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Ramfest 2014

A week ago at this time I was busy packing up to leave Ramfest 2014; Ramfest, where do I begin? It was beyond anything I had ever imagined it would be. My mind was blown, repeatedly.

I finally got my ticket on Thursday afternoon and then went to fetch the rest of the camping stuff that I needed from my mate on Friday morning.

And then the road trip out to Witfontein began, might I add that I did not realise how “far” it was…!

Road Trippin'

We arrived at the site and before anything else could begin I opened up an ice cold Savanna… and then another, and then another. Thank goodness for the men that were willing to put my tent up (had I needed to do it myself however, I would have) but I didn’t 😉

Angie and I did a little exploring of the surroundings took place so that we could know where everything was before we got too tipsy and we were set!

Vuvuvultures were awesome, totally loved their vibe! Gangs of Ballet, always been a fave. Practically broke my neck head banging to Facing the Gallows, and look I do not really listen to Heavy Metal at all, but I absolutely love listening to these guys, their stage presence is something else. From this point on everything went South, in other words I was having the time of my life.


Losing our minds to Facing the Gallows (image credit to Tyrone Beynon)

Losing our minds to Facing the Gallows (image credit to Tyrone Beynon)

I loved what I can remember of Foals and Biffy Clyro… yes, what I can remember. What I did in between Foals and Biffy, I have no idea, I presume I floated around like a festival gypsy. I am pretty sure I swayed about listening to Prototype and Heazer at the Olmeca Stage before I then decided to send myself back to my tent. How I managed to find my tent is beyond me, but I woke up in it the next day.

Waking up on Saturday morning was hilarious, partly because I was still drunk. I missioned with Wes to go find the toilets and to go buy much needed coffee from one of the stalls, which was rather unsuccessful, but some friendly (clearly seasoned) festival campers saw us and offered us some coffee on the way past, I obviously looked like I needed the coffee in my leopard print PJ shorts! haha.

After eventually finding food I then decided it was time to sleep again, which was perfect because it started to rain and I was feeling like the dogs breakfast.

When I resurfaced out my tent I was ready for round two, and my mate Chantal had also arrived from Jozi so I had another partner in crime.

We went to the stages to go listen to the bands that were playing, Man As Machine were cool, heard them before, not the hugest fan. Loved Martin Rocka & The Sick Shop, Newtown Knife were good, did a little bit of that festival gypsy nonsense and THEN SHORTSTRAW. I can lose my freaking mind when I listen to them, in fact I did lose my mind. I am a proper groupie for them. I heard Pestroy from a distance, it was their last show for a while.


It was at this point on Saturday that sh*t really did go South and I floated from one stage to the next, pouring one drink after another into my cup. Trivium, Fuzigish and Killswitch Engage were disgustingly awesome. I blame them for having a seriously swollen throat on Sunday morning from screaming and singing, and for stiff calve muscles from bouncing, a lot of bouncing.


The rest of the night was spent dancing like crazy child at the Olmeca Stage, how I survived it back to my tent at the end of Saturday is also another clueless one, at least I did not wake up in a ditch of mud. I felt like I had been hit by a bus when I woke up on Sunday morning, my throat hurt, my back hurt, my legs hurt and my head hurt. I believe I had survived and won my first Ramfest.

Chantal and I broke camp down as fast as we could so that we could get home to Jo’burg after we woke up and my lovely car decided not to start, it was a painful 40 minutes before it finally managed to start and I could head back home alone. The road was muddy, my head was pounding, I felt sick, I needed sleep, I needed food, I needed my bed. I was interested in absolutely no human interaction at all.

I WILL BE GOING TO RAMFEST NEXT YEAR. But first, this year, I need to get to Sowing the Seeds and to OppiKoppi, and this time I will know what the hell to pack and expect.

Ramfest 2014 – EPIC! Another bucket list tick!

Ramfest JHB 2014

Dry Jan from Hell

So this month I have decided to embark on the crazy decision that I usually only make in November, a month of complete sobriety aka “Dry Jan”. I am not going to lie, for some reason doing this in January has been darn difficult! And let’s get real, I am no alcoholic; even though the way I go about it sometimes you would most likely think I am! I have also been told that when I am out and sober I tend to act just “as drunk” as the drunk people around me. This is called having fun, for all those who don’t know… You do not need to have a drink to be a fun person, nor to have a fun time.

I am over “Dry Jan” like a hole in the head. I want to be able to go to a braai and enjoy a couple of ice cold Savannas, I want to be able to arrange to meet up with a friend for after work drinks or a Saturday lunch and ease down to a glass or two of wine. Flip, maybe even a bottle! 🙂

This weekend, I may be going to a braai on Saturday and perhaps even Park Acoustics on Sunday. I am not sure yet, but I am also annoyed because of this restriction I have put in place for myself.

It’s already the 23rd day of the month and I have come this far and not had even a sip of alcohol to drink, in my books that’s pretty impressive. So I am in two minds about the whole thing, “wow, 23 days is great and that’s already proof right there that I have the strength to not drink.” also “I’ve already done 23 days and have come so far, what’s waiting another 8 days going to do?”

The main reason that I usually/or have stopped drinking in the month of November in the past has to become fit for the 94.7 cycle challenge, and I normally stop drinking until the race which is around the 17th of the month and then I have a drink after that. So not even a full month anyway.

I am fit and I am healthy at the moment. Possibly the healthiest I have been since I left Matric.

I’ve also figured out why this is bugging me so much, I have made a commitment to myself, “to not drink for a month” and once I make a commitment to something I stick to it. So there you have it, 8 days more of not a drop of booze to drink I guess it is!

Still not happy…

It Has Been A Great Year So Far!

It has been awhile since I have posted anything on my blog, which is sad because I absolutely love typing a bunch of words and sharing what is going on in my head. I have thought about many things to blog about but it’s like I never have the time anymore, or like I just can’t get what I want to say out.

Usually I share what has happened during the course of my year more towards the end of it, but I haven’t really posted much so I have decided to start now, better than late than never, right?

Nothing really exciting happened in January, I got back from my annual holiday from Umngazi and pretty much got stuck in my work. With only a couple of months to count down towards my Thailand holiday there wasn’t much on my mind, other than that.

February was another busy work month, it’s always one of the busiest times of the year for work. I remember at one stage I used to be busy with only work all the time, I never really had time for anything or anyone. Terrible. I also went to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert in Feb, which was a total blast. It was a spur of the moment decision to go, and although I paid R950.00 from my Thailand pocket money savings for the ticket it was totally worth it! The equivalent of a lady boyand a ping pong show! “dammit” 😉 haha

Squash league started in March, I won my first match, little did I know I would lose every single other one until the very last game! I proudly submitted my 3rd ever rooms budget in March, and I say proudly because what I produce especially when it comes to those figures is a total work of art. I love my work and I love watching how something like that comes together.  On the 23rd March at approximately 13:40 my plane lifted off headed towards Bangkok. No words can even come close to explaining how excited I was, I was going to a foreign country, on my own for 2 whole weeks. And it was absolutely amazing, it changed me forever, read more about that here – Thailand & Contiki Thai Hopper West Tour 2013.

On the 6th April I landed back in SA, I remember walking through the International arrivals towards my parents feeling like a completely different person, it was official. The travel bug had definitely bitten me. Over the course of that weekend while my parents were visiting I moved into my new, bigger garden cottage. Absolutely love it. Attended an awesome 3 day assistant managers conference with fellow managers in my company, threw pies at people, as one does. I started getting quite involved with various Community projects through work as the CSI committee head, which has a massive impact on me personally.

May pretty average as far as anything was concerned, although a highlight was probably going on the Jozi Red Bus Tour with my bestest, Linelle. I remember looking at myself in the mirror at work one day and deciding that I need to really do something about my skin condition on my face and immediately made an appointment to see a specialist at Skin Renewal, I have been going to one chemical peel and mircoderm abrasion facial every month since and can definitely say that I am finally starting to see an improvement. I was feeling extremely restless in May. All I remember is that I became restless at work, I wanted to move to the UK, I wanted to change jobs, I wanted to move away, change careers, I stopped going to gym and being fit and healthy. Eventually I applied for a different job in my company, which I did not get, in hindsight I am glad that I didn’t because I realise the job was not for me and I would have been equally as unhappy as I was.

On the 11th May I did my first Warrior Race, and on the 12th May, I did my second Warrior Race, yes clearly I was crazy at the time, I loved it! Luckily I was still quite fit so I did not kill myself. I went to watch Prime Circle Unplugged session live at The Venue in Melrose on the 20th,  they were amazing! Perhaps May wasn’t quite average after all?

June, hmmm.. went to watch another band live, The Parlotones Unplugged session at The Venue, also enjoyed them, but their opening band was ISO, whom I absolutely adore! The 12th of June 2013 will forever be one of the most heartbreaking days of my life, I have never had to deal with “tradegy” or with death, my dearest love of my life Charlie Chaplin passed after being on oxygen for 2 hours in the early hours of the morning. I sobbed for hours until I eventually passed out. Lately, I have been really teary and missing him again. There is nothing that I could say that could explain how precious he was to me, I always tell people that CharlieC was my saving grace during an extremely dark time in my life in 2011, he saved me and was my company helping me come out of that place. He is and will always be dearly missed in my life. I was “lucky” enough to have taken that long weekend off in June to go away with my parents to the Midlands, which was so much fun. I loved spending the weekend with them, the Midlands is quite pretty, a bit overrated but also beautiful at the same time. I showered in an outside shower overlooking the grass paddocks in the freezing cold and climbed to the top of trees hanging upside down and feeling like a kid again. My Mom & I did a tree top canopy tour which was on my bucket list, it was great fun! On the 22nd June I did another Warrior Race, which wasn’t as fun as I was not fit and I felt I was letting my team down.

Monkey Girl

I went to my first night market in Maboneng in July, it was fun. Glad I did it. Nothing to write home about… Had the privilege of attending the Starlight Express SA show at the Jo’burg Theatre. Great production! I also finally went to visit my Ouma in Mpumalanga after not seeing her for almost a year, I am a terrible Grandchild, really. I should make more effort, she is precious to me. That weekend my cousin also taught me how to ride an off road motorbike, another bucket list tick! On the 18th July for Mandela Day I cycled for 67 minutes for R67 for a good cause, waking up easn’t easy and I did not have much of a personality for the rest of the day.

August, BIRTHDAY month!! It was great, but only because I spent an entire week away in the Kruger Park with my amazing parents and then had a great dinner with them and my bestest and her hubby to celebrate my Birthday. Got to go up to Randlords for some music event and heard Newton 2nd Law and others live, SA music is the best! I finally cycled my first Critical Mass ride on the 30th August, it was an absolute blast! Will totally do it again. Pinkie Fest was so awesome again this year, it was on the 31st and there was some great musicians and DJs playing there. The people that I partied with were awesome.

After a bloody mad last week of August I started September off with a bang at the Zwartkops annual round table charity bed race, such a blast, I designed the bed this year, it was a milkshake and burger diner car. And I got to wear a bright pink tutu! I also applied for two jobs which I was interviewed for, hopefully will be hearing about what is going on there within the next 48 hours. Holding thumbs for the outcome. It will not be easy either way, but change is needed and I am ready for it. This past weekend I went to a braai hosted at one of my new squash friend’s house and it was such a jol, I learnt how to play Petanique, Google it. It is so much fun. After an entire day of drinking I then decided it would be a bright idea to carry on partying and then proceeded to go out again to Acoustic Cafe in Randburg with some mates. Let’s just say that I am a lightweight when it comes to drinking, so I felt really sorry for myself on Sunday morning.

It has been an awesome year so far, my number one goal for myself is to get fit again, stop drinking and start eating healthy. The next Warrior Race is up in October and then 94.7 cycle challenge is around the corner. I also need to throw in a few 10km running races in there somewhere.

The next date that I am looking forward to is this coming Saturday which is my best friend, Linelle’s Birthday. Which also reminds me, Happy Birthday for today my friend. You are an amazing person and I am really lucky you have you in my life. We may not see each other every day but you are still one of the best people to come into my life in the last year. Thank you for everything!

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