Witness the fitness

I gym at Virgin Active Glenvista – an excellent gym. Modern and clean, with everything you need. The staff is fantastic, helpful and friendly (rarities in South-Africa). 
We have some very interesting characters:
The I’m sexy and I know it type:
Omies in shorts with huge pense: They strut around in tight lycra clothing (I was once subjected to a yellow lycra one piece) with the confidence of a Ryk Neethling lookalike. They simply amaze me because they belong to a dying breed of human who doesn’t care what other people think.
The check-out-my-guns type.
These laaities gym spesifically in help my sterk lyk hempies to show off their arms. They are usually spotted in the weight section, lifting and checking themselves out in the mirrors. They also belong in the strutting section, since they love to walk around and look awesome.
Lance Armstrong wannabees:
Cycling each day in their tight shorts (for which I thank them)
The delusional type;
I honestly admire anyone that has the courage to exercises in a public place, no matter your size. Getting there is already such an accomplishment. The small faction that annoys me most is the ladies who are at least 80 kilo’s overweight, and has the audacity to judge other people on their weight. (I overheard a 150kg lady saying another girl is fat – bit rich, eh?) 
The I’m-changing-my-life-type
Making everyone else look bad, at gym everyday, losing weight like it is easy. I admire you so much.
Secret nudist campers:
Thanks for walking around the bathroom without a stitch clothing on – I really wanted to see everything about you. Inject severe sarcasm.
The gym is a social experience.
For all the ladies who spends 50 minutes in conversation and 10 minutes on the treadmill and calls it a day. Excruciating workout? 
The gym is there to find a date:
The ladies with more make-up on than a Revlon spokesperson, and shorts so short it can be found in the underwear section. If guys really falls for that, they really are stupid.
The normal folks (to which I hope I can claim myself)
Going to gym, and really exercising (and sweating to prove it). That is what gym is for, ladies and gentlemen.
Bit of translation if you don’t understand Afrikaans:
Omies: Originally oom – uncle. We call everyone older oom and tannie (uncle and aunt) here.
Pense: plural of stomach.
Help my sterk lyk hempies: Tongue in the cheek reference to tank tops when guys wear them to show off their muscles.
Laaities: young men
Have a good day!
N

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Possibly my favourite movie of all time

Drop everything and go watch the Avengers. It is fantastic. Superb. No, really, go buy it now and watch it. It is so worth your time and money.
Truthfully, I watched it the second time this weekend. I love it more every time I do. Directed by Joss Whedon, it is the best movie of 2012, and maybe my favourite movie ever. That is a big thing to say.
I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline (originally by Marvel comics), the cast (the ridiculously handsome cast) and the execution of events. Not once does the movie seem too long (and it is over 2 hours of watching time)
Do yourself a favour. Watch it.
PS: I can’t wait for Iron Man 3 and Avengers 2.
PPS: this is where you all finally found out my nerd streak.
Natasha

Quick catch up

I’m so sorry I have been absent the past few days! 
I have been studying my but off for my exam tomorrow – I am writing maths and really needed to focus. Earlier tonight I had a bit of a freaking out session, but I am feeling more confident now. This is the most studying I have done for any test since I came out of highschool. I don’t even want a good grade – I just want to pass. Keep those fingers crossed!
Now that you know why I was missing, I would like to tell you about something that I witnessed on Tuesday.
Johannesburg is a beautiful city, but alas, it is a city. While driving home from gym, I saw the most spectacular sight. We have had a lot of rain these past couple of days, and the sky was cast over and really cloudy. But it was just so breathtaking! There were so many colors – pink, purple, blue, grey, orange, red. Breathtaking. I couldn’t get a picture, sadly (moving car and I only had the Blackberry on me). It just reminded me how perfect this world was made, despite the efforts of the human race to destroy it.
In other news, I have been sticking to my diet like a professional! I haven’t even climbed on the scale yet – but I really hope to see results soon.
Keep those fingers crossed for me!
Natasha

Things of late that I have noticed.

I can browse the internet the entire day.
I will never be able to switch over to E-books completely. Nothing beats holding a book in your hands.
Reading will always be one of my greatest pleasures.
Being single is sometimes inconvenient, but not too bad.
I tend to be serious, with a humorous side thrown in.
I still am finding out who I am.
You really do become like the 5 people you spend the most time with.
I prefer writing in a bullet point style rather than in a paragraph.
Dreams only become reality when you actively seek to achieve them.
Little kittens are probably the cutest things on earth.
I want to own a French bulldog one day.
Song of the moment – Florence and the Machines: Never Let Me Go.
Having to accept things you thought you had already accepted.
Few true friends are better than many fake friends.
You don’t have to know everything. People that think they do are pretty damn annoying.
Rain on the roof is a good sedative.
Always either save the address or follow a good blog when you find it. There are so many blogs out there it is impossible to finding the same one twice by accident.
Growing your hair is a difficult thing to do.
Honesty, integrity and faith are the most beautiful characteristics a man can have.
I will marry a man that shares my obsession with Harry Potter.(or at least accepts it)

Pet peeves

Not sure if there is any complete description on what a pet peeve is, but here is my attempt: Despising some action or statement of mass stupidity with continuing regularity.

I don’t even know if that makes sense. 
Here’s mine:
Treating a waiter badly.
Terrible customer care.
Being Unhygienic.
Bad spelling.

I was motivated to make this post since I received some crappy service from a certain pizza delivery company. We ordered 5 pizza’s, received four, and was charged for five. I FREAKING KNOW RIGHT? That said, they usually provide great, friendly service, so today was probably an accident or some lame brained idiot. Possibly the latter, however.
What are yours?

One day

Dreams for the future
 To live in the future isn’t very healthy. Live for today, but keep on dreaming for the things you plan to get done. It motivates me to get through the crappy, boring days where I wonder if I am doing things right. 
Your destiny will lead you to the place you are supposed to be. So, embrace today and be excited for tomorrow. Don’t forget the past, but don’t live there too.
Focus on what makes you happy, and do that more often. Stop focusing on your weak points, and develop the strong ones.
In the future I will:
Travel
 Own Louboutin shoes (even if it is only one pair)

Find the perfect man and marry the crap out of him 😀
Write a book and get published. 
Do some adrenaline runs (skydiving, bungee jumping, etc.)
Wishing everyone the bestest Friday.
Natasha

Earth to mind?

I am very confused today. 
My mind is all over the place!
A combination of:
Very brainy demanding work.
Studying maths each night for HOURS.
Still being pissed about my car-less life.
… and I haven’t had any breakfast yet.


According to Wikipedia:
Confusion (from Latin confusĭo, -ōnis, noun of action from confundere “to pour together”, or “to mingle together”[1] also “to confuse”) is the state of being bewildered or unclear in one’s mind about something:[2]
Well, I am definitely bewildered at the moment.
Still without a laptop at night (cable is still broken).
If I ever finish the maths, I need to watch my few final episodes of Vampire Diaries Season 3. I have savoured them to keep me strong until I can get Season 4. The books were such a disappointment though – I would recommend whoever is making Fifty Shades of Grey into a movie, to speak to the screenwriters/producers of Vampire Diaries. If they could make those books into a successful franchise, they can definitely save Fifty Shades.


Natasha

On my mind today

Morning!
What’s on my mind at the moment:
I am taking a break from drinking coffee for a few days.. I usually drink only one cup, but lately the amount has spiked to five a day (which means I can’t sleep at night)
I would love a set of Lord of the Rings books like these! I have all three books, but as one book. 
I am craving a new pair of shoes. I still haven’t bought any yet, since I am really broke this month. But I NEED HEELS URGENTLY. 

Have a good day!
N

Stone ages

I feel like I am living in the Stone Age.

My Laptop’s cable broke, and now I can’t do anything on it at night since I am still waiting for the replacement. Nightmare.
I still have my phone to keep me connected to the world, but it is just not the same. 
I miss you dear laptop.
Hope we are getting reunited soon!