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Bleeugggggggggggggghhhhhhhh

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We are all sick!! And it’s all P’s fault!!

A few nights ago, K woke up throwing up in his bed. He was sick for the rest of the night, and the next day he had the runs. Not very nice. That day I was busy scrubbing blankets and sheets and airing out the room, and caring for a sick baby… Even though my tummy was feeling a little funky, too..

Then that night as I lay in bed, I couldn’t sleep, and finally thought to myself ‘Stuff it, I’m going to throw up’ and spent the next half hour bent over the toilet bowl.

The next morning K was still unwell and I was definitely unwell, but I bundled M off to school, got home, and set up camp on the couch. When M got home from school, he sat down on the couch and said ‘I don’t feel well.’ About 2 mins later he sat up suddenly and said ‘Whats the cure to not spew up?’ and promptly spewed all over the carpet. I said ‘Run to the bathroom!!’ which he did, spewing all the way. He got to the bathroom and decorated the walls, the door, and all over the toilet. Charming. After I made him take a bath he got in bed and fell asleep.

I made a pot of Miso soup in case anyone felt like eating, but none of us really did.

In the middle of the night I heard M calling out to me ‘MUM!’ I jumped up and ran out to see him and sure enough he was power chucking all through his bed. I got him up out of bed, changed his jammies, got him a glass of water and put him to bed in the spare room, while I stripped his bed, threw everything in the washer, then rushed to K who was by then wondering what all the bloody commotion was about.

So today M is camped out on the lounge in his jammies, K has eaten something finally, and I am madly trying to wash every soft furnishing in the house since nearly everything is covered in spew, all while attending to 2 whingy, sick kids. At least I am feeling a bit better today. I might even eat something.

Oh, and I got a new car, which I will pick up next week. Unfortunately the sickness has put a bit of a dampener on the excitement. Pics to come.

The point of my story?

IT’S ALL P’S FAULT!! At least she had blue frog cake.

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Spring has sprung! And I feel slightly murderous…

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Yesterday was the first day of spring for us Southern Hemispherians, and it felt like it couldn’t come fast enough. Could have something to do with the last 10 days or so of rain and clouds, give or take 1 or 2 in the middle. Can you say cabin fever?!

K and I decided to celebrate the new season by heading down to Currumbin Creek, and getting our toes wet.

Currumbin Creek, just around the corner from my house.

While we were there, we met up with a friend of mine, D, who had just bought herself a new toy.But first, let me give you the back story…

A few weeks ago, I called D, the convo went a little like this:

Me: Hey, let’s do stand up paddleboarding!

Her: Huh?

Me: You know, paddleboarding! I found a place that does lessons for around $15. It’s coming into spring, so the weather will be warming up, and it looks like fun. Plus, you like the beach and I think you would like it too. So you should do it with me!

Her: Ok, sounds interesting. Give me the info when I see you at the sports center opening, and I’ll check if I can fit it in to my schedule.

Me: Cool!

So the next time I saw her was at a school picnic (our boys are in the same year at the same school), and I told her the website, the cost, etc etc, and we sort of left it at that. She is doing a prep for uni course, works as a medical receptionist, and has 2 boys, so she had to check it would fit into her family/work/study life.

Fast forward 2 weeks, and she goes on a quick 3 day holiday with her hubby and kids to the sunny coast. While she was away, she posted some photo’s of them using the resort’s rental SUP’s. I commented, saying ‘Sa-weeeeeeeeeet! Is it AWESOME?!’ And she replied with ‘Hey, I forgot to check if I can fit in those classes! Lets sort it out when I get home.’

Fast forward a few more days, she has gotten home from her holiday, and tells me she has caught the bug. Her birthday is in a few weeks (from this point in the story. From today as I write this, it’s tomorrow), and she wants to get a SUP for her birthday prez.

So the last 3 weeks or so she has been sending me pictures and videos of various boards she has been looking at, and yesterday, after settling on one, she picked it up and we went paddleboarding with her. Only quickly, though, I went on it for about 15-20 mins, just in a little circle and out to the middle of the creek and back. I put K on it for a minute, as it is so wide he has no problem with balancing on it if he is sitting right in the middle. He seemed to really enjoy it, slapping the deck, peering over the edge, and looking around at the different view from the water as opposed to the water’s edge.

K on his first SUP experience

 

You are welcome to assume this is what I looked like on my first SUP experience

Ok so here’s where my big rant comes in…

I WANTED TO GO PADDLEBOARDING FIRST! I said ‘lets try it out’ so she goes and BUYS A BOARD. Just so you know, they’re not cheap. And the boards she was looking at? One of them had K’s name on it, as the brand name! His name is not exactly common. She sent me pictures of it, saying she was thinking of getting it, and isn’t that cool. Yes it’s cool. IF IT’S MY BOARD! The board she ended up getting was a different brand altogether, but it has a huge, beautiful turtle on it. And if you know me personally, then you know why that may get to me. I love turtles, and have them tattooed on me. And SHE picks out a turtle board! ARRRGH!

The turtle decal

I know it’s extremely childish of me to be irritated, and I should just be happy for her, but I can’t help but feel annoyed. I should be stoked that now I will have someone to do SUP with, but she is going to be killing it on her brand new, beautiful retro styled, wooden look, turtle decal SUP which is pretty much exactly MY dream board. While I am on a banged up rental. When I am the one who wanted to do it in the first place, and invited her to do it with me. She just had to go one better.

Le Siiiiiiiiiiiiigh…

Last week I called her and said I had found a place around the corner from us that does ‘boxing for parents’. They take the kids off and do an Active After School program with them for free while the parents do the boxing. And the classes are only $3!! Winning. We are hoping to go to our first class next week. She said she had to make sure it fit in with her schedule first, but I am wondering if she is just giving herself time to go and buy a boxing bag, gloves, and some private lessons with Danny Green first. You know. So she looks the best. As always.

Someone Buy My Freakin Car! Plz.

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I’m selling my car and I really really really really hope someone buys it, ASAP!! I have had it for about a year and a half and unfortunately we have outgrown it. When I put the pram in the car, I cannot fit anything else in the boot. If I put the car seat that K sits in, in the middle position of the backseat, there will be no room for M. It’s a great little car but it is just not made for prams and groceries and nappy bags and kids and school bags, all at once.

It will be sucky to have to get a bigger car, because as my dad keeps reminding me, it just means more fuel = more expensive. And in this day of fuel being more expensive than…. other stuff…. it is certainly a point to be aware of. I wanted to upgrade to a NORMAL FAMILY SIZED CAR but father dearest actually said I’m trying to be bigger than I am!! First of all, who cares if I’m short. We short peoples need to drive places too ya know. And second of all, I am big! Isn’t that what people do? He says it like it’s a bad thing. What the hell does he know. Is he implying I am an undeserving person? I deserve a car that fits me and all my various shit in it, at the same time. Plus have room left over for other people. And since when is there something wrong with trying to be bigger anyway? Heaps of people do it. It’s called being social. Just because I don’t have some servant girl dusting my floor with a broom made out of dead twigs and banana leaves. Because last I heard, father dearest does. Sounds like someone is trying to be big if you ask me. Other than me, that is. Aren’t fathers supposed to be pleased if their daughters

And anyway.

A normal family sized car in this country is not like a Hummer or anything. And since it’s the most popular car on the road in Australia, how can something-hundred-million-thousand people be wrong? Are they ALL trying to be big? Stooopid. I’m getting one. And to round off this non-spite-filled post, above is a picture of a car that could very well be the one I have now. Especially totes appropes since my current car is a VW and so is this one. It’s a sign. That I deserve a big car cos I’m a big person. And not just in mouth.

 

The little man in my head

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So here’s the deal. It’s M’s birthday in just over 1 week, and this year I bought him a new bike (how stupid is this – they don’t even sell bikes in 1 piece – I have to assemble the damn thing!! Like, whatever! Do I look like a bike assembly person to you? No? Didn’t think so.), and just a few smaller presents. And since his birthday falls on a school day, I’m going to send a bunch of cupcakes to school with him to share with his classmates.

Since I figured I would like to have our own family cakey moment at home after school, I figured that a simple old box mix would do for the school cupcakes.

And then the little man in my head started up his shite.

Like ‘Just a box mix? OK. Just white frosting? Thats boring. No toppers? Huh. Interesting. Sprinkles? Riiiiiiiiiight.’

So I started trawling through a few foodie blogs I know that concentrate on cupcakes and cakes. Just for a bit more punishment. Y’know. Anyway so there is this one lady whose blog is just total food porn, her cupcakes are like little teeny tiny masterpieces. It actually borders on the insane. Like, who the hell puts that much effort into their food n stuff, why not just eat the damn thing? Just dip it in the bowl of frosting already, shovel in a spoonful of the cream filling after, and mhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh take that!. You know you wanna.

Well. She puts that much effort in. Not that I’m knockin it or anything. like I said. Mini masterpieces.

I digress.

I came across these Cookies n Cream cupcakes, and they look relatively easy. Ish. So I’m thinking I’m going to ignore her recipe for the cupcakes (since I have the trusty old box babies), and use her recipe for the frosting, and some other elements. I’m not bothering with the cream filling. They’re just school kids.

So the idea, in a nutshell, is to use one oreo cookie in the bottom of each patty case, spoon batter over the top, and bake.

Then crush up a whole heap of oreos and fold it into the frosting.

After frosting, I’m gonna top them with a mini oreo.

The Mona Lisa... Of Cupcakes.

The cream filling that I'm not gonna bother with...

So the plan is that by posting this into the all seeing eye of the internetz, I will no longer be allowewd to possibly dice the idea. Now that I have said I’m gonna do it, I have to do it.

So there ya have it. Heads up. Coming soon to a screen near you: either a triumphant rub it in ya face hells yeah I did it bitches post about how great my cupcakes were and how all the other kiddies are jealous and want to be M’s best friend now and how all the other mothers either look up to me with pure admiration while deep inside are so so jealous and possibly even hate me.

Or the post that says I failed they sucked I burnt them the shop ran out of oreos my cupcake cases broke the baby wouldn’t stop crying and I got exactly 6 made and are still uniced and I have run out of time i broke my hand trying to build a stupid bike or I plain didn’t do it. So Kill Me.   

The full recipe and instructions for these mini masterpieces, and indeed many many more masterpieces can be found at  http://confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/ Go forth and conquer my pretties. And if you do conquer you must. I repeat must. Send me some that I can send to school with M.  Cos I am fairly well wiggin out about this!! And the bike.

Wish me luck……………………………………………

5 Things…

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5 Things I NEED (ok I guess the word I should have used here is WANT) to buy

–          For the house

More plastic containers – all of my ones are missing their mates – lids ran away with the spoon…

3M hooks – the kind that don’t rip the paint off the wall when you pull them off, so I can hang all my bloody paintings already.

Door snakes, cos it is freezing in here right now.

Cutlery (or else I can just get up off my ass and find the cutlery that is still hiding out in some box somewhere)…

Shower hangers – you know, the kind that you hang on the shower head, that you pile up all of your shampoo, conditioner, and soap in.

–          For the kids

Winter clothes because I seem to have given birth to weeds not children, given the rate they grow at.

A plastic climbing gym for the yard so K has something fun to crawl over. When he starts crawling.

Batteries for all the stupid musical toys, Playstation & Xbox controllers etc, that have all gone flat.

Some dishes for baby food. Or maybe I will raid my mom’s stuff when she goes to raid her own stuff for winter clothes.

Some sort of toy organizing system for K’s room… well he has some big plastic tubs for his toys to go inside; maybe what I want is a kid who keeps his toys organized lol.

–          For meeee

Some new shoes – sandals, boots, runners, I’m not picky.

A new winter coat, even though I really love my big grey wooly cardy/shawl type thingy and wear it everywheeeeere.

Some new tee’s, trackies, and jammies. I get so sick of wearing what feels like the same things over and over again. I only have 2-3 winter jam-jams, and I wear them every night. Summer is ok cos I just wear a big tee or a singlet, but in winter I suddenly realize I don’t have enough warm jammies! Or socks!

Some new sunnies! My last pair broke over a month ago and I have been too tied up with bills to get a new pair 😦

Some new books! Have not bought a new book in… years. Or maybe just an e-reader?? 😀

 

What do you desperately need or want at the moment?

 

Stuff I want to make, but for whatever reason I’m not.

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There are so many projects that I want to do, but I honestly don’t have the money for the materials, space to do the project, time on my own to devote to it, or skills to get the thing done. I have started and never finished so many projects in the past that I don’t even bother anymore. I can’t sew, and realised that when I tried to make some patchwork cushions out of vintage kimono material. I suck at woodwork, which became apparent to me when I tried to fix a little folding stool. And I can’t weld and lets just leave that one there… Maybe I’ll just make a little garden my next project? Because I really need to do something. Soon. As much as I like it, I’m sick of watching Ellen and The View every day.

There are heaps of cute little thingies I want to make and have all for myself.

Like this flokati rug, except it looks like it takes ages? But cheap to make! and pretty easy, if a bit repetitive. I would pick a combination of different colors, maybe a peach/pink/lemony sort of sunrise type set, although for some reason I am actually drawn to the grey one she has made.

I want these magnets, except I would go a little further and make them out of newspaper cuttings, photos, origami paper, wrapping paper, almost anything! It would be so cute. But I do really like her idea of just using Pantone chips.

I also want one of these as a hair clip, but I’m not really into the mustard colored one she is wearing. I concede that the mustard thing looks good on some people but I’m not really willing to test it out. It’s freaking mustard! But I wouldn’t mind it in almost any other color. Maybe a nice deep purple or an emerald or something? with a pretty jewelled button in the center. Or a diamante sparkly silvery blackish one. I dunno. I just want one.

And then when I have one of them I want someone to come and plait my hair like thiisssss.

And I want to make nearly every single one of these suitcase ideas, especially the chair, and the vanity is cute too. The chair looks so different, it would be cool in a shabby chic kind of room, not that any room in my house is shabby chic. It’s… eclectic

And I want an upholstered headboard 😦 I don’t like the fabric she has chosen but I guess it would look nice in a little boys bedroom. I would like to be able to sit up in bed and read a book without 14 pillows piled up behind my head and back. And this one actually looks really really easy – all you need is some mdf or chipboard, the fabric, batting, and a wood stapler.

I want these sushi pillows, and these kimono pillows. I love sushi, and I think these are so fun looking. M loves sushi, so maybe he could have some avocado pillows. That’s his favorite roll. The kimono pillows look so comfy, and I want to throw myself down on that pile. You can almost see that they have this homely, sort of soft, safe feeling. Does that make sense?

I want one of these doily lamp shades, I think a black one would look really different, quite edgy. Normally a black shade cover might be too dark, but since it is a doily and has heaps of light peeking out through the holes, it shouldn’t be so dark, right?

And my very small collection of jewellery is so tangled, knotted, and in different places (some in little dishes and boxes on my dresser, some on my bathroom vanity, the rest still in boxes. Yeah. Still haven’t touched the stupid garage.) So I want one of these jewellery display frames.

Oh for Pete’s sake I could go on all day making a list of things I want but couldn’t be bothered making. So. Can you make me one? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?

 

Got Personality?

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I just did a personality test, one I had done years ago. I had lost the results of the orginal test, and it had come up in conversation recently, so I decided to do it again.

This one is supposed to be pretty good, and based on your personality type, outlines your relationships, suitable career choices, and personality growth.

Because I had done this years ago, I was half expecting that I would have different results. After all, as you go through life, your different experiences would leave an imprint on your personality, and therefore your answers, right?

Wrong.

I got the same results as I did 4 years ago.

And even though I think the personality description is pretty spot on, in other ways I was really surprised, and even secretly annoyed. It said I am an introvert, which is certainly not what I was described as all throughout my childhood, school aged even my early teenage years. I have always been pretty loud, outgoing, and in certain situations, obnoxious. I had been told as a student that if I was less concerned with my social life and more with my studies, I would have done much better with school. Actually, it was worded much more delicately – ‘If she applied herself more… bla bla bla’.. Not that I ever struggled with the schoolwork. More that I was enjoying myself too much to bother with it much. But I still got by, even being in the highest learning bands for most of my subjects.

I can recognise that now, as an adult, and given the situations I have found myself in as an adult, I have toned down. I don’t want people to know the real me. I guess I’m not trusting anymore. I open up to my close friends and family, and that’s it. I don’t even open up to C’s family anymore. I learnt my lesson there. When I have a few drinkies in me, I open up to strangers, but not about personal stuff. I just get louder and sillier. But drinkies is something I never do anymore. So I guess it’s safe to say that I have made myself an introvert. Is that even possible? To MAKE yourself a something?

When I first did the test 4 years ago, I remember being surprised at the careers it said would be the most suited for my personality type. One or two of them seemed interesting. Most of them were nothing like me at all. Like, I have never. Had. Any. Interest. In. That. Field.

Clergy? LOLLLLL. Nursing? I have been told I would make a good nurse, but all that bodily fluid and mess? No Thanks. Bookkeeping? Boooooring. Home Economics? You mean, what I do now? Ha. Maybe I should throw myself into parenting and just suck it up. The personality test said so.

So since I am surprised at the personality type it labels me and pretty unexcited about the careers, I wonder if I can make myself another personality type, one that has some more exciting traits. Or at least one that lines up with the degree I’m doing!

What do YOU think? Go do the test and talk to me about it. Do you agree or not? What do you think about changing your personality type – is it possible, and if so, how? Can you work on it, or is it something that life does to you?

Personality Test

 

Come on, New Inventors!

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My poor baby has croup! It sux! He sounds so sad and sore and hoarse, it just breaks my heart. He is not sleeping well, and wakes up all congested and inconsolable several times in a night. He is on some heavy meds, so hopefully all will be well in a few days.. Which got me thinking, ‘when will someone invent the Make It All Better Right Now pill?! Do you recommend anything for croup in a 5 month old?