It’s been a busy couple of days. Didn’t update the diary last night because this time yesterday I was just about to lie in a heap in the living room in front of a roaring open fire. Oh yes I was!
Had to try and get the car sorted yesterday – the SRS light came on to tell me something was going on with the airbag or seat belt. Took it to our usual guy in Broughshane but he didn’t have the right “key” to do a diagnostic. Yaddy yaddy yah. To cut a long story short, I drove all the way home again, via Ballymena, with that light still glaring at me. I HAD to stop in Ballymena, it was such a waste of petrol to go all that way and not stop to shop for “essentials”.
There was a lovely lady in the Fairhill mall that embroiders stuff while you wait. I wanted to buy a personalised blanket for all the pet-children we know but, rather than sacrifice the holiday wine tokens, I bought just one to get it out of my system. I won’t say which woof woof it was bought for, incase her mummy is reading this 🙂 I didn’t get one for the kittens, they can’t read yet, so a generic paw print blanket will do them this year. Please don’t call me scrooge!!!
It was lunchtime while I was there and I decided to go to M&S cafe for one my their yummy mushroom and emmental toasties (485 calories!!). I had my trusty Kindle in my bag and was 91% of the way through my book, so pictured a leisurely break with all thoughts of the breakfast dishes (I left the house straight after the school bus arrived) and unmade beds banished to someone else’s conscience. But I was saved! There was a mighty queue of freshly permed ladies and their bag carrying husbands waiting patiently in line for the pots of tea and scones. I’m not known for my patience, so I went to the food hall instead and bought a superfood salad and brought it home. I didn’t get to read my book and still haven’t finished it! It’s not the same taking a break in your own house, is it?
But, look at all those calories I saved! There might have been about 300 cals in my salad but there was no fat (I didn’t use the dressing – not my cup of char).
Dinner last night was a Hairy Dieter curry – the fiery beef madras (sans beef) from the freezer. It was one of my aubergine creations and it was as fresh as the day it was made! I made the beef version (times 6) for David to eat last night and bring into work today. Along with the extra portions of chicken tikka masala from last night, he was was treating his colleagues to a traditional Christmas curry. It’s our tradition, anyway.
We went to the Ballyearl panto – Cinderella – last night, Granny and Grandad Mullan’s Christmas present to the boys. Wasn’t a great night to be out gallivanting, there was quite a storm blowing. But it was local to us, so didn’t have the city traffic to negotiate.
It was brilliant! A great show, far better than the over-processed big-money has-been “star” shows in the city. For us, anyway. My boys don’t like the big productions, we spend most of it out in the hallway taking deep breaths! But this was great – there were only 6 actors and we were about 12 (there are 14 rows in the theatre) from the front. Buttons was the favourite character, he was funny and energetic and the jokes were (mostly) for the kids. Mind you, there were more parties of adults than children! One lady was there to celebrate her 101st birthday!
After seeing Santa on the way out of the theatre and meeting the characters from the show, it was off home to calm the wee’uns down and get ready for bed. Eventually, I flopped onto the sofa and it was far too late to blog!
So, another day dawned and another trip to a garage to get the car sorted. The Honda franchise in Ballymena was cheaper by more than half to get the problem diagnosed, so off I went despite the radio reports that snow was falling fast along the route I was taking. I didn’t see a single flurry but was bemused by the DJ reading out texts from listeners in Glengormley, Mallusk, Antrim – all along the M2 I was travelling on – saying there was white stuff falling from the skies! Just 50 minutes after starting on a free coffee and watching BBC news and checking messages on the mobile, I was sent on my way with no annoying light on the dashboard. Yay!
I celebrated with a cheese and tomato toastie and green tea for lunch and set about wrapping Christmas presents before the kittens got bored.
Dinner tonight was a simple affair. After David filling his boots at work with curry (his colleagues loved the spice-fest and some have committed to Hairy Dieter-style eating from January) we decided to have a salad. With mine, I had a jacket potato and a smattering of Parmesan and for David, I cooked the Argentinian steak he enjoyed the other night.
I have to apologise, I have kitten brain and forgot to take photos of our meals! I am getting slack.
But on the other hand, I think I’ve done exceptionally well this week with the eating. I have been disciplined, as far as food is concerned. HOWEVER, I am typing under the influence – David and I opened one of our bottles of wine bought for the festive season. A Chilean something in red. Can’t be bothered going to the recycling bin to remind me what it was – yes, it’s finished! I never claimed I was a saint!
Only one more diet dinner before my Christmas big night out! Pasta is the vegetarian option at Corrs Corner – not ideal (won’t go with the usual seasonal veg, my favourite part of Christmas dinner) but it’s not the food we’re going for – it’s the F.U.N. !! I’m wearing a new long red dress and glittery heels – so exciting for someone whose normal idea of dressing up is matching her scarf with her hat! I’ll take photos 🙂
If I remember!