Archive for June 2012


June 18, 2012

I am planning to bake a cake for Lucien’s second birthday – wish me luck as I am no baker! I have taken the day off on his birthday and weather permitting, we hope to spend the day outdoors at a farm park.

Every parents’ nightmare has happened to us. Our son found a pen and doodled on the wallpaper. Sigh! Oh well, my husband said, it’s bound to happen. So here’s today’s tip for parents to be: don’t buy expensive furniture. Our sofa and carpet have been so well used and abused. They have had everything thrown at it: spilled tea, coffee, milk, uneaten food, regurgitated food and formula milk, water and even wee. Probably explains that funny smell in the house.

Word hard. Be nice.

June 17, 2012

I saw this poster in an office unit next to ours when I went in there one day to borrow some milk. I instantly thought: WOW! those are such simple words but they make all the sense in the world! It reminded me of All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. I couldn’t stop staring at it or thinking about it so I went to do some research on the poster and found out it is by Anthony Burrill. He also came up with some other slogans but I think this is still my favourite. Well what can I say apart from: this Anthony guy dishes out some pretty good and sensible advice. Absolutely awesome stuff. If only everyone thinks like Anthony!

Best of Jubilee concert

June 14, 2012

I went on YouTube to find out why so many people are criticising Cheryl Cole’s awful singing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert last week (yes I can confirm it is rubbish) but instead unearthed all these smashing performances by Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones and Jessie J. They all sang live in front of a HUGE crowd at Buckingham Palace. I know there are a number of videos here but please take 20 minutes to watch them – you won’t regret it and will probably end up dancing around the room like I did.

The Adjustment Bureau

June 11, 2012

“Most people live life on the path we set for them. Too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along and knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realise free will is a gift, you’ll never know how to use until you fight for it. I think that’s The Chairman’s real plan. And maybe, one day, we won’t write the plan. You will.”

The Adjustment Bureau struck a chord with me. Perhaps I saw myself as Matt Damon, determined to overcome whatever standing in my way to be with the person I love.

At the end of the movie, I told R, “Oh my god! I’m Matt Damon!!”

He said, “You met who?”


If you believe in writing your own fate and beating the odds, this movie is inspiring.

When life gives you lemon

June 5, 2012

… make lemonade?

I have tried to keep myself busy the whole day so I will stop thinking of the fact that I was meant to be on the plane home tonight, but instead, I am sitting at home with a well-stocked fridge.

It has been a terribly stressful month.

My problem is such that no matter from which angle you looked at it, you would discover a different problem. Perhaps what’s far worse is, the situation is such that none of the 100 million possible solutions I can think of will ever work.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt so frustrated in my life.

I’ve tried very hard not to place blame, not to allow myself to go crazy thinking about “what if I had…”, because what’s the point of harping on the past?

Instead of allowing my emotions to take over, I’ve forced myself to focus on what needs to be done.

I have relied on the kindness of strangers this week to stay afloat.

Things are bad but like R said tonight, “Hey, at least no-one died.”

I’ll be prepared to share and explain the details when all this ends.

Mummy, big tree, baby

June 1, 2012

This is currently my favourite picture.