2015 Wishes

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HA! Just as everyone thought that the New Year’s resolutions posts were a thing of the past, I’ve decided to bring you mine. Don’t worry – I have some funny ones AND some mushy ones. I don’t really believe in resolutions – especially things like “I will stop swearing”. Have you ever driven on Johannesburg roads? Swearing is the alternative to getting out of your car and kicking someone’s ass, so I am definitely going to keep on swearing.  But I do make plans that  I hope I will be able to implement to be a happier, healthier and more functioning adult for the year. Here they are!

Better Internet

This is not even a joke. I am so excited to move to a new place with better signal. Bad internet is about 90% the reason why I either don’t post or only post later in the day.

Get JK Rowling to keep her mouth shut about Hogwarts. I’m pretty sure that soon there will be rumours that Hogwarts had a disable athlete who shot his girlfriend through the door just so that everyone in the world could be included.*

To not kill my hands

As I’m writing this, I’ve managed to not only slam two fingers in a door but also pour hot water over the other hand. Because who needs hands in their day to day life?

To not freak out when I turn 25 at the end of the month:

I am turning 25 on the 25th (go me because that is payday #presentsForME) and I have to deal being, as Zoë says, a quarter chicken. I can’t promise that I won’t get drunk, but I won’t freak out about it.

To read more beautiful books

I’ve always been an avid reader, but lately I’ve had the realization that there is a difference between books and literature. This year I want to focus on the books that address real issues, and not the fake soppy romance stories I would have normally read nonstop.

Go visit my Bestie, A LOT:

No idea how I’m doing this with all my leave highjacked for practicals, but it will happen.

Start Saving for Paris:

Visiting Paris is my dream, it will happen, and I will start saving for it.

To just be myself

I think a lot of unhappiness is caused in life when people deviate from who they really are to please others. My wish for 2015 is to just be who I really am, and to not change anything about myself just to keep someone happy.

To empower

Kind words or actions, anything that someone might need to keep going.

To be a more organized blogger

I really am working hard to get myself at that point where I don’t need to post or work on something the night I want to post it.

To lose weight and be healthy

As this is about 90% of the world’s New Year’s resolutions, I don’t think I need to explain it haha. I just want to feel good again.

To be happier

I have this new position at work that I am enjoying so much right now. I hope that I can keep on being happy now that my working hours has decreased and I can have a life again. Happiness is a choice, it is clear when you look at people who have nothing in life and they are still smiling regardless of their sufferings.

What are your new year’s plans? Let me know!

Weekend, Book Challenge and raging at the weather

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Happy, erm, Monday

So, I was spectacularly late this morning for work. It is raining like it is England, and I am not impressed. I hate driving in the rain. Johannesburgers are horrific drivers at best but it seems that in the rain they think it is Need for Speed Joburg. Meh.

Speaking of driving, I finally have my own car! It feels unbelievable that I can do whatever I want. I have been unhappy with my car-lessness for years, so I am so incredibly happy about it.

Friday I visited my sister (in my own car). Saturday said sister brought me car seats as a belated birthday gift and that night I drove myself to a braai at friends.

Sunday was my dad’s birthday. Happy 58th birthday Daddy! We celebrated at my sister’s house with brunch – our picnic plans were ruined by the rain once again.

I finished Suits Season three, which was absolutely good. I also caught up with Pretty Little Liars Season four. Without giving away too much to those who still needs to watch, the latest A development is deliciously freaky. I also appreciate that the show is getting real development – season three was all about stalling.

At the braai I went to we suddenly had the inexplicable urge to know our Chinese Zodiac signs. Apparently I am a Horse. Which is a lot better than being a Rat, I might mention. But it is supposed to mean I am more cunning than intelligent. Watch out folks.

Book Challenge progress and countdown

I had a good reading stint this weekend. I read and finished The Fault in Our Stars (cry cry cry). I also read The Notebook – one of Nicholas Sparks’ better attempts, and finished the Rescue, also by Sparks, which wasn’t the best of attempts by him. I thought to finish Shopaholic Abroad (Sophie Kinsella), but not even for finishing a book challenge will I read such atrocious nonsense.

I am officially in the last month of my Book Challenge countdown. I am already at 86 books, which means fourteen books left. I am so happy I decided to track how many books I can read in twelve months. I have certainly thought it must be a fair number, because I am always reading – even if I am in a slump I will be reading. It is part of who I am. I could never change that.

I have to say the only drawback of doing this was that I couldn’t reread my favorite books – or I could but I couldn’t add it to the list. If I remember correctly I only reread Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Indigo Spell (Richelle Mead). At the beginning of March I will probably start going through my favorite books.

New authors

One of the perks of not rereading books was definitely exploring new authors. Some I won’t be persuing again (Katie Fford, Patricia Cornwell) but some others I definitely will. I really enjoyed Veronica Roth (DIVERGENT WAS AWESOME), Francis Scott Fitzgerald (the Great Gatsby), and Bryan Green (The Fault in Our Stars).

Reading List:

Karin Slaughter – Zoe’s been telling me to read these books for ages, and I am going to try them. There are 7 in the series and I will probably start tonight on them.

The Quinn Legacy by Nora Roberts – 4 books.

7+4 = 11 + 86 = 97. If you know of any three books worth reading please mention them to me!

Really want to read the sequel to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet, which was amazing, but it doesn’t seem like a good idea to tackle a 700 page strong novel with four weeks left in the challenge!

What did you do this weekend?

 

Birthdays, things that can go wrong, and thank heavens it is nearly weekend.

First of all, to my best friend, Zoë: Congratualations for making our digits the same again – Happy birthday friend! I hope you have a fantastic day.

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My apologies for not posting yesterday – technology is revolting against me again. Things that broke (and that is busy breaking): my computer here at work broke, and on it is 5 years of sample processing data. and the back-ups misteriously didn’t back up. So please keep all fingers crossed that they manage to restore all the data on there – I am trying not to think of the consequences.

Secondly, my BlackBerry is breaking. I will NEVER get a BB again. EVER.

And the freezer I keep in all my samples at work is acting up, the Liquid Nitrogen isn’t being delivered, and I am freaking at the possibility that I may lose a years worth of samples.

And I can’t be on leave tomorrow. Go figure.

Obviously things are not working out today.

A (short list of things that went right)

* I lost a kg.

* I got stock I needed.

* I can still be on leave next week for a few days.

PS: Send me some awesomely funny sites to cheer me up.

PPS: I am sorry for any spelling mistakes – my spellchecker isn’t working on the temporary PC I am typing on.

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