30 August 2012

Photo of the day September

I tried this before in April, it was such fun, gave me a clear mission for each day, I started off with a bang, then good old life got in the way and I just never managed to finish.  I thought with me going on leave as of 1st September that perhaps it would be a good time to try again, I mean surely I can manage to take one picture a day whilst on holiday, especially now that I can do it on my i-pad with all the wonderful picture apps they have, my favorite right now is Instagram.  so with that in mind here is September's list from Fat Mum Slim perhaps I can get my Sister & Cousins to join in too.

Till next time

A very hectic week

Isn't it always the same, the run up to going on leave is always so very hectic, having to get everything tied up prior to going on leave.  Only to return to a mailbox from hell and a mountain to catch up on, till you really start to believe that being away from work just really isn't worth it.  However I am so looking forward to this holiday as I have my three cousins & Uncle arriving from the UK on Friday night, along with my parents coming down and we have a two week holiday planned.  The first week we are off to Mpumalanga with just Mum, Sister, Uncle,  Cousins & I (poor hubby, Dad & Jordy have to stay behind & work/go to school) but then the second week we are all going to Cape Town, all 10 of us, what glorious fun, I have planned an itinerary for each person (try and co-ordinate 10 peoples wishes all at the same time without one, it is a logistical nightmare) this how ever appears to be freaking out certain of the family members who aren't used to me.  My folks, Grant & Jordy are used to this, this is how I plan holidays, it ensures we all get to do everything we want to do in the allotted time we are away, the rest of the family are kind of a "see where the wind will blow us" kind of people (well when they are on holiday anyway) so they are kind of reticent about this itinerary thing, will let you know how it goes and whether the itinerary is used or a rebellion takes place and the itinerary is cast out.
Update on the ever eventful voyage into the world of Apple.  Cally & Ross came over Friday night for dinner and being such aficionados in the world of Apple, they had both the i-pad as well as the lap top doing everything they should be doing in less than no time.  I am slowly getting used to the way Apple works, it is VERY different to what I am used to but I will persevere.
I want to leave you with a picture of my Doogie-Bug (taken with the i-pad), it is very rare to get a good picture of him as soon as you pull out a camera or phone and aim at him, he gaps it.  He however hasn't figured out that the i-pad does the same so I just waited patiently till he turned round and took it, I think this pic really shows his character.  Such a loving boy
Till next time

25 August 2012

Instant hot

Instant Hot by Essie

24 August 2012

A Week that was

Here I sit on a Friday morning, looking forward to Friday.  Friday is my absolute favourite day of the week, there is something about the anticipation of what is to come during the weekend that just makes me bounce out of bed on a Friday morning and spend the day mostly with a spring in my step.  So what happened this week ?  Well I told you I got a new Apple Mac BookPro on Monday, I plugged her in at work just to set her up and what a difference to any other Laptop I have ever used, this Apple thing takes some getting used to with this Magic trackpad thingy they have, took me ages, as well as many, many whatsapp messages to Ross to figure out how to even click on a little box to select the country I am in.  This was how our conversation went:
Me: Dear lord how does this track pad thingy work on Apple, I tap it and it does nothing, grrrr, I just need to tick a box, How ?
Ross: Just push down
Me: There is nothing to push ?
Brief break
Me: Oh there is, sorry (insert embarrassed face)
Ross: Silly Girl
So yes this has been an interesting time figuring this Apple stuff out, however I digress, after figuring this out, I take her home, set her up, plug in the ADSL, wi-fi, modem thingy, do what I am supposed to do and guess what ...  yup Nothing !!!, by this stage I was really ready to write off technology of all types, head for the hills and hibernate for the rest of my life, however I picked up the phone, called Telkom and got assisted by a marvelous chap who had me up and running in less than 15 minutes.  So away we go, we now have all our devices connected wirelessly, and everything is working (I am still in absolute shock, that after 9 days we are actually up and runing).  So that was Monday.
Now let me say, two weeks ago it was snowing, yes dinkum snow that settled on the ground and stayed, so yes apparently it does get cold enough in South Africa in order for it to snow, now by Tuesday (only two weeks later) we have sweltering heat, but the aircon units at work are still set to "oh my there is snow outside" weather.  Felt like I was going to melt into a puddle and evapourate.  After numerous phone calls it took them to this morning to get the temperature right, I was informed that the cooler was broken and that we would have to wait till Monday for the part, so I can look forward to at least two more days of this unbearable heat at work.
I however have a ton of work to get through before I go on leave next week, so it is nose to the grindstone and away I go.
My inbox's waiting for action, picture in the sweltering office, pandora bracelet, newly pedicured toes
Till next time

20 August 2012

New Toys

I upgraded my Samsung Tablet to an i-pad, never thought I would ever say that, I loved my tablet, but what I loved the most about her was also what I didn't like about her.  She was 7 inches and fitted neatly into my handbag and thus could go with me everywhere.  The problem was reading on 7 inches was not ideal, so I now have a beautiful 10 inch i-pad.  I must say I am still on the fence about her, she is freakishly heavy compared to the Samsung, I still haven't figured out how to lock her orientation, and haven't been able to set up certain things at this stage, but the Apple people have been absolutely brilliant, sending me emails with step by step instructions on what to do. However her 10 inch screen is brilliant, she is so clear and I am loving reading magazines and books on her. I am sure it is just the differences between the Samsung and Apple that I am still adjusting to and when I figure out how to use her properly I will be in love love love with her.

Onto the next problem.  I arranged ADSL for home so that we could all use our devices & laptops wirelessly at home, I spent four days battling with my laptop to set the wireless up, realising that my laptop had huge problems, we then tried Jordy's,  we got a little further with hers but then hit a brick wall as well.  by Saturday I was so despondent and "gatvol" (a South African term for, just really had enough) that I kind of gave up trying and Jordy was glaring at the two lap tops with more than a little hatred.  I was informed it would cost approximately R 5000.00 to have my laptop fixed, considering I only paid approximately R 7000 four years ago, I really didn't think this was viable, so after deliberating all weekend, we decided to get a new Lap top.  Based on the fact I now have an i-pad and on the advice of a good friend of ours, who is very clued up with technology, I took the dive and got myself a MacBook Pro.  I must say she is really lovely (freakishly heavy again though, what is it with Apple that their technology is so heavy, OK, I may be exaggerating somewhat, Apple say it weighs 4.46 lb or 2.02KG, but it feels way more) and I am looking forward to taking her home and hopefully being able to set up our wireless and continue on our merry way.

Will keep you updated on my transition over to the world of Apple
Till next time