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Having my wisdom teeth removed

Last Thursday I went for the operation to have my wisdom teeth removed. The funny thing about this story is that the previous Thursday I intended to go to the dentist because of a mild tooth ache.

In one week’s time I had 5 cavities filled up and a bed booked in the Monte Vista Day Clinic. It turned out that the pain came from my wisdom teeth pressuring all the other teeth to MOVE. The bad part is that I actually waited quite a few years to go to the dentist because of my silly fear. I can now say that I really do have the friendliest dentist in the world. He is passionate about his work and aware of the patients needs and phobias.

So while I am typing this I am still sitting with an Ice Pack around my head and my mouth halfway open breathing like a special needs child. BUT there are a few things that made this past week bearable and I want to share them!

1. Family- They took their time to nurture, sympathize and make jelly and mash

2. Boyfriend- Even though he had no choice he watched series with me and rubbed my back and bought me the glamour.

3. Glamour: I see the Glamour as a mini treat in between all the jelly and drinking yogurt your mind craves a bit of soul and fashion food as well. This month’s Glamour really helped me take my mind of the aching!

 

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s- Since I have never watched this movie before, I could not think of a better time. I loved it!! I love the style and the attitude!

5. My friend Debre- Even though she has a lot of things going on in her life- she made time to come and visit me. Although she told me that I was looking the worst that I have ever looked, she said it with a comforting smile. Not only did her presence cheer me up but she brought a whole goodie bag with chocolate mousse and drinking yogurts and the Cleo magazine. Thanx Debre, you are the best!

6. At the times when I felt super alone and ugly my doggie Zoey was right by my side.

So I am not going to lie, I am really sick of mashed potatoes and drinking yogurt. I am not super swollen anymore but I am still not ready to face anyone since I can only manage to pull half a smile. Haha. But soon I will be ready to take on the cookie cupboard, soon my pretties.

 

Inspiration for the day

I feel like I have a work hangover. It is a weird sad feeling. I know I still have loads of work ahead of me, but I decided to take a few days off after handing in my last Unisa assignment on Tuesday. I just don’t like the in between period while someone is marking my work, it makes me feel vulnerable. BUT I now have the chance to do all those other things that I’ve wanted to do while having to work. They seem less important now, but at least I have a choice. Hehe. I plan on catching up with some reading, writing, sleeping and friends.

So to feel less weird and vulnerable, some inspiration for the day!

Wow, look at this picture, doesn’t just urge you to write a story?

Oh my goodness! How cool are these next two images? I would die to have either of those rooms in my house some day! Being surrounded by books really inspires me and makes me extremely happy, even if I do not finish most of the books I begin to read.

Don’t you just want to be this girl, in this dress, with the Eiffel Tower in the background? Oooh, pretty.

This picture resembles the personal creativity. I used to have a little box like this, I should find it and fill it with all things personal en sentimental!

This room looks great and spacious with a lot of natural light!

This is a great Lentil Soup recipe featured on 101cookbooks. I love following this blog for all the fresh and interesting ideas and food combinations. I love lentils and cooking so now that I have more time, why not… Visit the blog for the full recipe here.

 

 

Sagra Foods Twitter Prize: Loison Pasticceri Dal 1938

At last it has happened. I WON SOMETHING.  At random as it may feel, in relation to all the competitions I have entered before, I deserve this. So this morning I went to fetch my Prize from Sagra Foods SA. They are known for importing all kinds of premium food products.  When arranging the logistics of receiving my gift I spoke to a wonderful lady named, Mandy. They are very friendly and you can buy their products at the factory shop in Lansdowne. Visit their site for more information.

                                                                                    The Taste of Italy made in Italy.

That is the slogan of   Loison, and I cannot wait to taste the  Panettone Slices. Wait what? Yeah I must admit, I had no idea what Panettone was. It made me feel a bit guilty to win.  I thought it was some sort of Fruit Cake. Luckily the cookbook that is part of the prize, has a whole section explaining the history of Panetonne!

A bit of history if you are interested:

“On the longest night of the year a rich bread was made as a good luck charm for the new year. The ingredients were honey, dried fruit, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pine nuts- archaic symbols of lasting wealth.  What cake is more democratic than the panettone? Born out of love of bread and attention to time, it unites the sacred and the profane, tradition and innovation, the sweet and the savoury. It reconciles concepts of the aristocratic and common, citizen and peasant, classic and contemporary, simple and elaborate. It has the same humble origins of bread, but in the belly it conceals the rituals and theatricality of the holiday season”. – Barbara Carbone e Dairo Loison

In light of the history and background of this treat, I could not help to get excited about the recipes including this delicacy. In the spirit of the holiday season I will have to try out some of these rather intricate recipes. If you are feeling inspired you can get the book Mille e un Panetonne  from amazon.com

Apart from the 3 slices of Panettone (that I am reserving for a high tea occasion or just a midnight binge) I received some Christmas tree decoration as well. I love these, they look so delicate and festive. What surprised me more is the beautiful box that it came in. I love the historic yet personal look to it.

Thank you Sagra Foods for the great gift, I will be sure to enter much competitions in the future. Especially now that luck is on my side.

Die biblioteek bestaan nog

Die afgelope week het ek besluit dit is tyd dat ek weer drasties aan die lees kom. Hoe kan ek self ‘n skrywer wil word as ek nie kundig word oor die wereld van skryf nie? Ek het toe my Biblioteekkaart gaan hernu en dadelik 4 boeke uitgeneem. Aangesien Wilna Adriaanse my tutor is vir my skryfkunde kursus het ek besluit om nog een van haar boeke onder die oog te bring. Verder is ek skaam om te admit dat ek nog nie Andre P Brink se Kennis van die aand gelees het nie, so hy is ook nou tydelik op my rak. Niel se suster het vir my vertel van Susters van Eva deur Dalene Matthee, so dit was toe ook in my bib sakkie. Die boek wat ek toe wel teen die einde van die week voltooi het, is Harde Woorde deur Francois Bloemhof.

Van die begin af kon ek nie die boek neersit nie. Daar is iets aan die manier wat Bloemhof skryf wat ‘n mens aangryp. Dis eenvoudig maar tog stylvol. Dit is persoonlik, maar nie te persoonlik nie. Vir ‘n hele tydjie wonder ek nou al watter genre die beste by my skryfstyl sal pas, en deur die lees van die boek het dit net vir my begin sin maak.

Bloemhof se skryfstyl is vir my witty, dis uitdagend. Die karakters is baie goed afgerond, en ek is mal oor die feit dat die leser deurgans verskillende psiges kan betree, en so met ‘n ander oog na die werkinge van samelewing kan kyk. Die perspektiewe van die verskillende karakters was vir my geloofwaardig, dit het nie gevoel of hy net die minder belangrike karakters afgejaag het nie. Enige boek wat my hardop geluide laat maak, hetsy ek skrik, huil of lag- doen vir my iets reg.

Ekt ‘n hele paar jaar terug Klipgooi van Bloemhof gelees, en dit het my net so aangenaam verras. My volgende trip biblioteek toe sal beslis nog een van sy boeke insluit. Volgende is Susters van Eva deur Dalene Matthee.

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