You know, I thought it would be easier to blog while on maternity leave because of all this time I have (hahahaha). Also, my January favourites is being published two days later than I wanted because I have not one, but two snotty, coughing kids to care for.
I wish y’all could see how I’m typing right now: I’m sat on the couch with The Potato sleeping on my left shoulder, the keyboard is precariously balanced on my right thigh and I’m typing with one hand. She only wants to sleep on me so it takes at least 10 years to complete a blog post. But such is life and let’s just get into this:
Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Guys, I cried when I realised I would not get to see this in the movies, but as the Fates would have it I did not have to wait too long to actually see this one. After the mess and disappointment that was The Cursed Child, I was so happy to see a real JK Rowling story.
This film takes you right back into the Wizarding World and while it’s familiar, it’s also different and new. I love that Hufflepuffs are getting their day in the sun. Being a Puff myself made me super proud to see that scarf in his case because Hufflepuffs are always seen as the lazy, fat house. Well, no more! Take your stereotypes and shove it! Also Newt Scamander is just too adorable, an unlikely hero and really beyond awkward.
Favourite line: “We call them Muggles” Damn right we do, Newt! No-Maj! What nonsense!
Series: Vikings & Chicago Fire
Being on maternity leave means I have a lot of time to catch up on series. Remember how my baby keeps sleeping on me? Well, I’m pretty much stuck to the couch for hours at a time so I’ve flown through seasons of these shows.
I’ve been meaning to watch Vikings for the longest time and man, I’m so glad I finally did. This show is amazing, it follows the story of famed Viking hero Ragnar Lothbrok. Because the History channel is involved here, it’s very well researched and as close to the truth that a fictionalised piece of entertainment is going to get. Vikings existed. Ragnar Lothbrok, while he is a legend was a real guy who existed but some details are unclear.
This show is just done really well. My two favourite characters are Lagertha and Ivar. Lagertha is just, my word, the best female character on TV right now. Y’all are all singing the praises of Daenerys Targaryen but Lagertha goes out and gets shit done; she got her crown! She’s a shield maiden who can handle herself and has no time for Ragnar’s shenanigans.
Ivar is just insane. I don’t know why I like him but that cripple is one to watch. He’s cunning, sneaky and has a strategist’s brain. That’s a dangerous thing on a Viking.
Ivar is both frightening and enthralling. This boy is going to burn the whole damn world. #Vikings
— Zayaan Schroeder (@zayaan27) January 12, 2017
This is another show I’ve been meaning to get into. Dick Wolf is so good at being a drama llama and his Chicago franchise is so good. The characters are well developed and their growth is great to watch. Also, I just like firefighter shows.
Book: Born A Crime
This is, I think, the first time I’ve had a non-fantasy or actually a non-fiction book in this monthly series. A lot of people are not fans of Mr. Noah but I don’t mind him, he’s okay. I picked this one up on recommendation from my friend Silma.
I’m about 90% done with this book and it’s quite an insight into growing up black in South Africa. While Noah’s mother is black and his father is white, he identifies as black. There are hilarious anecdotes, infuriatingly racist incidents and I actually learned a lot about a guy who I just thought told jokes. It’s an insightful read.
The one gripe that I have is that this book seems to be written for an American audience and it’s a bit jarring when you come across it. The first thing that stood out for me is the American spelling – but this is easy for overlook and forgive. He does however, tends to over explains a lot for his new American audience, the phrase “what Americans call…” is used enough for me to notice. And some very South African/British terms have been changed eg. gear lever to stick shift. It’s a small annoyance but ja no well.
Eats: Mint Choc Chip ice cream
I’ve had this one a favourites list before but my word, this is hands down the best mint choc chip ice cream I’ve had. It’s the dark chocolate chips that do it. The mint is not overpowering and the ice cream itself is super creamy. Just my very best really and I hate that I have share.
It’s R70 for 2L and while you could probably get cheaper 2L ice creams, they’re not as yummy!
Kid Things: Cape Town Science Centre
While The Munchkin was still on holiday, we took him to the Cape Town Science Centre to burn off some energy and beat the cabin fever. This is such a cool place for little minds. While there wasn’t much variety for a 3-year-old (this is definitely geared more towards school going kids) there were a few activities to keep him entertained and interested. We were there for over an hour and we had to drag him out – he did not want to leave.
Address: 370B Main Rd, Observatory
Youth (3-18): R50
Family Package (4 people): R180
Group (10 or more): R45 pp
*Disclaimer: These photos were taken with a Samsung Galaxy S2, so basically a potato hence the vrot quality.