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A constantly curious and melancholic wanderer...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Psych-up Mix

Thought I would share my psych-up mix that my bridesmaid asked me to compile for whatever reason (I'm guessing P-A-R-T-Y)

  • You Shook Me All Night Long  -  ACDC (you got to have an ACDC song)
  • Sweet About Me  -  Gabrielle (I love this song))
  • Supermassive Black Hole -  Muse  (not that I'm saying there is going to be strippers, but this is the ultimate stripper/pole-dancing song)
  • Where's Your Head At  -  Basement Jaxx  (reminds me of my student party life)
  • Yobayo  -  Unknown Artist  (this is to satisfy the black lady in me  - although my good friend Mo told me this has a more Pretoria than Garankuwa vibe, which is apparently not a good thing)
  • I Touch Myself  -  Divinyls  ("Sexy Girl" song)
  • Cherry Bomb  -  The Runaways  (Not such a famous party/psych-up song, but after I watched the movie about Joan Jett and The Runaways, I was hooked on the song)
  • Pop Goes The World  - Men Without Hats  (this song is just so easy to sing-a-long to:  come on, I know you want to  -"la la la la la la")
  • I Got A Feeling  -  Black Eyed Peas  (...that tonight's gonna be a good night...)
  • Red Red Wine  -  Neil Diamond  (slightly different than the more well-known UB40 version, this is for when we have lots of red red wine start contemplating life)
  • One Way Or Another  -  Blondie  (guess I just had to have a Blondie song)
  • The Passenger  -  Iggy Pop  (well, it's the sock song, from the add that shows where all the missing socks go  - to the beach for a sock party offcourse.  I love the feeling off the song...We are all just passengers, riding along the journey of life...)
  • Stereolove  -  Edward Mayer  (this songs just makes me want to dance)
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun  -  Cindy Lauper  (ultimate girl's night song)
  • Love Is Only A Feeling  -  The Darkness  (what a wonderful feeling and an awesome song)
  • Live Your Life  -  Rihanna  (I need a bit of Rihanna for a great night)
  • The Middle  -  Jimmy Eat World  (my ultimate jumpupanddowntothemusic song)
  • I Know You Want Me  -  Pitbul  (such a cheeky and fun song)
  • Numb  -  JayZ/Linkin Park  (screamatthetopofyourvoicesong)
  • Candyshop  -  50 Cents  (to add a little naughty to the evening)
  • Laid  -  James  (well, this is one of me and my fiance's songs, so it had to feature) 
With this mix  -  I am ready for whatever comes my way:)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A wide variety of OT activities

OT:  Mrs R, do you want to come to OT for some baking?
Mrs R:  (looking very puzzled)  Ballet?  I don't think I will be able to cope with that kind of dancing..
OT:  No, we going to do baking.  (louder tone of voice)
Mrs R:  You cannot seriously picutre me on a bike?
OT:  We are going to bake cookies Mrs R (tone of voice becoming slightly louder than necessary now)
Mrs R:  Allright, if you insist, but I'm not kissing anyone again.

*She ended up eating the cookie dough raw and managed to participate in the group without any kisses, but had fun nonetheless.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Favorite Things for Old Things

I have been making CD's with old music for my special people and offcourse Favorite Things from The Sound of Music featured.  One of my all time favourite songs:  I mean she sings about "Blue Satin Sashes" and "Crisp Apple Struddle"; who wouldn't like the song? 

This made me think of Julie Andrews, who I absolutely adore. (not as much as Audrey Hepburn, but she will feature in a blog post later).  She was so beautiful and pure in Sound of Music and that voice... 

I could watch that movie over and over when I was younger and anytime you having a DVD night and the Sound of Music features...I'm there.  (I can unfortunately not say my fiancee agrees with this, but he'll get around I'm sure) 

Mary Poppins are offcourse just as beautiful and another one of my favourites...(At least this one my dearest does agree with).  For a while after I've watched Mary Poppins changing the world with her umbrella, I was okay with drinking my medicine and my new favourite word was "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"

I also think Julie Andrews is one of the most beautiful older ladies I have ever seen.  So graceful and poise and everything I want to be when I grow up... I cried and clapped with the audience when she got a standing ovation at the 2003 Academy Awards.

I received the loveliest email the other day about a new version of this song.

I thought I would share the lyrics.  Feel free to sing-a-long...

"Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things...

Cadillac's and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golfcarts and porches with swings.
These are a few of my favourite things...When the pipes leak, when the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things...

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favourite things.

When the joints ache, when the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I had,
And then I don't feel so bad."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Believing like a child

I might not be the best person to tell you about God.  I don't always do the right thing, even though I really try my best to do it.  I can't believe that some of the most precious people in my life will not go to heaven, because of the fact that their believes are different than mine.  I also don't try to convert these people to my religion, which is frowned upon by many people in my life.  I see the more loving side of God, rather than His righteous side, which I hope He can forgive me for, because I don't know how else to believe.  I don't talk about God as much as I should, as I try to show God to people through loving them and not judging them, rather than giving testimonies.  So, basically I am not the model Christian.  There is so much I need to work on and change in my life. 

What I do know is this:

  • Jesus is my King and through Him is the only way I can understand God completely
  • Believing like a child helps me to get through life.  I do not understand everything.  So many things in life is unfair and makes me sad.  I have so many friends who I love dearly that doesn't believe the same as me and sometimes this confuse me.  But the Bible told me to believe like a child and that's what I am doing.  God knows best.  I don't have to solve life's problems.  I will just keep on trying to show people His love and believe in my God who takes care of me everyday...

Soaking up the sun...

One of my porters J, has decided he will make the best of  the winter that he possibly can.  Every afternoon he finds a spot in the sun and then just falls asleep peacefully.  Sometimes he even sits with his arms stretched out...just soaking up the sun...

We should all hold on to that little bit of sun during the winter times of our live...

*Permission was asked to publish the photos.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Why I love Edward Monkton

  • One of my most special friends introduced me to him when he gave me one of his books as a going-away present.  (Don't know why the book made him think of me:)
  • His goal is to make everyone in the world happy (see the video of "The Pig of Happiness")

  • He is the original writer of our public day of randomness badges.
Indulge yourself in his lovely and enigmatic picutres and sayings...










And now to end off...with a Lovely Love Story:

The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice.

Although it was cold he was happy in there. It was, after all, his cage.

Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur’s cage with kind words and loving thoughts.

I like this Dinosaur, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny.

He is also quite clever although I will not tell him this for now.

I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur.

She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice.

She is also a free spirit which is a quality I much admire in a Dinosaur.

But he can be so distant and so peculiar at times, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

He is also overly fond of things. Are all Dinosaurs so overly fond of things?

But her mind skips from here to there so quickly, thought the Dinosaur.

She is also uncommonly keen on shopping. Are all Lovely Other Dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping?

I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

For they are part of what make him a richly charactered individual.

I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur.

For she fills our life with beautiful thought and wonderful surprises.

Besides, I am not unkeen on shopping either.

Now the Dinosaur and Lovely Other Dinosaur are old, look at them;

together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs.

And that, my friends, is how it is with love.

Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together. For the sun is warm. And the world is a beautiful place

My random friend

My random friend's sayings:
  • You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours
  • Catheters are lovely
  • I would just like to add my 2 cents
  • I've got a virgin hangover (when you did not drink at all, but got no sleep due to talking with your friend till 2 o' clock in the morning)
  • I'm not an Indian, I'm an African (when people confuse my Malay friend for being an Indian)
  • Sweet dreams are made of Cheese
  • I like to doodle
  • It's my surname, it makes the men go a little whoo hoo.
What I love about her...
  • She is miniature, but very strong.
  • She always says what is on her mind
  • She needs a GPS when she is in a mall
  • She gets my randomness

My favourite moment with her was when she tried to convince a mother that her baby's name was not Domingo and that she should stop reading her surname on her name tag.  She even covered her name tag with her hand and ask the mother to now say the baby's name.  Unfortunately the answer was still Domingo, as was the baby's name...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My friends are complimentary...

My random friend's blog Chronicles of a Random Mind inspired me to think about what my best compliment ever was.

Well, besides the fact that my previous manager said that I am perfect for psych (which may or may not have been a compliment), I think my best compliment was from my special friend who I also happen to call:  "Friend"...

"You are very dark on the outside, but so colourful on the inside"

I'm not always happy...

I am not always happy...
I try very hard to be (or to pretend I am). I smile a lot, I joke a lot, I try my best to make other people happy.  But truth be told, I've always been a little sad, even in the happiest moments of my life and I probably always will be...

Things that make me sad:
  • The tears in my volunteers eyes on the one year anniversary of the death of her husband
  • Our cleaner who has become older overnight after she lost her son
  • All the people that I work with, who have lost their identity and sense of selfworth.  Who used to be somebody, but who now is only a little old person stuck in a chair praying to God to take her away
  • People who don't have somewhere warm to sleep at night and who don't know where their next meal will come from
  • The fact that I will one day loose some of the people that I love
  • The feeling off being completely alone, even though I am surrounded by other people
  • Being so far from the place I grew up and the people I love most
  • People that do bad things in the name of God
  • Being loved so much by somebody when I sometimes feel I don't deserve any love
  • Life in general
So there's a peak of the melancholic side of me.  The side I choose not to show to people.  Maybe I'm scared you might not like me if you get to know this side of me...
But hey, I cannot always smile. Life isn't always full of sunshine, and sometimes when you looking for me...you will find me - standing all alone in the rain.

The joke is on me...

I'm probably starting to become as m.. uhm, let's call it interesting, as some of my patients.

Yesterday we had an excercise class and as usual we combined it with some deep breathing. Somebody called me outside and I said to my patients:  "Just keep on breathing untill I come back"  When they all burst out laughing, I realised what I said. 
My favorite funny patient replied with an innocent:  "Should we stop breathing once you've returned?"

I do love my job:) 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Time flies in an old age home...

OT:  "Bye Mrs J.  I will only see you again on Wednesday, because tomorrow is a public holiday" 
Mrs J comes and gives me a big hug and a kiss.  "Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year my child" 
OT:  "Mrs J, I think I will see you before Christmas"
Mrs J:  "That's so thoughtful of you sweet child.  I am going to lie down now, this sea breeze really makes me tired"

* No, our old age home did not move yet, we are still in the middle of Johannesburg...

You know someone is deaf when...

We were busy playing a word game today:

First Question: 
"Words that rhyme with ring"
Patient 1:  "Sing"
Patient 2:  "King"
Patient 3:  "Bling"
Patient 4:  "Tiring"
Patient 5:  "Sling"
Patient 6:  "Australia"