I’m trying to work towards handing in my tax returns ahead of the ATO’s deadline of June 30 (looming ever nearer) but progress is eluding me. I’m not sure I’m to blame.
This morning Arabella had an appointment with the doctor but at the eleventh hour she asked me to cancel because she really wanted to go to school to work on her HSC group drama performance. So having dropped her at school I celebrated my spare time by doing some exercise at the local pool. When I finished my swim and went to dry myself off in the change room I saw four messages on my phone. And they were all from Arabella who was at school only for the second time since being diagnosed with The Glange four weeks ago.
The first text message said she had finished drama and would now actually like to go to the doctor so could I pick her up and take her.
The second was letting me know the school would like an updated medical certificate so could I organise one immediately.
The third was letting me know she has a sore shoulder so could I make an appointment with the osteopath.
And the fourth was asking me why I wasn’t replying to her messages.
Dripping wet I texted back that I couldn’t take her to the doctor because we’d never make it to the appointment on time, that we would fix up the medical certificate at the next doctor’s appointment, that we’ll deal with the osteopath in the holidays and that I’m clearly a let-down for not being available 24/7.
Once home, I just sat down to return a few calls when the text messaging started again. ‘Can you pick me up now because I’m really tired and I want to sleep for a bit and then go back to school for an assessment’. When I didn’t immediately reply she forwarded me the message again. I texted back, ‘I don’t want to. I don’t have time. Sorry.’
‘Do you want me to walk home then?’
‘Well why can’t you pick me up then and I’ll walk back later?’
So I picked up my injured dog with the fractured pelvis and went to pick her up.
Back home, I tried to start some work but she said, ‘Mum, you know I need that doctor’s certificate’, and, ‘Mum, when are we booking me some driving lessons?’ and, ‘Mum, we should really book my driving test because they get really booked up’, and, ‘Did you know it’s only three months until my 18th? We should probably start organising my party’, and, ‘I need some new stockings for school. Can you buy me some? and, ‘That yoghurt you bought is really high in sugar. Why didn’t you buy the one I showed you?’ and, ‘What’s for dinner? It’s not meat is it?’ and ‘I’m probably going to fail this assessment. I was away for that whole unit of work’.
And I’ll just put aside the tax for another day because that’s my ‘uninterrupted time’ over with, now it’s time to pick up Alfie and take him to his afternoon activities.
And do you know what Arabella says to me sometimes? ‘What do you do all day anyway?’
And a big thank you to everyone who has expressed their concern for my little Rosie. We’re not sure how she did it but we think she must have fallen off Alfie’s bed in the middle of the night and somehow ended up with a hair-line fracture to the pelvis. She was in a lot of pain but is now on a great combo of pain killers and bed rest. She’s taking her medication well but bed-rest seems to be difficult to comprehend. We’re working on it!
When you have a time-extracting teenage daughter and an injured dog confined to bed-rest, you need to start the day with an energy-loaded breakfast. Here’s something I make to give me that fuel.
Breakfast Beans on Sourdough
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: Quite minimal. This would have to be the best breakfast for the least expense.
- 2 tbspns olive oil
- 1 white onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 400g tinned tomatoes
- 2 x 400g tinned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- handful of fresh basil, finely chopped
- 8 x poached eggs
- 8 slices sourdough toast, buttered
In a medium sized saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until transparent and softened. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 1 min). Add tinned tomatoes, cannellini beans and basil and stir to combine. Bring to the boil then simmer until thickened (about 5 mins).
Meanwhile, poach eggs and cook sourdough toast.
Serve on warmed plates.
(Note: This versatile dish doesn’t just have to be a breakfast. It can be served for dinner on rice instead of sour dough and some chilli flakes can be added with the garlic if desired.)
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