Drowning: 4th-10th February

posted Feb 13, 2012, 12:11 PM by Dinner Lady   [ updated May 10, 2012, 1:37 AM ]
Some of you might have noticed that I posted last week's blog a day late.  Here's why. 

 If the expression "It never rains but it pours" is true, the last 10 days have been a week where it has, literally, poured. It started off with me attending an inspirational two day work related training course. Yet it was also emotionally and physically draining.  For I said goodbye to Princess Baby for the first time, juggled three sets of child care and anxiously waited for Princess Baby to be taxied in for her regular breastfeeds,even though I knew she was in the best possible care. On Saturday night, instead of a midnight call from Princess Baby, we were woken at 3am by the urgent dripping of rainwater coming in through our attic and down our beautiful turn of the (last) century bedroom ceiling, narrowly missing our bed.  Needless to say, as the person who is at home every day, I have been promoted to the role of site project manager and am liaising and negotiating with various roofers, surveyors and plasterers.  In the midst of all this, I attended a job interview, updated my CV and negotiated another interview date and time which might fit in with Princess Baby's rather unpredictable feeding schedule.  All the time wondering when I might catch up on some sleep, read up on my field and generally try to reconnect with my little grey cells so that I might look like a worthy candidate.  
Meanwhile, the house has started to drown in ironing, washing, piles of furniture and objects that we evacuated from our bedroom. And if you stand on our kitchen floor for too long you might stick to it. It left me wishing the world would stop for an hour or two so I could catch up with it.  

On a positive note, my busy week has had a positive effect on Princess Baby's feeding and I am pleased to report we have both recovered from our maladies.  It seems that as soon as I gave up making her special food, took little notice of her and generally just arranged suitable bits of the boys' meals in front of her, she decided to join in.   She pretty much just gets on with it by herself, occasionally waving her hands or smiling inanely or making the odd grunt or goo.    And now she has asserted herself as Little Miss Independent she is even beginning to let me spoon feed her, which I love.  Thanks to everyone who emailed me giving reassurance and handy tips. 

Our weekly menu has not been a priority this week.  When Maths Geek mentioned rather forlornly that "We haven't had sausages for so long I have forgotten what they taste like", I embraced him, ran out and bought several packets which I oven baked, not even bothering to jazz them up.  

  rotten or gone off - 10 little mushrooms; 2 tbsp taramasalata; 2 tbsp hummus; 2 tbsp double cream

left on our plates - still too much: mainly left over crusts and Princess Baby’s food

left overs I have forgotten to use up - 4 tbsp pork from last week

Disaster - Our waste looks like our local landfill site.  And to make matters worse, I found out that Mrs Doubtfire chucked out about 2 pitta breads because they looked slightly dry....


Carry forward          £184.19
Vegetable box           £15.40
Supermarket             £28.63
Butcher                 £15
Take away               £14
Total February so far   £257.22