Sunday, February 08, 2009

Hen's adventures in Oz were brought to you today by the letter M

10 Things I love beginning with the letter M
This has taken me an age to do but I finally realised I was being a perfectionist about it and let go

Milky - that's what we call breastfeeding. I love breastfeeding Jacob, I never thought I would be a lactivist activist but I am. I was determined to b/f to around 6 months but at 15 months we're still going strong and he's such a milky addict I don't think I could wean him. I'm now very involved with the Australian Breastfeeding Association and training to be a counsellor.
Some scary statistics - WHO recommend b/f until 2 years and beyond with exclusive b/f until 6 months. This is recommended for the health of the mother and child. The world average weaning age is just over 4 years however only 1% of of Australian children are b/f beyond 1 year. Ok off my soapbox now

Menus - I love food, eating it, cooking it, reading about it, growing it and watching it (love the food channel) and I love reading menus. Even BC (before child) we never ate out often enough to satisfy my lust for menus and dining out. I now write my own weekly menus to help with that five o'clock dilemma and also to help budget our weekly grocery bill. I live vicariously through Helen at Grab Your Fork and NotQuiteNigella as they eat their way around Sydney and occasionally Paris, London and Tokyo.

Mama - I love being a mama (most days). I have always loved babies and small children and the joy I experience every single day with Jacob is immense. He's such a happy, affectionate clever little boy and I'm very proud to have had at least some part of that.

Meat - I could never be a vegetarian; I love meat. I have even started eating pork more frequently, last Saturday we had Mustard pork chops a la Nigella and they were great. I actually do enjoy meat-free meals and if I didn't live with Luke I would probably eat a lot less meat but one of my favourite meals is a good steak medium rare.

Merlot - I love a good merlot or a shiraz or a chianti or even a lambrusco. I'm very fond of a good fruity NZ sauvignon blanc but not a fan of chardonnay.

Movies - I love movies. Not all movies and something not even the critically acclaimed movies but I do enjoy movies. I've just seen 'The Duchess' based on the life of Georgiana The Duchess of Devonshire.

Mummies - No not maternal people but genuine mummies as in Egyptian preserved dead. I love anything to do with Ancient Egypt. One day I will visit both Egypt and the London Museum which houses some of the best Egypt antiquities including the Rosetta Stone.

Milkshakes - I love a good milkshake or an iced coffee. I've been making my own at the moment. Block your ears any coffee purists but I've been using leftover coffee from the stovetop espresso maker and cold milk.

Mexican food - guacamole, tostadas, burritos, enchiladas, sangria Mmmmmmmmmm

Musicals - My parents took me to see Cats when I was about 8 and since then I've been hooked. I've seen Phantom of the Opera and Le Miserables twice. I have trouble watching ballet because I always feel the dancers should be singing.


Helen (AugustusGloop) said...

Awww so glad you're enjoying reading and enjoying my posts! I have seen other friends' dining lives quashed by the arrival of children, so I'm glad you're able to live vicariously through Grab Your Fork :)

yodaobi said...

FINALLY got it done!
Funny that "my man" wasn't one of them But I guess Luke is a given eh?
I also always felt a deep shame when walking around the BM and thought the they should give a lot of the stuff back to the countries it took them from. When I last looked around it I was sad that the smallest exhibition was for UK stuff! Maybe it's changed in the past 9 years (OMG! I can't believe it's been that long since I was there!!!)

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Thankyou so much for the shoutout and thankyou too for your loyal readership! :)

Penny said...

That's cool you're training to be a counsellor :) Lydia has just been weaned. I told her there was none left. So now she points to them and says "Boobies finished". LOL!

Yes to the menu thing. I always insist on knowing what people eat when they go out to restaurants.