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!!! ❤

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Week 27: A fair event at the Fairway Hotel

My sister has just gotten married in South Africa and of course I was there, by her side!

Part of their wedding celebrations was to have a ‘celebration lunch’ at The Fairway Hotel, where extended family and friends were invited to join in the fun & merriment on the day.

Although the weather was a bit dreary and miserable on the day, we were not going to let anything dampen our spirits as we prepared for this joyous occasion ❤

Up bright and early in the morning, my sister and I headed off to the hairdresser to get our hair done, a quick stop at McDonald’s for breakfast 😳 and then off to the venue for make-up, champagne, photos and eventually the big party!

Guests started arriving while we sipped the last few drops of champagne, make-up all complete, fully dressed, giggles and tears aplenty as the photographer told us to stand this way and that.

Sooooo pretty ❤

While this wasn’t the actual ‘wedding’, it was treated largely as such and so it meant that bride and groom did not see each other until the very last minute, there were speeches, there was dancing, there was food, beer and drinks, and there was a lot of love in the air.

The day / night went off with no glitches as everyone enjoyed the speeches, stuffed their faces with delicious food, survived a shot of absinthe (courtesy of the bride), danced the night away to the live music, and eventually crawled into bed (hotel beds for those spending the night!) with tired feet and happy hearts.

Absinthe – makes the heart grow fonder 🙂

The gorgeous couple ❤

Watch this space for the following entry which details the actual wedding!!!

Week 12 – Tulbagh

Living in an expat city such as Dubai often means travelling to all sorts of places for weddings… and this one was no exception.

Friends of mine who live in Dubai – she’s South African, he’s Australian – chose to get married in South Africa, in a small little town / wine estate region called Tulbagh… somewhere that I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting while I lived in SA 🙂

I was able to tie this wedding visit in with a sneaky trip up to Johannesburg to visit my family… but you can read about that here. This post is entirely dedicated to the beauty of Tulbagh and the wedding ❤

I arrived fairly late in the evening, after the sun was down, and then had an approximately 1.5 hour drive from Cape Town International Airport to Tulbagh. I zapped the directions into the GPS, put the radio on, had my dinner laid out on the seat next to me, and off I went.

The roads were absolutely pitch black except for the occasional car in front of me, or approaching me, which made for stunning views of the clear night sky… if only I’d been able to see enough on the sides of the roads to stop and marvel at the stars! They were gorgeous, but as the roads had ZERO street lights on, and there was barely a light anywhere in sight, I had no idea how safe the sides of the roads were and so I drove on, just having a quick gaze out the window every so often.

I eventually arrived at Saronsberg Wine Estate and after some confusion on getting in (entirely my fault!), I made it up to the cottage where I would spend the next 2 nights with other friends from Dubai. It was pretty much straight to bed as the next day was the wedding and was bound to be a busy one 🙂

The morning brought us absolutely perfect weather for a wedding – slightly overcast to keep the heat down, no rain in sight, and little specks of sun bursting through the clouds every now and then to make the scenery gorgeous. Buki and I headed off into Tulbagh for some breakfast, and then spent the rest of the morning lazing by the pool while we waited for our other Dubai friends to arrive.

Later that afternoon, after a bit of napping, lots of resting and some snacks to keep us going, we got ourselves ready for the wedding and headed off to the venue (onsite at Tulbagh Wine Estate) to wait out the arrival of the Bride!

The rest of the afternoon / evening / night was a great success; everyone looking fabulous in their outfits, lots of free-flowing drinks, delicious nibbles to tide us over until dinner and then an amazing dinner in itself, in a stunning setting like I’ve never seen before.

Not long after dinner and the speeches, the heavens decided to open – they say it’s lucky if it rains on your wedding day – so we all moved indoors for the rest of the night; cutting the cake, dessert, the first dance and lots and lots of dancing by the rest of us.

The next morning we all gathered around the pool area for a yummy breakfast and to enjoy some light banter with the newlyweds… and then it was time to pack up and head off to the airport for the flight back to Dubai!