What’s been happening

Sadly, I haven’t found my blogging mojo (but I have discovered a delicious Thai salad dressing!). I don’t mean to whine, but I just have so much going on that I can’t seem to get to writing. I’ve been trying to write this post for at least a week. Make no mistake, I think about it, like A LOT. I just don’t get to doing anything about it. It’s only January already February and I feel stretched too thin – I mean, the year hasn’t actually begun in earnest yet!

So I guess I’ll have to do another one of those round-up post thingos. It’s kind of like that sad broken Chuckle/Malteaser you find at the bottom of the packet, but you eat it anyway. Because even though it looks a bit sad, you’d rather eat it than NOT eat it. Am I making sense? No? Maybe I just want chocolate.

OK, so here’s where I’m at for January:

I have (re)joined the gym

KB renewed my gym contract as part of my Christmas gift so I’ve rejoined the gym. I have always categorically not been a gym person and joining the gym a couple of years ago was a disaster, I did not enjoy it in the least. But this time round I am loving it – To the point where I went to gym 17 times in January. Who even does that…? Seriously though, I am loving it. It could also be because I feel a bit more motivated to go because I can see my progress and track it on my TomTom Touch (also part of my Christmas gift). KB either thinks I’m fat, or he is just over hearing me moan about how fat I’m getting and doing nothing about it. Either way, I’m winning!

I’ve started the academic year

After the pain of registering for the academic year at UNISA, my studies are in full swing again. I’m hoping to finish my degree this year, but that means I have quite a heavy study load. I’d rather try and get it done though than have to sit out another year of being social and seeing my family and friends regularly. It’s difficult to balance being social and fitting in quality study time and still paying attention to my household and other responsibilities. I have to pick between the fun stuff and the study stuff. Not that it’s much of a choice at this point.

67 Blankets

We started a drive at work to crochet as many blankets or granny squares as we can to donate to the 67 Blankets initiative. Through the initiative the blankets are given to individuals and communities in need in honour of Nelson Mandela Day. To be brutally honest, I didn’t want to participate (because I just don’t have the time), but I am part of the project and I’m almost halfway through making the squares for the blanket I’m creating. I won’t lie, there is a great deal of satisfaction in making something that will help a complete stranger. So much so that I am taking quite a bit of care in choosing the colours I’m using. I want to create something that is bright and vibrant. Something that will brighten this person’s day (literally!). I’m pretty proud of it – I’ve not crocheted this granny square pattern before, nor have I ever changed colours in a pattern, but it is pretty simple once you know how. It’s quite a jump from making my little owls. I’ll post a pic of the complete blanket once I’m done.

Colourful granny squares

A handful of the granny squares I’ve already made!

I have discovered quinoa

This might not sound very interesting and you might think, “Meh, so what?” But if you are vegetarian, eating enough protein can be tricky.  I winged it,  this is the basic Thai salad dressing I dreamed up (I nailed it!):

Thai Salad Dressing

Ingredients

6 Tbsp Lemon juice
3 Tbsp Fish sauce
1½ Tbsp Canola oil
2 Tbsp Brown sugar
Pinch of crushed red chilli flakes
1 Knob of fresh ginger, grated/finely diced

Method

  1. Combine the lemon juice, fish sauce and sugar. Mix until the sugar disolves.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Add sugar, lemon juice or chilli flakes to adjust to your taste.
  4. Drizzle over salad.
  5. Go back for more!

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And that’s about it. Not much else to see here. What have you been up to? Oh, and if you know of any good series to watch, drop me a comment below. (Because, you know, I have all the time in the world to squeeze a series in… Ha!)

Header image by Lauren Mancke.

Nicky

4 Comments

  1. Hi Nicky,
    Happy to see an update from your blog in my inbox. 2017 sounds hectic for you and you are very brave and kind to take on a blanket crocheting project. 2017 has been rather crappy so far for us, but also full of change that may just be very scary depending on lots of things. A bit under wraps at the moment.
    I hope 2017 slows down a bit for you and that you find the time to study. I wish I had your motivation to get off the couch/bed and gym or do anything other than mope, stress and worry and eat

    • Hi Dianne! It’s taken me a while to actually write this post, but it’s there and that’s what counts, right?! Sorry to hear things are not going good on your end 🙁 2017 has kicked off at a very fast pace (but isn’t that the case for everyone?) I hope that whatever the “things under wraps” are that they go in your favour (even if they are scary). Ad trust me, even though I’m enjoying gym, it is still an effort to get there on some days. Couch surfing and binge-watching series is a lot more alluring than getting into spandex and sweating with a bunch of strangers, LOL!

      • Haha at least you get to the gym, every day I threaten my body with walking on the treadmill, but the couch wins . And a newsworthy post, so thats winning.
        Thanks for the positive thoughts, our house was sold today, well the sale went through today and it is very much a thing of good and bad and so much going on.

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