Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bother, bother, bother.

You know when you have been given lots of notice to do something but your heart just couldn't really be in it - so when the day comes to actually do that something, everything that could possibly go wrong, does go wrong?

This morning was it.

Every now and again, Dwayne has to bring in something for the department's morning tea. He never really worries about it, because hey, that's what his wife is for right? This time, like I said, I just wasn't looking forward to preparing something on the Thursday night/ Friday morning. I was just feeling lazy about it the whole week.

Yesterday I found the recipe for chocolate eclairs and I actually got really excited. I rang him up and told him that's what I would be making. He rang me up almost immediately and said one of his team members was allergic to chocolate. White chocolate's okay but chocolate itself, a big no-no.

My motivation went down the drain yet again.... I mean I was already picturing the photos of Miranda helping herself to a little eclair and then proceeding to smother herself all over with cream and choux pastry. 

Alright. Fine.

Dwayne then suggested I make salmon quiche. I guess quiches are big winners at morning tea so I grudgingly agreed.

Last night, we went to the supermarket to get the ingredients. 

Came home and realised I didn't get the cream.

Two hours later, I realised I didn't even get the ready-made shortcrust pastry.

What a joke!!! I had to make shortcrust pastry from scratch for people who didn't even matter to me??!!! (Minus Dwayne.) Not to mention I wasn't even going to get a tiny bit of it.

Woke up at 6.15 this morning (on a Friday, when I can actually sleep in a little later) and started on the pastry. I needed to let it rest in the fridge for at least half an hour or so before I could roll it out. Normally, I prefer to rest it at least overnight but I couldn't be bothered to get covered in flour the night before. Like I said, I don't even know his new team members.

Do you know that the Internet is your best friend? I do. I found out I could make my own cream today.

3/4 cup milk and 1/3 cup butter.

All in all, instead of a relatively easy recipe that would usually take me 15 minutes top to make, I ended up spending over an hour on it.

It was also because I had no faith in my shortcrust pastry so I decided to cheat and make mini quiches instead. More work on rolling the dough out but shorter time to bake.

I was actually hoping to try one but The Mister took all to work. 

I love leeks!

Self-made cream.


I'm just awaiting the verdict from Dwayne's team members now. Hah!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Picnic @ The Royal Botanic

It was one of those rare, beautiful spring Melbourne days. As it is, they are few and far between and even fewer are those that fall on a weekend. Obviously, we weren't going to stay at home and do nothing about it. After a few chores on Saturday morning, we made a quick bakery run to get some buns and a little green tea cake, drove through BWS to grab a bottle of Moscato and off we went to The Royal Botanic Gardens.

Miranda had a ball of a time walking around the grounds and picking up whatever leaves she could get her hands on. She's been very hesitant to walk just anywhere - she's very conscious of hard surfaces, which may cause her fall to be more painful. On the grass though, she was perfectly fine and she just really enjoyed herself.

So did we, really. Having cake and Moscato on a lovely day is more than I could ask for. I almost felt like it was my wedding day again when I photographed a moment in my head - Dwayne was standing with a glass of wine in his hand and watching Miranda, who was squealing with delight. I just keenly observed that scene, thinking, "They are mine. They are both all mine."

And I could hardly believe my luck.

(And of course, I quickly snapped a picture as soon as I was done capturing it my head!)

 Bought a mini chocolate muffin for Miranda.

 She was saying hi here but I missed it.
These shoes were made for walkin'. ;)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Miranda "Reading"

As you might know, Miranda has a rather impressive collection of books already. However, this Sesame Street "Lift-And-Look" book is definitely one of the best books I've bought her. She's thoroughly engaged by it and almost always picks it when I ask her if she wants me to read her a book.

A while back, I was reading a funny book (either Ellen's Seriously, I'm Kidding or Tina Fey's Bossypants - can't remember now) and was throwing my head back in laughter.  She kept turning her head around to look at me, every time I did that. It was as if to say, "Mom, stop interrupting me! I'm playing here!!" Obviously her expression made me laugh even louder so I hid my face in my book.

And then the other day, (actually it was right before the second video was taken cos' I was hoping she would do it again) I watched her turn the pages and she started giggling and giggling, like something was super funny. Then she hid her face in her book.

Oh. My. Goodness.

She truly is her mother's daughter.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

We Are Sleeping!

Sleep training's been on the cards for a long time now and we finally kick-started it last Thursday night. It also means weaning off the boob, in time.

The first night, it took about 45 minutes of crying. Friday night.......TWO and a HALF HOURS. Saturday night, two hours. And then Sunday night, miraculously, she woke up once around 3am and was patted for awhile. She went to sleep in fifteen minutes. Monday night, woke up around 2am, but settled after FIVE MINUTES.

And then, lo and behold, she slept through ELEVEN full hours in her cot, in her nursery on Tuesday night. When she awoke, all she did was let out a soft whimper. I went to pick her up at 7.10am. She was already sitting up, waiting for me, smiling, arms stretched out.

I honestly felt like shouting from the mountain tops.

Forgive me in advance. I hate to say this, I really do - but if you aren't parents to a child who just does not sleep, you really have no idea. You really don't.

(No, it's not the same as when you are constantly working late. No, it's not the same as when you slept so little, and are going to work with a hangover. No, it's not the same as insomnia even.)

I've never dared to complain too much about it. I was tired but hey, we have a child who's healthy, happy and eats so well. Something's gotta give. My heart breaks every time I see friends post on Facebook that their little one is sick (again) or in hospital. I don't know where I'd find the strength to cope with that. So I didn't waste time wondering why God gave me a sleepless child.

Who at this moment, has slept through TWO whole nights without a problem.

(By the way, I'm not trying to teach you how to spell numbers. I'm just really excited at the figures.)

So yesterday started off really well, both Dwayne and I having slept 8 hours (look, I didn't spell the number). And then at noon, my father-in-law messages us to say that she drank 4oz of milk from a straw, in a glass. Chocolate milk, but guys, desperate times calls for desperate measures. We are getting somewhere!!! Also, you are missing the point - she drinks from a straw, in a glass. How classy is that? Hurhurhur.

Anyway, how do you guys feel about it being October already? As much as I love the -ber months, the time slipping through my fingers is making me feel a little unsettled. Didn't Miranda just turn 1? She's now 13 months and some days. I've been worrying about doing the same things everyday and letting life pass me by. I think I need a hobby. Suggestions?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

My Baby Just Cares For Me

I just got back from a date with The Husband and it's been the first in a long while. We went to watch The Dark Knight Rises about two months ago but that was a movie date, you know? Not the kind you get to dress up a little for, walk down the streets holding hands and stealing kisses (well, more like huddling in the cold), have a meal and crack jokes only both of you get and just laughing till your cheeks hurt really.

We went for crazy wings and beer (Tsingtao). First time I had a beer in forever - 21 months to be exact. And wow, Tsingtao is pretty good. The wings were good too...until we had their signature Crazy Wings. Or rather I had it and Dwayne shuddered at his. Just for this blog, I'll say I called him "chicken" - pun intended hah.

"The pain is short-lived, the glory is forever." -Me. (Heh heh heh.)

Then we went to Brunetti's for ice-cream - coconut for me, Ferrero and Kinder for him. I don't know why, I'm on this coconut ice-cream craze. It might be even be the first flavour I try out with my ice-cream maker.

Now that Miranda's here, date nights are obviously few and far between. Babysitters are too. Which is why, the good times we used to have, just us two, are inadvertently pushed to the back of our minds. And why it's so awesome when we do get a chance to go out.

Date nights are the best and this song by Nina Simone is just because it's the way Dwayne makes me feel. :)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

New Love

This is one of the things that's making me look forward to our new home.

A bigger, better upright cooker and oven.:)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Let The Great World Spin

I must admit that I've become increasingly distracted by my phone, such that I hardly read (books) on the tram these days. It's really pathetic that I'd want to catch up on people's lives (Facebook, Instagram, Trendabl) first thing in the morning.

So, even though it's now October, I made a resolution to complete at least 20 books by the end of the year. I mean, resolutions can be made and kept anytime right? 20 books would have been a piece of cake for the old iPhone-less me so I refuse to let a mere phone rule my life any longer.

I started on Let The Great World Spin awhile ago but again, as you now know, I wasn't focused enough to read past the first few pages. I picked it up again last week and found myself having those old, familiar heart leaps and inward sighs as I read the thoughtful, detailed prose. The kind of book that you don't want to put down but yet don't want to end.

Highly recommended.