Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
(photo courtesy zerotohundred.com)
(photo courtesy thesun.co.uk)
Now, if only the other spare tyre problem was this easy to fix...the post-Christmas one. The cold weather has made me hungry morning, noon and night, and everywhere in between. It's like "gosh, it's snowing outside again, I better have another slice of Christmas cake" - I've just had the last slice of cake number 2. And no amount of walking will work that off!
Monday, February 22, 2010
And it did!
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Friday, February 19, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
But one that has come several times is to write about my hubby. I call him that here, cos he'd be mortified to be identified on my blog.
But I want to write about him, and how wonderful he is. If I had to identify one thing that singles him out for me it's respect. He absolutely, wholeheartedly, totally and unequivocally respects me. And that matters. He has never once treated me in a way that was even the slightest bit disrespectful. And I'm not talking about holding doors open here, though he does that too, and stands back to let me whizz past. I'm talking about the deep seated respect, that he values me for who I am, who I've been and who I'm trying to be, that he supports my efforts and my endeavours. And there are many of those, cos I'm a constantly changing, seeking, trying kind of person.
Here are 10 things I love about him:
1. Sometimes I tell him how lucky I am to have him, and his reply is always the same "I'm the lucky one".
2. He is the kindest and most thoughtful person I've ever known. And I've known some very kind and thoughtful people.
3. He lets people out in front of him on the road. If I'm in a hurry, it drives me mad that he does it, but I still love him for it.
4. He holds doors open for me. I know that's old fashioned and not everyone's cup of tea, but I like it.
5. He doesn't use foul language. Ever. Even if I do (which is seldom, but occasionally when I'm really angry, I do).
6. There is nothing he would not do in the best interests of our kids. No matter how much bother, no matter what the cost, no matter even if they hated him for it.
7. He has always done his share (or more) with our kids. He has done night shifts with them probably more than I have. He used to cycle out at lunch time to pick our daughter up from school and bring her to childcare when I worked full time. The staff in the creche would have picked her up, she knew them very well, but he wanted her to have her Dad pick her up.
8. He always sees a side to something that others don't.
9. He defends the underdog, even when it's unpopular.
10. He is scrupulously honest.
11. He can be relied on to stay calm, even when I'm in a total flap.
I cannot imagine a life without him, and I hate to think of one of us being without the other,even though I know that eventually that will happen.
He is my soul-mate, my rock, my treasure. I love him to bits.
We had known each other as friends in university, did the same course, but then didn't keep in touch. It was a lucky Monday evening when I met up again with him as I waited to collect my take-away pizza!
Hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
On top of the normal things, there were a few meetings to attend, both in my own school and in the children's school. And on Tuesday my friend Deirdra was in Dublin , so we had lunch together. We hadn't met in a year, and it was lovely to see her and to have the conversations that you don't have on the phone.
Which brings me to the title of this post. Deirdra is hoping to embark on a new career, and is trying to figure out where her passion lies. I think it's in writing- she is a born storyteller.
She asked me what I'm passionate about, and I couldn't give her just one answer.
So here are some of the things things that I'm passionate about, in no particular order (with the exception of number 1 ):
1. Being a mother. And this is the hardest one, because of course I want to be the perfect mother, and of course that is impossible. I'm bound to make mistakes, but I just hope that I can be a good enough mother. No pictures here.
2. I've been into Aromatherapy for about 15 years now, and I still love it, and still find lots to learn about these wonderful oils. This is my "small" box- about half of the oils I use!
3. Music, and in particular the French Horn (me playing it, that is!). I started 4 years ago, and I love it! I love playing in the band of which I'm part. Making music is such fun! My newest pieces are Mozart Horn Concerto No 2, and "I got Rhythm" (Gershwin). I've got a Grade 6 exam this year, so I'll be busy practising!
4. Teaching Business and Accounting- I've been a teacher for 31 years (can't believe that myself!) and I still get a fantastic thrill when a student grasps a new concept. They laugh at me sometimes, cos I clap my hands or jump up and down in excitement when they give me a great answer! Seriously, isn't that some job satisfaction?
(this picture credit ehow.com)
I've done other things in my life that I'm proud of, or passionate about, but now I'd like to hand over to you and to hear about your passions...
And one last word on passion- hubby and I went to see "It's Complicated" tonight- thoroughly enjoyed it, what a laugh!