Daddy’s Little Girl

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Scrolling through the Twittersphere this morning, I came across a series of tweets brought back memories and some realisations. Someone was tweeting about the effect her relationship with her father had on her romantic relationships with the men in her life. She spoke of how much effort her father made for her and her family to live comfortably, how he was there to sacrifice and provide for them and that although she never grew up rich, they were always comfortable. This is something that is rare in the majority of our country.

She spoke of how she always looked up to her father and would consciously or unconsciously compare her boyfriend at the time to her father. She never witnessed any fights between her parents, to her, they never argued and she thought they had the perfect family. This of course led to her not being able to deal with any type of conflict and as soon as any problems would pop up in her relationship, she would bolt for the nearest exit, afraid to fight it out.

This reflection made me think of my own life. I’ve always been close with my father; we’re often told we have similar traits and ways of dealing with things. I have many awesome memories of our childhood and the fun we had on Saturday mornings after dropping my mom off at work in the CBD. We would go out for breakfast, and then stroll through flea markets where he would buy me random, pretty things, he fussed over me and still fusses over me, except once you’re an adult, it’s more annoying than cute. However still to this day, I’ll admit I’m somewhat of a “Daddy’s Girl”.

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I’ve realised that I made comparisons between my boyfriends and my father in the past and even at present. I would constantly compare the effort made and the manner in which things were done, often unfairly as no one had the same upbringing and childhood (unless of course you’re siblings). This is only natural I guess, as your father is the first male presence in your life as child, (I realise this is not always the case for some). Generally the perception of who males are and what their roles are in society is shaped by what you see and experience from having your father around, this is how you perceive men to always be when you’re young.

My father was and still is, to me a fine example of the typical doting dad and family man. He has his flaws and failings, but he takes his role in the home and workplace very seriously and I will always look up to him for that. However I have come to realise that I cannot expect the exact same treatment from the guys I date. Sure there are certain values and morals that I refuse to compromise on but they cannot and will not be exactly like my father. There are traits and quirks that set them apart, ways of doing things, as well as how they show their love.

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I suppose the sooner I make peace with this and learn to accept and appreciate the differences; perhaps I will open myself to new experiences and a fresh perspective on love.

SG – A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way. – Anonymous

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When You Love Two People At Once

This post..well just have a read…

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Love is both a feeling and an action. Loving two people at once is a little more complicated.

The feeling is simple. Meet somebody. Find them attractive. Find them funny. Find them quirky, find them refreshing, find them to be everything your partner is not. Call it lust, call it love. Call it something, because at the very least, it is something. You cannot deny that.

Lie awake at night. Picture their skin. Think of their body. Re-live each thrilling conversation in your minds eye and consider the thought of being with them. Fight down butterflies. Fight the urge to call them. Turn over thoughts in your mind that make you shiver with a strange electricity. Call it love.

The feeling of love is a simple one… in the beginning. It’s the one you felt years ago when meeting your partner for the first time. It’s the one that…

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Rebloggged: 6 Ways Your Ex Shapes Who You Are | Thought Catalog

Greetings y’all. Hope Monday has been kind to you thus far and that your weekend was awesome in more ways than one. Just stumbled across this article on Thought Catalog and it really struck me. I’ve had my fair share of break-ups, not in quantity but in quality and what the writer speaks about in this article just makes so much sense to me. It also brings back a ton of memories that make me  want to both laugh and cry. Guess I’m feeling sentimental today. Anyway, click on the link and see if this applies to you at all. 🙂 SG – We are defined not by material possessions, but by the feelings in our heart and the madness that is love. (I literally just made up that quote as I typed it…)

6 Ways Your Ex Shapes Who You Are

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Friday Tunes: My YouTube playlist

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Weekend is upon us dolls! I don’t think there’s anyone who’s more relieved than me at this point in time! I’m proud to say that I’ve survived a rather intense work week and managed to get most of my work out the way and for that, I shall indeed celebrate with a cocktail or 3 tonight 😉

Just to set the mood and help you ease in to weekend vibes, I’ve included a link to my YouTube weekend playlist. These awesome tunes definetly get me going whether I’m getting ready for a night on the town or chilling in the comfort of my sanctuary (a.k.a my room).

Enjoy!

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SG – Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind,  flight to the imagination and life to everythIng – Anonymous

Recipe: Chicken Pesto Pasta bake

Good morning! It’s nearly weekend so hang in there dolls, for some (read: me) it’s been one helluva week and I’m thrilled to see that not-too-distant light at the end of the tunnel.

For today’s post, I thought I’d cater to all the aspiring foodies out there by giving you the recipe to my delicious chicken pasta. I believe that every girl needs to have at least three recipes that shes perfected. Trust me, as old as this advice may be, the way to a man’s heart is indeed through his stomach 😉

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The great thing about this recipe is that you can tweak and add to it as you like, when I make this pasta it never comes out the same way twice which great as I quite like the varying tastes of the dish. Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Chicken and Pesto Pasta bake

Ingredients:

• 1 Onion, chopped
• Garlic (cloves or paste)
• Green, red or yellow peppers
• 1 pack chicken fillets
• Desired spices (barbeque, Cajun, paprika, peri-peri, salt, ground pepper, etc)
• 1 pack of 250g pasta (fettucine, tagliatelle or linguine)
• Soy sauce (to brown the chicken)
• 250ml fresh cream
• Coriander pesto/ Red pesto
• Few leaves of Coriander
• Grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Method:

• Braise the chopped onion in virgin olive oil in a non-stick frying pan.
• Add a teaspoon of garlic to the onion.
• Cut the defrosted chicken fillets into strips. Add this to the pan.
• Once the chicken and onion is cooking, sprinkle some soy sauce onto the chicken.
• Spice the chicken strips as desired and allow to cook until done.
• Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling water, adding oil and salt to the pot.
• Usual cooking time for the pasta is about 10 minutes.
• Once the pasta is soft, strain it with a colander.
• In a big oven dish, combine the pasta and chicken while adding the fresh cream (for an    interesting taste, add a 1/4 of the basil pesto to the fresh cream before adding it to the pasta) to the mix.
• Finally sprinkle the top with the grated cheese so that it covers the top of the pasta and  cook in the oven for 15 minutes.
• Add finely chopped Coriander on top before removing from the oven and serve.

Optional extras to compliment the pasta include a green leafy salad or curry loaf bread.

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SG – There is no love sincerer than the love of food -George Bernard Shaw

7 Types Of Friends You Need To Reject From Your Life | Thought Catalog

Greetings on this beautiful Monday morning! The topic of friendship has been on my mind a lot lately, I came across this  article on Thought Catalog and it really hits home about what being a true friend is all about. Enjoy

SG – I’d rather have 1 true friend than a million fake ones.

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Valentine’s Day slow jam: Norah Jones – Love Me Tender

Since Valentine’s Day is only a day away, here’s a Norah Jones cover version of the famous Elvis Presley ballad, “Love Me Tender” to get you in the mood 🙂

Her version of this song is one of my favourite love songs!

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Cat lady 4 life

Pretty much along with the rest of the internet, I have a slightly abnormal obsession with with cats. I am particularly smitten with my beautiful tabby feline friend who I adopted more than a year ago at the tender age of 10 weeks old. Taking care of this creature has enriched my life in a way that only fellow cat lovers will understand.

I know that “dog people” will argue that dogs are more “superior” to cats, but let’s be real here for a moment, if cats can own the internet with their cute memes and viral videos, what exactly do their canine counter parts have to offer? I rest my case.

A few months ago, my kitty became a mommy to 4 beautiful, bouncy kittens. I’ve included some photo’s below, enjoy!

SG – “If you’re not a cat, you’re a rat, right?” – Aristocats (My fave Cat movie)

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8 Things You Learn When You Start Blogging

Love this article 🙂 from Thought Catalog

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1. Your life ceases to matter until you finish your post

I have a decent job. I have a good circle of friends. I’m reasonably intelligent and nothing about my visage causes children to scream in terror. By all accounts, my life’s not bad. But none of these things matter to me if I haven’t written recently — or worse yet, if I have an article that I’m procrastinating on writing. A tremendous amount of my sense of self-worth has become wrapped up in my capacity to “create.” 

If more than a week goes by without my editor giving me an event to cover, I get unbelievably antsy (just ask any of my friends who have to listen to me complain about being “bored” after a week off). My neurosis is even more intense if I’m working on something that doesn’t have a deadline. Do I want to go…

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Caffeine addicts unite!

Hi I’m Sky (haha, rhymes) and I’m addicted to all things caffeinated…

I’m not exactly sure when my illicit love affair with coffee began, but it’s certainly lasted longer than any of my (romantic) relationships. Coffee has been there for me in times of sorrow, times of exhaustion and it has been a warm companion through the cold Winter nights. Sounds like true love right? Well it is, a rich, dark roasted, steamy kinda love ;-).

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I’m aware that my so called addiction to this beautiful beverage is not good for me in the long run, but you know what they say about things that are so good it’s bad, or is it things that are so bad they’re good?? Who cares, I love coffee, coffee loves me. We’re destined to be. (I’m on a roll with the rhyming today, can you tell?)

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One of the best moments of my very first international travelling experience was getting to taste the wonderful coffee at Starbucks, it’s every coffee lovers dream to live within walking distance of this store, and when I was in both Texas and New York, I made sure I got my daily fix first thing in the morning. I even went to Java Jacks in Nacogdoches, Texas, it’s the cutest little coffee shop filled with all sorts of interesting books and furniture and of course, they make divine coffee!

What I love about coffee, (besides that enticing smell) is the craft with which it’s made, as well as the many varieties that it comes in. Espresso, Latte’s, Cappucino’s, Americano’s, Choco Chino’s, Cafe Mocha…I could go on and on.

Right now it’s Summer in our country which means warmer days and cooler drinks. Of course this hasnt stopped me from indulging in my drug of choice, as there is the wonderful concoction called Iced Coffee (the person who created this needs a medal or something!). Its literally the best thing ever to drink on a blistering hot day, you get a chilled drink made with ice cream (yum!) while getting the caffeinne fix all in one drink, gotta love it!

Do you have a favourite coffee blend, drink or even a favourite coffee shop in your neighbourhood? Let me know in the comment section 🙂

SG – Expresso yourself!