Friday, November 23, 2007
This was me
you chose AX - your Enneagram type is SEVEN (aka "The Enthusiast").
"I am happy and open to new things"
Adventurers are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world.
How to Get Along with Me
- Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.
- Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.
- Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.
- Don't try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.
- Be responsible for youself. I dislike clingy or needy people.
- Don't tell me what to do.
What I Like About Being a SEVEN
- being optimistic and not letting life's troubles get me down
- being spontaneous and free-spirited
- being outspoken and outrageous. It's part of the fun.
- being generous and trying to make the world a better place
- having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures
- having such varied interests and abilities
What's Hard About Being a SEVEN
- not having enough time to do all the things I want
- not completing things I start
- not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing; not making a commitment to a career
- having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies
- feeling confined when I'm in a one-to-one relationship
SEVENs as Children Often
- are action oriented and adventuresome
- drum up excitement
- prefer being with other children to being alone
- finesse their way around adults
- dream of the freedom they'll have when they grow up
SEVENs as Parents
- are often enthusiastic and generous
- want their children to be exposed to many adventures in life
- may be too busy with their own activities to be attentive
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Rob is even yellower today and really not at all well. That won't change for a while. I've been told the combination of glandular fever (or mono for my American readers) and hepatitis is like being hit by a train then run over by a steam roller. I'm so glad I'm home now so I can look after him.
My mother, as always, has been our saviour these past few days. Even Dad was on child-care duties yesterday as Rob just can't function. It's going to be a hard few weeks till he's better but being in hospital has really made me count my blessings. So many sick babies on the ward - all with breathing problems. A little boy in the bed next to ours had Downs and all sorts of complications - has been in hospital nearly all his life. A baby in the other bed opposite was so congested - lungs full of fluid and really poorly.
So I'm grateful to the universe that my son was only there for a few days and is happy and getting better. Things could have been much worse.
Monday, November 12, 2007
It never fucking rains.....but it pours
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I have both. I never thought I'd get a new car (remember this)....and I got my healthy boy who wasn't taken from me when he was born like Oz was....
Noel Edmonds - all is forgiven.
So.....I am asking again....watch this space and I'll let you know...(I'm using the same method as last time)
Cosmos, oh Cosmos oh great mystic Cosmos
Wake up and bring me this thing, wondrous thing.
Wake up, be bright, be magic and light
Oh Cosmos please hear what I sing....
Dear Cosmos....please can I have an acting job?
Today Toby has finally sussed how to stand up. And is now doing it all over the place. Using anything he can get his hands on to pull himself up. He's ever so pleased with himself! He has also started smacking his lips a lot when he's hungry/thirsty. Here's a little example!
Oz hasn't enjoyed Guy Fawkes season. He's absolutely terrified. We went to a fireworks party on Saturday and he wouldn't go in the garden to see the show. Toby on the other hand, like his mother, absolutely bloody loved it! Was clapping every time a banger went off and bouncing up and down on my knee with glee.
Last night, being Nov 5th, it was particularly like Beirut on the estate behind our house. Oz was screaming and crying - so scared that Rob took him into our bed with him and lay there cuddling and reassuring him till he went to sleep. First thing Oz said this morning was "I like fireworks mummy....when they stop".
So it looks like it's just going to be Toby and I in the future trooping up to Blackheath for the displays! Rob hates fireworks too - so it must be genetic.
Talking of which - was very happy to read this today - I'm still feeding Toby - I could cup feed him formula but to be honest, I can't be arsed! I feel so much better than I used to now he's sleeping through (still woke up at 6am this morning and most mornings but I'm getting used to it!). Bfeeding is still easiest. He's got his front teeth coming through so has been erratic with eating - so easy to just put him on the boob a bit more. He's eating well - though he's refusing jars now - just won't eat them - but wolfs down "real" food. Thank God for scrambled egg!
Both boys are generally fab at the moment. Oz can still throw a wobbly - full on, on the floor, screaming and real tears - at the drop of a hat....but I just ignore it and it soon stops. The best control for him at the moment...."I'm counting to three.....one....two...." and whatever it is you want him to do is always done by 2. I used to threaten - if you don't do such and such by the time I count to three, there'll be no x, y, or z. But then I realised I didn't have to use the latter part of the threat - just the counting works!
Ok - there's a kiddie update for all of you (especially my family). My dad, who retired 2 months ago, has now got himself another job. Abroad. In Kosovo. (Nice...) So I have another reason to keep this updated so he can see his grandsons wherever he is.
Here's the recipe
* 2 tbsp vegetable oil
* 2 red skinned apples, washed and cored
* 8 Finest pork and leek sausages (spot the fact I only had 6 - didn't seem to matter)
* A few springs of fresh rosemary
* 100 g plain flour
* Pinch of salt
* 2 large eggs
* 150 ml half fat milk
* 150 ml water
1. Preheat the oven to Fan 200degree C/ 400degree F/ Gas Mark 7. Place the oil in a large roasting tin and place in the oven to heat up. Cut each apple into about 8 wedges.
2. Remove the hot roasting tin from the oven add the sausages,apple wedges and rosemary and roast for 10mins or untill beginning to brown. Whilst the sausages cook,place the flour in a bowl with the salt. Make a well in the centre and break in the eggs. Gradually whisk in the milk and water untill the mixture is smooth. Set aside.
3. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and shake well, pour over the batter then return to the oven and bake for 30-35mins or untill golden and risen. Serve with vegetables and gravy.
Rob and Oz (and Toby too) wolfed it down. I recommend it!
I'm turning all domestic in my old age!