Thursday, March 31, 2011
- for my yummy Harvest Box - second week in and I am hooked! Delicious, healthy snacking, mailed to my office desk! Perfect when having my actual lunch is not practical because I am up and down from my desk supporting a mum.
- for the news yesterday that last week's puppy emergency breast pump mission worked and pup is now feeding from his mum :)
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Eww ... 'Anti-Breastfeeding' Facebook Now Bans Pretend Boobs
|Men's BBQ apron|
We use them to teach new mothers ...
Because they didn't grow up learning that breastfeeding is normal ...
And they are often made by women who did ...
And the challenge just gets bigger and bigger ... (need some of these at the Breastfeeding Centre!)
And want to share it with their kids ...
And it really is no laughing matter ...
Because we desparately need to change community attitudes to lactating breasts...
(This is promoting breast cancer awareness!)
|via here and a booby beanie pattern|
And, personally - this offends me a lot ...
|See Mommy, we have hidden our scary boobies AND our scary babies!|
|Source and knitting pattern|
- for not clicking. Two mums sat feeding their babies as Kintara and I sat at our desks. We both jumped at the sound of clicking, a sure sign baby might not be well-attached. "Sorry," said one mum, when we checked, "that was me tapping on my phone"!
- for hearing voices. "Is someone talking to you?" asked Kintara when we were chatting outside my office this morning. Took me a minute - "no, just the radio!". "He's saying you need to change!" she said.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
- for a flashback at the supermarket. Staff trying work out if they can accept the $50 note presented by a customer: a paper one! It looked a lot bigger than I remember them! I wonder where it had been tucked away all these years?
- for my afternoon snack: strawberry and yogurt layered and topped with my yummy granola.Travels well to work and gets me past that afternoon slump.
Monday, March 28, 2011
- for a lovely walk in the autumn sunshine with Molly - this is my favourite time of year, when I can go outside and not be too hot or too cold.
- for the 30th anniversary of my leaving home and into my very own flat! I can't believe how quickly that time has gone and yet how long ago it seems. I had this tiny dolls-house of a Bungalow out the back of someone's house and the rent was about $26pw! I lost my job within three months of moving and was determined to stick it out, which I did, eking out my dole payments to cover the expenses until July, when I turned 18 (!) and my dole payments went up. There was a glut of pears that season and boy, did I eat a lot of them, at 10c KG! And cheese on biscuits.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The competition is vote-based - the winner with the most votes can win a HUGE canvas print of their photo! (Pick me! Pick me!)
So, I am doing something I rarely do and asking ALL my social media friends to take a moment and vote our photo #21 as their favourite!
Here are the instructions:
- for the wonderful atmosphere at the Mt Eliza farmer's market this morning. It was a real dog's day out and dog people are so friendly! Molly and I had lots of stops to chat as we worked our way around the range of fresh produce and gorgeous goodies - including her beloved dog bickie lady!
- for the batch of pesto I whipped up when I got home, packed with wonderful fresh basil that arrived straight from the local school garden while I stood there! I was surprised their weren't confused insects buzzing around it, it was that fresh!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
image of 2010 melbourne photographer | Melbourne Portrait Photographer - Susan D'Arcy - My Photo Blog
The image with the most votes will win a whopping 16 x 20/24 inch CANVAS print of their choice* valued at $590
The image with the second amount of most votes will receive an 8×12 inch print of their winning image valued at $110
Either of these would look fabulous on my wall :)
- for music memories. Driving home listening to 70s music and being taken back to teenage parties with old friends. I love how music creates a moment in time in the brain.
- for my new Intimo purple wrap top which goes so well with my purple LBD skirt - can see many years wear ahead!
But spinach???? Really???
I have come a long way since that first time I experimented by adding a few leaves into my fruit smoothie and was amazed I couldn't taste anything different. So I began adding more and more extra stuff, as I learned through blogs and websites of the endless possibilities.
Today, my smoothies are a densely-packed burst of nutrition at the start of the day, often sustaining me beyond lunchtime and are my go-to breakfast most days of the week.
I have been asked what recipes I use and, to be honest, I don't really! It is more of a process, drawing on a range of ingredients I keep at the ready. So, here is my "smoothie wardrobe":
In the freezer:
Fruit - mostly bought fresh and frozen by me, plus berries purchased already frozen - including: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, apricots ...
In the fridge:
baby spinach leaves, lettuce, organic yoghurt, flax seed oil, walnut or almond oil, green tea, juice, LSA and flaxseed meal
In the fruit bowl:
Bananas (when not affected by cyclones!), apples, pears, avocado, oranges, grapes, stone fruit and more!
In the cupboard:
walnuts, cashews, almonds, chia seeds, manuka honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, vanilla extract, raw cacoa
From these, I simply fill my blender to the top, add water (or green tea/juice) and whizz away!
I drink one 500ml glass for breakfast, mostly while I check my email and social media, sometimes as I drive to work. The other half either comes to work with me or goes into the fridge at home - it is the perfect afternoon hit of sweet energy and lasts several hours without drama. I have even frozen the second half and defrosted it successfully.
No two smoothies are ever the same but they always taste wonderful and give me a huge burst of energy. There is nothing like knowing you have achieved most of your recommended dietary intake at breakfast! The rest of the day is a bonus :)
Then, there are my lunches ...
Friday, March 25, 2011
- for multifocal glasses, which I collected on my way home - kind of weird but not as bad as I was expecting and I am sure I will get used to them in no time.
- for my kind of hair salon, where my colour developed while my hairdresser fed baby one side, then I jiggled his bouncer with my foot while she rinsed it out! And got him off to sleep! My hair is short and purple again :)
Thursday, March 24, 2011
- for an ABA out and about day! First up was a Teddy Bears Picnic in Dandenong, where we had a stand and then it was off to talk to midwives at a hospital. The hospital gave an adventure of its own when the power went off and my DVD was trapped in the player until it returned! So I went and had lunch at the cafe and read my Kobo :)
- for tonight's TV viewing - Turn Back Time: the High Street (which I am absolutely loving) followed by my favourite Alan Davies in Whites then Jo Brand in Getting On :)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
- for a surprise gift tucked in with an ebay purchase - a book called Baby Wisdom!
- for finding that which was lost - I take a medication to help me sleep which impacts on my memory of what I do after I take it (like writing this right now!) Recently, the other me put my USB cable, dongle and car reader somewhere new but I didn't know where! I just found them - tucked into my small camera case in my handbag (good idea, hey?) and that meant I can get online even though our net is down right now!*
* this is no surprise to me - we have all had a series of break downs, stressed people and things going pear-shaped this week, which we are attributing to the Super Moon!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
- for cherry ripe tea, which Melissa just made me a cup of! Spoils from her trip to Olinda and Sassafras yesterday.
- for a day's peace without the phone ringing - sadly because it wasn't working, but it was so lovely :) Ah the serenity.
Monday, March 21, 2011
- for my new mini Breville food processor, because chopping nuts and similar stuff by hand is beyond my physical ability these days.
- for today's lunch, Skinny Chicken Waldorf Salad which was just what I needed :)
Sunday, March 20, 2011
- for getting all the food supplies on my list, so I can have a food-prep session to set me up for the busy week ahead.
- for the stunning autumn day we are having - a bit too warm but a sign of things to come. My favourite season of the year :) And with the equinox, time to switch over my wardrobe!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
- for the inspirational woman, who turns 85 in May, who is also a part of the group. She makes being an octogenarian something to look forward to :) Not bad for a woman who has lived with the disease for 50 years.
- for the ability to laugh at this unwelcome disease with others, because the group is no "pity party"!
Friday, March 18, 2011
- for @Shady Botros, possibly the most popular chiropractor in the world! After my appointment, I was walking past one of my favourite cafes and one man was saying to another "And then I went and saw Shady - you know, the chiropractor up the road" "Oh yes, I see Shady" says the other man!
- for the conversation about our last name and the likely extinction of apostrophes in O surnames, with the man in the health food shop, while he trawled their computer to allocate my loyalty points when I didn't have the card handy.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
- for it being a great day to be Irish! Or, at least, have an Irish last name. Tis St Patricks Day, or as it was rechristened in our family years ago, Kieran Patrick's Day! To be sure.
- for gorgeous Goddess mail in the post, from the wonderful Goddess Leonie. A lovely card filled with with kind words and one of her little sketches. All on a beautiful card by her mentor, Ellanita, which you can view here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/ellanita/art/5542207-1-atlantis
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
- for the lovely rest Roanna was forced to have, when her brief visit extended out by an hour or two, when Evie decided a feed then nap on mum's lap were in order! Sometimes, you just need to do what you need to do. And an extra breastfeeding counsellor trapped on drop-in day is never a bad thing :)
- for the amazing use of technology that allows me to watch the speakers at last week's seminar from the comfort of my laptop screen. It meant I could focus on what I needed to do on the day, knowing I wasn't missing a single moment.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
- the Japanese couple who my parents corresponded with in my childhood.
- eating seaweed crackers on a "Japanese Day" at primary school.
- tracing maps of japan for school projects.
- making origami.
- collecting stamps commemorating the World Expo.
- learning about our sister-city, Susono.
- listening to my children counting and singing "Mary had a little lamb" as part of their Japanese studies.
- being mystified by their Japanese homework in early high school.
- watching Japanese exchange students make their "debut" alongside my daughter.
- enjoying Susono vistors contributions to community events.
- admiring my aunt for her solo travel to Japan.
- eating my first sushi.
- being welcomed into the home of a Japanese mother and her baby for a photo shoot for ABA.
- meeting up with that mother again at conferences in Hobart and Melbourne and her gleeful embrace.
- hearing about my husband's experiences of work trips to his company's home base.
- seeing my kids embrace the Japanese cultures of anime and manga
- constant background music and dialogue in Japanese coming from my son's computer.
- farewelling two of my oldest friends for a year living in Japan for his work.
- meeting Japanese migrants coming to the Breastfeeding Centre.
- regularly eating sushi.
- disbelief at the devastation caused by earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power stations.
- for the lovely baby who came to the breastfeeding centre today: in the midst of the news of death and destruction, new life is a blessing.
- for ordering a purple wrap to match my LBD - did I mention I love Intimo??
Monday, March 14, 2011
- for the gradual return of our home from the dark-side, because such beautiful autumn weather should be able to brighten every nook and cranny (without threat to the undead from shafts of sunlight!)
- for a lovely, lazy day of blog reading, interspersed by healthy snacking and even getting the grocery shopping online out of the way for the month. Hope my energy reserves are refilled enough to keep me healthy for a while, so I can get my life management back on track - that means yoga on Wednesday and water aerobics on Friday :)
So, no projects tackled and no photos to share but I do have several prompts from the challenge site to respond to, so here goes!
2. What did you organize this week?
Other people's stuff. It is disheartening to work so hard and then see others just dump stuff.
1. What are your hot spot landing zones?
My scrapbooking table and my bedside table for me personally. For others in the household, the coffee table and kitchen bench where the fruit bowls are.
2.Think about ways you can tackle these flat surface areas to manage the stuff that continues to pile there.
Not be in a rush. When I rush, I dump. If I have lots of rush days, then multiple dumping occurs. Also, a clear knowledge of what lives in the space, so that decluttering is what we call "eracing the evidence" - what should not be there needs to go to its own home.
3. What are you most proud of so far in your 52 weeks journey?
The public nature of my quest and the positive feedback I am getting from friends online and also hearing how they have also been motivated.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
- for being able to assemble a range of food options for the visiting vegan/vegetarian vampires (!) from my store of food supplies and Plan to Eat recipes.
- for the downpour of rain which is bringing the temperature down to normal, because a hot, humid house of horror (!) is not really so much fun.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
- for local community - in the midst of the horror of Japan and Libya, there was a pocket of hope in my very own neighbourhood. As I returned home from walking the dog, I joined a neighbour who had stopped his lawnmower and another who had stopped her car, to come to the aid of a disabled woman whose electric scooter had come to a halt just as she began crossing the road. Her battery was flat. But it was no big deal - her shopping was placed into the car, she was carefully and respectfully helped into the car and driven home, where the power cable was to be collected and brought back to where the scooter was being kept safely and would be recharged and returned to her. This is the world in which we all should expect to live.
- for my lunch - leftover Vietnamese Chicken Salad I made last night, inspired by that served at lunch on Monday at the breastfeeding seminar. A quick Google, import the recipe to Plan to Eat, shopping for ingredients and quickly assembled - that is tastes even better after overnight refrigeration was a surprise (Asian food usually best eaten as soon as possible). Will now get added to my work lunch menu!
Friday, March 11, 2011
- for a good shopping expedition, restocking my whole-food and other cooking supplies.
- for Plan to Eat, which I joined a month or so ago and am gradually getting set up. I especially like that I can add recipes I find online (thought it is disappointing that it can't pick up from most blogs) and then create a meal plan, send a shopping list to my phone and buy what I need. I am actually using it for my meals, not so much the family!
And after all my research last time, when I was choosing between Blackberry and iPhone, this time I am very tempted to go over to the dark side and get an iPhone!
I have app envy - what can I say? The huge gap between apps available for the two is huge and seems to grow daily. My Google Reader throws wonders in front of me, temptingly, marred by that little word: Apple.
Last time around, it was the little QWERTY keyboard that swayed me - my experience of touch screen with my Palm PDAs had been so frustrating and I wanted to be able to text and email with greater capacity than: OK! And it has been so and opened up more efficient communications and it is good.
But I want more app magic.
So now it is time for me to get down to the nitty-gritty of looking at the options. And garnering unbiased opinions from friends and colleagues, which if a little like getting recommendations for a football team to follow!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
- for the reunion between a mother from the mum's group who meet weekly at the breastfeeding centre and Emma, our local ABA group administrator and trainee, who randomly met up this afternoon! The new mum had been Emma's teacher at school!
- for the prospect of a long weekend, although it will be a busy household, as Melissa is holding a vampire party here on Sunday night to celebrate her birthday! The house is gradually transforming into a gothic marvel!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
So - I became a mother before I turned 21! (And on the day after IWD!)
And today, I am very thankful:
- for Shelia Kitzinger, the birthing and breastfeeding guru, whose writing inspired me to to question "because that is how it is done", who taught me it was my body, my baby - and who gathered me in her arms when I explained the circumstances of my three caesarean births when I met her in person 20 years later! (You can find my youngest child being born on the cover of her book Politics of Birth)
|Yvette and Sheila|
|Me & Mary @ Hot Milk 2007|
|Melissa & Kaitlyn - sisters are doin' it for themselves!|
Monday, March 7, 2011
- for the moment I took a photo memory of as I looked across the room filled with happy, smiling faces bathed in glorious Melbourne sunshine, set against the backdrop of the City skyline through the windows. Good food, good friends and good conversation. (Photo memories are what I call those moments when I don't have a camera in my hand but see a picture I want to keep - I just take in as much detail as I can and file it away in my memory)
- for the description of our breastfeeding centre given to me by a local health professional "You have created a village for these migrant women" - which is exactly the vision I have always had in my mind :)
Sunday, March 6, 2011
- for my lovely son who walked to the shop to buy me some spinach leaves - and books of raffle tickets to use tomorrow.
- for discovering my new purple Intimo LBD is exactly the same shade as my Motto mesh top :)
Saturday, March 5, 2011
- for my healthy multi-grain sourdough toast with almond spread and apricot jam - comfort food :)
- for the abundance of green growth outside my bedroom window - all that rain has helped several plants in their recovery from the drought. I realised there is more shade than I am used to!
Friday, March 4, 2011
- for getting our lovely new banners printed and collected from Officeworks in time to show them off at our seminar on Monday. From vague design to finished product in a week, thanks to several volunteers going the extra mile.
- for completing my annual "battle with Word about a straight-forward mail merge" to produce conference badges for Monday. One of us is not compatible with the other - and I am perfect ;)
I tackled a couple of small projects in the week ending February 24, mostly because I spent the weekend resting a cold. But even the smallest tasks can make the biggest difference!
First was to reclaim what was supposed to be our command centre but had become "the place you shove bits and pieces that might have a home, but you can't be bothered looking for it!" (Can I just remind you I share this house with three other adults, plus two more adults who used to live here!)
We do so little written correspondence these days, but this is nominally where we keep paper, envelopes and stamps: the stamps we have there are TWO price increases behind, so I shall take them and some 10c ones to use at work and just buy a couple of current postage for home.
Now I can keep my household notebook there, even though that is heading the way of the dinosaurs as more and more household accounts are paperless. One day, there will be no paper! (It does help that the last child finished school over a year ago - schools are the main source of excess paper!)
Another little task I managed from bed was tidying my bedside drawer, where I keep my medications and vitamins taken each day, plus odds and ends of nail care items etc. Shoeboxes work well to corral different items and stop the sprawl, but I prettied them up with some scrapbooking paper, seeing I look into this space every single day, it might as well treat my senses!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
- for arriving home and being deluged in a love-fest of feline and canine greetings! Both so sooky they were even being nice to each other (until they realised what they were doing!)
- for the arrival of my BEAUTIFUL new wardrobe treasure - the INTIMO LBD in PURPLE!
wrap (coming soon, I am told - not sure if it is the long or the short but happy with either)
I wish they would do the pants in this colour too and maybe a cami or other top - at least they are starting to realise a large part of the female population wear PURPLE as a key colour!!!! (I have both the LBD and pants in black, they are my only black garments, also the pants in chocolate and a long-wrap in oatmeal. Both the girls have various components as well)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
- for this treasure, which arrived in my blog reader from the wonderful Goddess Leonie:
- for having Kintara here in the office on Wednesdays, to share the load. With our seminar for health professionals on Monday, I needed to box stuff up for the courier to collect in the morning and it was great leaving the phone to her and focus. Job sharing on the same day means we get twice as much achieved in the same number of hours!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
- for making myself do some food prep before crashing, because not having good lunches won't make the next few days any easier on my body.
- for the anticipation of an early night, under the doona and jammies, here I come!!