A Blog A Day Challenge – Your Earliest Memory – Day 7

Growing up on a small holding in Chartwell was tough for an up and coming socialite. At that stage, the closest shop was at Fourways Mall and to get there by ox cart took ages. I jest. We had a cream Jetta, but close enough.

Now, I’m not sure if this is my earliest memory, but its one of the strongest. 

It was a Saturday and we were harvesting the fields playing in the garden and I had been harassing mom and dad to take me to the pet store for a fish tank. I’m pretty sure I was close to getting a klap from dad after a while, so I’m still surprised by how he caved. Dad never caves, he has the resistance of 2 day old porridge left in the fridge.

“Fine, get in the car let’s go” he aid “We’re not wasting bladdy time there either” I also recall vague threats about bringing home another dog over his dead body. 

I couldn’t believe my luck! I was finally going to venture past the gates of the plot and go shopping – still a favourite pastime.

I had been saving up my pocket money (yes, all those R2’s cleaning the horse shed had really paid off) and was eager to blow my loot on a tank, a stand and a few mortally challenged goldfish. 

Shortly thereafter the tank was purchased, cleaned and set up in my room. I don’t think the fish lasted very long and were soon replaced with 2 tiny turtles given to me by our local GP up the road. You cant make this stuff up. Once the turtles lost their charm the hamster obsession took place and soon I was breeding the things like…well…rodents. One hamster in particular – her name was Mole – had several tiny babies the one morning. A few hours later I walked in to witness her eating the last of them. A few days later my dog Touser jumped into the tank and ate Mole.

The circle of life. Sometimes it just ‘aint pretty.

 

 

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A Blog A Day Challenge – Something For Your Kids To Know – Day 6

Husband and I have been talking about having kids (not now, calm down mom). It’s the next step, I’m helluva broody and I think we will make damn good parents.

I grew up right. More than right. My brother and I said please and thank you for everything. So much so, that when I moved to America in 2002 as an exchange student, I lived for a brief period of time with a lady from the local Rotary Club. On my 3rd morning there she took me grocery shopping. After about 5 minutes of cruising the aisles, seeking vegetarian food in a cluster of pop-tarts and Big Jim turkey dinners,  she turned to me and said ‘You really don’t need to say please after every thing I ask you – they’re just apples”. The thing is, I will still say please and thank you – and yes, for something as small as ‘dem apples’. 

I’m deliberately choosing to change the topic of today’s blog to ‘Something I want to teach my (future) children.’ After all, the more kids I see on television raping, pillaging, murdering and taking selfies, the more I feel the need to instill what my parents did in me. 

1. Be polite. 

2. Be kind.

3. Learn to love what you have and don’t rely on the superficial things. (We loved in the garden, my brother and I, except between 5 and 7 when MNET had ‘Open Time’ on for us po’ folk.)

4. Know the difference between right and wrong. I call ‘bullshit’ on anyone defending a child over the age of 5 for doing something morally wrong. Why? Because they are old enough to know better. 

5. Be kind to everyone you meet. That extends to animals.

6. Respect others and their property

7. Hidings will not kill you. I promise

8. Work for your money**. Appreciate anything that has been given to you free of charge.

9. Eat nutritious and healthy meals

10. Read a damn book. Learn. Knowledge is key. 

**So I was about 5 years old and my father asked me to clean the chicken coops and horse stables (I grew up on a plot). It took me several hours and was honestly back breaking work. Afterwards, he handed me a R2 coin (thanks, dad). I was absolutely gutted. So kids, work hard for your money but don’t let them old folk walk right over you.

 

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A Blog A Day Challenge – Best Advice You Ever Got – Day 5

Birds of a feather flock together, right? So naturally the friends and family I have are just the brightest and smartest of them all. 

In terms of advise though, I can’t seem to recall the best piece of advise I’ve ever received – I suppose lessons happen throughout your life, and there are times when you need different pieces of advise from different people.

Some of the ones that stick out for me however:

“Good better best, never stop to rest, until your good is better and your better is best”

I think this is my favourite one ever – My Opa always said this to me and learning this little poem is one of my earliest memories. I try and apply it to most things I do. Except Excel – Excel is dumb. 

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“You know how you take a screen-grab on your iPhone? Do that with your eyes every few seconds, take in everything.”

My friend Amy said this to me moments before walking down the aisle. I was so focused on looking around and literally taking in everything that  only realised when I got to the end that Barry was even there. Oops.

“This too shall pass”

No idea where I first heard this , or from who – but man alive it could not be more true. From anything ranging from debt, to heartbreak to a stiff bum after squats…. it passes friends. Sit tight and be strong.

“It’s too soon to panic”

Barry the husband tells me this at-least once a week. Whether it’s to quell my nerves at the start of a race, if I’m stressed at work or if something I want done hasn’t been done like RIGHT AWAY. Wise guy (most of the time) this one. 

“Dont burn your bridges”

Unless they’re a c*nt, in which case, I’ll hand you the matches. 

And some more favourites. In picture form. 

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A Blog A Day Challenge – Your Favourite 5 Blogs – Day 4

This is a tricky one for me – I follow so many blogs that it’s almost impossible narrowing them down to 5. But, here goes:

1. Local is Lekker (and verskriklike funny)

SheBee

Sheena is a hoot. Let me tell ya. The day I stumbled across her blog I literally did no work. Not an email was answered and not a fuck was given. At one point I laughed so hard I had a little wee. Some of my faves from her blog include this post and this. Oh Sheena, you had me at ‘Rapey Ghosts”.

2. When makeup is your obsession…

Maskcara

Her name is Cara (hence, blog name Maskcara – get it?) and she looks like an angel sent to earth to bring us tales of primer and lotions, shadows and potions. She also seems really lovely – as in she wouldn’t mind if I arrived unannounced at her house and asked to live with her forever kind of nice. Her site is full of actual useful information – she’s not all like ‘Everybody suits a red lip’ because, kuk. Cara, you are my lesbian girl crush. I heart you proper.

3. Why buy when you can make?

Shanty2Chic

The 2 Shanty sisters make the most amazing stuff out of barely nothing at all. I love their fresh ideas, frugality and how they make up-cycling look like something bought, not like that revolting home-made tie dyed t-shirt you made as a kid and then gave to your dad on Fathers Day. I don’t have a favourite post from them, because every post is my favourite. My husband rues the day I ever stumbled across this site, because now every single weekend includes a ‘SuperFunAndEasyIPromise project!’ for us to do.

4. It’s so pretty I want to eat it.

The Pretty Blog

Again, 2 ladies making magic with words and images. My pretty Blog obsession started when I was planning our wedding. I spent all my free time perusing the real life weddings, DIY ideas and images, while spilling drool on my iMac. I’m still a little bit burnt that our wedding didn’t feature on their site – what, do they have rocks in their head!? – but I forgive them. because they gave me so much inspiration for our big day. Pretty Blog. I like you, like a lot.

5. ‘Cos you can never have too much of a good thing. And by good thing I mean lipstick.

The Beauty Department

Remember a time when MTV played music videos? It was around this time that they also spewed out Reality TV shows focused on blonde 20-somethings all boning each other, breaking up and then doing it all over again. Meet Lauren Conrad – ex The Hills ‘star’ turned fashionista and beauty blogger. Her site is delicious. The Beauty Department shows you, in easy step by step ways, how to make the best out of yourself. Look, it does help if you happen to look like Lauren herself, but a girl can dream.

That’s my round up of my top 5. I would love some suggestions from you, smart readers, on who to follow. Please leave any blog suggestions in the comments and I will toddle on over and check ’em out. Hell – use this time to promote your site – chances are I would love reading our stuff but just have no idea how to find you!

 

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Blog A Day Challenge – The Meaning of Your Blog Name – Day 2

When I first started writing this blog, we had just adopted our gorgeous little boy ‘Rupert’. A 5 week old cute as a button Boston Terrier, who crawled his way into our hearts the instant we met him. 

For anyone who has ever owned a Boston Terrier, you’ll be familiar with the side-of-the-head tilt that screams curiosity, disapproval and bewilderment all at once.

When I was naming the blog I thought about that tilt of the head and what it stood for, and reckoned if Rupert could talk it would be full of sarcasm, disapproval, a smidgen of humour and probably requests for more food. I decided there and then to name my blog ‘Rupert Approves’. Ironically, the older he’s got, the less he does. A bit like me I suppose. 

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A Blog A Day Challenge

I’m a big fan of Instagram’s ‘Photo A day’ Challenge. If you don’t know what that is – it’s a list of 30/31 words put together which you have to take a pic of and post that day. it’s a great way to keep those creative juices flowing and find inspiration in every day occurrences. 

The other day, whilst browsing Pinterest, I stumbled upon a ‘Blog a Day’ challenge. Same concept – use that days title and write a blog post on it.

 

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Some are silly, some are easy and some are fun – but either way I thought it would be a fun challenge to try.

I start tomorrow.

Have any other bloggers ever tried this or are going to attempt to do this with me?

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Win With Forever New

The first 5 day week in ages and we’re all feeling the pain. I don’t know about you, but this week has been revolting. Work deadlines, traffic madness, lack of sleep and a fine for an expired licence disk on my car have left me very grumpy.

The only cure for grumpy Kate is retail therapy. Luckily for me the kind folk at Forever New have given me a 30% discount voucher off anything at their stores. Lucky for you – they’ve given me an extra one which I am giving to one lucky reader.

To win, simply comment on this blog post. Bribery wont work, but you can try.

The winner will be announced on Monday morning. Good Luck!

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Good Luck!

Ts &C’s

1. Voucher has to be redeemed at Forever New in Fourways Mall but can be used at any Forever New store in SA

2. Voucher valid only between 23 and 27 May

3. Voucher not valid on sale items or at Edgars stores

4. Maximum 20 items purchased per voucher allowed.

***UPDATE***

Congratulations to @RobsieM who has won the voucher – random.org has chosen you to look fabulous with some new Forever New goodies 🙂 Please email me with your details – katenicolekearney@gmail.com

 

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It Was a Beer Drinking, Night Racing, Art Viewing, Wine Tasting, Fromage Gubbling, Soweto Viewing Kinda Weekend

I don’t often write about my weekend or what went down – but this was such an interesting one that I wanted to share. 

You may remember me giving away tickets to the Energizer Soweto Night race a few weeks back. Well, the event took place on Saturday and I’m so glad we braved the cold and distance to attend.

We took part in the 10 km ‘trail’ race – and although it started off really slowly due to the dark, the cold, the crowds and the extreme bottle necking – it was one of the best races I have ever taken part in. We decided from the start that we were going to take it super easy and just enjoy the sights and sounds – and I’m so glad we did. (It’s also the first race I’ve done where I had beers before the race…highly recommended!)

Soweto has a vibe like non other, and for the full 10kms we were surrounded by cheering fans, high-fiving kids, impromptu directional singers, smells, sights and sounds. A highlight for me was running next to Bruce Fordyce for several minutes, joking about how this would be the slowest race we had ever done. 

For anyone who has ever trail ran (runned? ron?) you will know how it’s courtesy of the person infront to signal and point if there’s an upcoming obstruction – such as “rock”, “ditch” “water”. You get the vibe right? Let me tell you, running through the dark streets of Soweto means the obstructions are somewhat different. Just a few I heard, and called out, were: “Pothole”, “Taxi”, “Dog”…”Toilet”. Only in Africa!

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On Sunday, to celebrate Mother’s Day and my Dad’s 60th we went to the Nirox Art and Wine Fair. Nirox has got to be one of my favourite places, and Nirox plus art plus wine is easily a winning combination.

My cousin Olivia is out visiting from The States on her FOUR MONTH Summer vay-cay, and she (along with Aunts, Uncles, friends and cousins) joined us for the day out.

Just lovely!

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Mom, Gran and Gill (Aunt)

 

 

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Kearney’s – We hate being in the spotlight. 

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I love this piece. It’s titled “Man after divorce” or something like that. 

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It's Our House-Baby!

In January of this year Barry and I decided that 2014 was the year we would buy a house. Not a cluster in a complex, a house house, with rambling gardens, DIY and fixer upper opportunities, a pool, a covered patio and room to run around. A few large trees were also a plus. We gave ourselves a year and our deadline was Christmas time – so we could have people round in groups, and not invite them Noah style – in groups of two’s.

We told everyone about this house, we stared lovingly at the sales brochure and I spent my days Pinterist’ing imaginary furniture into rooms that did not belong to us. We decided (despite the slight over-budget part) that we would make an offer.

To cut a long story short (cue offer being accepted, then lost, then accepted again, The current house we owned that needed selling, sold, then lost, then sold again) we were finally told the place was ours.

You know when new moms say giving birth and looking at your perfect, new infant is the most awe inspiring feeling on earth? Well guys, we gave birth (C section of course) to a one story 3 bedroom child. She’s not new, she’s not perfect, but she’s ours.

Because the folk who bought our house were moving from Durban we had to move relatively quickly – which meant a few months of occupational rent and ‘don’t touch ’till its yours‘ rules. Well today friends, the house was lodged and it is now 100% FNB’s ours.

Cue champagne and excited pig like squeals!

So here she is, our number 73 pride and joy – I cant wait to tuck in, fix ‘er up and make this into a home.

Also, if you’re an out of work landscaper or interior decorator looking for some pro bono work… you know where to come.

(These photos are all taken before we moved in, so yes, we do have furniture and food. And wine, It’s very important to stay hydrated)Image

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…And the lived in debt happily ever after!

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One, Two, Tri-Rock

After finishing the Half Iron Man in January last year, swore I would never do another triathlon, let alone a Half Iron Man distance.

“2014 will be about making babies and buying homes” I’d exclaimed.

Well, the jokes on me, because I’ve agreed to do another one in October this year. OCTOBER people. I’m the fattest and most unfit I’ve ever been (swear, I nearly lost my breath walking up the office stairs this morning) so this is going to be a challenge. Thank goodness I’ve roped in my friend Shannon who is up for anything, so I will have a training partner. There are also a few friends who are doing it as well, so its going to be vibey and enjoyable (I hope).

Tri Rock takes place in Durban on 10 October. 

Is anyone else taking part? 

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