Just a Typical Day

The last couple of days I have been waking up around 5:30am and not being able to get back to sleep. Well, not until 10 minutes before my alarm is due to go at least, just typical! Then it’s up and wake my boys up, both are on the autism spectrum and really don’t like getting up and take so long over it. My daughter gets up before me to get ready and then go to her friends to walk to school. Coax smallest boy out of bed, get dressed, make porridge, shout upstairs to big boy (well, he is 15…) and make bento lunch and snack box – Pac man wheat free roll with chicken, grapes, jelly with peach pieces, dried fruit and some gluten free mini animal biscuits for lunch and stars cut outs of chicken breast, slices of egg white and sliced smoked sausage with flower shapes cut out.

It’s freezing out, small Boo hates the cold so much. I bought him a coat meant for skiing and still he feels cold :s but we get to school ok. My older son has a hospital appointment at the endocrine clinic so we walk to the hospital which is only ten minutes away. They had a Scooby Doo film playing in the waiting room. I’ve lost count of the number of these films I’ve seen, Boo LOVES Scooby (and so do I lol ;)) Appointment seemed a bit pointless in the end as we only went over what I already knew but everything is good on that side of things.

Come home to get on with uni work, which was a ton of reading on policies and services for children, post war welfare state, Sure Start… Read some and let ClaroRead do it’s thing, this is what I have it for, right? The rest of the day seemed to just vanish into nowhere with school pick up, adding some new aromatherapy oils to Elderberry Arts and listening too and singing too some music while Boo played Skylanders. He is not very tolerant of people singing in general, though he loves live music but is mostly ok if I sing. I wouldn’t say I can sing but I’m not terrible either lol My daughter had to go back to school for her school play (she is playing the flute in the orchestra) Before I know it, it’s dinner time and ‘doh, what am I going to cook with such short time?’ I love batch cooking 😀 I used to it a lot and keep saying I will again and never get round to it but on Monday I planned and cook and freezer draw full of meals. I couldn’t sleep and logged onto Facebook to see a friend had posted photos of her latest batches for the freezer so I made a menu and shopping list and the spent most of Monday during school time cooking. I like cooking anyway but it’s not as bad as you might expect. Now I have loads of prepared meals ready to go, kinda like healthy home made ready meals!

I made:

6 portions of chicken korma
2 portions of quorn chicken korma
4 portions of spaghetti bolegnase
6 portions of 100% beef meatballs
6 pitta pizzas
8 french bread pizzas
3 portions of shepherds pie
4 portions of mashed sweet and normal potato
6 portions of veggie chilli (quorn mince, mixed beans and carrots)
2 portions of sweet and sour veg with chicken quorn
4 portions of my secret veg pasta sauce
4 portions of ratatouille

Everything but the pizzas, meatballs and quorn meals just need defrosting and reheating so are perfect when we’re in a rush, have a ‘can’t be bothered’ day or if just one person is eating at a different time etc. I keep the quorn uncooked and cook it when I am eating as it cooks really quick anyway and it cut down on jobs to do.
So after picking up my daughter at 8:45pm I could very easily cook a set of mealballs, reheat the pasta sauce and cook some spaghetti and we all get a good, nutrition meal with minimum effort needed 🙂
Hoping to do a big batch of baking too very soon.

Everyone goes to bed and a while later Boo comes down upset but doesn’t know or can’t tell me why. He sits down on the floor next to me and says he’s sleepy but doesn’t want to lie down. So, at 10:30pm I find myself editing a graphic for Elderberry Arts and quietly singing Jennifer Juniper to him. (Awesome song!) He was asleep by the end and once he’s asleep he’s asleep. I have dressed and undressed him before now so getting him up to bed will be no trouble.

Bank Holiday

Today has been a mixed day. With it being a bank holiday it feels like a weekend but of course there are still many ‘Monday’ things that need doing – accounts and shopping… both yukky lol Took Jack with me along with the ever present gameboy and every item I picked up he asked ‘can we pay yet?’ (Paying means going home) He had no idea what he wanted to eat for dinner and I was uninspired :s We came up with pizza but that’s no easy task when your wheat and dairy intolerant! We settled on home made chicken escallops, oven chips and beans which turned out ok using almond milk, rice flour and frozen breadcrumbs from a disaster wheat free loaf.
My second attempt at a raw nut cheese is in the fridge. The texture is tons better this time, no graininess. I bought ground almonds this time as I don’t think my blender is really up to grounding the whole one. Now to see if it sets.

Half way through the accounts Andrew wants me to explain some sheet music notation to him. Blimey that’s going back a bit but  between memory and google we managed to sort it out. NOW he wants to learn piano, grumble, mutter, grumble I bought a piano when he was little with the intention for him to learn (great hand/arm exercise as he has hemiparesis) but he was never very interested and I gave it away several years ago *sigh* But he has a keyboard so that’ll have to do. Makes a change from anime and games. But I’ve lost count and online bankings logged me out so I can only hope I got everything right. Maths is definitely not my strong point!

Then on to website search tags, google attributes and SEO for the new shop, not especially hard but tedious. Everything is now updated so at least I only need to do it for one item at a time as I add them. Google find me and make all my work worth while lol

I haven’t made anything much for a few weeks other than a couple of custom orders and a crochet blanket I am working on but this afternoon felt some much needed mojo returning and made some rainbow angels and am going to make a few spiral pendants later and maybe watch some Lost, as I still haven’t seen it all. Just need to remember where I have seen up too…