I haven’t been a particularly active, hands-on blogger lately, so this post is a little late in coming (sorry), but obviously since the 11th of May, which was a week or two ago now, I’ve been sitting in the upgraded seat of 33, now well and truly in the middle of being a responsible good adult/parent stage of my life.

craig lotter with daughter jessica

And as I’ve learned over the past 2 or 3 years, with the combined time pressures of a good paying but work intensive job, being married, running a house, and of course trying to be the best possible dad to a little two-and-a-half year old daughter that one can be, you can pretty much forget about setting your sights on any personal achievements for the next 365 day period, unless of course you’re prepared to sacrifice on one of the things I just mentioned above – meaning that just like last year, I’m not going to.

Instead, I’m just going to enjoy my comfortable life exactly as it is now.

Anyway, while last weekend was a pretty relaxed affair, we shopped, installed the new oven, braaied multiple times, and took Jessica on a walk all the way to Pick ‘n Pay, the weekend before that, i.e. My Birthday Weekend, was pretty damn cool.


Friday night was a bit of a bust because I had work to do and as per usual Chantelle was in the kitchen baking, but Saturday was all win, as after a bit of shopping, we headed out to Bellville where we borrowed Mom and Dad’s home to set up shop, basically a boerewors braai, rainbow cake (the best I’ve ever seen!) munching, table tennis bashing visitation with 95% of the usual gang of friends (Stapelbergs,Grangers,Storbecks, plus Ryan) all present. (The table tennis was exceedingly fun by the way).

That was followed up by the exceedingly awesome Iron Man 3 at Tygervalley in the evening with Chantelle and Robert, rounded off by a late night coffee with peppermint crisp tart at the only joint still open in Tygervalley at that late hour!


Sleeping over in Bellville we then headed out on Sunday morning for a delicious Mother’s Day breakfast get together with Cheryl and Rob, Mom and Dad, and Ryam at the always pleasant Bamboo Garden Restuarant at the Cape Garden Centre in Joostenbergvlakte, after which I made another visitation to Mom and Dad’s pad in order to spend an hour or two playing non-stop table tennis against Dad (who unfortunately had to deal with my Birthday weekend luck, the result of which left him completely win-less on the day!).

Sunday evening we spent relaxing with Jess at home in Gordon’s Bay, and seeing that Touchwork has the awesome policy of giving you a day off for your birthday, I then proceeded to enjoy a rather peaceful Monday at home, doing a mall shopping run and then playing copious amounts of the very fun Just Cause 2 on the XBOX.

So yeah. It really wasn’t a bad way to mark the completion of yet another 365 days on this planet! :)