I've been mostly absent from my blog for the longest time and although I was being perfectly honest when I said that I was just too busy to blog, I guess it's equally true that I simply haven't felt like it much either.
And now, after all these months of dormancy, I finally feel like blogging again. Aren't you lucky - you get to wade through whatever drivel I end up spewing out here!
As I mentioned in my last post, I've been a busy girl over the last several months. Some of you know that "work" for me has, for a long time, meant freelance copywriting. And up until the later part of last year, it was.
But, as you will have gathered from the previous post, I have been focussing my attention on something quite different for quite a while now. I started outsourcing my copywriting work toward the end of last year because I was just not getting around to doing it and although a small part of me is worried about turning my back on writing work, it has been a huge relief not to have to worry about meeting other people's deadlines.
At the moment, I'm in the middle of a massive costing exercise for the setup of my Radiant Heat Barrier Coating production plant and warehouse. I also urgently need to update the website, so if any of my blogger friends on WordPress feel like helping me out, I'd be happy to treat you to a fabulous lunch someplace cool in exchange for some pointers. (I'm thinking somewhere like Wolves - I've eaten a couple of lunches there before and their food is utterly scrummy! - or similar but am open to suggestions...) Hey, lookit me being all cool and bartering, huh?!
In case you're wondering , yes, I have spent many, many evenings and weekends working. But I have also enjoyed some very enjoyable days in the company of friends and family and done a few things just because...
On my birthday this year, I used a Groupon bought for me by the husband for Christmas to get my hair cut.
I asked David to take one last photo of my loooong hair the night before.
My hair, cut off.
Most of you have seen it by now, but here it is: The New Look.
This was not the first time I'd cut my waist-length hair short. My hair grows really quickly so it'll grow from this length back to my waist in about 4 years. It's already grown quite a bit, actually, and I'm toying with the idea of having it cut again...
Meanwhile, I've also changed my hair colour...
This is a crappy, cellphone pic so it doesn't show how red it actually is but anyway... I like it.
Then, at the end of February, Hubby and I went on a roadtrip to Cape Town. It was a business trip but we had to drive so that we could bring back the giant paint mixer that we're going to be using in my paint manufacturing business. :)
It was a stunningly beautiful trip and I took loads of photos and tweeted one or two. But the highlight for me was the surprise visit to Nederburg on our way back. I was on the phone with a client when we drove into Paarl and took no notice at all of where David was driving to. I only realised as I finished on the phone that we were turning into a wine estate.
We had taken an afternoon drive through Franschoek during our stay in Cape Town and I was blown away by how beautiful the place is. There are a whole bunch of things I'd like to go back and see and do. But I was really not impressed with our reception at the wine estates and one in particular, La Motte, where the receptionist was a downright snotty little bitch. The place is exquisitely beautiful and I'm sure their wines and food would have been superb. But I've never liked snobs.
The beautiful Franschoek valley.
Our visit to Nederburg more than made up for it, though, and I had a lovely time, tasting wine and getting quite sozzled before we headed off to lunch at The Red Table Restaurant. I can't remember when last I had such a delicious meal and the staff were friendly and the service impeccable. Definitely worth a visit.
So yes, in between all the work and stress, there are pockets of happiness and appreciating what we've got.
What fun stuff have you done so far this year?