Taking Stock

Oh Sunday, how I love thee.

Sunday is my favourite day of the week; Friday night coming a close second. It’s the day of the week that I can lay in bed (with the washing machine on) and read a book or watch YouTube music clips – one of my favourite past times. It’s also the day for baking, blogging, washing and hanging out at home.

Next month I will be partaking in Pip’s online course “Blog with Pip” which I’m totes excited about! I love learning about new things and being creative. One of Pip’s regular blogs is “Taking Stock” which is a fun list of “reading, playing, liking, knowing…” and I thought I’d give it a crack. So here’s my version of “Taking Stock”:

Making: a lovely morning cup of tea. The best beverage in the world.
Cooking: technically, I’m not cooking today, but yesterday I baked vanilla cupcakes and Anzac biscuits.
Drinking: that beautiful cup of tea. Heaven in a cup.
Reading: “I’m Talking” by Kate Ceberano.
Wanting: my hair to turn back to how I had it in high school. Sigh.
Looking: through Facebook. Such a timewaster but I can’t pull myself away.
Playing: with my new camera that I bought this week in preparation for our USA trip. I got a Nikon D3200.
Deciding: that I now want to do a short photography course so I can know everything that my new camera does and I’m snap-ready for America.
Wishing: that the sun would come out so I can paint my son’s room.
Enjoying: the sweet sounds of my new playlist on my iPhone.
Waiting: till I have to take my son to his footy windup this afternoon.
Liking: this cool new track: Tove Lo – Stay High (Habits Remix) ft. Hippie Sabotage

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Wondering: what I’m going to do tomorrow on my day off.
Loving: life. Pure and simple.
Pondering: on whether to do a short interior design course. They keep sending me the information in the mail and emailing me and the price is getting cheaper and cheaper. What have I got to lose? Should I just do it?
Considering: going for a run. It’s time peeps.
Watching: the Disney Channel on Foxtel – my daughter has control this morning :/
Hoping: secretly that, one day, my daughter will play (at least try) netball. It was something I loved so much when I was younger. But I know it’s her choice. Maybe I’ll have to get my son into it instead.
Marvelling: at life stories. I’m obsessed with shows like Australian Story and Who Do You Think You Are? I would love to pen some life stories into a book. Anyone got a story they’d like to tell me?
Needing: someone (read: myself) to kick me up the arse and get in shape for our USA trip which is in 116 days!!
Smelling: my shampooed head
Wearing: my daggy clothes and Bonds slouch slippers. It’s my go-to hanging out at home, not glamorous at all, outfit.
Following: some cool new bloggers that I’ve found through Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Social media really is a marvellous tool.
Noticing: that our dog is licking a limestone block in the backyard. Umm, why?
Knowing: that the group of school mums that I hang with are some of the coolest peeps ever. It amazes me how much in common I have with these fine folk. So much to talk about!
Thinking: that I need to buy a new phone charger. This one’s just not doing its job.
Admiring: my children: how they can have a little tiff one minute and the next they’re back to being besties.
Sorting: through photos on my iPhone.
Buying: herbs tomorrow for my new vertical herb garden. Watch this space.
Getting: excited for what’s to come. So many things to look forward to.
Bookmarking: things to do in Las Vegas. So much to do, so little time.
Disliking: negativity. Life is short. Seek out the positives, peeps.
Opening: the back door to let the fresh air in.
Giggling: at my son. He really is a funny fellow.
Feeling: so proud of my eldest sister who has just texted me a pic of her completing the City to Surf this morning. 12.38km in 1:09mins. Go sis!
Snacking: on an Anzac biscuit I baked yesterday. Yum!
Coveting: a pair of Toms. I hope to find them in abundance at a ridiculously cheap price when in the USA.

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Wishing: that I could win the Lotto and become a property developer. You know, the worst house in the best street. That kind of thing.
Helping: my kid’s go through their clothes. So. Many. Clothes.
Hearing: my washing machine beeping and telling me that it’s finished. Time to put another load on.

Have a great day lovelies!

Aims  x

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Mum Fail #1

Tonight I failed as a mum. I’ve numbered it as #1 because I know there’ll be more (and of course there’s been others prior to this).

Tonight I called my daughter an idiot. I didn’t mean to, it was a heat of the moment situation.

We were quietly bonding at the dinner table over how to crochet when the phone rang. In her haste to answer the phone, she pushed the dining chair back – which is a powder coated steel replica Tolix chair – causing it to fall back onto the tiled floor, creating a loud noise. It startled me and in my fright I called her an idiot. Not my best work :/

Of course, she was upset – what a shithead am I? I covered her with kisses and cuddles and told her – and my son – that I don’t mean it when I say mean words; that everytime I call them a mean word, they can say to themselves that I am that mean word; and to never listen or pay attention to me when I say mean things.

We’re friends again. We hung out in her room for a while and had a chat and all is good. But I still feel like shit. And it makes me wonder: is this something that my daughter will remember when she’s older – that her mother called her an idiot? If I say it again (which I really hope I don’t), will she start to believe it? Have I scarred her for life because of my sudden Tourrets?

Have you ever “slipped” up and called your kids mean names? Hopefully I’m not alone in this.

That’s One Big Cookie!

Over the last few weeks, two of my gorgeous friends, Reannon and Hayley, have both baked giant cookies which have been rather impressive to say the least! However, as much as I was impressed, I never thought “I’d like to try that one day”. Until I saw this …

Surfing through Pinterest the other night before bed, I came across this big ass cookie recipe and I just had to give it a go myself! So here’s my attempt at Sally’s Monster M&M Cookie.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoons beaten egg (crack an egg, beat it, and use 2 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter (if using natural peanut butter, use a thick no-stir variety)
  • 6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup M&Ms
  • 2 Tablespoons milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325F degrees (160oC). Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray or line with a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the butter and sugars until creamed. Add egg and vanilla mixing until well combined. Stir in peanut butter then add flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Fold in M&Ms until combined. With a large spoon, scoop into a ball onto prepared baking sheet. The dough will be sticky. Make sure the cookie dough ball is tall and round. Press the chocolate chips into the top of the cookie.

Bake for 20-22 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. The center may appear undone, but it will set as the cookie cools. Let cool ON the baking sheet for 10-20 minutes.

*You may make four smaller cookies using this recipe. Just divide the dough into 4 smaller mounds on the cookie sheet rather than 1 large mound. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

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Raw cookie dough. Yum!

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Fresh out of the oven!

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Divided into four (because I have to share)

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The verdict … a thumbs up from the daughter. Winning!

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Yum yum bubblegum!

Mum Mum Mum Mum …

I swear that is the most used name in this house.

In my last post I wrote that I’m now working for myself. It’s a physical job which is leaving me very tired by the end of the day. The last two weeks has seen me full of beans one night and asleep on the couch at 7.30pm the following night! I’m pooped!!

I know I’m no orphan being a working mum but far out its tough sometimes. “Mum” is definitely the most popular person in this house! Of a nighttime, by the time the kids are in their rooms having “golden time aka free time” before their lights go out at 8pm, an audible sigh of relief leaves my lips as I sit on the couch, ready to enjoy 2-3 hrs of uninterrupted telly time until either my eyelids close or my restless legs kick in. Aren’t they a treat!

Being a FIFO wife, two out of three weeks I live the life of a single parent somewhat so it’s just me and the kids. I love our routine, our banter back and forth, the talk talk talk – nonstop talking. And then when Mark comes home, there’s another voice to add to the conversation which is fantastic! That’s when I hear the “mum mum Aimee mum mum Aim”! I’m only one person people!! Take a number!

I love that the kids have so much to say and want to share EVERYTHING with me because I am fully aware that one day, I won’t be able to get anything out of them (I’m not looking forward to that). So as much as it’s exhausting at times, I would never discourage it.

This afternoon was manic! Mark and I picked the kids up from school and headed to the shop for new school shoes. A milkshake treat from mum followed and then food shopping saw us home at about 5pm. Shopping brought inside, Violet and Mark helped me put it away while Fletcher did his homework (the finishing touches before it’s due tomorrow – just like his mumma used to do!) Violet requested Chicken Curry for dinner so it was a mad dash to have it on the table by 6pm – I hate eating later than that – and I bloody well did it! I must say that it was the nicest curry I’ve made in a long time!! Cleaning up after dinner, telling Fletcher to hurry up and finish his dessert – seriously he was taking soooo long!! Getting stuff ready for tomorrow and I’m finished by 7pm! Phew!

Now as I type this, I’m lying on the couch feeling a bit chilly (I might get up and the turn the heater on in a sec), the tv’s on mute with The Block on the screen, Mark’s in the study on his laptop and the kids are in their rooms having “golden time”. And you know what, it’s totally silent. Not a sound. I’ve done my job for the day and, once I’ve tucked the kids in bed in 15 minutes, I’m punching my time card and I’m off duty. Until tomorrow …

Taking The Next Step

My blog entries have been AWOL of late. I have written a few but only seem to get through a couple of paragraphs and then I stop. I can’t seem to get my words out (distracted with other things I suppose). I’ve been super busy with work and haven’t really had the time to sit down and focus on what I want to say.

Now I’m back and some things have changed in the last couple of weeks. I am now working for myself which I’m absolutely loving as I’ve always wanted to be my own boss. Having nobody to answer to and having the luxury of setting my own hours is highly ideal. It fits perfectly with being a FIFO wife and, having kids at primary school, I work during school hours, get the job done and then I’m home in time for the kids.

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Which brings me to my next venture … the next step. With my spare time I should be using it wisely and resourcefully and I’m thinking I should do some study (I’ve always wanted to go back to school, even though I know it will be super hard and time consuming), or do a short course or something that will benefit me in the future for when the kids go off to big school and they don’t need me so much to run around after them. Then I can venture out further than my local area as I won’t be restricted to finding work that fits into “school hours”. Now I just gotta think about what I want to do?? I have a few ideas – time to do some research. Watch this space 🙂