From Barefoot Shopping to Having an Affair

What do barefoot shopping and having an affair in South Africa have in common?

Seeking advice on either of them will lead you to my blog.

You may not know this as a reader of blogs. But if you’re also a writer of blogs, you will nod knowingly when I tell you that we can sometimes be a bit, uh, obsessive about our blog statistics.

You power on your computer in the morning ...  Continue Reading

The Future of Joburg Expat

Having recently revealed that we’re about to be repatriated to the United States, many of my readers have asked, slightly alarmed, what that means for the future of Joburg Expat.

It’s a valid question. It was the very first question that came to my own mind. Before the ones about the new ...  Continue Reading

A Facebook Page for Joburg Expat

Creating a Facebook page for Joburg Expat has been my “most favorite to procrastinate” to-do for the better part of a year.

I’m not sure why. Maybe because I couldn’t really see the sense in it. But every blogger seems to have one. I mean, you really have to have a Facebook ...  Continue Reading

King Pageview

There once was a little boy who lived in a small village in the vast land of Borg, adjacent to the even vaster Kingdom of Moogle.

This boy had a gift. His gift was to make people laugh. When he could barely walk, he would make his parents topple over from laughter by his antics. When he was a little ...  Continue Reading

A New Look for Joburg Expat

If you’re reading this, you will have noticed that my blog has a new look. And if you read on, you’ll find out how it came about, but I suspect only fellow blogger will have any interest in that. If you’re not one of them, just take the day off:-)

Redesigning your blog is always a scary prospect. Your blog almost feels like your identity, and you’re reluctant to mess with it. It’s like deciding to get all your hair chopped off, or coloring it red. But sometimes it has to be done, especially when your good friend tells you it’s time because the header belongs in a museum. So you decide, oh well, putting a new picture in my header is way overdue, let’s do that quickly before I have to make breakfast in half an our. Okay, well, that precisely is the problem with me. “Do it quickly” is often my thought, but then my actions don’t pay any heed to that whatsoever. Before I know it, I’ll be immersed in it knee-deep, not emerging from that particular project until weeks later. I once decided to replace the knobs on my kitchen cupboards and ended up having the entire kitchen redesigned and rebuilt. And so it was with the new header for the blog. I didn’t have a good picture, so I decided to make a collage instead. Easy enough, I thought, with my newly acquired skills (or I should call it illusion of skills) in Photoshop, shown to me by the same friend a while ago. About three days later I had a satisfactory header image. What happened, you see, is that I discovered all this cool stuff you can do in Photoshop. Blur edges. Improve sharpness. Fade the image. Put the imagine in the wrong place by accident and find out that it actually looks cool when the ones behind are showing through. Go online and find a website where you can download actions that do much more than fade the image. And once you’re online so much looking at websites, you get new ideas from other people’s blogs as to what your header should look like.The good news is, I think I now finally understand the concept of layers and layer masks. I’m sure that’s got to count for something in life.

Of course I didn’t stop with the ...  Continue Reading

Good Friendship

One of the worst things about being an expat is that you always have to leave good friends behind. No matter how hard you try to stay in touch, it won’t be the same as when you saw each other every day. Social media makes it easier in some ways, but harder in others, because some people are ...  Continue Reading

My Mother Would have Loved Blogging

My mother died in 2003, almost nine years ago. It’s been a long time, but it doesn’t make it any less painful. I find  myself thinking about her often, and sometimes I have imaginary conversations with her, or I wonder what she would have thought of one thing or another. Last night, when ...  Continue Reading

Looking Back on 2011

It is the last day of they year, a most wondrous year, and it is time to reflect. But instead of telling you about the highlights of the last twelve months, let me just pick my ten favorite posts of the year – a trick I admit I copied from fellow blogger (and excellent writer!) Marie at Rock ...  Continue Reading