Obama For President, Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

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Sign, sealed, delivered. I will always think of Pres. Obama when I hear that song now.

 

What I love most about this man, US President Barack Obama – is the way he loves his wife, Michelle,  followed by his daughters. They say behind every great man, is an even greater woman. A picture speaks a thousand words and you can just see the love between these two. Role models for so many beyond American boarders. I like how ‘human’ he is, rolls up his sleeves and gets with the people. A peoples president.

I watched the elections through-out the night, as did so many across the globe. To the point I passed out on the couch. Woke up somehow in my bed and hubby gone. He felt I was ‘snoring’ so nicely, he just couldn’t wake me ;). Apparently a kiss on the forehead and a whisper good-bye. First thing I did was grab my mobile and hone onto twitter – Has America called it yet ??? Who has won.

It hadn’t been called but as I read the tweets I was convinced Mitt Romney had won. Every tweet was Romney has taken this state and that and that too. About 10 minutes after, it was called. Barack Obama has won the US Presidential election for a second term. Euphoria – our entire country seemed to be rooting for President Obama. Our radios stations were going, twitter, facebook and my telly on CNN was detailing the statistics. It was a close election indeed. 

I stayed glued waiting for the Presidents speech, I mean – who the heck wasn’t. And a powerful speech it was indeed. Especially the last part. Give the man his dues, he can sure deliver a speech to fire up hopes, dreams and more. I felt sad not to be an American, sort of – left out. I sent a congrats to the Presidents twitter address as well as the first lady – and to all my American friends too. The US embassy here kept us up to date with the on goings too. To a certain extent you would think the world felt it was their election too. And maybe it is. As a world super power, you carry a lot of clout. World peace in itself is a huge responsibility – try elaborating that to those ‘stupid’ beauty queens. 

The state of Colorado to legalise marijuana and others, medical marijuana !! I bet the parents from the 60/70’s are thinking – Lets do Woodstock reunion there, won’t know who your daddy is but heck we have DNA testing now. 

Politics is politics and always will be a sure thing. So with that I say, CONGRATULATIONS to all Americans, especially the democrats. May the next four years see the promises made – kept. And the bumpy ride of moving forward, endured. 

If life is that hard and you feel robbed or worse – come to Africa. You’ll soon realised what a blessed democratic country you have with a peoples president, where like Barack said – people die just for the right to vote. 

God Bless America.

 

 

 

Growing Curves

 

Over the last months dew to plenty stress, bad eating habits and an occassional dose of depression, my butt decided it was time to let me know she existed and was growing on me fast. I took a long hard look in the mirror where honesty was the name of the game and there was no kidding myself.

Somehow, regardless of how many years rise to meet us – we tend to always presume ourselves to still be that 20 something year old with that same shape that was effortless to maintain, if at all.

There it was, the truth. Without hesitation I called my mom followed by my sister. The lies we want to hear are all there, laid on thick to appease who really ?!?
Then the big excuse – It’s your thyroid !! Okay, maybe. Off to the doc, blood tests and a few days wait. What do you mean my thyroid is fine ???

Thoughts going through my head – eat less, exercise more. And for crying out loud woman – DRINK WATER. I know deep down my cooking habits changes to accommodate the growing boys with very healthy appetites. Pasta, rice, potato, bread. Not that eating any of this is bad but big portions of the same thing …

I grew up in a house where fresh green salads and grilled chicken breasts or steaks with a helping of beetroot or such was a way of life. Reality check – living in the city is horrid. A simple thing like jogging on your own is not a safe or smart thing to do. After a trip to my dentist where we got chatting about womans health, she recommended a dietician in the same building. I had my appointment the next day. How raw can one be because who would you be lying to but yourself when it came to answering some of her questions. As I answered and heard my own words, I knew exactly where my problem areas were. I was taken back a little when seeing portion sizes too even though the rule of thumb was the palm of your hand. Well then – dinner will be served on a side plate for me. Just to help with the psychological aspect of it.

I’m loving my new eating plan, which I might add is taking some getting use to from a habit point of view. Hubby too has joined me which makes adjusting that much easier. Back to summer foods which I love – grilled steaks and fresh fusion salads, plenty BBQ‘s and activities in the lush sunshine. Ah, just love Africa.

I often joke with my friends when going out for a morning jog escorted by hubby. ‘I will wait till traffic dies down so I don’t get hooted at for a laugh as my butt is smacking me around ;)’

I’m having fun meeting new faces at Zumba and Pilates classes, especially choosing the back row – it’s a whole other picture.

Here’s to all the moms, wives and women out there, celebrating life in our 30’s and the ever changing curves we encounter as the double digits change. Having fun, living life and aging gracefully. As I said to Tumelo when wanting that last cupcake – life is too short, but even shorter if you’re fat.

 

Wow, My First Award.

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I haven’t been blogging very long and at times think I ‘talk’ to myself. I wasn’t sure how to even go about finding blogs of others with similar interest. Click here there and keep clicking until you find that read. I began receiving a few ‘like’ on this or that post. What someone even read what I had written. Indeed it was so. I began clicking on my ‘like’ readers and found something somewhere along the line of an interest we shared. To top that, wow – some bloggers whom I find captivating. I said to my hubby the other night in conversation, ‘Who needs books when I have so many interesting blogs to read of real people with real stories sharing real events and history.’ I was thrilled to receive my first award – The Readers Appreciation Award from my fellow blog reader notsofancynancy. I really can’t do Nancy justice in telling you just what an amazing blog she writes. Nancy’s story is captivating with her fathers WWII letters. Moments in time caught on paper with such history. Take a moment and click on notsofancynancy and you will be sure to want to read more and more. Thank you notsofancynancy for nominating me as your choice for a Readers Appreciation Award, you made my month.

How It Works:

  1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
  2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.
  3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.
  4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.
  5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.

The Questions…

  1. What is your favorite color?  Orange
  2. What is your favorite animal? Elephant (wild) Dog (domestic)
  3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Appletizer
  4. Facebook or Twitter? Neither really
  5. Favorite pattern? Square
  6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Giving, especially hand crafted or home made. It feels so good.
  7. Favorite number? 7
  8. Favorite day of the week? Friday, that’s our family pizza & movie night
  9. Favorite flower? Wild flowers – mixed
  10. What is your passion? My Family, My God, My Life.

I nominate the following blogs:

screfscorner

thehippiesvan

iGameMom

denobears

lijiun

warriorwriters

Thank you for sharing, making me laugh, shedding those silent tears and teaching me something new everyday. Most of all, thank you for sharing your journey.

(please bear with me as I try figure out why I can link some blogs and not others)