Sunday, March 29, 2009

TV, the good and the not so good (part deux) and UPDATE

Ok, idiot that I am I actually left my favourite show of all time off the list. That show is Damages. Hayley and I were absolutely rivetted by it and we cannot wait for season 2 to start.

It`s an amazing show, with very clever writing and awesome performances by Glenn Close and my own personal favourite Rose Byrne.


I started a new job on Tuesday and it has been going pretty well. That`s the reason why I have been so scarce lately. I leave at 06:00 in the morning and only get home around 19:00, so obviously blogging has been taking a backseat. I will definitely keep the blog going but I`m afraid the every day updates will be put on hold for a bit.

I`m sorry for not being able to visit all your blogs as often as I used too. I`ll try my best to pop in every now and again.

Well, I have a pretty busy Sunday ahead of me, so I`m off! Adios and God bless!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

from the Mrs. RunningGolfer.

This is the Mrs. RunningGolfer. I am taking over the RunningGolfer’s blog today. For one big reason.

It’s his birthday!

So instead of writing on my blog about how fantastic he is, I thought what better place to do it than on his. He has no idea. I think he might be more surprised that I know his passwords than this actual post.

He is turning the 37 today. I know, I even had look down at the keyboard and look for those numbers. The thing is he is actually not a day over 16. And he would agree with that.

I am particularly fond of the 21 March 1972, because this is the day, that the man that was to one day become my husband was born. And I will be forever grateful. He is everything I ever dreamed of, and more.

Happy Birthday Sweetie.

You are my dream come true.

aka Mrs. RunningGolfer

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My Joburg

Wikipedia Facts

  • Johannesburg has more than 1o million trees and is the biggest man made forest in the world
  • There are more than 10 million people living in the greater Johannesburg area
  • The greater Johannesburg area consists of Ekhuruleni (East Rand), The West Rand, Lenasia, Soweto
  • Is one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world
  • O.R. Tambo International is the largest and busiest airport in Africa
  • Johannesburg`s land area is 1, 645 square kilometres (635 square miles)
  • The average high for summer is 25 Celsius (77 Fahrenheit)
  • The average high for winter is 17 Celsius (63 Fahrenheit)
  • The highest recorded temperature is 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit)
  • The lowest recorded temperature is -8 Celsius (19 Fahrenheit)
  • Is 2000 metres above sea level
  • Produces 16% of the GDP of South Africa
  • The container terminal in City Deep is the largest "dry port" in the world
  • Johannesburg`s Sister Cities are Taipei (Republic of China), Birmingham (United Kingdom), New York City (USA), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Xi`an (China)

My Johannesburg

  • Has the most amazing thunder storms
  • Has the most awesome friends in the world
  • Houses the best family-in-law in the world
  • Has some of my favourite golf courses
  • Has the best climate in the world
  • Has some of my favourite memories
  • Has an energy all it`s own
  • Has been our home for 7 of our 9 years together
  • Has the worst taxi drivers in the world
  • Is the place where we got married
  • Is the place where we raised our canine kids and God willing will one day raise our own kids
  • Is where I started my career and where I`ll get it back on track
  • Is where I plan on staying

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Laundry Tag

Disclaimer: The above is not the opinion of the author of this amazing blog.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

TV, the good and the not so good

As you know, Hayley and I absolutely love our tv. We literally plan our evenings around the tv schedule. We are fortunate enough to have satelite and also a PVR (Tevo y`all). So we tend to either watch everything or tape everything.

Tv goes through good and bad times here in SA. We tend to have all the best shows on at the same time. Then we`ll go a few months with hardly anything to watch.

Fortunately now is a good time with lots of awesome shows on. We have The Amazing Race, Prison Break 4 and True Blood on Tuesdays; American Idol and The Mentalist on Wednesdays; American Idol and Fringe on Thursdays and The Office, Eli Stone, The Bachelor on Fridays. Saturdays are for sport as are most Sundays but we also have South African Idol on Sundays with the results shows on Mondays. I`m very embarrassed most of the time but we do have some talent, sometime....

This brings me to my favourite shows and my least favourites. Here is a list of my all time favourites and least favourites. A lot of my least favourites started of as favourites but then progressively got worse until I hated them.

My favourites

  • 24
  • Prison Break - Season 1
  • The Office (British and American versions)
  • Roswell - Season 1 & 2
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Greys Anatomy - Season 1 & 2
  • Friends
  • Spin City
  • American Idol
  • The Mentalist
  • Fringe
  • CSI (Las Vegas - Grissom rocks)
  • Eli Stone
  • 30 Rock
  • Dirty Sexy Money - Season 1
  • Ellen Degeneres
  • Riptide
  • Chips
  • X-Files
  • Will & Grace
  • Survivor
  • The Amazing Race
  • Seinfeld
  • Twin Peaks
  • Frasier
  • Lost

My Least Favourites

  • Greys Anatomy - Season 3 onwards
  • Dirty Sexy Money - Season 2 onwards
  • CSI Miami (Horatio Caine annoys the living daylights out of me)
  • Soapies - Days of our lives, etc etc etc
  • Oprah
  • The View - OBVIOUSLY
  • Dr Phil
  • Jerry Springer
  • The Coconuts (It just reminds me how backward South Africans actually are, so I stay away from the show and live in my own little cocoon)
  • EGOLI - Let me not start
  • Beauty and the Geek

So what do you think? Have I left your favourite off my list? Have I got your favourite as a Least favourite?

I`m sure I`ll sit down later and remember a whole bunch of shows that I forgot but that`s ok, it gives me another post!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Universe conspiring

I got a message from my friend Nessie yesterday. She was wondering where in the world Faffie has been. Too be honest, I`m not sure. I`ve been here and things have been pretty hectic but it`s not that I haven`t had time to blog but more a case of the universe conspiring against me blogging.

First up, we are still busy unpacking and living out of boxes. Not the best environment to create a blogging masterpiece in. Secondly, I have been struggling my backside off with the 3G and more specifically the software of said 3G. I have downloaded new software of the website and tried everything but to no avail. Sometimes I have to restart my laptop 10 times before it reads the 3G card. I`m so sick of it. It drives me bonkers. By the time I get to restart number 9, I inevitably give up.

We had Unlimited Wireless Internet in Somerset West and it was such a good deal that the company who we signed with actually went bankrupt. Another company took over and they tried to swindle me into a 4Gig package for the same price. I said "no thank you I`m gonna shop around" and the salesperson said "hold on, let me call my boss" which he did and 30 seconds later he came back with "ok, we can continue your contract with unlimited internet". Fancy that.

So this 3G thing has been working on my nerves in a big way. Granted it`s faster but it is not the greatest, especially considering all the problems it`s been giving me. I reckon I`ll take it to a Vodacom 3G shop today, along with my laptop to see if somebody can assist.

Otherwise things are going well. It`s been great seeing the family often and spending some time with friends. Haven`t gotten to see them all yet but hopefully the small matter of Faffie`s birthday next weekend will sort that one out.... hint hint...

Just wanted to finish off by saying I`m really sorry for being so quiet and for not visiting your blogs during the last few days. I promise to make it up to all of you.

* Just to prove me point, this stupid 3G bombed out on me and I lost the last bit of my post which was all about running at altitude here in Joburg. Oh well, at least I can`t bore you anymore than I already have.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Magic Goat

Heeeeere`s Johnny!!!

And a good day to y'all! After a really Loooooooooooooong week, I can finally take my place in the blogging world again.

We are officially back in the Big Smoke and it`s great to be back. Although I love Somerset West and the Western Cape, you cannot replace family and lifelong friends. That is what we have here in Joburg. Awesome family and awesome friends.

And what can I say about the move? It was horrible and I`m glad it`s over. They dropped off our stuff yesterday, so now it`s just a matter of unpacking EVERYTHING, which is a massive job on it`s own. But at least we can do that in our own time.

The worst part of the whole move was the drive back. It took us 16 hours. 14 of those 16 hours was taken up by Elvis, hyperventilating. It was absolute hell. I nearly lost it a few times. As you know, bulldogs can overheat and die very easily. So I was literally waiting for Elvis to die in the back of the car. Nothing helped. We gave him medicine to calm him down, that didn`t work. We gave him food, that didn`t work, we gave him water, he didn`t drink. This went on for approximately 1, 300 km. He only fell asleep 2 hours outside Joburg. I also had the aircon on full blast, so the car was icy cold and I had no warm clothes with me. All in all, the worst trip of my life.

But, we are here now and all is forgiven and forgotten. Elvis is back to his normal self and him and Phoebe have just carried on where they left off. Hayley and I are slowly getting settled in our new place and I`m positive that it`s gonna be a good home for us.

Tonight we are off to the In-Laws for supper and wine and tomorrow we are going to Dale and Kerri`s for supper and wine. Happy days.

Ps. Thank you so much to all of you for your comments and kind words after my previous post. You guys are awesome friends and a massive part of our lives. We luv ya!