#1248 Easy Tuesday

We have a new weekly plan… read the above.

It involves little to no prep dinner – otherwise known as takeaway.

On the menu tonight – Massaman curry and rice. Perfect for a cold night.

And to top off a night of almost no dishes, came my other plan…

‘Tuesday bath time bliss.’

A glass of Red. By candlelight. A dim room. Meditation.

Deep breathing.

In times of hardship, make things all about YOU. And when you start catering to you, you find things become a lot easier, and manageable, because you are filling up your internal reserves. ♥

#1196 A different Saturday

Today I got a taste of things to come.

A Saturday where I had the chance to sleep in. Ahhh.

An easy and slow morning.

A kids birthday party. Where I had as much of a good time meeting and getting to know the parents as baby girl did jumping on inflatable piles of everything with her classmates.

We came home. We chilled. We got takeaway.

We put on music. We drank.

We chilled some MORE.

It was easy and it was necessary. But I am thinking of how the start to my Saturdays will be a whole lot different soon.

It can happen any day now. With no warning. We are meant to be given 4 weeks notice, but as work is still progressing through their moving interstate developments, with both good and bad things popping up to hinder/help the change, they can easily give us only 1-2 weeks notice and then pay us out the rest.

So any day.

Which makes different days like this seem closer than ever. Sure they are exciting. I am looking forward to being with baby girl and enjoying my time with her.

And perhaps for the first time in over 11 years, I don’t know, getting a job that doesn’t require me to get up at a stupid hour like 5am to drive in for at least an hour to work… and that’s only one way…

How’s about a normal 9-5 type job? 9-3 at least?

Oh that’s right. I don’t do normal.

Even greater reason then, to enjoy and feel gratitude for this most easy and normal of Saturdays…

A different Saturday, that will soon be very regular to me 🙂

#1133 Peace on a Saturday Night

Leading up to tonight, I thought I wanted a party.

Nup. My body told me, I needed peace.

Which is exactly what eventuated on this Saturday night.

Four Cs coincided in perfect unison for dinner, as we had Chicken, Chips and Cucumbers… while sitting on the Couch.

My night continued in this way as I went to have a hot shower.

But then downstairs, I got caught up in the sudden Crazy of it.

The nice background music turned loud, instrumental, like we were in a bar listening to a live band. INXS. Queen. 70s and 80s Aussie rock. It went up and up, and though I participated in the concert at first, my body soon repelled it.

It was as if the aches came as a result of the sound. I retreated to the other room with my tea. Sat on baby girl’s beanbag. And within minutes she found me in the Corner of the room.

She joined me quietly, and we sat, spoke softly, and rested naturally, in peace.

In Calm.

Ahhh 🙂

#874 Takeaway delivery drivers

Sure, on these hellishly wintry weather days there are all manner of emergency service people out there who are doing an absolutely fabulous job of keeping things together – both by removing cars from flooded roads, and also by keeping trees from falling on our heads.

All very, VERY noble deeds.

But tonight I am giving a very deserving shout-out to another group of ‘lifesavers.’

Because let’s face it: when we are all warm and comfortable in our cosy abodes, away from the unnerving elements, and keeping ourselves warm next to a heater/fireplace/under seventeen layers of clothing, and we subsequently can’t be stuffed making dinner because

a) it’s the weekend

b) it’s cold

c) it’s too hard

d) you’re tired

e) no bloody reason AT ALL

who do we turn to?

The takeaway delivery drivers.

We simply pick up the phone from the comfort of our couch and –

beep beep beep beep, beep beep beep beep

“Hello? Can I make an order for delivery please?”

30 minutes later and BANG! Food is on the table 🙂 Tonight’s menu: pizza, chicken parma, and chips – the best in comfort takeaway 😉

You don’t even need to worry if your local takeaway haunt doesn’t provide delivery, as nowadays a million and one third parties, DO.

So, these drivers out there take the brunt of the whipping winds and howling rain, trying their damn-dest to get to the top of our driveways for just a moment to escape the middle-of-Winter severity, as we stand there counting loose change for this poor soul.

Note: They deserve ALL the tips. Think of that next time they are shivering on your door step.

I salute you all, delivery people!

 

#871 Family togetherness

I l♥ve them. We are our own special unit. Whether we are spending the day coffee-ing together…

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Looking at flooring together…

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Or even, eating egg wraps together… or just doing whatever. We always do it together.

All of the above we did today, before my work shift. To find time where we do things on our own, individually, is hard to come by. Because if we need to run to the shops for a few groceries, we will all go together so to make a trip of it.

If we need to look at furniture, we will go together, and yet lose our minds when baby girl wants to touch everything… but we still wouldn’t change a thing.

Getting simple takeaway is the same – we will all jump in the car, rugged up and braving the freezing cold Winter winds, and head all over town picking up various meals for us ALL.

I love my unit. I love my family.

I love our togetherness. And as much as I need my own space at times… still, I wouldn’t have ‘it’, this, US, any other way.

Oh. And we even wear slippers together.

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😉

#849 Nothing, and everything

Well, today it happened.

I was at a loss to creatively find something new to be grateful for.

Baby girl having a good day at kinder? It’s been done.

Happy to have a working heater on such a cold day? Done.

Happy we vegged on the couch tonight with takeaway? Also done.

Happy I had some wine? Done done done.

I had gotten calls concerning appointments and jobs to be done over the next week – this gave me satisfaction, but the strength to write about them in a creative manner (it’s not just stating the gratitude, it’s also finding the creative drive to make a story out of it) well that focus I needed was GONE.

Baby girl and Hubbie made me laugh countless times, and we hugged and complimented Hubbie on how much better he looked without his beard – that has also been done.

I watched Shark Tank, LOVED it – done.

Hell, I’m even feeling better regarding my cold – and that too has also been done.

And as I sat there later this evening, realising all the things I was grateful for had already been expressed before… it dawned on me that I had just made a brand new list, and this new list had never been done before.

So suddenly, I was grateful for it all 🙂

 

#665 Sunday family day and realigning

I could be grateful that we spent a good portion of the day shopping, and got a bit more of our Christmas list ticked off… but with all that has been happening with life lately, the busyness, the reality and the true meaning of it, I just ain’t feeling the grateful shopping vibe.

Another day, maybe. Today, it feels too materialistic for the realisations that the day brought us. And maybe, I’m sick of spending so much $$$ in the festive lead-up.

Instead, I had the best time after we got home. We had driven home in the sunny sunshine, and then spent the afternoon not doing so much. In line with this relaxed vibe we got some charcoal chicken, but maybe also (ahem, HUGELY) due to the fact that our kitchen is still a W.I.P.

I had so much on my mind, and laid it all out to Hubbie.

We decided in a change of plans. We have been discussing a simpler, easier, more stress-free, carefree and happier life for about week now, but it was decided for sure tonight, that that WAS going to happen.

Life is short. We are only here once. We plan so much for the future, and often, things change so much. We need to be willing to adapt, roll with the punches, and attune ourselves to our environment in order to survive.

What we were sure of years ago, we are now not so. So we are changing. I am grateful for the relaxed Sunday vibes that allowed us to get to that place, and I am happy that my husband is also in the same ‘place,’ as I am.

Super-duper important in ANY relationship.

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