Saturday, August 16, 2014

5am Lasagne {Found in DRAFTS - 8 months later}

A series of "events" have found me standing at my stove at 5.15am on Tuesday morning stirring bechamel sauce for lasagne.

What a time for reflection. (Insert appropriate level of sarcasm here)

Returning to work five days a week combined with the expected rush after three weeks holidays and the stress of having your home on the market does funny things to a woman.

Oh yes of course, I said on Sunday night, I'll make a double batch of spaghetti and make a lasagne for dinner Tuesday night! Groan. 

New Direction

Today I discussed with a friend, what next.

My little boy starts prep next January, we aren't having any more children. And after doing some recent research into a franchise, we aren't moving forward with our own business for some time yet.

So, what next, was the question I put to my "bestie"

She says

"Have you thought about writing a book?"

I nearly spat my coffee on her, laughing I asked, "About What?!"

The serious look she gave me made me realise it wasn't a joke.

A book is far from my reach, and commitment level I'm sure.

I reminded her I do blog, or more to the point, I HAVE blogs, that I don't write in.

But that I did have some ideas about what those said blogs could contain.

Tonight, I decided to test myself. Can I write, in a blog I already have, rather than open another blank page and start again.

I'm here. I did it. One step closer to the book my best friend would clearly love to read.... (shame about everyone else!)


Monday, January 20, 2014

When I was a girl.... things were different.

I think.

Apparently, in the 80's (and 90's?) all the kids played outside, got dirty, ate worms and only came home when the sun went down.

What I really think is we're kidding ourselves.

As parents we're constantly comparing what we do with our kids to what others do with their kids, or comparing to what we experienced in our childhood. And we turned out okay, right?

So we never watched TV. NOPE. As my little boy grows up I am starting to recall just how much TV I actually watched. How does Mary Poppins three times each morning before breakfast sound? Like too much screen time? Yep, probably. But that was in the 80's. We didn't have too much "screen time" in the 80's, or did we?

We always played outside. NOPE. I have never been able to climb a fence, let alone a tree. I am not the best at riding bikes. And I don't really remember ever being absolutely filthy dirty from being outside all day long. (And I still hate dirty feet) But I do remember playing with toys inside during the day, or just hanging out in the garden, or better yet being in the pool.

Did my Mum & Dad run me around to the latest and greatest attraction every weekend? NOPE. I do remember visiting the zoo reasonably regularly. Perhaps for birthdays?Did I attend not one, but two or three or even four extra curricular activities after school or on the weekends. Most definitely not. Do I ever recall ANY extra curricular activities. NOPE. In saying that, I wish I DID have an interest that was encouraged and nurtured from a young age. And that is most certainly one thing that happened in my childhood that I intend not repeating for my son.

In comparison, my son gets really dirty outside at least 3 - 4 times a week, some days more than once, requiring a hose off (in summer) AND a shower sometimes twice a day. He watches cartoons in the mornings, and has some more "screen time" just before dinner to give myself & his Dad some time to debrief on the day. Does this equal what I remember watching in my day? Probably close to it. Do we attend regular extra curricular activities? No more than most kids, he has swimming lessons, as we don't have access to a pool (I did growing up). He has play dates once or twice a month. We go to the park or the beach at least once a week (yes, just once a week!) and try and fit in something extra special once a month. A theme park, a bigger park, a longer day at the beach, the museum and so on and so forth.

SO.... do you think it's really that different now to what it was when you were growing up? Is a comparison worth it unless you're bettering what you experienced?

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Year, New Start

A new year inevitably brings resolutions, new starts, new perspectives, it brings change. And whilst so many people scoff at resolutions (because rarely are they kept), change is a good thing.

So if you can make a change, for the better, the new year is a great place to start.

For me, one of those changes is to sit down and eat breakfast each morning. Not running out the door with something resembling real food. 

A small change that will give me a good start to the day, help out my digestive system, ease some morning anxiety and give me a better daily routine. 

It also lets me set a great example for my son. Now that's a good reason for change.