Studies and Books and Cats and Life

January 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Hello there, all of my beautiful readers – old and new!

We are almost done with our first month of the new year (fancy that; it feels like Christmas 2014 was just last week) and I think a little personal update is long overdue. I know you’re all mostly here for my adventures in the world of poetry, and increasingly rare reviews of various bits and bobs, but I like to think that sometimes getting to know the person behind the posts makes the posts themselves seem so much more interesting.

So, here’s what’s going on in my life right now!

Last year was the final year of my BA languages and literature degree. I have completed my initial foray into tertiary education, majoring in English and specialising in creative writing, and I may very well have done it cum laude (but I’ll know for certain when UNISA finishes auditing my degree). What’s next, academically-speaking? My BA English honours degree at the University of Pretoria this year. I am thrilled to be finished with undergrad, terrified by the prospect of postgrad, and eager to learn and get a taste of real university life. I now have both a car and a legitimate driver’s license, so that should make the endeavour a little easier on everyone after my long struggle with everything personal-transport-related. Look at me, growing up and stuff!

In terms of make-up artistry, I suspect that my studies are going to keep me too busy to be dashing around Gauteng beautifying people at the drop of a hat, and it may have to take a back seat. We shall see.

However, I have started accepting both editing and copywriting work from various clients, so I have high hopes of that picking up as the year progresses. I enjoy both jobs more than any one person reasonably should and all I want to do is edit and copywrite more, which is undeniably positive.

In the midst of all that, Jan is now working as a full-time graphic design lecturer at The Open Window – yes, he finally got the job! This means that adult things like saving and budgeting can occur (woohoo) but also that fun things like outings and holidays can occur (woohoo!). I am ludicrously proud of and elated for him. Every day is the first day of the rest of our lives…roll on, 2015.

Merla is happily settling in to our new place (yes, we moved, but moving is a hellish experience so I’m not going to dwell on it) and has even made a new kitty friend called Muis (Mouse). She sleeps a lot, eats a lot, and occasionally bites our toes just to show she cares.

And, well, that’s my update! All the important things have been covered. πŸ™‚

One thing I really want to try to do in 2015 is write more. More poetry, more prose, just more. It’s a skill I need to work on, and a vital outlet for me, and I cannot allow myself to neglect it no matter how I feel or how busy I am. So I have found a bunch of poetry-writing challenges to use as prompts when I’m feeling a little uninspired, and I will truly endeavour to post at least one piece of writing a day. I need to scatter these little snippets of my thoughts out into the universe to be perused by you lovely people – there’s too much going on in my head to keep it all locked away inside. I hope you’re prepared for the inundation. πŸ˜‰

May we all grow as creative beings this year!

I am happy to have you along for the ride. πŸ™‚Β 

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Updates and Entreaties

November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hello, beautiful readers!

As you may have noticed, I’ve been MIA for a few months. The semester got really crazy busy and there were (and still are until Friday) exams and this has been my least enthusiastic semester thus far. I needed a break from the self-imposed blogging obligations.

I have tried to keep posting stuff as I write it, though, and to my total surprise you guys have still been reading my posts. I’ve been averaging around 20 views a day even with my sporadic posting of odd and sometimes entirely miserable little poems. You’re all brilliant. πŸ™‚

Now that I’ve got some free time on my hands I’d like to try to blog a little more regularly again. The question is really…what would you like me to blog about? More sordid poetry? More beauty product reviews? More random make-up? More rants and opinions and entertaining shit like that?

I would love it if you’d all be so kind as to leave a comment on this post and let me know what I should write about to make you happy. I’m free all of December and I aim to please. πŸ˜‰

My Week in Pictures

August 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

I thought this might be a fun new post to share on a Friday; what do you guys think?

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A pretty new toiletry bag from Dischem – lucky find, indeed!

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This is what the left side of my dressing table looks like. Beautiful things all over. πŸ˜‰

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Java’s happy face.

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An old ring – I’m trying to get used to wearing rings again.

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My beautiful literary necklace locket. ^_^

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Me today – selfie for you!

 

 

New and Awesome Things

July 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Just ‘coz I haven’t done a beauty post in a while; here’s what I picked up at Clicks this month. Individual reviews will be posted as I try out the products. πŸ˜‰

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A pretty little pressed powder from Accessorize at Clicks.

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Essence clear gel mascara, to try to keep my unruly eyebrows in place!

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Lovely new Nature’s Source hand wash.

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And a new hand sanitizer, since the old one is finished after much use.

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Heat protect spray from Perfect Touch. Yes, I straighten my hair.

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To, hopefully, help keep my hair in good condition.

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Yum, minty gum! πŸ˜›

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A pretty new toiletry bag after using my old one for around five years haha.

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Pretty details on the zips!

 

 

Yes, I Have A Collection of Stuffed Toys…

July 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Or as I like to call them, my Reading Buddies, because they live on my bookshelf. Lots of penguins because I am the book penguin. πŸ˜‰

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Clarens Getaway – July 2013

July 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

You may have noticed that I didn’t post anything over the weekend…because I went with my parents on an impromptu holiday to Clarens! It was a really fun experience to go on holiday after a holiday hiatus of around five years, even if it was only a short weekend break. πŸ™‚

So we left on Friday afternoon at around 15:00, and I had my trusty iPod and not so trusty (and extremely uncomfortable) earphones to keep me company. I Mumford and Sons’d my way through most of the drive – the new album, Babel, really is good driving music. πŸ˜€

By the time we turned off of the N3 and onto the road to Clarens, the winter sun had hit that low point on the horizon and the shadows were lengthening. We drove in and out of sunlight depending on the lay of the land, which created shadows along certain stretches of road – but that golden sunlight really makes a landscape spectacular! And as we neared Clarens, the mountains were also lit up beautifully. We drove past Clarens in that last dim twilight and then had to find our accommodation (just outside of Clarens) in the dark. Dirt roads, darkness, and extreme distances, do not make for a fun experience, but it was certainly an adventure. After travelling around a huge cleft in the mountain on a dirt road in the dark for about 30 minutes, we eventually reached our chalet – in the middle of nowhere, perched halfway up a mountain. Then it was time to make a huge fire and braai and drink. πŸ˜€

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We all over-indulged on Friday night (even though we made it quite clear that we didn’t WANT to), and Saturday morning dawned rather miserably. I had been up and down to the loo all night (alcohol makes me pee, a lot) and finally at around 5:30am I decided that I was awake for good and ready to face the day. I had my rusk and tea in the freezing cold and dark, while watching the sun gradually rise over the mountains – what a lovely way to wake up!

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When everyone had emerged and showered and dressed and eaten (and this took as long as you might think) we headed off to the Golden Gate National Park.Β What an AMAZING place. The mountains in this park are just so gorgeous, and you drive on winding roads between them. There are also picturesque little chalets at the entrance. I just wish I had been less tired and hungover – the car ride actually made me feel quite ill, and I started getting a tummy ache (because when you’re on meds that lower your blood sugar, one rusk and one cup of tea at 5:30 in the morning really aren’t enough to keep you going for very long). We scrounged up a packet of chips to snack on (otherwise I faint – yes, it’s happened before) when we arrived at our destination, the vulture restaurant. The idea behind this is simple: there’s a building with dark glass that people can stand in, and in the field in front of it the game rangers leave dead animals (I’m pretty sure they don’t kill them, just find them) to attract the vultures so that they people can watch them. There were vultures circling but none landed; probably because the kids and adults in our party skipped the building and went to examine the carcasses instead. πŸ˜› The walk to the building was up a bit of a hill, and we were blasted by ICY winds all the way up and around. Luckily once we reached all the bodies, the wind calmed down. I’m not one to closely examine dead and rotting animals, and the smell would sneakily assault me just when I least expected it, but the view of the cliffs and mountains was rather lovely.

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The kids and two or three adults went right down to the cliffs to explore, and we went back to the cars. I must admit that the 20 minutes of waiting were almost the nicest of the entire trip. I adore wind and we really don’t get that caliber of wind in Pretoria, so I wandered around in what felt like a mini-gale and took lots of photos. The wind was so invigorating that I felt really awake and energetic – not at all how I started the day.

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Then we were off to Clarens, for “breakfast” that was actually lunch. We ate at a German place called the Roter Hahn. The atmosphere was great but the food took AGES to arrive – probably close on two and a half hours. That’s seriously disappointing for a place that must be used to dealing with the rush of tourists. And German food is really not my thing, so I just had a focaccia with German cheese; I was hungry, so it tasted pretty amazing.

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After that, some wandering around in town and browsing in the shops – also quite disappointing, as they all sell pretty much the same touristy crap available all over SA. I did buy some bath products though. Yes. Nicole goes to Clarens and buys bath products. -_-

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In the evening we braaied again, though the revelry was much subdued due to lack of sleep and over-indulgence the night before. I went to bed pretty early and had a wonderful, snug sleep in bed with my electric blanket. ^_^

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On Sunday morning we packed up and headed into town for breakfast and more general hanging around. We ate at the waffle and pancake place, which was absolutely delicious (but, again, how on EARTH can you have one waiter serving an entire restaurant in peak season?!). After drool-icious savoury biltong and cottage cheese pancakes and a very sweet chocolate waffle with ice cream and hazelnuts for dessert, I hit the crystal shop that I missed the day before. Now THEY have some beautiful things! I don’t buy into the whole crystal and energy thing, but I do think that crystals are very beautiful, and I already own two different ones. Well, now I own three. πŸ˜€

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I was very sad to leave, as Clarens is really a lovely place. The town is picturesque and it’s nice to be able to walk around and not fear for your life (Gauteng baby here). I also think we visited the area at a great time, as I adore cold weather and autumnal trees. They just make me enjoy an experience so much more. Next time, I’d love to stay in the Golden Gate National Park and spend most of my time there, hiking and such. It’s so lovely with all the mountains and it interests me for longer than the town does. Let’s see what I can book, yes? πŸ˜€

Pretties (And Why Woolworths Is Awesome)

July 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

A little while ago I decided that I needed some pretty flowers for my hair for the days that I decide to tie it up. Here is what I found:

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Random hair flower from Dischem – I liked the softer colours. Oh so goth, right?

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Aaaaaand Woolworths! Gorgeous velvety high-quality lovely-coloured flowers. I am so in love. ❀

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