Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Day 11 of 100 Days of Happiness - Loubies


Today Mr T announced he was going to the mall to meet a friend for coffee with ET.  I thought hurrah, finally an empty house all to myself for the first time in forever.

Just as I thought my day couldn't get any better, something else happened.

Later in the afternoon I noticed a little brown bag out of the corner of my eye.  Mr T of his own accord had gone out and chosen an early birthday present for me.  A lovely shiny, classic pair of black Louboutin shoes.

Now I was in two minds whether or not to post this as I did not want to come across as being a little boastful,  however I thought this lovely gesture was worth documenting.

I have lusted after this particular pair of shoes for a long time.  I always seem to struggle finding black shoes.  None of them seem to quite fit the bill.

Whilst I don't doubt these beauties will be hell to wear after a few hours, slipping them on my feet makes me feel so elegant and poised, even if I was wearing them with my cereal stained pyjamas.

I think they are an absolute classic and they will stay with me for years to come.

Well done Mr T, you have made your wife a very happy lady indeed.

Disclaimer - please ignore my disgusting chipped nail varnish - I spent the morning cleaning and my nails took a battering.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Day 10 of 100 Days of Happiness - happy/sad television


I am flying solo tonight.  Mr T is still at work.  Delayed as usual.  So I am making the most of having the television to myself and catching up on Long Lost Family.

I watched this with Mr T a while back.  After the first story, he declared that he could not bear to watch anymore as it was just too darn sad.  I disagreed with him.  Yes, even the most cold hearted of people end up in tears watching this show but they are not tears of sadness they are happy tears.  These nice people are being reunited with family they never thought they would see again.  Happy happy happy!!

I love happy tears, they make me feel invigorated and on such a high after shedding them.

What makes you shed a happy tear?

Day 9 of 100 Days of Happiness - a Takeaway


Both Mr T and I have been on somewhat of a health kick of late.  We have both been trying to eat a little bit cleaner in order to loose the few pounds we gained during our last trip to Blighty.  However somedays you just need some tasty, tasty food.  It is good for the soul.  Honest...

Our takeaway of choice is Gazebo.  An amazing curry house with outlets all over Dubai.  I promise you this post is not sponsored - I just bloody love this place!

I was first introduced to Gazebo by an old work colleague from Goa who insisted I shared his lunch.  He assured me it was the best Biryani in Dubai and by golly gosh he was right.

Since then Mr T and I have been regulars here, however since moving location, we can no longer get this delicious food delivered.  Yesterday we could not resist the delights of Gazebo anymore and made the hour round trip to pick up our takeaway.

It was so worth it!  I completely forgot to snap any photos until I was at the very end of devouring this treat.  Even ET got in on the action.  It turns out he is quite a fan of a bit of curry, must be something to do with the sheer quantity I consumed when he was growing in my belly.

So if anyone reading this is in Dubai, check out this gorgeous place.  I highly recommend the butter chicken and lamb biryani. They are to die for.

Day 8 of 100 Days of Happiness - the Husband


So day 8 was a stressful day.  I was very, very hormonal and it was ET's first day at nursery. There were lots of tears wept by both ET and I.  When it came to writing a blog post at the end of the day, I just didn't have either the energy or enthusiasm to do it.

After a good nights sleep and a little bit of reflection, what stood out as making me happy on day 8 was my lovely husband.  This is not to say that he doesn't make me happy most days, but when I was having a tough time, he knew what to do and what to say to make me feel better.  It's turns out a cup of tea and Coronation Street were all that it took. He fed ET and did his bath and bed allowing me to have a little chill out time on my own.

This little gesture helped turn what was a very mediocre day into something that wasn't so bad and I am so grateful for all of the help my husband gives me as I know not all Mums out there have the same support.

He very occasionally reads this so if you are Mr T, thank you and I love you.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Day 7 of 100 Days of Happiness - a little playtime


Today has been distinctly average.  ET woke at 4.30am this morning and refused to settle back down.   Mr T then got back from work at 5am (2 hours later than planned).  I only got to bed at gone midnight, which is unheard of for me, I am a 9-9.30pm kind of girl irrespective of what day it is.

I do not function well without sleep.  I am very lucky to have been blessed with a child who usually is an amazing sleeper so sleepless night have been a thing of the past since around the 6 month mark.

Trying to keep a toddler quiet and happy without disturbing Mr T's sleep has been tricky.

There has been a guilt worthy amount of television watched this morning and again ET spent most of the morning refusing to play with toys which he loved last week.  Today his favourites were batteries, plug sockets and light bulbs.

However after lunch, something extraordinary happened,  ET played very happily by himself for a whole 30 minutes.  Hurray!  I have always been quite proud of his independence and how content he is entertaining himself.  I was beginning to fear those days were over but this has filled me with a little bit of hope!!

It is ET's first day at nursery tomorrow.  I hadn't felt nervous about this at all, but today for some reason I am feeling very uneasy! Tomorrow is only a 2 hour day for ET and I will be with him for the whole time so I guess ET will think I have taken him to soft play or something!  I think he will enjoy himself.  He isn't a particularly clingy child but he does always seem to be the one breaking down into tears at play dates!  Only time will tell I guess!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Day 6 of 100 Days of Happiness - Red red wine


So we are now up to day 6, and I feel already (especially today) that I am already scraping the barrel when trying to come up with interesting things that have made me happy.

This is not to say that I have spent the entire day being miserable.  Lots of things have made me happy but none of them made me feel compelled to whip out the camera and capture it.  Also if you are having a happy moment you have to embrace that moment and enjoy it.

That being said, this post is, perhaps controversially to some, about wine and how it makes me happy.  I love red wine.  I love the smell, I love the taste and I love the warm feeling that it gives me after a long day with ET.

Today has felt long.  ET is learning to test the boundaries and is also teething.  Since he has learnt to walk his toys are no longer fun any more.  He likes the sticking his fingers in the toilet bowl, hiding my make up in his ball pool, you know the usual things that keep you feeling zen like all day long!!

I hate wishing the days away as I know that they are so, so precious.  However I am sure most Mums will admit, there are a lot of days when you just wish 7.30pm would roll on, the baby is in bed and it is wine o'clock for Mummy.

One and a half more hours for me, how about you guys?!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Day 5 of 100 Days of Happiness - Winters Coming


So today ET and I managed a whole 30 minutes playing in the garden without breaking into a colossal sweat.  In Dubai this can only mean one thing.  Winter is coming!

For anyone not living over in this side of the world it may seem ridiculous to be wishing the summer away.  In fairness, summer for me has not been so bad in terms of coping with the heat.  ET and I were lucky enough to escape to the UK for 7 weeks so we are only really experiencing the tail end of the summer heat.

Not being able to go outside is tough when you are at home with a boisterous toddler used to getting daily walks, so it is lovely when you are able to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Only one month more to go and I reckon and the weather will be perfect again.  Bring it on!