Sunday, 30 August 2015

On Dieting Tomorrow and Being Happy Today

Some people say tomorrow never comes. Instead I say my tomorrow will finally appear at the end of September. "Why?" you may be asking.

As from October each year, our household resumes a routine that is quite lost during the summer, when I keep the same working hours whilst my son is off school and my husband's seasonal work picks up. So technically, the summer is to me the very definition of chaos as a rule.

Now I am not sure but I think I have previously pointed out, it is my husband who does the cooking at home. He took over the role of chef when I had a baby (over five years ago!) and we never looked back at my mediocre cooking! So with summer being such a busy time for him and with his work hours being so erratic over the June-September period, I often find myself having to cook for myself and my son (two different dishes please note as my son still insists he likes practically no ingredients in the world and I would get pretty fed up and remain quite hungry if I were to cook the same things for myself.)

So as a rule what happens is I ensure to give my son his meals in a timely manner, and forget all about my own till after he is asleep as with a zillion things to do and a very needy demanding clingy little boy this is the way to choose the easier dinner time - no interruptions and preferably something not messy so that I can easily eat it at my desk whilst working). As a result, I usually pop some very unhealthy food (think pizza being among the healthiest options right now!) into the oven to cook on its own whilst I shower and maybe tidy up our home a little. Add to that, dieting includes taking some type of salad to work (I mean pasta salad, rice salad etc... the filling kind!!) rather than buying a take out baguette, seeing as my body seems to object to bread and stores it all into added kgs and a bigger circumference for my body. But getting a salad ready requires yet more time that I currently don't have.

Hence why I give up on trying to diet today and plan instead of starting a serious diet come October. That said, there are some things that can't wait till October. Whilst this list includes rushing around trying to get all of my son's school stuff ready (uniform, shoes, stationery, a satchel and the list goes on) as well as planning to book a pre-school haircut for same little boy, there are also numerous other things I have got to be doing, like housework (I'll pretend I didn't hear myself mention that one!!) But over and above all the to-dos and to-nots, I have decided I should be taking up The Happiness Project. I know I have said this before, more than once, and never stick to it, but there are some things going seriously awry. To start off, I am going to try to keep to a self-imposed rule that I must get enough sleep. I am getting less than 6 hours of sleep most nights (thank you very much to a person who upset me on another social media account when I said I'll love having my son back in school so I can get things done during the day rather than instead of sleeping!). In fact last night, due to a pact I made with myself that I'd sleep enough, I got up in the morning much more refreshed and able to tackle the day, rather than looking around me as if I were still in a daze.

So from now on, everything around me can just go to hell (excuse my wording but it's the way I'm feeling) if it is past a certain hour - I am going to get myself enough sleep come what may. Not only so, but I am going to draft up for myself a list of all those little things that affect me so much for doing/not doing them and ensuring that my happiness comes before other things as long as I am not causing anyone harm. That means that I will find some free time for myself (yes dear person who once again lashed out at me on yet another post I wrote elsewhere) because it is a poor world to live in if we're acting more like zombies from being overloaded and it's not fun for anyone, most especially our own kids, when the mother is not feeling well from that overload.

I am now off to live life, away from a computer screen (checking my FB account less times a day is on my list of things to do!) other than when I am either working else to finally maybe get a chance (given my imposed free time schedule) to properly see what The Sims 4 can do.

Friday, 21 August 2015

A Case of Being Charitable

I don't usually do any advertising on here, nor am I going to start now. Only I stumbled onto this charity and couldn't not share. If we all did our part, then the world would be a kinder place, and what better way to start than to help a children's hospital? May the little boy in the story rest in peace.

Friday, 14 August 2015

The Breakfast Eaters

This title was kindly provided to me by my five-year-old son and seemed just the thing to talk about for some humour.
There are two kinds of people - those that let disposables/food finish and then go back to buy more, and those that stock things so that they never run out. I'm the kind that panics if I so much as see the level of a particular something dwindling. Which is why I have a cupboard full of different cereals. Or well, truth be told, I had!!
Now for those followers who are not from my country, I must first explain that I live in a hot climate, or so they say. I usually beg to differ when we have a harsh winter. Point is, heat makes everyone and everything go nuts - people get nervous, dogs lie around with their tongues out and no desire to run after balls, and food goes bad.
This last is the topic on my mind today. I plan on recounting a small mishap that happened to me a few days ago.
I went into the kitchen to put the kettle on and saw something that looked very similar to a tiny moth (I'm sorry but I am not very literate about insect kinds). It was on the wall and I was quick to grab it in a tissue before it flew away. I managed and threw it in the bin. So when I went back to the same area later and found another at exactly the same spot, I thought I was seeing things. Once again I repeated the movement - tissue, moth, bin - and forgot all about it. Till it happened again, then again and again!!! Surely, this wasn't normal.
Now remember the cereal cupboard I mentioned earlier? Turns out these insects were coming out of that cupboard, in which they were having a feast. So at 10pm my plans of a writing session went out the window and I tackled the cupboard instead. Out came all the cereal packets, which I checked one by one (unfortunately most ended up in the bin for having been touched already by the moth-like insects) and then I cleaned up the interior. Now my cupboard looks very bare with its pitiful remaining stock until I can go to restock (very wary now as it seems that I must have bought a pack that had insects inside it already). And so we come to my son's complaint - he is quite pissed off that the Breakfast Eaters, as he so named them, are the cause of the loss of most of his cereal packets.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

On NOT Catching Up

As the time taken for this new entry to appear on the blog clearly shows, I am not catching up!

As soon as I switched on my Macbook and logged in this morning, a sign flashed onto the screen. My calendar program was reminding me it was time to see to the washing machine’s filter again. So was it time to wash the dishwasher (yes, you can actually clean your dishwasher - give it a nice long hot bath with its favourite lemon-scented soap to coax it into working efficiently and also in order to help it stay feeling well). A third sign, this time to change the water filter on the Brita jug, also popped up.

Now many people are quick to tell me not to mind, that it doesn't matter, that I shouldn't worry about the house being upside down, that the washing up can wait and that so can the laundry, as well as the various filters and other things that all appliances, big and small, seem to need changed or seen to every so often.

How wrong they are! There is a limit to how much you can actually leave till tomorrow. Because tomorrow you'll wake up to a brand new day, use up more plates, pots and glasses as well as more items of clothing and underwear. Multiply this by however many people live in the house! What's the point of saying you can afford to leave things undone when it's not true? With that kind of reasoning I could easily leave all the plates etc in the sink for a month! Because really, how will tomorrow prove less stressful and give me more time? How about the fact that with summer in Malta being what it is, it is proving extremely difficult to have any clean towels in the bathrooms, or facecloths for that matter, even when I do care and mind and stretch myself to get on top of the laundry!

The same reasoning goes also for chores that do not occur every day. I can easily leave the washing machine filter a couple days more without a cleaning but if I don't MAKE the time then this task is never going to magically fit itself into my schedule. Talking about such things, my tumble drier has a way of ensuring you DO give its filter a good clean whenever it requires it - it automatically stops working whilst switching on a red warning light after every certain number of cycles - a sure way to get me to not miss out on the dreaded (and important) task. Same goes for the dishwasher when it's time to feed it some more salt. Even before the signal lights up, I can see that it is leaving residue over some items after a thorough program, clearly indicating that I'm better off stopping from whatever else I am trying to do and fixing the issue then having to continually rewash things in the sink. And at this point, for those wondering why on earth I mentioned earlier that I actually do the washing up in the sink, it's because I was a) speaking in general about a household problem and b) because of the zillion plastic containers and plastic children's glasses, plates etc that appear to pile up in my sink, as well as that we often find ourselves needing to reuse a pot or pan before I've actually filled and started a load in the dishwasher.

Now why am I saying all this? Mostly because it gets on my nerves how people expect me to just laugh and be merry whilst my mind is continually cluttered up with thoughts such as that my son's got no clean glasses to drink from or that I might actually have to wear the same bra on a following day if I didn't make it a point to keep up to date with the laundry! And the two examples I have exhausted in this entry are only two common household problems and by no means the only things I should be catching up on in a more timely way.

Having had my rant for today, I can at least cross off one item from my never-ending list of 'to dos' - 'update your blog at least once a week' - which it is obvious from the date at the top of this post is something that I did not manage to keep!