A – Z About ME

I was tagged by the lovely Jenny from Mummy Mishaps to do this A – Z About Me meme.  I thought it would be a bit daunting – but I actually enjoyed it 🙂

ANORAK…Do you have a sad side

I do.  I don’t really mind a bit of dust here or there, but what I cannot bear is things being in the wrong place.  For example, an ‘ornament’ or photo frame not facing the correct way, or if it’s at a wrong angle!  Also, and I have revealed this before – any photos in photo albums *have* to be in chronological order

BODY…What physical attribute would you most like to change?  

There are many things about my body that I’m not happy with.  MANY.  But what I’d love to change is my arms.  I want lovely, toned arms.  No matter how much I exercise (which I haven’t done in a little while), my arms just don’t change 😦

CELEBRITY…Which one would you most like to date and why?  

Ooooh… George Clooney.  Or Matt Bomer.  Or Paul Walker.  Why?  Simple reason – they’re just *so* hot!

DEBUT …Tell us about your first ever blog post. What made you start blogging? 

I only started blogging in June.  It was an idea I had been toying with for a few weeks before I started.  I had become more active on Twitter and I discovered a handful of parenting blogs.  I could identify with a lot of what I read and wanted to share my own experiences.  I didn’t think other people would actually read my posts!

My first post was about how much weight I gained during my pregnancy, how much I enjoyed eating and how hard it was to lose the weight!  I think I chose to write about that particular subject because I had just (when V was 7 months) started watching what I ate and started exercising.

ERROR …What’s been your biggest regret?  

This is a tough one.  I’ve done a lot of stupid things that I regret.  Some more dumb than others.  Let’s just say I’ve learnt from my mistakes!

FUNNY – who’s making you laugh? 

At this very moment (for the last couple of weeks), my sister 🙂  She’s here visiting from London and we’ve spent a lot of time together, just giggling!

GRAND…If we gave you one right now what would you spend it on?  

Hmmm…  A holiday?  New clothes?  Actually, I’d probably spend it all on a handbag…  Or maybe a camera?

HOLIDAY… What’s your favourite destination?

Definitely Bali!  It’s a beautiful place.  It’s relaxing, but at the same time there’s so much to see and do.  The hospitality is fabulous and there’s no shortage good restaurants or bars.

IRRITATE… What’s your most annoying habit? 

Nail biting, I think.  Although, Hub would say it’s not picking up the bath mat or closing the shower curtain after I’ve showered! 

JOKER…Whats your favourite joke {the one that makes you laugh everytime you hear it}? 

My brother told us this joke when he was about 8 (I was 14).  It’s very silly – but it still makes me laugh:

There were three men in a plane and they ran (flew?) into some trouble.  They each had to throw something out of the plane so they could stay in the air.  

The first man threw an apple out.  

The second man threw an orange out.  

And the third man threw a bomb out.

They landed soon after and started walking.

They saw a little boy crying and asked him what the matter was.  The boy replied, ‘An apple fell on my head!’  They continued walking.

They saw a little girl crying and asked her what the matter was.  The girl replied, ‘An orange fell on my head!’  They continued walking.

They came across a (different) little boy and he was laughing hysterically.  They stopped and asked him what was so funny.  

He replied, ‘I just farted and my house blew up!’

KENNEL… Do you have any pets?  

Yep.  I have a dog, a Lhasa Apso, called Rolo.  He is absolutely gorgeous – but also very spoilt (my fault).  He will be 7 next week 🙂  He’s loving and playful.  He loves seeing new people – but he is one of those ‘I’m going to jump on you and lick your face’ type of dogs.  Also, we think he might be gay.  He only humps the legs of men!

LOVE…Are you single, married, engaged, living with a long term partner?  

Hub and I have been married for nearly 6 years.  We met when I was 16 (he was 17), but I didn’t really know him too well until we were at university (different universities, but both in London and many common friends).  We started going out when I was 19 and we were together for 3 years.  We got back together 4 years later!

MEAL… Whats your ultimate starter, main and dessert

Oh no!  This is really difficult because I love food!  Chicken and sweetcorn soup to start.  With garlic and rock salt asparagus.  Mains – Korean barbeque pork with sesame oil and salt sauce mixed with rice *wipes away drool* and dessert…  Tiramisu :p

NOW…If you could be anywhere right now where would you be and who with? 

In the sun, by a pool or at the beach with friends laughing and having a great time 🙂

OFF DUTY…What do you do in your spare time?  

I usually say that I read.  But I haven’t read anything for months 😦  I blog, I read blogs and I tweet.  Usually while watching crap reality shows 🙂

PROUD MOMENTS …What are you most proud of?  

Having Vinay, of course.  He is my pride and joy!

QUEASY …What turns your stomach? 

All the gory scenes in shows like CSI and Criminal Minds!  I LOVE shows like that, but usually have to look away at the beginning!  I can’t watch movies with lots of blood and guts and I absolutely refuse to watch horror films.  Including movies like Scream (which people say is like a comedy).  I just have a tension headache by the end of them.

Oh.  And the smell of vomit.  *Shudder*

RELAX…How do you relax?  

I relax by watching tv, listening to music, being online and organising my cupboards (don’t ask!).

SONG…Whats your favourite song of all time?  

Oh my!  There are SO many to choose from.  I listen to all types of music and love so many songs!  But I think my all time favourite is Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together.

TIME…If you could go back in time and relive it again, when would you choose?  

I would go back to the week of our wedding in Bali and our honeymoon afterwards.  I have many happy memories of time spent with family and friends in an idyllic location.

UNKNOWN…Tell us something about yourself that no one else knows?  

If I told you, then *everyone* would know!

VOCAL…. Who is your favourite artist?  

Al Green, for sure.  The ‘True Love’ album is just amazing.  His voice sends shivers down my spine.  They just don’t make music like that anymore (OMG – I sound really old!)

WORK….. What is your dream job, and are you doing it now?  

Apparently, when I was about 4 and my mum asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said I wanted to either be a puppy or a princess.  I am neither of those things 😦

From the time I was 16 I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  And that’s exactly what I did, although I am taking a break now.  Funnily enough, for something I was so passionate about – I don’t know if I want to go back to it.  Maybe it’s time to try something new?

XRAY…Any broken bones? 

Does ‘a near hairline fracture’ count?  Do you remember back in the day when they had those phone-card public pay phones?  We had loads of them around the school, including one in our boarding house.  One day after school someone came to get me from the common room and told me that my sister was on the phone.  I raced to the phone room to speak to her.  Mid-conversation the WHOLE damn phone fell off the wall and onto my foot!  It hurt like hell.  My first instinct, however, was to pick up the receiver and check if she was still on the other end.  I couldn’t hear anything and then I started screaming for help.  The rumour going around is that I was actually speaking to my dog.  Again, don’t ask.

YIKES…What’s been your most embarrassing moment?  

Lol!  From the age of about 18 to 20 we used to go to Cafe de Paris in Leicester Square almost every Saturday night.  My two cousins, my sister and I would drink a countless number of shots.  They were called Bazooka Joes.  They were blue and absolutely disgusting.  We would dance if we weren’t drinking and, more often than not, would end up dancing on the speakers!  Needless to say, we were quite off our faces most Saturday nights.  Those were the days when I was quite slim and wore mini-skirts.  I loved going out on Saturday afternoons to buy a new top to wear for that evening!  

So, this one Saturday we were at Cafe having a great time.  3am rolled around and they closed the bar and blocked it off with a row of bar stools.  All the seats were covered in leather.  I’d had a bit to drink, but wasn’t *that* drunk – just v
ery merry and I had to go and sit down for a few minutes.  I climbed up onto the bar stool and sat down.  I realised, too late, that this bar stool didn’t have it’s leather cover on the seat.  It was just metal and it wasn’t flat – it was rounded.  As I sat down, I slid off the back and fell onto the floor, legs up in the air and skirt up at my waist!  Only TWO people saw it happen and we still roar with laughter when we talk about it.  It was funny, but oh so embarrassing!

ZOO…. If you were an animal, which one would you be? 

If I could be any animal…  I would like to be a pig.  But not just any pig!  I would like to be George Clooney’s pet pot-bellied pig 🙂  I have the pot belly already!

And now, I am going to tag the following… You can find the blank A – Z form HERE

motherventing

MrsSlummyMummy

MelkshamMum

Yellow Days

SAHDandProud

Children’s Party Planning – The Things I’ve Learnt

I’m sorry.  I am so, so, *so* sorry that this is yet another birthday post!  However, you have to admit, this has been a pretty important birthday.  First child turns one, etc.  By the time we have our next baby, I’m sure there won’t be *this* many posts about his/her first birthday!

Anyway – I’m sure you will all (apart from those of you that have extensive experience in this area) benefit from this post.  

So, if you don’t have experience in planning and organising a children’s birthday party – please continue reading.  I have drawn up a list of things I have learnt about having a children’s party.

1. Find helium more than 4 days in advance of party.  The party planner said she would fill the balloons.  ‘No problem at all, Dia’, she said.  I looked at her price list again.  £4.85 for each foil balloon.  £3.20 for each latex balloon.  Was she mental?  I had about 40 foil balloons and 40 latex balloons.  No thank you.  I was given the number of someone who would supply the helium for £100 a tank.  He said I would need two tanks.  Maybe three.  And he was going to add on a £30 service charge.  I told him I’d call him back.  I didn’t.  I finally found a store where I could buy the helium tanks (without having the price jacked up) and fill the balloons myself.  If I’d known it was going to be such a nightmare, I’d have found the store and bought the helium a couple of weeks ago (and I wouldn’t have been so stressed this week)!  And, now I know, 3 tanks doesn’t fill 40 foil balloons.

2. Order burger buns a week in advance.  Not a day in advance.  I forgot.  I forgot and only did it the day before the party.  Thankfully, they were able to do it for the next day.  You’d think it would be easy to get burger buns, right?  Actually, it is.  But since the burgers are ‘mini burgers’, I had to get ‘mini buns’.  If I’d remembered to do this last week, I wouldn’t have stressed about it the day before the party!

3. Find someone to help you blow up balloons.  I did them all on my own.  Actually, that’s a lie.  My sister did two of them.  It wasn’t too difficult, but some help would have been nice.  Thank goodness I’m not a smoker anymore, or I’d be dead.

4. Learn how to tie balloons.  There really is no point in blowing up balloons if you don’t know how to tie them.  I needed help for that!

5. Concentrate while blowing balloons.  I was busy making faces at the baby while blowing a balloon.  I didn’t realise how inflated it was and it popped.  While it was still in my mouth.  It hurt.  Quite a lot.

6. Keep dog in another room while blowing balloons.  If you have a dog, I’m sure s/he is very well-behaved.  Mine is not.  He is a monster.  Each time I blew a balloon, he would run and pounce on me.  Luckily he didn’t burst any.

7. Assemble Little Tikes Crazy Coupe a few days in advance.  A friend suggested I use her collection of ride-ons for the party.  I thought this was a brilliant idea.  She loaned me five of hers and I had the Little Tikes Crazy Coupe, still boxed up, to add to it.  Deciding to assemble it at 6pm the night before the party wasn’t the best decision.  I thought it would be simple – stick the wheels here, put the steering wheel on there, etc.  It wasn’t.  And I needed a drill, which I didn’t have.  So I left it half-finished!  Hub brought a drill home the morning of the party and finished it.  V looooves it!

8. Source return gifts locally.  I knew I wanted part of the gift to be little animal backpacks, I just didn’t know where to get them.  I didn’t find what I was looking for on UK websites, apart from on Amazon.  Unfortunately, they were way too expensive.  So…  What bright idea did I have?  Ask my cousin in China to find them and get Hub to freight them over.  Everyone thought this was a great idea.  And actually, it is.  Except they didn’t arrive until 4 days before the party.  I could not work out how I was going to wrap, bag, package them until I *saw* them.  I got them on Monday night, and started gift-wrapping on Tuesday (until Thursday).  Had I looked around here first, I could have made my life a LOT easier!

9. Don’t have the party at home.  Really… It must be a lot easier (and maybe a teeny bit more expensive) to have it out somewhere.  Somewhere where they organise the space and the food, etc.  It would be so nice to just turn up and enjoy it!

10. Make a list!  I did make a list.  I made lots of lists – I just couldn’t remember where I put them.  So, make a list of the things you need to buy, things you need to do, people you need to invite, etc.  And don’t lose it!

AND… this next one doesn’t really have anything to do with the party, but…

If you have to spend 5-6 hours at the temple the morning (and afternoon) *after* the party, don’t stay up drinking champagne until 2am to celebrate that the party is over!

The Big Day

Yesterday was Vinay’s Big Day.

He turned one 🙂

We opened presents in the morning…  It took longer than I thought I would.  He kept getting distracted by the wrapping paper!

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He had a nap after opening the presents.  I had a shower!

In the afternoon I wrapped a couple of the ‘going home’ gifts for his party (more about that later), sorted out the helium for the balloons

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and generally tidied up and made sure that everything was ready for the afternoon.

At about 4.30pm, Hub’s parents and a couple of other relatives and close friends arrived to cut the cake.

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Vinay had his first taste of cake.  He liked it.

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A LOT!

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Vinay was exhausted.  Mama was exhausted.  But everyone had a good time.

Including the dog!

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Happy Birthday, Darling Boy!

My Darling Boy, 

Today you are 1.  I can’t believe how fast the time has gone.  

It seems like only yesterday that the doctor gave you to me and I said, ‘You have your Papa’s nose.’  I love your nose.

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It seems like only yesterday that we took you home from the hospital.  I was amazed at how your cries got stronger every day, and how were always able to let us know what you wanted.  Thank goodness your Nani (my mama) was there to help us.

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It seems like only yesterday that you were lying on my chest and I told you all about the food I ate when you were in my tummy and how much Gaviscon I had to take.  You were a week old, but I was sure that you understood everything I said.  You don’t like to lie like that anymore.

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It seems like only yesterday that you had your first set of shots and cried and cried.  There are still many to come, my love!

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It seems like only yesterday that I saw your first smile.  My heart melts every time I see you smile!

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It seems like only yesterday that we brought you back to Lagos and you slept through the whole flight.  You were 12 weeks old.  Why didn’t you do that last month when we went to London?

It seems like only yesterday that you were able to sit in a Bumbo and not squirm your way out of it.  You’re very wriggly now!

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It seems like only yesterday when the only sounds (apart from crying) you made sounded like pigeon noises.  And two days ago, you said your first word.  ‘Mama’.  I loved hearing you say that!

 

It seems like only yesterday that you tried baby porridge for the first time.  And loved it!  You (and Rolo) would wait in anticipation for porridge time.  And you both still do that!

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It seems like only yesterday that you rolled over for the first time and then you started moving around ‘commando style’.  Once you started crawling, there was no stopping you.  When you start walking, we’ll be in serious trouble!

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I love that you wave goodbye to people when you’re tired and want to sleep.

I love that you ‘dance’ when you hear some of your favourite songs.

I love that you give me kisses and cuddles and have learnt to rub ‘nosy nose’.

I love that you pretend to wash your hands each time you hear ‘This is the way we…’.

I could write so much more about all the things you can do and the things I love about you.  But I won’t.  I’ll keep them in my head and pray that I don’t forget any of them.

Happy birthday my beautiful boy, I love you.

May God bless you always.

Love, 

Mama

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I can’t believe it. Vinay said ‘mama’!

He started babbling a little late – at about 7 months – and regularly said mamamama, etc. But he was never calling *me*.

Yesterday, as I was leaving his room, he got a bit upset. He looked at me, and without a doubt, said, ‘mama!’

I got a bit excited, but didn’t get my hopes up too high.

But today, he did it again.

My baby said, ‘mama’.

And he said it before ‘papa’ 🙂

The Last Two Days

My goodness… I feel like I’ve not stopped!  This is the first time I’ve turned my laptop on since Thursday night.  I’ve *never* not been online for that long!

Why?  Let me tell you.

First, the painters/decorators have been here this week.  PAINTING THE HOUSE (I’m not talking about the *other* painters!).  So been busy moving furniture and other crap in and out of various rooms.  How I have accumulated so much stuff, I just don’t know.

On Thursday the tailor came to put up the new curtains in the guest room.  And the painters *just* finished in there at about 6ish that evening.  So I had to spend a couple of hours clearing out the room, making the bed, making sure the drawers and cupboards were empty, towels, in the bathroom, etc.  Why all the trouble?  My sister was arriving on Friday morning and the room had to be ready for her.

So on Friday morning, I went to the airport at 5.30am.  I left just as the flight landed.  I got there at 6am.  And she didn’t get her luggage until 7am.  Over here, you’re not allowed *in* to the actual airport, you have to wait outside – so I made myself comfortable and did a bit of people watching.  The hour passed really quickly.

We got home at about 8am, unpacked her bags.  My mum sent lots of goodies (but not a Chanel handbag or a dslr camera.  OR the turquoise stilettoes I wanted from Kurt Geiger.).  We chilled with Vinay, had breakfast, did some tidying up, showered and had lunch.  She then had a nap and I went to go and buy Petits Filous (the story of my life).  I had a nice nap when I got back, though.

In the evening, we had dinner at home and then two of our friends came over for a little while.  Was great to catch up.

I was exhausted when I went to bed, but I just couldn’t sleep.  And I couldn’t sleep because I was worrying about today.  There was a lot to do!

The lady was coming for my waxing appointment at 11am.  And the hairdresser was coming at 11.15am.  So had to work out what time to shower, wash my hair, and be ready by.  In addition, the painters were coming again to spray the furniture in the guest room (don’t ask why it wasn’t done earlier in the week).  

So, everyone arrived at the same time.  AND the generator repair men came. 

Anyway, got everything sorted and we were running on time.  And we went off to the spa for manicures and pedicures.

We came home, picked up V and then went to visit our aunt.

Are you tired yet?

We came home at 6pm.

And now we have to start getting ready for dinner!

I haven’t been this busy in a *long* time!

*faints*