A Window into Life in the Suburbs

"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rush Hour

Had an odd dream last night. I remember running... and hiding everywhere from everyone including the husband. There's a very large house... filled with people I knew. But I don't remember why I was running. Perhaps there was conspiracy afoot.
When I opened my eyes, I felt a creeping headache threatening to go nuclear. It was if I had run a marathon and there was adrenalin rushing through my body.
I'm sure my unconscious was trying to tell me something. Can't imagine what I could be running away from.

Yeah, I swear, scount's honour, I did go to bed but then the husband came in at 9:30 and offered to make me a drink and then he wanted to talk. How bad can that man's timing be? But seriously, we do our best talking just before sleep time. We rant and rave about the state of the planet, wax philosophical... and theological and then we decide that, now we've talked... we can sleep.

Another hot day... phew... went up to 34 degrees. Yeah, it felt like it. Who needs a sauna when all I need to do is walk to pick the kids up from kindy and school.
Traffic was a killer this morning to and from the library. Roadworks, as it turned out, was the culprit.
How long has it been now? Four months? Five months? Just when you thought they had finally finished everything, there's still an island to be built.
A string of trucks were trying to run through the amber lights and then found themselves pushed to the left hand lane. Ended up being a bit of a mess, not to mention holding up traffic coming from the right-hand side.


The undercover car park was two-thirds full by the time I got to the library. And that was before half past nine on a Tuesday. Must be all refugees from the heat.
Returned a whole bunch of books and DVDs. Went to the DVD rack and got quite carried away only to find out later that I didn't have my wallet on me. No wallet, no library card.

When I do the school pick up, I observe the 9 year old is holding two library books in her hand. Why do we even bother buying bags when the young 'uns don't use them for their intended purpose.?
"Mummy... look what I borrowed..." Something called "Go Girl" and a zombie book apparently. 
"Put them in your bag."
"But mum...  they won't fall out of my hands."
"Put them in your bag..."
"But mum... I won't read them on the roadside."

I give her my death glare and raise my voice to a dangerously stern level. "Put them..."
She sighs... bends over and fiddles around with the zip.

Five minutes later... I say... "Taking a long time, aren't we?"
The 9 year old lives in perpetual slow motion except when self-interest is on the line.
While walking, she informs me that she's chuffed because she had a maths test and scored 23/30. For her, that's not bad really.
"Why didn't you tell me you had a maths test?"
"Oh I'm so sorry mum... but I was excited about being home after a big day at school yesterday that I forgot."

Dinner tonight was "shoeshi" (to channel the 4 year old). Homemade, of course. Definitely not authentic. Authentic = Expensive. Rice, egg, cucumber, canned tuna, seafood sticks and the vitalest ingredient of them all... Japanese mayonnaise. Yum.
Hey it's not bad. Crude... sure... but edible...

There are somethings worth buying expensive... canned tuna is one of those. John West or Greenseas. Buy 10 for $10... oh so worth it. Tonight we had a newie... tuna with corn and mayo... not bad. The 9 year old actually liked it.

The 9 year old, it seems is allergic to The Princess Bride. The husband and I quote it mercilessly and she takes off screaming with hands on ears. Not sure what's so offensive. The Princess Bride... one of the funniest movies ever made. We threaten to eat her lychees and she shoots back into her chair bullet-like. Too late, I help myself to one of her lychees.

So what do you think of the new look blog? Not too loud, is it? Orange is not my usual thing but it seemed to go with the new name.

Talk to me please...


  1. What do I think? I think it's fabulous!!! So refreshing! I love the new name too, Lilian.
    So fun reading about your day too. Thanks for sharing. x

  2. Thanks, it's good to get some feedback.
    Would love to get more from others.

  3. Gotta agree that the template's great! Well, anything beats pink for me! :)

    Discovered a yummy sushi, if you can call it that. Just spam, rice and seaweed. Phoebe's favourite at the moment, though any rice wrapped in seaweed and topped with mayo is exciting for her.

  4. My kids love the mayo too. E likes us to slather it ontop of any and every sushi. It covers a multitude of sins.


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