Week #45

Yet another week that went by in a blur!  This parenting gig is getting a little tricky now that Theo has to share more with Anwen.  By the time evening rolls by and I have to cook a meal I am tending to prefer the sofa over the stove.  A compromise has been quick meals that are sofa friendly…


Veggie chilli leftovers, with a veggie burger to bulk the meal out, and sriracha.


Super easy stir-fried veg and tofu, with an almond and thai red curry sauce, and rice noodles.


I made this juice one day to try to balance out all the beige food that has been in my life of late.  It was hardcore green.  Tom loved it more than I did.  I could have done with more ginger but I think that was down to my juicer rather than the recipe.


I’ve been trying to do some life planning (that sounds pretty major, ha).  The fact of the matter is that when the kiddos start school I’m going to need to contribute to our income once again.  But I will also need a job that can work around family life.  Returning to nursing isn’t an option as the profession pretty much demands that it comes before everything else in one’s life.  I loved nursing but my family will always be my top priority and anything that takes away from this is a no-go.  I didn’t get very far with figuring anything out but I sure enjoyed the biscuits and chocolate.


Saturday morning I had the whole morning to myself!  No kids.  I decided to try to be just a little organised and start christmas shopping.  It turns out that shopping is hungry work!  After seeing Pret’s vegan range on social media I made a pit stop there.  I tried their red pepper, avo and flaked almonds sandwich (can’t remember its actual name).  Got to be honest, it wasn’t great but it filled a space.  It had potential but something was missing… seasoning?  olives? Not sure.

Oh, and this happened.


Got my first tattoo!  At the ripe old age of 33.  I’ve wanted a tattoo of picasso’s dove for so long that I decided to just get on with it.  It’s funny but having it done has caused me to reflect a lot on feminism and tattoos.  I may publish a post on this soon.

Hope your week has started well!

Week #44

Last week was another funny old week.  Poor Theo spent the latter half of it unwell, and the first half seemed to have passed me by as I have very few photos from before Friday.  It definitely involved multiple park visits to make the most of this unseasonably benign weather that we’ve been having.




We’re lucky to have lots of green spaces around where we live; makes city living more child friendly and less claustrophobic.


My parents visited for a few days from Thursday so I made us these Blueberry Lassi Muffins.  They were so good; especially if you love molasses as this seemed to be the dominant flavour.  They were wonderfully moist despite being oil-free.



Friday night I met Tom after work, leaving my parents to babysit, so that we could enjoy a rare date night!  A new vegetarian restaurant has opened near us called 1847.  They’re a small UK chain restaurant.  Unfortunately the food was disappointing (I can’t even recall what we had) and both Tom and I suffered afterwards.  Shame.


Saturday morning I was up bright and early to queue to get my first tattoo, eek.  So this guy opens his books once a year and on that day people queue to have a free consultation with him and book their piece in for the following year.  I turned up almost an hour before it commenced yet still waited 5+ hours to see him.  Fortunately, he knows how to look after his punters with free tea, coffee, cake, and some of his art work.  Because I wanted to book in for a small piece I managed to get an appointment for the following week!  Apparently, the booking day is primarily for bigger pieces.  I had a great morning nonetheless.


By Sunday Theo was feeling a bit better so we went for a drive to one of our local seafronts.  I love pebbly beaches; and even prefer them to sandy ones.  We found a lovely cafe to have a cup of tea or some food but Theo started to go downhill so we’ve bookmarked it for next time.

And that sums up our somewhat eventful week.  As an aside, can you believe it’s November already!  A. is going to be one two weeks today.  Bittersweet.