i was conflicted about doing this post because the one thing i feel weird about is “designing” your kid’s life, or creating a remotely instagrammeable lifestyle for your kid. on the other hand i think some kids things are pretty sweet, and i find myself straying into kidswear departments pretty often now that we are expecting one. we are already receiving thoughtful baby gifts and being asked what the nursery will look like – and a big part of me wants to say hey hey hold your horses, it’s not even out of my body yet, can we NOT do this?
one of the saddest things about living in South Africa is that i can almost never partake in online shopping. all the stuff you see on the blog that i love so much? i can never buy it. it either takes 6 months to arrive, gets lost in our dismal postal system, or i get charged customs duties up the wazoo. so i feel like it’s your duty, dear reader, to buy these things for yourself and revel in their greatness. you can click on the images to be taken directly to the specific item.
okay, okay. this is not a mid week distraction. it is of course an end of week distraction. unless you work on weekends – in which case this IS a mid week distraction! look, just distract yo self okay? there’s a lot in here, perhaps the most distractions i have ever compiled at one time. and do you know why… because i had to do my taxes this week! nothing can distract me more than having to do my taxes.
there are exciting things happening at home these days. we are getting new parquet floors installed in our study, had a bed delivered (hello firm mattress, goodbye back ache!), measuring up to have our bedroom cupboards redone (goodbye cherry laminate veneer – i never liked you much anyway!) and i’m generally just scheming about how to make our apartment more homey. damn, it’s a process. even just painting a room is expensive, isn’t it?
i cannot BELIEVE the last time i did a These Things was in October last year! that is crazy. i guess ever since i started the Mid Week Distractions i put These Things on the back burner, which is silly cause they’re not the same thing. These Things is like the fun cousin of Mid Week Distractions… they’re like eyebrows “They are sisters, not twins.”
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!