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Hello there lovelies,

Me at the Impi Challenge. By RoseMcBain

Gosh, what a busy time it’s been!  I seriously need to get myself a better laptop in the upcoming months, as my  sweet little MSI from 2009 is long past it’s good years. It has a tendency to freeze every 5 minutes, for 5 minutes and though I’m fairly patient, it’s bringing me to the point of smashing my head into the keyboard, or tossing it out the window! Writing, gaming, and editing photo’s are a fun pass time for me, but there are only so many tea-breaks you can take, while the computer freezes and thinks, before the urge to scream begins to build inside. *le dramatic sigh*

Rope. By alykat (Flickr)

Aside from wanting to off my computer, what have I been doing? Well, since the start of October, I’ve been prompting twice a week for an upcoming show at the Masque Theatre called “Rope”. I won’t give too much away for those of you going to see it, but the cast is superb, the set will be amazing, and it’s a clever story on friendship, murder, staying calm under pressure, and ultimately, learning there is no such thing as the perfect crime. It’s heading to the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg at the end of November, so be sure to book your tickets!

Impi Challenge friends by RoseMcBain

I haven’t been hiding out indoors, despite the temperamental weather, and recently, hubby ran the Impi Challenge in Cape Town with team Dude. As hubby *the sexy man he is* geared up for the event, Mama Di and I wandered around the beautiful Lievland wine estate, and enjoyed the festive outdoors atmosphere. There were plenty of food and drink stands around, and this year, the organisers brought in some portable showers, so the hardy contenders could scrub off the mud and grime, before heading home, or enjoying the bands who played late into the evening.

impi challenge views by RoseMcBain

I was lucky to be chosen to sound the horn for Hubby’s race, and being an air-horn it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be (I played the trumpet and saxophone in high school, so an air horn was a breeze). My friend Peach, shown above, was in team Sparta, and they also went in hubby’s race group, so when I sounded the horn they ran like crazy for the zigzagging hill to start the challenging but fun 12km race and obstacle course. If you’re rolling your eyes and wondering how intense the Impi really could be, you should know obstacles included crawling under barbwire, scaling a tall wooden fence, crawling through a pipe, swimming a lake, wading through mud, running like hell, and the final challenge: racing across lilypads to the finish. When Team Dude did finish, they got their turn to have a photograph with the winners Impi shield, and happily went in for some beers and food. 

Colour run participants. By RoseMcBain

I also attended the “Colour Me Crazy Colour Run” with hubby. Fantastic event, gorgeous scenery, some cute ostriches, and hundreds of people. If you wind up going to one of these events in the future, please, please, please do yourself a favour and take some antihistamines with you – the dry grass, wind, and colourful paints tossed about are not a friend to those with hay fever or sinus issues. Even with a buff, as  I was taking photo’s, I couldn’t stop sneezing – and ended up half-crying from it (though the pics turned out fine). Two and a bit hours in, hubby and I had to admit defeat, and headed to the nearest pharmacy for some eye drops and Texa10. A half hour later, we were feeling great again!

Halloween fun day. By RoseMcBain

Our Fun day Friday work theme was Halloween, and the team did an amazing job at decorating the room, as well as proving yummy eats! The costumes were creative and fun, and there was even spooky music playing, to help set the mood.

Model Co Gift Bag. By RoseMcBain

For those wondering, I’ve been trying out some wonderful skin care products bought at the beginning of last month, to be reviewed in an upcoming post, and I must say, they are fantastic at soothing my skin (and came in super handy after the Colour Run, to get the dye colours off our skin and hair too!).

Lynda J Photography gift certificate. By RoseMcBain

The most exciting thing so far happened this past weekend, where hubby and I got to redeem a voucher for a couples photo shoot in the forest, with the wonderful Lynda J! Story on the shoot and pics coming soon – but as a quick summary: Fantastic!!!

On a slightly down note, I’ve also managed to get a squashed pointer finger in the car door by a friend accidentally closing it *le ouch*, but totally my fault as finger was in the way. Hubby said he was amazed I was so brave, as I didn’t shout, swear, or cry, I just repeated a couple of times “You’ve locked the car on my finger … my finger’s in the car door”. I felt a blinding white pain, and my “Keep calm and Carry On” instincts kicked in, allowing me to keep a level head. I won’t bore you with the details of the doctors visit (that included a 45 minute wait), and just surmise by saying typing is a bit slow, and the finger in question is still pretty painful to touch. (If you’re squeamish, scroll quickly past the pic of it below).

My finger 4 hours after it was squished. By RoseMcBain

Now, a week later, apart from a bright blue nail and healing cuts (for which I was taking pain meds for), I’ve been keeping it elevated (why hello there, one-handed hug) and rubbing Arnica oil on it (gingery, very gingery). With all this TLC, I have the feeling it’ll get better soon (I hope)!  The doctor said I’ll likely keep my nail, so all in all, no harm, no foul. ^_^

I will be catching up with everything I’ve missed out on, due to le finger, so as soon as I have a spare moment, I’ll get all the pics and posts up.

Until next time,
Ja ne minna

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Hey you, I’m back! ^_^

It’s been a fun week what with house-sitting, and an exciting skit, that was written and directed by my good friend W.

First up, meet the two cute kitties I’ve been looking after:

Pickle is an old friend from the previous TG office, where he melted my heart from the moment he started napping on my desk. I adore him, and it was awesome seeing him again, and waking up to this each morning:

Pickle in the morning - cutest sight to wake up to

So cute!

The second kitty is Chloe. She took a while to warm up to me, but soon happily curled up beside Pickle and I on the couch, watching Dr Who.

Chloe being cute and floppy.

During the past week there was a sudden rush to learn lines for the skit called “Finding Emily”. Long story short, the dates for when the performance would happen were mixed up *le sigh* (but oh the frenzied fun). Our actual performance on Friday the 4th went off without a hitch, and it was great working with W as a director.

Onto the pretties: in other news, I was lucky to attend a discounted skin care sale last week, located at an office right next door to our company.

Lo, Des and I had a blast spritzing, applying, and testing from a wide selection of products, leading us to the “should I, shouldn’t I buy it?” phase. Which was a very tough call to make, with all the great options available. At the end of it, we each ended up with a good haul of products from companies such as Smashbox, Decleor, and Yves Rocher!

And with supper almost done, I’d say this is a wrap for today.

Ja ne minne.

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