No more Fridays

I hear an audible gasp – what do you mean no more Fridays?

Relax friends, Fridays are no longer a work day for me from this week forward – for at least the rest of 2015. Woo hoo! After almost three decades of working full-time, I have been offered {and accepted} a great job that is 4 days/week. Not quite the 4-hour work week, but headed in the right direction!

I’ve had a fun time the past 9 months or so at my 12 week contract. I’ve dipped my toe {who am I kidding, I really jumped into the deep end!} into work I haven’t done for years. And I really enjoyed it. It’s been great being in the middle of a busy open-plan office again, and I’ve met some lovely people. Next week will be my last week here.

What then? Thursday will be my new Friday. Friday will become my day to do all of my home jobs so that our weekends really are weekends. I’ll be able to clean the house, do the washing, do our grocery shopping and all of the other myriad little jobs that need doing that eat into our quality time together at weekends. I may even get to go for a run, or do a class, or see a movie, or read a real book. I will be able to spend some of that day dealing with all of the emotion of the past year and a bit. I will be able to breathe again. Study. Give light and time to ideas swirling in my head.

I’m going to be busy. But I am VERY excited about the opportunity to be busy doing my things. My chaos on Fridays will make way for more relaxing and fun on the weekends.

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Oh the potential. Yay!

 

 

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Preschoolers can be total turds

Just in case those of you without kids were wondering, preschoolers can be total turds.

Yes, yes {for those of you with wisdom/experience in this area} I know they are learning and stretching and growing and pushing to figure out their place in this big wide world.

But for the love of DOG the pushing and arguing back and general defiance is enough to make a mumma loopy. And tired. And grumpy.

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Luckily they are wonderful creatures most of the time.

Meanwhile, ¡Ay, caramba!

 

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Wordless Wednesday {don’t leave me}

Every morning as I do my hair and makeup I feel a set of eyes {often three sets} boaring into my soul: don’t leave me, I know what happens after you put that stuff on!



Anyone else on the receiving end of such daily plea?

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Breaking up with Haloumi {and a recipe to try before you do}

I’m considering becoming vegan. I don’t drink dairy milk so that’s pretty easy. I barely eat yoghurt anymore so that’s not an issue either. There are ways to replace eggs, although life without a poached egg isn’t truly ideal. The real problem, my friends, is cheese. Specifically: breaking up with haloumi.

I don’t eat any cheese which has rennet in it, but my favourite Cypriot cheese has non-animal rennet. I’d love to hear from anyone who was a cheese lover. And by lover I mean LOVER who has gone from vegetarian to vegan. The good the bad and the cheesy {sorry, couldn’t resist}.

While I’m contemplating breaking up with Haloumi, I am going to enjoy it in all of its happy cheese ways. Here’s one of my favourite salads. I’ve been making it for many years, my original a dog-eared, bare threaded worn paper recipe torn from a Madison magazine. So many years ago it was even before I was vegetarian. It’s easy, tasty and healthy.

Breaking up with haloumi {and a recipe to try before you do}

 

Haloumi, lentil & green bean salad

What do I need?

  • 200 g haloumi, broken into bite-sized pieces
  • 200 g green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 eschalot, finely chopped
  • 400 g tin lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 50 g baby spinach leaves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Now what do I do with it?

  • Pre-heat the oven to 240*C {460*F}. Place the broken haloumi and beans onto a lightly greased baking tray and cook for 10-12 minutes or until haloumi is golden.
  • Meanwhile, place the oil, lemon juice, mustard and eschalot into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the lentils spinach, cooked haloumi and beans. Toss to coat in the dressing. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

 

When a recipe is this good, you don’t mess with it!

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A fidgety antsy mess

After Friday, I thought I would feel fantastic. An outcome from the asteroid issue.

But I’m not. I’m a wreck.

I have barely slept and when I have they have been nightmares.

I didn’t imagine this would happen. Instead I thought I would sleep like a baby and be totally relaxed.

Far from that I am a fidgety, antsy mess.

There is one more hurdle with this asteroid. Perhaps when we’ve passed that I will feel more peace.Perhaps then I will sleep well. And wake not feeling anxious.

Stay tuned.

 

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Silent Sunday {together and peaceful}



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The outcome

Yesterday started with this.



After many hours there was this.



Then quite a bit of this.





My head hurts today but my heart is happy. I feel like I can breathe easier than I have for the past 15 months.

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