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This place

Welcome lucky reader, tonight you get three blogs in one or none if this draft doesn’t come together…(came down to two albeit short and simple)

The topic I’ve been working on is based on 50 Things I Want To Do (And Will Do) In My Life — Vincent Carlos

Here’s my own smaller list of 20 things that I want to do (and will do) with my life in the next 20 years.

  1. Become a foster parent
  2. Start a local women’s support group/business
  3. Shop ethically and economically
  4. Create a lovely home environment for my family
  5. More specifically – outdoor patio, bbq, reading area
  6. Get involved in politics
  7. Publish a weekly blog with a community of followers
  8. Reach and maintain my goal weight
  9. Stay married
  10. Support my children through their lives specifically education
  11. Work or volunteer for a charity
  12. Go to Paris
  13. Travel overseas, I’d love to do all the continents
  14. Share my faith
  15. Read on average a book a week
  16. Buy a house
  17. Be a philanthropist
  18. Have a good reputation as a caring open person
  19. Umpire a netball game
  20. Make time for regular play with my children, catch ups with family and friends

Image result for one day... you will be at the place you always wanted to be

Then I saw this photo and quite happily came to the realisation I am exactly where I want to be. Life is good. I get annoyed and tired each day. But I have dreams and they feel completely achievable. I am in love with and thankful for Hubby. My children are my delight. I have a home, a job and financial security. I have been depression free for almost a year. I have a busy social life and still time (although never enough) for reading and relaxing. Seriously I have nothing to complain about. Sorry to be a snob and I know I’m tempting the universe but WOW I want to enjoy it while I’m here.

 

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col 3:17

 

What about you, do you have dreams to share? Are you in ‘that’ place, have you been there before or can you see it on the horizon?

 

I pray that ‘he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!’ Ps 20:4

 

ps I’ve blogged before about my dreams collecting dust on the shelf and just wanted to share that I’ve taken action this week on #2 , looking for a partner in crime 🙂

 

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Hosting Bookclub 101

 

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How-to-host a french themed book club feast

  1. Don’t finish reading the book
  2. Plan your work day for book club day so you don’t have time to stress out (also helps to have a super flexible job)
  3. Months in advance say yes to having a boarder so you will have a helping hand
  4. Two nights before decide on french theme due to setting of book. Google easy french recipes, choose a couple including slow cooker recipe so you can be super organised due to No.2
  5. Day before don’t do the shopping because you are too hot and bothered – it will save you in the end
  6. Night before ring Mum and ask if she can do slow cooker recipe for you the next day because you ‘forgot’ to buy ingredients (should be easy with her 5yo grand-daughter available to help)
  7. Realise not you or your husband can get the printer working ring Mum again and ask her to print out recipes you’ve emailed – get her advice on recipes and do some further researching
  8. Write out plan for next day, try and organise someone to look after kids while hubby at cricket training. Have brainwave as going to bed
  9. Ask Hubby to ask MIL re: baby-sitting brainwave
  10. Get ready for work, drop off son to day-care, take daughter to Mum’s, find out their printer doesn’t work either, ring the office across the road and beg them to print for you – they kindly help out
  11. Ask Mum (very nicely) if she possibly has any extra time today if she could buy ALL the other ingredients
  12. Go to work, enjoy your day
  13. Ring hubby at lunch time, find he hasn’t spoken to MIL, speak to her yourself, get it organised.
  14. Return to Mums to the smell of something wonderful in the slow cooker and bags of shopping – know you are one spoilt 28 year old
  15. Head down the street for an empty post box and a full trolley of all the other things you need
  16. Pick up all the stuff, all the children and travel home – you are ahead of schedule thanks to a shorter work day
  17. Get everything out of the car and unpacked
  18. It’s time to ‘cook and clean’ hmmmm……
  19. Boarder offers to help, get her going on the salad
  20. Fluff around/Feed children/Bath children
  21. Send children off (ahhhhhhh)
  22. Clean up lounge, rearrange furniture, get boarder to help you bring in extra chairs
  23. Fluff around some more doing an impersonation of a chook with head chopped off
  24. Get Boarder to make up croissants get started on tartines – realise recipe talks about broiling, google, give up
  25. Put cheese sticks, cheese platter, dips on fancy white platters
  26. Get plates and importantly wine glasses out
  27. People start arriving, get the first two to help with tartine alternative bruschetta things
  28. Guests say lovely things about everything, you sit down and enjoy the night

Recipes =

Chicken With Tarragon and Leeks ( from http://www.realsimple.com/)

Nicoise Salad (from http://www.taste.com.au/ – combo of two)

Summer Squash Tartines (http://jellytoastblog.com/summer-squash-tartine/)

Dessert: French Cheesecake courtesy of Sara Lee

The Book

 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Only one attendee had finished the book indeed she had read it multiple times. One had watched the movie and another cliff notes. We still managed a robust discussion particularly on feminism. Official rating was 6.5 however this was an average from only two sets of data. Most of us found it difficult to get into.