I know I’m quite early posting about Mothers’ day as it’s about two weeks away, but I want to give you a bit of a head start in implementing the ideas I’ll be suggesting. In my home, as with every other special day we try to give a bit more than the standard and with my special days: birthday, the anniversary of one divorce and mother’s day. The children — and friends on divorce day — organise gifts and activities that have lasting value.
April 30, 2012 by the Sleep Walker
April 26, 2012 by the Sleep Walker
I have been driving for a while now, well since I was 18 I but won’t tell you how long that has been, I don’t want you doing your maths. In all those — let’s say 10 years — of driving I have picked up and stuck to four principles by which I drive. When I was 15 and my dad was teaching me how to drive in my mother’s jalopy that looked a lot like the car above; it was vintage and a bold colour, a car that would soon become my first. He said “get in the car and put your seat belt on.” That’s the lesson I treasure above all else.
April 25, 2012 by the Sleep Walker
I am a grown woman and I’ve been on this planet for a few decades. I have seen a lot of trends come and go, I’ve worn things in my teens that my mother wore in her teens — among my friends I was the queen of vintage — a photograph of my mother and daddy on a date looks a lot like a photograph my brothers and i took on the beach in the South Coast, the only difference being our ages. The most enduring trend however has been thin. That thin is better and more beautiful. I can remember as far back as lower primary where most of my peers and I were still chubby and one little girl called another little girl fat on the playground.
April 24, 2012 by the Sleep Walker
This past weekend I went through what, though very common it the cycle of raising children, was quite traumatic. My baby joined the almost grown world of his older siblings. Soon he’ll be going to the mall by himself, watching movies and have no need to ask his mum (who’ll then be muuuum…) about the plot. This past weekend my young Mister went to get his first professional haircut.
April 23, 2012 by the Sleep Walker
I hope you had a wonderful Earth day yesterday and that you participated in an act of Earth appreciation. If you did I’d be delighted to see your pictures and to read about your events, please do send me links.
This coming Wednesday is going to be World Malaria Day and I find myself asking “what can I do?” “What can I contribute to the fight?”
April 20, 2012 by the Sleep Walker
I love my music videos, they’re like a short note the artist sends to their fans to tell the story more – there are people who get audio and get lyrics the first time around and there are people who need a short film to explain where the artist was at when they wrote the song… Beyoncé is known for shooting videos for every song on the CD, this tells me that she doesn’t view them as mere marketing but as another way to tell the story. The public’s need for elaboration on the story of a song is the reason Justin Bieber is in the Guinness Book of records for the most popular video of any kind online, currently standing at a bit over 600-millionYouTube views. I love Rihanna, her music, style and evolution as an artist. What I have found myself loving even more than her red-head transition, are the bedrooms she features in her music videos.It all started with Take a bow, where her growth started to emerge; I wanted that bedroom to be my future Queen-dom.
April 19, 2012 by the Sleep Walker
That should be: good food, good wine and good company but all I really care about is the food aspect. Today is the first day of the Taste of Cape Two, which will run from today until Sunday the 22nd of April 2012. I haven’t been to the festival in two years and luckily I am flying down to Cape Town on Saturday morning, which means good food!
April 18, 2012 by the Sleep Walker
You know me as The Corporate Climber, and I’m a procrastinator. Well, when it comes to matters relating to my home, and personal matters as my mother would tell you, her longest standing theory for why I don’t have a partner. She has become open to the idea of a civil partner as opposed to husband. I believe she’s banking on the hope that when I find the man I’m willing to have as a civil partner I’ll fall so hard I’ll marry him on the spot. Well, a lavish spot that’ll take at least three months to book, surrounded by 350 of our closest friends.
In my capacity as procrastinator I’ve put off redoing my kitchen but I’m thinking about it more often lately.
April 17, 2012 by the Sleep Walker
I know that when we first got into the season known as autumn but usually expressed as winter here in South Africa, a lot of the Morning After ladies mentioned the cold to come. I have to confess though that I really have no idea what people mean when they speak of comfort eating in winter because the most decadent I get is making a rich oxtail soup (sorry, family recipe) or making a pot of Ma’ Zane’s traditional Zulu bread. It’s the same every year.
April 16, 2012 by the Sleep Walker
This coming Sunday, the 22nd of April, is going to be Earth day. You are forgiven if you didn’t know about it until now, as it’s not well publicised here at home. I personally think it should have been a made a mainstream media priority because that’s what people respond to. Though I believe that the pro-Earth fight should be a daily undertaking, I will not argue the effectiveness of annual events, but it doesn’t mean much when people don’t know about the day.