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One week to go …

Cue the Jaws theme music …

Yeah. Staring down the barrel of The Big 4-OH.


Presents will make me feel a whole lot better though πŸ˜€

  • Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi
  • Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Burgundy Red (Fits 6″ Display, Latest Generation Kindle)
  • Polo Sport by Ralf Lauren for Women
  • Euphoria by Calvin Klein
  • Exclusive Books voucher
  • Books 1-7 of the Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton (I have book 8. Fail.)
  • USB modem and some airtime so I can take my sexy Macbook out on the road
  • Woolies voucher – I seriously need new clothes and shoes for winter
  • Woolies voucher again – I need new bedding
  • Stodels voucher – my garden needs more help
  • Mr Price Home/@home voucher – I need to redo Son1’s old room to become my new “space”
  • Potted house plants (no, I’m not joking)
  • A big non-stick frying pan (totally serious)
  • Skull Candy ear thumps
  • Beach villa
  • Art supplies – canvasses, brushes, acrylic paints
  • Monin Watermelon liqueur (if you can find this, you’ll be my hero. Forever.)
  • A ticket to fly to Jozi (I want to meet so many people up there *sigh*)
  • Flowers, flowers, flowers
  • An invitation to spend some time with you

Ah man. Anything really πŸ™‚ Times have been rather tough lately and I’ve not been able to buy anything for a while so I’d be happy with even a box of smokes, lol (That’s Kent Menthol, btw)

Oh. I don’t drink wine #justsaying πŸ˜‰


The Smashing Book #2

Mmk, so I’m a bit happy about this. No, wait. That’s not true. I AM OVER THE MOON!

I got featured in The Smashing Book #2 πŸ˜€

“The Smashing Book 2 is a printed book about best practices in modern Web design.”

This book shares valuable practical insight into design, usability and coding. It provides professional advice for designing mobile applications and building successful e-commerce websites, and it explains common coding mistakes and how to avoid them. You’ll explore the principles of professional design thinking and graphic design and learn how to apply psychology and game theory to create engaging user experiences.

And if you have a look in the first chapter, β€œThe Principles of Great Graphic Design”, written by one of my design heroes, Matt Ward and the supremely talented Alexander Charchar, you’ll see … MEEEEEEE!

Isn’t that cool? I think so, heh.

Miss me?

Jeez … *I* miss me!

Holy Canoli, but life’s been a bit mad over the last few months. It’s work, mostly – lots of stuffs happening. Lots ‘n lots ‘n lots! And it’s all terribly exciting. And new. And big. And challenging. And I can’t really say much more than that, you’ll just have to watch this space, heh πŸ˜‰

Needless to say, I’ve had bugger-all time to blog, which is pretty sad because getting my thoughts out here is really good for me. Plus, no-one really knows what the hell is going on in my life these days. My poor li’l old blog is looking very neglected and I miss the interaction with you guys too. Most of you do follow me on Twitter though, and that’s where I’ve been spending my time connecting online. It’s the fastest way for me to keep up with everything and share stuff with you. Also (and I dig this), I can quietly slip away without anyone noticing when I need to focus on work and other things. Anyhoo, you’ll probably know quite a bit about what’s been going on with me from there. Not everything though. Some stuff is just too big to share in only 140 characters and I need to put together a few decent posts – mainly to set things straight in my own head. And sheesh, I’ve still got a whole bunch of pics from the World Cup sitting on my phone that I want to upload, before that becomes ancient history!

For now though, I’m focusing my attention on work and the things I need to get done BEFORE I GO ON HOLIDAY!! Yes, yours truly is *finally* going to take a damn holiday πŸ˜€ More about that later …

So, onwards and upwards I guess, hey?


Pics from WC2010 – Day 1

Better late than never!

And err, yeah – these were taken on my iPhone so they aren’t too marvelous, sorry.

Some of my team, decked out for the big day.

Some of my team, decked out for the big day.

Absent team member, lol.

Absent team member, lol.

And another one :-)

And another one πŸ™‚

Doing the office pool draw.

Doing the office pool draw.

Oooooh, I wonder who I'm gonna get?

Oooooh, I wonder who I'm gonna get?

Lining up for the national anthems

France vs Uruguay - lining up for the national anthems.

Getting ready for the kickoff.

Getting ready for the kickoff.

First corner.

First corner.

In the crowd ... 64100 people!

In the crowd ... 64100 people!

What an experience that was, despite the lackluster football.

Had to laugh at all the locals thinking I was a foreigner though, haha πŸ˜€

My next outing to the stadium is on Friday for England vs Algeria WOOOOOOOO!

This post is NOT about the 2010 Soccer World Cup


Of course it is πŸ˜€

How can one NOT be swept up by the incredible atmosphere in our country right now, even if you’re not a football fan?

What an historical day for South Africa – I’m so proud and overjoyed to be part of it!

Of course, I AM a football fan, which just makes it all the more AMAZING πŸ˜€

Off to watch France vs Uruguay tonight at Cape Town Stadium … WOOHOO!!

I’m not really ok

Some of you have noticed that I’m somewhat MIA – thanks for missing me. Really.

The truth is that I’m not really ok at the moment. I’m not writing this to elicit sympathy and fuss – that’s the last thing I want. I’m just letting you know that I’m going through a rough time. A really rough time. Actually, I’m in the middle of a horribly dark depression and when that happens, I go quiet. I withdraw and shut down. Right or wrong, it’s just how I deal with things.

So that’s why I haven’t been on Twitter, why I haven’t been on Facebook, why I haven’t been blogging and why I’m not engaging with people in general at the moment. I simply don’t have the energy. I’m completely drained – physically, emotionally and mentally.

If you suffer from depression, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. If you don’t, my behaviour might seem inexplicable and you probably won’t be able to relate to anything I’m saying.

But it’s real. Very real.

And it needs to be overcome. And it will be. I just need some time to sort my shit out and pull myself towards myself. I don’t know how long it will take – could be days, could be weeks – but I’ll get there. This is not a new experience for me, unfortunately, but I always get over it sooner or later.

Mmk, this was a hard post to write – it’s not exactly easy admitting that you’re fragile and down in the dumps when everyone perceives you to be this strong and inspirational being.

I’m no superwoman.

I’m just human.