Tuesday, September 16, 2014

From my very first post to now

I recently rediscovered my first post. I had a little laugh at my younger self.

Here it is again with a few comments:

My favourite country is Spain. Still true
My favourite city is London. Not convinced, I did love Paris!
I'll drink any red wine, any where, every time. Not always. I do love bubbles
There’s not enough money in the world to get me to go back to the Canary Islands. still true
I like Japanese food and could eat sushi for breakfast, but my favourite favourite is Italian I'm a little over sushi. But I do still love my Italian
I speak English and Afrikaans. Yip
I like to pretend I know Dutch and German but I do know swear words in Spanish, Polish and German I've stopped speaking other languages and have lost the ability to fake it
I wish I had enough money to fly more each year always true
I like taking photos and I like sharing those photos – deal with is bit bossy hey? Yip yip, check out IG!!
I miss shopping in the markets in London. stiull true
My perfect holiday is an exploring trip – I like to learn as I go. True
I once bought a beautiful piece of furniture that serves no purpose other than to look pretty. Yeah, and it broke and now sits in our garage
I wish I could master the art of packing. I did!! I think I packed like a pro for Paris. Now to master weekend packing
I’d like to go into space if someone paid for the trip. Possibly, But I think there are other places I would prefer first
I don’t like driving over bridges. Still true
If I haven’t been anywhere in three months, I get antsy and bored so I go somewhere for a weekend but wish it was for a week.True until our accident this year. Now I don't mind being settled for a bit
I get annoyed by people who brag about where they have travelled. Share by all means, but don’t boast and look down on those of us who haven’t been there. All in our own time. The person who did this left my life. I'm doo now
I read maps for fun and I like to know where I’m going. hahaha! yip
Disney World is awesome and everyone should go there at least once. But be prepared to act like a 5 year old true!
I love eating foreign food and trying new or local dishes. true
I wish I had a better ear for languages. yeah but don't need it as much now that I travel less
I don’t have a strong desire to go to China, India and Vietnam. Nope, would love to go to Vietnam now
I wish I could go to the Maldives, Italy and Bali still true. But Italy first, Maldives later
I love looking at my old travel photos. true
My favourite place is the African bush. kinda feeling the beach more right now
I’ll easily spend a lot for an expensive meal but sleep on the floor if it will save me money. Not so sure I'd sleep on a floor anymore....

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Monday, September 15, 2014

New season means a spring in my step!

A lovely reader recently asked me "How are you doing?" and another reader asked for a little me update.

It made me think about how I am doing. With everything that's going, how am I doing?

I realised that I am good. And that means there is nothing to write about! Isn't it funny how we're happy to unload about the stuff that gets us down, but we don't get into the good days. Instead, we're happy to post photos about how lovely things are.

We're strange creatures aren't we?

So back to me.

I'm good.

Let's jump straight into the baby part. August was stressful for MrB, I was sick so we realised that it wasn't going to happen. And it was ok.
We had a great talk recently about where we are. MrB opened up and told me that a part of him think we won't ever have children. I did joke and say that maybe we should decide not to have children and use all our money to travel the world. But we both realised that we're ok with either option. It's as if that desperate need has left us. We're kinda ok with whatever happens. We're going to keep on trying, but we're no longer tracking ovulation and pee'ing on sticks to see if there is an LH surge.
This has been a huge thing for MrB and I only realised it after we had a good chat. He seems lighter, less stressed. The pressure is gone. WE are in a happy space. And that's a good place to be. In the end, it's about us and we need to be good as a couple regardless.

Financially it's not going so well. A little overspending has caught up to us. But it's ok, we're bonding over low cost dinners and appreciating freebies and events paid for months ago.

Work? Let's not go there. It pays the bills.

If you've been following my "get healthy get fit" journey then here is another update.
Following the July measurement this is where I stand now:

July figures:
Weight: XXkgs LESS 3kgs!!!
Chest: 97cm
Belly: 94cm
Bicep: 29cm
Hips: 114cm
Waist: 112cm
Thigh: 59cm
Bum: 117cm

And the August figures:
Weight: Still 3kgs - no change
Chest: 97cm
Belly: 93cm
Bicep: 28cm
Hips: 108cm
Waist: 104cm
Thigh: 57cm
Bum 116cm

I can feel the weightloss in my clothing. It's awesome! I did go to the store to try on some new clothes and my size hasn't changed. Bleh!

Exercise? Loving it. I'm doing the Kayla workouts because I have a focus and a challenge for gym. But I'm not following very strictly. I'm running and loving it. I've actually decided to ease off on the gym a bit and to focus on the running. I have the Soweto Marathon (10km) coming up in November and I want to get in shape for that.

If you do feel like seeing all my fitness posts, then follow along on IG - goclaudz

Maybe it's the change of season, maybe it's all the exercise, maybe it's just a lightness in the air - but I feel good, I'm happy. I'm in a good space.

Now, I just need to get myself more committed to Tables and Thyme and to build that little blog!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ridiculously Excited for Blogtober14

One of my most favourite bloggers - The Daily Tay - is hosting a one month long blog link up.
I'm in!
Please join in!!
Day 1. If you won the lottery you'd 
Day 2. Dream job when you were little/ what is it now?
Day 3. One Thing You Can't Live Without 
Day 4. Favorite Photo You've Posted on Instagram 
Day 5. Your Fall Bucket List
Day 6. 10 Things You'd tell yourself when you started blogging
Day 7. Best/Worst Vacation
Day 8. Letter To Yourself in 10 Years
Day 9. Best or Worst Halloween Memory #TBT
Day 10. I never thought blogging would...
Day 11. If you were president
Day 12. Best advice you've been given
Day 13. Favorite Fall recipe
Day 14. Funniest memory from childhood
Day 15. Favorite quote and why
Day 16. Fall fashion
Day 17. I'm an expert at...
Day 18. Share A Secret About You
Day 19. What makes you happy
Day 20. Your biggest fear
Day 21. Dream Vacation 
Day 22. Your Pet Peeves
Day 23. Favorite instagram editing apps/ or editing tools for your blog
Day 24. One Beauty Product You Can't Live without
Day 25. Favorite book
Day 26. Who'd play you in a movie
Day 27. A Letter to your Younger Self
Day 28. Things You're Superstitious about
Day 29. Most Embarrassing Moment
Day 30. Facts About You
Day 31. Halloween Costume Reveal 
You have been warned!
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Wherever I turn, there is too much information that shouldn't be there

I take a photo with my phone.
I send it to my husband
It's an innocent, non-sexual photo.
He leaves his phone on his desk at work. His colleague picks it up, sees the photo and decides to take a photo to share with someone. That person loads it onto a social media site
The photo I took was of me, intended for my husband. It has now been shown to more people than intended. I am judged for the photo I took. I am judged for sharing the photo. I am made to feel like a terrible person.

I Skype a friend and repeat a joke that was made with another colleague
The one line of the conversation is copied and sent to the person mentioned. The rest of the conversation is not shared.
That person is angry at me. They decide to tell our manager. I have a disciplinary hearing. The entire conversation was taken out of context. But the damage has been done.

 (These are examples and have not actually happened to me)

I am a sharer. I love to share information. I like to take photos and share them with people.
I believe most people out there are good. That they are innocent and don't have bad intentions.

Between the celeb photos that have been released and a discussion on the law of social media, I have been reminded this week that I have a very naïve outlook on the world.

When people choose NOT to share information, why do we still insist that we want it? Why do we want to take what has been shared and turn it into something twisted and evil?

If I take a photo of myself and keep it on my phone, possibly showing my husband, my intention is for that to remain private. It's a my moment, my photo, my body. I chose to share it with a specific person. How does it become that person's right to share it with someone else? It's an invasion of my privacy! It's also theft of the my property.

But when does this become "public property"? When I decided to work in the spotlight? Or because nothing is private anymore? Because if any of my work colleagues decided that a photo I took is open to them, then I would be shocked and disgusted.

On the flipside, why do we share information so happily?

Look at my selfie!
Look at the photo of my house!
Look at the route I ran today! (with map)
Look at all of this on an account you can find so easily if you want to do anything to me!!

Have we created our own nightmare?
A world where we share information so happily. But selectively. Please don't look at the stuff I don't want you to see.

Look at my house! But don't look at the cracks in the walls
Look at me my bikini on the beach! Don't look at me in my underwear
Look at me with make up on!! don't look at my first thing.

Is this the bad we have to take with the good? Is the price we pay?

The only private place is in my head. How long before that is no longer so?
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

It's like being back in highschool, except it's a blog

I was clearing my mailbox and I found this old email. I decided to take it and use it as a blog post. This way you get to find out a bit more about me without me having to share stuff. Get it?

I've had a busy week so my mind is a little lazy. We're planning a relaxed weekend at home and I'm so excited!



FIRST SCHOOL: Red Balloon (Little School!)
FIRST CELL PHONE: Ericsson (before they merged with Sony)
FIRST FUNERAL: My great grandfather
FIRST PET:  A dog - Gwen
FIRST FLIGHT: to Port Elizabeth
FIRST CELEBRITY CRUSH:  Richard Dean Anderson (Magyver)

FIRST TIME OUT OF THE COUNTRY?: Besides Lesotho, Switzerland
FIRST JOB: I painted t-shirts and sold them to friends at school. Waitressing after that


LAST PERSON YOU HUGGED: Besides MrB, Nomsah - for her birthday
LAST CAR RIDE: This morning to get to work

LAST ITEM BOUGHT: some online shopping - a Bench hoodie
LAST TIME AT THE MALL: Last Friday (one week agao)
LAST TIME YOU WERE EXCITED FOR SOMETHING: I'm pretty excited to do nothing this weekend! I was excited to be at the Girl Geek Dinner this week
LAST PERSON YOU SAW:  Andz - she's sitting right next to me
LAST PERSON THAT BROKE YOUR HEART: I had a friend break my heart last year


NEXT PERSON YOU'LL TALK TOO:  probably Andz since she is sitting next to me
NEXT VACATION:  No idea :( (we had to use our savings so no money for a year-end break!)
NEXT THING YOU WANT TO BUY:  I would love to get some new workout clothes but I'll probably getting some brackets this weekend (exciting!!)
NEXT THING YOU WILL EAT: Celery sticks and peanut butter (to cancel out the nachos)
NEXT ROAD TRIP: Not soon enough! Nothing planned though


FAVOURITE FOOD: I'm having a Mexican phase at the moment, but love sushi, pizza, burgers
FAVORITE JOB: The one where I get paid to travel the world
FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORLD: By the sea, somewhere in nature
FAVORITE TV SHOW: of all time? Friends. Right now? Not too sure, maybe The 100.
FAVORITE WEBSITE: my feedly page :) can I punt https://tablesandthyme.co.za ?
FAVORITE SONG: I'm in a folksy mood and loving Gregory Alan Isakov today.
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