This was a tough week for me. I had one of those emotional, weepy, meltdown days, where kids and everything was just way too much for me. I manage the struggle with being a stay-home mum most days but once in a while it just completely overwhelms me. Luckily the Husband was able to work from home a couple of days to help me with the kids and let me have a little breather. We are thinking of putting the younger boy in preschool a few mornings a week soon. He seems interested in going so hopefully that will go well. But we did manage to have a good weekend, which began on Friday afternoon when the husband took a half-day! Hooray!
On Saturday we got it together and drove an hour south to Gilroy Gardens, a lovely amusement park for the younger kids, which originally was a botanical gardens or something like that, thus the lush greenery and the circus trees! There were lots of fruit and vegetable rides too like Garlic Twirl, Mushroom Swing. Those weren’t suitable for the kids but we did ride in a strawberry and an artichoke and more. It was lots of fun for everyone. We will be back!
Half-day Friday meant dimsum for everyone!
My Mother’s Day peonies bloomed and brightened up my breakfast table with its vibrant pink!
And on Thursday, I decided that one way to cheer myself up was to put some Netflix on for the kids, and get into the kitchen and make some bacon and mushroom risotto with pan-seared scallops and oven-roasted Brussels sprouts. The 2-year-old tried some risotto and liked it, the older boy decided he would rather have fish fingers (I usually don’t cook separate meals for the kids but he’s tried risotto before and didn’t like it. Plus he detests mushrooms so I had baked some frozen fish fingers just in case). But he had an extra helping of Brussels sprouts so everyone was happy.
And I managed to take part in Bout of Books! I’ll write up a separate post for that but I did read more than I expected! Yay!
So despite a not-good start and middle of the week, last week ended on a relatively higher note! Well except for the littler one’s runny nose…
Maman’s Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen – Donia Bijan
From Hell – Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
I’ve seen the first season but never got to the rest of the show. Now I can binge-watch it!
I made some corn and cheddar muffins yesterday.
Teriyaki chicken, stirfried broccoli, Japanese rice
Soy sauce pork chops, garlicky spinach with shiitake mushrooms, and Jasmine rice
Added some great nonfiction titles (Ms Bookish) to my TBR list
Buried in Print has been writing about workplace fiction for the past couple of Fridays. A fun read – and more to add to my TBR list!
A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook featured this lovely poem Congee by Ping-kwan Leung
I love the look of this Oliver Jeffers’ picture book The Heart and the Bottle but it also seems so sad! (Brain Pickings)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) – Catherynne M. Valente
The Woods Vol 1 – James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas
Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire
Lucille – Ludovic Debeurme
The Chronology of Water: A Memoir – Lidia Yuknavitch
Soy Sauce for Beginners – Kirstin Chen