Posted in Random Thoughts

Born a Crime got us Educated.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I started my love affair with audiobooks in January of this year. Out of necessity really.

I wanted to read but had other tasks to perform at the same time, so listening at home, in my car, on my phone in coffee shops…. it has become a thing. I’m finally using the earphones that came with my phone! #teenagerloading

The first book I listening to was Trevor Noah’s “Born a crime”.

Being South African, I appreciate his accent, it is familiar easy on the ear.

The humour is so much funnier when delivered by him instead of the imitation voice in my head.

(I do a lovely Jewish lady accent however and irritate my husband and my daughter Victoria quite beautifully as I can be relentless!)

So basically, our Trevor got me hooked on Audible and I’ve racked up a nice collection of books I have actually finished.

I did, however, get irritated reading the reviews of “Born a crime”.

Unless you are from Africa or you are approaching the subject with an open mind, you will not understand how the material he writes about is perfectly normal in our South African society.

I came to the conclusion that some people need to be screened before being allowed online… then reminded myself I’m a good mensch and moved on. I’m lovely like that.

After more than a decade together, SirNoid and I found something to do together we have not done before. We listened to an audiobook. Nê!

Something people do not know about SirNoid is that he is a gifted narrator. He does a wonderful, passionate, touching rendition of Oom Schalk Louwrens, a character that Herman Charles Bosman brings to life with depth and perception.

On a holiday in the Drakensberg last year with my parents, they practically begged him every night to read to them around the fire. My Mom has since said it is some of her best memories.

With our current load-shedding schedules in full play, we found listening to the book quite a treat. Thankfully my phone battery is quite kick ass so we didn’t once run out of battery before the power came back on. Welcome to Africa!

Educated is a powerful, touching and profound memoir that we both appreciated tremendously. I was quite sad when it ended tonight to be honest.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it. – Goodreads

Educated

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Tara Westover (Author), Julia Whelan (Narrator), Random House Audio (Publisher)

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Anyhow children, 15 minutes till the power goes off again at midnight.

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

Posted in Random Thoughts

Comparison is the thief if joy.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Scrolling through social media tonight, I felt like an absolute failure. Clearly not living my best life in my curvy girl jeans.

It FEELS like everyone on my feed is out there living their best lives in their skinny bodies, fancy clothes, beautiful homes, perfect bloody everything with ample opportunities that just seem to keep rolling in, and then there is me.

Yes, for this moment… woe is indeed me. Silence. Hear me out.

A flashing neon hashtag #blessed, highlighting that people only show what they want us to see. All this perfection.

In reality, people do not live a Pinterest life. All moments are not Instagram worthy. Each individual have their own bag full of burdens.

We all just do the best we know how at any given moment, some are just better with lighting and filters!

So this is a reminder that we all feel like we are not good enough at some point. Like we did not make the cut. We did not get chosen to be on the team. You feel me?

An even greater rolling thunder reminder not to believe all the crap you tell yourself in the dead of night.

Be real. Be raw. Hurt. Cry. Laugh. Feel joy. Admit when you feel your grip slipping. Your true tribe will remind you that you are fierce when you forget.

Slay! #Bless 😉

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

Posted in Random Thoughts

Because flapjacks… 💋

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

💓 The details are in the simplicity of what makes life so good.
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💓 I eat my flapjacks plain. Nothing fancy needed.
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💓 Sometimes our physical health slows us down. This is frustrating but can be both a blessing and a curse.
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💓 While recovering from bronchitis, I cried through several episodes of @queereye. I expected make overs. I got so much more! Watch!
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💓 I made a rocking slow cooker meal last night. Winner I am!
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💓 I need more 😴 sleep or again need to adjust how I take my meds. Am too tired in the morning. Bloody hell.
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💓 I bit my lip on the inside of my mouth on Sunday and everyday since then. 😳 I feel like I am walking around with a swollen face, not just lip!
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💓 I coloured my hair last week and there is grey bits already. I love this mermaid hair but it demands so much of my time and effort.
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💓 I need to visit @e4eleganc to fix my nails, desperately! Anxiety is unkind to beauty.

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

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#wenchytude
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Posted in Random Thoughts

🎵 5 Things about this week.. and it is only Wednesday morning … 🎵

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,


1.🎶 My husband’s former wife and I, have decided to branch into a business venture together. We only just kicked off, so follow our journey at JS Designs. I’m lit like that. 😋

2.🎶 When I go to hospital, I do so sharing my room with a celebrity that turned nurse’s into giggling school girls. Rooming with the cool kids. I’m obvious like that.

3.🎶 I’ve got events Thursday to Sunday. From Babylon to Bryanston! 🤪 Okay that was funnier in my head. I’m unapologetic like that.

4.🎶 Anxiety got the better of me and I destroyed my nails. When contacting E4Elegance to clean up my royal mess, I was met kindness. I’m blessed like that. 💜

5.🎶 I’ve run out of Dove soap. I’m now using little bottles of body wash from various hotels I reviewed with @SirNoid last year. I visualising my future of lavish holidays into being. I’m extra like that.

There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.

– Anton Pavlovič Čechov

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

#wenchytude
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Posted in Theatre

A blow-wave of sexual awakening.

Tease! starring TUMI MORAKE and VANESSA FROST and directed by JOSE DOMINGOS from 27th February 2019 to 21st March 2019.
 
First lady of comedy, TUMI MORAKE and the original ‘CaveWOman’, VANESSA FROST team up again in Naledi-nominated TEASE! at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. TEASE! premiered at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown followed by a sold-out run at the Market Theatre in 2016.

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Eva and Neo, best friends and partners in a suburban hair salon reach crossroads in their personal lives. Stumbling into an adult toy shop one night, they make some acquisitions and this inspires an idea…
 
With a healthy dose of self-deprecating humour and a whole lot of heart, versatile Tumi and Vanessa play many familiar characters including the elderly Muslim and Jewish women who return weekly to have their hair set…and sample new toys!
 
By arrangement with the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, the show will be presented by Bloom & Stone, a creative agency and production company that focuses on creating meaningful and accessible content. Vanessa says the meeting of minds in the process was synchronous and that extensive research went into the writing of the script. They found themselves exploring heartfelt and hard truths in order to present a potent message about female sexuality and desire. “It’s been about finding the comedy in each of these moments while exploring the moments that don’t require comedy,” she says. “It’s about answering the question we all quietly worry about – am I normal?”
 
Director Jose Domingos says Tease! is a journey of self-discovery, “The themes are universal which means that I think there’s a little bit for everyone if not a lot for everyone.”
 
Written by Jose Domingos, Vanessa Frost and Tumi Morake, TEASE! opens with a preview at Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square on 27th February and runs until the 21st March.
 
For a huge dose of thought-provoking fun, bookings can be made with Computicket (call 0861 915 800 or online www.computicket.com). Tickets can also be reserved by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606. Enquire about group discounts for corporate and team building events, women’s and special interest groups.