Thoughts 5.1

It’s been a while since I’ve entertained you with one of these, so I thought I would share some insights to what is running around in my head.

Firstly, I have to mention that I finally have my laptop back. After a week and a half of ownership, its’ hard drive broke and to say that I was distraught is a severe understatement. HOWEVER, I took it back to the shop where I bought it and they were beyond amazing. CNA was beyond amazing fixing it for me. It took slightly less than the three weeks I was expecting so I am super impressed about that too. WHOOP!

Some blog changes

I’ve finally, with some help of a really good friend, brought some proper search categories and tabs onto my blog. They are currently running only this year’s posts as it takes some time getting them all up but I will be building backwards into 2013. I don’t think 2012’s posts were all that good (I only started this baby then) but will place a few select ones from back then too. Tell me what you think of it!

Elections 2014

The only way South-Africans can change our corrupt government is by voting a new party in or at least scaring the ANC enough so that they start doing their jobs. Voting day is TODAY. It usually takes me all of five minutes each year to go vote and everyone else says it is really easy for them too. Meaning: JUST GO DO IT. I had a long conversation with the ever helpful tech at CNA about voting and I think I convinced him to go make a mark. I can’t obviously reach all Saffa’s, but if you read this, claim your democratic right and go make your crosses!

This guy on the bus back from Nelspruit

I could write BOOKS on how not to behave on a bus sitting next to a stranger based solely on my experience sitting next to him. So here is a fairly short list of the things he did most wrong:

  1. When someone is staring out of the window to the beautiful scenery and has their headphones in, it is a certain sign that that someone wishes to be left in peace.
  2. Don’t freak people out by asking six times where they live. Really, once is enough and when a general description is given you should leave it at that and not carry on and ask “So where exactly do you live?” six times with a leering smile.
  3. Personal space. I could go on for weeks about personal space and its’ diameters and how it should be respected. I really dislike strange people in my personal space. I actually just like people I know well really close to me (I don’t think that is too odd) and if strange guy that keeps on asking me where I exactly live brushes my arm ever so often I am going to get pissed.
  4. Stop staring at my phone screen, you creep.

Series I am planning to watch in the following months:

I finished Bones Season 6 last night. It was quite good but those last few episodes wrecked havoc on my stress nerves and it was emotions flying everywhere. I have to say that I am impressed with the steady pace the series manages to run – I haven’t found one season apart from season two that I found bad.

Game of Thrones (I haven’t even seen season one yet)

Breaking Bad. Everyone is telling me to go watch this.

True Detective. Also, once again, everyone is recommending.

Suits season 4

Pretty Little Liars (I am not even sure on what season they are)

Criminal Minds, from season one.

New girl from season two onwards.

Unisa:

 I am writing on the 20th and 28th of May and then the 3rd of June with my other subject being a portfolio. Naturally I am writing Chemistry first. I am slightly sad that I am taking only two subjects in the second semester – I need to pass them before I can take any related practical so I am blocked right now. I just want my degree!

Books

I am finally reading again. I’m busy with the Deathly Hallows and Nora Roberts’ Tribute as well as A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter. I want to try John Green again. I enjoyed the Fault in Our Stars very much and am excited to find out if any of his other books comes close to it.

Medical Aid

They are all screwing with you, FYI.

 

5 Things Friday: Five Things South-Africans can talk about except Oscar Pistorius

This case is driving me nuts! It is nonstop on the radio, television, newspapers, twitter, bars, clubs, the queue in Woolworths. Seriously people, can this just stop? I wish he could be either convicted or let loose because I can honestly not survive another day of hearing his name or Barry Roux or Gerrie Nel or stories about fans on balconies and people who are overly affectionate of guns.

So here are 5 topics you can discuss should you feel the need to discuss things of actual importance:

The upcoming elections

Because 99.99% of South-Africans are either dumb or blind sighted by misplaced loyalty, it is a given that the ANC will win this year’s elections. However, feel free to discuss Helen Zille’s ridiculous attire, Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s eternal hope that he will become president and Julius’s “trust-fund” to clear the money he owes to SARS.

Nkandla

Remember that ridiculous estate our President claims he didn’t ask for? Yes, talk about why we are paying so much tax, which brings us to the next point for discussion.

E-tolls

That thing road users in Gauteng are paying obscene amounts for? Mr. President, I did not ask for E-tolls so I am not paying them. Let’s all talk how we will rather go to prison than pay more taxes to our corrupt government so that more fire pools can be built.

Shrien Dewani

Who finally arrived in SA but is now in the loony bin, taking more of our tax money.

Many Other Topics

The Weather, rugby, cricket, soccer, loadshedding, how many chocolates you are planning to eat for Easter, what you will do for easter, etc. etc.

So now that you have topics, please stop talking about Oscar.

Thanks

Natasha

PS: My brand ne laptop is BROKEN, so I am planning a few posts ahead while it is being fixed. Because April is sucking, that is why.

Thoughts 3.1

I feel as if it has been ages since I wrote one of these. February flew past me with the rush to complete my book challenge, getting bogus assignments submitted (I still fully maintain that it is bogus because I simply don’t agree with the way the subject in question is compiled) and focusing on not eating a ton of nonsense (I failed spectacularly). So here goes:

Unisa

March is usually the beginning of most assignment submissions for Unisa. That means sitting my butt down and working (on real assignments)

It’s done

That is, the book challenge. I’ve been posting books throughout the year. I am likely to continue (I really do read a lot) but I’m going to reread tons as well and won’t be posting those again. I actually can’t wait to reread all my favorites.

New direction

I don’t think I will be posting specific challenges, though obviously I am not ruling it out. I think my only goal this year will be new things. New books, new music, new places, new movies, new experiences.

Upgrade

THANK FREAKING HEAVENS I AM NEARLY UPGRADING. This blackberry is driving me NUTS. IF I EVER EVEN ATTEMPT TO THINK ABOUT BUYING SUCH SHIT AGAIN BIND ME TO A CHAIR. PLEASE.

Weight, diets, exercise and exhaustion with my brain

Apparently, thinking constantly is part of my personality and star sign. It is true – I cannot stop my brain from incessantly thinking and frustrating me senseless. I just want a switch at night – can I possibly stop all these thoughts running havoc in my head?!

I am exhausted by the constant pressure of eating correctly and exercising. So I’ve essentially given up. I try to eat as healthy as possible, but I am starting to send thoughts to my brain dictating that I am not allowed to be mad at myself anymore if I fail. It is a constant process.

The Oscar Pistorius case

It really feels that everything South-Africans are proud of gets taken away. Look, we have a disabled athlete competing in the Olympics. Oh look, he shoots his girlfriend four times through a closed door on Valentine’s Day.

My opinion: It is a loss. Two beautiful, talented people. One is dead and the other one is on trial. There is no proper justice because nothing is bringing Reeva Steenkamp back. Is he guilty? I don’t think he was planning to shoot her. Is it possible he completely lost his temper and went after her? That is another question completely.

My opinion on the journalists in South-Africa: You suck. You are like a bunch of hungry dogs with a bone and have no respect or decency anymore. There is this one particular journo that is irritating me incredibly – I am not naming him – but he isn’t even remotely unbiased in anything. I am barely reading news or going on Twitter because everything is just being blown out of proportion these days.

Speaking of which

As I hope you know, South-Africa has one of the most successful youngest democracies in the world. Unfortunately though, our political parties are mainly jokes just like any other countries’. The leading party and the leading opposition (that isn’t difficult to figure out) are being complete and utter fools these days. Just grow the fuck up, please.

Movies

I’ve finally seen 500 Days of Summer (depressing) and Safe Haven (relatively good and a decent adaption of the book). I also re-watched Sleeping Beauty (the classic) and it is as awesome as my childhood memories dictate.

This one delivery guy at work

Smells like weed all the time. Honestly, who smokes weed while transporting medical samples?!

Excited about

CA winter soldier

The new Captain America movie coming out. Can’t wait!

A bit disappointed

That Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get his Oscar. Sigh L

The most irritating thing of all time:

Girls playing the I’m a wilting flower routine. How can anyone find this attractive? I want to slap people so hard that does this. Fuck man.

I should stop writing since I’m using the word Fuck a lot right now.

Sorry.

Fuck

And a pic:

3.1 ecard