Spider.

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I have to reblog this sketch form Doodlemum, which fits quite well with yesterday’s kid vs. mom discussion…

Doodlemum

This is the month of spiders. There is a lot of them around this year, big ones too.
Very big ones…
I don’t mind them myself but my kids don’t seem to fond, (nor is Myles come to think of it).
spiders

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Zucchini oh zucchini… what to do with y’all?

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Zucchini harvest

It’s zucchini harvesting time here. Still. It doesn’t stop. In fact, the zucchinis are the only thing that grows wonderfully well in my garden. It kind of spreads over the whole raised bed taking any space from the cucumbers or salads. I haven’t been able to grow any salad all summer, it just simply gets sucked up by some other plant, or disappears one day when the slugs have stopped by.
And what the worst thing is : the family doesn’t love zucchinis all that much. I find them great, but have to agree that I’m kind of clueless as to what to make of them.
Beginning of the week I started cleaning up the garden a bit, to give more space and air to all of the plants, and had to harvest the zucchinis. I took one plant away (yes, it broke my heart) because it was just too huge, but still got 5 different zucchinis, yellow and green, of all sizes.
So, in a huge waft of motivation to stock up the freezer again and get more organized when it gets to lunch hour at work, I thought I’d get it over with and search for some recipes that would be freezer friendly and would be eaten by everybody at home. In short, something where there’s also meat, and where you can’t see the zucchini too much.
First I stumbled over this recipe over at Island bakes which looks like it could help me work out some of the green peppers as well, and there’s chicken in it – perfect. The corn bread looks nice and freezer friendly as well, and might all in all make good dinners ready to pop out of the freezer in lazy times.

Enf of Summer Herby Chicken Chili

And although I still have some bad memory of a zucchini bread from last year, I decided I’d try something in that direction to make freezable small portions that I could take out for my lunch packages at work. I’m going to test the recipe from aMusingfoodie because it looks like it gets a good result both in small portions and bigger portions. I’m still very sceptical… but I’ll give it another try.

The rest of the vegetables I’m going to keep for some fresh salad-in-a-jar next week. I tested it once and it worked quite well, I’ll just have to get some more inspiration to make different salads (had prepared 4 same salads… was a bit much at the end of the week) and then it should work out fine.

 

 

Ready for the next audiobook…

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Water for elephants

I just completed my latest audiobook “Water for elephants” and I enjoyed it greatly. All the time while listening to it I had the feeling I had seen the movie about it, because there was some recognition. Now I googled the movie, and noticed I never saw it, because I don’t remember watching Robert Pattinson in anything else than the vampire movies (yes, I’m ashamed. But the novels were really good, and then I thought I had to watch the movies, with the result that I realized : I’m really no teenager anymore and it’s just not the same when you’re 33…).
So probably I must have read the novel at some time. And the fact that I read / listen to something twice is really revealing about the topic at hand, because it was just simply nice listening to.

Now I just started 50 shades of grey, which is going to be a looooong journey. I think it’s going to occupy my runs until Christmas at least.

50 shades of grey

Depends on the number of runs I do during the week of course. I might have to throw in some longer weekend runs which wouldn’t do me any harm I guess, in case I get the opportunity for an hour of “me”-time on weekends. Until now, I’m a bit sceptical. But I guess it’s like always with the beginning of a new novel, you have to get into the mood. Usually I’m more the crime novel type and have my favourites like James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs and that stuff. I like to juggle between mystery / crime and comedy, and nothing is more fun than trying to control your laughing fits when listening to audiobooks by Janet Evanovich! It’s just one of these “good-mood” things that you can do nothing about.

But as there’s been this huge hype about the novel series, I thought it would be a “must” to read it. I’ll try to keep my mind open about it… still convincing myself…

 

Multi-tasking Mom or How on earth to manage to finally paint those fingernails?

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nail polish

I just noticed yesterday that there’s no “about” page on my blog. Or at least, I couldn’t find it, and couldn’t figure out how I could put a category like that on the page. But before I write this post, a couple of things about me. I’m a happy mother of two, a girl aged 7 and a boy aged 3. I also work full-time, but with quite ok working hours, so by leaving very early in the morning (I know, very is mostly my vision of the world) I manage to get back before dinner-time, where I take over the kid-shift. My husband manages the kids before and after school, thanks to his more flexible working schedule, which means time is always tight. That’s why I also go running during my lunch hour. It took me a long time to actually allow myself to use those 1,5 to 2 hours for myself instead of working, but it was the only way of getting fitness somewhere into my schedule, without taking more time away from being with the kids. And it was the cheapest one, the only I could afford on a long term.

So here we go, as it comes to make-up and things like that, the percentage of my day that goes into it is about, well, let’s say, something below 0,001%. I get up, brush my teeth, get dressed. Sigh. Look at the mirror. Brush my hair. If it looks too weird (I shower in the evening and often go to bed with wet hair, which varying results in the morning), I fix it in a rubber band. I glance at my clothes, and chose an eyeshadow that goes with it. Mostly violet or grey or brown. Mascara. Fitting earrings. If I feel really motivated, I put on other rings apart from my wedding band and maybe even a necklace. That’s for the days I’m feeling bold. On those days, I might even put on high heel shoes.

All of this takes about 5 minutes, maximum. Oh yes, and no, I rarely put on any day cremes. I have them. Lots of them. I just am way too lazy for it… And tired… Oh no, that’s not correct, I do put on some wannabe magic stick against rings under my eyes. I have no idea whether it works, but it makes me feel a little less crumpled in the morning.

You notice : nowhere ever would there be time for painting fingernails. And don’t even mention toenails. Ever tried doing that in full daylight when the kids are around? No? You have to, it’s really worth the experience and it’s gonna be a complete mess.

So, for times when I think I should try and look a little bit more presentable, I grab my nail polish, put them in my bag, and do the nails at work. Sounds bad, right? But no, it isn’t really. Because the only time you can actually multi-task without endangering your nails is when you’re typing.

So I use the time early in the morning at the office before the phones start ringing (a tip to other early risers : NEVER tell anyone you start working earlier than others. They’ll start calling you at 7 a.m. and honestly, although you might be ready and fit to work on your e-mails or writing some documents, nobody is ready to enregister some serious phone conversation that early in the morning.)

I put on the base coat, type away, let it dry. Second coat with colour, same procedure. And even the top coat, it all works out, and it made me lose, what 3 minutes at the most? Hell, most of us spend looking out of the window (if you have one in your office) or surfing around or even at the coffee machine for way longer than that.