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Sunday Listens (Podcast edition)

Over the holiday I got a bit tired of listening to the same subscribed podcast content so I challenged myself to listen to shows I wouldn’t normally do or I had heard but did not want to commit to full subscription just yet. So here are some of those fantastic episodes.

  • Young Love – Where should we begin by Esther Perel.
  • I felt my back stand up when I first listened to her views on infidelity so I wasn’t open at all but I liked it so much I listened to this other episode on sexlessness.
  • Radio Diaries’ Teenage Diariesrevisited. I love that kind of radio soooo much. I was hanging on the edge of my seat listening. Definitely subscribing.  As a teen I would have loved to participate in such an activity, to be honest, even now I would.
  • Other episode I loved was Thembi’s Diary.
  • BBC Woman’s Hour had a phone-in on Monday on #Megxit. Hot mess.
  • I love that Motherhood Sessions is back but jeez that first episode? Messy.
  • Borders Between Us by The Nod stressed to me how as parents we do the best for our kids and hope.
  • I have been listening to this podcast following three pregnant teens (ethics and judgment suspended) and in this episode we meet four generations of teen moms in one family. Give it a listen, it’s nothing like what you expect.
  • Still Processingdiscussed Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. JUST GO AND LISTEN. IT’S GOOD.

I know it’s a lot but do yourself a favour and just listen.

Pins I have loved this week

Last year I challenged myself to live minimally. There were 30 tasks and although I modified some of them to be more realistic for me, it wa...

We all need some help getting rid of clutter around the house and so I loved this list.

The Boroughs, A Creative Hub In Camperdown

I love this one – the blue couch and slowly I am being drawn to indoor (low-maintenance) plants

Daia Afia Jumpsuit


Decor Dreams on a Monday

I love this styling   In the Details


What do I love in this image?

  • The black and white colour scheme.
  • The fact that there is so much under the stairs, but it is not busy.
  • I’m not a huge carpet fan, but this one works so well.

Urgggh, I wish I had a stairwell to try this look.

Some local food loves and hates

I have previously spoken of both positive and negative impressions of South Africa. Recently, I caught myself thinking of some local meals that I really enjoy, namely:

  • Milktart
  • Rooibos tea
  • Malva Pudding
  • Dumpling
  • Chakalaka
  • Amagwinya (Fat Cakes / Vetkoekes)
  • Snoek fish

Equally, you could miss me with:

  • Chicken feet
  • Biltong
  • Boerewors
  • Peppermint Crisp tart
  • Bobotie
Pictures and a fuller description available here.

Recent Pinterest Love

This fresh, herbed quinoa and chickpea salad makes a satisfying lunch and a great holiday side dish.

Delicious quinoa recipe, yum!!

As soon as my hair is long enuff. I am getting this!!

Love the hairstyle but I wonder if it’s heavy … 

Steel-paned shower doors

Love the white and black of this bathroom

From my Bookshelf

I recently read a book that I just loved.

That I just enjoyed.

That allowed me to be in the moment.

That fully had me in its grasp from start to end.

At the end of which, I hugged the book to my chest and sighed and it felt like I had just experienced the most exciting thing ever!

This is not even a review beyond the fact that I read a great book and you should check it out too.

Belated IWD 2016

To all the women out there. Collectively, we are all SHE.

Laura Mvula is another new discovery and I am delighting in all her stuff.

Sunday Reads

Also known as what happens in the real life that almost always constricts a great blogging schedule!

  1. Upcycling old kitchenware beautifully!
  2. Weep for this generation 😦
  3. Great (and practical) ways to teach your children about money.
  4. Yet another lentil recipe.YUM!!!
  5. Another chai recipe – cupcakes this time.
  6. Vegetarian biryani. YUM!
  7. Something we also learn about marriage on the grind.
  8. Because she is that bit close to John Legend.
  9. On testing teenagers for AIDS.
  10. I know someone whose Dr could not tell her the right size of her baby. Very scary and confusing for the mom-to-be.
  11. Some things to do for yourself this year. I like the bit about having therapy, kinda feeling that vybe this year. Also, exploring your new city or going to a totally new place.
  12. Five strategies to get your academic writing “unstuck”.
  13. Youngest person to buy a Gulfstream Jet is a Malawian Pastor. Will leave that there.

Happy Sunday and reading!


When I get tired of my locs …

… I am going to cut my hair like this


I love the fade out and the colour AND it is quite low maintenance, which works well with my hair philosophy that is least effort required.

Love, lust, love love love …. Smile

My Crazy Happy List

I was challenged to do this post by a friend (snarky things these private blogs) so I will cite the initial source Karen.

“Grab a pen and paper, and list everything you love to do that fills you with joy and/or grace.  It can be shooting photographs, or cooking, or taking a shower, or running a mile, or singing or whatever.  Write deeply profound things, or silly little things, like organizing the junk drawer in your kitchen.  Write until it exhausts you.  Just write whatever fills you with joy or grace.”

In no particular order here are my favourites:

  1. Listening to Talk Radio and Podcasts.
  2. Reading. A good book, a great article, a lovely post. Even bad stuff, I will read as long as people write. I like the fact that reading allows a third dimension to come in and you can start to hear, smell or imagine stuff beyond what’s actually on the paper.
  3. Sitting with family to have easily six conversations running concurrently and speaking a mish-mash of all the different languages we speak or appropriating words to mean something new altogether.
  4. Chatting – whether on Gmail or on Whatsapp. I love the connection it gives me and the fact that it helps pass time.
  5. Getting a good work out and pushing my body really hard.
  6. Road trips with my Mr – gives us a chance to really talk and connect as well as listen to each others Music (his mainly).
  7. Cooking for family and seeing their appreciation S/O to my nephew who is so complimentary when you hit the happy spot. Also, getting a new cookbook and trying a new recipe and having it come out tasty and adding it to my repertoire of meals.
  8. Browsing in a bookstore or being in a Library. BOOKS, YUM!!!
  9. Journaling and my journals. I have journaled more on than off since I was 11 years old and have kept each of them.
  10. Writing lists. Anyone that knows me knows that I list everything for private and professional stuff. To-do lists, shopping lists, meeting notes, books to read, places to go, stuff I like – LISTS are my thang
  11. Reading an applied Economics paper that answers a really practical and useful question and actually getting it.
  12. I make a mean cup of tea.
  13. Friendship – catching up with a pal and connecting whether on silly or deep things. Just connecting.
  14. Getting my hair done. Ok, I will say that again, getting my hair done.
  15. Going to Church and being in a room with other believers.

What about you, what’s on your crazy happy list?

Three South African jams I’m loving at the moment

Also take a moment to enjoy the street fashion. Never ceases to amuse me about Joburg 🙂

afternoon break

Always goes so much better with this:

Cuppa tea

What is it you ask? A strong cup of rooibos tea with a portion of steamed milk …. a red cappuccino if you may. New love!

Anything new caught your fancy of late?

thrilled as mice

I love me some Japanese babies….why cant all kids start out as little Japanese babies?


Lady in red

Lady in red

I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight
I’ve never seen you shine so bright
I’ve never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance
They’re looking for a little romance, given half a chance
I have never seen that dress you’re wearing
Or the highlights in your head that catch your eyes I have been blind
The lady in red is dancing with me cheek to cheek
There’s nobody here, it’s just you and me, It’s where I wanna be
But I hardly know this beauty by my side
I’ll never for get, the way you look tonight

I’ve never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight
I’ve never seen you shine so bright you were amazing
I’ve never seen so many people want to be there by your side
And when you turned to me and smiled, It took my breath away
I have never had such a feeling
Such a feeling of complete and utter love, as I do tonight

The way you look tonight
I never will forget, the way you look tonight
The lady in red
The lady in red
The lady in red
My lady in red (I love you.)

YOU Know how we do!

little pill on the hilltop

two things I do that I know I ought to stop: One, is looking at disgusting things over and over and having to commit it to my mind, the gross-ER it is, the greater the fixation! Two is feeling sad and making sure I play music that makes me feel worse about it or replaying things past that made me feel worse! And then look at what I stumbles upon! not on but I do…..so what fixation have you got?


When i hear this song by Boys to Men, i want so badly to get married. TOO PETTY but then at the moment marriage for me is so so superficial i should be so embarassed to even talk abou it! gifts, new house, my kitchen……

Im telling the world
Here and now
That Im gonna love you and love you
I take this vow yeeaah
You captured my heart
So long ago
Still there are some critical things
That you should know

Yeeaah yeaah yeah

Do I give all I am
To be now and forever you man
Do I take you to be
Without question the woman for me
Do I promise you
I do¡­
Do I promise you
I do, I do

Verse two – shawn
This love has been worth waiting for
Cause love doesnt matter to me..hiieee
If its not yours
As we become one
Through and through¡­uuohhh
I dedicate all my life
To loving you…ouuhh

Yeah yeaah yeah

Do I give all I am (all I am)
To be now and forever you man
Do I take you to be
Without question the woman for me (the woman for me)
Do I promise you (uohh oehhh)
I do (i…do)
Do I promise you
I do, I do

Bridge – wanya
To have and to hold
While passions unfold
I promise a life you wont regret
For better or worse
No one can reverse the way that Ive felt since we met you aint seen
Nothing yet

Do do I give all I am (all I am)
To be now and forever your man (now and forever)
Do I take (do I take) you to be (take you to be¡­)
With out question the woman for me (the woman for meee¡­i swear)
Do do I swear all my life (all my life)
Well be happy as husband and wife (husband and wife)
Do I promise you (promise I)
Do I promise you (promise you baby)
Do I promise you (ooehh¡­eaoouhhh)
I do (do¡­ooehhoehhh)
Do I promise you
I do, I do
I do
I do
I do
Im telling¡­ Im telling¡­ Im telling¡­ Im telling¡­ Im telling the world yeah
Telling the world¡­oohhh yeah
I do
I do¡­i do
I do
Yeah yeah yeah yeah¡­
Do i¡­yeaah
I do baby
Im gonna marry you¡­

lemon and ginger

there are three things that i just cant wait for and im too ashamed to even say what.

  1. Euro Cup starts on the 7th of June and go on until the 29th of June and my teams as usual would be the Czech Republic and Britain but the latter didnt make it and so this year, its France.
  2. Big Brother Africa Three- that starts all the way in August.urgggg!
  3. World Cup 2010 that will run from June 11th to 11th July. some 770 plus days

whats life without something to look forward to? NOTHING:-)

glories of glories

I saw this wordplay that made my morning, ” Carla and Sarkozy so cozy in SA” get it? anyone…..?

Below are a few things that make me go tihiiiiii all the time

Nichole Nordman– i absolutely love her music.

This mag.

This goes to reinforce the fact that I would like to work with my husband on some ministry or something.

These guys are coming to school to recruit – anyone wanna sponsor this good cause?

I love this song loads- the lyrics as they appear below mean the world to me and when I listen to this song it always catches me at just the right time.

 I can’t believe that I’m here in this place again
How did I manage to mess up one more time?
This pattern seems to be the story of my life
Should have learned this lesson by the thousandth time.
‘Cause I promised myself I wouldn’t fall
But here I’ve fallen
I guess I’m not as strong as I thought
All I can do is cry to you.

Oh God you have to save me
You’re my last and only hope
All my right answers fail me
I can’t seem to make it on my own.
Always thought that I would be strong enoughWhat made all of them fall couldn’t take me down
Yeah, did I think that I was above it all?
I have learned that pride comes before the fall

I can’t promise myself that I won’t fall
‘Cause here I’ve fallen
I know I’m not as strong as I thought
All I can do is cry to you.

Of course it’s by Barlow Girls and when I do listen to it, the first stanza at least, I catch myself thinking  how did i get to this once again? how did i goof up once again? why, why, why?