How Far Along: 32 Weeks 3 days
December 1, 2013 Sunday at 7:36 pm
How Far Along: 21 Weeks 4 days
September 16, 2013 Monday at 9:03 pm
September 10, 2013 Tuesday at 8:18 pm
September 2, 2013 Monday at 6:25 pm
How to start! It’s been a while and a lot has happened.
I guess I’ll start with the biggest news, we’re having a baby! It was quite the surprise as we’d near enough given up. If it hadn’t been for a work colleague thinking I was, I prolly wouldnt even have tested at all. I got a great big shock when I took the test and it was actually positive! All my cute ideas for telling the hubs went right out the window!
So far its been reasonably easy going, I’m 19 weeks and feeling fine though a little more tired than usual. Had a little scare at 6 weeks when I was bleeding but it was only a small cyst in my womb. Felt quite sick in my first 12 weeks but as long as I eat regularly, now I feel fine. After so long trying it feels surreal to be here, pregnant, almost halfway. Took a long time to sink in. I will go back and transfer my updates from my private journal to here at some point.
Also I got a new job. Shortly before I found out I was pregnant I was offered a permanent position at the place I was temping. But of a bummer in terms of smp but nice to have a secure job. I work in the city again which is nice, very social and people are friendly.
We also moved house which was stressful but the old place was no good for a baby, the windows were single glazed and had started rotting (from the outside due to lack of painting/treatment) and the landlord was not inclined to fix them meaning winter was going to be cold. It was a cold flat anyhow. We’ve moved to a smaller but much warmer flat, hoping to save enough to buy. Be nice to have our own house one day!
So that brings us round about up to date. I’m typing this on my tablet because my laptop is knackered. Need to take it to the shop… super glad I got it now.
I’ll be back more often I hope.
August 26, 2013 Monday at 12:23 pm
I used to have a real love of books. I would literally start reading a book at bedtime and find I was still reading at 3am! Probably in the last 5 years ago, my passion for books has been quashed by I don’t know what. It’s so strange to me. I read lots for sure, I read numerous blogs, news sites, Facebook, Twitter and the like, but for some reason I read very few books.
I think it may have something to do with forming good sleeping habits. I used to have terrible insomnia. Sometimes laying awake for hours, reading or not. It was very annoying. Though I was recovering from a major illness and therefore had no where to go, I didn’t like feeling like a vampire. So I set about trying to change my habits about sleeping. I don’t do anything much in the bedroom that doesn’t involve the bed. I mostly don’t even get dressed in there. I took everything distracting out, including books, so I could focus on what the bedroom is mainly there for, sleep.
Now this did work. I now sleep great most of the time. A couple of bad habits have snuck in, such as checking emails, playing games or reading the few ebooks I have (I limit these to 10 minutes and never in between sleep sessions) but on the whole I do well, I get my 8 hours and wake up refreshed! The hubs on the other hand still struggles with sleep. Sometimes it takes him hours to get off and he often wakes not long before mid day if left. He reads a copious amount of books. His kindle is packed with every kind you can think of and I am constantly frustrated by the piles we have in the bathroom. Do I have to forfeit a love of books for a good sleep then??
I don’t miss it though. I really don’t miss books at all. If I see a book that takes my fancy I will read it, but I don’t have the hunger that I did in my teens when I read most of Shakespeare for fun, devoured every Terry Pratchett book that came out and scavenged at my local charity shop for books a few times a week. I still read more instructional books like for baking or crafts, those remain well thumbed.
I’m wondering if this is something you guys are experiencing too. Do you still read books in the traditional sense? Do you read as many as you did? I’m really interested to know.
February 21, 2013 Thursday at 3:11 pm
In our house we call these special because it’s always a special occasion when we have them!
It’s a really easy way to make something ordinary special. Hopefully it will also make someone you love, feel extra special!
Also note, the butter really makes this dish, go with it!
Feeds: One very hungry person or 2 regular
Prep/Cook time: <15mins
- Tin of baked beans
- Half an onion
- 1 tbsp Butter, for sautéing
- Chilli flakes, to taste
- Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Splash of milk. Optional
Heat your butter in a saucepan, on a medium heat (add a drop of oil if you’re frightened of it burning).
Once it’s heated thoroughly, add the onions, chilli flakes and black pepper and stir. They’ll take a minute or too to start to soften but don’t let them turn brown, as soon as they are translucent, add your beans.
Turn the heat down a little and stir. Stir frequently with a wooden spoon allowing the beans to soften and break up slightly.
Cook on slow until your sauce has thickened slightly adding a splash of milk to loosen it a little if preferred.
Serve on warm cornbread, buttered toast, bagel, with breakfast or anything you’d normally have beans with.
February 17, 2013 Sunday at 1:06 pm
Happy Valentines people!
I know not everyone loves Valentines day I get it. We don’t really do the traditional valentines day either. We give cards and we have dinner together but no boxes of chocolates or big bunches of flowers. I’m allergic to pollen and he is diabetic! We enjoy spending time together, just being, and thanking our lucky stars we have each other.
So it’s not a gift from the hubs I got today. No, it was a brand new nephew who came early this morning. I’m currently at work and I am itching to get out of here so I can get all the details!
A lovely surprise indeed!
February 14, 2013 Thursday at 11:33 am
February 13, 2013 Wednesday at 10:43 am
This is part of a new feature on simple foods jazzed up and made especially yummy! Hope to have something for you every Sunday for some lazy day grubbing. PS. sorry for the poor photo. I don’t have a very good camera and it’s stormy here!
This isn’t your average coleslaw but, as I’m sure you’re aware, there are many, many different versions of this creamy salad to be had. This is my favourite version and I think it deserves the gourmet title! I love that it’s so green from the Savoy cabbage and so savoury from the mustard. I can, and have, eaten bowls full.
Gourmet Deli Coleslaw
Yields: 2 ample portions
Prep time: 10 minutes
- Half a Savoy Cabbage, finely shredded (about 2 cups)
- 1 Large Carrot, Grated (about 1 heaped cup full)
- Half a large Onion, finely sliced
- Optional: Spring onion, sliced
- 1-2 tbsp Mayonaise (adjust to suit your tastes)
- 1 tbsp Salad Cream (Can sub extra mayo and a little vinegar)
- 2 tsp English Mustard
- Plenty of fresh ground black pepper to taste
The method is super easy too, just bung everything in a bowl. Mix thoroughly, trying to avoid hot spots of mustard, and enjoy!
We especially like this with curry chicken, ribs, or served alongside my special beans recipe (to come next week) with meat pies mmm.
February 10, 2013 Sunday at 10:22 am