Monday, 21 May 2012

Happy birthday to me...

It's my birthday today! And of course the sun is out which it always is on my birthday. It can't be coincidence or selective memory, it is always sunny on my birthday BECAUSE it is my birthday.

I'm 33.

When did that happen?

I took a photo of myself first thing this morning while thinking:
'I'm 33 years old. 
I'm an adult with two children. 
Yes two actual children, more wrinkles, an expanding waist line and a couple of sneaky uninvited grey hairs'...


(Black and white seems to soften how freaking tired I am)

Seriously when did that happen?

It got me thinking. Which led to random list writing one of which was 'Stuff I NEED to do before I kick the bucket (probably tomorrow)'. I won't share that but I will share my:

20 reasons I know I'm not in my twenties anymore:

  • My idea of a good night out is staying in with popcorn, homemade pizza and a movie.
  • I get up at 6am no matter what, even on the weekend (not by choice you understand, I'm forced by certain little people I live with).
  • At no point during my birthday did I do Vodka shots or dance on a table.
  • One small glass of wine makes me want to go to sleep.
  • If I do drink, I get two day hangovers.
  • Most of the time I fancy a cup of tea over alcohol anyway.
  • I grunt when I stand up/sit down/or even think about standing up/sitting down.
  • My birthday cake was mostly eaten up by lots of little people before I even got a look in.
  • I get stomach ache after eating piles and piles of junk food. (Weird huh?)
  • I got plants for my birthday from a lot of people
  • ... and I was way too excited about it. (In fact I'm way too excited about gardening in general)
  • When it rains I find my self saying 'well at least it will be good for the garden...' *rolls eyes*
  • I love a good stroll in the countryside.
  • When I was in my twenties I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, now I'm in my thirties I know exactly what I want to do. It's the doing it that's scary.
  • I look tired all the time even if I get a good night sleep.
  • Getting ready for the day consists of throwing the closest item of clothing on, shoving my hair into a pony tail (I may brush it but it's not consistent enough to say I 'always' brush it) and slapping some moisturizer on. People! it used to take me a hour to get ready now it takes me 10 minutes!
  • When I get home from a long journey I unpack right away instead of stepping over it for a week or two.
  • My underwear is comfy, that's all I will say. 
  • Its getting 'a bit late' after 10pm.
  • And most worryingly the Betterware Catalogue sometimes looks mildly interesting...
I could go on but basically if my younger self could see me now she would be shocked and maybe a little terrified. 

But the strange thing is, as much I as I would like the thinner, more youthful appearance and high energy levels of my formal self, I have honestly never been more content with my life and who I am. Who saw that coming? Not me that's for sure.

All in all I've had a lovely birthday weekend. Those of you who know me, know I drag these things out. You get a birthday eve, and birthday boxing day and if it is on or next to a weekend you officially own the whole weekend. I have had a whole lot of birthday love!

Check out my beautiful flowers chosen for me by my first born...
 I think this is my favourite card...

Although this one appealed to me for different reasons...
And here is the awesome (surprisingly edible) cake made by my boys...

You will notice that, as I already mentioned, it is going straight towards little people rather than towards me! hmm...
You may now all serenade me by singing 'happy birthday' and saying things such as 'Oh you don't look a day over 21'...

Really? Oh gosh *blushes* Thank you kindly.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Decking is so hot right now...

There has been a small break in the weather guys! I may have a tendency for the dramatic at times but I seriously almost forgot what life without rain was like...

So last week when the weather forecast said dry, we decided we could finally build the decking in our garden. I've been desperately hoping to have it built for over a month now. Apparently I'm not so good with being patient.

I can't believe I'm about to do a blog post on our new decking but here we are.

You never know, I may be about to make decking sexy...

1. First things first. Know what you are doing!

If you are hopeless at DIY like my hubby you may need to enlist an expert to help you. In our case it was my dad, whom we affectionately call the decking king. 
He is a legend around these parts...
They say if there's a space free, just blink and he'll have decked it. 

 I can tell you this is no exaggeration.

2. Collect together all the equipment you are going to need...
3. And arrange them in a organised and careful manner...

4. Remember to impress others with your big power tools. 
The bigger and the more destructive the better...

5. Listen to and follow instructions carefully...
 'You want me to put this where?!'
(Really carefully...)

6. Work nonstop until the job is done.
 Or at least until cups of tea or little distractions arise...
7. Remember to accept the constant grumbles and arguments coming from expert/decking legend over the correct handling of a drill because that is the only way you will learn to do it properly.
 (Or in my hubbies case the only way you learn how to break it completely.)

8. If there just happens to be a wannabe photographer around, allow her to freely roam around taking millions of photos of seemly ordinary things. 

Even if it seems she is completely and utterly in the way...

It's possible she just got carried away...





9. When you are finished step back and admire your handy work. 

Even if you did miscalculate how much wood you would need to make a nice helpful step at the front...

10. Know that it will of course rain the moment anyone even thinks of actually hanging out on it.

But hey it looks nice in the rain too...

I still can't believe I just did a post on decking. I am SO not in my twenties anymore...

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Here comes the rain again...


Unsurprisingly I have this song stuck in my head...

Here comes the rain again
Falling on my head like a memory
Falling on my head like a new emotion
I want to walk in the open wind
I want to talk like lovers do
I want to dive into your ocean
Is it raining with you?

(eurythmics)



Clearly it's still raining here...
We are talking biblical/time to build an Ark proportions here people.

We had slight respite yesterday but today it's back with a vengeance. In fact I think I just saw my border plants floating down the street.

Actually the rain is really beautiful...
I like the sound of it drumming on the window while you snuggle up warm inside...

I like the patterns the rain makes on the glass...
Throw in some thunder and lightening and I'm in heaven. However I think it's the duration of this rain that has got me down. We got some real cabin fever going on in here...
 'I don't know what do you want to do?'...
























There were tense negotiations for fun activities...
Long tiring negotiations...
 Aw my baby so bored....
 There was nothing for it by to play with our hands...


 Still, we have tried to keep ourselves busy...
Sword fights...
The change your expression with your hand game... 
(I know inspired stuff right?)
At one point we play adopted puppies. This lasted all day with the boys feeding, walking and cuddling them to death... 
Splashing in puddles...
And any break in the weather and we leg it out side to enjoy those fleeting sunshine moments...
I take photos like a crazy person...

 Look stuff is growing!

 And the boys squeeze in a days worth of running around and enjoying the garden...

Of course minutes later it's raining again...
*Sigh*
Don't worry i'm sure the negotiations committee will think of something for us to do...