Monday, November 30, 2009
Its started. The most important time in our Christian calender, and also the most special time in my life. I am a absolute sucker for Christmas. Its the best time of the year for me. I listen to Christmas carols in my car, I get all excited and get all happy for no reason. But it is also the most important time of the year for my soul. Its when I reflect on my life over the past year, what I have done to dishonor God. Sometimes its a very sad time, because I remember allot of ugly stuff. Tristan and I joined a church discussion group on Sunday (1st Sunday of Advent), and we will be discussing Luke. Our priest explained how Luke made it very clear that we should live a balanced life. It helps nothing being a very morally strong person, with no compassion for those who fault in our moral framework.
This bugged me a bit, because I know I am not balanced like that at all. If people do not fall within my moral framework, I have zero compassion for them and most often reject them. I need to work on this.
I think it is very apt that we are going to spend the biggest part of advent on a holy pilgrimage. i cant wait to be on the Camino during Christmas. The only thing that really hurts is that I will not see my family before I leave, nor on Christmas. This will be only the second Christmas in my entire 33 years, that I will not spend with my family.....
Friday, November 27, 2009
Its that time of the year where I am about to go away on holiday, all the companies I have to call on are in the same holiday mood as I am in, so they don't want to confirm appointments. Therefore I am sitting at work and doing nothing. I am supposed to be catching up on admin. Yea right. My admin has been done for a bout 4 months now. I need some creative ways of looking busy at work, while still having fun and not being bored. HELP ME!!!!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I nearly rolled my car this morning while listening to the radio. Once again the not so clever DJ (Garreth Cliffe), had a woman phone in saying that her daughter got told by a boy slightly older than her that Christmas Father does not exist. She was very upset because she did not want her daughter to loose the "magic" of Christmas. I understand all of this, but what bugged me more than anything, was when the woman said: "my daughter asked me if there is no Father Christmas, what is the point of Christmas, and I had nothing to say to her."...... My first reaction was, why don't you tell her about the birth of Christ you Godless freak!!!!
I really could not understand how there are really people in the world who either do not believe in God or Jesus, or who really did not know that we celebrate Christmas Because of Christ's birth. I mean really CHRISTmas...... Because no matter what you believe, the fact of the matter is that Christmas is a holiday, only because of the birth of Christ, so show some respect, even if you don't believe it.
I have no hope for our Godless nation of people.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Even though I will be with at least one of my two boys over December, I will be missing my other boy soooo much, and I know he will be well looked after, but I am still very sad to leave him (and Leche and the cats) at home. He is going to be so depressed.
Monday, November 23, 2009
There was a discussion on the radio this morning about a organisation called Gun Free South Africa. They are aiming to stop toy guns to be given to children. So naturally our very intelligent DJ (Gareth Cliffe) gave us his 2c worth opinion and said that giving a child a toy gun is not going to make him / her a criminal. He also said that keeping guns from children is not going solve anything, as they see guns on TV and they know they are around, so we are not guarding them from guns. Once again the stupid blond had missed the point. The point is not to stop them from becoming gangsters, the point is by not introducing our children to guns from a young age, we could possible create a society where adults believe that guns are dangerous and kill people, but that it is something that they don't want or need in their lives. Nobody is trying to guard children from guns or trying to manipulate their gangster tendencies. Organisations like these are working towards creating a culture of where we reject guns in our lives. To top it all, some wanker from Parow or the East Rand no doubt, called in and said he will never give up his gun because the criminals are waiting for people to give up their guns so they can attack. WAKE UP YOU IDIOT. How do you think illegal guns get to go into circulation. A doos like you gets mugged and your gun gets stolen from you!!!!
I get very upset with gun wielding freaks. I think guns are the second most destructive invention ever, and the inventor should have been hanged for which craft before they patented the gun. The first is of course the atomic bomb, and they should have been locked up in stead of given a Nobel prize.
And in case anybody wonders, I grew up with guns in our home and my father and I went hunting often so I know my way around a gun....I still hate them.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
I make the bed every morning before we leave for work. This morning I came into the room to see this huge bump in the bed. I knew it was a dog with is legs up, but when I opened the bed to see both my boys lying next to each other with their legs in the air. It was so funny. By the time I got the camera, they had already dropped their legs and were lying together like in the picture. They are both so cute and I am so happy they get on.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Now this is why I am going walking in the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain, in the middle of their winter. Its 7:50 in the morning, and its 23 degrees. I want to vomit. Who the hell can function in weather like this? If its 23 at 8:00 in the morning, can you imagine what it will be like at 12:00. Probably 31!!! At least we don't have as much humidity as KZN (Kwazulu-Natal for the out of country readers). Sorry Wozzel & Poppy, but that is just the worst weather ever. From September to April, I do not want to go anywhere near Durban. You can not hold down a sales job, driving from client to client, in that weather, and still feel and look glamorous. You can never have long flowing locks of hair coz it will ALWAYS stick to your forehead. Give me rainy, cold, snow, cloudy weather any day. I cant wait to get out of this oven into the fridge in Spain.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Our cats have a slight identity crisis, then again all my pets do! The boy cat only drinks water from the tap and even if he is fast asleep, he will run his little legs off to get to the tap when you open it. Then last night we took the dogs for a walk down to the shop in the neighbourhood. Walking away from home I turned around to see the two cats following us like nothing is wrong. Lying down when we stop to play with each other. They must have thought we are also going exploring in the hood so they followed us. Tristan suggested getting them leads and taking them along on our walks!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
So a few posts ago I wrote about my anxiety of walking the Camino, mainly because of what I am busy reading in a book about a much older gentleman, and what he went through before he left, and the preparations he entered into beforehand.
I have now progressed in the book to the point where he is accounting his daily activities on the actual Camino. It is becoming much more interesting now, and I am filled with excitement, hope and expectations again. What he experienced was just complete selfless acts of humanity. People helping each other without even know your name. People dedicating themselves to the Pilgrims walking the route, opening their shops at 5:00 in the morning, not to make more money, but purely to assist pilgrims in need.
The book has filled me with so much excitement for what lies ahead. Every night I read from it, I want to start my Camino further back so that I can experience some of the things this man has, knowing that it will never be the same for me.
I am now more than ever convinced that I should be walking this road this year. Although I can not pin point exactly the reasons for me doing it, I know for sure that one of the main reasons, is so I can talk to people here in my own country about it, and people who have never even heard of the Camino, can get to know about it.
There is still soooo much to be bought and done before we leave, but I am ready and willing to leave right now if I had to.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
So the Yankees did it again. Last night they won the World Series for the 27th time. What an achievement. Newspaper articles are branding them the World Champions.....well lets just see which other world teams they beat to win this title.....Oh wait, NONE.....This is an American sport, with a tournament in America, for American teams, and they call it the World Series.....
God (please) bless America.
1) Did you know that a dog does not sweat through salivating, but rather through the pads under his feet.
3) Sharks are apparently the only animals to never fall sick. They are immune to every single disease including cancer.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I have been thinking about the trip I am about to undertake at the end of the year. At the onset, I was very eager to do the Camino and had no issue with the walking, the weather or anything about it. However, in the past week or two, I have been having second thoughts. I now worry about walking with a backpack for 17 days. About my shoes being too small, about the right socks, about being cold. In fact I now worry about almost everything!!! I do think the more books I read about the Camino, the more I am being put off it. At the moment I am reading a book written by a South African who did the Camino when he was in his 60's. He did all this pre-Camino training, and preparation. The only preparation I did, was to buy walking shoes.
I know I will be ok, but maybe I am just a little scared of the unknown, and it is a daunting task ahead of me. I have to constantly remind myself that he is 60, and I am much younger, so the walking issue is not really an issue to me.
That all said, I am still very excited to do the walk, and can not wait to get there. I have such high expectations for it to be a great success. As long as I just constantly remind myself why I am doing it and what I am doing, I will be fine. Inshallah.