Monday, February 9, 2015

The Grammys - my 2 cents

So, I’m no fashion expert and don’t even claim to know anything about fashion but I thought I would give you my 2 cents worth anyway ….

Lady Gaga – I thought she looked quite incredible.
Rita Ora -  Even though I would never wear this dress I liked it

Gwen Stefani – I love her style!
Miley Cyrus -  Miley showed lots of skin while still covering up a lot, I liked this dress on her
Meghan Trainor  & Jessie J both did the lace over dresses and I thought they both looked lovely
Anna Kendrick –  looked hot! 

Taylor Swift  - Love the colour of this dress!
Katharine Mcphee – I’m not crazy about the colour, but I love the dress
Bonie McKee – yes! Especially the colour!

There were quite a few looks that I didn't love but these 3 (Madonna / Joy Villa /  Carli XCX) just made me go WTF?

I like that fact that Helen Lasichanh doesn’t ever wear what is expected of her but this is not a great look
Zendaya – the back of this dress just ruins the whole look
Rihanna -  I think that Rihanna looks at lot better when she shows off her amazing body, this dress reminds of those toilet paper dolls that you used to get on top of your grandmothers toilet in the eighties
Sia – it’s just the wig, the outfit isn’t bad but that wig, yeah I’m don’t know about that

ps. photo credit to various websites

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

4 - FOUR - 4

I've been pretty busy lately, then again, I guess all of you are to. Anyway, as bad as I am at blogging when I saw this on Christina (who totally rocks)'s blog (Easily Entertained) I just knew that I was going to do it. I love reading other peoples answers!

So why don't you copy the questions and answer them on your blog, just let me know so I can go and check out your answers.

Four names that people call me
- Jolene
- Josephine
- Mary-Jo
- MJ

Four jobs that I've had
- au pair (in Germany)
- conveyancing secretary
- legal secretary
- bookkeeper 

Four movies that I've watched more than once 
- Die Hard (all of them)
- Love Actually
- Iron Man (all of them)
- Grease
To be fair this list could be a lot longer

Four books I'd recommend 
(I'm going to go with four series, cause picking a single book is too hard)
- His Dark materials trilogy (by Philip Pullman)
- Stephanie Plum series (by Janet Evanovich)
- Outlander series (by Diana Gabaldon)
- Jack Reacher 'series' (by Lee Childs)

Four places I've lived (in South Africa)
- Riversdale, Western Cape
- Glencoe, Northern KwaZulu-Natal
- Louis Trichardt, Northern Transvaal (aka Limpopo)
- Pretoria, Gauteng Province

Four places I've been
- Windhoek, Namibia
- Carole, Italy
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- New York, New York

Four places I'd rather be right now
- Lying on a beach with a cocktail in my hand, with the husband, kids & friends 
- Lying on a beach with a cocktail in my hand, with the husband, kids & friends
- Lying on a beach with a cocktail in my hand, with the husband, kids & friends
- My couch, with a cuppa tea

Four Things I don't eat
- kidneys
- liver
- black or white pudding
- sweetbread

Four of my favourite foods
- Beef carpaccio
- Steak & friet (fries)
- Chicken caesar salad (with anchovies)
- A good burger (not from a fast food chain)
- Nachos with all the trimmings (bonus answer)

Four tv shows I last watched
- The bachelor
- Girlfriends guide to divorce
- Modern family

Four things I'm looking forward to this year
- summer holiday, no idea what we are doing but it will be summer & will have two weeks off work
- christmas holiday, cause I love christmas
- city trips with my girl friends 
- impromptu parties

Four things I'm always saying
- oh my word!
- no worries, you are grand
- oi stop annoying each other
- can you please hang up your swimming stuff?

So there you have it, lots of pointless information about me. Your turn next and don't forget to let me know if you answer it so I can go read all about you!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Coming soon ....

A new year means new TV series, and that always makes me happy!

Here are some of the new series starting this month:

Marvel's Agent Carter
We have been watching all the other Marvel shows (movies and tv series) so we will for sure watch this

I saw the first episode of this series and Loved it! This should be really good.

I love Amanda Peet

Man Seeking Woman
I think Jay Baruchel is really funny so I hope this show does not disappoint

I'm going to watch the first episode of this and see what I think, I mean it has Stanley Tucci in it, but still, not 100% confident that I'm going to like it

Galavant - you can read my post about it here

Donnie Loves Jenny
I'm quite a big fan of all things Wahlberg so I'm happy to watch these two. Plus I think they make a totally cute couple

I watched the first episode of this and it really is quite an interesting question. I mean, what would I change if I could go back and change one single thing?

This English series is directed by Danny Boyle who is quite a controversial comedian and looks like it could be fast paced. I'm also a fan of  James Nesbit

Eye Candy
I must admit that I was rather surprised that this was a MTV production cause it looks really good.


I know I'm going to enjoy this one!

What new shows will you be watching this January?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sing his name!

Okay, I just had to watch the first two episodes of this new abc series cause it is just too strange not to.

I mean, Vinnie Jones in a medieval musical????

What is it all about? A hero who has lost his spark in life after losing the love of his life to the evil King Richard. But is King Richard really evil? Or is the love of his life actually a bitch? Oh and did I mention that is a musical.

This new series is the brain child of Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love, Tangled, Last Vegas …) composer Alan Menken (A Whole new world, Aladdin, Kiss the girl, the Little Mermaid) and lyricist Glen Slater.

It stares Timothy Omudson as King Richard, Vinnie Jones as Gareth the kings right hand man, Mallory Jansen as Madalena the love quest and Joshua Sasse as Galavant.

I can’t tell you if it is going to be good, bad, or terrible yet. Regardless I'll probably end up watching the whole series just cause, well it is a medieval musical starring Vinnie Jones. Oh and John Stamos was in the second episode.

Have you seen it?

If not, take a look at the trailer:

Monday, December 15, 2014

Did you know?

The kids and I are planning on watching tons of Christmas movies next week when we are on vacation.

So, seeing as we are coming up with our list of must see Christmas movies I was wondering if you knew the answer to these questions:

Do you know which actor appeared in both ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘Elf’?

Peter Billingsley

Despite now directing and producing movies more than act in them Peter Billingsley likes to go back and take on small acting roles from time to time.

In ‘Elf’ he was one of the elves in Santa’s shop.

Did you what color the original Grinch was?

Black and white, with shades of red, which is how Dr. Seuss created him.

But, according to legend, Chuck Jones who directed the Grinch movie wanted him to be green just like all the ugly rental cars driving around in the Washington-Baltimore area.

Did you know that Jack Skellington makes a ‘hidden’ appearance in at least 4 other movies?

-        - Beetlejuice (on the top of the carnival hat that Beetlejuice wears)
-        -  The Princess and the Frog (as one of the Shadow Demons summoned by Dr. Facilier)
-        -  Alice in Wonderland (as the design in the Mad Hatters Bow and Tie)
-        -  Coraline (his head appears in the egg yolk)

Did you know that Hugh Grant really did not want to do ‘that dance scene’ in Love Actually?

According to the director Richard Curtis he was really grumpy about doing it, saying that it wasn’t very ministerial. They only shot that scene on the final day.

I’m so glad they added it, cause I just love it.

Do you watch re-watch Christmas movies?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DYI - How to get what you want for Christmas

I know, I know, who on earth can remember when last I actually blogged. Never mind that! It is December 2, which means that Christmas is only 23 days away … because I start celebrating Christmas on the 24th

Christmas eve, duh!

I haven’t put up our decorations yet, Sinterklaas must first stop by house (the night of the 5th of December), then we can put up the Christmas decorations.

But all of this doesn’t mean that I’m not in the Christmas mood yet. I’ve already started asking the kids what it is that they would like this year.

Cat would like a MacBook Air or an Ipod 5 (yeah I know, cheap requests) and Tiger has asked for a tv or a hanging chair from Ikea with a couple of PS3 games. Sadly for them I had to tell them that Santa is not quite rich enough for their tastes this year.

Why is it that some people as so hard to buy for? I have a two friends who are really hard to shop for. The one even more so than the other. And to top it, she also has her birthday in December! She is also a good gift giver or maybe I’m just good at leaving hints.

Do you find it easy to buy gifts for your friends? Do they or you leave hints around?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

50 questions

Here I go, stealing yet another blog post idea from someone else … who got the idea from someone else …. It’s the way some of us blog, sometimes, not all the time. I got this list of questions off one of my favourite blogs so I’m just going to say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – Thanks Christina!

1. What are you wearing?
Black maxi skirt, white t with yellow zebras on it

2. Ever been in love?

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?
Well, at the time I thought so but in retrospect it really wasn’t so bad and I’m very glad it happened.

4. How tall are you?
To my surprise I’m 1.61 cm I always used to be 1.58 (5 foot 30 – I have no idea when I grew

5. How much do you weigh?
10 kg / 22 pounds too much

6. Any tattoos?
Not yet

7. Any piercings?
Right now, just one hole in each ear and a semi closed belly piercing

8. OTP (one true pair, favourite fictional couple)? 
Rick & Kate (Castle) but if they split up now in the 7th season I’m going to be very annoyed

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9. Favourite shows?
Too many to list, but you can read all about some here

10. Favourite bands?
How do you pick one band? Okay, if I’m forced to I’ll have to say the band that I have loved for the longest time: Aerosmith

11. Something you miss?
My sanity! 
WHo am I kidding I've never been sane.
I would have to say my BFFs Char & Dette who live too far away (South Africa) and I don't get to see nearly enough

12. Favourite song?
It all depends on the day/my mood etc but, at the moment every time I hear either of these songs I get a smile on my face:

All about the base – Meghan Trainor

Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

13. How old are you?
36 (for another 2 weeks)

14. Zodiac sign?

15. Quality you look for in a partner?
Logical thinking! Fun, good sense or humour, loyalty 
Someone who will love me faults and all

16. Favourite Quote?
I have two, both by Eleanor Roosevelt:
‘Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be’
‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent’

17. Favourite actor?
For looks: Dwayne Johnson
For movies: It all depends on for which genre, I love Robert Downy Jr. Kevin Spacey, Jeff Daniels, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson etc etc

18. Favourite colour?
I don’t know why but for some reason I seem to be buying Teal coloured things at the moment. I even bought a Teal coloured bookshelf for our lounge
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19. Loud music or soft?
Both, is a party time or sleep time or road trip time?

20. Where do you go when you’re sad?
No where … I still have to do what I have to do

21. How long does it take you to shower?
I have no idea but I don’t take long I can tell you that.

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
If it is just myself excluding sorting out the kids/breakfast etc …. 20 – 30 min max

23. Ever been in a physical fight?
I once, many years ago slapped someone (as in, in high school)

24. Turn on?
Confidence but not arrogance

25. Turn off? 
Arrogance or just being creepy

26. The reason I started blogging?
I was a bored in the office, started reading some blogs and decided it might be a fun way to sort of keep track of our life and voice my opinion on random stuff

27. Fears?
Other than the obvious …something happening to the people I love …getting stuck in a small space and even worse than that, getting stuck in a small space filled with moths! I don’t like small spaces or moths (yeah I know that being scared of moths is totally irrational)

28. Last thing that made you cry?
I can’t remember …. (yeah, I’ve been told that I’m a heartless ‘bi-atch’

29. Last time you said you loved someone?
This morning as I hopped out the van at the station, to Himself & the kids.

30. Meaning behind the name of your blog?
Well, I really hope my kids turn out ok (screwed up just enough to make them interesting people without being so screwed up that they can’t function normally

31. Last book you read?
The Demons of Ghent (Forbidden Spaces trilogy #2) by Helen Grant.
Not a 10/10 but not a 4/10 either, just an easy quick read

32. The book you’re currently reading? 
Nothing, shocking I know I forgot to grab a new book off the shelf this morning

33. Last show you watched?
Madam Secretary – only episode 2 but I’m liking it so far

34. Last person you talked to?
Someone in the office

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
Friend and Himself’s business partner

36. Favorite food?
Cake! Is cake a food? Okay then bread

37. Place you want to visit?
USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada back to Namibia and lots of places in Europe

38. Last place you visited?
Not sure if my trip to South Africa in March counts or the trip to Frankfurt airport to pick up the kids in August so I’ll have to say Köln, Germany

39. Do you have a crush?
Yes, I have eyes in my head :)
Boy crush: Channing Tatum, I mean how can one look at this picture and not drool?!
Girl crush: Olivia Munn, she is smoking!

40. Last time you kissed someone?
Himself, this morning

41. Last time you were insulted?
You mean people aren’t insulted on a daily basis by their husband and kids??

42. Favourite flavour of sweet?
I like sour sweets

43. What instruments do you play?
I could, once upon a time play the piano

44. Favourite piece of jewellery?
Sentimental jewellery: wedding/engagement rings & the two ‘push’ rings I got
But as far as everyday jewellery goes, at the moment,  I’m wearing a small gold peace sign earing every day

45. Last sport you played?
Does watching sport count? I do a lot of watching. (soccer, swimming)
As for myself, probably when I cycled to the shop, does that count? If it has to be a competitive sport I have no idea, it might have been when we had a jump rope skip-off at home

46. Last song you sang?
Can’t take my eyes off of you (from 10 Things I hate about you) One of the guys in the office starting singing it when we walked back from getting coffee and I couldn’t resist singing along. Don’t worry we were in the staircase, no-one heard me.

47. Favourite chat up line?
Dude, I’ve been married since the turn of the century, people don’t try to chat me up and I sure as heck don’t think Himself ever used a particular line on me. At least not one that I can remember.

48. Have you ever used it?
Didn’t have to, according to Himself it was love at first sight (took me much longer to fall in love with him)

49. Last time you hung out with anyone?
Sunday. The weather was great so we had our last summer BruBQ at the Bru House

50. Who should answer these questions next?

Everyone! I love reading these questions and answers!