I am sitting on the sofa in the living room where a rather heated debate is occurring 'twixt my husband and my daughter, mostly about legal aid and the motivations of lawyers i.e are they only in it for the money? The debate is being punctuated by some intensely taxing rhetorical questions - and I am staying well out of the whole ding-dong. The most taxing question I've had to face today was, 'What are those wooden seats in churches called?' and I intend on it staying that way.
So, the Easter holidays are looming and I am jolly glad, too. It has been a taxing term - this term between February and Easter always is, mostly because the Year 11s suddenly realise their exams are only 'how far away??' and that it's maybe just a tad too late for them to start doing something useful towards passing them like, oh, REVISE?? Or PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS???
There is a mad rush to complete coursework folders and the mountain of paperwork that needs to accompany aforesaid coursework in order to meet moderating deadlines. It is, when all is said and done, a stressy and mad time of the school year.
So, Easter. This holiday I intend to tackle my UFO cupboard. Olly will know what I mean because she has one too. UFO, in this case, stands for UnFinished Object cupboard (or bag, or box maybe) where all the eagerly started craft projects go to live in the limbo of incompletedness because something new and far more exciting has come along to take their place. And in my case, this includes, variously: lavender hearts, knitted mice, a family of Clangers, a couple of rag dolls and a teddy bear. They are all ALMOST complete but not quite. They won't take much completing. I am anticipating such a sudden rush of finished craft objects that I shall be able to set up a craft stall in a craft fayre in the village of Crafty during their famous Crafty Craft Fayre Extravaganza. And make a fairly hefty dent in my craft supplies too, which will be an admirable excuse to go on a crafty spending spree.
My hand-sewn English paper pieced quilt is almost complete, too! I am working my way around the final edges at the mo and contemplating whether to add a narrow bias border before I attach the backing or just add the backing and define the edges by a row or two of top stitching. I have it on good authority that my top stitching is very good and it would save a lot of faff. I shall contemplate on.
I am also contemplating the wisdom of my recently developed salad box habit. In an effort to ease back on sandwichy-type lunches I now have what I call my '10 plus salad box' for work day lunches. I called it the '10 plus salad box' because the content of the box must contain at least 10 different ingredients. This theory stems from something I read years ago that in order to achieve a fully balanced diet, one needs to include at least 33 different food stuffs in one's diet every day.
Now, I realise this can be easily achieved merely by scoffing a cheap ready meal, stuffed to the brim with additives and preservatives, but I believe this is not the true interpretation, nor spirit even, of 33 different ingredients per day for good health.
Anyway, into my 10 plus salad box every day typically goes: rocket, spinach, tomato, cucumber, carrot, radish, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts and a smidge of cheese. Plus a few grapes, and a bit of watercress, broccoli or sweetcorn if they happen to be kicking about.
Today, I added some cabbage. I think it may have been the cabbage that has been fermenting away happily since lunchtime and caused me to look like I've ingested a basketball. But who knows? Any one of those ingredients could be responsible for this bloating. I could conduct an elimination process, I suppose, leaving out one ingredient every day for the next fortnight, but what if I found out the culprit is tomato? I adore tomato. If tomato is the cause of the bloating it would cause me a major trauma. I can't have a 10 plus salad box without tomato. Therefore, I shall blame the cabbage.
Right, the law debate has ceased. It is safe to leave the World of Interwebbly and re-enter the World of Real.
Happy week everyone! Hot cross buns on Friday!!