Thinking Out Loud

Even Trinny and Susannah can’t work it out.

Recent events have got me thinking about that question that most mums have at some stage. And in my case – on an ongoing insane basis. Should I be working or should I be at home? What is the right thing for the kids? What is the right thing for our family? What is the right thing to do for me? So, I stand corrected – it’ actually multiple questions.

Last week I came across this article about Trinny And Susannah (from What Not To Wear fame) and it made me thing – man, even famous, rich people have this problem! It was the same kind of epiphany that I had when I realised that despite having a full time chef, trainer, and shrink – Oprah still can’t lose weight. There is no hope for me (but that is a whole other topic for a whole other time!).

It is another reminder that this question of can you have it all – is indeed a question perplexing all women – rich, poor, successful, fat, thin, I’m not unique. I’ve come to a realisation on why I think this question is so frustrating. So here goes – the women who have this problem are used to being able to solve complex problems everyday at work. They are bloody good at it. They get paid to do it. I get paid to help big brands solve pretty tricky problems. So why can’t I sort out this? Sometimes I think to myself and sit down with a blank piece of paper “Ok – how hard can this be. Lets just have a think about how this could work. We could do day care for DD, after school care for DS and DS and maybe a student to help me 4pm – 7pm. But I would still have to get out of the house by 8am with lunches, uniform on, homework done, school slips signed, fights quelled. And leave work on the dot at 5pm.   Arriving home with tired children who are hangry (and so is their mother).  Hard at the best of times. And then there is what happens when they are sick, school holidays and other such challenges. So they you go back to the nanny idea. But should I really be the one taking DD to the ballet? Who is toilet training her? Should I be spending time with DS to improve his reading? But actually – I like working so do I really want to leave that behind and lose a little bit of me?”  And thats the sideshow happening in my mind.  I’m meant to be clever. And I can’t work it out.

Don’t get me wrong – I have a fantastic life  and I am so lucky as I truly do have a choice of whether I work. But it does kinda screw with your mind.  A lot!

You say cruciferous, I say brassica.

There is a storm being raged in the wholefoods world as we speak.  Are brussel sprouts part of the cruciferous or the brassica family of vegetables?  There is debate over what the correct name is.   I prefer the name cruciferous for no other reason other than it sounds fantastic.  Imagine saying that at volume when walking down the fruit and vege aisle at Countdown?  Thats the kind of thing that gets you noticed.  The one thing that we know for sure is that the vegetables within this family – cauliflower, kale, cabbage, radishes – are super healthy, super good for you, reduce stress and lower your risk of developing cancer.  So I say – get amongst it people!  It used to be that just the thought of brussel sprouts would make me gag and cauliflower only tolerated when covered in cheese sauce.  But these recipes have changed it all for me.  Delicious as a side or heated up the next day for lunch.

Brussel Sprouts with bacon, walnuts and parsley

Cauliflower and Prosciutto Pasta

Hello world!

Welcome from the desk of the Chief Happiness Officer!   As I sit here in my corner office surveying the skyline of Manhattan, I sometimes have to remind myself that I am not Tess McGill and no one else can hear Carly Simon singing “Let The River Run”.    Thank you for visiting my blog and I welcome your comments!

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