Share Your World – Week 41

Sharing a bit of my world through Cee’s Share Your World questions. Go over to Cee’s blog to participate.

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Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?

Always being the person behind the camera I have very few recent photos of me, so I would like to be the person in the photos for a change. I was looking for a decent head and shoulders pic of me for my speaker bio and the only suitable one was taken 3 years ago. Hope the audience is going to recognise me next week :-).

What did you most enjoy doing this past week?

Playing with my 5 year old nephew on Saturday, building things, watching Disney channel and his drawing of my house and pool. He’s given my pool 6 steps (it has 3) and I am very blessed that he wants to improve my pool :-).

What is your greatest extravagance?

My Suzuki 750GSXR which is sitting in the garage. I think I should sell it.

Which letter of the alphabet describes you best?

S for Steady

S for Sometimes Scared

S for Strict

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

It was my 22nd wedding anniversary on Saturday, I am grateful for finding someone who is still in my life. I am looking forward to my birthday on Wednesday :-) – hint hint…presents…

Ready, Set, Done: Gatvol

WordPress daily prompt: Ready, Set, Done. 10 minutes. You and your keyboard (or smartphone. Or tablet. Or pen and paper). No pauses, no edits, no looking back: it’s free-write time! Click here for other entries.

Ten minutes over. Now if you see this, it’s because I have had the courage to post it. After a day like today I don’t care. I’m just gatvol*.

* gatvol – a South African word derived from Afrikaans, meaning to be irritated or sick and tired of something – to put it politely.

Share Your World – Week 40

Sharing a bit of my world – questions from Cee Neuner. Go on over and get to know more people’s worlds.

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You’re given $500,000 dollars tax free (any currency), what do you spend it on? 

Wow! $500,000 dollars tax free (I take it they’re US dollars) – that is R5,620,000 (million) South African Rands. That’s a lot of money, plenty to go around. I would put one fifth of it in medium risk interest bearing account. The rest I would use to establish 3 non-profit organisations: 1) empowering and protecting women and children; 2) providing education to children in need; 3) showing different farming methods for sustainable farming to poor communities.

What’s the finest education?

My very first (serious) job was at a large bank, and the Managing Director of the insurance division had risen through the ranks without a university education. He was a damn fine leader, manager and business man. He said that the letters after his name were the following: QBE – Qualified by Experience. I never forgot that.

What kind of art is your favorite? Why?

Rather than type of art, my favourite artists are very different from each other. I like them for different reasons: 1) Toulouse Lautrec – his colourful works depicting the theatrical world of Paris really catch my eye with its undertones of debauchery and gaudiness; 2) Picasso  for the whole passionate person he was.

Is there something that you memorized long ago and still remember?

My Very Energetic Mother Jumped Straight Up Nine Planets – Mars Venus Earth Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for family, a comfortable home and Che. This week I am looking forward to having my hair done, The Blacklist episode 3 and visiting family on the weekend.

 

What are you looking forward to this week?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – In the Harbour

I do not like taking photos in low-light situations because it takes skill (which I do not yet have) and often have to fall back to flash (which I do not like). So I do not often venture into Nighttime photography.

One exception is where there is a lot of ambient or reflected light around, as was the case with the photos for this week’s challenge. Cape Town is one of my favourite places on earth and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront provides many opportunities for photography.

The V&A Waterfront is a working harbour, as well as being a huge entertainment, lifestyle and residential space thus making it one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Apartments go for many millions of rands.

These photos show all of these dimensions, the lit up residential units providing a domestic backdrop to the huge cranes and ships. There is lots of reflected light providing pockets of yellowish glow to the whole scene.

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WordPress's weekly photo challenge this week is Nighttime. Click here more Nighttime posts.

Ready, Set, Done

WordPress's daily promptToday, write about anything — but you must write for exactly ten minutes, no more, no less.

When I was a child I wanted to be a teacher. After school I enrolled for a teaching degree at university. On the first day, I walked into the Pedagogics class, turned on my heel and walked right out again. It didn’t take me long to realise that it was so dry that I’d need to drink copious amounts of alcohol to make it through three years. Because it was still the first week and subjects could be exchanged for others, I decided to switch to Latin instead! Ok, so you know what I did next don’t you? I walked into the Latin class, turned on my heel and walked right out again. It didn’t take me long to realise that it was so dry that I’d need to drink copious amounts of alcohol to make it through three years of it. So it being the first week I switched to Law…it took me six months to realise that it was as dry as the previous two subjects but by then it was too late to switch. I made it through one year of Law.  And there was alcohol. It was the law of Persons and the Family and the textbook was Boberg. I was star struck when he delivered some of the lectures. I loved reading about the cases, it seemed like a soap opera to me, but when it came to memorising the statutes…well, that was another thing altogether! In my second year I switched tracks altogether.  Ten minutes are up. Over and out. Done.

Click here to read other interpretations of this prompt.

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Overload Alert: Apps

Daily writing prompt: Overload alert. “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein. Do you agree?

Common sense? What about sanity?

I arrived at work a bit late after traffic backed up on the M1 for no reason whatsoever. I had already been through overnight emails before getting on the road, along with traffic reports on Twitter.

Despite that 400 emails greeted me when I got to work. Many were newsletters which I moved to the “Newsletters” folder, unread. I know that I will not be reading them anytime soon. So why subscribe you ask?  Because I’m afraid of missing out. Makes sense right? Not!

Then I opened those emails addressed exclusively to me. Any email that I am copied in on is dealt with last, if at all. So if you want my attention you know what to do.

Then the 30 minute meetings started, much like 5 minute noodles – quick and not all together filling. Why do I have them, you ask? Because it’s better to start the conversation rather than lose the moment if scheduled for 3 weeks hence.

My iPad is a lifesaver, it goes with me wherever I go. It’s a true productivity maximiser in my personal and professional life.

I try out lots of apps, and these are the ones which contribute to common sense and sanity in my life:

  1. Shop Shop for iPhone – as I remember I add items to the lists I have created, from Groceries to Christmas presents.
  2. WordPress for responding to comments on the go.
  3. Kindle for reading and keeping reference material.
  4. iThoughts HD mind mapping keeps things nice and visual.
  5. Trello for organising work and collaborating with colleagues.
  6. My banking app which is simply awesome; everything in one place.

I use the native email, calendar and notes apps which synchronise nicely with my work stuff.

Which apps and or techniques help you keep your sanity and common sense?

(Featured image courtesy of Graphic Stock)

Welcome to my personal blog. I write about a lot of different things so if you like eclectic then you'll like being here. Sometimes I'm #justsaying.

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