What I wore | I am a Librarian

This outfit really didn’t pan out that well and my photographer is losing interest in me as a model {translated as he just wants to take silly face pictures of himself}.  I think this skirt needs to be saved for summer with a tank top or fitted t-shirt, the cardy combined with a past the knee pencil skirt really gives me a Nana look I wasn’t really shooting for.  Hmmpppff.  At least my nails look good!

Wardrobe Wednesday

CARDY: Country Road Merino

SHIRT: Glassons Peter Pan collar blouse

SKIRT: Country Road

SHOES: Sperry Topsiders

Manicure

Currently….

This week has had a frantic feel, one of those weeks with a multitude of appointments, people to call, things to schedule, bills to pay…… sans husband of course.  But Dave has been available via the inter webs to help me make a big decision for Ethan – thank god because I was just dithering on my own.  Ethan is very gifted in reading, writing and spelling, he always has been.  Language comes naturally to him and has since he was 9 months old {that was a fun month – a walking and talking wham-bam!).  Maths however, not so flash.  Not bad, not so bad that it has ever drawn any attention, but the disparity between his numeracy strategies and the brilliance of his language skills has become an ever widening gulf this year.  He has slipped through the maths groups and has simply failed to progress.  Time for some outside intervention.  I probably could have given his teacher some time to pull him up to where he should be, but quite frankly maths is a big deal and sitting on the mat playing learning games  isn’t serving E any purpose.  After running it by Dave he agreed that the $48 outlay {ouch right?} for one session per week was an investment that Ethan needed.  Time to catch up before he really gets left behind.

With that being only one of the spendy decisions on hand this week {the house reno is back into bleeding money mode}, I have made it to Thursday and that is lovely.

Currently Loving

So much!  I bought quite a stash of nail polishes back from the states because faves like Orly, O.P.I and Essie are only $7ish per bottle, beats paying $25 here.

China_glaze_rose_among_thornsChina Glaze – Rose Among Thorns is the first one I have tried out and I LOVE it.  It’s a matte neon, goes on beautifully and looks fab.  Available in NZ from www.candy girl.co.nz for $14.95

Also loving Man O’ War Pinot Noir (I was given 6 bottles of the 2006 vintage and can’t find it on their website, but it’s delish).  I’m ashamed to say I opened my first bottle of red wine for the winter on Monday night.  And it’s actually spring.  I used to look forward to a nice red on a cold night, luckily it seems spring hasn’t arrived with a abundance of warmth so I’ve probably got a few more nights of dark chocolate and wine ahead of me!

Reading

Still slogging away at the first book in the Game of Thrones series by George R.R Martin.  Slogging sounds so derogatory, which is terrible as I LOVE this book.  I just haven’t prioritised finishing it!  Kindle says I’m 80% of the way through so I’ll wrap it up this week.

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Watching

Honestly, nothing much.  I would rather be writing or reading.  I can get sucked into The Block for about half an hour before I get antsy.  Truth be told, since Mum, Dave and I bought this house the only show I watch with any regularity is Shortland Street!  I haven’t watched this since I left home at 20 but apparently it’s fairly easy to pick-up where you left off even after thirteen years!

Thinking about

Our house, the renovations and prioritising the many remaining to-dos, Dave in Italy – if I don’t hear from him my mind starts to wander and I worst-case-scenario everything.  I’ve also been spending a lot of time thinking about this blog and where it’s headed.  The conclusion of one project has given me a little freedom to relax and just do what I want -which is what you should be doing on your own blog right?

Surprised by

The lack of hours in the day, constantly.  The treadmill-like feeling of getting up, school drop-off, going to work, school pick-up, after school activities, chores, dinner, bedtime…..blah blah is relentless.  And that still surprises me.  I can’t remember feeling like this when I was a SAHM.  probably because at the end of the day, when you’re at home, you are master of your own destiny {as much as the little people will allow of course}.  If you don’t want to get out of your jammies, the reality is, you really don’t have to.  I miss those days, sometimes!  The grass is always greener isn’t it….

Making me sad

Our soldiers dying in Afghanistan and the lack of respect certain people show for the armed forces, their sacrifice in service, and the honour in their deaths.  Whether you agree with the war or not these men and women deserve nothing less than our utmost support.

Making me happy!

Crossing things off my to-do list every day, coming home and seeing the last two new windows installed, seeing my little guy happy at Numberworks DOING MATHS, my mum and our house x

Back on the Goodfoot

It had been over 18 months since my last gym workout. A snappy, shitty 18 months that saw my stress levels hit an all time time high as we battled through an audit, a miscarriage and Dad’s cancer diagnosis which got the better of him after 9 months.
At the end of those dark days I had nothing left after I came home from work, tried to keep some semblance of a ‘normal’ home life and tried to be a good or at least average wife and mother.
I let myself forget about what made me feel good and have ended up at a point where I hate my body, feel completely weak and can’t remember what it is like to feel good about myself.
Despite the launch of the marvelous KFC Double Down Burger today, I have been changing my eating habits over the past few weeks and I went to my newly joined gym for the first time last night.
I was so nervous and self-conscious at first (which is ridiculous considering how much time I have spent in the gym over the years). Yet I settled into an awesome 50 min cardio workout and then did a 75min yoga class afterward.
I surprised myself, worked really hard and LOVED it!
Back again tonight for round 2, my new weights programme and more cardio. I have set myself a 5 kg weight loss goal with another 5 to go hopefully after that
There will be no fingers crossed this time because I just have to get it done, the big genes run thick and fast in my family and I’m determined not to see how many of them I picked up!

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Mothers Day, I like it

I am celebrating a wicked mothers day by blogging on my new iPhone! The stars have finally aligned and all my wishes come true. Aside from Ethan’s obession with my new phone (he assures me that 5 year olds need iPhones too) we had such a great day. The boys cooked us the best eggs Benedict ever – Ethan calls it eggs burn a dick – and then we headed off to Muriwai. The day was perfect, light offshores so it was fairly warm for this time of year. Louie even seemed really happy on the beach for once.
The tide was too high for safe rockpooling so we finished up at the ramp and the bmx track = happy tired boys. We love Murivegas and I love being a Mum xxxx

The Great Interview Experiment

The Great Interview ExperimentI can’t even tell you how I found out about this little interwebs-game, but I did and I signed up and it was very interesting and fun.  The basic premise of the GIE is that I interview the person who signed up before me, and I am interviewed by the person who signed up after me, or something like that.

So, my interviewee-pal is a chap named ‘Jack’ who maintains his blog  wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com.

Whoa.  I had been assigned a real deal, hard out blogger.  Someone who writes and blogs for the sheer love and joy of it, someone who is not a mommy-blogger, someone who writes really, really well and doesn’t just fill the gaps with pics of whatever their kid did that day (like me).  Suffice to say, Jack’s blog has been added to my google reader.

Here are my questions and Jack’s answers;

  • Your blog archive dates back to 1999, though your posts then seem somewhat…….blank.  Were you just inventing the interwebs back then or beginning your blogging journey?  What were you really doing online in 1999?

I started blogging in 2004. It was kind of an impulsive move on my part, can’t really say what made me do it. Prior to my blogging career I had participated on a bunch of message boards and various chat rooms. I started doing that sometime around 1994.

I know for certain that I was doing it on January 16, 1994 because it was the night before the Northridge earthquake. I saw Schindler’s List that night and was so bothered by it that when I got home I logged onto AOL and spent some time there trying to distract myself.

Anyhoo, years later I am a seasoned blogger with a ridiculous number of posts.

  • New Zealanders are beginning to share you view on over-parenting, those precious kids are being referred to here as “cotton-wool kids”.  How are you letting your kids get grubby and bruised and really experiencing the world?

I am a big believer in teaching kids how to survive in the real world. That means that sometimes I let them fail at activities. When we play games I don’t always let them win. They need to learn how to deal with adversity and how to rely upon their own resourcefulness, ingenuity and intellect.  At the same time we try to be careful to make sure that their egos don’t get crushed in the process. It is a real balancing act.

It makes me crazy when I see parents totally cater to their children. One day those kids will be in a world of hurt because a situation will arise and no one will be there to rescue them.

Part of the process/theory we use is providing the kids with an allowance and providing opportunities for them to spend their own money to get things that they want. Again there is a bit of a balancing act going on, but I like them to understand that things aren’t free. Not to mention the benefits of teaching them how to use money responsibly.

  • Practitioners of the Jewish faith here in New Zealand are about as rare as a good taco, so can you hook me up with a good Latkes recipe?  I have tried to make them one time and they turned out not so bueno.  Thanks in advance.

There are a million different recipes for Latkes. I am a big fan of Joan Nathan. She is a well known author of cookbooks of Jewish foods. The New York Times just ran an article she wrote with some latke recipes that sound interesting.

I like making latkes and use a recipe that is similar to this one. I say similar because I am one of those people who uses the recipe as a sort of guide. I never make anything exactly the same way, there is always a special twist or two.

  • How much social media is enough?  FB, blogging, tumblr, posterous, twitter…….where does it end and what suffers as a result?  Your thoughts please

Social media is an interesting sort of animal. It is the kind of thing that can easily become a major time suck and I suspect addicting for some people. I suppose that I have sort of a low grade addiction. I truly can’t imagine giving up blogging, but that is because I love to write. It is a an expression and an outlet that I never grow tired of.  But I certainly don’t spend the same amount of time reading and commenting on other blogs as I once did.

I have two Facebook accounts that I use.There is one that is tied into my blog. Since I am semi anonymous I decided that it was easier to use one account strictly for the blog. I have a second account under my real name that I use with friends, family and business colleagues.

I got into Twitter a year ago. For a long time I was reluctant to add any other “extra curricular” activities to a fairly busy schedule. But a while back it became obvious that social media was going to be a big part of my business so I set about doing what I could to try and learn how to become proficient in it.

The question of when does it become too much is subjective. I suppose that if you become so involved that you lose your employment or find personal relationships suffering it is time to curtail or cut out some of your social media activities.

  • How does a Jewish family spend Christmas Day?

Christmas day is just another day of the year for us, albeit one in which we often find ourselves with lots of free time. There is an old joke that Christmas day is the time when all the Chinese restaurants are filled with Jewish families.

It is not unusual for families to go to the movies or to organize parties. In college they used to have dances they called “The Matza Ball” that we would hit.

In my family we did a lot of those things. But some years we would be invited by Christian friends to their homes. When that happened we’d go hang out and help them celebrate.

  • Have you participated in the Great Interview Experiment before?  If this is your first time, how did you find out about it?

I did this last year. I interviewed Marinka.

  • What do you love/hate about LA?

I am a native Angeleno, born and raised in Los Angeles. I love this city. It has everything that you could ever want in a city. There is art, museum, cultural events, incredible restaurants, great entertainment and of course spectacular weather.  How many cities can you name that provide the opportunity to surf and ski on the same day. It is close to the mountains and the desert. There is fresh fruit year round.

Going back to food, Los Angeles offers access to great ethnic cuisine. We probably have the best Mexican food in the country and in spite of the protestations from others we have great pizza. You can find a great steak with your eyes shut and there isn’t a city anywhere that offers more opportunities for great sushi.

And none of that covers great Indian food, some of the Ethiopian restaurants or the hundreds of others that are here.

On the other side of the coin I have seen the city grow and become a bit crowded. Not unlike many cities traffic has become problematic and the public transportation needs work.

As a kid the public school system was great. We received an excellent education and went to the best universities. There are many issues now that need to be addressed. You can still receive a very fine education but it has become harder.

In addition the housing market went crazy here. It has become harder to find affordable homes to purchase.Now that the bubble has burst there seems to have been a correction, but I wonder.

  • Have you considered moving your family anywhere else in the world to live?  If so where and why

I love L.A. and there really aren’t too many other places that I would consider living. All that being said I wouldn’t say that I am locked into living here forever. In 1995 I was on the verge of moving to Israel. Some times I am still surprised that it didn’t happen.

Within the states I’d consider living in a bunch of different places, preferably a warmer climate. I am a guy who can wear t-shirts and shorts year round. I don’t like the cold very much. Although I suppose that if the right opportunity came up I could find myself living virtually anywhere.

Living off the land. Or trying.

I am soooooo excited about my vege garden this summer, I haven’t felt this excited since the summer of 2006 which is when we moved to opposite land and I couldn’t stop planting shit because we had a GARDEN AND WE DIDN”T LIVE IN AN APARTMENT!!!!

Anyway, here is what I have planted so far;

This thing is going off, see those lil baby zuchs!
This thing is going off, see those lil baby zuchs!

1st bedThis is the sunny bed out of the two, L to R I have, tomato, rosemary, zuch, tom, lettuce, zuch, eggplant, tom, zuch, lettuce, thyme, lettuce, capsicum x2, parsley in the herb patch and swan plant for Ethan to grow monarchs on.

2nd bedThis is the shadier bed which I have left pretty empty for the 2nd batch of seedlings coming soon.  In here I have cucumber, 4 tomato plants, zuch and scarlet runner beans.  At the back under the bird cloth are my 6 strawberry plants.

Seedling nurseryThis is my little seedling operation down at the pool shanty.  The spa is enclosed with big glass doors so it is super warm and sheltered for the babies.  In the big pot on the left is a habenero pepper which is kicking ass, more scarlet runners are in the hanging basket, the bushy pots are heaps more toms (god kows where I will put them all), then there are tonnes more capsicums, eggplants, zuchs and basil.

It has rained for almost 5 hours straight today so I can’t wait to go out tomorrow and see how much everything has grown, LOVING this time of year and loving that we have charged our planting and are looking pretty good for a fruitful harvest, if not a little late, but hey.

Tomato seedlings

4pm

The nice flip-side of my darling boy growing up and starting school dawned on me today.  I mean, I realise that there are many flip-sides such as the confirmation that Dave and I have seemingly done a great job these past five years and have raised a pretty well adjusted little kid who after being at school for five minutes on his first day looked at me and told me ::very s l o w l y in case I might have trouble understanding:: that it was time for me to go now, he had school to do.

But today….Oh my goodness.  I haven’t had a hair cut in approx 6 months.  I have had my colour done but not a cut, so basically it looked like the remnants of a hay bale stuffed into a hair tie.  I was that girl who entered the salon wearing a hat.  But I left with the best haircut I have ever had.

I figured that it was my duty to go clothes shopping, you know, doing it for all the recently-separated-from their-kids-by-school mothers out there.  So I took one for the team and picked out a new outfit for the Pearl Jam concert tomorrow.  Let me tell you, if you are not a fan of your mid-section or if you straight up hate it like I do, GO AND TRY ON A MAXI-DRESS.  I did, I bought one and I am going to rock it tomorrow.  They are so slimming, the long full skirt just draws the eye down and of course there are no muffin-top-nasties anyway because you’re not being cut in half by your waistband!

After that I met Dave for lunch and we sat poolside at The Backyard and soaked up the sun.  Yes it was sunny.  I promise.  We enjoyed prawn and sundried tomato fritters and split a Backyard Burger.  So good!

Best day I have had in a long time.  And all because I can work three days and make the same hours I was previously doing over 5 days.  Bless you school, I am definitely Thankful for you!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  Here are some shots from Halloween / Thanksgiving 05

Friday – pretty low key

…..but I made it through.

I went to work and picked Ethan up from kindy at lunch time and shopped for Halloween party snacks and face paint and pumpkins and came home and carved my first Jack ‘O Lantern and painted my first Cheetah face and picked up dinner for my parents and went to their house so Ethan could Trick or Treat and played in the paddock with the dogs and enjoyed a lovely dinner and came home and put the boy to bed and cleaned up the pumpkin mess and did the laundry and watched ANTM and cleaned the rest of the house……..and NOW this…..in bed.  Life is good xxxx.

 

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My week in tweets

Mike Havoc on bfm talking about new Black Crows album: “this is what Kings of Leon would sound like if they weren’t too busy modelling” amen3:59 PM Oct 9th from web

It’s only a SMALL bourbon & coke5:10 PM Oct 9th from web

There is a fishing rod IN my bed and I watched Bill Hohepa Goes Troppo this afternoon.ARE YOU STARTING TO UNDERSTAND MY LIFE? That child9:06 PM Oct 9th from web

It is possible that there are any Aucklanders who have not mowed their lawns today? HELLO SUN!

2:54 PM Oct 11th from Power Twitter

Goodnight #aisling, never forget your little ones New Zealand xxxx11:12 PM Oct 12th from web

Boxer dog dragged new bag of potting mix to middle of lawn then ripped and shredded it. Laugh or cry?

1:18 PM Oct 14th from web

::::::YAY!!!::::: whispers quietly that husbands fishing contest has been cancelled this weekend

about 8 hours ago from web

OMG we named our Shi Tzu after you Captain Lou Albano & now your dead. RIP wrestle-man

about 8 hours ago from web

Goodnight!

How is this fair?

  003You were only with us for one night Ducky but we all loved you so much (except for Louie).    We all wanted you to get strong and well so bad that it’s hard not to cry even though you were just a lost little duckling Ethan found on the lawn.  That’s what makes it even sadder.  Ethan has cried a million tears  this afternoon and is terrified that he might forget his little duckling, though he has promised to pick Jan’s flowers every day to lay on your grave and make mudpies for you as well as he thinks you might like those.  He is suitably worried about how God is going to get you to heaven now that you are buried, but ‘The Fairies will help’ has eased his worries for the time being.

Everything is shit today, and a precious little ray of light that made us all happy getting snuffed out just compounds the shit-i-ness.  Are there enough happy pills?  I don’t know.