Thursday, August 24, 2006

The White Party

So these are pics taken from the weekend, i would have posted them sooner but alas, Blogger wasnt being so cooperative earlier.

I went to "The White Party" on Saturday with my gal-pal Chipo, who'd issued the invite (thanks love). As much as people find theme'd parties a drag, i LOVE them..gives me something to look forward to after the usual places-to-go-and-things-to-do weekend routine i usually have going on. It wasn't Puffy's/P Diddy's/Diddy's "White Party" in The Hamptons, but it was bloody close :-)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It's a Girl!

Lara Skye Vickery

was born today

22nd August 2006

in Johannesburg, South Africa,

at 7.22 am

weighing 2.58kgs

Congrats to the proud parents,

Michele & Richard

The Sounds of Summer


Ooooooooooooooooooooh Summer is here in full form! I'm SO excited. And there's nothing like some summer sounds/music to add to the whole vibe of the season. I've already told you about Lily Allen, if you haven't checked out her album "Alright Still" you should, but i've made another discovery, her name is Corrinne Baily Rae. Okay, okay, my "discovery" is a bit delayed...people had told me about her ages ago and i fronted...then i heard her song, "Put your record on" and i found it kinda annoying (Denial is such an ugly thing). Then one day, while doing a bit of channel surfing i saw her video for, "Trouble Sleeping" and fell in love instantly. She's got an Erykah Badu-y, Katie Melua-y, Neo Soul-y vibe that just heralds the season of summer. Her lyrics are so brutally honest, uncontrived, hopelessly romantic & simple... My other favourites are "Enchantment" & "Butterfly" ...

Let me end off by sharing a few lyrics from her song, "Trouble Sleeping"...


It's late and I'm feeling so tired
Having trouble sleeping
This constant compromise
Between thinking and breathing
Could it be I'm suffering
Because I'll never give in
Won't say that I'm falling in love
Tell me I don't see myself
Couldn't I blame something else
Don't say I'm falling in love

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Do you Sudoku?


I'm guessing you've all heard of Sudoku...if not, then you've been living under a rock for the past few months. It's this logic game that's very, very, very, very addictive. My mum's been hooked on it for ages, but i'm only understanding its full allure now. I spend my days hunting for puzzles on the internet and trying to solve them. Okay, i admit, i'm a bit pathetic at the moment, but i'm sure i'll get better....no, i'm convinced i'll get better .

If you haven't tried it out i strongly urge you not to be left out on this particular trend.

PS If you figure out the puzzle, holla :-)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

*Enlightenment*


So coming from a glorious 4 day weekend, i had loads of time to reflect & think & play :-) I came to the conclusion that i'm on this quest of self-discovery, so bear with me while i go thru all sorts of radical changes...nah, nothing that dramatic. One great source of insight is Buddha, he has a great many quotes i find quite astute...some of them we've all heard in one way or the other, but here's a new spin on how you can see the world...and yourself.

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
And my favourite;
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Make a Wish!



"You're out of the woods,

You're out of the dark,

You're out of the night"

Okay the above song, taken from my all-time favourite movie ever, "The Wizard of Oz"has nothing to do with what i'm gonna talk about. Just wanted to throw it in...i know there're some people out there reading who appreciate the relevance of that song (you know who you are).

Now the picture of the ruby slippers is directly related to today's blog. There's a scene in the movie when Glenda (The Good Witch of the North) tells Dorothy to click her ruby slippers three times and make a wish...which will of course come true. Lordy, how many times have i wished that i had a ruby pair of Manolo Blahniks (hehehe) and got to do the things i've always dreamt of doing. In my frustation, a workmate & I compilied a list of things we'd like to do before we die...yes it sounds morbid, but it had to be done. The list was....long, to say the least. I would like to share with you a couple of my wishes (the more PG rated/tame ones...hahahaha). Maybe some of you out there could assist me in making 'em a dream come true!

  1. Go to the Maldives for 2 weeks....i love that place (well the pics i've seen of it anyway!)
  2. Learn how to Tap Dance...Fred Astaire, step aside!
  3. Get a tattoo of a phoenix on my lower back (i'm half-way there with this one, i have the design)
  4. Go to the Oscars/Grammy's/VMA's...as an invited guest of course, not the girl selling the peanuts...even better if I'm nominated for an award :-)
  5. Write a short novel....mmmmmh, tricky, but can be done with a lot of focus. Have some story lines in my head.
  6. Spend the weekend in the penthouse suite of some Larney hotel having an utterly luxurious time.
  7. Learn how to play the piano.....my rendition of chopsticks can only take me so far!
  8. Own a Health Spa & Fashion Boutique....*sigh*

Well, those are the ones i'm gonna share with you. Hope you all stay well

*Mwah*

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

My Humps!

Today's blog inspiration came from a fellow blogger complaining about her "female wobbly bits". She (i can't name names, she'd kill me to say the least) has a great ass and for most of the time i've known her, has been hell-bent on hiding it! I blame the media :-) Most images that are projected towards us of the quintessential woman are usually in the form of gaunt, malnourished, pre-pubescent girls who look like they're all but dying for a Big Mac or some KFC. As women, we are assaulted day-by-day, hour-by-hour with these subliminal messages that if you don't make this impossible grade of perfection, you are lacking. Lily Allen says it best in her song "Everything's Just Wonderful" -

"I wanna be able to eat spaghetti bolognaise,
and not feel bad about it for days, and days, and days.
All the magazines, they talk about weight-loss.
If i buy those jeans, i can look like Kate Moss"
I say... FUCK IT! Embrace your curves/humps/lumps, eat what you want...don't forget, the odd bit of cardiovascular exercise won't hurt you now & again. The next time you see Adriana Lima batting her eyelashes on some Guess Ad, remember, the poor girl can't remember when she had her last meal...*snigger snigger*

Monday, August 07, 2006

Wise Words on Work

In an attempt to start the week on a positive note, i decided to refer to the wise words of Kahil Gibran on the subject of "Work" taken from "The Prophet". So if you are having a not so good Monday Morning at work and find yourself (like me) bemoaning the fact of your employment maybe the following words will change your outlook:

You have been told also life is darkness,
and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.
And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,
And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,
And all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself,
and to one another, and to God.
Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.
So have a great working week errbody!

Friday, August 04, 2006

TGIF!!!!!

See, i told you, the week went whooshing by and before you knew it, it's Friday...HOZA FRIDAY!!!

After today's magazine launch party at work...which was a success after all the last minute running around we had to do *ahem*, i am bushed! That still doesnt stop me from wondering what's on for tonite, or the weekend generally. Granted there are some routine tasks i cannot escape from doing, ie getting my hair done (not by choice really, but by corporate peer pressure, everyone at work always looks like a gazillion dollars) and some other stuff i wont dwelve into.

Not much else to say, have a good weekend and will catch you all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Monday morning.

Mwah x

Thursday, August 03, 2006

You can ring my bell!


I don't think Alexander Graham Bell fully realised what he was on to when he invented the telephone back in 1876! For most of us, the telephone is not only a mode for communication...its a freaking lifeline! Take today for example...all phones where down in the office (since yesterday by the way) meaning that i now had to walk....WALK...to the adjacent department when previously all it took was a quick call. It didnt help that some of us don't have contract lines for our cellphones and use our airtime oh-so sparingly, so general communication ground to halt. Short of sending telepathic messages or better yet, smoke signals (honestly, the thought did cross my mind) i was at my wits end. What the heck did people do before the telephone?

Before i had to ponder this thought further (and waste time was that fully chargeable), presto, the phones started working!

So Mr Bell, i salute you and your before-your-time vision!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

PCD RULES!


Yes, they're lyrics are not the most profound out there...actually, their song's are a bunch of fluff either urging people to leave their significant others (Don't Cha) or full of censored expletives that state the obvious (Beep). Even though i know all of this, it still doesnt stop me from LOVING them....listen there's a time to listen to the reflective tones of Lifehouse/James Blunt/Tracy Chapman/Paul Simon (i could go on) and then there are times you just want to get down with the get down.

My song of the moment for getting down (dancing in this case...*ahem*) has to be the PussyCat Doll's "Buttons"....is it the catchy beat, provocative lyrics or just down right raunchiness of the song. Hameno. Either way,. i'm luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurving it!

The song totally captures my "joie de vive" take on life at the moment, so like the song says,"

I'm telling you loosen up my buttons baby (Uh huh)
But you keep fronting (Uh)
Saying what you going do to me (Uh huh)
But I ain't seen nothing (Uh)