their little personalities are just so great, so I must admit while it's crazy at times but we do have fun.
Autumn is fast approaching, as are the school holidays. I have really gotten used to a few hours a day to myself to get things done, but I'm looking forward to a trip to the Natal Midlands we've got planned, just our little family. Also on the horizon is the autumn Kamers (I haven't been for four years! I'm ridiculously excited) and the Groves and Vineyards festival. And plenty in between.
Friday, November 7, 2014
I for one am really glad that it's nearly weekend. It's been great week, and challenging in all sorts of good and exciting ways, but I'm really, really ready for a little down time!
Have you got any exciting plans lined up?
Things here are getting pretty busy here as the end of the year approaches, so we've got an action-packed weekend.
First stop is the Handmade Contemporary Fair (old Food Wine Design) at Hyde Park. I've always wanted to go to this, but this is the first year I am actually going to make it. I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing some good art pieces, as we still have plenty of bare walls downstairs. And maybe have a glass of wine or two...
As Friday afternoon closes in, here are a few things that I've come across this week that I thought you might find interesting:
This article on Design Mom about extroverts raising introverts.
I must admit I've never really given the introvert/extrovert division too much thought in the context of parenting. But I really do hate the way people make introversion sound like a "condition." (No prizes for guessing which camp I fall into! INTJ and proud of it.) But when I think of times in my life when I have just been completely emotionally drained, I can definitely identify with the concept of just having people overload and "hitting some sort of emotional wall and mentally checking out, or getting grumpy."
I have a strong suspicion that my eldest daughter might fall into the introvert camp, and my husband and I are definitely a combo of introvert/extrovert (boy, has it taking some explaining when I don't want to attend every. single. social. event) so I'm definitely going to try do some reading up on this in the future.
Speaking of reading, I promised a while ago that I'd let you know what I thought of Naomi Wood's Mrs Hemingway. While I'm not going to go into exhaustive detail here, I really enjoyed the book and it was perfect to read on the beach. It's also inspired me to go back and read some of the original works, which I haven't done since early university days. However I do think you need to have a basic biographical knowledge of the man or you'll be a little bit lost.
Mrs Hemingway is a tough act to follow. and unfortunately the task fell to Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things. I do like Elizabeth Gilbert's writing. I know some people find it self-indulgent and whingey. But I enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love and Committed. But they're not up there with my favourites. And neither is the novel. It was good, but very long winded, and needed a sharper focus.
In a drastic change of direction, I'm now onto Zero to One. It's good so far. It's aimed at start-ups and entrepreneurs, and I'm hoping it's not one of this business books that could actually be summarised into three pages of bullet points instead of taking up pages and pages of waffle expanding on one very singular idea.
But I'll let you know.
Happy weekend wherever you are and whatever you might be getting up to.
Friday, October 24, 2014
|Private beach for miles|
I'm slowly coming back down to earth after having spent a wonderful week on the beaches of Mozambique at Massinga. No kids, no schedules, sleep ins and lots of books and walking (ok, there may have been some cocktails involved too....). It was pretty much sublime, but I would be lying if I said I didn't miss the little ones.
We had two days of sparkling, beautiful weather and two days of rain, but that's how it is at the beach I suppose. The resort was lovely, although a little bit more out of the way than I expected (it took a full day of travelling to arrive there, using various forms of transport, including train, plane, ferry and shuttle) but was well worth it.
I managed to get a large amount of reading in, and I'll share those books with you soon in another post.
|View from our patio|
|The deceptively steep walk to the beach|
I've come back in a rather strange frame of mind, I have to admit. Sort of a hyper-awareness that the year is drawing to a close, and with the twins off to nursery next year I will have the time and energy for new challenges. So I'm in a bit of a reflective mood about what this means for my next chapter.
I'm dusting off my portfolio and my contacts book and trying to feel excited about the opportunities that could lie ahead, rather than daunted by challenge and emptiness and questions of 'what now?'
Monday, September 22, 2014
Well, hello Monday.
I must say I am relieved to get a little Monday peace and quiet, where I can catch up with my computer, commune with my emails and tick of a few items from the old to-do list.
Not that weekends aren't great. It's just that at the moment with two nearly-18-month olds they're not very weekend-y. No switching off time and the dishes that multiply everytime I blink.
But I do really have to remind myself that it's all about attitude at this stage, and I thought the little poem above very appropriate, as things are full of wild and giggles and wiggles around here lately.
A few other things that have been on my mind over the weekend and on my list for the week ahead:
- The great furniture hunt continues. I've discovered Mezzanine Interiors who have some really beautiful occasional chairs. Now we just have to see how elastic that budget can be..
- I'm always on the lookout for a good book, and I've Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood spoken of very highly. I'll let you know if it's any good.
- The reason I'm on the hunt for a new book is this! In three weeks time we will be here Massinga Beach in Mozambique. And the kidlets with the various grandparents. We booked months and months ago and I can't believe it's nearly here. I think all I'm going to do today is watch the image slideshow on the website and dream of some "barefoot luxury"...sigh!
- Oh, and in case you forgot, the Rock a Baby Fair is on at Juta Street this weekend. It's going to be great, and the 2-for-1 special is still on tickets, so don't miss out.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I cannot begin to tell you how absolutely thrilled, thrilled, that spring is finally here! It is probably my favorite time of the year, with blossoms blossoming and new green leaves shooting all over the place, and blue skies and warm temperatures and mornings with light streaming into the windows as I wake up. My children probably already think I'm mad as I shout "blossoms!" at every pink or white tree we drive past these days.
But I don't care, I'm just so happy to throw off the bleak winter and know an entire summer lies stretched before us.
|Michael rocking the barber's chair|
|Nothing quite like Sunday snoozes...|