heeeeeeeeeeey guys! not much news around here, except that it is finally cold and i get to wear a scarf again. do you know how much this excites me? A LOT. i’m also hoping that maybe it will rain soon, since we are starting to get hit by water restrictions. so not only is SA running out of electricity, we are also a thirsty bunch!
i can’t thank you all enough for all your excellent book recommendations on the previous edition of MWD. i’m not exaggerating when i say that i downloaded a sample of every single suggestion onto my Kindle – now i have no excuse not to read anymore. but a funny thing happened while we were on holiday… i just couldn’t read.
so this coming weekend is a long weekend in SA, as well as next weekend. yes, this is the month of all the public holidays ever. i have a favour to ask you – can you recommend a GREAT book to get stuck into? i plan on putting away my devices and going old school on one of my days off. curling up on the couch and not getting up unless for tea and cookies. i like mystery, suspense, history, romance… anything gripping, anything that you just can’t. put. down.
this may seem ridiculous to all my US readers, but i only just started using Spotify (with a little, ahem, help to access it from outside the US). i even found an app to mute those annoying ads! well, enough about my nefarious activities – can you recommend any great users to follow / playlists to fave / stations to try? i’m kind of lost as to how to navigate the rabbit hole that is streaming music. help!
i felt terrible about missing last week’s Mid Week Distraction. i think i actually couldn’t sleep that night, haha! but, you know, sometimes you drop the ball. sometimes there are too many balls to juggle. sometimes… okay, enough with the balls metaphors.
wow, i feel like my biggest and only post these days to you is my mid week distraction. don’t get me wrong – i LOVE doing it. and i love that you love it. but i’ve found myself so busy with non-blog stuff lately that i’m neglecting this old bird… and that just WON’T DO.
it’s Wednesday already? wait, it’s 10 days into March already? wait, we’re almost 1/4 of a way through the year? WAIT. just, wait.
it’s been quite a week in Cape Town. yesterday was the hottest day in 100 years, and a huge wildfire has been raging on the mountain since Sunday that has left over 4000 hectares of destruction in its wake. if you want to learn more about how fire is actually good for fynbos, head here for an interesting read. fire is, obviously, shit for everyone else though – so you can go here to easily donate to the fire fighters via SnapScan.
six years ago today i wrote my first post! and it was dedicated to my mom, bless. i never imagined that the blog would grow to where it is today, and that it would become such a life-changing part of my existence. i was just a 25 year old girl who wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do with her life / career / self / spare time. but i had an insatiable love for the internet and a desire to share cool things with people.
Leslie Knope is front and centre as the featured image of this week’s distraction – because she is the best – but also because, sadly, Parks and Recreation is over. frankly i have referenced treat yo self far too many times on this blog to not dedicate an entire post to Parks & Rec, but this introductory paragraph will have to do.
you might wonder how i find content for these (now pretty popular) mid week distractions. well, they are all articles, posts, images, features or music that have distracted me throughout the week. i don’t specifically look for content, but rather bookmark the stuff that actually took up 5, 10 or even 30 minutes of my time at any given moment. they aren’t called distractions for nothing. i can pretty much gauge the productivity of the past week by how long these posts are.
i really had to restrain myself not to expand on many of the links i planned on sharing in this week’s distraction. the Prada Universe, for instance, easily deserves its own post – i lost myself for a good while exploring shows from way back. 1988 was a particularly good year, and 1994 featuring a little Kate Moss. as for Baz Luhrmann’s greatest film music moments… i am consequently watching Romeo and Juliet as i type this. i actually forgot that Paul Rudd played the dorky second fiddle to Leo. reminiscing aside, here’s all the good stuff.
okay, i have about half an hour to get this post out as the power is due to go off at 8pm. yes, South Africa is in the middle of an energy crisis. if you don’t live here you probably don’t know this (or care) but we have run out of electricity. ha! ha! ha! i am just laughing to make myself feel better, and also there are so many strange and wonderful things about living in SA that you kind of just have to go with the flow.
hey guys! man, i’ve hit the ground running since returning from holiday. it feels great, and surprisingly good to be busy after 3 weeks of basically just lying around and eating. i’ve been taking photos of some pretty rad local places for something i’m working on, and rediscovering Cape Town as a veritable tourist. FYI: people treat you really nicely when you have a camera and they think you’re from out of town. or maybe that’s just south africans? well, you guys should come visit. it’s beautiful here.