The Adventures of a Part Time Professional Gypsy (and her ginormous teddy thing)

Monday, January 20, 2014

100 days of happiness


  1. 1.
    the state of being happy.
    "she struggled to find happiness in her life"
    synonyms:contentmentpleasure, contentedness, satisfaction, cheerfulness,cheeriness,
    merriment, merriness, gaietyjoy, joyfulness, joyousness,joviality, jollity,
    jolliness, glee, blitheness, carefreeness, gladness,delight, good spirits,
    high spirits, light-heartedness, good cheer, well-beingenjoymentfelicity;
    blissfulness, euphoriabeatitude, transports of delight; 
    heaven,paradise, seventh heaven, cloud nine; 
    "her eyes shone with happiness"

So, recently I've had several friends invite me to take part in the 100 days of happiness challenge ( that's right- 100 whole days, how hard can that be? I mean if you're licking and living and being awesome surely you're always happy?

The catch is that you have to do 100 days in a row and not skip ANY!

I started on Friday and things were going great- I made two batches of home made chilli sauce before I took the bear out to the local weekly street party (jump up) and danced and looked at BBQd meat (its tough pretending to be a vegetarianist) and mingled with strange strangers...

On Saturday life greeted me with a hangover but I took it as an opportunity to take a day off my boat work (which i made up for with sweet corn fritters for breaky) and go for a flipping long kayak to investigate the neighboring bays and collect shells and lick unsuspecting locals and then invite people over for a pizza night...


And then Day 3 almost got the better of me...  I woke up with food poisoning and, when I finally felt safe to leave the bathroom, I spent the whole day grinding, sanding and aciding rust off our lovely steel boat- it was hard to smile... And it took so long I almost gave up on the idea of a kayak ashore to run on the beach... but even though the sun had set and there was the whole "never go to the beach after dark" safety thing, it redeemed my day and led me to pop in at a neighboring boat to borrow an egg (and somehow the egg survived the paddle) to salvage our black (no I'm not racist) bananas and transform them into banana bread [that I burned]... 

Only 3 days in and I nearly failed... 97 days of happiness lie ahead - and Im going to make them good!!! I reckon you should do it too... Life's too short to avoid happiness!

Coke cola use to use the phrase "open happiness" - but I've met too many people who have opened too much if their happiness and unfortunately canned happiness is not the real thing, it just makes you fat!!

2014s obviously going to be the best year ever - make sure you make it a happy one!

Why not lick an unsuspecting stranger today??

Friday, January 10, 2014

Lessons learned in the year 2000 and last year...

With 2013 came oldness and with oldness came more grey hair and with more grey hair comes more wisdom and wisdom should be shared... Here's what I learned last year... Maybe, just maybe, this helps you in 2014...although it probably won't...

1) shoelaces are not suitable for human consumption

2) not all pirates are friendly

3) tampons can cause death in both men and woman and are a favoritest amongst the items that pirates will loot when they pillage your boat

4) a giant teddy bear does not always make the ideal travel buddy. Especially when it comes to long distance cycling and mountain climbing....

5) you can make as many perfectly formed plans as you like, but life will lead you down a very random path regardless, normally in the wrong direction

6) you can't die if you have travel insurance

7) life's always better barefoot

8) vegetarians are people too

9) it's better to be heart broken than to be the one smashing up other people's hearts 

10) it doesn't matter how many times a day you accidentally rub chilli in your eye, it hurts EVERY time

11) the more you lick, the more you live

12) South Africans are probably the nicest people in the whole world

13) every good day begins with [chilli] coffee and ends with a sundowner

14) beer pong's more fun when you play with your mum

15) Cape Town is the most beautiful city in the world and is both the best and most dangerous place to be for Sunday night shenanigans

16) some parents have weird taste in the clothes they bestow on their offspring 

17) be careful who takes your picture, you never know what it might be used for

18) there is no "we" in "ice-cream"

19) get as many hugs as you can every single day, but be careful when in French territory because when you go in for the hug and they go in for the mandatory double cheek kiss, it often ends awkwardly

20) there is no cure for the travel bug

21) you can only die once, so make sure that you go out doing something awesome (in a very very very very long time that is) and remember life is short; go on holiday!