Sunday, June 14, 2009

It's been a while...

I find it so hard to keep up with the internet world these days. Not sure who reads my blog or not, sometimes I think to myself why bother even updating it when it stands dormant in cyberspace and nobody really bothers to read. But every now and then I like to go back and read what I've written.

So I'm back at work full time. The days just go by in a haze now, sometimes I find I'm on autopilot. Hence my sabbatical from the blogworld. Once I get the chance I will update more often about my days as a full time working mum of 2 kids. It just seems so crazy now!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mummy's Day!

I hope all the mummies and mummies-to-be had a lovely day today. I sure did - in a lovely chillin' quiet low key way. I had a sleep in this morning, then we all went out for a lovely breakfast (well after the girls had their brekky at home first...there's no way they will wait!) Then we had to take Trixie to the vet for a little wound she has on her chin...she's ok, it's nothing that won't be fixed with some anti b's and some anti-inflammatories.

Now we're just about to go over to my mum's place for a lovely dinner.

Here's a happy snap taken from today. As you can see my quest for getting a shot of me and my girls is quiet a difficult one indeed!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Loving this song right now

I'm a HUGE Rob Thomas fan. Huge. I loved his work in Matchbox Twenty, but now that he's gone solo I love his stuff even more. He just keeps getting better and better. There's his new one that has just been released "Her Diamonds". Now when I first heard it I thought, yeah that's quite a nice song. Then tonight I heard a snippet of an interview he had with a radio dj about that particular song. He actually wrote it a while ago for his wife, who has an Autoimmune disorder. She was going through a pretty rough debilitating day so he turned to music to express how he felt since he felt so helpless. Well now the song has so much more meaning every time I hear it. I didn't think of the personal melancholy behind it before I knew what it was about. Now I can't help but think about the meaning, and those who have to endure pain constantly.

Here's the song for those that want to listen to it. The film clip hasn't been released yet so I can't find a proper youtube video. But I have found this application - just go to the song in the list, then click on "Song Player" to play it. You can also view the lyrics by clicking on the Lyrics tab.

Monday, April 27, 2009

What's for dinner?

Image courtesy of Flickr

This is the question I hear at least once a day? It usually comes from the husband. I can admit that I'm not your usual domestic goddess. Far from it! I see cooking as a means to feed yourself and the family, and provide a nutritious meal at that. I'm just lucky that the family enjoys what I make. Not that there's any complexity in the meals that I make - let's just say I tend to cook on the safe side - steak, mash and veges, chicken cordonbleu (whipped in the oven, ready in 30mins), roast chicken with veges, etc. Steamed veges are a staple, and thank goodness the girls love them and the husband has no choice but to eat "those green things" on his plate. Meh, he's used to it now.

On the odd occasion I do like to be a bit adventurous and will try a new recipe, usually from a food magazine. Those pictures always get to me. Somehow what I cook never end up looking like how it looks in the magazine but as long as it edible, right? But no matter how much meticulous measuring and love I put into my cooking adventures I find my youngest always sticks her nose up. "Give me your chicken and veges any day over this nonsense" I hear her say from the expression on her face. My eldest would look at the food on her plate and asking "What is this, Mummy?" I then respond with the name of the dish for which I hear "I don't like it, I want bread/chocolate/ice cream". Hmmm, well I do try.

I sometimes wish I was like my mum. She is the best cook after all! She will happily be in the kitchen for a whole day cooking up a storm. It's obvious she was born with cooking flare - heck that's what she now does for a living. However in her housewife days she spent all day at home with us kids where she cooked and cooked and cooked, like any Greek mum would. And fed and fed and fed, like any Greek mum did. Made sure that all her kids were well nourished with her lovely Greek comfort food, made sure dinner was cooked and ready well before dad walked through the door from work. How times have changed!

Well I just realised there is NOTHING in the freezer or fridge for dinner tonight. Eek! The shame! Just wondering what will be sufficient for 2 hungry little mouths and a famished husband tired from the work and gym. Tonight it will be Chicken Rissoles with mash and gravy and of course steamed veges. And old favourite in this house! And lovely for this cold snappy weather. Ah ok, done! Decision made :)

So, what's for dinner at your place tonight?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sleep is for the faint hearted

I'm sitting here listening to my 18 month old laughing, playing, and talking to herself in her cot. She's supposed to be having her mid afternoon sleep. Ha! I don't think it sounds like she's going to go to sleep anytime soon. Her sleep has been a bit on the erratic side the past week, she hasn't been 100%, poor little chicken. Unlike Eva though, she has never been a very good sleeper...she loves to wake me up at night too!

So I decide to take a break and see what she's up to with all the noises I can hear and this is a series of what I see...

Then when I try telling her she has to have a sleep:

Then when I leave the room this is what happens mean mummy decided to take another photo

Now it's probably just a matter of time to see who wins - mummy or Miss A. It's getting a bit late in the afternoon for a sleep now so it's looking like I'm going to lose this one lol!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

I'm back!

Yes! I have done a "refurb" of my blog! Do you like it?

After a bit of a break I'm glad to say I'm back, back in the blogging world, yippee!

Ok, so it's all very beta at the moment but I'm getting there slowly. No the links don't work. I'm not sure if I'll keep them or remove them, I do love to hoard things so they might just stay dormant indefinitely, who knows!

I have lots to catch up on, lots to post, lots to say and still so much to work on here. But in any case, I'm back! Did you miss me?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!

I thought I would post this as it's so cute! It's from an advertisement but I don't care

Hubby did try and book us in for dinner tonight but the restaurant of choice was booked out. To be honest I prefer their alacarte menu than their set one, which is what they had tonight for Valentines Day. As it turns out, I'm glad we didn't end up going tonight, the weather has been freezing, and there were too many things to do tonight anyway. We did get each other beautiful cards which was nice though!

Well we now have a new natural internal water feature in our lounge room, complete with buckets and towels and a lovely drip.drip.drip. sound! When I get the chance I will put a picture up. We've had to reconfigure the lounge area because the water was dripping on the couch and ruining it, not to mention it would be a bit awkward trying to watch telly with water dripping on your head! It's been raining non stop the past few days, this weather is really driving me crazy with its 15 degree temperature differences!

Secondly, in preparation for tomorrow, I've been baking all day today, with no success unfortunately. For some reason the cake never eventuated... it never got to decorating stage. I simply cannot believe it, bloody packet cake mix and everything! It's never ever been a problem for me, ever! So I don't understand why now? First attempt, the cake was not high enough. Second attempt saw the cake erupting like a volcano in my oven so had to clean that out too, what an absolute mess! Third attempt it stuck to the cake tin. I was going to go again but thought someone must be trying to tell me something and gave up. And it was supposed to be a simple, yet elegant christening cake. I had most of the decorations ready to go once the cake was made and refridgerated overnight, very very simple design. But nup, there will be no white christening cake now. To say I'm extremely disappointed is an understatement :(

So now we go onto Plan B. I'm not going to say much at this stage I'm just hoping it works. It's not ideal but seeing that the ceremony is in aaproximately 9 hours time it's just going to have to do. I'll be sure to post some pictures anyway.

I must say though I'm very excited at the thought of seeing Alyssa in the christening gown. I just hope everything else goes according to plan despite the wet weather forecast... xo