Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I am Me.

I have been getting bombarded recently with a lot of mom & wife talk about how women are "losing" themselves in their husband's lives or careers...or in the raising of their children.

::sigh:: Where to start with this?? I am me. Whether I am changing diapers, reading "Green Eggs and Ham", or making plans to move a household a thousand miles away. I am still me. Maybe I don't get to spend as much time on my hobbies as I'd like...but I think that's just a part of growing up. Someone who chooses a career over spouse & kids might make the same sacrifice, but no one dare says she has "lost" herself. She's empowered and her own woman...even if someone else is making up her schedule and determining what she does and when in her job. She might report to 40 different managers, but she is strong and motivated, not under the thumb of corporate America. ...According to those who think wives and mothers are "lost".

Which is fine...do whatever you want. Like Barbie says, "Be who you want to be." If that "be" is a wife, a mother, a sister, an aunt, a lawyer, a photographer, a manicurist, or the chick who scrapes the gum from under the table at the mall food court...BE IT. And be it WELL! Working full time, part time, or as a mother (who might also be working full time or part time), means you will probably have to give up a few hobbies...but if you like what you're doing, then do it full tilt. Hobbies aren't who you are. You are you...in every way. :)

And apparently I am a little goofy. Go figure.

Monday, October 12, 2009

My take on Thai.

I made a Thai Coconut Curry Soup this weekend...but I modified it a little from a recipe on the back of a stock box.

2 boxes College Hill Thai Coconut Curry stock
1 can coconut milk
1/2 - 1 cup shredded or matchstick carrots
1/2 - 1 cup chopped green onions
2 cups broccoli (break up the larger pieces)
1 head of napa cabbage, shredded
1 - 2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons curry
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

I put a little oil in the soup pot, and did a quick saute of carrots, onions, broccoli, ginger, and the dry seasonings. Poured in stock, added cabbage, cooked until boiling, added coconut milk, lowered temp, allowed to heat through.

It was really quick...the original recipe called for noodles, but I just couldn't see noodles in this. So I replaced it with the cabbage. Everyone loved it!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Happy Birthday!

My "baby" turned 2. I think we need to cut the baby talk...I often call her baby...baby girl, where's the baby...etc. And the other day she was playing with one of those little doohickeys that help you bathe a newborn in the tub. It's just a little reclining thing to help keep baby's head above water. She says, "What is it?" Mommy used it to give you a bath when you were a baby...but you got bigger and didn't need it anymore. She got sort of angry looking and said, "NO! I'm not bigger! I'm a baby!" Welllll...got news for ya chicky. You *are* bigger!

She's still not using a toilet. In fact, she won't even sit on it. Or go near it. But she will let me know when her diaper needs to be changed. It's actually a little weird. "Mooooooommy!" What? "Diiiiiiiiaper!" You want mom to change your diaper? "UH-HUH!" As if I'm an imbecile. I dunno, maybe to a 2 year old, I am an imbecile. :)