EXAGGERATION !!!!!!!

I’ve been running this in my head over a million times, and I still can’t figure out why people exaggerate. It is the most annoying habit in the world.

I could just pull out my hair in frustration.

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So the other day, my 9 year old casually announces to me that she has a project due for the next day..”THE NEXT DAY????????????????” It’s 20:00, We just got finished with homework, dinner, bath, packing bags, making lunches, etc. My favourite soapy just started, I’m about to finally sit back and relax, and NOW U HAVE A PROJECT DUE FOR TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!!!

I do a quick check, and realise I only need the normal basic “Project” stuff, like, glue, cardboard, glitter, colour pencils, scissors, ruler, plastic pockets, cellotape, gel pens, and the rest of the stationery shop. And as life would have it, these items suddenly disappear from my house. It was here yesterday, but now it’s gone.

Did I tell you about the two mysterious people living in my house, “SOMEBODY” and “NOBODY”…Somebody did it and Nobody knows who…

So now I have to make a quick dash to the nearest Spar…(thank Goodness for the 24 hr Spar)

I grab my keys and purse and don’t even bother getting out of my bedroom slippers. I drive at the speed of lightning and hope beyond hope that the traffic lights don’t get me.

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I manage to screech my way into the nearest parking, the one closest to the door…in a flash I’m in the store, picking up stuff like it was ‘an end of range’ sale.

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I spot a paypoint that doesn’t have a queue as long as a mile.

A million items later, I get to the pay point, and the assistant seems to be working in slow motion, even her jaws seem to be moving in slow motion as she chews her gum…Picture1

 

While She gradually scans each item, she keeps taking mini breaks to say something to her friend in the next isle. She is unable to multi task, so this requires her to stop scanning for a few seconds while she laughs at something her friend said…

She then aggressively says “PLASTIK”,,,,

‘No thank you, I’ll just carry all this in my arms, and if I walk really slowly, I’ll be able to balance the scissors and glue stick on my head” OFF COURSE I WANT A PLASTIC…..GRRRRRRRR……but instead, I said, ‘yes please’

I Jump into my car and was just about to screech out of the parking lot, when this guy with a vehicle as big as an elephant, decides to park so close to me, that I would be unable to reverse without scratching his car.

I tried calling him as he continued to walk off..but he just waved and said he’ll only be 5 minutes,,,and that’s when I lost all control and got off my car, grabbed the first things I could get my hands on,,,which was the glue, scissors and glitter,, I walked to the front of his car and used the scissors to scratch deep lines on the hood , and then I continued to pour glue over the scratches and then fill it up with some bright pink glitter…that will teach him…

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Just then I heard a hoot and looked up to see the driver pulling away and waving goodbye….

I was still sitting in my car with the glue and scissors in my hand….OHHHH IF ONLY I WAS AS BRAVE AS MY IMAGINATION…well, he’s just lucky that he took only 5 minutes, or else I was almost going to get out of the car and damage his car.

I raced home, threw everything on the kitchen table and very hastily started on the project.

After two hours of cutting, pasting, colouring and labelling, we were finally finished.

Although tired as a dog, I was glad we completed the project. All that was left, was to attach the instructions given by teacher to the back of the project…..and that’s when I saw it….

Due date, was next week Tuesday

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHH

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SHOULD OUR ELDERLY BE MORE TECH SAVVY???

So I tried to help this sweet old lady the other day when I thought she was struggling to use her cell phone. She gladly allowed me to assist her, and very calmly proceeded in giving me precise instructions about her smart phone when she noticed that I was struggling with it. Turns out that she was not having problems with using her phone, she had forgotten her glasses at home and was struggling with her vision.

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I continued to “help” her, pretending like I knew exactly what to do, because I was too ashamed to admit that I didn’t have a clue, and also that this lady had a better phone than mine.

Before I left, I was given a crash course on the different types of phones and tablets, and which brands I should stay away from and which business phone she thinks will suit my lifestyle, etc etc…

Although red faced and a bit shaken by this savvy old lady, I had to admit, that I felt a great deal of admiration for her.

We often assume that old people should be doing what old people do.

The more I think about it, the more I feel that older people SHOULD be more tech savvy. They need technology just as much, or maybe even more, than us.

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Think about it! Older folk have friends whom they would love to spend more time with, but certain restraints, like health problems or lack of transport, make it difficult for them to visit friends as often as they would like to. Knowing how to use the computer, tablet, or laptop, makes it easier for them to communicate with each other and also gives them something interesting to do during the day, when everyone else is at work or school.

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I cannot envision myself sitting alone at home when I’m old, and just watching t.v, or surrounded by cats, and maybe dependent on my daughters and having to wait for them to get home to help me with menial tasks.

So the next time your grandmother asks you something about a mobile phone , tablet or computer, don’t just shrug her off and think that she won’t understand, take some time and make her understand. Teach her and allow her to discover the amazing world of technology..

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SO WHEN LAST DID YOU READ A GOOD BOOK ?

You know, that thing that is commonly used as a coaster for your coffee mug

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also quite handy when you need to swat that scary looking spider.

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For those fellow bookworms like myself, I don’t need to tell you how exciting and exhilarating it is to just curl up with a steaming mug of coffee, some biscuits and an excellent book, (especially on a rainy day).

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Reading does not just keep your brain alive and stimulated, it can transport you around the world without you having to move from that comfortable armchair.

When you open up a book, you open up your mind to a vast and amazing world.

I always go into a “mini depression” each time I complete an interesting book, but then the next one comes along, and I find myself searching for those biscuits and coffee once again, and a quiet place to read.

I have compiled a list of my favourite “FAVOURITES”….these reads were so good, I had to read them again….Please feel free to add your favourites…I’m always looking for something good to read.

MY TOP 10

  1. SHANTARAM – GREGORY DAVID ROBERTS
  2.  A FINE BALANCE – ROHINTON MISTRY
  3. DA VINCI CODES – DAN BROWN
  4.  A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS – KHALED HOOSEINI
  5.  THE KITE RUNNER – KHALED HOOSEINI
  6.  ANGELS AND DEMONS – DAN BROWN
  7. LIFE OF PI – YANN MARTEL
  8. THE LOST SYMBOL – DAN BROWN
  9. THE WHITE TIGER – ARAVIND ADIGA

AND NO 10 IS A PERSONAL ENDORSMENT BY MY BEST FRIEND, AND SHE HIGHLY RECOMMENDS THAT EVERY WOMAN SHOULD READ THIS, AT LEAST ONCE IN HER LIFETIME.

10    WOMEN WHO LOVE TOO MUCH – ROBIN NORWOOD

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TO DON’T LIST

Most of us are familiar with that ever so popular “TO DO “ List,, which we all know, hardly ever gets done. So I have decided to squash up my latest ’to do’ list and replace it with my ‘to don’t list’. I hope this one does not end up in the trash can.

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DON’T:

  • BE AFRAID, FEAR ROBS US OF OPPORTUNITIES
  • ALWAYS EXPECT FROM OTHERS THE SAME AS U WOULD DO FOR THEM
  • HESITATE TO HELP SOMEONE IN NEED
  • LET THE PAST DEFINE WHO YOU ARE
  • PROCRASTINATE – LIFE IS SHORT, LIVE IN THE MOMENT
  • LOOK BACK – THAT’S WHY WE HAVE EYES IN THE FRONT OF OUR HEADS, TO LOOK FORWARD AND NOT BACKWARD
  • ARGUE WITH AN IDIOT, PEOPLE WON’T BE ABLE TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE
  • HOLD GRUDGES, HOW ELSE ARE U GOING TO EMBRACE LIFE IF YOUR HANDS ARE FULL, LET IT GO
  • BE AFRAID TO LAUGH AT YOURSELF.
  • TAKE LIFE SO SERIOUSLY, LET YOUR HAIR DOWN AND ENJOY LIFE

AND LASTLY

  • DON’T WAIT FOR THE RAIN TO STOP TO WALK IN THE SUNSHINE. KICK OFF YOUR SHOES, ROLL UP YOUR PANTS AND RELIVE YOUR CHILDHOOD. 

HALAAL

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Nee, nie uit die yskas GEHAAL nie..

The word HALAAL is often misinterpreted by the misinformed or should I say ill informed.

Amongst a hundred other things Muslims are branded for, “Halaal” is one of the most commonly misunderstood practices. It is usually joked about, laughed at, and at times, even feared. This would really be funny if it was not so serious.

“Halaal” is the Arabic term for “lawful or permissible” And “Haraam” is simply the opposite (that which is not permissible or lawful, e.g: pork).

Any animal, except a pig, is only acceptable to consume if it is slaughtered according to Islamic law.

“These prohibited foods and ingredients are called haram, meaning forbidden in Arabic. Foods that are not halal for Muslims to consume as per various Qurʼanic verses are:

  • Pork[5]
  • Blood[6]
  • Intoxicants and alcoholic beverages[7]
  • Animals killed incorrectly and/or without Allah’s name being pronounced before slaughter[8]
    • Animals slaughtered in the name of anyone but “Allah”. All that has been dedicated or offered in sacrifice to an idolatrous altar or saint or a person considered to be “divine”[5][6]
    • Carrion (carcasses of dead animals, i.e. animals who died in the wild)[5]
    • An animal that has been strangled, beaten (to death), killed by a fall, gored (to death), savaged by a beast of prey (unless finished off by a human) or sacrificed on a stone altar.[6]

Halal is One of the Most Humane Methods of Animal Slaughter

Muslims are taught through the Qu’ran that all animals should be treated with respect and well cared for.

The goal is to slaughter the animal, limiting the amount of pain the animal will endure. When an animal is slaughtered, the jugular vein is cut and the blood is allowed to drain from the animal. Remember, Muslims are prohibited from consuming animal blood.

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Sweets and chocolates which may have gelatine are also prohibited in Islam. Jackets and other items of clothing made from pig leather are also haraam.

That’s all there is to it. No big deal. And it does not exclude us or deprive us from anything. We eat the same thing as you, except the pork, obviously. Living islamically is not oppressive or boring, it’s the bomb…….NOOOOO WAIT…DON’T RUN……IT’S NOT THAT KINDA BOMB…..I mean, it’s really a good, healthy and uncomplicated lifestyle.

So the next time someone mentions the word HALAAL, U don’t have to run for the hills and take cover and hide, and you don’t have to picture us with hooded cloaks dancing around a fire while we slaughter a cow and chant weird incantations.

For more info on this issue, please just ask my best friend, Google.

PERFECT ENGLISH

To my Deerest friend

                                     Zoe

 

Hope you and you’re family are well. On my side, everyone is good. this letter is long overdew, I no. but it’s bean hectic at work.

It feels a bit odd to right a letter to you, since we have so much modern technology these days, but I’m doing this to proof a point to everyone, because recently my friends have bean telling me how bad my spelling is……..psssssshttt, what do they know?? Its not me, it’s the autocorrect on my phone that keeps changing my spelling. They said i will fail English, but we all know that’s UNPOSSIBLE!!!

Therefore I right to you and you can see how rong they are, u can be the judge because no one understands me accept you.

Anyways, before I go on, let me just remind you that your my best friend, your always bring me comfort, love and joy and most importantly, lots of food. You even spend hours listening to me when I’m board.

Oh yes, did I tell you that I past my exam, yes, it was a hard paper, but I managed. Everyone complemented me and they said they would of given me a party if they new earlier, but they where not expecting it……mmm i wander why? anyways, its there loss.

 

For all intensive purposes I must say I did very well. I asked my class maid to borrow me his text book and I really did study very hard, more then I usually do.

There were days when I even ignored dirty dishes in the zink, just to study. I even went days without washing my hare.

My class maid really helped me to study, his a good student. As you can see, how much gooder my English has become.

Anyways, I have to run, take care and don’t forget to reply back.

Our friendship is important and I don’t want to loose it.

BTW, I know its unpossible, but if you can pick up any errers in the above, you will let me no, right?

 

Take care

Right soon

Your best friend

R

(aka bookworm)