Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Taking a break

I've decided to take a break from blogging so I can concentrate on my studies as I have a few exams coming in February and May. As part of my 101/1001 goals I want to be a certified bookkeeper by June, which by the way I need to actually complete writing the goal list. I've decided to tackle the big goals first. See my list here:   http://ebonydelights.blogspot.com/p/101-goals1001-days-v-20.html

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

4th quarter of 2014

My sisters were visiting and we went out to Sway and later had an amazing joint birthday celebration. I completed the well I am challenge successfully.  I did the Spar Women's race and improved my running time over 5 km distance. I went to Sun City as part the travel goals on my 101/1001 goal list. 

I continued with fitness challenges as I took "A new weigh health challenge". I wrote my first exam of the course. My sister and I went to the second Jozi meetup and learned a great about blogging safely and the power of re-branding. This blogger meetup has influenced my decision to re-brand. Changes will be visible in a couple of months of course. 

I attended a friend's birthday dinner. Had an amazing Christmas carols night at church. We closed work for the holiday season and I went to Zimbabwe (my home country) for 2 weeks, the longest I've spent since leaving in 2008. Though I didn't get to hangout with everyone that I had planned to hang out with I still had a great time. 

My luggage

Driving in Zim

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

How to survive Load shedding

Lately we've had load-shedding in South Africa. According to Eskom load-shedding is an effective way to avoid total collapse of the electricity supply grid and is a last resort to balance electricity supply and demand. This got me thinking about how much I rely on electricity and so I've come with a short list of stuff to do during load-shedding. 

Things to do during load-shedding:
1. Do any household chores that don't require electricity like washing the dishes or tidying up. 
3. Play games like 
 board or card games- you can still have fun
4. Go to bed (this is if it's at night and closer to bed time)
5. Unplug devices, you don't want you appliances and devices to be fried by a possible surge of power when the power gets back.
6. Don't complain on twitter about the power- by now everyone knows we are having load shedding so save your battery
7. Read a book- with this process going on for a bit you might as well catch up on some summer reading
8. If you're at work catch up on your filing or reading that boring manual or report. This of course is dependent on the lighting
9. Catch up on some writing, whether it's a blog post, that novel you've planning to write, a meal plan or even a prayer.

10. Do a crossword puzzle or word search. 

This to do when the power gets back on: 
1. Check the Eskom website for when the power will be cut next in your area so you can better plan especially for meals.
2. Charge all your devices and rechargeable batteries
3. Keep candles and lighters in a visible place.
4. Keep hot water in the kettle jug or get a flask
5. Stock up on canned foods and other foods that don't require to be cooked first. You don't  want to be paying for meals every day.

What other things would you do during load- shedding or in preparation of the next power outage? 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Book Review- I'll Take Manhattan

Book 1 of 2014

I haven't written a book review in a while and here's the first one of the year, I'll try to be more consistent in writing more reviews. 

 Judith Krantz- I’ll Take Manhattan
I rate this book 2 out of 5
Maxi Amberville was a spoilt, rich girl who did not understand the value and power of money. She loved getting what she wanted but struggled to win her mother Lily's affections.  The story flashes back and forth from when parents first met up to when she impulsively takes over one of her father’s magazines Button and Bows which she had no clue was failing. Maxi does manage to turn the magazine around much to her uncle Cutter’s disappointment and her mother Lily’s surprise.

I struggled to read this book even though it had many surprising and exciting twists.  It took me a long time to read it and I was happy that I managed to finish it. The ending was great as everything ended well, I love a good ending.  

What book/s have you struggled to read? 

"I use Grammarly's plagiarism checker sometimes" 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Book Review - Wachuga Project

I rate this book: 3 out of 5 

I struggled to read this book in eBook format as i was my first time to read an eBook at the beginning but once  I got the hang of it I couldn't put my tablet down. I found the ending to be rather surprising and a little bit scary. I recommend you read it. I loved the character Jeremy's determination to beat his stuttering condition by excelling in everything else he did. 

About the book: Jeremy Barnard appears to be a normal kid. He's good looking, well-mannered, from an affluent family, has even earned valedictorian of his class. A perfect recipe for success. Then why is his life one, big, epic fail? Because every time he tries to speak, a complete and utter mess comes out. School life is hell, with Jeremy's Neanderthal peers mocking him at every turn.
Jeremy longs for a normal life. He'd give anything for the ability to socialize at a party, or to tell his high school crush, Samantha, that she's beautiful... give everything to earn his father's respect and no longer be a laughing stock.
Little does Jeremy know, his salvation lies in Calvin Ortiz, a hot-headed, maniacal thug who stumbles upon something extraordinary while hiking with his brother in the jungles of Costa Rica - a plant... a beautiful, vibrant green plant teeming with delicate, fuzzy flowers that look good enough to eat and that’s exactly what he does. In the ensuing moment of stoned clarity, Calvin contacts the one person he knows with enough connections to turn his discovery into some serious bank. And with that one phone call, The Wachuga Project is born, and Jeremy's life, for good or ill, will never be the same. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for...
The Wachuga Project by Douglas E. Wolfert 
ISBN: 978-1629670263 
Publisher: Stage 5 Publishing 
Date of publish: September 2014 
Pages: 311 
S.R.P.: $12.95
 Psychological Thriller
schwartz - wolfert

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