Calgon, Take me Away!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I just spent 3 straight hours hunched over my computer organizing 6 and 7 year old girls to play soccer this summer. I volunteered for this job and had no idea it would be a 15 hour commitment to organize 90 girls, 20 coaches and other volunteers, onto four fields. Thankfully, just a few more wrap-up emails for me to do as well as a soccer meeting tomorrow night, and then I can officially 'check out' of my duties as convenor. Sunday night, I start the job as assistant coach of Sweet Pea's team.

I have lots of photos to share from our great trip to the Toronto Zoo this weekend but they'll have to wait as I want to watch the series finale of Lost tonight, attend the soccer meeting tomorrow, go to my own hockey game tomorrow at 11:00 p.m., bring all three kids to Mr. Boy's baseball game on Thursday from 6 - 8, attend the family fun fair on Friday night, as well the bottle drive on Saturday, followed by hosting Sweet Pea's pizza party on Saturday night, going to a birthday party for all three kids on Sunday morning, then taking the two older kids to their piano recital Sunday afternoon .


Afternoon Delight

Friday, May 14, 2010

I promised I would tell you about my afternoon shopping trip on Mother's Day. I didn't feel like going to the mall, so I went to the thrift store first. I tried on about 6 pairs of jeans but didn't buy any. I also got this great, fitted jacket, fully lined, for $15. It fits perfectly, I didn't already have a brown blazer, plus it has a great checked pattern.
Then I headed to Jacob and Mexx and tried on a gazillion things at Mexx. I would have loved to get some white dress pants but I couldn't find any. I did get this layered, sleeveless top, and a stretchy wrap-around t-shirt with great sleeve detailing.
Finally, I headed to Winner's and picked up a Christmas present for Sweet Pea as well as this fantastic sweater. At only $30 and with all of the cool detailing, I hit pay dirt! I don't think I have a future in product photography, but hopefully you can make out the neckline which is gathered.
I have been looking for something like this ever since I started watching Accidentally On Purpose, Jenna Elfman's new comedy series. I adore the way she dresses. She is always wearing some kind of layered sweater, jacket, blazer or vest over her great tops and with lots of fun jewelry. I am so inspired by her clothes that I'm always trying to find ways to re-create her look. Even though she was pregnant on the show, she looked amazing.

I'm about 5' 7" or 8" and carrying a couple of extra pounds. With Ms Elfman coming in at almost 6 feet, and with what I can only imagine is a 36 inch inseam, and with a dancer' body, I'm not expecting to look exactly like her, but I can try!


Mother's Day

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I woke up late on Mother's Day. DH had turned on the TV for the kids around 7 a.m. and come back to bed, too. I think I got up around 9 on Sunday morning and it was a nice treat after having had dinner out for my birthday and having stayed up a little late watching The Hangover the night before.

After I woke, DH brought me the laptop and went downstairs to make me some french toast, which is my favourite breakfast food.

The kids came upstairs wielding their handmade Mother's Day cards. Mr. Boy's had a list of reasons that he loves me. I can't imagine anything harder than making a list of the reasons why one loves their mother. Isn't it more or less innate? Regardless, it was sweet and it was nice of my son to say that I'm 'nice', 'intelligent', and so on. Smart kid.

Sweet Pea brought me a symetrical painting that she had made of flowers in a vase. She painted one side of the picture, then folded the paper over and transferred the mirror image. She was very proud of her work, and meticulously explained the process she had used.

Precious gave me her card with the handprint on the front and the cute poem I seem to receive every year on some craft or another about how mothers shouldn't get annoyed by things their kids do because kids grow up too fast and soon they'll be gone. Something about how I'll miss the dirty fingerprints. I'll miss the kids when they leave home, but I can assure you, I will not miss their dirty fingerprints, and all the jam on the wall and doorjambs.

I enjoyed my delicious french toast with icing sugar sprinkled on it, sliced bananas, real maple syrup and tea.

At lunchtime, my dad came over with Subway subs for everyone, to celebrate my birthday.

After lunch, I went shopping and I'll blog about that later this week.

I intentionally stayed out longer than I would normally, to savour the free time, and stopped at the book store and lingered a little. I got home around supper time and Sweet Pea surprised me by actually liking her grilled cheese sandwich! I was thrilled, even after DH told me that he had told her to try the sandwich as a gift to me. I don't care why she ate it, just that she did eat it. Everytime we can add some new food to the repertoire, is one less night that I have to agonize over how to get my middle child to eat healthy food.

After the kids went to bed, DH and I stayed up and watched Juno. I bawled when Juno had the baby, as it recalled the day just over 8 years ago when my son was born. May 1, 2002 was truly the best day of my life as it was the day I became a mother.


Curried Shrimp Rice Salad Recipe

Monday, May 10, 2010

On the first of May, I made a birthday lunch for my son. DH BBQd sausages and tofu burgers. I made a green salad and a curried shrimp rice salad. I had searched the internet and looked in all my own cookbooks for a curried shrimp rice salad recipe after having eaten a similar salad at a birthday party in 2007 or 2008.

All I had to go on was a two-year old memory of a salad I had eaten once.

Here is my delicious recipe.
Put 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
Mince one small onion
Put onion and 2 tbsp of garlic in the pan and cook until softened - about 5 mins.
Stir in 1/2 chopped sweet pepper in the last minute of cooking.
Put 2 tbsp of cumin into the pan and stir until cumin is fragrant - about 30 seconds.
Clean, shell and de-vein one 1 pound bag of small or medium shrimp
Throw shrimp into the skillet and stir only until the shrimp turns pink. Remove from heat.

In a serving bowl, stir 2 or 3 cups of cooked brown rice and 3/4 of a cup of frozen peas with the onion/shrimp mixture. Slice green onions and sprinkle over the top of the salad. Add more cumin to taste.

Edited to add: Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two before serving cold.


Turning 39

Sunday, May 9, 2010

When we're going to have company over, I'll do some research on recipes for food and cocktails. In the week leading up to the visit, I'll go to the grocery store and liquor store. I'll tidy up some outstanding paperwork, and dust the piano. I'll weed the garden and cut the grass. The day before the visit, I'll make sure my favourite clothes are laundered and bathe the children. I'll clean up the house and empty all the garbages. I'll put our fresh linens and make sure there are hangers in the front hall closet. And I'll tackle a few of the things on my to-do list. This might be things like moving plants in the garden, hanging pictures, organizing toys, or installing shelves.

It seems so much easier to do the things I've been meaning to do when there's a deadline looming.

It's my birthday today. Turning 39 is kind of like inviting people over. I only have one more year until I turn 40. I need to get my proverbial house in order. I wonder if it is my expectation of myself or what I think others will be expecting of me? I think I need to have everything together by the time I turn 40.
Good job.
Fit body.
Healthy lifestyle.
Great friends.
Rewarding hobbies.
Nice wardrobe.

Am I putting too much pressure on myself again?


Mr. Boy Turns 8!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

My Boy turned 8 yesterday. For lunch, we had the whole family over, including Great-Grandma, and had a nice BBQ lunch with a yummy (if I do say so myself) curried rice salad, and ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. Unfortunately, the only photo that turned out was of the cake!

In the afternoon, we were having over 9 friends for a treasure hunt and a pizza party. The pizza got ordered a bit late, so we decided to have the pizza cake first. The "meatballs" are ferroro rocher chocolates. The "sausage" is rainsinets. The "green peppers" are gummies and the "cheese" is grated white chocolate. I made the cake from an organic cake mix as I just didn't think I had the time to bake it from scratch AND decorate it. In fact, it was the buttercream icing that took the most time, getting everything to the right temperature and pouring the syrup into the eggs, putting in the butter, etc. And I didn't even like the taste of the icing.

A few of the kids spent the whole party on the trampoline

We did a treasure hunt in teams and I think the kids had fun!

When he was opening presents, I got Mr. Boy to pose with all of his friends. I've included a couple of the pictures here.

I was completely exhausted at the end of the day and fell asleep around 8. Mr. Boy had Duncan over for a sleepover and Sweet Pea had Maia over. They stayed up pretty late (after 10:30) and woke up at 6 a.m. I have a strong feeling that everyone will be going to bed early tonight. Even me.


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