I have been meaning to rant write about this one for days but have been busy obsessing about making the Apple and Cinnamon Roll with Walnut recipe I saw on Freshly Pressed last week. I tried doing it over the weekend but I ended up really depressed coz it was so hard and it can be used as a weapon of mass destruction against you know who. 😦 Anyhoo, I gave it another try and it turned out like this:
Back to the Facebook idiots–I was disgusted when I saw the news about our local politicians who took up a course on (((((((BASIC FACEBOOK))))))) at the expense of the tax payers! How ridiculous is that?? The damage?? €190 for the course and add up hotel accommodation and travel expenses it went up to about €500!! What the hell??!! And I thought the country is in recession?? What do they need bleeding Facebook for?? Even Dumb and Dumberer knows how to use Facebook. Those local councilors who sign up for it must be taking the piss! There we are the working class breaking our back working hard and have been hit by one cut after the other and more hikes in our taxes just to send out politicians to take up Facebook 101??!! And it’s a whole day affair! What a wast of time and money! How many hours do you need to learn how to poke?? 2 hours?? And how many hours do you need to learn how to update your status?? 2 more hours?? Uploading pictures?? Maybe 3 hours?? Bloody hell!!
And my blood is boiling the other day I was shouted at on the phone by a very rude immigration officer who is based in Munster area for daring to ask to speak to her over the phone because I could not commit to the appointment schedule that is being given to me by the equally useless colleague of hers in reception coz according to her ‘I dunno coz I don’t deal with immigration issues!’. I don’t have a car and I live in the middle of nowhere, I look after 6 children all under the age of 6 and if I have to go to her I have to hire a taxi take time off work and look for someone to relieve me while I deal with my visa issues. I felt so small and insignificant by the way she spoke to me. I am sure she would not dare talk to an irish person like that–just because I am JUST an immigrant in this country. But even so–coz of people like me– doctors, nurses, engineers, POLITICIANS, actors and actresses, business people and members of AN GARDA SIOCHANA like her are able to go to work coz they know someone is holding the home front for them and looking after their precious children! Such an ignorant person she is–to think that I am paying my taxes and that is where she gets her pay! I will face her after Halloween, and my name wont be McP if I don’t give her a piece of my mind. She better be nice or I will file a formal complaints for discrimination.
*Sigh* I’m so stressed out!! I felt I just got 3 more gray hairs and gained a few wrinkles!
McB’s head almost snapped as she turned to look at who was asking the question while I had a coughing fit for about a minute coz I was having a coffee when #1 toddled into the kitchen and ask the question. He is only 6 years old!
After spraying the kitchen counter top with coffee from my mouth and provably my nose too–yuck–#1 caught me and McB exchanging funny looks and he said ‘What’s with the funny look??!! The sex saraphy said it’s normal!!’ He grabbed the pepper i was chopping earlier and toddled out of the kitchen again while muttering ‘But the lady said sex on the beach is very uncomefartable coz all de sands go into your bits.’
Silence…..dead silence in the kitchen. I was trying to think as to whose conversation did #1 overhear this time. It’s definitely not me!! And I don’t want to make any rash comment in case it was McB’s conversation–Sex therapist?? 😕 Oh my!! When McB started laughing. She was laughing so hard and she could not speak. She was clutching her stomach while pointing at the radio.
She said she was listening to the radio and she heard the program as well. I have a habit of having the radio on the background all the time. I don’t necessarily listen I just want some other adult voices other than the children’s and mine. McB and McD including me speak in codes with each other when there are children around and we don’t want them to know about it. Janey mac!! I have always been careful as to what tv program I let them watch but I never consider the good old radio could be a dangerous thing as well.
A few days back I was reading a post about germs or should I say not washing-your-hands-after-using-the-toilet kind of germs. For some reason, it stuck to my head and I was thinking about it all weekend!! I find it hard to believe coz even our 3-year-old boy knows he should wash his hand after using the toilet–I trained them well–all 5 of them!! 😀 The littlest fella is starting to show interest on the toilet and hand washing–but manage to make a mess all the time! *sigh*
I was out shopping yesterday and one time I was on the queue in the lady’s room. I just realized that I always go to the left when going to the loo in Jervis shopping Center. There were 9 girls waiting there–2 of them were pregnant. I was just standing there–I was the 8th on the line BTW– when this particular blog about people not washing hands came to mind! Darn it!! I wish I know how to add that post in here. I watched as someone came out–a girl of about 16– she paused for 3 seconds to look at the mirror, tucked her hair behind her ear then went out. Eeek!! Alright she is young but then #3 is only 3 and she knows how to wash her hands!
Then another woman–in her thirties–came out. Placed her laptop bag on the floor–eeekk!! where did she put it while doing her thing in the cubicle?? 😕 ? Then she went on to wash her hands–properly and not the 3-seconds-under-the-tap kind of way–good woman!! The bag on the floor was disgusting though–I would have put it on the counter at least or if it is wet between my legs or on my neck but never the floor!!
Someone came out again–an elderly lady–who did not even pause and just went out straight away. Eeek!! Dirty granny!! Bad! Bad! Bad!
2 more doors opened and another 16 or 17-year-old girl came out who went straight out and the other who is about 35 years old washed her hand properly–no disgusting bag on the floor this time.
There are 3 more people in front of me–the pregnant lady #1 came out. She just looked at the mirror then wobbled out of the toilet. WTF!! What is wrong with these people??
When it was my turn, I did what I always do after using the toilet–which is wash my hands thoroughly–luckily there is no door going out just hallways.
That was disgusting. Then while I was looking around PC World–I saw Toilet Girl–the one who did the hair tuck thing–checking out one of the DSLR cameras. It got me thinking–Eeek unwashed hands that have been handling iffy things.
I saw her again on the escalator on Debenhams–she was going up and holding on to the rails–while I was going down. Then again in Burger King. It got me thinking how many Toilet Girls and Toilet Grannys are out there?? Think about the things on your purse–your money both bills and coins. Who handled those? But before anyone–as if someone is actually reading this hahahahha :D– starts thinking that I am a germaphobe or have OCD issues, I have to say yes I find that disgusting but I am not THAT bothered and starts thinking about fecal and urine traces and other bodily fluids or germs lurking in my surroundings all the time. I do what I can and what others does and doesn’t do is no longer my business. There is more to life that worrying about these things.
One thing I wont tolerate though is not flushing. Apart from it being disgusting it shows lack of respect for the next user too. Here is one picture I took in one of the toilets I saw during my itchy feet years.
Happy flushing and washing everyone!! 🙂
For some reason, Vodafone is sooooo bloody slow!! After slaving all day at work running around like a headless chicken and trying hard to keep the pesky kids from hurting each other, marathon nappy changing, taking instructionSSSSSSS from McB (yes a hell lot of SSSSSSS coz they keep coming!!!) like I’m an idiot and does not know how to mind children ( I practically raised all 6 of them since they were born!!) and did I mention that she also expects me to clean her mansion?? Yes, mansion!! So if you are an employer who expects a lot from your slave errrr I mean childminder—LOOK AWAY NOW!! :@:@
I dunno what I am doing still working for McB–I have finished my FETAC Level 5 Childcare Course which means I am a professional Nanny but I am still paid a minimum wage! With so much OT (without pay!!) opppps I’m sorry I get paid for my OTs, I forgot, I get paid A MILLION ALL THE BLOODY TIME!!! A MILLION BLOODY THANKS!! :@:@:@ Thank yous is good but sometimes i prefer cash!! Think about it, she works long hours and she gets paid by her company but she expects me to work as long as her and not get paid??!! Good swinging mickey!!!! She is good! Hah!! So why am I still working with her?? Oh wait, there is a recession going on and finding a different job is hard and she knows it so she is taking advantage!! Beets!! Bits!! Beats!!Beech!!McSwingingBloodyB!!!!!!!!!tch!! Argh!! When I was talking to a ‘friend’ about this I was told to complain to NERA ( some governing body that sorts abusive employers). And for what??? So I could get fired??!!! Those bloody politicians are so stupid!! This thing works in paper—perfect!!! But in reality, it never will!!!!
I know I should be grateful to have a job unlike other people who are struggling to make ends meet but this is too much. 5 years and she still treat me like an idiot!
My only consolation is #6 can say ‘I wab you Sese’. And another thing with the Sese, my name is not Sese!! He can say BISCUIT no problem but i dont understand why he cant say my name properly!! Argh!! I think I will start vanishing those bloody biscuits from the kitchen press!!
And just now I got another text from a friend. What is it with those ‘send this to 12 people or something abd will happen’ texts??!! Bloody hell!! I am so sick of those. One time I got one of those at 3 am!! 3am!! I would have been the unluckiest person in this earth coz to be honest, i dont do bloody chain letters/texts!!! I have more important things to text about than those useless things!! Argh!!
I have to stop , Beloved is giving me ‘the look’! I dont want more dramas. I think I am not the only one PMSing! :P:P
I have been asking that question since this morning. This time last week i was putting sun cream to puzzled looking children. I can understand why cos its the middle of October!
This time last year gloves and woolly hats including scarves are all out. It is still sunny but not as hot outside but Im still not sure if it is ok to hide sun cream and and apre sun lotions. I have to pull out all drawers and dig out bags in the attic in search of creams last week.
I think it is not just me , but the whole world has gone mad. 😕
By the way this morning an innocent looking 4 year old blond boy with a pair of piercing blue eyes asked me while i was making his lunch box ‘P , what is wintercourse?’ :O :O I dunno if he was asking what I thought he was asking and to be honest I dunno what to tell him. I am good with children but telling them about how the birds and the bees came about is not my forte ! Will leave that to the parents thank you very much !
I dunno why but I’m finding myself blogging about things I cook lately. As I was saying yesterday, I made Beloved’s requested lasagna. I am terrible at following recipes in cook books so I improvise a lot. And also, I dont have a proper kitchen!! I hate buying lots of stuffs coz I move a lot–with shared accomodations, space is limited too so I just make do with whatever thing is on hand. With the Lazy Lasagna you will need these:
1 carrot–chopped, 1 pepper–chopped, 1 onion–chopped, 3 cloves garlic–crushed, a can of 400g chopped tomato with herbs, lasagna sheets ( I cant make my own and never will coz this is lazy cooking!! Remember when you were still in college??), 1 spoon of tomato puree, 1 spoon of olive oil. And that is just for the sauce. Now for your roux sauce–sorry I was not able to take a picture of the ingredients. You will need butter ( did i mention I dont really measure some of my ingredients?? I do it by feel, sight and smell 😛 ), some milk, some plain flour and some grated cheese—actually a lot of grated cheese!! I like my roux cheesy! Remember to leave some grated cheese to sprinkle on top of your lasagna later.
1. Heat your casserole dish/ pan or what ever you are using. Add the olive oil then the chopped onion and crushed garlic. Cook it till wilted or have slightly browned a bit–do not let it burn tho!
2. Add the rest of the chopped vegetables in, tinned tomato and tomato puree. Add a bit of hot water into it ( I use the empty tin of chopped tomato–half full), then mix. Turn the heat to low after it boil and let it simmer for 40 minutes. It should now look like this:
3. While waiting for your sauce to cook, time to make your roux sauce. In a hot pot, put some butter (did i mention I dont really measure my ingredients?? I go by feel, sight and smell :P:P ). When melted, add in some plain flour and make a paste. If you put too much butter just keep adding more flour till you get that paste consistency. Add milk little by little while mixing–make sure it does not get lumpy. Continue doing it till you attain a thick –but not too thick– consistency. Pretty much like this:
Hmmm, i have to add Le Cresout dish on my wish list from Santa!! Then add some grated cheese–use cheddar red or white does not matter– till you got the taste you like. For me, the more cheese, the better! Keep mixing it to prevent it from burning till the cheese melts. Let it boil for 5 more minutes then take it out from the hob.
4. I assume, the mince is now cooked and tender, take out the baking dish/tray whatever size or shape you are using. It’s layer time!! First, put roux sauce at the bottom. Then lasagna sheets ( i like using Jaime Oliver’s just because he is gorgeous :D:D:D ). Then put half of the mince sauce in. Then more pasta. Roux sauce. Then the reamaining mince sauce. More lasagna sheets then top it with roux sauce. Put grated cheese on top at last. It should now look like this:
Yum yum! Tuck in!! :D:D:D I normally serve it with baby potato wedges with some chopped thyme and crushed garlic for Beloved. Other time, with mashed potato and sometimes when I am feeling healthy, I serve it with some greens.
Apologies for the pictures, I am still experimenting.
I have been suffering from a bad case of PMS (Pity Me Syndrome) lately– work wise, social, personal and yesterday lovelife almost made it to the list! Sheesh!! What is wrong with me!! For that reason I decided to treat myself to the salon! Fear not!! I did not break the bank. McB gave me €30 gift voucher and Peter Mark Salon is on 20% off this weekend so its not that bad!! I was determined to have a boy hair cut like I use to when I was little–my Uncle cuts my hair and gives me a boy hair cut and sometimes ‘bowl’ hair cut then give me 2.00pesos when I start to bawl. :))
Hairdresser said it wont suit me! Eh? It suited me 100 years ago?? And besides I am the upset one that need cheering up!! I am glad I listened to her though coz looking at Aggy now I realized I am not pretty enough to get away with it. Aggy is so gorgeous she can get away with so little hair and even if she shaved her head, she will still look fab! I opted for a layered bob instead. I cant think of anyone with a layered bob at the moment. And to make me feel better, AM–the hairdresser, suggested I color my hair. She suggested something with a red hue–I almost fled the salon! After arguing for 15 minutes –she must thought I am a fussy b!tch–we went for some mahogany brown color. Dont ask me what it is, the use numbers in the salon! 😛 And by the way, I’M A VIRGIN!! There!! I said it!! It’s my first time to have my hair colored!! So, I left the salon yesterday a virgin no more!!
I will get you next time Aggy!!!