This has been a busy week and the trend will continue for the next few days. On Monday I started seeing a psychologist (am hoping this one “clicks” with me and can help me). On Tuesday night, hubby and I started seeing a couples therapist (something I would recommend, however horrible and traumatic it seemed at the time. Anything that gets you talking and communicating is a good thing) and on Friday I have a job interview. So, two scary and weepiness-inducing things down, one to go.
I hate job interviews. They are scary and nerve-wracking and never pleasant. Actually, that’s not true. I have had nice job interviews where I have felt comfortable and at ease, but let’s face it, they’e pretty rare, unless you’re a bit full of yourself and super confident. I’m usually ok at interviews (except for the last one where I completely SUCKED!) and can usually appear competent. There’s just so much happening in my life right now it is hard to be focused on anything else. But I will have to pull it together on Friday and be amazingly intelligent (at least pretend to be) and calm and professional. I had a test run to the interview place today to see how long it would take to get there and find exactly where it was etc. BIG DRAMAS! The weather was terrible (rainy and dark and horrible) and I didn’t know the area at all. The map I got from Google Maps was rubbish and I got so lost and stressed. Took me an hour and a half to find the place. Ridiculous! Hopefully tomorrow’s run will be better. I plan on leaving super early so I can hopefully get there on time and reduce my own stress.
There was a big storm this afternoon. Thunder and lightning and all that dramatic stuff. I was baking (helps calm the nerves!) and I heard a knock at the back door. Outside, shivering, was a little poodle, very wet and very scared. I picked him up and brought him inside, towelled him off and gave him some blankets to lie on in the bathroom. He was so scared of the storm but also a bit wild and wooly in general. He got a little bit snappy when I tried to get past him to get out of the bathroom…but he was otherwise well-behaved. I eventually found his owners (our next door neighbour) – I was pretty sure he was theirs but I wasn’t 100% certain until I heard them come home and start screaming that “the dog’s gotten out!” The lady was a bit hysterical about the whole thing, which is fair enough. I would hate to lose my dog (if I had one). Anyway, all’s well that ends well. I’m sure he is being spoilt and looked after right now. My bathroom smells of wet dog though 🙂
As for the baking…hubby had made a vegan cheesecake last week (which consists of lots of nuts and dates) and he had heaps of ingredients left over. He asked me to do some baking so as not to waste all the goodies. I made a carrot, walnut and oat slice (not sure about that one – did NOT look attractive so I won’t include the recipe here) and my old favourite Date & Almond Slice. I can’t eat nuts or dates (my life really does suck!) but I used to make this slice all the time. It’s easy and yummy and everyone seems to like it. So here’s the recipe:
DATE & ALMOND SLICE
150g almond meal
100g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
115g unsalted butter
150g light brown sugar
75g chopped dates
Mix together the flour, almond meal, salt, flour and baking powder together in a large bowl.
Melt the butter over a low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and egg.
Mix in other ingredients.
Spread into a lined square baking tin.
Bake at 175 C for approx 20-25 minutes.
Cool in the tin.
Lift out of tin (with baking paper) and drizzle with icing if desired (is just as nice without). When icing is set, cut into squares or fingers. Demolish!
Wish me luck for the interview. I pray that the Gods of Intelligent Conversation and Competence hear me and do not let the Demons of Dumbness and Inability to Construct Sentences turn up and ruin the show.