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Monday, 30 August 2010

Friday, 27 August 2010

Thursday, 26 August 2010


First the excuses :p I've not blogged in awhile because of the trip, and then both Jerall and I got sick. The trip was pretty fun, I went to my first con - Dragonfire, which was really poorly organised. The modules I played in were fun, but they could have done so much more. For a full review go here. The best part of the trip was that everyday we played at least one board game :D H and L have an awesome board game collection. Other highlights include obviously watching Waiting for Godot, the dinners and all round fun times with friends. Also to stop feeling like a fuddie duddie [or is it fuddy duddy?] I got my third ear piercing, and now I want more :0

The downside of having such a great time in Cape Town is coming back to Durban. Added to that sad thought is that unless we get jobs we won't see CT till next year :-/ Those thoughts, and the sickness has lead to me feeling pretty blue. In other news I've finally booked my learners, my test is on the 13th of September. I'm nervous about it, I've not written any tests since 2007. I'm sure I'll get it, it's not exactly rocket science - que the Mitchell and Webb brain surgeon/rocket scientist sketch :)

Have a good Thursday

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Trip time

We're going to Cape Town tomorrow :D I know I've mentioned it before, I just figured I'll say so again ;) From tomorrow till the 13th of August we'll pretty much be offline, so I won't be able to stick to the 2 posts a week plan. Well I suppose I could if I figured out how to do that on blogger. I know it's somewhere on the dashboard, but I've just not found it.

When we land tomorrow we've got to rush to get our things to those we're staying with and then rush off to watch Waiting for Godot at The Fugard. It shall be the awesome :) The rest of the trip involves gaming, gaming and more gaming. There'll be some dinner, bowling and Dragonfire thrown in, but mostly there'll be gaming :)

Hope your long weekend rocks.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Rude people

Tonight was the culmination of a long standing irritation with where we live and our landlady's inability to deal with her son. Our landlady's son is fond of having spur of the moment braai's. This is a problem for us because our flat/cottage is in their backyard. So common courtesy dictates that we get warning, and we never do. We got home earlier this evening to find a spur of the moment braai going on. This put a damper in our plans to do laundry* for the trip; which our landlady knows about.

At about 21h00 the noise got so bad that I had to call our landlady to have words about it, I figure she'll be able to do something. Nothing happened. Then Jerall called her 20 minutes later and still nothing. So at 22h00 I go outside and tell them that they are grown enough to know that they are being rude and they need to go; we need to get up early and Jerall has a bigish presentation in the morning. Landlady's son proceeds to tell me that he has a LLM, and knows law and that we have no rights as tenants, that's right the law student says we have no rights and can't do anything. I go, do you have a job? then walk away. His friends then swear at me, nice group right?

After calming down I call his mom, and tell her this needs to be sorted out. Her son is rude and disrespectful and so are his friends. I said we don't want to move, but unless some common courtesy/respect is given to us we'll have to move. I also told her that given that he lives in her house, with her money he should show her respect by being decent towards us. It sucks for his parents that they're going to lose great tenants - we pay our rent early, don't have raucous parties/braai's or doing anything else tenants shouldn't. It also sucks for us, we're saving quite a bit living here, but not enough to put up with crap.

Her son is such a douche. I can't believe I let a boy upset me so much. He is a boy: 25/26 living at home off mom and dad, makes you a boy. All of my friends who completed their masters did so while having a job.

If you're in Durban and looking for a place let me know where, so I can give you a heads up about the problems you'll deal with while living at this place.

*I'm sure I've mentioned the battle in getting any line space to do your laundry here. It's an ongoing fight to get any done, so you've got to grab space when it's there.


So today has been a rather beh/meh day. Although on the plus side it's a 3 day working week, but I'll be unemployed again once we get back from Cape Town, so that's not to cool. This thing with my mother has turned me into even more of an emotional creature. There are all these thoughts that keep on playing in my head, was it the right time to do it, can i maintain it [I've tried before, but not successfully], how do I move on from this. Then there is the judgement, which hurts more than I thought it would.

I've been told to not live in the past, that I should be ashamed of myself, looked at oddly when I've told about this decision; and all by people who knew what was going on. The you should be ashamed of yourself is staying with me the longest, probably because of the source, my cousin.
She has been like my older sister, but has also seen what trying to deal with my mother has done to me/shaped me.

There are comments from my mother that I still can't shake, like " Your friends aren't your friends. They're smart people who don't want to be smart all the time, so they spend time with you." It has been the biggest thing adding to my low value of my intelligence, and constant insecurity around people liking me. I know that I come across as friendly, and unfazed by things [well to people in real life who don't read my blog ;) ] but it is something I work at all the time. The positive that has come from that horrid remark is that I'm always trying to learn about something new and interesting, but then again it's because no one wants to be friends with the stupid, uninteresting girl. I know logically that that's not true of me, but I just can't shake that kernel of doubt.

Then to add to all the emotions going on already, there are all these people having babies. And while I'm so excited for them and their new adventures it just makes me feel less than, that I can't get pregnant accidentally. I sometimes wish I hadn't noticed that something was off with my body and found out why, it would have made our plan of waiting so much easier to go along with at moments of these.

Anyhow enough of the feeling sorry for myself, but it is good to get it out. Happy thought Cape Town soon.

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