04 January 2007
02 January 2007
" I hate virgins! Are you a virgin mom?"
"do you know wot a virgin is?
" He says "yes! its a star sign! I dont get along with them, but my best mates are librarians and germanys"
"well I'm a capricorn but your dad is a Libra" Say I to which he responds...
"good! then dad is my best mate, too bad ur a crappycorn!" (He did that one on purpose!)
26 December 2006
Such has been my life the past few weeks... predominantly business based, but unfortunately overflowing into my personal life to such a degree that...christmas/ channukah has been and gone and not a decoration nor gift has been purchased for anyone...including my darling children.
Its a hard one... Neither babewotIlovesomuch nor I grew up celebrating either festivity, but there is tremendous pressure amongst the jews here to celebrate channukah by giving the children gifts.
In past years we have given gifts at this time of the year, I enjoyed it. However I guess we set a precident and the kids were dissapointed that they did not get anything this year. Although I explained the reasons why... it still hasnt seemed to sink in and ...ok...I feel guilty! There I said it! I. FEEL. GUILTY!...!!! (for extra emphasis)
I have heard things like: "I will be the ONLY kid who didnt get any presents!" and "EVERYONE is getting a present and its not fair!" So this is where it gets a bit fuzzy. Do I get them a present, even tho there are more pressing issues to deal with, so that they dont feel "left out" "deprived" wotever! Or do I stick to my original, albeit selfish choice, to channel that money into a more productive future ultimately ...for them?
I could do with a brew! (thanks to cherryflava for the link)
16 November 2006
whilst in Belgium last week... my answer has been... no...but I did have to put up with a very creepy looking woman!
Oh? say they...so you DID share a room then?
It got to the point that although alone, I would close the loo door cos she was starin at me! So on my second night I resorted to putting a towel over her just so I could relax! Problem was the cleaner clearly didnt find it amusing and kept taking the damn towel off!! This became my evening ritual during my stay... "for fucks sake! do they not get a hint??! now I have to friggin put the towel over her again...creepy woman!....
13 November 2006
I was under the impression that it was merely a formality but soon found out on arrival in Belgium by the president of the company that not all 20 of us, who had travelled from all over europe, would be leaving with a diploma entitleing us to teach and distribute their brand of products and services.
No pressure! pfft!
Although I have been working with these products for a good 5 and a half years, I found myself going back to basics with much of the training we recieved. I impressed myself a lot of the time with my knowledge of most of the product line and with the application processes. Its a lot like learning to drive a car really...in that... when u first learn to drive, you do everything exactly as u would need to for ur driving test, but then after years of driving, you find that it becomes so automatic that you dont even have to think about it anymore and you develop bad habits. This isnt a problem in the day to day process....but when you start teaching someone else to drive, you have to go back to the way you were taught originally in order to be effective as a teacher.
I found this last week an invaluable tool in becomming a skilled and educated trainer which will hopefully result in skilled and educated students. The secret to success in my eyes, is to share the knowledge and skills that I have with those willing to learn. My success will be measured by their success.
I was one of a select few who graduated with a diploma on their first visit to Belgium, many of them having returned for their 2nd or 3rd visit. I was the only uk representative of 3 who acheived this. So I am pretty darn chuffed.
But there is more to this story than me tooting my own trumpet... I went on a small journey of self discovery whilst there. This involved many aspects, the first being in the company of people who shared my passion for doing nails, for the products, and who could be considered to be the best in the business. The amazing energy that a group of likeminded people can create is nothing short of wonderous!
I also found a side of myself which apparently, I keep stashed away for special occassions such as these, a side I found to be rather appealing. I realised that I dont keep it stashed away, its a side that many people see on a daily basis, but that I choose not to acknowledge for some strange reason. Perhaps its a fear thing, that if I embrace this rather bubbly vivacious side of me that people would not accept who I am? I realised on this week away...that not only would they embrace this side of me, but they would infact migrate toward me and accept without condition that this...is who I am.
I was acutely aware that there were groups of us from many different countries and cultures and the natural pull would be birds of a feather... I thought about this and made a conscious choice to bridge the language and cultures barrier between each group. I refused to follow my natural instinct to follow the "pack" culture and stick to the uk group...instead I flitted from group to group like a little social butterfly. I found nothing but love and acceptance at every port.
The result, which may be even more meaningfull than the diploma I set off for, was connecting with a group of incredible, amazing souls who treated me no less than their equals. I do believe that in some instances, friendships were borne this last week in Belgium that may even last a lifetime.
Thanks in advance to Esther of Holland for these pics....(who also happened to be one of our mentors and a cracking nail artist!...not to mention...an awesome chick!)
The training... spot the red chick...aka...Moi!
(Note: red = CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE.... YELLOW = DIPLOMA.)
me riiiight @ the back in the corner.
Although all the girls were amazing and I bonded with each one of a different and meaningful level...the following two....will always have an extra special place in my heart....Elke sat by my side throughout the training course... and we bonded not only as friends but as a team...we were like a well oiled machine! And Camilla, I dunno... something just....clicked! Awesome energy! Amazing chick!
10 October 2006
Johannesburg - Five Ivory Park would-be hijackers got more than they bargained for when they allegedly tried to rob a man of his car, North Rand police said on Tuesday.
Superintendent Eugene Opperman said one of the five robbers had a pistol and instructed the driver to get out of his car on Sunday evening.
The 35-year-old man took his car keys, got out of his car and was able to push two of the four men away.
"He then ran towards the hijacker's car where he pulled out the driver and drove away to the Ivory Park police station and reported the matter," said Opperman.
(ed. note: Not the wisest of descisions but hey...a pretty brave move none-the-less! Now this is where it goes from the sublime to the ridiculous.... )
After a short while, one of the five who had allegedly tried to hijack the man came to the police station to report his car stolen.
(ed note: Seriously dude! You're a hijacker!!! you report YOUR car stolen??? BY the guy who's car YOU were hijacking?!?!?)
"By coincidence, a woman who was reporting a case of rape recognised the robber who had raped her earlier on Sunday," Opperman said.
(AND you're a rapist who just commited a rape as well?!?...talk about trusting the justice system...and yay for the poor woman who probably thought they would never catch the bastidge!)
The man was arrested at the scene while his four accomplices were arrested shortly afterwards. The five were charged with attempted armed robbery and rape and would appear in Kempton park's magistrate's court on Tuesday.
You can read the full story here!