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Sunday, February 24, 2013

You meet a lot of cowboys in this line of work...

Some of whom are wearing spotty pyjamas under their red plaid and cowhide. You probably think I've cropped the gun from her left hand out of repsect for Oscar Pistorius, but in reality she was merely waving across our one-horse town in a slightly camp manner towards Boss Hogg and Daisy from The Dukes of Hazzard...

To be honest, I'm considering hiding my camera when I go to work. I think it just tempts Lisa to dress up the children in ever more ridiculous ways. Both those photos were taken on Friday, shortly after the postman arrived with the cowgirl outfit that Lisa had bought online for a fiver without telling me. By the time I got home, Amelie had learnt to say "Yee-ha!" and was trying to lasso me as I walked down the hallway.

Anyhoo, the trouble with weekends is that they're far more exhausting than work. Since 5pm on Friday, I've barely paused for breath. I hadn't even changed out of my work clothes when I found myself trapped in the kitchen, being forced to make Princess Butterfly Cakes with Amelie...

We made ten in total. Six of which had been eaten by the time I turned on my camera. The other four were gone before the flash recharged.

Having cooked up a storm on Friday, I spent Saturday repairing the storm damage. The kitchen hasn't had a thorough clean since Toby was born (he's not as helpful around the house as I anticipated), and we're rapidly running out of storage space (again), so while Lisa caught up on some lost sleep, I attempted to make the oven clean enough to eat your dinner off.

I paused halfway through to join a modern art collective, and contribute at least 50% of the creative input that went into this original masterwork...

We produced two others on a similar theme, but in comparison they were disappointing. The ears went a bit wrong, and they didn't have flower tattoos.

With the kitchen scrubbed from top to bottom (excluding the ceiling and floor), I took some sage advice from Lisa and threw out all our expired herbs, after which Lisa took Amelie swimming, while I escorted Toby to B&Q for some shelving. It seemed like the more manly thing to do with my son. We bought five pine shelves, then drove to the swimming pool to meet the girls. Toby found his sister's water-based exploits quite amusing, which is not altogether surprising. The girl swims like a fish. And then sinks like a tin of tuna.

From the pool, we drove straight to Asda to do the weekly shop while Amelie went wild in the aisles and did her best to get us thrown out. By the time we got home, it was bedtime for the under-fives and breakdown time for the rest of us. But like a legless man with a burglar, I don't know when to stop. So having put the shopping away, I dug out the leftover paint that we used to decorate the kitchen, and painted three of my new pine shelves. They'll be going up this afternoon. Possibly in smoke, as I'm hoping to put one above the cooker.


Phil's Mum said...

Phew!  Back to work tomorrow!

Jon the Bassist said...

Apparently,  Walnut has a nice even burn and quite an aromatic smell. I would suggest that you at least consider changing the pine one over the cooker to a superior burning timber

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