Half-birthdays, Ariana Grande hair and the non-seven year itch

If you’re not a teenybopper, you may have no idea who Ariana Grande is and thus be scratching your head in confusion at this week’s blog title. Don’t worry, you actually have ‘one less, one less probbblemmm‘ – all you need to know is that this past weekend my hair was sort of similar to her signature style. Except I don’t have extensions and she does. And hers looks professional and mine looks, well, messy. Thanks, Cape wind. (Click here to see hers and just scroll on down to see the pics of me below, or click on the first link to hear the earworm).

But I digress. As always.

It was a monster of a week in the Andrews household as we had my half-birthday (eep, yes, 30.5, gnash teeth, pull out grey hair, etc etc),  and to top it all, along came our seven year wedding anniversary… the one where everyone warns you of the ‘seven-year itch’. The Wikipedia page explaining the phenomenon isn’t too convincing though. Dustmites? Marilyn Monroe? Hmm. And then there’s the ultimate in ‘reputable journalism’, the Daily Mail – read this, it’s actually riveting!

But don’t despair, we’re made of stronger stuff than that. And if you think about it, we’re actually into our eighth year together. So wipe away those tears and join the celebration! Yes, a HUGE celebration is on the cards, pull out those streamers and party hats because… we bought a house, kids! Well, technically the bank agreed to buy one for us and we agreed to pay them back for it. But still!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014: Half-birthday present presented after longggg day at work (finished just before 10pm!)

Half-birthday gift from Husband and doggy children - my very own popcorn maker!
Half-birthday gift from Husband and doggy children – my very own popcorn maker!

Gorgeous, fresh popcorn! Not a drop of oil or butter involved!
Gorgeous, fresh popcorn! Not a drop of oil or butter involved!

Friday, 22 August 2014: Half-birthday lunch with Mum and Dad at Italian Club

(Half) Italian parents, back from Italian holiday, lunching at Italian Club for my half-birthday
(Half) Italian parents, back from Italian holiday, lunching at Italian Club for my half-birthday

I was there too (Friday was my day off last week as I worked the Sunday prior) - mmm gnocchi, my best
I was there too (Friday was my day off last week as I worked the Sunday prior) – mmm gnocchi, my best

Friday's also the day we got the good news: Look at that sold sign! It's for us! Eep! So proud/nervous/excited!
Friday’s also the day we got the good news: Look at that sold sign! It’s for us! Eep! So proud/nervous/excited!

Saturday, 24 August 2014: Gourmet Boerie lunch and sad, wet dogs

Fantastic coffee shake from Gourmet Boerie (our 'we bought a house' treat). It even came with a special twisty swirl around the straw. See the Ariana Grande hair
Fantastic coffee shake from Gourmet Boerie (our ‘we bought a house’ treat). It even came with a special twisty swirl around the straw. See the Ariana Grande hair

The is what we ate - mini boerie poppers with various dippy sauces, and the Mexican Boerie with guacomole and  skinny fries. Black Label bottle is just serving as table decoration
The is what we ate – mini boerie poppers with various dippy sauces, and the Mexican Boerie with guacomole and skinny fries. Black Label bottle is just serving as table decoration

Look at that face! Sad/wet/fluffy Bertie after he had a bath. Because he'd rolled his neck in something mucky, of course
Look at that face! Sad/wet/fluffy Bertie after he had a bath. Because he’d rolled his neck in something mucky, of course

Sad, wet Bassie also had a bath so she wouldn't feel left out (OK she doesn't really look sad here)
Sad, wet Bassie also had a bath so she wouldn’t feel left out (OK she doesn’t really look sad here)

Now THAT's a sad Bassie (No idea why this time. T'was hours later and she was dry)
Now THAT’s a sad Bassie (No idea why this time. T’was hours later and she was dry)

My sweet dog loves being upside down
My sweet dog loves being upside down

A custard kronut thing for supper! So yum
A custard kronut thing for supper! So yum

Sunday, 24 August 2014: lucky morning at Grand West Casino, lunch at Petiscos, beach ramble, tea at Mum’s

Our spoils from the casino! We never bet very much so are always ridiculously pleased with our winnings (More Ariana Grande hair)
Our spoils from the casino! We never bet very much so are always ridiculously pleased with our winnings (More Ariana Grande hair)

Dad and me displaying our drinks at Petiscos
Dad and me displaying our drinks at Petiscos

Lip-smackingly good Portuguese food.
Lip-smackingly good Portuguese food.

See? We made a heart, with our hands. True love, that
See? We made a heart, with our hands. True love, that

Pretty flower spotted when we went on a beach ramble
Pretty flower spotted when we went on a beach ramble

Fields of flowers! Who cares if they're weedy, that looks like the first signs of Spring to me
Fields of flowers! Who cares if they’re weedy, that looks like the first signs of Spring to me

The mountain! With 'crashing rocks'! (What I tend to call rocks that waves crash over)
The mountain! With ‘crashing rocks’! (What I tend to call rocks that waves crash over)

He watched, he listened, then he jumped in, as he does
He watched, he listened, then he jumped in, as he does

Dunked and tumbled! I'd have called for help if I couldn't see he was still actually standing safely and not being swept out to sea
Dunked and tumbled! I’d have called for help if I couldn’t see he was still actually standing safely and not being swept out to sea

Ariana Grande hair gets very windblown if you live in Cape Town
Ariana Grande hair gets very windblown if you live in Cape Town

Pre-anniversary kisses on the beach
Pre-anniversary kisses on the beach

Peppermint Crisp cupcakes at Mum's! Just because!
Peppermint Crisp cupcakes at Mum’s! Just because!

Monday, 25 August 2014: Seventh wedding anniversary – half-price sunset curries at Inside, Big Bay

Anniversary drinks!
Anniversary drinks!

Anniversary curries!
Anniversary curries!

Anniversary Kinder Joy from Mum and Dad :)
Anniversary Kinder Joy from Mum and Dad 🙂

That’s all, folks! 🙂 Looks like another sunny weekend on its way…

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