Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Hello 2013

Well. Somehow I made it here. I still feel like I'm walking in a bit of a haze. Hard to find the good in life at the moment.

It's been a long Xmas holiday. The truth is I doubt I would've come to Cape Town for this long if I'd known I was going to be here alone. It's been a month since we broke up today :(

I've tried to keep busy but life has become even more complicated since Boxing Day ... when I saw The Trucker ... and we've been messaging most days since then. Apparently he's not really sure what he wants. #Sigh. I'll tell you all that story tomorrow rather. But it led to many an emotional up and down. I don't really know how I feel right now. I guess I have a little hope. Maybe like 5 - 7 % that he'll actually figure things out for himself and want the same things I do. Mostly I expect he won't. He's not really a grand-gesture kinda guy in my experience ... if I moved on he'd just say oh well, that's life and it's not meant to be. But on the flip side he won't say well, I really want you so lets just give this a bash. But yes, let's talk about this tomorrow instead.

The highlights of my trip to Cape Town included:

1. Culture
I started out with a definitely highlight of my trip by going to the Body Worlds exhibition on at the V&A Waterfront. Wow. Seriously. It's on till the end of January and I'd highly recommend it if the human body interests you at all. I ended up buying his biography, but I haven't started it yet ...

I decided (when I realised I'd be single on this trip) to go to a few of the Cape Town museums I'd never been to before. I'm much more of a tourist in Joburg. The Divine Miss M and I went to check out the Prestwich Memorial (which The Peeb worked on). I wasn't very impressed at all. It all felt just a little too bland (and this is from someone with an actual interest!). Because of all the (dumb) fighting about what to do with the bones that were dug up, there is absolutely NO human element here. It's all just boring history to read.

Then we headed to the District Six Museum. This swung to the extreme opposite end of the scale with more human element than one person can absorb. I liked it tho, I think the museum has been well done, and I'm sure means a lot more to the people who's story it is telling than I can imagine. I felt angry when I left, about what had been done to these people. So unnecessary. So, I guess that's a win in this museum's column :)

After lunch, The Divine Miss M headed home and I went to the South African Jewish Museum and Holocaust Centre. The Jewish museum is probably a bit of a waste unless you're actually Jewish or have a specific interest. There was a current exhibition on Jews in District Six, so that was quite interesting having just been to that museum. But otherwise I'd skip this one and go straight to the Holocaust Centre.

Wow. I'd highly recommend a visit to this one. It was fascinating and well done and powerful.

2. Escapism
So I've done a lot of reading on this trip. Back to my favourite holiday novels, JD Robb's In Death Series. I think I re-read a few tho, because I didn't blog about what I read last December holiday so I couldn't remember how far thru the series I'd gotten.

07. Holiday in Death
19. Visions in Death
21. Origin in Death
22. Memory in Death
23. Born in Death
24. Innocent in Death

All fabulous, as usual. Except perhaps not doing wonders for my heart ache when I don't have a boy who's going to sweep in and save me because he wants nothing more than me in his life. #sigh. Haha.

* This book is part of the In Death series: Naked in Death (1995), Glory in Death (1995), Immortal in Death (1996), Rapture in Death (1996), Ceremony in Death (1997), Vengeance in Death (1997), Holiday in Death (1998), ~Midnight in Death (1998), Conspiracy in Death (1999), Loyalty in Death (1999), Witness in Death (2000), Judgment in Death (2000), Betrayal in Death (2001), ~Interlude in Death (2001), Seduction in Death (2001), Reunion in Death (2002), Purity in Death (2002), Portrait in Death (2003), Imitation in Death (2003), Divided in Death (2004), Visions in Death (2004), Survivor in Death (2005), Origin in Death (2005), Memory in Death (2006), ~Haunted in Death (2006), Born in Death (2006), Innocent in Death (2007), Creation in Death (2007), ~Eternity in Death (2007), Strangers in Death (2008), Salvation in Death (2008), ~Ritual in Death (2008), Promises in Death (2009), Kindred in Death (2009), ~Missing in Death (2009), Fantasy in Death (2010), Indulgence in Death (2010), ~Possession in Death (2010), Treachery in Death (2011), New York to Dallas (2011), ~Chaos in Death (2011), Celebrity in Death (2012), Delusion in Death (2012)

~ included in Anthologies

Also watched a few movies. Saw Skyfall. Meh. I was not that impressed, I thought it was pretty flat. None of the typical James Bond gadgetry or romance really. Casino Royale is still my favourite and probably the only one I'd watch more than once.

Also saw Life of Pi. Which I loved. Wow, I wasn't really sure how they'd manage to get it right, but they did. It had some pretty hectic bits tho so I'm not sure I'd take kiddies to see it ... although there were some in the cinema where I watched it.

3. Food
As is typical, I ate out plenty ... went to Greens for lunch with Jam and her gorgeous 5month old daughter :) Shared a tasty pizza.

Went to Knead Muizenberg on Boxing Day with Mom. The service was completely shocking ... and I wasn't all that impressed by the food either. I won't be going back.

Had lunch at Lola's on Long Street on my museum day with The Divine Miss M. Service also left a lot to be desired, but their food was delish :)

Stopped for lunch at Foordbarn in Noordhoek with Mom. Also very nice food :)

Had a lovely breakfast at Olympia Cafe with The Divine Miss M as well.

And yesterday, to distract me Mom and her boyf took me on a long drive out to Paternoster and we had lunch at Voorstrandt Restaurant. Which, although our food felt like it took ages (and they were packed), was quite nice :)

4. Places 
Mostly I've tried to keep busy and appreciate being in Cape Town, instead of curling up in bed with a book just to stop feeling so heart-broken.

I've done a drive around Cape Point, from Lakeside, along the main road ... all the way past Scarborough and Misty Cliffs and over Chapman's Peak (nice to be the passenger for a change).

We visited the absolutely amazing Green Point Park for our Grand Girl's picnic. Oh wow but that place is amazing and I'd highly recommend going. I loved it. A big Thumbs Up, Cape Town :)

Did 2 walks along Muizenberg beach, one with Mom and one with @WhizBangLouLou. A really nice change since I rarely go there usually ... usually we just go to our beach cottage, but it has been emptied out for renovations.

I walked along the coast with The Divine Miss M from Muienberg to Kalk Bay and back. That was fabulous.

And we did the drive out to Paternoster yesterday.

I'm still in Cape Town till Sunday. I feel like I'm just getting thru life at the moment. I suppose in that sense it is better to be back at work today. Mostly I just want to feel normal again.

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