Keeping Busy

I am one for buying stuff purely for the aesthetics. Of late I have been getting really bored of my house. A slow downwards spiral. I desperately want to move so while I search for a place. I keep looking at stuff that would make my house more interesting. Something to make me less likely to jump on the first house I see like a girl who hasn’t been asked on a date in years. I am trying to fall in love with the house again, so when I see things like this

Big Decs Rooster Egg Holder, Bronze

Big Decs Rooster Egg Holder

I convince myself that this is what my kitchen needs to turn me into the ultimate culinary chef. Never mind that they hold just eggs. Which the supermarket carton does really well as that is its sole purpose in life or that if my son accidentally gets hold of this “bang goes the theory” as all the eggs dance on the floor. The heart wants what the heart wants. Besides it’s in the sale. Half prices is surely better than full price.

Another dilemma that is totally driving me nuts (1st world problems hey) is my unending stash of spices. Unending I say because I totally forget that I have them. As Michael McIntyre says in his joke “paprika – I have never been out“. I have all my spices stashed in a tin and I totally forget its there and keep replenishing the stock – hence the unending supply. I desperately need on of these kitchen rack stands to sort my life out. Preferably this spice rack

John Lewis 16 Jar Spice Rack

shame its fathers day soon and not mothers day. I can totally think of a gift for myself. 🙂

Multitasking Challenge

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As a working mum, my weekends are down to a precision art. With a list of chores that would make any domestic goddess green with envy. I have to multi task to get everything done in time or else I wouldn’t get any rest. Here is a snap shot of my list

Sort out 4 loads of washing (whites, coloured, blacks and wools) the key to this is starting the whites and coloured early so that by the time the wools are washed (they take the longest to dry and we don’t own a drier and we live in a flat so no hanging space) the whites and coloured are dried making way for the wools to dry all weekend.

Organise the meals for the week. I am not really a fan of cooking. I do love food but the process of getting it ready and out there isn’t my favourite chore. Truth be told I prefer cleaning to cooking. My approach to cooking is fast and convenient (cooking things that are easy from scratch). If you know anything about cooking African food, you would know this is almost an impossible mission. Every meal has two have 2 types of meat, vegetables washed and chopped to precision size. Different types of fish – dried, fresh, blended etc. There is also LO’s food and fruit pots to be prepared & labelled for the week. Over the weekend I cook in bulk so I don’t need to prepare anything from scratch during the week as most days I get home by 7.10pm.

– House cleaning. Weekend is the time to give every room a complete wipe down. DH also chips in buy drying the washing, taking out the bins, cleaning the bathroom and generally keeping LO busy while I get on with it.

So when I was sent this multitasking test by open education I was so sure I was the ideal candidate for it . However, my score was below average :-(. I am not sure if it’s because I was playing it during my break at work and I gave it all but 2 minutes (diminished attention span). I would try again during a less stressful period and update the post. Do have a play and let me know how it goes.

I have also included some articles below which show that multi tasking isn’t such a good idea so maybe there is a silver lining behind my low score *winks*

PS. I tried to embed the game on my blog don’t know why it didn’t work. While trying to find out what was wrong I accidentally published the post before it was ready as well. Apologies to everyone who got the unfinished version.

Journey Planner

Keep Calm and Carry on

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There is nothing more British than the ability to keep calm and carry on. The ability to reduce a potential meltdown to a grunt and a letter is impeccable. As a girl of African descent, I am dramatic by nature *winks* however, since moving to the UK I have gradually become less expressive and very monosyllabic. I have perfected my “no eye contact” on the train and become great at not speaking to people. However when it comes to the underground or train services in general we are not quite good at keeping calm or carrying on when things go wrong. I am not sure if it’s the exorbitant amount of money we pay for the service or the fact that we are in such a hurry to get home and put our feet up after a hard day at work.

I was listening to one of Dara O’Briain’s comedy clips on YouTube last week. In it he made a joke about the london bombing, he said when most Londoners heard the announcement that there was no service on the underground due to a bomb the first thought that crossed most people’s minds was how they where going to get home and how inconveniencing it would be to their journey. At first, I almost wrote it off as a tasteless joke but on second thoughts I realised it was a true observation.

I know I have been guilty of thinking only of the inconvenience to my journey when I hear that announcement on the underground that there are delays due to a person under the train. I have though how selfish it is that people choose to be “under the train” during rush hour. I know I am not alone in these thoughts as I have heard people at the station voice similar opinions. Recently I watched a show on BBC about train services – Keeping Britain Moving. One of the customer service attendants spoke about how she sold a ticket to a guy who walked straight onto the tracks. The last thing he did was buy  a ticket from her and ask how she was doing. He had a smile on his face as he purchased his ticket. His parents came to see her as they wanted to see the last person he spoke to before he walked onto the tracks. She had tears in her eyes as she spoke about it and so did I listening to the story.

Now whenever I hear that there has been a person under the train. I don’t think of the inconvenience to my journey but the person who felt they were at such a cross-road with no way out but to end it all. I think about the family they left behind who have to bear the pain of losing a loved on, wondering what drove them to the brink and I thank God for the family I have waiting at home for me. No rush I say to my self, you would still get home tonight. Keep Calm and Carry On.

Birthday Edition

Everyone loves a birthday. It makes you feel so special

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You have all your favourite people around you

birthday pictures with friends

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and there is the food

biriyani and apple tart

Biriyani @hotel rafayel

and the glorious cake

prada cake

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cue funny pictures

funny birthday pics

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and romantic ones

man hugging woman

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Such fun.

 

Halloween Post – Greatest Fear

I know this post is long over due. Halloween is long behind us as the Christmas buzz takes over. I have been very busy with the usual gripes working, mumming. Also, my son just turned one -) and I am preparing for his birthday. Hopefully I would be able to post some pics here before he is two. For this halloween party we were asked to dress as our greatest fear.  If I was being really honest mine would have been a positive pregnancy test, however I went for something more dramatic spiders. I did steal bits and pieces of other people’s ideas/costumes. In most of the pictures I seem to think I can fly.

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dancing pumpkin

Olympic Anti – Climax

Olympic 2012 on London mummy on a budget

It’s become a bit of an anti – climax for me already. After all the doom and gloom predicted by the British media and public, it’s a shame to see that everything is going so well.  The trains are running on time, the opening ceremony was a blast, with Her Maj making her bond style entrance and yes security did not collapse as anticipated.  People were able to get in and out of the stadium and even the rain held off just in time for the opening ceremony.  So now we have nothing to moan about, what a bore it’s all become.  There goes all the witty office conversations out of the window.

We still have team GB not winning any medals to moan about. So that’s a consolation.

Anyways, I am off to see about a certain Mr Grey 🙂