Thursday, March 16, 2017

Morning shenanigans

At home

What I heard:
While having my morning cup of tea sitting comfortably on the couch in the lounge, I saw my kitten, Luna jump on the kitchen counter.
“Luna!” I yelled. “Get down!”
He didn’t.
I got up and walked to the counter so he knew I meant business. “Luna, get down from there!”
He gave me his puppy-eyes-dog look.
Pointing at Luna sternly, the husband said: “Luna, you heard. Get down! The peacock has spoken.” Luna jumped off the counter.
Quite incredulous, I looked at the husband and asked: “The peacock?”
“Yes, your hair is standing up.”
 I suppose it doesn’t help my cause that my hair is also coloured purple.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

There's a kitten in the pot

At home

What I heard:
Husband: Guess where Luna is?
Me: Where? By the door?
Husband: Come here and see.
Me: Walks to the door and sees Luna in the new empty pot plant. Aw, so cute. Lemme get my phone and take a photo quickly.
With a smirk on his face Don’t you get tired of taking photos of Luna?
Looks at him squarely in the eye. No!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Off to Hogwarts, maybe?

Outside my house.

What I saw and heard:
I can't help but think I may be summoned to JK Rowling's Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the magical institution from the Harry Potter book series.
Here's why:
Driving out of the parking lot at home yesterday morning, I saw a tabby cat relaxing next to my neighbour's car. Now that I think back, the cat looked awfully similar to the one that Professor Mcgonagall transforms into, stripes and all.

Professor Mcgonagall from the Harry Potter series as a cat.
When I stepped out of the house this morning, both the hubby and I were startled when we heard an owl hooting. And as all Harry Potter fans know, owls delivered the acceptance letter Harry received to get into Hogwarts.
These events beg the question: when do I depart?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Never too old

The Ticketpro Dome in Northriding, Joburg

What I saw:
As I walked through the  car park to get to an entrance of the Ticketpro Dome for Josh Groban's Joburg leg of his Stages tour, my pace was slowed down by two older women walking in front. They both had walking sticks.
One urged the other: "Slowly, slowly, slowly." Repeatedly.
As I took them over, I turned my head over my shoulder. One of them had their finest jewelry on. Really big, really blingy - necklace and earrings!
It made me smile because I thought it must be the one night of the year that she went out and she made sure she looked good for that dapper Groban. And I must say, he really has a voice of an angel.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Yes, I am a journalist

At the Rietvlei Zoo Farm for a surprise 70th birthday picnic.

What I heard:

"Were you the one who walked in wearing the hat?" he asked me.
"Yes, I was."
"Are you a journalist?"
"Yes, I am."
"Really?" he laughed in disbelief. "I was going to say that journalists who wear nice hats always gets the headlines."
"But I am really a journalist," I laughed in response.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Everyone changes, and that's okay

At home, watching the "Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Time of the Doctor".

What I heard:

Doctor Who is a show that you either love, or know nothing about. It is far too complicated to summarise the premise into a few sentences, after all it has been on TV since 1963.

Needless to say, I am a fan (Whovians, we're called) and I eagerly watched the latest Christmas Special Episode.

This quote grabbed my attention:
The Doctor: “We all change, when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s okay. That’s good. You’ve gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day, I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”

That is a universal truth, we keep on evolving, all of us, adapting and surviving. It made me realise it is fine to mourn the person we thought we could be, and embrace what we have become.  Because, sometimes, life really doesn't go according to the plans we made and we don't become the ideal version of ourselves. But I think we become who we need to be, so that we can enjoy where life has taken us.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Monday, December 3, 2012

My geeky side is euphoric

At home.

What I heard:
Image found here

I recently started watching Doctor Who. I gotta admit I. Adore. This. Show! How have I not watched it before? David Tennant, playing the 10th Doctor, has really grown on me. I think the lines in the image above are amongst my favourites! Hysterical, no?  

Friday, November 2, 2012

Purple Haven

The office in Randburg

What I saw and smelled:
The driveway covered in a quilt of Jacaranda flowers.

The one thing I love about summer in Johannesburg are the storms that are unleashed on the city - they are ferocious with thunder and lightening, but give a sense of peace and renewal once they are over. After a night of such a storm storm, I came into work the next morning to find the driveway covered with the flowers from the Jacaranda tree... no doubt that it was because of the force of the rain drops when they pelted down! The air was still crisp, fresh and the floral scent was tickled my nose.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tragic or hilarious?

Driving to work

What I heard:
I listen to a talk radio station while driving to work in the morning so I feel less alone - after all I am on the road at 5:15am every morning. So anyway, the topic of discussion was language barriers, particularly in the South African police force. For those of you who are not familiar with South Africa - we have 11 official languages! Eleven! A caller to the station said: "We went to the police station for an affidavit for my niece. And the police person asked is your niece a boy or girl?"

I was torn between laughing and crying.