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

Saturday Snapshot {YELLOW}

I practically begged Marcia to bring back the Saturday snapshots! Yes I like photo challenges. I’m currently doing 2 on Instagram – fmsphotoaday and augustbreak2014! And I’m loving it, some days are easier than others but that is part of the fun and some days I forget to post or just can’t find the right pictures which means on some days I catch up and post multiple pictures .

For this challenge, my challenge (pun intended :) ) to myself was find “yellow” pictures from my haul of over 2000 on my phone . Yes I need to clean it up! All the pictures there are backed up aside from the ones I took today.

Let the fun begin – usually the rule is post only 5 pictures, but today I’m posting more

Yellow colour station at the colour run

A”dirty” K sitting on her puzzle mat after a day out at a dairy farm

G’s yellow ball was a hit with K earlier today

Me, after going through the yellow station at a colour run

Door sign at the baby clinic + 2 is one of my favourite numbers

Yellow dial on a 36 year old fisher price mobile. Got this from my mom last week! She used this for me as a baby. How awesome is that. Plus I have my bed bumper and blanket! Coincidentally both yellow!

Winter Sunset!

K playing with her colour book

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Ps: posting from my phone! Not sure how to add captions to pictures.
Used to be more straightforward . Will fix it during the week, but for now this would do

Ps: be a sport and post at least one yellow thing :)

Ps: hope you are having a good weekend

Colour Run 2014…

My last post was about walking and lately  I am doing quite a lot of it, though in the last week or so I have been quite lazy! Lazy or not, I got up bright and early 2 Saturday mornings ago,  went to pick up my sis and we drove to what she has called the best race ever! I did the race in 2013 and the pictures from the 2013 event are here

 

There are quite a lot of colour runs done around the world and they usually  include a music fest. This is different. This race is done to raise funds for charity and specifically for a school that is educating and raising awareness about deafness.  St.Vincent.School! A win-win if you ask me, get some much-needed exercise and help raise funds for charity in the process. This walk is also a nice distance – 7km not too short and not too long. And added bonus (for some people) not as crowded as most of the more popular races.

Enough talking 2014 pictures

All white and clean and colourless

All white and clean and colourless

 

Everyone all white at the starting line

Everyone all white at the starting line

En route - lots of fun and getting dirty

En route – lots of fun and getting dirty

A nice way to learn the colour wheel - blue and yellow - makes GREEN

A nice way to learn the colour wheel – blue and yellow – makes GREEN. We were yet to go through the Green station at this point

Finish Line Selfie ...

Finish Line Selfie …

My sis, taking a selfie

My sis, taking a selfie

My poor sweater! Hopefully it survives this time again

My poor sweater! Hopefully it survives this time again

See you in 2015!!!

Who needs a white shirt when you can have a “colourful” shirt.  See you in 2015!!!

 

Another walk down, many more to go…

 

I mentioned this last year – If you are interested, I see there are colour runs done in different parts of the world all year round.  The colorrun website has information on international colour races.  Check out colorrun.coza website for information on the various races around SA. I see there are plans to have the race in 16 cities around the country. Note how the color is spelt.

The one about walking…

A few months ago I was chatting to Julia and told her I needed to start exercising again (now that my ankle is healed). Going to the gym is not always very convenient because I work long hours most days and I need to get home in good time! Going to gym after work will mean getting home around 7.30 to 8pm daily. I definitely can’t afford to get home at that time and the gyms are just too packed for me in the mornings, though it might be my best option. Then I was looking through instagram and saw NI.KE.PLUS.

Anyone who knows me well would know I am quite a visual person and nothing to spur me on like seeing progress as I embark on a journey.

Solution – wake up a little earlier and try to get some walking done in the morning before work!!! And since May, I have started walking and let me tell you, seeing the mileage as I go, is just fantastic. I have pushed myself further than I ever would. There are days I get up and decide I would do 5km and before I know it, I have pushed myself to 9 or even 10km or like my longest walk yet 11.2km!!! (longest walk was really 13km, but the battery died at 10.8km , so we shall not count it)

I wish I was a runner, but old age my knees can’t handle anything more than a  fast walk. I can’t afford to injure anything (already had one knee op 3 years ago).  WALKING I shall continue to do and I am loving it. I thought it would be hard given that it is winter (on some days it was 1C when I got out of the house)  but actually it has been fantastic and I am dreading summer when it would be too hot (plus you all know I don’t really like summer anyway)

 

A few stats for the past 3 months

 

I did my first walk using the app on May 3rd – 5.52km,  my longest walk in May was 7.5km on the 31st and I did a total of 57.8km for the month. 

In June, I did a total of 72.6km, I did 3 longer walks – 9.55km, 10.3km and my last walk for the month was 11.2km.

I set myself a target of 100km for July, but could only manager 93.5km (though I think it was more like 96Km,  my battery died on the one walk) and  K and I were both ill within a few days of one another which meant no exercise for almost a whole week. I concluded 100km is very do-able and that is my target for August

My fastest KM thus far was done in 9.17minutes. My fastest mile was done in 15.52minutes

A few pictures

 The first walk, using an app during a walk

First time using the APP

First time using the APP

Longest recorded walk

Longest recorded walk

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That's the N1 highway in the background - another joy of using the train, I don't have to leave home too early to avoid traffic

That’s the N1 highway in the background – another joy of using the train, I don’t have to leave home too early to avoid traffic

A beautiful but very cold day. Definitely a Saturday morning and I am certain, the temp was probably about 2C or 3C

A beautiful but very cold day. Definitely a Saturday morning and I am certain, the temp was probably about 2C or 3C

A few from IG

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YEP!!! It was 1C at past 8am in the morning. A few of my friends still can't believe it gets that cold anywhere in Africa!

YEP!!! It was 1C at past 8am in the morning. A few of my friends still can’t believe it gets that cold anywhere in Africa!

I like this picture! That tree is stunning! Though it is currently bare

I like this picture! That tree is stunning! Though it is currently bare

 

Added bonus, you can monitor what you are doing on a treadmill too..

Added bonus, you can monitor what you are doing on a treadmill too..

 

Not my favourite form of exercise though – walking on a treadmill – I find it tougher than walking on the road

Even on days when I don’t intentionally walk, I used this app to check the distance from I walk from the station to work and back and from the car park to the train and would you know it is at least 1.5 to 2km daily!!!

Are you doing anything new exercise wise? Have you discovered any new app/gadget that helps make this possible?

 

 

PS: I need music to walk fast and currently I put the same song on repeat and walk no matter the distance. My sister thinks I am crazy, to be able to listen to the same music for an hour or an hour and half somethings

PS: we do walk quite a lot when we go shopping. I went to the shop after work last week Wednesday and decided to use the app to see how much walking gets done. Would you believe it – 3.6km and I was only in one shopping mall for an hour and half

ALERT! CUTENESS OVERLOAD…

I had a different post planned about the colour run I did on Saturday, but that would have to wait as there are more pressing matters :) :) :)

K was born on Monday the 4th! And today is the first time since she was born that 4th is on a Monday! The next time the 4th will fall on a Monday is May 2015! – Yes I checked

As is customary every 4th of the month, we take pictures with milestone/monthly belly stickers (though as you would see that name is not very accurate again when babies become very mobile).

Today we are 9 months old!!! (I am still trying to figure it all out though, because she is exactly 39 weeks old today, which would mean she is 9 months and 3 weeks if we are using 4 weeks  make a month! but we all know some months are more than 4 weeks)

 

Sleeping beauty

 

Taken with the secondary camera, hence grainy

Taken with the secondary camera, hence grainy

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A some what rare picture with daddy dearest

A somewhat rare picture with daddy dearest

Back or Belly Sticker (you decide) 

You mean this is supposed to be on my tunny :)

You mean this is supposed to be on my tummy :)

Mommy! I can take it off ... yippee

Mommy! I can take it off … yippee

Mandatory Taste Test - YUM ;) ;)

Mandatory Taste Test – YUM ;) ;)

I can stand.... And I do it at every available opportunity

I can stand…. And I do it at every available opportunity

Busy doing heave knows what...

Busy doing heaven knows what… EXPLORING I guess

Mommy is smart and still knows how to get one or two pictures with the stickers in the right place

Sticker in place - I have a few tricks up my sleeves to get the picture with the sticker in place

Sticker in place – I have a few tricks up my sleeves to get the picture with the sticker in place

This child of mine doesn’t sit still for longer than a split second. I had some fancy picture ideas planned for these last few, but well I am glad I even got anything at all

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IMG_5021   Sorry for the cuteness oops I meant picture overload 

Hope you had a nice weekend? I did albeit super busy. Looking forward to this weekend, my cousin is getting married and K would be attending her first wedding. Are you looking forward to anything this week?

We walked the talk…

Annually there are a few walks that I love to do and Walk the Talk is one of them. I have only missed one since I discovered this walk in 2009! It is usually done in July and usually very cold especially if you do any of the earlier races

You can see how cold it was just before 9am last sunday. And it stayed cold all morning because even after walking almost 13km, I left my jacket on

You can see how cold it was just before 9am last sunday. And it stayed cold all morning because even after walking almost 13km, I left my jacket on

This year I did the walk with the little miss. She loved it, was chatting way through most of the walk and exhausted by the time we were done.

I am not sure how this guy survived but it was freezing. Guess some people just don't get cold

I am not sure how this guy survived but it was freezing. Guess some people just don’t get cold

BUT there were just too many people and the first 2-3 km of the walk was a nightmare especially because I had a stroller

You ca't tell here but there were thousands of people. About 50,000 people register for this walk each here

You can’t tell here but there were thousands of people. About 50,000 people register for this walk each here

Sea of people, and this was after the crowd had whittled down a bit and spread across a wide area

Sea of people, and this was after the crowd had whittled down a bit and spread across a wide area

She kept turning around to make sure I was still there. My poor child has never seen or been around this many people and dogs

She kept turning around to make sure I was still there. My poor child has never seen or been around this many people and dogs

Crossing the finish line

Crossing the finish line

With my sis and K

With my sis and K

Getting a big kiss for being a good sport (pun intended)

Getting a big kiss for being a good sport (pun intended)

The sweet taste of success. Yes she got her own medal. Another first :)

The sweet taste of success. Yes she got her own medal. Another first :)

This was before we began the more than 2km walk back to the car!!!

This was before we began the more than 2km walk back to the car!!!

Being pushed around for 13km is exhausting work!!!!

Being pushed around for 13km is exhausting work!!!!

I realised she was tired because she slept through a wardrobe change

Yes baby, you are pretty like mommy ;) ;)

Yes baby, you are pretty like mommy ;) ;)

This year there was no goody bag which was weird, but I have always said I would prefer the contents of the goody bag be donated to charity, so this didn’t bother me much

PS: And did I tell you, K and I got interviewed by SuperSport, I wonder if it made the cut!!!! She wasn’t in the mood though and refused to smile, she was just staring at the ginormous video camera

PPS: I have registered for  5 upcoming walking events and I am super excited – all between 7 and 10km. I decided my max is about 12, but unfortunately I am yet to hear of a 12km walk, so for now I shall stick to 10km and work on increasing my speed.

Because I’m Happy…

 

Birthday flowers from hubby

Birthday flowers from hubby

 

Not really happy and dandy, but I love the song HAPPY and it is my song of 2014 thus far (yes I know it was released in 2013). My song for 2013 was blurred lines (which I erroneously thought was blood lines for a long time – :lol: :lol: ). Do you normally have a song of the year or that you like very much in a particular year or period?

Anyway, for the past few days, I have been thinking of happiness especially after reading Laura’s post challenging her readers to be happy.

There are many reasons to be unhappy all the time, but we can choose to be happy (even if it means burying your head in the sand for a split second, yes the problem would probably still be there but you would be happy for a few minutes and that to me makes it all worth it)

Here are some of my happy pictures for the week  – if you are on IG you would have seen some of already

Birthday flowers from K. What a big difference lighting makes - same bunch of roses - top pic in natural light and no flash. Bottom pic in artificial light and with flash

Birthday flowers from K. What a big difference lighting makes – same bunch of roses – top pic in natural light and no flash. Bottom pic in artificial light and with flash

 

Birthday lunch 2014

Birthday lunch 2014

 

Confirmed I definitely love fish.

I was looking for some old pictures and found this from my Birthday dinner in Senegal - 2008

I was looking through some old pictures and found this from my Birthday dinner in Senegal – 2008

 

Birthday self with the little Miss. No matter what I did I just couldn't get her to look up... though I liked the end result

Birthday self with the little Miss. No matter what I did I just couldn’t get her to look up… though I liked the end result

 

And this picture frm last night - love love love

And this picture from last night – love love love

That is my happy post for the week. Hope you have/had something to be happy about this week? How did your week go? I took the mandatory day off (for me) on my birthday and had lunch with the lovely Marcia

Any interesting plans for the coming weekend? I need to get my A into G and finish the study and kitchen organisation, but I shall be doing the 8km walk the talk on Sunday even if I do nothing else God willing…