Week 9 – Ready to pop at Jones the Grocer

Not only was Zuné, who was our guest of honour on Saturday, ready to pop, but all of us left there feeling ready to pop after the delicious food and cake we stuffed our faces with!

The guest of honour ❤

Nadia and I organised a baby shower for our friend Zuné, to be held at the newly opened Jones the Grocer at Emirates Golf Club. Most people will be familiar with the restaurant on Sheikh Zayed Road… they’ve now expanded and taken over what was the clubhouse restaurant at Emirates Golf Club. And they’ve done a great job!

This establishment, being associated with the golf club, is able to offer up alcohol and pork options to their already winning menu… it had us very happy at breakfast time!

There’s not much that one could say that’s not already been said / or is known about Jones so I’m not going to try… I will just say that apart from some confusion on getting me an ice bucket filled with water for some flowers (it arrived filled with ice, thinking that it was for wine or similar), our morning was spectacular and we were very well looked after by the waiters. The food was scrumptious, the atmosphere nice and relaxed, and we were able to sit there for hours, chatting away and enjoy very many laughs as one would expect from a table full of girls, enjoying a baby shower 🙂 They even allowed us to bring in our own cakes and bits and pieces for the baby shower, which was greatly appreciated!

If you’re a big fan of Jones, but find their SZR location a bit ‘far out’, then you absolutely must give this venue a try! I think I need to make more of an effort to breakfast on weekends and visit Jones regularly!

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100 happy thoughts

About 3 months ago I was reminded of a post that I did 2 years ago – a post that made me focus on finding the happy things in my day-to-day life.

I had been feeling a bit out of sorts for the longest time at that point and so I thought it would be a great idea to once again find something each day to be happy and/or thankful for…. and here are my 100 days! Enjoy 🙂

Day 1 (18 April 2017) – Being reminded of 100 days of happy Hazy

Day 2 – Peanut butter cookies for lunch snack

Day 3 – Cheese and wine night at home

Day 4 – Excellent night out at dinner and partying afterwards

Day 5 – House hunting

Day 6 – Public holiday: went for a run, escape room, visited a friend who’s just had a baby

Day 7 – Fabulous easy-paced 5km run

Day 8 – Random dinner with friends – home-cooking, wine, dessert, giggles

Day 9 – Bonkers Bingo!!!

Day 10 – Landlord agreed to drop rent so no need to move; Eddie Izzard live in Dubai!!!

Day 11 – Hilarious day / night out with friends

Day 12 – Total lazy day on the couch with loads of laughs, and even managed my 2km run!

Day 13 – Last day of running for run.every.day challenge – 140 km’s!

Day 14 – Wings & Rings dinner – YUM! (1 May)

Day 15 – Skype chat with the parentals ❤

Day 16 – Sports massage for tired & achy legs

Day 17 – Curry, wine & movie night at home

Day 18 – AWESOME brunch afternoon / night out

Day 19 – No hangover; random movie night at cinema

Day 20 – Wings for life run!

Day 21 – Just a typical day – nothing bad; nothing overly good

Day 22 – Olly being silly and jumping into the fridge

Olly playing hide and seek 🙂

Day 23 – Excellent 7km run at autodrome

Day 24 – Girls night out

Day 25 – Mary Poppins at The Opera!!!

Day 26 – Looooong breakfast & lunch at Crumbs with the girls 🙂

Day 27 – Cheeky, unexpected HazAl evening

Day 28 – Excellent night out at pub quiz, very funny!

Day 29 – Great training session; reminiscing on photos; great night’s sleep

Day 30 – 2 very successful & interesting job interviews – what will be the outcome?!

Day 31 – Bolognese pizza at Jebel Ali Club!!!!

Day 32 – Football tournament scorer, followed by great night out on the dark side

Day 33 – Minimal hangover, ending the day off by being photographer at football awards evening

Day 34 – OFFERED A NEW JOB!!!

Day 35 – Fabulous morning run

Day 36 – Fun night out at work social – tenpin bowling

Day 37 – Hardcore hill session at autodrome

Day 38 – Tough A – Z session at gym which felt great to be able to complete

Day 39 – Night away in RAK – clear the head a bit!

Day 40 – Chilled evening on the couch with the housemates after a night away

Day 41 – Received contract for new job offer

Day 42 – Fun night out at quiz

Day 43 – Spontaneous night on the couch with the girls, eating cheese & drinking wine

Day 44 – Signed contract for new job

Day 45 – Resigned! (1 June)

Day 46 – Fun morning on the beach, hilarious night out with friends

Day 47 – Found a brilliant new TV show to watch – The Handmaid’s Tale

Day 48 – Enjoyable short run to clear the head

Day 49 – Excellent workout at gym

Day 50 (HALFWAY!) – Wrote speech for sister’s wedding

Day 51 – Just your standard Wednesday

Day 52 – Very quiet night at home – finished The Big Bang theory (Amy & Sheldon?!?!?!)

Day 53 – Early morning gym session, catching up with friends, games night at home

Day 54 – Burj al Arab for dinner with the girls!!

Day 55 – Paid off teeth loan early

Day 56 – Smashed my 10-minute rowing PR

Day 57 – Blue Orange prize dinner  – mini birthday celebration for Daniel

Day 58 – Chit chat with new boss

Day 59 – Couple of beers with ex-work colleagues

Day 60 – Last morning run with Nat; Nat’s farewell – sad day, but great time out

Day 61 – Braai at a friend whom I’ve not seen in a while

Day 62 – First Pilates class at gym

Day 63 – Dinner with friends

Day 64 – Interval training – good run in this heat!

Day 65 – Work iftar / final dinner / farewell

Day 66 – Prague

Day 67 – Prague

Day 68 – Scored my first-ever goal (plus 2 more!!)

Day 69 – Very happy to make my flight home after oversleeping and missing my taxi by one hour!!!!

Day 70 – Packed for my trip home; lots of kitty cuddles

Day 71 – Fly to South Africa!!!

Day 72 – Family ❤

Day 73 – Went for a fabulous 5.5km run at home 🙂

Day 74 – Bootcamp with mom & Stretch – surprise hen party for my sister

Day 75 – Stretch’s hen party (1 July)

Day 76 – Sleepover at Maaitjie

Day 77 – Sleepover at Kimmie

Day 78 – Saw Kimmie’s baby on the scan!

Day 79 – Milo milkshake & chicken mayo sandwich with Stretch

Day 80 – Dinner with Kimmie – soooo many laughs and memories ❤

Day 81 – Girlie day with mom, Stretch, Feather – breakfast & massages

Day 82 – Fantastic day at the Fairway with Stretch & Dwayne ❤

Day 83 – Just being in South Africa!!!

Day 84 – Mauritius!!!!

Day 85 – Hilarious night with the bride, bridesmaid & one of the groomsmen 😀

Day 86 – STRETCH & DWAYNE GET MARRIED!

Day 87 – Catamaran cruise

Day 88 – Hassle-free travel with zero queues at JNB airport with transfer

Day 89 – Catching up with Villa Kunterbunt 🙂

Day 90 – Start new job!!

Day 91 – Catch up at HazAl!

Day 92 – Game of Thrones, with popcorn

Day 93 – Hot but enjoyable 5km run in the park

Day 94 – Chilled night at home, on the couch, on my own

Day 95 – Great 9km run in the morning; fab night out with friends

Day 96 – No hangover; fabulous neck & shoulder massage

Day 97 – Given news that BRACES ARE COMING OFF after only 9 months of being on!!!

Day 98 – Paid for the first level of my degree; Slow enjoyable run with Sara & Ellie

Day 99 – Shopping for stationery for my degree LOL

Day 100 – Hill Training! (26 July)

Be happy!!! ❤

Week 28: Married in Mauritius!

Well, not me!

But my sister and her amazing man recently tied the knot in Mauritius and I was there ❤

Following on from the celebrations in South Africa,  a large-ish group of family plus the bride & groom’s best friends headed off to Mauritius to be part of the actual wedding event – a total of 15 in our group for the holiday 🙂

We stayed at Le Victoria, on the north-west coast of the island, which offers amazing sunsets because, of course, you want beautiful sunset shots at your wedding!

From start to finish, this 4-day holiday was simply superb. All-inclusive packages meant that you could eat & drink to your heart’s content from the minute you opened your eyes in the morning, until you closed them again at night. There was no shortage of food, refreshments and most definitely fun & laughter.

And having a wedding on the beach meant walking barefoot on the sand – what a treat!

The wedding was nothing short of spectacular! From the wedding coordinator to the photographer and officiator, these guys really made this wedding a dream come true for Stretch and her man. And they could not have wished for better weather even if they’d tried… the skies were gloriously clear and blue during the day, with perfect clouds coming in to offer up the most magnificent sunset.

And all of this was followed by a scrumptious dinner set out on our own private stretch of beach 🙂

The day after the wedding celebration, we all hopped onto a catamaran and cruised out to a smaller island where we spent the day lying in the sun, snorkelling onshore, enjoying freshly cooked lunch and the locally made rum 😉

Wedding 3 of 4 for 2017, perfectly done and dusted!