Catch up

So I’m sitting in JHB on my second last day in a hotel room. It quiet, its 5:17pm and I’m no trying to get a ginger to eat, or prepare supper. I’m sitting with my laptop on my lap and catchin up on news. It’s bliss!!!!

It’s been a helluva few weeks peeps! And that statement alone does not come close to describing it!

Because I’ve been rather quiet I have a bit of catching up to do. Because a lot of people that read here don’t have time I’ve decided to go with the shortened version (which for those who know me well you’ll know its pretty hard to do 🙂

I have however written the other posts and will hyperlink to the incidents/events so if you have the time you can go read.

So when last I wrote I was going to an interview.

Well I’m happy to say that Gods shone very brightly down on me and I finally have a new job!!

It’s funny because everything that we’ve prayed for has fallen into place. We are here. We are actually in Durban and it’s all happened in 4 and a half months! Now if that wasnt meant to be then I don’t know what is!!

But as always it has happened the way God planned for us not the way we planned it for ourselves. Don’t get me wrong it has been awesome and not for one second do I regret our decision but this job has come to me and I’ve really been challenged to my core. I’m taking a double figure cut in my salary a month. It comes with no benefits and for now I have to work through Christmas and New Year, so yah I’m questioning the job move…. But as my sis always says: “God gives you what you need” and I know deep down inside this is going to be good. Yah we’ve had to scale down but we’re gonne be fine and I think that maybe this is what I really need and what my health needs following my hospital/allergic reaction scare!

So yah after much stress I have a job and I start on Monday the 5th August and I’m flipping excited about it!!! I really think I’m going to be able to add huge value to the club and I’m looking forward to being a somebody that someone values!!!

So that all happened two weeks ago and I accepted on Monday the 15th July.

Then on the Wednesday we had a little girl’s night out. I was so excited. I was going to see a friend’s show in town with my Mom and Sister. Was SO excited that I was getting out and really looked forward to it. Ended up in hospital though…..you can read about it here.

That left me seriously depleted off an already really exhausted base.

However we had a really lovely weekend in the berg planned that weekend. We went to Cayley’s Lodge and met our Rich’s folks there. We had a really lovely time and stayed till the Monday early am to extend the weekend. We don’t get to see them often and leaving on Monday meant we got to spend a little more time with them. As usual Daniel was so besotted with his “Gully” and “Bugger” (yes my son calls Grandpa, Bugger….not sure why but we roll with it- it is rather cute to hear a little 22months old shouting Bugger Bugger down the passage!) On Saturday we went for a walk down to the dam and then on Sunday we chilled. The Drakensberg “Berg” is just the most magical place and rejuvenates the soul. Alas it was over too soon and we had to head back to Durbs. It’s funny though it was not with the same dread as it always was when we had to head to the “City of Smoke”

And then I headed into my last week at my current job. It was really hectic trying to finish everything up plus feeling really grotty from the fish episode. So eventually I moved my appointment I had with sis for tomorrow to last week Thursday. My sis is a nutritionist, who does B.E.S.T testing. The good thing is that I haven’t developed a shellfish allergy. Bad thing is I’m not in a good way. Adrenal gland not functioning, Thyroid not working. Liver not working and somewhere i picked up Hepatitis and Coxsackie!!! So yah. Its detox for me and a whole lotta supplements. It’s Days two and my head REALLY REALLY FRIKKIN HURTS!!! But I’m on the mend and already I feel a hundred times better than I did last week. No wanting to pass out and the shakes/hypoglycaemia is minimal. So here’s to good health!!!

And here I am in JHB to handover and say goodbye to this chapter in my life. I’m looking forward to the challenges and exciting adventures!!

Watch this space……

Drakensberg….need I say more

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One of the perks of being in Durban is that we have the Drakensberg on our doorstep. It was quite funny because we booked one our annual weekend away in the Berg this year…..We booked it way before we had made the descision to move to Durban so it was quite ironic that we’d chosen a location close to our new home…..

We asked Richards folks to join us and it was so lovely to see them. Their last visit was over easter. Daniel just loved seeing them and spending time with them.

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It was a pretty chilled weekend. I was feeling really flat still from the week before and hospital bout so it was perfect not to have to do anything.

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On the Saturday we walked down to the dam and went on the pedal boats. Quite a walk!! Ask Rich who had to carry the ginger!!!

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Then on Sunday we really just chilled. I flaked and had a 3 hours sleep. Lucky I had sets of hands to look after the ginger……

Sadly we had to leave and come home but we’ll definitely be back in the berg soon. Dunno if we’ll go back to Cayley’s Lodge again. It was lovely but it’s not right for a little person. We’ve been to a few places where Daniel had lots to do. Cayleys lodge is lovely but doesn’t have a lot for a toddler to do….Will look at something like Drakensburg Gardens or something like that.

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Think of me, think of me fondly

Tomorrow I’m gonna ask that the God’s shine down on me, as I’m going for an interview.
Can you believe it. Second interview after 6 months of looking. THAT’S how dead the market is in Durbs!

The job’s paying peanuts….. like 2/3 of my current salary peanuts, but does boasts perks of being 3km from home and comes with much less pressure than the corporate world.

Look, I have to get the job first, but if I do I’m going to take. Hey, better having some money coming in than none! It’s funny because I’m actually really excited about the role (as it stands on paper ) I really think I could add great value as hopefully I’ve learnt a thing or two in my ten years experience. The thing that excites me most is that I will really be able to put my stamp on something again and proudly be able to say: “I did that” Not that I’m fishing for complements but one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with in my current role is that I’m a nobody and really leave my job everyday feeling like I’ve added no value other than being the kippie (aka loser ) that was prepared to sit and audit a document system or prepare internal comms for the organisation. It’s been a really hard year to go from being the marketing manager of 16 well renowned and successful eyewear brands to the paper pusher/PA/person who will do all the kak jobs. And don’t get me wrong I’m the first person to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty….just miss having my opinion count and being someone whose opinion is respected as something of value….

But moving on…..hopefully in a few weeks 🙂

This excitement comes on the back of a great really busy weekend. So busy that both daddy Abs and I have said no more! Well for this weekend at least Saturday was a friends baby shower and Sunday it was church in the morning , followed by the beach and then a braai with friends in the afternoon. But it’s required. If we’re going to make friends we are going to have to make an effort to meet people and this means going for braais etc. We have however said this weekend is a family chill weekend and hopefully will be spent on the beach with the Ginger.

Keep your fingers and toes crossed for tomorrow. All of you!!! 8:30am….think of me!

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