So the month is nearly over and this means one thing: L’s birthday! I’d have preferred it if, all those years ago (I’m not allowed to say how many :-P) she wasn’t in such a hurry to come out and had waited until March, it would’ve let me at least be organised and saved enough after Christmas. However, her being all angsty and liking to be everywhere early, she arrived on the 31 January, thus dooming us poor people who’ve just managed to think of awesome things for Christmas to scrabble around trying to think of something else awesome a mere few weeks afterwards.
The month hasn’t really flown by, which isn’t a good thing; but I have noticed that the nights are slowly getting lighter (hurrah) and instead of driving to work in the dark and home again in the dark, I do at least see a little bit of light when I leave at 4pm now. Phew.
I’ve also taken up running again. I did manage to get to run for 30mins last year as part of my couch-to-5k training, but changed gyms and never really felt the love for running again. I still don’t. I’ve taken up my sister’s suggestion of a mile a day. That probably doesn’t sound a lot to most people, and it isn’t, to be fair; but to try and run, consistently, for that length of time when you haven’t run for a while is quite a task. It takes about 15 minutes because I do 2K rather than a mile, but I was seeing my running times getting shorter after just the first week. Still, it keeps me moving and makes me feel like I’m doing something, and it’s only 15mins of my day. The worst 15 mins of my day, but there you go.
Project House is also starting to take back over. I need to get my rear in gear and finish off changing the sockets in the spare room which was decorated before Christmas. Oh, and I need to do a post on the house, generally, with photos and wotnot, because even after three months in the house, it has changed quite a bit already. Mostly to do with our furniture and organisation, oh and cleaning – the cleaning, of course…! I’ll sort some pictures out soon enough. Everyone loves a bit of gawking at other people’s houses, right?
We knew that there was a house of girls next door – varying ages from 12/13 downwards, and this week (thanks to the lighter nights) C finally got outside and met one of the girls. She and her sister live with her mum and stepdad, and their stepsisters; so immediately her and C had a common ground in that their parents are divorced. What surprised us further was when C told her that she lived with mum and her girlfriend, but her dad and his new wife lived in the country. C asked if she thought that her mum having a girlfriend was ‘weird’ (I think we need to tackle this question: kids will automatically answer “yeah, that’s very weird, you’re not normal”), but the girl replied and said that her dad is living with/married to a man. Well well well. If it is true (further digging needed, need to invite mum in for a coffee…), then it means that C isn’t the only child locally whose parents have split and one has jumped the fence. Obviously, in this situation, C lives with the same sex family, whereas the girl doesn’t. Still, it’s as normal for them as it is for us.
This year is also going to be my year of trying to make as much from scratch as possible. I’m starting with hummus or however you spell it; as my sis has given me a nice recipe for testing at home that doesn’t need tahini. I can’t find it without spending a pretty fortune on it, so I’m advised that toasted sesame oil can work well in its place. We’ll see. I’m also aiming to have a crack at nice flavoured breads, and I’d love to try and get breadsticks right… I’ve never been very good at baking bread; and I think this is my year to try and improve on that. I should really embrace my love of cooking, although in a kitchen you hate and what doesn’t work for you (no storage, not enough worktop space and the worst lighting I can think of), it isn’t easy. Project Kitchen will soon be underway as Project House continues…
I’ll get around at some point to blogging on proper topics. Well, maybe. Isn’t the point of a blog just to ramble away at no one? I seem to be doing very well at that for now!