Monday, woke up in Pearl Valley, drove to Stellenbosch, phone chat with Dirk, coffee with Eduan, ginger shot at the gym and a 1km swim, found some swimming ‘power paddles’, drove to Cape Town, ostrich burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, sunset podcast promenade walk.
Tuesday, morning podcast walk to Clifton, weekly meeting, lunch at Strolla, nap, sunset walk – we can visit the beach again and have drinks.
Wednesday, up early, coffee in De Waterkant, found some new (zero drop) trail shoes, gym, swim – with my new paddles, car wash, breakfast in Green Point, we found an ankle bracelet, Waterfront shopping, a beer at Den Anker – it’s been a while, Point Mall, nap, weekly meeting, dinner with Wouter, Rene and Justin, after sunset podcasts promenade walk.
Thursday, 1km swim with Rene, a last lunch at La Tete with Wouter, Sonja and Rene, nap, weekly meeting.
Friday, up early, podcast walk to Clifton, weekly backups, lunch at Glen Carlou, wine tasting at Nobel Hill.
“The cure to boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker
Saturday, braai at Jacques’.
Deprivation is usually a good cure – for modern problems.
Sunday, fetched Mia, Franschhoek, Anura wine tasting, lunch at cosetcha – very good, wine tasting at Glen Carlou, swim, some Tannat red with Wouter and Rene, time well spent.
Monday, woke up in Bantry Bay, a quick walk to Clifton, random tinkering, Waterfront – we got Mia an Apple watch S5, 40mm + Silver + White strap, I got a watch cover (which was a good idea until the first swim), salads for supper with Wouter and Rene.
Tuesday, a walk to Camps Bay with Rene, meeting at Strolla, gym, sunset braai with Wouter, Rene and Luke.
I think I’m starting to look like a swimmer again. I fit in my 2019 trousers.
Wednesday, breakfast at Stepbrothers with Wouter, general tinkering, some creative writing, 1km swim with Mia, iOS and WatchOS upgrade day, we configured Mia’s watch for GSM use (Vodacom OneNumber) – now I can bug her even when she forgets her phone, weekly meeting.
Thursday, morning podcast prom walk, played graphic designer, 1km swim with Mia, car wash, Waterfront, haircut, shopping, salads at Col’caccio, network meeting, backups.
It’s becoming fairly easy to swim 1km. I think I should start swimming 1.6km at a time.
Friday, packing, fetched some flowers at Dalewood, lunch at De Meye – always great, took a walk around Pleasantville.
Saturday, up early, breakfast at The Yard, 1km swim in the 50m pool, Paarl Mall, made salad tacos, face masks and bubbly.
Sunday, overcast morning, took the dog for a walk, 1km swim, breakfast at The Yard, fetched Mia, Waterfont shopping, early supper at Lily’s, Moro Gelato, rainy walk phone chat with Jacques, watched The Big Lebowski again.
Health week 5/8, not the best health week, but lost 1kg.
Another last week of holiday.
Monday, woke up in Scarborough, Jacques and family left early, first day of (online) school for Mia, nap, shopping outing with Mia, sunset flaneuring walk to Scarborough beach, long phone chat.
Tuesday, up early, general tinkering, mobility routine, nap, Campari, braai with Nick, Simone, Wouter and Rene.
Wednesday, 6km flaneuring walk to Misty Cliffs with Rene, general tinkering with Nick, braai.
Thursday, beach house co-working, we made gourmet burgers with some pinot noir, nap, 1km swim with Mia at the Sun Valley gym, dinner with Wouter and Rene.
Friday, random tinkering, meeting, food shopping with Mia and a 1km swim, fillet braai in the weber with Jacques and family.
Saturday, brunch at the Noordhoek Foodbarn, Imhoff farm visit, nap, took a walk with Jacques around Scarborough, we braaied a picanha on the weber, watched Sideways again – rad movie.
I got to use my car’s auto hill decent feature this week – Scarborough has some steep roads.
Sunday, walked to the beach, we made gourmet burgers, packing, drove back to Cape Town, Gardens Center, Waterfront book and tea shopping, Moro Gelato, 1km swim with Mia, sunset promenade walk, time well spent.
I made a deal with Mia that she has to close her Apple watch rings, record 10k steps per day, and record 5km swim per week.
Health week 4/8. 95kg – back to pre-lockdown weight.
Monday, gym, swim, nap, took my laptop for a keyboard repair, went window shopping at Orms – was looking at the R6 with RF 85mm lens, watched the squirrel show – no real news, watched Tenet – excellent movie – but it seems you need to watch it twice – with headphones and subtitles.
I was scratching my head about buying a camera. Then I realised, all the things I used to like taking photos of are not really happening at the moment. Social events, friends, Mia, AfrikaBurn, travel. iPhone seems fine for photo needs at present.
2020 = things went remote.
CIAG reached 50k FB likes.
Tuesday, morning promenade walk, configured my old Macbook Pro to be useful for a few days, BIA machine visit, 1km swim with Rene, Waterfront – got some new shades on special, Mykonos Taverna lunch, nap, took a sunset walk to the Waterfront with Wouter.
My current diet: fasted swims, two walks per day, one Paleo meal per day, usually around 3pm, close fitness rings on the Apple watch, 10k steps per day, aim for around 300g fat loss per day.
Wednesday, up early to reboot a server, took a walk to Clifton, 1km swim with Rene, rice-free sushi at Nuri, prom walk, weekly meeting, another prom walk.
Thursday, took a walk to Clifton, renewed a car licence, fetched my laptop – the space bar is happy again, Wembley gym, sushi salad, nap, misty prom walk.
I suspect I had some Campari under that space bar.
Queuing to get into gym is lame.
Friday, morning walk, 1km swim with Rene, poke bowls at Mojo, nap, laundry, backups, nap, sunset promenade walk.
“I know I could have loved you,
but you would not let me” — Fleetwood Mac
How rad would it be if you could just combine all the good parts of your top 5 past relationships.
Song Exploder, ep2: The Killers – Hmm. It’s a bit dishonest that they use footage from Miss Atomic Bomb tour video, but still a nice episode.
Saturday, breakfast at Stepbrothers with Wouter, packing, fetched Mia, coastal road drive to Scarborough, swimming, drone flying – if you take the little safety cage off it really goes crazy high up, campari, braai with Jacques and family.
Sunday, woke up in Scarborough, Jacques made brunch, I took Mia swimming gear shopping – Joe’s Swimming Academy – not trivial shopping with a teenager – I got a new swimming cap, 1km swim at Westlake Virgin Active, campari, braai, nap, caught up on some blogging – I was 3 weeks behind.
Health week 3/8, back under 100kg. One meal per day.
New respect for – and focus on – staying active and healthy.
No alcohol for the rest of January, well – more like very little – only on weekends.
Monday, woke up at the Arabella, morning walk, swim, hair cuts at Somerset Mall, Plumstead, Pearl Valley, Bantry Bay, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk.
Tuesday, BIA machine visit with Rene, gym, swim, weekly meeting, long phone chat with Jacques, nap, sunset podcast promenade walk to the Waterfront.
Hot cold relationships, when to quit: when the hangover goes on much longer than the party.
Wednesday, swim, Waterfront to fetch an Airpod Pro replacement, sunset promenade walk to Camps Bay with Rene.
“The world is not shaped by fence sitters.”
Thursday, 1km swim with Rene – Joe’s swimming academy, oysters at Mojo market, we made ginger and turmeric shots, laundry day, La Tete dinner box, sunset podcast promenade walk, long phone chat with Anton in Belgium.
The world has gone a bit crazy lately. Next 5 years are going to get weirder. Communism without the socialism.
No deal is better than a bad deal. Not getting a deal is not a sin. Taking a long time to not get a deal is a sin. So… 1) Good deal. 2) No deal. 3) Bad deal. 4) No deal, taking a long time.
Friday, early morning promenade walk, coffee at Stepbrothers with Wouter, I drove to Franschhoek, we had a late lunch at Lust Bistro at Vrede & Lust.
Saturday, woke up at Vrede & Lust, we went swimming at the Val De Vie 50m pool, Paarl Mall to buy some shoes and a shirt (for dinner) – I figured out it’s been more than a year since I had to wear formal shoes, afternoon at Moreson with King Julian, nap, last date at Rust & Vrede – excellent food – I was a bit late so had to drive faster than usual – which was fun, kinda managed to get trapped by the 9pm curfew – awkward.
Monday, woke up at Mont Rochelle nature reserve in Franschhoek, packing and cleaning, drove to Stellenbosch with Wouter and Rene, farm visit around Kylemore, we dropped Rene off in Cape Town, ENNI upgrade day, take-out curry supper with Wouter and Rene, weekly video meeting, in bed early.
Tuesday, woke up in Bantry Bay, packing, quick shops visit in Sea Point, drove to Pearl Valley, we did a wine tasting at Plaisir de Merle, Babylonstoren check-in, we did the cellar tour and wine tasting – pretty amazing experience – do it, back to Pearl Valley, back to Babylonstoren, we had supper at Babel – always great.
Wednesday, woke up at Babylonstoren, epic breakfast at Babel – wow, we took a walk around the farm and explored the scented / honey room, wine tasting (sans cellar tour), afternoon at the spa pool, dinner at Babel.
Thursday, woke up at Babylonstoren again, farm breakfast, we took a road trip to the Breede Valley, Bosjes spa day and lunch at Bosjes Kombuis, Wood Wide Web podcast drive back to Paarl via R101, shopping, fetched some wine, sunset drive to Cape Town with a James soundtrack, braai with Wouter, Rene and Luke – and some Babel red, epic sleep.
Babylonstoren is really special – great quality and attention to detail – and 100% Afrikaans – which is rad.
Friday, gym with Wouter and breakfast at Stepbrothers, played courier and visited Mouille Point, nap, sunset prom walk, braai.
The last few days have been very busy – time for holiday chill time.
Origin of the heart symbol: “…might have to do with a North African plant. During the seventh century B.C., the city-state of Cyrene * had a lucrative trade in a rare, now-extinct plant: silphium. Although it was mostly used for seasoning, silphium was reputed to have an off-label use as a form of birth control. The silphium was so important to Cyrene’s economy that coins were minted that depicted the plant’s seedpod, which looks like the heart shape we know today. The theory goes that the heart shape first became associated with sex, and eventually, with love.”
Saturday, slept late, Freedom Day, I did as little as possible, notes and photo processing, nap, Son-of-a-Butcher visit, braai with Adrian, Wouter and Rene – and a Chamonix Chardonnay.
Pro tip: braai steak until exactly 48degC.
Quick 2020 reflection / highlights:
The lockdown and winter combo really sucked
I’m a bit sad I did not use the time to learn more things
Grew a Facebook page to 50k likes, nice learning experience
Cape Independence gained a lot of momentum
Mia adjusted well to high school
I adjusted well to being a full time dad, in the winelands
I explored a respectable number of wine farms in the area
Atomic doubled in size
I met someone cool
Major lesson of 2020: adapt quicker
Sunday, breakfast at Stepbrothers with Wouter, laundry day, gourmet hot dogs on the patio, nap, took a long walk to the Waterfront with Rene, got a new iPhone case (mil spec 810G) and a champagne stopper, we had a beer at Den Anker.
Airpods Pro was a bad idea. I moved back to using Airpods2 – better design – better ux – less complexity.
Wednesday, up at 05:00, we had breakfast at Lily’s, fetched Mia for her Waterfront shopping day – while we had a beer at La Parada and mussels at Den Anker, quick ~promenade walk, biltong shopping at the Granger Bay night market, Cod Father sushi with Mia and Rene and some Charles Fox bubbly – yum, sunset Glen Beach walk with Mia and Rene, drinks with Wouter and Rene at home, time well spent.
Thursday, year-end lunch at Camps Bay retreat, sipping tequila at Michael’s new house.
Friday, road trip to Franschhoek with Wouter and Rene.
Saturday, woke up at Mont Rochelle nature reserve, 14km hike, braai.
Sunday, chilling, bubbly drinking and braai in paradise – spectacular views all around, time well spent.
Remember kids, never let a woman be cold, tired, or hungry – or get blisters on her feet.
Tuesday, school run, I made a map, packing, realised I had more (lockdown) drinks and wine than really necessary, dropped Mia off in Stellenbosch, Exitlude drive, another storage unit visit.
Stating the obvious, but moving is stressful. Feeling much more chilled after.
Mia’s exams went well, B+ for maths and A for natural science. My nagging seems to help.
Wednesday, woke up in Stellenbosch – Bartinney Wine Farm, last school run for the year, Stellenbosch gym, swim and sauna, food shopping with Mia, nap, sunset vineyard walk, supper with Mia, in bed early.
“Men learn to love the woman they are attracted to. Women learn to become attracted to the man they fall in love with.” — Woody Allen
Thursday, up early, made some FB ads, we took a walk around the farm, pool and bubbly day, epic afternoon, time very well spent.
Friday, dropped Mia off in Franschhoek, Bartinney day with Wouter and Rene, tasting room, swim, live music, braai – with the flagship Bartinney cab, time well spent.
Saturday, woke up at Bartinney, Cape Independence march in Stellenbosch with Wouter and Rene – Wouter and I played photographer, pool visit with Wouter, Rene, David, Ollie and Justin, braai, nap, photo processing with a Jamey.
Remember remember the 5th of December. March video, and another video.
Sunday, woke up at Bartinney, breakfast at DeliCat with Wouter and Rene, drove to Cape Town.
I’ve been playing with sleep tracking in WatchOS7 and reading about HRV – check out your daily HRV readings – very interesting.
Wednesday, school run, Stellenbosch gym – epic steam room visit, shopping with Mia, biltong shopping, La Motte wine tasting, afternoon at Nikki’s – collected some bubbly, nap, time well spent.
Pro tip: rather drive to the Stellenbosch VA gym than visit the Paarl one.
Thursday, school run, Boschendal breakfast laptop tinkering, Paarl Mall, nap.
Remember kids: strong convictions loosely held.
Friday, took a drive to Franschhoek with a Fleetwoood Mac soundtrack, biltong shopping, Grande Provence bubbly and oysters happy hour, club house sushi, time well spent.
Saturday, windy morning walk, planning session, Campari, braai – with some La Motte bubbly, we watched Cocktail again – rad movie, time well spent.
“Anything else is always something better”, “Never show surprise, never lose your cool”, “Beer is for breakfast around here, drink or be gone.”, “A man will always be judged on the amount of alcohol he can consume. And a woman will be impressed, whether she likes it or not.”, “There are two kinds of people in this world, the workers and the hustlers. The hustlers never work and the workers never hustle.”, “Never tell tails about a woman, she’ll hear you no mater how far away she is.” — Coughlin’s Law
Wednesday, school run, gym in Stellenbosch, Leeu Estate spa day – only people at the spa, weekly meeting, time well spent.
Thursday, up early, morning podcast walk, school run, Mia’s first exam day, breakfast at Boschendal, fetched Mia from school, Paarl Mall visit, my 2nd pilates class, roast chicken supper, white wine spritzers and white chocolate, we watched When Harry Met Sally again – pretty sure I’ve seen it 15+ times.
Friday, up early, morning podcast walk, school run, Boschendal, fetched Mia, pool visit.
Saturday, Mia did some dog sitting, Cape Town day, breakfast with Wouter and Rene at Camps Bay Retreat – always nice, a beer at Den Anker, in the words of Mr Fox: a clustercuss of an afternoon – involving a visit to The Westin Spa – comedy of errors, drove home with Disintegration – The Cure soundtrack.
That pool and sauna on the 19th floor is pretty cool.
Sunday, breakfast with Mia at the club house, had a bit of a no drama llama moment – remember kids: “simplicate and add lightness”, finished watching When Harry Met Sally – great movie, afternoon walk, watched The Princess Bride again, long facetime chat with Jacques with some Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry red – probably me favourite red wine at the moment, standing desk blogging and photo processing with a Counting Crows soundtrack.
“Harry Burns: There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.
Sally Albright: Which one am I?
Harry Burns: You’re the worst kind. You’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.” — When Harry Met Sally
Mia and I agreed that I can not date anybody that’s into socialism or likes white chocolate.