No longer drawing a blank

When was the last time your walked away from a discussion, only to think of The Perfect Comeback hours later? Recreate the scene for us, and use your winning line.

giant

Since I am of the habit to always draw a blank, I decided to tell you instead of a scenario which took place about two weeks ago, where I did not draw a blank!  Personal growth, I love you!

In May 2013 I did a post on my Fight or Flight response.  I am glad to report that it is no longer a valid response!

About 2 weeks ago, Jacques and I went to a local pub to watch one of the Super 15 rugby games.  On the way out he popped over to the loo and I waited for him at the door.  Out of the blue and for no apparent reason, some idiot (obviously made very brave by the amount of alcohol he consumed) dared to approach me from behind.  As if the approach was not bad enough, he called me “Poppie” (little doll).  Now, I am  no one’s little doll.  It is a typical Afrikaans nickname for a girl, but one that has sent me over the brink ever since I can remember!

I turned around and, from nowhere, was filled with a rage that I’ve never known before.  I think all my pent-up frustration was spilled over to this poor sod who incidentally was a rather large man, who quite frankly had no idea what was about to hit him!  I took the single step that separated the space between us, firmly gripped his shirt right at the center of his chest, turning my wrist with such force that it tore half of my nail right out of the nail bed (I only noticed that much, much later when I tried to figure out where the bleeding was coming from!).  While turning my wrist, I was also pushing him backwards and my free hand had an index finger in his face.  In very unsavory terms, which I choose not to utter here, I told him to never do that again.

From the corner of my eye, I saw Jacques exiting the bathroom and his jaw almost hit the floor when he saw me pushing and shoving and shouting at this giant.  Shame, poor guy, I’m sure it was the very last thing he expected and hopefully I have saved a couple of young ladies the indignity!

A day or so later, Jacques and I had a good laugh about it and only then did I come to the realization that, for the first time ever, I did not freeze!

So yay for me!  I have always been slightly concerned about the fact that, if someone had to attack me, I would not be able to defend myself.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not under the impression that I am now Superwoman, but at least I now know that I will be able to put up a little bit of a fight.

Where others are drawing a blank:

  1. Heated | The Rider
  2. Heated | The Magic Black Book
  3. Heaven And Hell As I Think It | I am Mike Obiora
  4. DP: Heated | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  5. Drawing a Blank: Another Short Post | Khana’s Web
  6. Daily Prompt: Drawing a Blank – show us HEATED. | masadiso79’s Blog
  7. Drawing a Blank | Geek Ergo Sum
  8. Daily Prompt: Drawing a Blank « Mama Bear Musings
  9. Daily Prompt: Drawing a Blank | Vagabond
  10. Daily Prompt: Drawing a Blank | Under the Monkey Tree
  11. Believing in Atheism? | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  12. So that’s my finely tuned cover blown…thanks for that. | thoughtsofrkh
  13. While I Burned: A Demonstration of Artistic Improvement | DG Toons
  14. Just a Dish! | Daily Prompt: Drawing a Blank | Being a Huntress
  15. Daily Prompt : Drawing a Blank >>> Zoning Out | From Ground to Home

Life after blogs

Your life without a computer: what does it look like?

writing

Oh no!!!  No computer, no blog!!!  No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Someone please wake me up from this nightmare existence!

I desperately need a keyboard to purge my soul of all the words struggling to find their way out.  My mouth simply can’t comprehend the foreign language brought forth by my brain.  However, when I bypass the mouth and let it flow from my brain through my finger tips, it culminates to a blissful release.

I have a huge respect for the great writers: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemmingway for instance.  How did they do it.  How did they put quill to paper and get thousand of people to read their work without internet connectivity, without email and online publishers?  Respect!

No, I can’t imagine how they did it or even fathom the possibility of me being able to do it!

What others would do without blogs:

  1. Masterpiece, it’s all dependent on perspective | weliveinaflat
  2. Digital Detox | MC’s Whispers
  3. Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs| Disconnected | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs | Alastair’s Blog
  5. Go on Actual Blind Dates | Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs | likereadingontrains
  6. Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs « Mama Bear Musings
  7. A Fairy Tale Tribunal | Spirit Lights The Way
  8. Poem – Reboot | Cozy Compulsions @ Midnight
  9. Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs | suzie81’s Blog
  10. Remembering When . . . | meanderedwanderings
  11. Zoe without computers… Shhhh! It would be… | Mad Pot
  12. Daily Prompt: Without | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  13. Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs | Retired2Travel
  14. Where would I be without my Computer? | Linda Nelson
  15. Off-Limits… | DG Toons

 

Back to School

If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?

boutros-boutros-ghali

I am one of those “freaks” who really would not mind going back to school.  The other day we tried to explain the concept to Luke:

When you are in school, you wake up, get dressed (in the clothes already set out for you), eat breakfast in bed, brush your teeth and hair and go to school.  Once there, you spend time with your friends, get two breaks in which you get to eat the lunch, which was packed for you.  O yes, you need to apply your brain for about 6 hours of that time too.  You go home and spend, at most, 2 hours on homework and then you get to play until dinner is set out for you before you are taken to bed and tucked in with a story.  Add to that the fact that you get no less than four holidays per year!  Bliss!

For some odd reason, he just can’t seem to grasp the concept.  Hey, we were all there once, right?

Heck, I would go back to school any day!  What subject would I master?

For starters, I would look at final year as exactly that: my final year to put in my best effort, to study like there is no tomorrow and achieve the best possible marks.

I would definitely want to revisit Grade 7 and opt to continue with History as an elected subject.  If I knew then what I know now, Mr Joubert with his yellow mustache and teeth and his liking for spanking girls (yes, corporal punishment was still allowed) and Boutros Boutros Ghali, would not have deterred me and I would have carried on with History.  I regret not having pursued it, as there is so much about history that I simply don’t know.  Silly old perv completely turned me off history and I missed out!

Thank goodness for Google and Wikipedia!  Now I get to learn all I want about the subject, without a smelly perv staring over my shoulder!

What other bloggers would want to master:

  1. Daily Prompt: Back to School | Under the Monkey Tree
  2. Daily Prompt: Back to School | Black and White Heart
  3. Photography | Daily Prompt: Back to School | Being a Huntress
  4. Daily Prompt: Back to School | Life is great
  5. Potions, Anyone? | windandlaughter
  6. Back to School | Geek Ergo Sum
  7. If I am back to school…. | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  8. Back to School | The Coffee Darling
  9. Science Journalism, yay! | Sincerely, Ms. Roberts
  10. Daily Prompt: Back To School | suzie81’s Blog
  11. Daily Prompt: Back to School | I Read Encyclopedias for Fun
  12. Daily Prompt: Back to School | Retired2Travel
  13. Sincerely, Your Bitch for Life | My Beautiful Breakdown
  14. Master Mind [Daily Prompt: Back to School] | unknowinglee
  15. What I Would Master | dreamingforme

A friend in need

Finish this sentence: “My closest friend is…”

Everyone who knows me and loves me understand that there is only one answer to this question:

mom

My mom!

My mother is so much more than just a mom.  She is my best friend and closest ally.  She is soft and cuddly and fun (as described by Luke) and (according to him) I should really try to be less uptight about everything and be more like her.

She has lived enough life for three lifetimes, yet she still has the spirit of an 18 year old!  She has gone paragliding and quad-racing, she is planning to go bungee-jumping some time before the end of the year and her list of “to do” items are never ending.  Her passion for life is insatiable!

Together we have laughed and cried and cried and laughed.  We have baked and cooked and sewed and ran.  My mom have taught me about life and love and and cats and God and I love this woman to bits.

God sure knew what He was doing when He picked my mom out of the bunch!

Here are some more true friends:

  1. Friendship | Sithiram
  2. Daily Prompt: A Friend in Need | Artsy Susie
  3. My Closest Friend is…Dying | Kami’s Beautiful Morning
  4. Friendship Said and Unsaid: Squeak and Mary Agnes | Love Mekanism
  5. Daily Prompt: My Closest Friend Is… | Quando Porci Volare
  6. Daily Prompt: A Friend in Need | 4 The Sensitive
  7. Is Your Conscience Your Best Friend? | Joseph Rathjen – Freelance Writing Services and Blog
  8. Daily Prompt: A Friend in Need | An Angel Placed in My Life | Jazrylle Lel
  9. She is not my Best Friend | Moupinion

 

From the Collection of the Artist

It’s the year 2113. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2013. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?

ratrace

Image:  http://legit-faith.com/2012/03/06/the-rat-race/

Join us for an insightful evening into  life as it was known in 2013.

A sorry time in human history when time and money had more value than family, compassion and love or spirituality.  A time where very few realized that if you win the rat race, you are still only a rat.

Journey with us through the year that was as we showcase how humans would leave home before sunrise and get home long after sunset.  A time when children spent their formation years with strangers who became “parents” while parents became people, known only in the dark hours of the day, who were only their to discipline and talk about stress and worries that consumed their every thought.  2013 Was a time when “everything” could be bought: love, affection, trust.  Money was seen as the key to happiness and this led to a culture of constantly racing:  to be more and have more than the Jones’.  A time where the human life held virtually no value and respect for self and others became a foreign concept.

Come journey with us and witness the madness that was humanity in 2013.

Some more thoughts on 2013:

  1. To Know Me | clarior e tenebris
  2. From the Collection of the Artist | Geek Ergo Sum
  3. Retrospective Views | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  4. All Roads lead to Metro Manila | Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | likereadingontrains
  5. Dog food. Cat bowl. | weliveinaflat
  6. 24 July Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | Family, Photos, Food and Craft
  7. Remembering Humans | Black and White Heart
  8. Agree Or Disagree, They Called It Art | The Jittery Goat
  9. Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | George and Nigel
  10. Or, Well, Was, Is | Good2begone
  11. Conflict And Change | Tony’s Texts
  12. History of Mankind: A Tour in 2113 | it writes itself
  13. Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | The Daily Post « The Blogging Path
  14. Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | Welcome to Joshua Montrell Woodard’s Blog Site!
  15. Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

JAVA ME!!!

If a restaurant were to name something after you, what would it be? Describe it. (Bonus points if you give us a recipe!)

chochino

I might have mentioned once or twice before that I might have a small caffeine addiction.  Jacques teased this weekend that my tombstone needs no words, just a picture of a sizzling cup of Java!  So true.

My recipe would definitely be for a Chococino.  For those who pay attention to their weight or are very health conscious, this might just send you reeling, so I apologize in advance!

Double shot of espresso – proper espresso, none of that watered down stuff.

Full Cream Milk – slowly brought to boiling point.

Lindt 75% Cacao Chocolate – 3 – 4 blocks will do

2 Marshmallows, snipped into tiny pieces

Get yourself a large mug, chug it all together and stir.

Finally, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings!

Find a quiet spot and enjoy!

Voila!

Your hips might regret it, but you sure wont!

PS No need to thank me, just spread the love!

Some more tantalizing recipes:

  1. Shake me and I rattle | The Magic Black Book
  2. You, The Sandwich (Meat) | Geek Ergo Sum
  3. Daily Prompt: You, the Sandwich | suzie81’s Blog
  4. Leche Flan Ice Cream Sandwich | Daily Prompt: You, the Sandwich | likereadingontrains
  5. Welcome to Restaurant “Caprice Infatuation” | Ramisa the Authoress
  6. The ferocious breakfast stack | Right Down My Alley
  7. Angelini’s Shrimp Tacos! | Mary Angelini Photography
  8. Smoked Rider Eisbein- sorry, not kosher or halaal | The Rider
  9. Daily Prompt: Me And The Sausage | Mindful Splatter
  10. “Oh, Oh, Oh, I’ll Take The Jittery Goat Special!” With Recipe | The Jittery Goat
  11. Daily Prompt: You, the Sandwich | Retired2Travel
  12. Daily Prompt: Dinner | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  13. And today’s special is- ‘The dish not yet perfected’ | Expressions
  14. Pure Cyn | clarior e tenebris
  15. The KJam | The Road to Published

A career in Political Writing?

Go to your Stats page and check your top 3-5 posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them, and write about it.

top 5

Here are my Top 5 posts since I started blogging:

Eugene Tere’blance, Julius Malema and everyone inbetween

About

On being hugged by a black guy

An Open Letter to Ina Bonnette

What happens when Madiba dies?

I must admit, I was quite surprised when I discovered that 3 of the Top 5 posts related to politics in South Africa.  I was secretly hoping that my posts about personal growth and being positive would be top of the list.  Mmmm, very interesting indeed.  Perhaps I should be looking into doing more posts about politics?  What do you think?

I will run a poll later and would love to hear what you think!

Some insight into other blogs:

  1. Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection | flow of my soul
  2. Statistical Connections | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  3. Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection | suzie81’s Blog
  4. Small Windows | Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection | likereadingontrains
  5. I Have Dreams About Stats. And Nightmares! | Black and White Heart
  6. The key to success | Sue’s Trifles
  7. Obvious Connections | clarior e tenebris
  8. The Stat Connection | Geek Ergo Sum
  9. To Write A Blog Post | Lewis Cave
  10. Hi there | Relax…
  11. Whoring Statistics | My Beautiful Breakdown
  12. Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection > Elementary, My Dear Watson | From Ground to Home
  13. What Makes A Good Blog Post – Or Not? | The Jittery Goat
  14. Stats | Hope* the happy hugger
  15. Connection | windandlaughter

Not Much of a Party Animal

After spending time with a group of people, do you feel energized and ready for anything or do you want to hide in the corner with a good book?

wallflower

http://www.absolutesunday.blogspot.com

I love people watching.  There is just something about sitting in a busy mall and watching them go by.

Couples, young and in love or old and content with each other.  Families, toddlers, bursting with energy and teenagers, sulking about having to go along.  The lone man, walking around almost aimlessly, worry creasing his brow and the lone woman, giggling at a private joke or trying to hide the tears.

I never ceases to amaze me that each one of them have a story to tell.  Every human being on this planet have a private joy or private fear; we all carry anger or resentment, love or compassion.  The human machine never stops producing memories or emotions, it never stops not even when we sleep.  I am completely fascinated by the wonder of the mechanics of the human soul and what we do with it.

So no, I am not a party animal, but I do love being the wall flower, sitting quietly in the background and taking stock of that which is the human nature!

For some more examples of the wonder of the human machine go look what other bloggers (each with their own opinion) had to say on this prompt:

  1. 21 july Daily Prompt: Party Animals (?) | family photos food & craft
  2. Will you play with me? |
  3. Personality | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  4. Daily Prompt: From Dr. Hyde’s Perspective | The Whimsical Circumlocutor
  5. Daily Prompt: Party Animals (?) | writinglikeastoner
  6. Daily Prompt: Party Animals (?) | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  7. I Do Not Photoshop Any Picture I Upload | Daily Prompt: Party Animals (?) | likereadingontrains
  8. ‘Tis Not Something You Ask An Introvert | Black and White Heart
  9. Party Animal with Social Anxiety | Tony’s Texts
  10. Daily Prompt: Party Animals | suzie81’s Blog
  11. A Daily Prompt Poem: Personality « Vicariously Poetic
  12. Which Party Known By | clarior e tenebris
  13. Daily Prompt: Party Animals (?) « The Blogging Path
  14. The After Party Diner (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  15. Party Animals (?): Who Was She? | Khana’s Web

There’s no place like home

Catching up on some Daily Prompts.  I am waaaaay behind, I know, but it’s been hectic!  So here goes:

If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you?

home

I’m certain we have covered this one before?  Yes, definitely we have, my response to the prompt can be read here.

Since writing that piece, I must admit that I would be nice to have a “home-base” to return to between travels.

I’ll settle for Spain, thank you kindly!

Here is what other bloggers had to say:

  1. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home | The Bluebird of Happiness 幸福
  2. Daily Prompt: There’s no place like home | con-Stella-rations
  3. Home of the Nomads | toopietheturtle
  4. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home. « Meanwyle…
  5. Questions for a Nomadic Snail | E & E
  6. pencil pilot
  7. Daily Prompt: Moving | sukies original
  8. daily post challenge/There is no place like home | Carmela Snelbaker
  9. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  10. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home | Let There be Peace on Earth
  11. Home | Hekau: Words of Power
  12. Why This Is Not A Travel Blog | Breathing Space
  13. Home | aNadventures
  14. Nomadic Retirement: The American Way | Resident Alien — Being Dutch in America
  15. So. I went to Michigan | Adventures in the Underground

Fly on multiple walls

If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

Well there is the day I was born, for one. Further than that? OK, how about the Great Depression? I’m pretty sure I can learn a couple of money saving housekeeping tips from those ladies. You want me to go back even further? How about the day Jan van Riebeeck first set foot in Cape Town and the first Dinner and Dance they held at the castle? What a day that must have been!

Point is, there are so many moments in history that I would love to see happen right there in front of me, but right now I have something else in mind.

Since I was a little girl I have been fascinated by royalty. Not because I would want that lifestyle, no thank you. It all started with Lady Di – her shy smile, compassion for humanity and gentle defiance of the rules and regulations. I’ve always wondered about them, the royalty that is. They are after all only human. They get runny noses and ingrown toenails, they have to shave and use the toilet. I guess if you are born into it like Princes Harry and William, you get used to it, but I still pity them. I mean really, they will never know what it is like to have a “normal” life.

What do they get up to? Do they ever “let their hair down” behind closed doors or are they truly that prim and proper from morning to night? What does the Queen do when she’s “home alone”, apart from the servants and butlers and cleaners and chamber maids and so on. How do they talk to each other? I can’t quite see Prince Phillip go “Top of the morning to ya, man did I have gas last night!” What do they have for family dinners and what do they discuss? Do they ever get take-outs? Do they ever talk about normal stuff like ingrown toe nails? Are the children ever allowed to play in the mud and do they become naughty too? How do they argue or make love – do they have protocol for that too? Do they ever go to the kitchen on a whim to make a cup of hot chocolate and then sit down in front of the fireplace in PJ’s to read a book?

I certainly don’t envy them. Sure it would be nice to never have to do the dishes or laundry again. It would definitely be nice to have someone do the shopping for you and to have a hairdresser and manicurist and personal shopper and massage therapist at your disposal. Would I want to trade my freedom as such for all the benefits? No thanks! I would much rather have my personal freedom and the ability to make my own decisions intact as opposed to having all the luxury that goes with the title. I can choose the spend a Saturday in my PJ’s, eating pizza and watching movies with Luke and Jacques and that is exactly how I like it!

Right now, and for the next month or so, I would simply love to be a fly on the wall in London. I’d love see whether the Duchess of Cambridge also suffer from pre-natal anxiety about her mothering abilities. I’d love to see whether the Duke of Cambridge will go green around the mouth and pass out when the baby is born. I’d love the see that millisecond of a moment when they are reduced to pure human emotion when they first hold their baby in their arms. I’d love the see whether the Queen will pace the halls of Buckingham Palace while anxiously (does she even get anxious?) waiting for the news that the baby was delivered and have all 10 fingers and toes. I’d love to see the Pyjama Drill! Will the Duke and Duchess get up to change nappies and feed baby, or will someone do it for them? That is an integral part of the bonding process, how will they handle that? I think Kate, like Diana, will be gently defiant of the protocol and raise the baby with a sense of “normality”, but I think it will still be a difficult task.

It should be fun to be on the inside of that circle for a while. Perhaps I should check for vacancies? Or better, I could offer to be ghost-writer for the royal baby – capturing every moment in print! Hey, I’ll even change nappies in exchange! Just saying…