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Eish!! Completely forgot its Earthhour tonight.

Basically you pledge to take a stand against global warning, by switching off lights at 8:30pm for an hour. Light candles, show your kids shadowpictures on the wall; get romantic; gaze at the moon and stars; or sit around a bonfire – like we’re gonna do.

What will you do?

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U R an Awesome MOM!

I got rediculously spammed today … by the same email… from all over and from different people. I hate forwarding chain mail, I really do. (exceptions are the funny that I spam some friends with).

BUT,  I decided to share this one, cause the babies in the pics are just SO ADORABLE ! ~ag nunu man~ (had to change pic format to JPG ~ I don’t kow why people insist on spamming with bmp pics, they are HUGE)

And this is for moms of furry babies too!

Awesome Mom
Once you have been hit, you have to hit 5 awesome Moms..
Including the one who thought of YOU today and sent it to YOU…
If you get hit again, You will know you are Really awesome!
So hit 5 awesome moms on your friends list to let them know they are awesome!


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I have been given the Happy 101 award by Opicana from Up for It! Thank you!

She has some nifty challenges for everyday life!

The rules for this award are-

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog

2. List who gave you the award and their link

3. List 10 things that make you happy

4. Pass the award on to other bloggers and let them know

10 Things that make me happy (in random order)

  • Amelia. She really makes me happy. The little things she is newly discovering that I take for granted. Her belly laughs when I tickle her. The way I love her unconditionally.
  • Henk. We have our ups and downs as all married couples do; but I still love him and he makes me happy; the way he offers me his shoes when the sand is too hot, the way he kills (or removes) bugs for me, and he makes a great cuppa too.
  • Snail Mail. I mostly get accounts in my mail box. I think my Mom and Grandparents are the only people I know who still send birthday and Christmas cards via snail mail. That’s why I joined Postcrossing. So now when I check my box every week, I have some postcards – hand written addressed and stamped – from ALL over the world; giving me a glimpse into their lives.
  • A strong cup of coffee. Seriously. I need it to start my day. And when I’m not in the friendliest of moods, a good strong cuppa makes me smile.
  • My PC. Whether it’s playing games, experimenting in photoshop or just surfing the net, my pc makes me happy.
  • Sunset. We get gorgeous sunsets here. To me it means the end of a day – be it productive, inspiring, lazy or one of discovery. But sometimes I just pause to watch it; see the colours change without effort, the stars twinkling into sight, nature giving her last ruffle of feathers before settling down for the night.
  • Blogging. Just sharing my thought of nuances – it’s like therapy really. And of course comments on my blog entries – That makes everyone happy.
  • Family. My family is small by most standards, and we are spread across the country. It makes me happy when we get together. And when we can’t, then Facebook makes me happy where we can still keep up with everybody’s happenings.
  • Taking a stroll. Scientifically proven, sunshine makes you happy. And it makes me happy too. Leisurely walking down the beach or crouching down on all fours to really LOOK at the flowers in Namakwaland – that makes me happy.
  • And lastly, my friends make me happy. Sharing in their joy and supporting them in sorrow – as I know they do with me too. Friendship makes me happy.

I am giving this to Anne from Anne’s 101 in 1001

and to new comer Lu from BloggeLu

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I love when I do a list item without realizing it. It’s because a lot of the items on my list is what I’ve been meaning to do for a while now, and never seem to either have time or take the opportunity (make the opportunity) to do. The list sort of helps to put it in perspective.

We were in Cape Town for a wedding and of course fitted in some shopping. I was hunting for some DVD’s for Amelia. {found Fraggle Rock –clap clap-} Henk browsed the Afrikaans CD’s and plonked Beeskraal  in my hands… to pay at the till you see.

We probably listened to it on the way back but I was reading so wasn’t paying attention. It’s still in my car – will take a proper listen to see if I like it. I only know 1 song by them anyway: Afrikaans rendition of “Green, green grass of home” called “Plaasdorp”. (The Rittelfees crowd of 2007 also only knew the lyrics to that song 🙂 )

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Finally completed this challenge: Donate 10 000 grains of rice through FreeRice.com . Took a lot longer that I thought it would. Not that it was difficult; but when I find those 5 mins I have to spare, these’s always something else to do.

Also now I’m 1/10 done with #91 on my 101 list.

I didn’t just do the English vocabulary but tried some Geography and French as well.

This was a fun challenge as I can do it on mobile too.

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As an extra motivation to keep going strong on my 101 list, and for a bit of diversion when I need it, I attempt the challenges at Up for It. Few of them overlap with my own goals, so it’s double fun. Challenge #10 is to post a 1000 word post – on anything or many things. Guess what motivated this post J . So this post will be a discussion on all the little niggly goals that are long term, or have more than one outcome, or it’s over a period of time, say 3 months etc.

# 15 Drink 2 litres of water every day
 Not as easy as it sounds. But I really do try. Easiest is every time I go to the loo I drink a cup of water. (More water means more trips too) I also limit my coffee to 1 cup in the morning and 1 in the evening. Rest of the time I drink Rooibos tea, which is caffeine free, thus counts as water! 😀

#21.   Take a bubble bath once a month (1/33)
 This is actually really tough for me. Don’t get me wrong, I do wash 😉 but I would rather shower. The idea of stewing in your own filth that you are trying to wash off just doesn’t appeal to me. On the other hand, a bubble bath is relaxing. That’s why I put it on my list – cause I need to relax a bit more. Maybe I should practise opening the hot water tap with my big toe while in the tub.

# 22 Paint my toenails every Sunday (5/143)
 I do. Every Sunday (well, it’s Sunday somewhere on the planet at least, even if it’s Monday morning at my house ;o) ) Tried all my colours so far – I seriously need to get more interesting shades. Previously I did pink, clear, turquoise and berry. This week is black. Will check out Clicks this weekend; double points and a cash voucher says I should 😀

# 30 Trade 300 postcards through Postcrossing
I LOVE Postcrossing. I get all warm a fuzzy when sending my cards, and show off my received ones to the ladies at the lab. Best new hobby that everyone should try! I’ve sent 10 so far, or more accurately of the lot I’ve sent, 10 have reached their destinations and been registered. I’ve sent 15 so far, I think.

# 34 Sew 3 items for Amelia (1/3)
 I have managed to sew 1 item. I made her a fabric book. The ones in the shops weren’t so nice, and not quite what I was looking for. So the one I made a different activity on each page: there’s a zipper, shoestring with holes to thread and tie in a bow, buttons, little bells, shapes and textures. At the moment she adores the buttons. Doesn’t matter which page I try to focus her attention on, she will always page to the buttons.

39.    Finish Amelia’s first year book
          * Get a proper memory box
 I should probably have split this goal into 2. I managed to get Amelia a nice girly, but not too girly, memory box at the Crazy store. For about R80 you get a box, a stack of scrap booking paper, stickers, letters, borders, frames, and an album to store your pages. All the accessories are colour coordinated, so you can mix everything. I’m not a hard core scrap booker – that’s the one bug that never bit me. I feel it get so expensive wit hall the tools and fieterjasies you need to get. I like the easy one for dummies; for the novice like me. At crazy store I saw 3 themes: there’s a baby pastel colours one, a black-white-bling one; and the one I got is brown-pink-yellow. The black and white is stylish and all, but didn’t quite fit with Amelia – she is a bright little tomboy girly.

# 58 Learn CSS + html to customise blogs
 I can’t find my CSS for Dummies book – but it’s at my house somewhere. In the meantime, I’ve brushed up on my coding skills, and feel almost confident enough to scratch this off as completed. The only reason why I won’t be able to customise my blogs using CSS is cause I don’t have a CSS edit account at WordPress. Am seriously considering upgrading to one.

# 64 Finish Rise of Legends The Vinci — first campaign
 I can’t find my disc! And when I looked for the game on Kalahari… it wasn’t listed. It’s a classic, and old, but I want to play it- darn it! Will look in the last place I haven’t looked yet – bound to be there right? Right?!

# 68 Collect Sookie Stackhouse series – 9 books in series so far (7/9)
 I swear I didn’t do this intentionally, but the goal says Collect, not read. Tuesday I received my 7-book box set! It literally has a box that the books fit into. Too bad the first book has the True Blood cover, and not the original one. But the content remains the same regardless.
# 91 Donate 100,000 grains of rice on freerice.com (6000/100 000)
 I’ve stolen so many goals from Opi it’s not even funny. That’s where I first came across Freerice.com. The site helps to improve your vocabulary (but they have other categories as well). And for every question you get right, the site donates 10 grains of rice through the United Nations World Food Program.
And coincidently this is also a challenge at Up for It # 9! Opicana’s challenge is to reach 10 000. I’m taking the challenge! Just over 6000 grains for me at the moment. Let’s see if I can get to 10 000 by the end of the month. If I answer 50 questions correct a day, then it should take me about 10 days to reach 10 000. Mind you it took me from 4 October to now to get halfway to 10 000. But I’ll do my best to pick up the pace.
Some of those words are really hard! I tried the French option on Wednesday – didn’t do as bad as I thought. My top level reached was 7. In the English one I once reached 50 – but that was a stroke of luck as it was a medical term, after that it was all downhill back to the 30’s, lol.

 And that’s the recap of in-progress goals I’m working on.

And also completes my Up for It Challenge # 10: 1,000 Word Post !

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