Intro and Recent Photo – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Shit, day one and I’m already procrastinating. I just asked my colleague Lucy to take a recent photo of me. Vanity prevents me from posting it. I have under eye bags and wrinkles. In lieu of that – here’s a photo of who I’d rather look like; Blake Lively.

You’re welcome.

About Me

I have the eye wrinkles of a woman twice my age, but am in-fact only 30. I say only because my Oma has just turned 90 (today!) which means the ladies in my family live forever, so I’ve got some good years left in this ol’ engine. I live in Jukskei Park (Johannesburg) in a our lovely new (old) home with my lovely husband Barry and our 2 dogs Rupert and Bella.

I grew up in Chartwell to mom Ingrid, dad Mike and brother John-Michael. I have a blog post planned about them so wont go into too much detail about them right now. They’re a hoot – so watch this space.

It’s hard to write about oneself. No matter what you say, you’re bound to come off the wrong way. But I’ll try.

I am an A type perfectionist and will seldom give up on an idea once I have it. Just ask my husband. I drive him nuts with things that I want done yesterday, when I’ve only thought of them today. My mind is always busy. Because of this, I multitask like a bitch and can easily do several things at once, successfully. I sleep badly – must be due to the brain-never-off thing and I am guaranteed to wake up at 5 am on a Saturday, and 8 am on a weekday.

I adore dogs. Like, I mean, adore. I’m convinced that the solution for a patient in respiratory failure is not actually a defibrillator but rather a bucket full of puppies. Who wouldn’t want to not live for that? Apart from dogs, I adore all animals (except horses, sorry) and am happiest when around, surrounded or close to them. That being said, I’m far too emotional when it comes to cruelty of animals and will cry longer and harder at the thought of an ill-done by animal than human (again, sorry).

I adore my red wine and have a glass every night. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate unless its a white Lindt ball or Speckled Eggs. I love salad, sushi cheese and noodles and could pretty much eat those for the remainder of my days. Cooking is my happy place – unless its 8pm after a long day in which case its an ‘eat what you get given or shut up kind of meal’.

I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years. I had a pet sheep who was killed and eaten and haven’t eaten red meat or pork since.

I desperately want a pet pig, some chickens and a sheep and I’ve already named them all in my head (my pig will be Norman).

I spend my spare and free time reading, browsing on Pinterest, shopping, cooking, and making said things on Pinterest. I’m currently going through a home decor phase and have a pile of pallets lying in my garden waiting to be turned in to something beautiful.

When I have a bit more time, and lack of sense, I like to enter races and compete with myself to do something I never thought possible. I took up triathlons a few years ago, and have just entered a Half Iron Man distance called ‘Tri Rock’ in December. I adore running and am most fond of trail running.

I care too much and will always remember the little things to make others feel special – I sometimes expect too much in return and am very often disappointed when I don’t get it.

My weakness would be makeup and skincare and have been an avid collector since I was young. I’m still convinced I will end up in this line of work one day.

I’m a girly girl who isn’t afraid to rough it (except for camping. Negative on the camping).

I have a seriously cool group of friends and am a people collector. You’re never too old to make new friends, and some of my best friends are the ones who have only been in my life for a few years. I would give my life for the people I love and am loyal to almost the end. There have been friendships lost along the way, but they needed to be dropped – they were more toxic than healthy.

I’m a stickler for time and may just be the most punctual person I know. there are times when I have tried my hardest to be just a little bit late, and have failed miserably every time.

I’m funny. Thank god, because I’m not the smartest person around. My wit and humour often gets used as a defense mechanism, and I think, to my detriment. I’m generally always happy and laughing and therefore don’t show how I’m really feeling. ‘Keep the peace’ is my motto.

I cannot tell left from right, read a map or understand a spreadsheet. I leave cupboard doors open and seem to collect crap wherever I go. I talk too fast, and sometimes over people but it’s never with ill intent.

I cannot do a step class and have trouble remembering directions. I cry when I’m frustrated. I’m an ugly cryer.

I love the taste of ginger and hate fennel. I only like liquorice if it’s salty or has that pink filling. I have toilet anxiety and despise having dirty feet. I’m terrified of spiders and centipedes and am convinced I’m going to die in a freak accident (picture a geyser falling on my head, or a kite string slicing my throat open) but, I really hope not.

I’m very attracted to a good conversation and someone who can make me laugh. I despise sulkers and people who cannot communicate.

I am a tech nerd and will always smell an electronic as soon as its come out of the box. Speaking of smells – my favourite is a struck match (reminds me of Christmas) and my worst is body odour and browning mince. I am a sucker for a good set of calves and big shiny white teeth.

I tweet, Instagram, take photos and gorge on Buzzfeed when I have time. I will shout at a radio DJ when they’re being useless or stupid (most of the time).

I try my hardest and do my bit and expect the same from others around me.

I’m me. And damn proud of it.

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1 Comment

  1. Well said. Warts and all. As your father I couldn’t have put it better. Just one correction, it was in fact more than one pet sheep that we fed to you (oh, and don’t forget the bunny rabbits). You saw your first sheep pomp at about age 7, but I really don’t want to know what that did to you.

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