Hello Bunnies!! I’m so glad I made the time to sit down and jot down a few thoughts to share with you… I totally missed our March coffee date but I’m here now to chat… a whole two months since our last session. The past few weeks have seen many highs and lows including birthdays, wedding anniversaries and trying to strike a delectate balance between my day job and all the other wonderful things that keep me busy outside paid employment (a.k.a. crossfit, running (or lack thereof) and writing new and exciting content for this here little blog. So where do I start to catch you up? Let’s start with Birthdays & wedding anniversaries they are fun!
My birthday and our wedding anniversary are only 2 days apart (the 2nd and 4th of April respectively) so I always joke with my husband that he better remember at least one of them in the month otherwise he will be spending the rest of the year with a sore back because he‘ll be banished to sleeping on the couch. This year I wanted to spend time in Cape Town for my birthday as always it didn’t disappoint. My birthday started with coffee and snuggles on the couch with our canine furkids (they flew down with us) and then we went out for a special lunch and ended the day going for a walk on Scarborough beach, soaking up the great weather Cape Town served up for us. For our anniversary went pretty much followed the same recipe of activities as for my birthday, except the weather was a little moody (read windy and chilly), so lunch was taken in Kalk Bay and we ended the day off snuggled on the couch munching chocolate (Lindt 86%) and watching movies. In a nutshell it was great to escape the hustle and bustle of Jozi city live and hang out in my favourite little corner of Cape Town.
For those of you that have clicked through to read this you may notice that there are a few strange things afoot around this blog… I’m in the process of re-designing to make blogging more accessible to both me and those of you who are regular visitors. This little task hasn’t been without tragedy (and no good drama would be complete without it)…. I managed to wipe my entire media library (where all the images for the blog are stored) and had to spend wasted time getting things back on track. I was seriously upset at the time things went pear shaped, but in hindsight I think it was a good thing, I got to learn a whole lot more about the WordPress platform and got around to fixing a few old posts in the process. I was also reminded why I went the route of outsourcing some of the blog development to someone who knows what they are doing so that I can save time on messy technical glitches and spend more time writing, recipe testing and coffee drinking all in the name of making Clean Living Chronicles a place where we can hang out in comfort.
Getting out this month: For my birthday lunch I decided that I would like to visit Bistro 1682 on Steenberg wine farm. As you all know I’m taking a hiatus from alcohol consumption this year so it was a bit strange to choose a wine farm to celebrate on but I do love their food so I went with it. I highly recommend going there to try their tapas style menu and you will be spoilt for choice with their wines (there is an impressive array of bubbly for those who are so inclined). I do think they could work on their dessert menu a little though (sorry guys) but I wasn’t too bothered by that given I don’t generally eat dessert out (I have yet to find a low carb option out there in a restaurant that doesn’t promote itself as “banting friendly” in South Africa).
Movies from this month: Wow where do I start. Two great “oldies” that we watched on DVD were Definitely Maybe & Captain America the Winter Soldier. Definitely Maybe is a great feel good move and Ryan Reynolds is very easy on the eye. Captain America landed up in the mix because the new Avengers movie has just been released in South Africa and we are headed out to see it shortly. At the box office we saw Run All Night at the new Prestige Ster Kinekor theatre in Rosebank. It was one action packed movie and Liam Neeson served up a great performance as a professional gunman that he is becoming so well known for. Handing out in the Prestige theatre brings new meaning to lye back and enjoy and I would highly recommend trying it out for size.
On my bookshelf: I read Keto Clarity which I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about living “keto” and what all it involves. It’s written by Jimmy Moore (who blogs over at Livin’ la vida low carb) & Dr Eric Westman and I really enjoyed the writing style and as Jimmy claims he does manage to cut through the technical, medical jargon out there and present the facts so that even I can understand them.