Feeling Olympic!

Last year I applied for tickets to see the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. I was feeling ambitious. Like many other hopefuls, sadly, our application was unsuccessful. There it was, my Olympic dreams dashed. I put it out of my mind. Better to watch it all on TV anyway, right? Olympics, blah, blah… no big deal. Me, bitter? Never!

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. More tickets had been released. Suddenly my Olympic apathy began to dissipate. I anxiously logged on to the ticket website and tried my luck with 2 tickets to see Handball at the Olympic Park. I remember my heart racing as I waited for the screen to refresh when I added the tickets to my shopping cart. I didn’t breathe…..

Success!! One week later, these arrived in the post:

I am just buzzing with excitement at my impending Olympic experience! The spirit is certainly in the air as I had the honour today of watching the Torch Relay come jogging right down my street!

It just doesn’t get any better than this.

And if all of this wasn’t exciting enough, I scooped myself some Paralympics tickets also. A special treat for Emilie and I, two days before the new school term.

I am feeling very Olympic indeed!

Kid’s Book Nooks

I have only  one essential requirement for my dream home:

A book nook!

There is just something about having a little place designated in the home where you can cuddle up with a good book and relax that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

This morning as I rearranged (for the millionth time) my kid’s overflowing book shelves, I began to daydream about finally giving them their own special reading space.

Here are a few inspirations I found:

Amazing nook inside a playroom! I love how the book shelves are designed to have the books facing out so that kid’s can easily choose what they want to read. (via)

A few colourful cushions and a crate full of books make the perfect no-hassle nook. Very simple to put together – a godsend for busy moms! (via)

The secret hideaway! Think converted broom closet. Two simple shelves and a vintage lamp to shed light on their favourite tales. Kids will love this tucked away retreat. (via)

Bright, funky, and undeniably cool! A cloud bubble nook which would be great for older kids, tweens and teens. (via)

If you love a bit of DIY, this is the nook for you! Made out of pallets, this space-saving nook would make the perfect weekend project. (via)

The “whole family” nook. This nook is large enough to hold a couple of kids or an adult and kid combo for bedtime stories. You could even divide the shelves into kid and adult sections. (via)

A skinny nook with a view. Perfect for a quick catch-up on your favourite novel. This is a great no-frills option for moms and dads. (via)

And finally — my DREAM nook! Two words = enormous window. Seeing all that natural light pouring in is making me giddy!  If I had a nook like this, I would never leave it. I would probably eat and sleep there and need to hire a nanny. Ah well, a girl can dream!  🙂

Do you have a book nook in your home?

Mastered!

So you remember that dissertation that was kicking my butt a few months back? Well it turns out it was I who did the butt kicking! Yes, I was delighted to learn a couple of weeks ago that  I earned an “A” on the most important thing I have written to date. The piece was a work of non-fiction which provided a glimpse into the tumultuous time in my life when my newborn son fought valiently for his life and the gamut of emotions during that period. And now, he is 7 years old, an absolute joy, with a cluster of special needs ranging from hemiplegia (a form of cerebral palsy), speech delay, learning delay, and the odd seizure — but he is still here, still my shining star. He defied all the odds and provided the inspiration for me to master this Masters!

As you can imagine, a whole lot of tears and sleepless nights went into this degree and receiving such a great grade certainly made the journey worth it. Two days ago, the university officially awarded me my Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Industries. I am beyond proud!

Next up, graduation on 18th September — what fun to wear that cap and gown one more time!

And no, I won’t stop here. There is indeed a Ph.D. on the horizon….  🙂

Zoie’s 2nd Birthday Party

I pulled out all the stops for this one and I have to say it has to be my favorite party so far! It was much easier to plan and organise (even though it was ALL last minute) and the guests — including the birthday girl, of course — thoroughly enjoyed themselves… some of them didn’t leave until 10pm even though the party “officially” ended at 6pm!

It really was one heck of a hoedown!

To see all the awesome pics, click here!