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100 Happy Thoughts – The Final 20

And now for the fifth and final instalment of 100 happy thoughts (100/100). Click here to read the first 20, here for the second 20, here for the third 20 and here for the fourth 20.

Day 81  – Looking forward to working with a new client in November.

Day 82 – I flew to Cape Town to give a talk, and I’m glad I did it.

Day 83 – I was early for my flight back to Joburg so was able to relax in the lounge.

Day 84 – It’s Fridayyy! ‘Nuff said.

Day 85 – Food shopping with Che.

Day 86 – Being woken up by Che with coffee.

Day 87 – A lovely hot day, wonderful aromatic coffee for breakfast and Netflix binge in the evening.

Day 88 – Staying in a lovely Airbnb close to my client. The hostess is friendly and accommodating.

Day 89 – This client has a Vida 2 Caffè on their premises. That’s all I need to be happy.

Day 90 – I’m home sleeping in my own bed again. I’ve written this many times before and you must be wondering why…? No. Ok! But I’ll tell you any way that travel is part of what I do to be close to my clients and Airbnb is a lifesaver.

Day 91 – I’m happy to be able to sit still in one place and turn out a blog post.

Day 92 – Food shopping with Che and Netflix binge in the evening.

Day 93 – I started working with a new long-term client and am so excited about it.

Day 94 – I’m training a large group of people and day 2 of the training involves teams building a scale model of a whole resort out of paper to help the participants put the scrum theory into practice. It’s always a lot of fun for them and for me and incredible to see what they come up with – have a look (infrastructure can be drawn but the rest has to be 3-D).

Day 95 – Flew to Cape Town for the Scrum Gathering and this time Che came with me. It’s his first gathering and it’s lovely sharing my world with him. Speakers dinner was at Black Sheep on Kloof Road. The food was divine and the conversation with fellow speakers stimulating.

Day 96 – My first workshop is over and it went well! A fellow agilist introduced Che and me to El Greeyo Cuban House of Coffee in Salt River. The coffee was great and he bought us a bag of coffee beans. Looking forward to trying it out at home in our drip filter coffee machine.

Day 97 My second workshop is over and it also went well! And I’m thinking of last night’s dinner with Che at Balducci‘s at the V&A Waterfront. It was wonderful to escape the madding crowd of the conference, and have a dinner all on our own. We arrived without a reservation, took a chance, and it paid off. It was full but there was a table for two in the midst of a busload of German tourists. The food was delicious and the service commendable.

Day 98 – Our long-weekend in Cape Town begins today, and we’re staying at an Airbnb in Gardens, our favourite area of the city bowl. It was lovely staying in, cooking our own meal and watch Netflix. Tomorrow we explore.

Zeitz MOCAA: natural light from the tops of the silos combine with strong electrical light to create wonderful coloured effects, which remind me of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
©2017 Regina Martins

Day 99 – The day has finally arrived – visiting the Zeitz Mocaa museum of contemporary African Art! I’ve gushed about it enough on the site. Click here to see photos – The Silos Transformation.

Day 100 – Flew back home and, as usual, it’s lovely to be sleeping in my own bed again. It was incredible seeing the skill of the pilot as he manoeuvred the plane to avoid the thunderstorms over Joburg. Such a big machine and it glided effortlessly as it banked more than usual to line up to the runway.

Whew! I’ve reached the end of the 100 Happy Thoughts, inspired by Hazel from My Nutty Dubai. My wish for you is for many happy thoughts 365 days of the year. Happy 2018!

100 Happy Thoughts – The Fourth 20

And now for the fourth instalment of 100 happy thoughts (80/100). Click here to read the first 20 and here to read the second 20 and here for the third 20.

Day 61 – Had a good session with my syndicate group at GIBS – this is our last assignment together.

Day 62 – It’s FRIDAAAAY baby! Nuff said…

Day 63 – Food shopping with Che, my favourite weekly activity.

Day 64 – Stayed over at my folks, tomorrow I go with my Mom to Cape Town for a few days!

Cap of clouds over Table Mountain, draping, almost like a table cloth
©2017 Regina Martins

Day 65 – Cape Town! It is so windy! But look at the stunning views I had today…nothing happier 🙂 

Day 66 – Flying back home to Che. Cape Town is great, but the traffic in the southern suburbs – golly gosh!

Day 67 – Our wedding anniversary!

Day 68 – I had fun today training people on Agile economics. It was a nice group, receptive and there were many good discussions during the course of the day.

Day 69 – Back and sleeping in my own bed after spending the last 2 nights in a B&B.

Day 70 – I had a 3 hour pamper at Ritzy’s Cafe Salon – facial, pedicure with gel and a full body hot stone massage. I was so relaxed, it was an amazing session. And I got a beautiful vase with flowers for my birthday tomorrow. 

Day 71 – My birthday! I got a spa voucher from Che! I love spa vouchers!

Day 72 – I must’ve burned 400 calories in my Zumba class – sweet!

Day 73 – Dropped off my car for a service and Che and I had breakfast on our way home.

Day 74 – Vigorous zumba class, and it was most enjoyable. The best hour of maximum calorie busting workout.

Day 75 – No traffic on my way to and from my client.

Day 76 – Long weekend away in Bela Bela with family. I enjoyed swimming in the heated pool.

Day 77 – Lolling in the heated pool in the evening.

Day 78 – I did all the driving this weekend, something I enjoy doing.

Day 79 – Worked from home.

Day 80 – Worked from home again.

Come back tomorrow for the fifth and final instalment of this 100 happy days series.

What’s Cool Nowadays?

I did a google search on what’s cool nowadays and guess what? I got a whole lot of results of articles on what’s cool for teens!

Like only teens are the masters of cool!

I need your help here – we need to prove to google that it’s not only teens that are cool. Coolness comes in all shapes, guises and sizes. And ages too. And you don’t have to be a celebrity either.

The urban dictionary defines cool as:

The best way to say something is neat-o, awesome, or swell. The phrase “cool” is very relaxed, never goes out of style, and people will never laugh at you for using it, very conveniant (sic) for people like me who don’t care about what’s “in.”

This is what I think is cool and I need you to tell me what you think is cool too.

I think having a blog is cool and hot – it’s hot having a blog – that’s cool man!

I think driving fast is cool – teens can’t drive for most of their teen years.

I think folding your tongue into a roll is cool – how cool is that? I can do that. I’m cool.

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I think this 80 year old body builder is cool. I want to be like her when I’m 80.

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I think Wang Deshun is cool. Don’t know who Wang Deshun is? Check below. He’s 80 years old too!

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I think 80 year olds are cool! My Dad is almost 80. And my Mom too and I think they’re cool. My Dad still works an 8 hour day in his business and my Mom is an assessor and moderator for an education board – how cool is that?

I think teachers are cool – helping to shape young minds into the adults of tomorrow.

If you’ve climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro – I think you’re cool. You’ve done what I chickened out of.

I think street art is cool.

©2017 Regina Martins

Audrey Hepburn is cool – she never goes out of style.

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The same goes for Princess Diana…I copied that hairstyle once.

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I think kindness is cool.

So is generosity.

And patience.

Honesty.

Integrity.

Humility.

Acceptance.

Now I need your help here. What else is cool nowadays?

 

I’m Different, Just Like Everyone Else

Meme Dalai Lama

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Far From Normal.”

At last, a WordPress prompt that I think is interesting. Not happy with today’s prompt I kept clicking through “try another prompt” and getting progressively annoyed at their lack of sophistication. I’m a serious writer after all… 😉

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