Monday, June 11, 2012

Back to the routine

The two-week school holiday has ended. C went back to school early this morning. We tried getting back into the rhythm a few days ago by going to bed early and rising early. We failed. We slept late and woke up late. Even last night, C couldn't sleep till past 10pm, but woke briefly at 4am asking me what time it was. I guess she must have been anxious, not wanting to be late for school the first day and maybe looking forward to seeing her friends again.

So what did we do for two weeks? It was pure torture for me not having my usual morning solitude, my own breathing space before I tackle the rest of the day. I think it was also torturous for C when I kept nagging at her to stop vegetating on the sofa in front of the TV! She had ambitious plans at the start of the holidays, and made a rather long list of projects she wanted to do, including building a model house, painting a mural on her bedroom wall, researching more on big cats, bake cupcakes, .....

She attended a one-day workshop on mind mapping for children. Then she applied what she learnt when making plans to build her house. With two shoe boxes, she started measuring and cutting. Her plans were for a double story house with garden and balcony. After two-days of work and with some help from me, she got distracted by other activities, and now the housing project has been abandoned for the time being.... She got as far as the main structure with roof, windows, doors (sliding door upstairs!) and coloured walls (downtairs painted, upstairs stuck with coloured paper)....I hope she will continue this project later when she has the time and interest.

We didn't bake cupcakes as I didn't have the paper moulds. Instead, we made a marble loaf but that didn't turn out too well as halfway through baking, my oven called it quits. The cake didn't manage to rise but with whatever heat left in the oven, I left the cake inside and the batter was cooked through. It turned out spongy and dense....The oven servicing company said they'd call me within 48 hours after I called them for rescue but as usual, I've yet to hear from them. Typical Malaysian customer service!

We also had to stay at home for a couple of days as the dividing wall we share with our next-door nighbour had to be rebuilt. It had cracked due to gradual ground movement and the neighbour wanted her side of the wall to be perfect so we had to share the cost in rebuilding it.

E took two days off work to spend with us so we decided to visit KL Tower. We also caught two performances -- London - The Summer Musical which is currently showing at Sunway Lagoon Amphitheatre, and the MPO's Family Fun Day concert at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. It was C's first time at KL Tower and watching a live musical on stage but we had been to Family Fun day before. I will write more in detail about these places/events in separate posts.

C spent the rest of the holidays watching tv, catching up with piano practice, a teeny bit of gardening, reading and writing her 'novel'. She also caught Madagascar 3 with E one afternoon, leaving me alone to shop for some much-needed shoes. On the topic of shoes, of women and them in particular, I must admit I love shoes. A woman can never have enough shoes for sure! It's just that with me, shopping for them is such a chore because I am particular about comfort and durability, and of course pricing. There are so many nice ones in terms of design but when you consider them from those criteria, they always don't meet all three. Comfortable and durable may be too expensive, nice and cheap may not be comfortable or durable, so it takes time to find the middle ground, based on my budget.


Mumsgather said...

Sounds like it was a good holiday overall. :)

Anna said...

Thanks MG! Hope you had a good and productive one with your two kids as well :)