This year I'm a lot more organised than normal. I always have my Christmas shopping done by now, although I'm usually getting to it late...not like some super organised people who start putting things away in June. I bought the last thing today (a little something extra for my husband), and although I haven't wrapped it yet I've actually wrapped up everything else. It took me two hours. BUT....normally I'm up for ages the night before Christmas, madly wrapping up presents on the floor in my bedroom while my husband lounges around flicking between channels on the TV, trying to decide between watching the 'Carols' (big live Carols by Candlelight that happens in Melbourne every year) or 'Die Hard'....a mans version of a "Christmas Movie". Usually 'Die Hard' wins.
I'm actually a little bit more forward thinking this year in that I have already started on one of my New Year's Resolutions. Actually, I didn't plan this, it just sort of happened. Two days ago I did a big clear out (again) of my wardrobe and started to try on all the jeans I had crammed in my drawers. Depressingly some are quite hard to get on and even more depressingly some I can't get on at all. Arrggghhh.....!!! Yes I have had four babies and yes I've reached middle age (so some excuse maybe for 'middle aged spread') but really...my youngest baby is TWO! What sort of excuse is that!! Last year I stopped eating sugar for three weeks and actually got into my awesome Wrangler Booty Up jeans, which is my standard measurement for "Hell Yeah my arse is looking good and I'm the skinniest version of my fluffy self", but then after a little while I wasn't able to get into them again.... but now.....well now....in the last four months I've actually put more weight on top of the weight that was stopping me from getting back into those jeans. Does that make sense??! Anyway, I've decided to take the bull by the horns and over the last two days I've been partaking in the 'Lose Baby Weight' diet. Yes! It's actually a thing. Check out the website here. There are all of these fabulous recipes to make, telling you how many calories in each, and great easy exercise plans for each day...exercises that you can actually do easily at home around the kids. You know, the type of exercises that you can quickly do while you're cooking the tea. Really, I was doing "step ups" while cooking dinner last night and this morning I was supposed to dance for 6 minutes. Oooo....dance!! I can do that. So I bopped around to Michael Jackson in my bedroom with my head phones on....although I did lock the door so the kids didn't walk in on me and have me inflict upon them some serious psychological disorder when they witnessed my "Mom dancing".
Anyway, this is one of the meals. I made this for lunch today. Mushroom and Ham Crostini. It was delicious. Who knew diets could be soooooo tasty? Why didn't I do this before?!
This scrumptious little number consists of a piece of sour dough bread toasted, topped with a slice of ham that has been cut up and heated in the fry pan, along with spring onions, mushrooms, thyme, parsley and garlic, and then drizzled with a combination of yoghurt, lemon juice and pepper. It was the best thing EVER!!
Yes, I know it's weird to decide to go on a diet BEFORE Christmas, but honestly I just couldn't stand the sight of myself and my wobbly bits any more, and having a considerably younger husband, I've just got to get back in the groove and start looking....well....more groovy. I'm mentioning this diet here, although I did have some reservation because then...well...then I'd have to actually DO it...but then I thought...YES...I'll tell you to make myself accountable and it will make me stick to it even more and then I can show off how gorgeous I look in a swimsuit in a few months time. Ok...so I won't be doing that to you but I can let you in on how it's going.
I actually had a hair cut the other day to help me on the way to grooviness (I hadn't had one for 9 months...yes really....before that hair cut it had been 12 months in between chops) and this time I let the hair dresser take 3 inches off and straighten it. It looked so lovely. Of course as soon as I washed it my hair went back to feeling coarse and looking like a gigantic boofy triangle on my head.....so I actually went back to the hair dresser and inquired about the fabulous shampoo and conditioner they used. At $58 and $48 a pop respectively I think not...but instead I got something that would do the job just as well at about half the price. I did, however, invest in this remarkable hair oil that she used before she dried and styled it, some incredible concoction with Camellia Oil in it that was $64. She did assure me that it would last me 12 months so I took the plunge. I then went and bought a hair straightener, headed home and popped in the Camellia Oil marvel, used the straightener and was a changed woman.....
Santa is busy doing his rounds on the back of the local fire truck as I write this, a tradition I mentioned in a post here about what Christmas is like in Australia. The kids are excitedly dashing about the back garden, listening to the whoops of the siren getting louder, and pretty soon the truck will come down our street, with Santa hanging off the back, throwing bags of lollies at the kids.
Anyway I feel like I can finally sort of wind down before Christmas now and take it easy for a while. It was pretty busy at the end of term there, what with multiple ballet concerts, school graduations, day care graduation (since when do kids graduate from day care??) and starting to get things organised for kids starting school NEXT year...both primary school and high school. Next year my crazy schedule is only going to get worse, due to the kids, but I'm really looking forward to it. But for the moment I'm going to settle back with a good magazine or three and just smell the roses.