28 February 2014

Things I'm Loving: Magic moonlight, Microwave corn, Cicada Skins and Cuddles

I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening in your life, there is always something you can be thankful for..no matter how simple it is.

Revolutionising corn
A while back I'd read one of those 99 life hacks to make your life easier posts. You know the really clever ideas to make your life easier and you wonder why you didn't think of it yourself. I remember seeing one about microwaving corn still in it's cob and thought that was one I'd be keen to try. And then promptly forgot about it - as you do. Then recently when I read Angela Noelle's clever post about 5 things smart people do at 5, it reminded me all over again, so I finally got around to giving it a go.

If you are weak wristed like me, shucking a cob and then trying to cut it into quarters as a little extra to accompany dinner is near on impossible. Halves I can manage, quarters not so much. The fact that you just throw the whole shebang in the microwave and four minutes later cut the end off (which is now quite soft) and the whole thing just slides out is like poetry people. If you haven't tried it, you really must.

The only OTHER way I'll ever eat it now is on the BBQ lathered in this stuff which is a wonder in itself!

Worth the mozzies
Last week there was a couple of stunning nights when the full moon rose. Normally I try and take a shot through the window upstairs and I'm ALWAYS disappointed with how they turn out. This time, I told myself to get my a into g and actually take the tripod out across the street to try and get some shots. Was it worth the 3 mozzie bites I got after about two minutes which forced me to race back inside and swap jandals for running shoes? Hell yeah.

I'll admit there's so much more I have to learn about manual settings and night photography but I was still pretty pleased with the few decent shots I got, even if my feet were itchy for the next few days!

Without a brain tumour, I'd never have won a gold medal
Do you remember this moment back in 1984?

OK so I was only seven but I still do, I used to love watching the ice skating at the Olympics. And this tiny guy at 5 foot 4 stole everyone's heart when he won a gold medal. But he's remembered more now, for the health challenges he's had to overcome. His thoughts on his life and his faith are truly inspiring. Sit down with a cuppa, it's worth it. Very, very inspiring.

Who's the bravest?!
Loving how Noah isn't scared to pick up cicada skins, or live ones for that matter. I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to this. I've had too many times when cicadas have flown at me and got stuck in my hair which totally gross me out. Noah's been busy collecting the skins for a class project, and it's the perfect time of year for it with them all hatching in abundance in the last couple of weeks. It's been a deafening cacophony around the city this past couple of weeks, much more so than I remember last summer. He was making fun of me because I didn't want to touch them or pick them up. But I had the last laugh when he the saw a mid-size spider on the door and was too scared to touch it or get rid of it. I calmly picked up some toilet paper, grabbed it inside the paper, and got rid of it for him. I said we all have our own fears to face and that we shouldn't make fun of others if their fears aren't the same as ours. I think the point was taken!
Meeting Maia
Later today we are heading up to Hamilton to see our family, and in particular our Melbourne based brother and sister. And I for one cannot wait to set eyes on this wee poppet for the first time! Prepare yourself Maia, cos Aunty Meg has got three month's worth of cuddles in store for you!.

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