New Beginnings, Engagements & More Mess

New Beginnings, Engagements & More Mess

The “tidying and clearing up” phase for the week has ended in some tidying and clearing and then a lot of piles of stuff just moved to different corners of the house.  That counts, right?  I can only only be organised and domestic for so long before the inner clutter-bug in me decides to start making a mess again.  Yesterday I sat and made a few cards and a pair of earrings and another flag necklace.  There is mess everywhere but I don’t care.  I am starting my new job tomorrow and I am FREAKING OUT and my brain cannot settle enough to actually make things neat and tidy around here. So…

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Very simple friendship card.  Emphasis on simple!  I like the colours though (thanks Kaisercraft for the “Magnolia Grove” range)

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Another simple card (told you my brain wasn’t working!).  Papers & stickers from American Crafts‘ “Dear Lizzy/5th & Frolic” range.

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Another “collage” card using Kaisercraft’s “Needle & Thread” range.

I also started mucking about with my jewellery stash (as I was given a bag of unwanted jewellery from a friend this week) and made this pair of simple earrings (I’d also just bought a load of pretty glass pearls that I wanted to use…):

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These look a little “Wedding-y” to me…which might come in handy (see below)

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Dabbling with Washi tape to cover and decorate this wooden bangle…still not finished, still fiddling!  Might add some fabric strips or something…

My lovely brother-in-law and his equally lovely girlfriend got engaged yesterday so super big Congratulations to them!  I am so excited for them – they are so good together and I hope they will be fantastically happy forever and ever!  Also, I want more nephews and nieces, so, y’know, they need to get a wriggle on there, ha ha!  So I guess there will be a wedding coming up soon – just glad it’s not mine!  Weddings are hard work! 🙂  Hope I can help them as much as possible and support them in whatever way they need.  I’m always kinda secretly surprised when people get married these days.  In this cynical day and age it seems almost an old-fashioned thing to do and it gets a lot of bad press.  I’m glad it’s still embraced by some.  Love is love and I’m glad it’s still all around, in whatever form it takes.

Drove to my new workplace today to make sure I know where I am going tomorrow…I am a nervous driver so it’s good for me to get my bearings and directions well in advance.  Also, driving there tomorrow in peak hour traffic will not be fun so it’s better that I know where I am going – one less thing to concentrate on.  I’m so tired today and it’s partly because I am nervous and not sleeping due to worrying about starting work on Monday.  I know it will be ok but I am nothing if not a worrier!

Hope your weekend has been worry-free and super relaxing.  I’m off to make more mess while I still have time 🙂

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Week of Stuff (plus Date & Almond Slice recipe)

Week of Stuff (plus Date & Almond Slice recipe)

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

1 egg

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!

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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.