Good things happen in threes…

Well then it seems bad things happen in fours (or maybe it is just me)

Yesterday was an interesting day.

Woke up bright and early, got some early morning cuddles with baby (daddy was out of town)

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IMG_0150.JPG morning selfie with the little miss before getting ready for work

Got ready for work, was rushing to be able to get in good time since I had plans to leave work in good time… Wishful thinking man proposes God disposes…

Thing 1: press the remote to open the gate it didn’t work, no big deal I know how to override, get down on my knees , open gate motor, press override nothing, tweak a few buttons, still nothing. Push, shove, pull gate wouldn’t budge! Hmmm I call the office PA to tell her I would be late need to get the technician to come fix gate. While chatting to her I notice thing 2!

Thing 2: I have a flat tyre – weird how did that happen . I must have picked up something that punctured the tyre because it was completely flat. So I tell PA I will try get a taxi and head to work. PA says “my dear, that’s a sign stay home and get your work done” I shall let the boss know you are working from home. Good thing I have access to be able to work from home. Granted I can do an ok job of fixing the tyre I did learn at 15 because my dad made me, in his words if you can drive you have to be able to change a tyre .

Technician is running late, fault with his car!!!

What did I do

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I stayed home and got lots of work done. Though I had to use my data (not cheap) but I can’t eat my cake and have it. I was not ready to take a taxi. It was a busy work day and I blazed through it with minimal distraction ( food for thought, all those side office chit chats while good for human interaction means less efficiency )

And being home I got to see this child wake up from her nap and I think she was happy to see me too

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That was her attempt at smiling when she woke up. Isn’t she just too cute!!!

Thing 3: after work was all done I decided to take a walk, I was getting cabin fever. Pack baby up in stroller check, change into work out gear check, open pedestrian gate to get out check. Lock pedestrian gate, no check – twist and turn – key broke into the lock! Damn . Hubby is still not back . Call locksmith he can fix it but needs to be paid in cash. BTW I saved the locksmith’s name in my phone as Locksmith Expensive – ha I’m sure there was a reason for that. Call out R450 , lock R295 after lots of exclaiming he gave me a whole R45 discount ($1=R11.1) . It doesn’t sound a lot but who carries so much cash around. These artisans need to move with the times and get pocket pos so they can accept cards for payments.

So my little companion and I head out for a quick 5km (through and fro) to the ATM to draw cash – then thing 4 happened

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Thing 4 – ATM not working!!! Luckily there was another bank’s ATM (I don’t know about you but I hate drawing cash and I even hate it more drawing from another bank’s ATM). Get cash rush back home, mr expensive is there. He fixes the gate in a whooping 5 minutes or less . I shuddered when I handed over the cash but I felt safer knowing my gate was locked again and won’t be left opened overnight!!!

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Beautiful sunset while walking back from the ATM!

And that my friends was how I spent my Friday and how I concluded bad things must happen in fours :lol: :lol:

Hope you are having a nice weekend

Ps: technician only made it to fix the gate today!

{Saturday Snapshots} PATTERNS

Joining the lovely Marcia for our now monthly photo challenge. The challenge for this month is PATTERNS

These batch of pictures were all taken today

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And these at random times

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I hope you are having a nice and restful weekend. Hope you play along xxx

Something I learnt…bubhub

Every now and then different departments in my office have a departmental week, a few weeks back it was the turn of the security dept. as expected they had some security experts come in to give 1 hour talks! I was skeptical but I needed the short break (don’t tell my boss)- and went ahead to listen . Very low turn out because no food or drinks were served (that’s always a good draw card)

Wow!!! I learnt I lot and got a big fright at some of the things they said. If you live in SA you know security is a big issue anyway…

Here are some of the things

I leave my house keys in the car and my GPS – no big deal! The big deal is I set home on the GPS to my house – yikes I never thought about it! Now I’ve deleted home from my GPS because really I’m sure I can’t get lost going to my house and if I did, I can set the GPS to somewhere close enough that I can still find the direction home! Lesson learnt

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Second lesson always have flat/running shoes in the car, if your car breaks down and no help is nearby at least have shoes that you can walk a few Kilometers in if necessary

Never let your fuel tank go less than half ( I aim for quarter) in case you are being followed and you need to keep driving . And for that have a plan ahead of time, and know the direction to your nearest police station

Try use different routes when you drive home and always pay attention to your surrounds (many of us are guilty of being on auto pilot when we drive home especially after a long day at work)

if you feel you are being followed try change route and see if the car follows you, slow down enough to be able to see the occupants and the license plate no! This one is hard especially if it is in the dark because seriously looking at the plate number of another car would be the least of my worries. However, if feel I’m being followed I just keep driving

If you have a security system (alarm, electric fence etc) at home test it periodically to make sure it works and that all members of your household know how it works and most importantly where the panic button is. What is the use of having a security system if it doesn’t work or members of the household don’t know how it operates.

If you are being hijacked and it is not at gunpoint, ram the car into a gate or wall (if it is safe to do so) the hijacker (if he is after your car probably doesn’t want a damaged car) and also make sure once kids are old enough they are schooled not too argue or start whining when they are given instructions by mom or dad (or a caregiver) in a situation that seems dangerous

One many women are guilty of – get in the car and drop your bag on the passenger seat!!! Aim to either have it under your seat or preferably in the boot. Number one reason for smash and grab-is to smash your windows and grab your bag or cellphone

And now with smart phones most of us (we know ourselves) always feel the need to be “on” all the time ! Good but be safe. I’m sure you can wait for a few minutes to get home or to the office or where ever you are heading. Nothing is serious enough that it can’t wait. I think as a people we have gotten more lax with security especially as it concerns phone. I see lots of people during my commute who are glued to their phone or tablets and not just on the train, even while walking. Seems we have forgotten about the dangers lurking around – pickpockets about everywhere

And one last one I remember – when you are trying to surrender, avoid eye contact with the perpetrators and if asked to hands up (if you are taller than said human) raise your hands to your shoulders – not above your head as you get even much taller if hands are raised up completely above your head – hmmm I found this very interesting.

I am sure there were more tips but I didn’t write down (as is usual for me). These tips I remember from off hand.

If this helps just one person then I’m very happy! Do you have anything else you would add?

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Just some random beautiful sights on my morning 7km walk yesterday

Ps: the not sure where the bubhub came from but well it sounded rad so I left it

{Saturday Snapshots} on Monday … GREEN

I love these challenges… The challenge was Green- which was kind of easy seeing that it was spring – or at least it was meant to be easy but surely I can’t just post pictures of trees

Anyway here we go

NEW School! OLD School

Very fancy and shiny car

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Not so fancy car…

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My favourite drink with a slice of lime

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Seen around! A “Mohawk”tree

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Under the cot is such a fun place to play

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I crossed the 250KM on 15/08 and between then and now I’ve done another 78KM. I need to up my game and hit my 100KM/ month target . I did 90km in August helped by my 2 long walks on the last day of the month ! 13.4KM in the morning and 7.2KM in the afternoon !!! Yikes how do people do marathons. I had a blister by the end of it all

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A very green post box

Isn’t this tree just gorgeous!!! That’s the natural colour – no filters . New leaves on a once bare and brown tree

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Isn’t this “park” just stunning

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Hope you had a nice weekend? We did but it was too hooooooot!!!

I felt like I was going to melt or roast!!! Yes I hate summer heat and it is only just the beginning of spring!!!

Have a wonderful week ahead xxx

{Saturday Snapshots} BLUE

Joking my dear Marcia. on our colour adventure… This week it’s all about the blues :)

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Blue as far as the eyes can see… Women’s race with about 25000 walkers

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Two love-birds with a gorgeous blue sky backdrop

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Seen around… Blue roofs

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Disco night .. Naaaa e-toll gantry . Except it looks more purplish than blue but I promise you – it is blue

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My blue water bottle

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A lone blue bike – seen around

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MandyE just for A and B!!!

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#nowordsneeded

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My first birthday present in 2014 from the lovely Miss Marcia

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“Virgin electric lemonade” from mom’s birthday 2014

A little confession, I was dreading BLUE as it seemed like a difficult colour to picture aside from the sky! But who knew there was so much blue lurking around ….
Thanks once again for hosting Marcia

{Saturday Snapshot} RED

Joining Marcia again this week for Saturday Snapshot. Go check out Mandy’s post too

My red pictures…. As usual all taken with my phone

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Testing out a birthday present from Robyn on my birthday. RED lipstick

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Shiny RED old school car…

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My sis got bombed RED at the colour run

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Open-mouthed concentration “driving” the RED tractor

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Spring is in the air! Though with the temps today you would think winter was just starting. It was 1C (34F) at 7am

How are you doing? Hope having a good weekend?

The one about Dentist…

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The dreaded chair :)

Most people I know have a deathly fear of going to the dentist. I DON’T!!! I’ve been going to dentist visits alone since I was 14 or 15 I think. I have absolutely no fear of them. NONE, ZILCH, NADA!!!!  I guess this must stem from battling with horrid toothache for years and then getting relief after one too many visits. I associate dentist visit with pain relief.  I think I can safely say suffering from said toothaches is responsible for my high pain threshold.

The only thing I don’t like about dentist visits –  the numb feeling when you get those injections and not being allowed to chew/ drink hot or cold things for a few hours. Luckily thanks to my high pain threshold I sometimes ask if the work can be done without said injection which my dentist kindly obliges

Anyway, for a few years now I’ve been doing to the same dentist, reason being that you don’t have to wait long to get an appointment ( you can call today and get an appointment in 2-3 days) and he usually leaves gaps for walk-ins. Something tells me it is because he is in a “not so palatable” part of the city, but it doesn’t bother me. Another reason – he sends his bill directly to the medical aid/insurance . I don’t have to shell out funds and then go through the process of claiming back.

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Sitting patiently waiting for the dentist yesterday.

I don’t miss my yearly appointments and usually I go twice a year for check up. Yes I’m efficient like that – lesson learnt.

Imagine my shock when I called to make an appointment earlier this year with my trusted dentist only to be told he had retired and sold the business. Shock Horror, his could he do that me. I promptly dropped the phone , that was in Feb!! Anyway I was reaching the one year mark so I decided to give the new dentist a try.

A bit of background, my previous dentist is an old-ish Cypriot, happy-go-lucky man. Who always had some Greek (or Cypriot – same same or not) music playing in the background while he went about his work in your mouth, I got used to it and used to look forward to the music.

And I was expecting he would have sold the business to someone older – wrong very very wrong.

No more….

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I sat in the chair yesterday and a GQ model walked in and the dental assistant beckoned and said that was the dentist. Hmmmmm ok, deep breath in and out. Silent prayer and hopes he knows what he is doing. I’m sure he is 30 years old! I’m used to older drs.

 

I wish a got a better picture – but imagine how odd it would look me trying to get his picture properly. He thought I was snapping the tools of the trade when I took this one.

 

Moral of the story. Don’t judge a book by its cover. He was very good and swift and I was in and out in about 20 mins.  Except there was no music – sob sob. All done and no pain. Till February. Yes I go every February and Aug/Sept

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That’s a tooth x-ray machine in case you are wondering

Now over to you -

Are you afraid of the dentist?

Do you go 2ce yearly as recommended?

When do kids have to go for their first dental appointment? I need to find a kid-friendly one for K, she has 2 pearly whites and we can see another 6 will be out pretty soon

Ps: I’m doing some picture organization. Much easier than I expected but I’m glad to finally be getting it done before it gets too overwhelming . 10.5 months worth of pictures which if you know me means over 2000 pictures :) . 3.5 months done, 7 months to go, though it looks like I am missing some weeks, have to look for them tonight

 

Some cheerful pictures after all the talk about dentists

 

 

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This was taken after she got her last 2 vaccinations.

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Smile, you are on camera :)

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at 40 weeks old!!! Not camera-shy at all