Well after coming home from ProBlogger all motivated things haven’t gone so well with my blogging have they!? Oh well, I am here now so lets get on with it and have a good old natter. It seems my internet is playing nice this morning so lets do this.
Things are still going well in the kitchen and I haven’t been a total nutcase yet. I really am waiting for the cheese to fall off my cracker (a saying Mr Chardy likes to tease me with, ha ha ha – it is true though). I have taken all of your lovely messages on board and I am being kind to myself. It is working and I am so much happier. I think something else has made me rethink my attitude too…. I revisited the book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Have you read it?
I read it years ago and it really is fantastic. Can’t recommend it highly enough. Every single thing written in there is so true and when I was reading it I kept thinking “has he written this just for me”?
Rules of Engagement
I was reminded of this book last night while chilling out on the lounge after returning from the kitchen. I needed a bit of mindless TV to relax before bedtime so I watched Rules of Engagement. God I love that show – it is hilarious. The main characters are a middle aged-ish married couple, without children, named Jeff & Audrey. Every time I watch it I think they are exactly like Mr Chardy and me. She is always getting frustrated with him because he won’t listen and he gets frustrated with her when she is annoyed with something. It got me thinking…. I am pretty sure the man who wrote Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus actually wrote this tv show too! It is like a walking talking version of the book.
Just one quote from the show last night by Jeff: “My wife was upset, I needed to fix it…. when you take your car to a mechanic you don’t say – don’t fix it just hug me”…. so Jeff is always trying to fix Audrey’s problems when all she really wants is understanding, reassurance and a hug, she doesn’t need him to fix things. And this my friends is exactly what the book is all about. When I was down in the dumps I think it was escalated because I kept wanting Mr Chardy to understand and just give me a hug, but when you read the book you understand that they just don’t work like that. You also understand how to deal with them when they aren’t all that happy. It was such a light bulb moment… oh god, would you listen to me, somebody stop me… lets move on….
I need to talk to you about another trashy TV show I started to watch last week…. now, don’t judge me, lord knows I am judging myself …. it is … The Bachelorette. And after paying out so much on the Bachelor I can’t believe I am now hooked. They have totally reeled me in. Did you watch it? Please tell me you did and I am not the only one. My picks are Dave (the Plumber) and Sasha. I know it is all a game and believe it is totally scripted and I also think they plant a few dick heads in there. My pick for the planted dick head is that international model…. what a wanker. And not even one bit attractive, I can’t stand to look at him, he thinks he is some sort of god. It is hilarious. Who are your pricks…. oops I mean picks?
This Glorious Mess
Now tell me, are you on board with this podcast – This Glorious Mess? If you aren’t get on with it, I am telling you – it is brilliant. If you are a parent (or even if you are not – my Govie loves it too) you need to listen. It is so funny and everything they say is so true. It isn’t about perfect parenting it is about the glorious mess that parenthood is. They don’t sugarcoat anything and they tell it how it is, I think that is why I love it. You know I like to keep it real, and they do too. A new podcast comes out each Friday and last week they were chatting to Jessica Rowe. She definitely keeps it real and has a new hashtag on her Instagram: #CrapHousewife – ha ha ha. I love it. She doesn’t claim to be able to do it all and she certainly doesn’t claim to be a domestic goddess who packs one of those amazing (or ridiculous) lunch boxes straight off Pinterest. She does claim to do a lot of lunch orders and believes you can’t beat a packet of Shapes thrown in for good measure. She has stopped trying to force her fussy children to eat healthy meals and just gives them what they want.
Holly also agreed with this and I am right there with you guys – as Holly said – we can waste a lot of time grating vegetables and trying to create a yummy healthy meal for our children only for them to refuse to eat it. The only thing this achieves is us as parents getting really really angry. I don’t think we are angry that they won’t eat it, we are really angry because we just wasted all that time and food making something they were never going to eat anyway. I have don’t this so many times, I have even tried to force the food into their crying mouths…. OMG – who am I. I am shaking my head remembering that one. Well – no more people…. I am over it and just give them what they will eat now, and guess what – they are ok and they are happy, and so am I. They will survive, I am pretty sure of that, and one day they might even eat properly. Who agrees?
What else has been going on? Lots of cooking. Look Aileen, I tried my hand at your cream buns and they turned out ok, they ate them anyway. I don’t think the rolls were as good as yours, but it was my first try.
The kids are enjoying school holidays and I am enjoying them too because Miss Gabby has been helping me so much, that lady is worth her weight in gold, what a worker. Amazing. I know anything I ask her to do will be done above and beyond my expectations. It has been so great to have her help. I am sure she has enjoyed a little break from the school room and all of Tom’s questions too. Does anyone else have a boy in year 5… and do they have serious attitude at the moment? Will it pass?
Right, I am sure, if you have made it down this far you really do have better things to do than listen to me ramble on. If you have made it this far – thanks for listening. It is great to be back, now I need to get back into some sort of routine. Off for my morning walk now.
How are things going in your part of the world?