Aah, school holidays! No school lunches, a little bit of extra time in bed, a hiatus in the regular weekly commitments. The markers in the day disappear and I can easily fall into reading ‘just one more chapter’, ‘I’ll just check out this article’ and then before I know it, I’m running around in a bit of a flap that the washing hasn’t been taken out of the machine, oops, I do need to get something ready for dinner, bugger, I haven’t baked anything as a sweet treat and oh yep, the boy isn’t on holidays but still has uni and needs a lift to the station five minutes ago! Does that happen to you too? Because holidays at home are a bit different to holidays away. Can’t be completely ‘pfff, who cares, we’ll just get takeaway’. Nevertheless, I’m very happy to have a break in the routine!
And so it was that I found myself opening the pantry late, late in the afternoon, preparing to get dinner ready only to be confronted by the empty biscuit container. Never fear, the ingredients for jumbles sat there waiting to be combined and when we sat down to cups of tea after dinner, no one could accuse me of being anything other than a domestic goddess! Jumbles are a bit of a family fave. I wrote about them here.
Perhaps my attention had been diverted from the sugary needs of my family because I had spent too long reading The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop. I am really enjoying it. It’s the sort of book that if I was AWAY on holiday, I could see myself reading in one sitting, cup of tea, after cup of tea by my side, or a glass of wine once happy hour arrives! Don’t you just love it when you come across a bit of book-y gold like that? But I’m at home so whilst I was waiting for my girl who was at an appointment, I ducked into the cafe across the road, seizing the chance to have a few quiet moments with my book. Yes, I could have been doing the grocery shopping but coffee and literature is much more appealing. Surely you agree?
Or maybe it was the goings on in politics this week that distracted me? There have been so many articles and analyses to read, both in hard copy and online. It has been absorbing! It’s not my intention to be political but I have to say that whilst I admire Tony’s commitment to fitness and volunteering with surf lifesaving and the CFA, gee, I did not admire his PMship. My man and I aren’t quite sure what we’ll talk about on our weekend morning walks now, our chats having been dominated the past two years by ‘Can you believe…?, ‘How can he…?’ , ‘Why would you…?’. Oh well, I’m sure we’ll find something else. Maybe some Bill Shorten ‘zingers’. We’re a balanced couple! And is anyone else out there a Waleed fan? My heart skipped a beat when I THOUGHT I saw him hop on my train at Richmond station one day but alas, ’twas not him…
This week I’ve also been listening podcasts whilst I’ve been crocheting and busying about with the domestic chores. My lovely friend Karen put me on to this podcast by Liz Gilbert. I listened to the episode with Brené Brown discussing creativity, vulnerability, fear and shame. It was excellent! I also listened to this podcast from Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb after reading about it on Isabel’s blog. I really enjoyed that one too because amongst other things they talked about Anne of Green Gables, Leigh chucking her signed copy of Battlelines by Tony Abbott ‘because he’ll never be Prime Minister’, and Matilda and Tim Minchin. Love Tim Minchin! He is the perfect person to write the music for Matilda. His lyrics capture the sweetness and innocence of childhood and the contempt of Dahl’s grown ups for the children. My girl and I went to see it when we were in London in January and loved it. Do you like Roald Dahl too? Are you a musical theatre kind of person? Or maybe a Tim Minchin fan?
Was your week a good one? Do tell!