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Weekend freeze, flames and cricket

The various weather forecasts I’ve had a look at all differ in the exact expected temperatures for the next couple of days, but they all agree on one thing – its going to be #&%^ cold!!

So I’m gonna be camped out right here, in front of the fire …

Doesn’t that look lovely?

Ok, so just *try* to imagine that the camera on my new little phone DOESN’T completely suck hehe …

I have a couple of DVDs to watch tonight – Juno and Jumper. I’ve heard that Juno is excellent, so I’m looking forward to that.

Tomorrow have a bit of coding to do, so that’ll keep my in front of my computer for a few hours and then I also have some papers to shuffle and accounts to sort out. Urgh, admin blows.

Apart from that, there’s cricket on YAAAY! It’s a 5 day test with South Africa vs England from Lords. We aren’t doing too well after wining the toss and electing to field first – England declared on 593/8 at the end of day 2 – but hopefully tomorrow will see us get off to a solid batting start so we can pile on the runs *fingers crossed*. We are REALLY going to have to bat a whole lot better than we bowled!! I have a sneaky suspicion that it may all end in a draw.

Oh, just by the by … I was trying to keep an eye on the match today while working, and it proved to be rather tiring and annoying having to jump up and check the action out on tv every few minutes, so I found a much better way of tracking the score. Online. This, after I asked if anyone knew of a good website that churned out live scores and was promptly reprimanded by SheBee and told to JFGI!! wahaha!! So I did =)

If you also want to track the cricket online, here’s the site I found. It’s pretty good, not too far behind the live action and the running commentary is quite entertaining too:

“Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, hah! Sidebottom has had enough of being peppered by Steyn and tries to swat a bouncer but only takes his eyes off the ball and misses, which has Steyn amused”

“Harris to Broad, OUT, timber! Broad goes for a meaty whip across the line, rather ugly, looking to work a full and flat delivery to midwicket but the ball turns ever so slightly and disturbs the furniture”

And then, sometime over the next 2 days, I’ll have to cut Son#1’s hair for school (he won’t let anyone else cut it) and psyche myself up for The Dreaded Weekly Grocery Shop … hoo boy!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


And it’s STILL pissing down outside!

This is some seriaaaas weather we’re having here in the Cape … non-stop wild storming for 7 days and near-Arctic temperatures. Winter is not my season anyway, so you can just imagine how much I’m loving this. Not.

Two days ago my garden was a big mooshy mess, now it’s totally flooded! And my swimming pool looks like it’s on the verge of overflowing too. Yikes.

Worst of all, I have MORE leaks in my roof, and the drips are coming down a lot faster and harder than before. I’ve called the roofing chaps again this morning, left YET ANOTHER MESSAGE … Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Well, I’ve had a very late start to the day – I just couldn’t get out of bed this morning! Cold + Dark + Wet + Windy + Too Early + Head Pain + Sleeping Pill Hangover = Stay Under The Covers Girl.

Anyway, enough griping =) Today I have a stupid amount of work to do, so I’d better get started *yawn*. I think I’ll have to end my coffee drought just now and give in to a big caffeine fix.

*inserts ear thumps and browses iTunes library … selects NIN The Slip*

Another day in the trenches

And it’s not a good one …

I’m going to have a little vent here. You can indulge me or you can move on. It’s cool; I won’t be offended if I see you’ve clicked away after only a few seconds.


Physically, I am shattered today. I had a really bad night’s sleep and I’m totally exhausted. I also woke up with a splitting headache (what’s new) and I’m freezing cold. So I’m sitting here feeling very sorry for myself – miserable, tired, frozen and sore =(

I really need a holiday. Any kind of break will do, I just feel like I need some R&R.

Other than that, I’m so bloody bored and completely frustrated! Being short staffed is the pits. I am still looking for new staff and having no luck. The ad on Bizcommunity has run it’s course and we got nix out of it. My inbox is normally flooded with CV’s – where the hell is everyone?

I desperately want to move on to new projects – ideas that have been bubbling under for a while that I want to bring to the front burner and start developing. But I’m stuck DAMMIT! I’m doing donkey work on websites because I don’t have enough people. It totally sucks and I feel like I’m wasting my talent.

Jeesh, 10 years ago I was doing much more exciting work. Hells, even before I got into the web I was having a ball running a design studio and lecturing at a college after that. Then I discovered the internet and found my passion. I designed and developed a very large corporate intranet, I managed some big international sites and I created front ends for some high profile online medical and banking systems. Then I setup my own business and had tons of fun developing my own projects.

After that, well … shit happened.

And now I’m bloody stuck and I don’t want to be. I’m not doing anything new; I’m not learning anything new. I feel like my creativity is being stifled and as much I as want to start doing sexy work again, I can’t! I’m turning away a ridiculous amount of work every week.

Don’t get me wrong – I am VERY grateful to be able to work and make a living. But this business is my only source of income and if I can’t move it forward, it’s not going to last for very much longer. And then I’ll be screwed.

I’m also not getting any younger you know – I want to use my brain before all the relevant synapses go on a permanent strike. Shit, the last time I did any serious development, PHP was just a puppy! And I haven’t touched Flash for ages.

And then there’s the fact that I want a personal life too. I feel like I’ve missed out on so much and I want to have a life outside of these four walls that I stare at all day, every day. But being drained of energy and robbed of time because I’m forced to put in long, tedious hours doing repetitive crap work is ensuring that that doesn’t happen either.

I need more staff!!!

I’ve even contemplated selling the business and retiring so that I can get out of this horrible rut and buy myself the time to do what I love. I could do that. I may have to if things don’t change soon.

Sucks to be me right now.


Ok, that’s it. I’m done. Vent over. If you’re still here, thanks for listening.

It’s Monday morning

Bleakness. I am so not ready for today. I have a thick sleeping pill hangover (think I took it too late last night) and a head that seriously feels like it’s going to blow up and splatter my brains all over the wall behind me. Urgh. So I’m waiting for the sleeping tab to wear off and my painkillers to kick in. Until, then I just to push through ….

I am really sluggish – that could also have something to do with all the crap I ate this weekend. The closest I came to eating fruit and veggies was in the form of blueberry muffins and some roasted beetroot and parsnip chips! Oh yes, and I got protein courtesy chicken burgers and MickyD nuggets. Shite.

And I’m freezing! It’s only 8 degrees right now, FFS!

At least I don’t have to go to gym today; I really don’t think I could handle that. I just have to go out later and do the mom’s taxi thing. But it is going to be a bizzy bizzy day – two sites to code, one to upload and QA, some SEO reports to spit out, papers to shuffle.

Well, I suppose I should try and sort my Inbox out, it seems to have exploded overnight … sheesh …. I’m so over being told how I can enlarge my frikkin’ penis!!