good news today :) My neighbour will have my PC back to me on Monday, and they managed to save all the data. And, because it took two weeks to fix it – no charge! So relieved and happy – working on somebody else’s computer feels like wearing borrowed underwear. Will bake his staff a chocolate cake to say thank you :)
Had a relaxing day. It felt quite strange not to work… I managed not to read any substantial news, which was a major accomplishment :) Going fabric shopping tomorrow for a new quilt commission. Excited, though I expect it might be a bit of a challenge. The customer wants something “bohemian” yet plain, in purple, turquoise and blue, with ‘lots of texture’. Erm…
to everyone who sent me birthday wishes here on 43T – you brought a lot of light to my day :)
Tomorrow I’m taking Lienkie (our Basset princess) to the vet to be spayed. She had babies in early January – eight adorable little puppies. Watching them be born and grow filled us with wonder. We played with them and loved them, and when the time came to find homes for them, we did thorough checks to ensure they’d go to loving families. But it was hard… Both my husband and I fell in love with the little darlings, and it broke my heart every time we had to let one go. This might have been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever gone through.
We kept little Gustav, the one lemon-coloured baby in the litter. Boy, was it a surprise when he made his appearance… Both Otto and Lienkie are tri-coloured, and we’re still not certain where the lemon gene comes from…
I’m so grateful that the families who adopted our puppies keep in touch, send us pictures and messages to tell us of the joy they bring them. It really makes my day every time we get an update :)
But to quote our former president: Never, never and never again…
on leave. I’m experiencing that feeling you get when you’ve looked forward to something for so long and when it finally comes it doesn’t quite live up to your expectations :) Today I don’t feel tired at all. Ain’t that just the way…
In the end I couldn’t decide between vanilla sponge or chocolate cake… so I baked both. Unfortunately I forgot to put the sponge (filled with cream) in the fridge, so it looks a bit funny now… But it still tastes good :)
I can’t wait for winter…
to my holiday!
The baby Basset woke me at 2:30 this morning for a pee – of course I couldn’t get back to sleep, so opted to start working. I actually got quite a lot done today! I’m working on an up-cycled denim quilt for the couch, and made good progress on it today. Something sturdy and stain-resistant, given that we now have three canine children in the house.
My husband is working very hard at the moment. He started a new job in January, and today was assigned his first solo project. So he’s going to be really busy for the foreseeable future… I’m so proud of him, but I miss having him home at 17h15 every day…
check in yesterday. But that’s only because Izak’s birthday party went on way longer than we’d expected. Spent a great afternoon/evening with some very interesting people.
Only three more days to my own birthday. I can’t decide what to bake in the line of birthday cake :/ I know my husband would love chocolate cake, but I’m seriously considering baking a vanilla sponge, with cream and some fresh berries… No party this year – too tired. But I know Izak will show up in the evening with my present :D (And he would prefer chocolate cake too…)
Had a good chat with my neighbour yesterday. He’s promised to do everything he can to have my PC back by Wednesday. I promised him a big slice of cake for his trouble :)
It broke down last Friday, and I’m currently working on my neighbour’s old one. He offered to have it fixed (he has an IT company), and gave it to one of his employees to drop off at the office. This guy forgot to do it, and has been on leave all week, so I’m no closer to having it back :( Of course I haven’t backed up anything for ages. I’m quite worried about losing all my thousands of bookmarks, pictures, everything. I hope I’ll have it back by Wednesday… Holding thumbs :)
Tomorrow is Izak’s birthday. Izak is my husband’s best friend, and we’ve also become very close. He’s dreading his birthday, so naturally opted to have a massive party surrounded by 29 of his “closest friends”. He’s such a great guy… always brings me flowers when he comes over for dinner (which happens once a week). I wish he could find love. I suspect the fact that he’s still single is one of the reasons he’s dreading turning 34.
I am so blessed to have found my husband. There are so many lonely people out there. So much to be thankful for.
Pic: Izak with The Goose and his brother
make this a goal, seeing as I seem to be spending less time on here every week. This might have something to do with the fact that I’ve been quite busy at work, and I’m bone-tired. (And we’re talking weepy, moody, can’t-even-concentrate-on-a-book tired here… not good.) I haven’t taken any leave since April last year, and the 4 days I took back then I spent on holiday with my mom – which I loved, but which wasn’t really conducive to REST.
Luckily, the gods decided to punish our already sluggish economy with a great number of public holidays over the next two weeks, so I’ve decided to take some time off work in order to maximise my downtime. I won’t have to work for 12 glorious days, and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to it :) Though I won’t be going anywhere, it will be a luxury not to have to read through hundreds of financial articles every day. Only six more days… I can’t wait! (With all the recent layoffs at our company, my boss has not yet figured out who will stand in for me while I’m away, but he’s assured me that it’s his problem and not mine… Bless…)
The aim of this goal will be to force me to check in every day. I’m not quite sure yet how this will work, but the lack of structure might be good.
I miss 43T, and I hate having to catch up on everybody’s entries in one hurried session once a week (if that). It feels like I’m losing touch with valued friends I’ve been following for years. Enough.
So, here’s a picture of our new puppy. His name is Gustav, but I call him Goose… More on that tomorrow :)
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
“The Catch-22 of the Iraq War” – Karl Marlantes
I must admit, I was a little wary when I read this blurb… But in this case, the comparison is justified. This was a funny, bizarre and heartbreaking novel. Highly recommended.
Birdies for Spatz!
My first international order, and it was so much fun to make :)
It is quite an amazing feeling to know something I made will be loved and enjoyed on the other side of the world…
Thank you S for this lovely project – it was a pleasure to work with you :)
My colleagues and I were notified (late yesterday afternoon, as usual) that the next round of “restructuring” is about to commence. So the meeting was held today, at 12h30 (for maximum torture effect…). Luckily I work from home because, from the sound of it, the atmosphere in the office was funereal. We were notified that our Jhb office will close, and all but a few jobs will be saved – all in pursuit of the new slim-line, automated vision the new boss has for the company.
All the people on my team were retrenched, except for me. (Perhaps I was spared because I’m a freelancer, receive no pension or medical aid benefits, and almost never take any leave…)
I feel so bad for the people who got the sack. Rowan got married at the start of January. Palesa just had a baby… Nthabi almost had a heart-attack during the previous round of cuts – I’m so worried about her.
I honestly don’t know for how long my position will be safe. I love my job and can’t imagine life without it, but the uncertainty is killing me.
I have to make a plan.
After Layoffs, There’s Survivor’s Guilt
The Adrian Mole diaries.
Whenever I feel a little down, or don’t know what to read next, I always return to Adrian Mole. (This happens at least once a year…)
Reading Adrian’s diaries is like visiting with a dear old friend. His ramblings have filled many a joyful hour over the past decade, and I can’t wait for the next installment.
The Queen and I
I’ve been reading (and re-reading) all my Townsend books… This one was funny and sad – most of her books are.
Flower garden, for my Mother-in-Law. She celebrated her birthday on New Year’s Eve, and I finished the quilt at exactly 22:40 on Dec. 31. It felt good to end the year with a finished project :)
Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Alfredo
I made this for dinner the other night. I accidentally bought plain goat cheese instead of the garlic one, so it was a tiny bit bland… But still very good :) Will definitely make this again.
I decided to give biscotti as Christmas presents this year. People seem to love it :)
I’m currently busy baking the last few batches for the year – for my mom and my brother’s family.
These two recipes are great – easy and delicious.
Chocolate Almond Biscotti
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
I don’t have anything to read at the moment, so I picked up one of my husband’s latest purchases. He only reads stuff with zombies and scary vampires and dragons… you get the picture…
I didn’t even know that “adult historical fantasy” was a genre, but this turned out to be quite good. Very well written, creepy, and disturbingly believable.
Ginger Love. My second order and one of my favourites. It was so much fun to applique the gingerbread men :)