Luckily I can totally rely on my hubby to be there for me when I really need him. He knows I only ever ask when I rooly trooly mean I NEED him. And he knows me pretty well- we've been hanging out together for 23 years.....more than half of my life!
This week was one of those times. And like always- he dropped his work and was home as fast as possible. What a good friend & a fabulous papa bear he is!
|Thanks for hanging out with me for the last 23 years. x|
And just when I was feeling the flattest I received an email from the Sydney Writer's Centre informing me that my blog had been nominated for 'Best Australian Blog 2011'.
W O W.
It blew me away.......
It came as a total surprise.
You know I love to cry and this gave the bestest excuse to let it go!
Tears of joy, shock, amazement, happiness.
It made me think about my blog & what it has come to mean to me.
It reminded me that I am coming up to my 1 year milestone. I have had that date in my head a date to reflect upon what writing my blog gives me.
I started it after encouragement from a very special friend who has been trying to get me to do something with my cooking for years. She suggested a blog.
At the time I laughed it off but over the next few weeks I began to look around at a few and really loved what I saw.
I loved Blog world!
I loved that each and every one was unique.
I thought it would be something I could achieve.
Somehow I thought I could squeeze writing a blog into my days of being a stay at home mum to millions.....WTF!
It must have been a day of delirious tiredness that made me think I could achieve it....but you know what.........I CAN & I DO!
Don't ask me how.....but I do.
My blog is still a work in progress and I guess that is how I like it. I like that it evolves & unfolds.
Much like my life....twists, turns, curveballs- some good, some bad.
Primarily I write about me & for me. There are 3 things I like to do each post though- I like to write a little, I like to share a recipe & I like to share a listening pleasure.
Since writing academic essays at Uni (which is a whole nother sort of writing) I really haven't done ANY writing. And I don't suppose I have really ever done this kind of writing. So I had NO IDEA what I was in for and what other people would think.
It constantly surprises me- not only that people read my blog- but that so many people seem to enjoy it.
I love to read peoples comments and thoughts on what I write - although at the end of the day if no-one reads it, it doesn't matter as I write it for me.
Being a stay at home mum is what I always envisaged for myself, what I always looked forward to being..... and I LOVE it with all my heart & consider myself VERY VERY LUCKY to be able to do it.....but along with that comes an element of isolation and a removal from individual pursuits.
What it can mean for many stay at home mums is forgetting about 'me'.
Who is the 'me' that came before being the 'mum of 5 boys'? I'm still the same....
BUT....... writing has made this 'Mother of 5 boys' slowly re-learn to give a little bit more time back to that old 'me'. If that is all writing the blog gives then that ain't half bad!
So as my beginner year of blogging is nearly up I want to thankyou all for dropping by & for taking the time to comment & for joining me on my journey- I hope it's a long one!
GOURMET GIRLFRIEND'S SPANISH TORTILLA:
This is a super easy, super quick & best of all SUPER DELISH recipe that someone super lovely taught my 12 yo when she stayed with us last year. He has been cooking it since. I have added a few little extra goodies....
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 4 eggs
- 4 kipfler potatoes (or other varieties)
- a little sage (Italian parsley is also delicious)
- 1 spanish onion cut into wedges
- olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the onion. Cook till translucent.
Add the potatoes. Cook till soft. Add garlic & sage.
Now add the eggs and cover for a few minutes.
Slide back into pan so the other side cooks-a couple of minutes will do.
Turn it out onto a serving plate and sprinkle with roughly chopped parsley.
Until you have eaten this you cannot believe how tasty such a simple dish is.
It is lovely served alongside a crunchy green salad. ENJOY!
Todays listening pleasure is a song that makes me cry EVERY SINGLE time....