Coca-Cola in Glass Bottles

We’re having quite a bit of heat here in Pretoria, at least from my perspective. It’s currently around 27ºC (around 80ºF) and this is supposedly still springtime. Days like this I could really go for a nice, icy Coca-Cola. And that makes me think about the funny things we occasionally debate in the states: the … More Coca-Cola in Glass Bottles

Cooking Favorite Recipes with South African Ingredients

First, let’s get one thing clear: I love South Africa. I’ve been told this is still the “honeymoon phase,” having only lived here now for 3 months of our two year contract, but I honestly don’t see it changing. Because that’s not who I am or how I view the world. It’s not a lack … More Cooking Favorite Recipes with South African Ingredients

Red, White and Blue…Green, Brown, Pink?

Happy Independence Day to my American Readers! Tonight, Kurt and I will re-watch The Patriot, one of the movies we brought with us on our South African adventure. I was imagining what my friends at home might be doing today: eating a hot dog, going to Starbucks, maybe watching a parade and having candy and … More Red, White and Blue…Green, Brown, Pink?

Canned Orange Juice, Anyone? (And a “Cuddly” Lion Cub)

In the growing list of oddities that comprise our experience in South Africa, so far, is a concoction that tastes more like “Tang” than orange juice. There are places that have fresh squeezed juice, but several where we’ve requested orange juice in the mornings have presented us with this can and a glass. Shake. Pour. … More Canned Orange Juice, Anyone? (And a “Cuddly” Lion Cub)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Marla? Or, Maybe I’m Shadowcat?

I have a genetic mutation. It is not the intangible phasing of Shadowcat (one I might choose if given a choice). Less exciting, mine is a hereditary blood-clotting mutation. I don’t think “throwing clots” is listed in any X-Men superpowers. Oh whoopty do. I think if they did extensive DNA testing on more people, they … More Teenage Mutant Ninja Marla? Or, Maybe I’m Shadowcat?

Hey! Who Put Mojo on Marla!?!?!? (And When Can We Use the Terlet Again?)

I’m sitting here typing during what has to be one of the worst premature atrial contraction attacks in a long while. Basically, that just means I’m in the middle of a shit-ton of extra heartbeats that pretty much drive me bonkers and make me feel like I’m going to die. (I am not going to … More Hey! Who Put Mojo on Marla!?!?!? (And When Can We Use the Terlet Again?)

“Protein Makes Me Gag!” (is What She Said)

Come on. Seriously? Quit being so juvenile. This is a FITNESS post. I had absolutely no intention of suckering you into yet another nonsexual post with a sneakily-titled innuendo. According to my trainer and my online coach, I need a LOT more protein and water. It’s not the first time I’ve been told to eat … More “Protein Makes Me Gag!” (is What She Said)