Thursday, August 28, 2014

The day I ate poo. A shitty story for Gaelyn

Gaelyn tagged me in a little post challenge and in my reply I mentioned how I had eaten shit.
She asked me to tell the story....
here it is
It's not terribly exciting. It's not particularly funny.
If you're South African, you may be familiar with "Bok Drol Spoeg"
Basically it's a game where you take antelope dung (those round little pellets) and try to spit them as far as possible.
This often happens when you're in the bush for friends. Ok, this often happens with my friends.
It's fun, it's competitive. It's a little bit daring.
During a coffee stop while on a game drive last year, the challenge came around.
Who could spit some Impala dung the furtherer than anyone else?
MrB had a few goes
My SIL had a few goes
My turn
It's the moment where you avoid the little ball of poo being in your mouth for too long.
You place it on your tongue.
You get ready
You try to aim
You fire
Except as you think you're firing, someone makes you laugh.
The shit ball stays in your mouth
Reflex kicks in (I think)
You teeth lock down
You end up chewing the poo bean
You swallow
Shit! I just ate SHIT!!!
It's mostly grass. It's harmless
Whatever, it's still SHIT!
And that, dear Gae, is the day I ate poo.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Be bold, be pretty, be bright, be funny - can't I just be me?

I'm putting myself out there.
And I'm finding that being "just me" may not be enough.

I started this blog for me. Not for you the reader or for the media or the freebies. I wanted my space to say my say.

My family didn't know about the blog (they still don't). My friends didn't know about the blog. If you read my recent post on my being shy, you'll know that recently my blog life has collided with my real life.

Part of putting myself out there and getting past shy me, has been my food blog. I'm putting the linking in my bio. I'm creating a Facebook page (which you have to like by the way - please, pretty please! yes, shameless begging), I'm linking up and meeting people.

I'm faced with the fear again - will they like me? Is my personal brand enough?

There are cliques and circles of girls who have been working together for years. Most girls are connected to the industry and have connections to get the goods that drive the traffic.

Everyone seems so pretty, so well dressed, so beautifully groomed.
I feel like I'm back at highschool watching the "cool girls".

It's got me wondering if being me will be enough?
I'm honestly too old to change to try to fit in. And we know that that doesn't really work anyway.

Can I just be me? Will that be enough to keep me in the game for the long term?

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Write Stuff Workshop

This past Saturday I attended the LadyBloggers Write Stuff Workshop.
This was the first time I was openly putting myself out there as a blogger.
It was definitely not useful to me as a PLPS blogger. I'm happy in my own world where I can post what I want to, get my feelings out there and interact with the blogging friends I've made.
But for the new food blog, Tables and! it was beyond usefull.
I learnt about the value of the content I put on my blog. How to structure posts and how to share the posts. I learnt a little about Google analytics and SEO. Where to put what words. I learnt about connecting with people to spread the blog word.
If you're serious about blogging and turning it into more than a personal space, I highly recommend connecting with LadyBloggers.
One of the highlights was meeting Stacey Vee. WOW but she is cool. I was a little giggly school girl in front of her. She is just so lovely, so cool....I just love her.
And she complimented my writing.
I glowed for the rest of the day.
I won a prize for the my headline!
This made me super confident and 100% certain that I want to have a food blog and I want to do more than just vent my emotions.

How cure is this cupcake? We each received one as part of our good bag!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

25 Things You Don't Know About Me

I feel like sharing.....and as I shared a few memories from my past with friends this week, I thought I would steal Meg's post and share "25 Things You Don't Know About Me"

So, let me tell you a few things about me that I don't think you knew.......

  1. As part of a drinking game, I once had a Rhino Beetle walk on my tongue.
  2. When I was 16, my friends and I decided to get our belly buttons pierced. We did this while visiting the National Arts Festival in a dodgy looking arty caravan.....And then we went to a Springbok Nude Girls concert.
  3. I learnt to drive when I was 13 but had to wait until I was 18 to get my driver's license (obviously because that's the legal age in SA).
  4. When I was 14 I tie-dyed t-shirts and painted pixies on them to sell to my friends to make extra money
  5. I am allergic to oranges, pineapples and kiwis. These allergies developed in my twenties. I used to eat whole pineapples until the allergy developed in 2009.
  6. Heights freak me out. I tried to go up the Eiffel Tower but went crazy after the first stage.
  7. MrB is 6 years younger than me. This means that when we hang out with most of our friends I am the oldest in the group and he is the youngest. It works for us.
  8. My family is Afrikaans. Everyone - parents, grandparents, cousins etc. My brother and I both married English people and we now only speak English to each other. My Afrikaans is getting worse.
  9. Once, while visiting in Knysna, we picked up a stray dog and almost took him home. Until we realised he had a collar and probably belonged to a lovely family. So we took him back to the restaurant where the owner was waiting!
  10. I enjoyed sport at school and played netball (because I was tall and there were too many awesome hockey players for me to make a team) as well as athletics. I used to run the 100m and 200m sprints and I was pretty good at long jump and high jump
  11. I have a birth mark on my right leg that is situated halfway between my mom's and my dad's.
  12. On my left arm I have two scars where a friend burnt me with his lighter.
  13. When I lived in the UK I only had 20 pounds to live off for two weeks. My flip flops broke. So I bought a magazine with free flip flops. I wore those for just over 1 year, with pride!
  14. Years ago I had to bake chocolate cake. For some reason I just couldn't get it right. Three cakes later I ended up cutting out squares of chocolate cake and iced it as mini cakes.
  15. I had two sort of serious boyfriends before I met MrB. If my life had been different and I married either one of these two boys, my initials would have been CB anyway. I was destined to be CB.
  16. I was named after my mom's mom. Her maiden name started with a B and until she married my grandpa, her initials was CB.
  17. When I lived in the UK, I lived in a small town and didn't know anyone. I music concert was taking place in a town nearby. So I bought a train ticket and went to watch the show. All by myself.
  18. One of my favourite scarves is almost 10 years old. It was left behind at the hotel where I worked and was part of guest lost property for 1 year. The head housekeeper was cleaning out the unclaimed products and handed me the scarf because it "suited my colouring".
  19. While promoting alcohol at the KKNK in Oudtshoorn we didn't have milk so we added the alcopop "Hooch" to our cereal. It was the grapefruit flavour and we figured it's a breakfast beverage
  20. On my first trip to Spain my dad chose a brown leather jacket for me. I still have it but I think I've worn it once.
  21. Don't come to me for a shoulder to cry on. I don't do empathy very well. If you want practical advise or straightforward answers then I am your girl.
  22. Two weeks before my matric dance I accidentally dyed my hair black. The only way we could get it back to a more natural, prettier colour was to cut it short. But the hairdresser didn't factor in the curl in my hair. I had really really short hair for a long time.
  23. I love lavender. When I see some, I must touch it and smell it. I will even break off a piece and keep it in my pocket. But I hate artificial lavender.
  24. My first car was stolen outside my flat in Cape Town. On the day I had a big exam. After the exam stitches had to be removed from my hand. That night a bomb went off in a club in Cape Town and I was standing outside when it happened, about 200m away.
  25. I once went partying with friends in Spain. I was the only girl. The last bar we went to turned out to be a strip club. That was my first strip club experience.
So tell me something that I don't know about you! Or join in with your own 25 things!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!

Let's share 5 random things!

This weekend MrB and I will be painting. Drinking wine and painting I might add. I love hubby for joining me on this! I've already picked a spot for our beautiful artwork. The event is sold out and is being held at one of our favourite restaurants. Excited much? I'll share all about the event over at Tables and Thyme

I saw the Kayla Itsines workout. Boy oh boy but it's not easy. It's a little scary and definitely intimidating. But if you are committed and willing to follow it, wow the rewards!

Plot for Peace poster at the London Première

We went to watch Plot for Peace this week. If you like history and want to understand a bit more of what happened in South Africa, then I highly recommend this movie. It's actually something that every South Africa should watch. It's incredible how one person can change three countries future.

I had dinner with a friend this week. Just the two of us. It was so nice having girl time for a change. I love hanging out with hubby as he always makes everyone laugh. But sometimes it's nice to be with a girl-friend, talking about girl stuff. And not drama or tears or issues....just stuff. Pity about the food though (review will be on Tables and Thyme next week)

Max attached all my stuff on Monday. He took my shoes into the garden (luckily he didn't chew the shoes), the ate the personalised ribbon that had just been delivered, he chewed his grooming brush and.....he ate all 8 of my newly potted plants. He left all MrB's stuff. So guess who was in the dog box? We've been looking at creative affordable ways to keep puppy happy while we're out for the day (we gotta work you know!)

Share your 5 random things too!
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