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Real live Teddy Bear

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I am so lucky.

I get to share my home with a real, live Teddy Bear. (And I’m not just talking about Michael, who could also fit the bill, hehe).

No, I’m talking about this…

Seriously, y’all – if a Teddy were to come to life all ofย  sudden, this would be it.

Not just in looks, either, but personality.

He is a little aloof, just like a Teddy bear would be. And serious, like a bear.

Definitely cuddly, very Teddy-bear-esque. He lets me hug him for as long as I like.

Affectionate, but not overly so. And usually when he wants something.

And to think we named him Teddy before we even got him ๐Ÿ™‚ Life imitating art, or art imitating life?

I love my Teddy.

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June 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

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PEP stores – low prices for the people

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I love shopping at PEP stores. They used to be a store that catered for the extremely low-income group, but with a compromise in quality.

Now, while still being affordable, their stuff is of a much better quality, comparable to much more expensive stores.

I was able to buy myself this polar-fleece top last week without blowing my budget at all. (And I hadn’t intended buying any clothes this month).

I got this in the red and a nice plum colour for R79 each. Bargain. I also got a pair of takkies for R69, which I am frankly quite thrilled about, because they look and feel exactly like their predecessors at a third of the price.

The rush of a mini-shopping spree without the accompanying guilt. *like*

PS The photo is a bit dodgy, because the cellphone camera doesn’t take brilliant photo’s at night. Especially when I can’t be bothered to put it on the ‘night’ setting. Also, the pink undershirt wasn’t supposed to show. Just pretend you didn’t see it ๐Ÿ™‚








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June 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm

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Nice Saturday

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Today has pretty much been the ideal Saturday.

Sleeping late, after a very pleasantly late night.

Going to the gym (first time in yonks! It’s nice not to have the guilt for five minutes, hehe) Took out a gym membership beginning of the year and haven’t been there too much, since. I’m losing such a lot of face here – Michael is fairly unimpressed.

Nice healthy lunch – rice, chicken, steamed sweet potato, cabbage and carrots. No guilt there either, hehe. (Haven’t been eating that nutriciously this week, so have to make up for it a bit).

Taking the poochies for a walk. (Michael remarked recently that he has come to need these daily walks just as much as the dogs do. I agree with him. It is fabulous and we all get some fresh air and exercise.)

Going to watch the rugby at my parents’ house this afternoon/ evening. My dad phoned and invited us. Gonna be fun. (We will be making up for our healthy lunch by pigging out on snacks, like we always do.)

This is what I call quite a nice line-up for a restful Saturday.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and attend to the lunch, which is not smelling half bad, considering how healthy it is, lol.

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June 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

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Google doodle

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Turns out, the special, interactive Google Doodle of yesterday was even more interactive than I thought. One could actually play a tune and record it.

One Chris Phillips worked out how to play the intro to the Beatles ‘Here comes the Sun’. Click here to give it a listen.


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June 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

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Michael told me I probably shouldn’t be poking fun at criminals (or suspected ones, anyway) on my blog. He might have a point there. As amusing as I thought it was, no good could come of it. Especially considering I didn’t have permission to post the photo, blah, blah, blah. So I took it down.

If you missed it, you can read the article here. For my overseas readers who don’t know Afrikaans, a quick synopsis: The guy in the photo is suspected of stealing a laptop. Unknown to him, the laptop had software installed on it and as soon as he went online, the webcam took a photo of him and sent it to the (original) owner. And now the police are after him. A short but sweet example of poetic justice.

Have any of you been over to the Google Homepage today? There is a tribute to Les Paul up, and if you mouse over the strings, they actually play. Go and look if you haven’t seen it. Very cute.

Last night was a better night for me. I was a bit scared to go to sleep, in case I had a recurrence of what happened the night before. Yesterday evening, I had slight trouble breathing, which is a symptom I get when I’m having a relapse. Fortunately, it passed quickly

I needn’t have worried. I slept fine and woke up fine. Hopefully, it had just been due to a freak spike in body temperature, and was not a precursor to anything more sinister.

That is the thing I love most about the medication I am on. Even if I do get a symptom or two, the meds seem to override it, and stop it in its tracks before it becomes a full-blown relapse. I could live with that!

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June 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

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Crap night

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I woke up[ in the middle of the night with rampant MS symptoms.

I don’t know what caused it. Maybe that I got way too hot. I actually felt a bit feverish.

My whole body had that disgusting restless leg feeling. My skin felt like it was crawling and numb and I wanted to ‘gril,’ to use a good Afrikaans word, in the places where my pajamas were touching my skin. It just felt really gross and upsetting, because it has been absolute ages since I have had that feeling.

My MS has been so absent lately that I have gotten complacent about it, thinking thoughts like maybe I should go off my meds and M & I have a baby.

Well, last night cured me of thoughts like that. There is no way that I want to willingly go back to that place.

Today, I feel none the worse for wear, bar a slightly more-numb-than-usual feeling in my feet, which does happen from time to time.

I am over-analysing what might have caused last night’s symptoms.

Part of me is worried that it may be as a result of our new wireless router. I do get obvious symptoms if I speak on a cellphone for longer than 10 minutes, so I reckon I am more sensitive than usual to radio waves/ radiation etc.

The more likely explanation is that my hormones are slightly out of sync this month. Hormones can have a noticeable effect on MS symptoms. I have observed this before, so I am plumping for this as the most probable explanation.

I really hope it was a once-off, because July 18 will mark 2 years without me having had a relapse that requires hospitalisation. That would really be A+!

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June 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

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I did something strange today.

Or maybe it isn’t strange, maybe other people do it every day. Especially Lebanese people.

I made Tabbouleh.

I’ve never eaten it, or even seen it before, but it is supposed to be a delicious and healthy salad from the Middle East, made with bulgar wheat, fresh parsley and mint, lemon juice, garlic, tomato, onion and olive-oil. Recipe here.

I’ve been noodling the idea around in my head for some time, after reading the recipe online. I’m always on the lookout for tasty and nutricious recipes to make. I don’t always get so far as to actually make them, lol. But I’m always on the lookout.

Anyway, when I saw some organic parsley and organic mint at our local Pick ‘n Pay the other day, I had to give it a go.

So I made it this morning, and it is currently chilling in the fridge, letting the flavours ‘soak in’. We will have it for lunch with lamb chops and mashed potato. I’ll let y’all know how that works out. Smells wonderfully garlicky and minty ๐Ÿ™‚ Which may or may not be a good thing ๐Ÿ™‚


Okay. Verdict time:

I wasn’t that keen on it, truth be told. Maybe I could acquire a taste for it, but I found it a little too ‘earthy’ for my tastes. Too wholesome, lol. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at the sharp taste – I mean, I saw how much lemon juice went into it. My saliva glands are working just typing this out, lol.

Michael, on the other hand, loved it.

It was certainly pretty.

Michael says he enjoyed it with the lamb chop and mashed potato…

I’m still not convinced about it. But it did remind me of Christmas, with all that mint in ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ll be having the leftovers for supper, with cheese-puffs and veggies.

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June 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm

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