Monday, December 15, 2014

Did you know?

The kids and I are planning on watching tons of Christmas movies next week when we are on vacation.

So, seeing as we are coming up with our list of must see Christmas movies I was wondering if you knew the answer to these questions:

Do you know which actor appeared in both ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘Elf’?

Peter Billingsley

Despite now directing and producing movies more than act in them Peter Billingsley likes to go back and take on small acting roles from time to time.

In ‘Elf’ he was one of the elves in Santa’s shop.

Did you what color the original Grinch was?

Black and white, with shades of red, which is how Dr. Seuss created him.

But, according to legend, Chuck Jones who directed the Grinch movie wanted him to be green just like all the ugly rental cars driving around in the Washington-Baltimore area.

Did you know that Jack Skellington makes a ‘hidden’ appearance in at least 4 other movies?

-        - Beetlejuice (on the top of the carnival hat that Beetlejuice wears)
-        -  The Princess and the Frog (as one of the Shadow Demons summoned by Dr. Facilier)
-        -  Alice in Wonderland (as the design in the Mad Hatters Bow and Tie)
-        -  Coraline (his head appears in the egg yolk)

Did you know that Hugh Grant really did not want to do ‘that dance scene’ in Love Actually?

According to the director Richard Curtis he was really grumpy about doing it, saying that it wasn’t very ministerial. They only shot that scene on the final day.

I’m so glad they added it, cause I just love it.

Do you watch re-watch Christmas movies?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DYI - How to get what you want for Christmas

I know, I know, who on earth can remember when last I actually blogged. Never mind that! It is December 2, which means that Christmas is only 23 days away … because I start celebrating Christmas on the 24th

Christmas eve, duh!

I haven’t put up our decorations yet, Sinterklaas must first stop by house (the night of the 5th of December), then we can put up the Christmas decorations.

But all of this doesn’t mean that I’m not in the Christmas mood yet. I’ve already started asking the kids what it is that they would like this year.

Cat would like a MacBook Air or an Ipod 5 (yeah I know, cheap requests) and Tiger has asked for a tv or a hanging chair from Ikea with a couple of PS3 games. Sadly for them I had to tell them that Santa is not quite rich enough for their tastes this year.

Why is it that some people as so hard to buy for? I have a two friends who are really hard to shop for. The one even more so than the other. And to top it, she also has her birthday in December! She is also a good gift giver or maybe I’m just good at leaving hints.

Do you find it easy to buy gifts for your friends? Do they or you leave hints around?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

50 questions

Here I go, stealing yet another blog post idea from someone else … who got the idea from someone else …. It’s the way some of us blog, sometimes, not all the time. I got this list of questions off one of my favourite blogs so I’m just going to say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – Thanks Christina!

1. What are you wearing?
Black maxi skirt, white t with yellow zebras on it

2. Ever been in love?

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?
Well, at the time I thought so but in retrospect it really wasn’t so bad and I’m very glad it happened.

4. How tall are you?
To my surprise I’m 1.61 cm I always used to be 1.58 (5 foot 30 – I have no idea when I grew

5. How much do you weigh?
10 kg / 22 pounds too much

6. Any tattoos?
Not yet

7. Any piercings?
Right now, just one hole in each ear and a semi closed belly piercing

8. OTP (one true pair, favourite fictional couple)? 
Rick & Kate (Castle) but if they split up now in the 7th season I’m going to be very annoyed

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9. Favourite shows?
Too many to list, but you can read all about some here

10. Favourite bands?
How do you pick one band? Okay, if I’m forced to I’ll have to say the band that I have loved for the longest time: Aerosmith

11. Something you miss?
My sanity! 
WHo am I kidding I've never been sane.
I would have to say my BFFs Char & Dette who live too far away (South Africa) and I don't get to see nearly enough

12. Favourite song?
It all depends on the day/my mood etc but, at the moment every time I hear either of these songs I get a smile on my face:

All about the base – Meghan Trainor

Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

13. How old are you?
36 (for another 2 weeks)

14. Zodiac sign?

15. Quality you look for in a partner?
Logical thinking! Fun, good sense or humour, loyalty 
Someone who will love me faults and all

16. Favourite Quote?
I have two, both by Eleanor Roosevelt:
‘Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be’
‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent’

17. Favourite actor?
For looks: Dwayne Johnson
For movies: It all depends on for which genre, I love Robert Downy Jr. Kevin Spacey, Jeff Daniels, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson etc etc

18. Favourite colour?
I don’t know why but for some reason I seem to be buying Teal coloured things at the moment. I even bought a Teal coloured bookshelf for our lounge
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19. Loud music or soft?
Both, is a party time or sleep time or road trip time?

20. Where do you go when you’re sad?
No where … I still have to do what I have to do

21. How long does it take you to shower?
I have no idea but I don’t take long I can tell you that.

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
If it is just myself excluding sorting out the kids/breakfast etc …. 20 – 30 min max

23. Ever been in a physical fight?
I once, many years ago slapped someone (as in, in high school)

24. Turn on?
Confidence but not arrogance

25. Turn off? 
Arrogance or just being creepy

26. The reason I started blogging?
I was a bored in the office, started reading some blogs and decided it might be a fun way to sort of keep track of our life and voice my opinion on random stuff

27. Fears?
Other than the obvious …something happening to the people I love …getting stuck in a small space and even worse than that, getting stuck in a small space filled with moths! I don’t like small spaces or moths (yeah I know that being scared of moths is totally irrational)

28. Last thing that made you cry?
I can’t remember …. (yeah, I’ve been told that I’m a heartless ‘bi-atch’

29. Last time you said you loved someone?
This morning as I hopped out the van at the station, to Himself & the kids.

30. Meaning behind the name of your blog?
Well, I really hope my kids turn out ok (screwed up just enough to make them interesting people without being so screwed up that they can’t function normally

31. Last book you read?
The Demons of Ghent (Forbidden Spaces trilogy #2) by Helen Grant.
Not a 10/10 but not a 4/10 either, just an easy quick read

32. The book you’re currently reading? 
Nothing, shocking I know I forgot to grab a new book off the shelf this morning

33. Last show you watched?
Madam Secretary – only episode 2 but I’m liking it so far

34. Last person you talked to?
Someone in the office

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
Friend and Himself’s business partner

36. Favorite food?
Cake! Is cake a food? Okay then bread

37. Place you want to visit?
USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada back to Namibia and lots of places in Europe

38. Last place you visited?
Not sure if my trip to South Africa in March counts or the trip to Frankfurt airport to pick up the kids in August so I’ll have to say Köln, Germany

39. Do you have a crush?
Yes, I have eyes in my head :)
Boy crush: Channing Tatum, I mean how can one look at this picture and not drool?!
Girl crush: Olivia Munn, she is smoking!

40. Last time you kissed someone?
Himself, this morning

41. Last time you were insulted?
You mean people aren’t insulted on a daily basis by their husband and kids??

42. Favourite flavour of sweet?
I like sour sweets

43. What instruments do you play?
I could, once upon a time play the piano

44. Favourite piece of jewellery?
Sentimental jewellery: wedding/engagement rings & the two ‘push’ rings I got
But as far as everyday jewellery goes, at the moment,  I’m wearing a small gold peace sign earing every day

45. Last sport you played?
Does watching sport count? I do a lot of watching. (soccer, swimming)
As for myself, probably when I cycled to the shop, does that count? If it has to be a competitive sport I have no idea, it might have been when we had a jump rope skip-off at home

46. Last song you sang?
Can’t take my eyes off of you (from 10 Things I hate about you) One of the guys in the office starting singing it when we walked back from getting coffee and I couldn’t resist singing along. Don’t worry we were in the staircase, no-one heard me.

47. Favourite chat up line?
Dude, I’ve been married since the turn of the century, people don’t try to chat me up and I sure as heck don’t think Himself ever used a particular line on me. At least not one that I can remember.

48. Have you ever used it?
Didn’t have to, according to Himself it was love at first sight (took me much longer to fall in love with him)

49. Last time you hung out with anyone?
Sunday. The weather was great so we had our last summer BruBQ at the Bru House

50. Who should answer these questions next?

Everyone! I love reading these questions and answers!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Just for fun

I’m ‘stealing’ todays post idea from the fabulous Lena! Cause I’m hoping that some of her fabulousness will rub off on me. Also cause I really don’t feel like doing any real work today. Be honest, do you?

Okay, so with a month to go before Halloween my girlfriends and I have been discussing our outfits. So I thought these Buzzfeed quizzes might just help you decide what you can dress up as for Halloween this year.
ake the test & post your results in the comments.

O you want to hear what my answers was, well okay, I’ll do the test.

My 80s costume: Rainbow Brite
My 90s costume: Winifred Sanderson
And of Himself were to dress up as a couple we would dress up as: Remus Lupin & Nymhadora Tonks – say what???

Okay, your turn:



Monday, September 29, 2014

Getting paid

The first time I baked a cake was for Cat’s 1st birthday. It was, in a word, a disaster. In fact, it was so bad (about 10cm high) that my brother-in-law baked a new cake the morning of the party.

I am glad to say that things have improved over the years. In fact, baking cakes is now something that I do for fun. I try not to do it too often though cause, if I did, I would roll around not walk around.

For the most part I bake for the kids birthdays and have baked a couple of cakes for friends,  or for the office. But, I got my first ‘official cake order’ from one of the mom at the school. 

She sent a message via her daughter via Cat: ‘Would I mind baking a cake for her youngest’. I sent a message back, ‘sure, what kind of cake and for when?’ Well, on Thursday evening at swimming Nelly told me that her mom would need the cake on Saturday and can it please be a Ben10 themed vanilla cake.

So on Friday, while I was at work my very handy/helpful/kind brother-in-law baked the cakes for me. Then, while Himself was at swimming with Cat, Cliff & I frosted the cake. It really does help to have a second pair of hands when you work with fondant, not to mention that it is really nice to have a man who can roll it out for you. 

I was pretty happy with the outcome. Of course there are many things that I can find fault with but, the ‘client’ was happy. Also, it turns out that I could have charge more for the cake which would have been nice since I gave ½ my earnings  Cliff. Hey, he deserved it.

The big question is, will this be the last order? I have to bake another cake on Friday for Tiger's birthday party but it is going to be dead easy in comparison since all he wants is a football shirt (hope this doesn't turn out to be a case of famous last words).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hi, my name is Jo

and I am a bit of a TV addict, especially in fall!

I can’t wait for some of my favorite shows to come back and the news shows, ooh there are a couple that I can’t wait to see.

So, which shows am I talking about?

Here are some of my favourite returning shows:

And here are some of the news shows I'm quite excited about:

How about you? Which shows are you excited about?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Girls day out / Belated birthday celebration

Just over 12 years ago, these two girls were born a couple of hours apart. The one,  a couple of days after her due date, the other,  two & ½ weeks before her due date.

It is quite a funny story. I was on the phone with Noreen on the Monday, listening to her bemoan the fact that she was still pregnant. Only, I interrupted her every once in a while to deal with my ‘braxton hicks’. She sat on the other side of the phone timing my ‘braxton hicks’ which were coming a steady 10 minutes apart and suggested that I get myself to the hospital. 'Why?' I asked, 'I’m not due for ages yet'.

Anyway, long story short. On Thursday evening her husband Jan rang us say that Alannah had been born only to find a message on their answering machine telling him that Cat had been born.

We moved back to South Africa when Cat was about 5 months old and then moved back to Belgium the Christmas after her 4th birthday. So, since their 5th birthday the girls have had a combined birthday party. This year was the first year that they didn’t have one.

To make up for this we had a girls day in Brussels yesterday. Lunch at the Hard Rock where they got free ice cream. Followed by walking around down town Brussels. 

Cat & I took them to go and check out the peeing statues which Alannah has never seen before. 

The Manneken-Pis, the Jeanneke-Pis and the canine Zinneke pis

It was also car free day in Brussels. Once a year the entire city is car free (cept for the free busses and a small number for taxis). Everyone takes to the streets on their bicycles, roller-blades or just walking. 

There were all kinds of stands up all around town handing out free stuff... there was a free spin class outside of the Central station, marching bands and girls handing out free hugs etc,  etc …
Free hugs and a spin class ... all on offer just outside Central station

Car free street

One of the Pilgrims shells which marks the route the pilgrims took to Santiago de Compostela in Spain

Husband came home early? - one of the many comic strip mural paintings which can be found all around Brussels

Despite the moody/sulky start to the day (Cat) it turned out great and both girls had loads of fun. I can’t believe how big they are getting.