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In november I found out someone who had a phenomenal impact on me while I was pregnant and during the first few years of Fysh's life had passed away. It'd been a while since I'd seen her, we kept making plans but something would come up. I can't even begin to explain this woman. Have you ever met someone and you just instantly feel accepted? That was D. I wasn't just the tutor. She made me feel like I was part of the family, I was invited to special...

Yesterday we headed up to Simons Town to drop my pops off as their finally headed out and making their way up to their final destination - Mozambique. Fysh and I sat around on Adrenalyn while the boys did fuel runs, stocked up on groceries etc. Fysh is so comfortable on a yacht, there is no fear in that kid at all, he reminds me of myself when I was running around on yachts, for some reason despite having my yacht masters I just ain't as comfortable on them...

I have several diagnoses, the main one being borderline personality disorder but along with that are the sub-diagnoses that are a little more "common" but still encased in crappy stigma. A while back I made up a list of things that people with anxiety want you to know. Today I thought I'd talk about the depression diagnosis and a few things that someone with it might want you to know. This isn't a comprehensive list though so if you feel you would like to add to it please message...

Today I got to shoot a snipers rifle, a freaking 50 calibre sniper rifle, at Lourensford Wine Estate. I didn't even realize this was something that needed to be on my bucket list but I am so glad it was something I got to do. I wasn't going to, shoot the big gun that is, as the instructor was more of a "it has a hectic recoil, it's not really a ladies gun" kinda thing and I told him not to be sexist, also I mean really, don't...

  These are words you won't find in the Oxford dictionary, you will however find them on The dictionary of obscure sorrows. They were mostly made up by graphic designer John Koenig who's original definitions aim to fill a hole in the language - to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for. Each word actually means something etymologically, having been built from one of a dozen languages or renovated jargon. I thought I'd list some of my favorites and the ones I feel/experience most...

It's not too often I choose to socialize, the people have to be pretty damn special for me to willingly head into a group situation but when I got invited to the Cape Town authors breakfast at Bootleggers I couldn't say no because I fangirl a few of them so hard in secret. These are just some of the most talented and nicest people ever. Though I feel a bit like a fraud going there when I'm not actually a published author as they all are but they...

I'll always be the first to admit that Monopoly really isn't my favorite game, man it's so damn boring. I really like the Mzanzi one for a while cause I got to own Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch but that was until I remembered just how freaking long the game can carry on for and it turns out Fysh is one of those that won't give up half-way through a game...

Every year I see so many people posting “New Year, New Me” graphics and I’ll admit I used to be of those people for a while. But for some reason it just doesn’t feel right anymore. Maybe it’s because I’m getting old? My mom laughs when I say I’m getting old as I’m "only 30" in April, but I feel like this is one of those milestones of adulthood, you know? They call you an adult at 21 though I’ve honestly just been winging it until now. This year I...

I hated Art history but in order to take my art subjects as Higher Grade I had to have it in High School. Nothing bored me more though. I am pretty sure I slept or bunked most of those classes and just learned what I needed to in order to pass. Because of this I am one of those "dumb artists" who don't really know the history of things and the info I did learn for exams is long long gone bar for perhaps a few things that stuck...

Last night we took a bus into town to watch a bunch of stuntmen get set on fire to attempt setting a Guinness world record. Can you image being set on fire and walking ON FIRE for 30 seconds? It was just the best thing to see, like effing wow. They walked down in this long line wearing the full gear and as Fysh pointed out it looked kinda like someone had set zombies on fire and he wasn't far off. The gear that they wear over their face along...

My mom's Aunt is visiting for the festive season and she's never been to Kirstenbosch , we checked and apparently the boomslang (canopy walk) is wheel chair friendly so we thought hell why not, Tuesday's are seniors day, she'd love it. Please note for anyone who wants to take a family member of friend or even yourself to it, the Canopy walk is NOT wheel chair friendly. You can't get to it unless you're willing to pull said wheelchair up a shit load of stairs or attempt to get...

The years seem to be getting shorter as I get older, I don't know if it's because I'm just so busy trying to stay above water with all the bills and work and schooling or if it's because, well am not really sure but it's going by faster. Despite it galloping past though a lot happened, so much so that I barely really remember most of it and have to use Instagram to look back on everything. Thank goodness for photo memories! I think the most noteworthy part of 2017...

"Mom, what would happen if we didn't have the moon?" Don't you love how kids become little dehydrated philosophers as soon as it's bedtime? But it's a pretty good question cause the only answer I could come up with on the spot was that it has an effect on the tides. Give me a small break though, he's had a cough and kept me awake for the past two nights. I'm exhausted. So we googled what would happen if the moon blew up and apparently there are many ways the Moon actually...

Still not in the whole festive spirit we went to mom's for weinachten anyway and I actually had a decent time. For once there was no one drinking too much wine and making nasty comments and we didn't have to force conversations. Instead Shamus was there for the first time in a while (yes my dad still does xmas with his x wife and her husband and it's pretty awesome) and he brought along the kid that crossed the Atlantic with him. Again for the first year in a while...

This is my favorite time of year, well usually it is. It's magical, it's the time of year all religions put aside their differences and celebrate a pagan holiday. inside joke. Usually I start humming carols in November already and I binge watch all the Hallmark holiday movies. I haven't even seen one this year and the only time I've sung along to any carols is when I'm in a shop and only because singing along seems to help me not really notice them - my brains logic apparently. It's...

2 years ago, only days after her 5th birthday the most splendiferous soul lost her stunning and feisty little blonde darling. That's not quite right, lost leaves a space open for something to be found again and as much as I wish it could happen reanimation isn't a reality. She was robbed of a life full of happiness, frustration and all the laughter with her darling. Today would have been her 7th birthday. If you are any sort of a human being I'm sure you'll understand that today many...

Dreamtopia is the sweetest imaginary world created by Barbie's youngest sister, Chelsea. And I think that it's one of those you might have missed if you aren't a hardcore Barbie fan though, I know we did and we've seen all the movies several times already. The worlds remind me so much of Fysh's imagination. He always says he isn't good at thinking up things but then we'll be driving or just doing nothing important and he starts with "imagine/what if...

** I decided to write this because so many people commented on my Instagram stories that they were thinking of buying it this holiday. I know I said I'm going to stay brunette for a while, and I did. A whole few days ;) Decided that this whole short brunette thing just doesn't work for me so I headed out to the shops to get some a peroxide kit. mainly because the color just sits stronger and longer when you peroxide it. Thankfully the way I generally do my hair...

WrapStars is the new kid in the neighborhood and they introduced themselves by turning one of my Charlie and Beastie drawings into a vinyl cover for my MacBook! All the heart eyes!!! You know how just the thought of covering your books (or your kids books now) with contact paper makes you cringe and want to run away? Well because this looks like that and you need to be sort of precise I thought oi vey I'm totally going to mess this up. But I didn't! Wiped down the top and...

We have been attending the Canal Walk summer holiday event for a good 12 years now I think. There are still photos on my moms fridge of us at one of the earlier ones where my brother was about Fysh's age and I've taken Fysh every year since his first xmas as well. We've played in the snow, we've had ice cream in a giant freezer next to a moose, we've played with sled dogs and we've slid down a massive slide and hurt our coccyx. So many...