Was the day I celebrated my 45th birthday.  It was a lovely day.  On Saturday, a special friend of mine came and spent the day and stayed over.  We stayed up until past 2am catching up, discussing life, love and everything inbetween and beyond.  Sadly, she lives very far away and when she returns in a few weeks time, we have no idea how long until we’ll see each other again.
Sunday morning, G-man took her back to her moms and just before leaving, told me I needed to be ready by 10am.  When he got back I was still faffing, so I had to hot-tail to get done, collect young Jarod and head to my ‘surprise’.  Between our house keeper and my dd and G-man, they’d arrange a stunning cake for me as well.  So off we headed, virtually across the road to breakfast at Thaba Ya Batswana and when we arrived, my sisters were there.  They’d kept it a complete surprise, which was fabulous. 

I took some photos but still need to download them.  Although as we were leaving, the wind was howling – welcome to the end of August in Jozie.

As far as gifts go, I got money from G-man, my mom and sisters (which is what I asked for towards my course) and Lynn had included a huge bag of Kettle Corn from Woolies, a Lindt Chocolate and a shopping bag.  Courteney gave me a box of Lindt Lindor Chocolate Balls (so yumm) and Liam spoilt me with three little photo frames and a bottle of Essie Nail Polish.  Estelle gave me two cravats (spelling?) and a stone.  Yesterday morning I got a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from the office and Sharon gave me a stunning camel and black striped top from Foschini … all in all, a very spoilt girl I am.  Of course, Mz T had sent me money earlier which was my Mother’s Day and Birthday gifts together. 
My gift to myself this  year – I bought myself a hair straightener.  I usually give myself a gift, and this year, I decided on something for my hair. I can’t remember what I got myself last year, but the year before it was a lamp. 
But now that the festivities are drawing to a close, (as they usually do, but I’m still enjoying the flowers on my desk and am yet to tackle the Lindt and Kettle Corn), it’s time to start plotting the next year.
First up, my photography course.  I’ll be booking for the course that starts on the 1st October.  I’m so excited.  Other things on my list for the coming year are:
  1. A new lens, mentioned previously – Nikon 50mm
  2. Start shadowing on a few weddings and anything else I’m able to wangle my way into
  3. Save towards studio lights and backdrops
  4. Remote light metre
  5. Then we get to the personal things and one of the big ones I’m not able, or to be more specific, willing to discuss in public, but it’s something big and it’s a huge weight I’m carrying around and I need to settle it once and for all.
  6. Work hard at maintaining and fostering a good relationship with my little girl when she moves to her dad.
  7. Earn enough through the photography to either fly both my girls home for a visit next Christmas, or be able to fly to them for Christmas … that would be so kewl.
  8. Work on managing my time and space better so that I can start producing creatively.
  9. I really need to work on my overall health and fitness level.  It’s a sad state of affairs in that department after this cold winter we’ve had and I’ve picked back up the weight I’d lost.
  10. Spend more time doing activities with the family.

Those are just a few of the thoughts mulling in my head.  I will not mention scrapbooking, reading or writing, nor any other ‘hobby’ type activity. 

So, I’m a little older and a wee bit wiser and maybe a little sadder or mader than I was, but I’m alive and well and all is right with my world.

Something to share : A positive thought

At 211 degrees…water is hot.
At 212 degrees…it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.
And, it’s that one extra degree…
That makes all the difference.

I’m working on that one degree as part of my year ahead – how about you?

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8 Comments on August 21st, 2011 …

  1. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style
    23 August 2011 at 13:16 (10 years ago)

    Wonderful list – Happy Birthday! I love your quote about the boiling water : >

  2. Shybiker
    23 August 2011 at 13:27 (10 years ago)

    Yay! Happy Birthday. I’m glad you had fun and that the people around you made an effort to celebrate you. You’re special!

    Good luck with the photography and No. 6…

  3. whenlifehandsyouapear
    23 August 2011 at 15:42 (10 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Wendy! I’m glad to hear it was so nice!

  4. Lynette
    23 August 2011 at 18:25 (10 years ago)

    Veels geluk liewe maatjie, omdat jy verjaar…mag die Here jou seen en nog baie jare spaar.

    It sounds as if you had an awesome day and got some wonderful goodies. I am pretty sure you will achieve everything you put before yourself.

  5. Delane
    23 August 2011 at 19:08 (10 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!!!! Glad it was a nice day.

  6. Mz.T
    24 August 2011 at 05:12 (10 years ago)

    I am glad u had a great birthday! I wish so much that I was there! I was wondering if we follow the fall collection you guys had or is ours that we are doing now going to be yours next?
    Love u

  7. dimi
    24 August 2011 at 08:37 (10 years ago)

    Happy birthday sweety!!! I’m glad you had fun and thanks for sharing your thoughts! I hope you’ll meet all your goals! And maybe if you talk about that big thing you will realize it wasn’t so big to begin with! You’ll be surprised by all the people that will relate to it…(that’s my guess at least). I know you’re too far away and we don’t really know each other, but I’m good with people and I know you’re a stunning lady with a big heart! Stay that way! I wish for many good years to come!! Kisses 🙂

  8. Wendy
    24 August 2011 at 10:01 (10 years ago)

    Thanks everyone for the sweet messages. I so appreciate it. It makes my day that much more special when my ‘outta person’ friends remember me.

    Miz T – we basically follow on the European and American trends. That’s why I love the mags from that side – gives you an idea of whats coming your way 🙂