Lent. Easter. And coffee.

Lent is the season that begins on Ash Wednesday and finishes today on Easter Sunday. During this time, Catholics historically practice the art of sacrifice for the sake of soul strengthening.

This year I gave up coffee. I thought it would be tough but I actually didn’t really miss it. And this morning when I drank it again, it wasn’t even that amazing.

Because I believe that religion should be about dignity, not depravity, I also tried this lent, to commit to something more meaningful than just a bunch of beans. I made the decision to spend the 46 days of lent being more positive and upbeat.

I’ve always been a glass half full kinda girl. But at work, I find it easy to get drawn into negativity. Sometimes my work place can be a real energy vampire! I really wanted to stop getting involved in the daily huddles, where people speak in whispered tones about what’s going on with them and other people.

I have to say that it was initially hard. I’d hear people gossiping and have to force myself to control my curiosity. But the upside is that I’ve been incredibly productive over the last 6 weeks. Also, I’ve realised that when you encourage yourself to mentally raise your vibration, being positive all day, every day is easy. Even when you don’t have caffeine to help you.

Happy Easter.



It’s quiz time!

You know I love a quiz or five. Here’s a few I’ve done lately. Mostly from Buzz Feed which are usually silly, mostly wrong but always entertaining.

1) The great language game
Think you can distinguish between 80 of the world’s most spoken languages? I only got three wrong! This was fun!

2) What hidden talent do you have?
Apparently mine is ballet! While I did do ballet classes when I was little, these days, my posture is hunchey and my body lumpy. So I’m sorry Buzz Feed, I’m not sure this can be true.

Do this quick quizz and tell me about your secret talents!

3) What font are you? 
Times New Roman apparently! Ugh. It’s my least favourite font. I hate serifs.

It said this about me “You’re a classic — a constant, reliable, secretly sexy classic. Anyone who thinks they can turn in a term paper or a resumé that doesn’t feature you is fooling themselves, and you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.”

I call bull shit. What font are you?

4) Which city should you live in? 
Mine was Cape Town. Interesting…and kinda true! Well, the first and last sentences anyway!
“You have never been able to sit still a single day in your life. An avid adventurer you are always looking for the most unconventional way to do things. You love city life, but couldn’t imagine life without getting out into nature every once in a while.”

Where should you live? 

5) What career should you actually have?
I should be an astronaut apparently. This is getting ridiculous. What did you get? 

I’ll end here.


Read, watch, hear

Read it! 

Something I love about Ian is how well he knows me. I know it seems obvious that the person I’m married to should know me better than anyone. So I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t take it for granted. It’s one of my favourite things.

Even though we have very different taste in, well, everything (!), E always knows what I’ll like, what will inspire me and what will scare me. He gently pushes me to read different things, watch different things and try different things. And I know I need pushing sometimes.

So this short story by Issac Asimov is not something I’d normally even come across, let alone read. It’s not my preferred genre. But it was good. And E knew I’d like it, because the ending (which you MUST NOT skip to prematurely) echoes thoughts I often have about the world.

Watch it! 
I also wanted to share with you a video I came across which I similarly, knew that Ian would be interested to watch.

Seeing this guy base jump and then free dive made my own lungs positively ache. I kept finding that while I was watching it, I was holding my breathe and then gasping for air. At the same time though, the whole thing felt quite ethereal.

Hear it!
Earlier this year, a couple of different bloggers I love talked about how much they enjoy pod casts. Tomas and Jones and Joy the Baker both posted about their favourite things to listen to. Between their own recommendations and those mentioned by their blog commenters, I had a big long list to start working my way through.

I’ve always been a strictly vodcast girl myself. In the past, I’ve found it hard to listen to audio books, radio shows or podcasts because without a visual, my mind tends to wander off. However in just a couple of months, I’ve become totally addicted to filling my ears with the words of intelligent, social commentators. My mind feels nourished in a way that it hasn’t for a long time.

I have a looong list of favourites that I shall share another time. But one for today is Stuff you should know. It’s a weekly, 40 minute pod cast that is completely different to anything else I listen to and I love it. Each week, the two guys cover really random topics and they explain how stuff works. Recent topics have been; 3d printing, landslides, amnesia,  electricity, skateboarding,  online dating,the Spanish inquisition, termites (creepy!) amputation, (gruesome!) and then a whole session about riots at Kent State University in the 70s. I’ve been learning a lot!

So friends if you have anything you’ve read, watched or heard lately that you think I’d like, please share :)