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Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010! My Life 31 DEC 2009

So, tonight is New Year’s Eve celebrations, meaning that we finally say goodbye 2009 and hello 2010, and while I look forward to 2010, the year which will undoubtedly be driven by the World Cup soccer celebration here in South Africa, I must say that looking back over 2009, it was a pretty good year after all.

Naturally, the year was pretty much dominated by the lead up to and the eventual wedding that saw Chantelle and I finally become husband and wife, probably the greatest leap forward in my life for many a past year. Of course this year also saw our first real holiday together, that being our honeymoon roadtrip up the country, as well as the completion of my first year in my new job here at Touchwork, a position and place of work that I’ve really come to enjoy and take pride in.

2009 also marked the year I returned to karate after my lengthy departure from the discipline, starting up in a new style and once again, all the way from the ground up. Thankfully though, the people at the Funakoshi dojo are simply marvelous and I enjoy each and every session with them all, so much so that it looks like this may very well be the first style in which I attempt to go all the way and finally get that ever elusive black belt! Already got one tournament under the belt and sporting green at the moment, so I’m off to a good start it would seem! :)

Outside of that, my hobbies all continued as normal, gaming, anime, manga and comic books, though the one thing that did slack off is my webcomic production, something I’ll have to look into kicking off properly again come the new year. Blogging continued at the usual frenetic rate and I finally got around to claiming my own vanity URL towards the end of the year, hence you reading this on http://www.craiglotter.co.za instead of the old http://www.codeunit.co.za.

2009 also turned out to be the year of spending money on the pad, and as such we’ve got quite a couple of nifty things lying around the house now, and come January next year, the brand new couches should be sitting looking nice and pretty as well! Sadly, this was also the year that Coco went missing in action and while he is still sorely missed, it also turned out to be the year of Achilles, as our playful ginger boy joined our family way back in January believe it or not!

Not much else is jumping to mind as I type this (being brutally honest as always), but looking out over everything I’ve already typed so far, I can safely say that on the balance of things, 2009 was a fabulous year for both Chantelle and I. In other words, it is with a fond farewell we bid to what was an excellent year in our journey together and we eagerly look forward to 2010 – who knows, it might just be the year to usher in a little Lotter if the awesome Craig has his way! ;)

Chantelle performing a kiss attack directed at Craig’s nose

“Honey, I can’t help but feel that there is something coming between us”. Sadly, the elephant was not amused.

Incredibly, the dogi does somehow manage to stay closed around that enormous girth I carry around these days…

The Honeymoon Scourge My Life 01 DEC 2009

7de-laan-logoThe one thing I never thought I would find myself fighting against on my honeymoon is something I should have guessed might blindside me in the end after all – Chantelle’s undying fandom for the much maligned (by me naturally) Afrikaans SABC soapie, 7de Laan.

Who would have guessed that I would lose out every single day of our honeymoon to that annoying (but catchy) start jingle that signals the end of all attention that my wife may be paying to me, and instead heralds the loss of my woman to another for at least 30 minutes of my life, each and every day.

Seriously. Come rain or shine, if we weren’t on the highway and had a television close by, she would stop all activities (including the breathtaking view that the overflowing Gariep Dam was affording us for example) and race back home to lose herself in the charms of another. We even found ourselves racing back one day, making it back in the nick of time, only to realise that we’d gotten the day wrong and it wasn’t airing – generating much sadness in the room I can assure you!

Sigh. Maybe I should have auditioned and and tried to get on the show in the first place! ;)

So here’s a hint guys. Make sure that when you book into guest houses and hotels for you honeymoon, look out for places that specifically say “no television facilities available!” :P

Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Road Trip – Marula Lodge (Swellendam) (2009-11-22) My Life | Photo Gallery 22 NOV 2009

For no reason other than we could (only an hour longer to get home to Gordon’s Bay), we decided to stopover in Swellendam on the last night of our epic honeymoon road trip, where we enjoyed the steak and hospitality of Swellendam (as well as the guest house’s swimming pool) courtesy of Marula Lodge.

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Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Road Trip – Thyme & Again Padstal (Knysna) (2009-11-21) My Life | Photo Gallery 21 NOV 2009

Whilst on the Garden Route Knysna leg of our honeymoon road trip, we made an effort to stop at the Thyme & Again padstal (farm stall) to enjoy some of their freshly made food on recommendation of the Montgomery Clan, before making a stop and enjoying a tranquil amble through one of the many fern-heavy forests accessible to tourists in the area.

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Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Trip – Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary (The Crags, Plettenberg Bay) (2009-11-21) My Life | Photo Gallery 21 NOV 2009

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary situated at The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, was another one of the fantastic wildlife-themed stops on our awesome honeymoon road trip. The sanctuary takes the form of a huge open enclosure, through which you are guided and get to witness the various monkeys and lemurs up close and personal, without the usual fencing between you and the primates!

Highlight of the tour had to be the awesome suspension bridge we needed to cross!

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Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Road Trip – Birds of Eden (The Crags, Plettenberg Bay) (2009-11-21) My Life | Photo Gallery 21 NOV 2009

Situated next to the great Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Birds of Eden is a massive, fantastic open air aviary hosting a huge variety of birds. Definitely a sight worth seeing if you ever find yourselves in the area, just as we did when on the Garden Route leg of our honeymoon road trip.

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Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Road Trip – The Elephant Sanctuary (The Crags, Plettenberg Bay) (2009-11-21) My Life | Photo Gallery 21 NOV 2009

One of the best highlights from our honeymoon road trip was the journey through to The Elephant Sanctuary in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay. There we learned about, touched and got close and personal with Elephants! :)

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Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Road Trip – Featherbed Nature Reserve (Knysna) (2009-11-20) My Life | Photo Gallery 20 NOV 2009

When in Knysna, you simply have to head out to the Featherbed Nature Reserve at the Knysna heads via the awesome little tourist boats. Needless to say, we did this on the Garden Route leg of our honeymoon road trip while staying over at the awesome Candlewood Lodge.

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Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Road Trip – Candlewood Lodge (Knysna) (2009-11-19) My Life | Photo Gallery 19 NOV 2009

If you are ever looking for quality accommodation in Knysna with a fantastic level of service and atmosphere, then be sure to check out the fantastic Candlewood Lodge, a definite favourite of ours following our brilliant honeymoon road trip!

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