Robyn Wrote About

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February 2016

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Update: 25th – 31st Jan 2016

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Love Sea Point – seeing the ocean every day is good for your brain

Body clock still really likes 5.20 AM

Parking in the new car is entertaining

Tried out vegan pizza at the Waterfront Food Market – it’s good

“It’ll be a jolly exam man!”

Fascinating lecture on the nuances of business in Africa

Stumbled onto the Corruption Perceptions Index 2015 – Africa is all about the red

“There will definitely be some academic shit to research on this.”

Played Foosball – been way too long

Discovered Deloitte has a digital division

Chronic name droppers are my worst

Airport run

If you lose your faith in humanity, go and spend time in the arrivals hall of your nearest airport

Reminded how important the women in your life are

Breakfast at Olympia

Tried out a GnT infused with rosemary, lime, cucumber, and mint

Read that humans need 4 hugs a day for survival

Shamelessly had this on repeat for most of the week

Read, read and read some more

Exercise routine is so non-existent right now

Sunday

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January 2016

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Update: 18th – 24th Jan 2016

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  • 5.20 alarm to miss traffic; still sitting in traffic
  • MBA Orientation Week
  • Slept badly
  • I have forgotten a lot of accounting
  • Celebration dinner at Balthazar
  • Favourite part of the day: 7AM, sitting outside in the GSB quad, with a cup of tea
  • Sat in the best IT lecture of life; cried with laughter
  • KLM’s Lost and Found Service spot is brilliant 
  • Grateful for Mum and Dad
  • And grateful to a friend and her family for letting me rent their spare room
  • Moving to Sea Point and excited to see the ocean every day
  • Getting POs out of agencies has to be the most convoluted process known to man
  • But getting the GSB printers to work is a dark art
  • This clip made my week 
  • Asked a gardening expert questions about pot plants on CapeTalk
  • 2ish hours running round the Waterfront for a team treasure hunt on Friday afternoon
  • Legs refused to get out of bed on Saturday morning
  • The Village Idiot has an Ostrich behind the bar
  • Rediscovered Black Keys, Brothers 2010
  • Invited to speak at a conference in Hong Kong, but sadly can’t, as dates clash with final exams
  • Intern has exceeded expectations by miles
  • Sharing some thoughts on social media power & responsibility
  • Updates and snaps from friends on the East Coast are making me miss New York
  • Cut sugar this week
  • Saturday was … interesting
  • ” The older you get, the more you realise that no one has a goddam clue what they’re doing. Everyone’s just winging it.”

  • Spent Sunday reading
  • Finished The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier
  • Here’s his TEDTalk
  • Tried to finish All The Light We Cannot See – beautiful read
  • Thoughts this week:

What am I doing here?

How the hell am I going to read a 323 page textbook before Monday?

Can I still get a refund?

Sunday

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January 2016

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Update: 11th – 17th Jan 2016

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  • Landed back in Cape Town
  • Hot. Heatwave. Dear God, how have Capetonians been living through this?
  • MBA meet-up at La Vie – nice to finally meet a few classmates
  • Finished “Serial” podcast – narrator got on nerves slightly
  • Finished Bloodline – it’s good. Netflix it
  • Cape Town, we need to talk about the traffic
  • And then we need to talk about the wind
  • MBA Registration  – opened welcome pack, discovered student card and 4 years of undergrad came rushing back
  • Did have a moment where the enormity of it hit home
  • Everyone is incredibly smart and interesting
  • Over 40% of the MBA class is international – USA, Canada, Brazil and Japan
  • Official welcome to the UCT Graduate School of Business – “How are you adding value to the world?”
  • Watched Beasts of No Nation – not for the faint-hearted
  • Weekend of MBA team-building in Grabouw – started out apprehensive (can loathe team-building), but absolutely loved it
  • Cape Leadership facilitated an amazing two days – many thanks to them
  • Highlights: Sudoku and pyramid puzzle, the blindfolded, eggs and tennis ball search, and the raft building
  • Hardest part: Climbing a tree with tiny footholds turned out to be much harder than I expected
  • Our team nailed the raft challenge
  • Scraped and bruised and have a good feeling about MBA group
  • Ready to start this chapter

Sunday

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January 2016

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Update: 4th – 10th Jan 2016

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  • Waiting at Heathrow to catch flight to Cape Town
  • Accidentally lost 1000 photos – tried everything to restore them. Felt a bit heartbroken.
  • Bought a Microsoft Office License and got a free NetFlorist voucher
  • Drew up schedule of all readings, assignments and presentations for Term 1
  • … then googled “Is an MBA really a good idea?”
  • Wrapped up a fun client account
  • Almost finished an incredibly long, in-depth business plan for tech client
  • Made a Christmas Cake martini
  • Grateful for Amazon and their brilliant service
  • Discovered Disney has a London branch
  • Finished How Long Will South Africa Survive – great read
  • Christmas edition of Monocle was a goodie – great insight on how countries can use soft power
  • Read great piece on 2016 in SA
  • Wrote great too many times
  • Started reading The Bottom Billion – a lot of food for thought and very tiny print
  • Automatic setup for Apple TV using a device is pretty cool
  • Not one bit of snow
  • Started watching Bloodline on Netflix – slow but intriguing drama (love that it’s shot in Florida)
  • Last day in Germany :/
  • The worst at goodbyes
  • It’s a leap year. Good news girls – stop waiting and propose!
  • Laughed until tears thanks to this Ted Talk on dealing with spam
  • Discovered part of the MBA orientation takes place on an obstacle course built to “military standard” …. er help!

Sunday

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January 2016

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Update: 28th Dec – 3rd Jan 2016

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  • Started colouring book
  • 3 colouring books for birthday – at current rate, I’ll complete them by 2035
  • Hello 2016
  • Made some New Years resolutions
  • Very much team Carrie Fisher on this
  • Did an economics assignment that should have taken 2 hours, but took 4
  • Almost finished “How Long Will South Africa Survive?” – chapters on mining, commercial farming and IMF are fascinating. Sadly the SA economic outlook seems pretty bleak.
  • Discovered this cute video on Empathy vs Sympathy
  • Found a tool that maps South Africa with dot distribution in terms of language, race and household income
  • Excited for friends who have found a stunning wedding venue
  • Finished MBA orientation readings and the pre-course work
  • “Pinterest is the only social platform left where people aren’t repulsive to one another.” – @_darlingclaire_

  • Now religiously drinking peppermint tea after dinner
  • Caught up briefly with an old friend
  • Helped Mum with iCloud /iTunes and Netflix password debacles – very ready for the day when we can login with an eyeball scan
  • Learnt how to construct a Histogram
  • Proud – ability to speak German has noticeably improved in the last year
  • “The only spin from the Proteas is what is coming out of the coaches’ mouths.” – @MikeSharman

  • Still no snow
  • Didn’t do enough exercise
  • Discovered Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) and already planning a visit!

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December 2015

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Update: 21 – 27th Dec 2015

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  • Attempting a new style of journaling.
  • Busy week – a wedding in Greyton, a long-haul flight, birthday and Christmas.
  • Discovered that The Post House is lovely and Greyton is South Africa’s answer to Kent.
  • Kicked off work for a new client.
  • Brilliant tactical response from Burger King on the Miss Universe fiasco.
  • Watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens and adored every minute.
  • Moved all plants – which survived – to boyfriend’s balcony.
  • Found a pair of tweezers in hand luggage whilst waiting to board flight to London – died a thousand deaths upon this realisation.
  • Didn’t buy anything in Heathrow because The Rand.
  • Made it to Mum’s for Christmas in Germany.
  • No snow. It’s 8 degrees; so really it’s summer right now.
  • 2 years to 30.
  • Ate far too much over Christmas. Got and gave some great gifts.
  • Tried the Lebkuchen Latte at Starbucks. I’m blindly brand loyal to the point where they could serve me petrol in a cup and I’d still love it. You see, they offered me WIFI when no one else could.
  • Read brilliant article on the Rise and Fall of Silk Road.  Part 2 follows on from the end of Part 1.
  • Picked up a Sea Folly bikini for 25Euro at TKMaxx – threw a party because they’re roughly R2k in South Africa.
  • Started “How long will South Africa survive?” – RW Johnson. Great read and insight into the structure of the ANC.
  • Made an exceptionally strong Gin and Tonic.
  • Started MBA prep work.
  • Finished a Pinterest board for a friend.
  • Ordered housewarming gifts for a friend on yuppiechef.  Really impressed with how quick their turnaround time was.