Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Masanya Telah Tiba

Exam week for SK and KAFA starts tomorrow, and will go on till March 5.

One word...YIKES!!!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Break from the Routine

It was one of those rare weekdays (what more on a school day) where I actually got to go out for a treat.

I managed to force convince my mom to help handle Sofea, in between schools, from 12:05 till 2:15, so that I get to meet my ex-lunch buddies for lunch. Well, actually it was more of a 'so that they get to take me out for a belated birthday treat' kind of lunch. ;)

Sudah berapa kali diajak keluar tapi selalu tak jadi. Asyik kena cancel je... takde transportlah, famyBoy not in townlah, Aidiin tak sihatlah, dan pelbagai alasan yang sewaktu dengannya. All valid reasons, though.

Anyways, last Friday, after entah berapa bulan, I finally got to have 3 hours of ME time; which did not involve going to and coming back from the school, serving lunch, constant follow-ups and reminders "Kakak, cepat sikit mandi!! Nanti nak solat, and nak makan lagi!!" and sending Sofea off to kafa.

I arrived at One-U around noon, walked over to the restaurant and waited eagerly for my lunch ladies to arrive.

Zan and Mdm S had to wait for Mdm Y, who had a last minute conference call. Mdm Y called me while I was at the restaurant and asked me to order, anything, on their behalf. "Apa-apa pun takpe. Pandai-pandai youlah.", she said. Alahai... 'specific' sungguh mak buyung sorang ni.

Tak sah visit kalau tak makan benda ni

Mdm N and Kak (Hjh) R arrived shortly after I placed my orders for one Homemade Pesto Spaghettini (my favorite!) and one Banana Smoothie. We chatted for a bit and I received a call from Zan reminding me to order dulu because the 3 of them were verrrrrryyy hungry and they didn't want to wait too long for the food when they arrived at the restaurant. So I ordered 2 additional pasta dishes, one salad dish and 2 desserts.

About 30 minutes later, our table was full (crowded would be a better word) with big plates of pasta and surrounded by very chatty (and hungry!) ladies. Seronok bersembang dan bergelak-ketawa ramai-ramai gitu. It reminded me of my working days, during one of our 'fun place' lunch outings.

Without any doubt, I had a wonderful, wonderful time. What with the super-yummy food, and the even yummier company. By the way, between the six of us, we managed to consume (sehingga licin pinggan) the following:
- Spicy Seafood Spaghettini with Coriander
- Duck Confit Spaghettini with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Coriander
- Thai Beef Salad Medium Rare Pan-Seared Steak with Mango Salad
- Homemade Pesto Spaghettini with Chargrilled Chicken (2 kali order!)
- Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce & Vanilla Ice-cream
- Mango Cheesecake with Lemongrass infused Mango Chutney

Are you drooling yet? :)

Thank you, ladies, for the delicious lunch @Delicious. *waves to Zan*
Makcik kekenyangan gilerrr... even until late evening that day. Burrpp!!

Note to self: Next visit, must try the Pecan & Hazelnut Pie if they have it.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Siapa Kata? (Says Who?)

Oh wow! I can’t believe the month of January came and went, just like that! And we’re already in the 2nd week of February 2008, i.e. Sofea's 6th week of primary school, and it’s going to be my 5th month being a SAHM.

I met an old friend who asked me how things are going so far.

I might be wrong but somehow I got the impression that she was implying how 'lepak-ed' (relaxed) my current life must be. True, true, I don’t have to deal with office-related matters, on-call support or difficult customers and the likes. But I am still responsible for daily problem-solving(s) and still need to deal with plans going haywire and also deadlines! Sheesh.

I wasn’t offended or anything because I used to have similar thoughts myself, so I just told her that until now, I've never had the chance to feel bored. There’s always something to do, wash, fold, iron, pick up, clean, arrange. So many questions to answer. Siblings fighting over the same crayon. She claims it’s hers, and he insisted that siblings must share, no matter what. Then it’s vice versa. She wants to 'help' build the railway tracks her way, even though the trains and tracks are his, and he prefers his trains to "masuk tunnel dulu, baru boleh wheeeeee".

Apart from home-keeping and freelance work, there’s the planning of meals and cooking. Not a super-easy task for a mommy whose cooking 'database' is not big enough to begin with. *blush*

But I’m happy to say that work on 'expanding the database' is currently ongoing, and more data recipes are being uploaded, and updated on a weekly basis. As I am typing this entry, g00gle is helping to search for a new quick & easy way to prepare a yummy chicken dish for tomorrow's lunch. hee hee hee.

And of course, things get much much 'trickier' when the other parent goes outstation for days (which happens quite often nowadays, unfortunately). Goes without saying-lah, this one. Ooohhh… the responsibilities, the drama, the dilemma. Mencabar sungguh.

I haven’t had the luxury to read either, unlike that time. I started Life is an Open Secret, I think sometime mid of January, and have not finished reading it yet, and it’s not even a huge book!

So if you don’t see me around often, you’d know why. I always planned to visit you folks, but I’d end up having to do something else. *sigh* Sometimes I’d manage to steal time to read your entries, and leave a comment or two. But more often than not, I’d be a silent visitor or reader. It’s not my original intention though. Y’all know how much I love you, kan? kan? kan? :)

Errr… do I sound like I’m complaining about not having the chance to feel bored? Ooopps!! :P


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