Thursday, April 07, 2011

My creative space: Reality check

Whoever invented multi-tasking has a lot to answer for. Lest you think I sit in splendour, languidly composing these posts with nothing better to do, here is a reality check:


This is my kitchen/workspace as of about 2.30NZT. In the oven, slow-cooked tomato and beef stew is gently bubbling in a a fake Le Creuset casserole. On top of the oven is a roasting dish filled with charred muesli (I forgot about it while I was reading the Small Girl a story). The pantry door and adjacent drawers are open because I was making aforementioned stew and muesli at the same time as the Small Girl was wanting to a) put an apron on, b) take an apron off and c) have a story read to her.
On the bench are various bits of detritus, including a bowl of beef stock, half of a marrow that I decided wasn't fit for the stew and a bowl of the less burned bits of muesli.
The island is swamped by two unread newspapers, two recipe books, a dozen eggs I rescued from the helping hands of the Small Girl, several unpaid bills and a bag of castors for the futon (don't ask me what they're doing there, I have no idea). You can't see it, but I know my laptop is steaming with two unfinished commissions (deadline approaching), about 50 emails requiring thought/action and a bunch of stories that need editing.
I won't show you the rest of the house, but it's just about the same. And my in-laws are coming tomorrow. Where's a fairy godmother when you need one?

Hope your Thursday is proceeding in a more orderly fashion. See more organised, creative peeps here.
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12 comments:

  1. You have no idea how much I love this post! This is why I love reading your blog, I feel right at home! Reading stories and spending time with them is surely much more important than muesli...

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  2. hahahahahah!!!!! I just have to pick my self up off the floor!!! This is hilllarious! Thanks for sharing the reality of a blogger! I do however love the look of your kitchen (chaos or no chaos!) hmmm.... beef stew sounds amazing - please share that recipe with us!! Hoping the fairy finds you soon and then you can pass her my way!
    xx

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  3. Is there a more orderly fashion? You are grabbing life with both hands and doing whatever you want and need to...wonderful. Great mess by the way!

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  4. if it makes you feel any better mines a bit the same, i also cleaned my oven today so there are still random bits of gas elements, oven trays, oven racks which i hate cleaning the most and of course the yellow pair of rubber gloves which mysteriously become soggy on the inside about half way thru the job ....... good one.

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  5. You've made me smile with this post! So pleased to know I am not the only one who forgets that something is int he oven, cooks two or three things at once and ends up with a kitchen more like a nuclear fall out zone than a food prep area. Good luck with all those deadlines and the visitors!

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  6. Wow, this is so tidy! ;) hehe
    As long as it all tastes good in the end. You'd hate to clean up all that mess for nothing.

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  7. You always make me laugh Lucy....I know exactly where you are coming from. I always seem to be doing a hundred jobs at one time and the house reflects that a lot of the time...you are not alone...

    ..It's amazing though when I have visitors I manage to get things looking a little more organised just in the nick of time...

    Sorry I can't drum up a fairy godmother for you....but I'm sure that your mother-in-law is really one in disguise!

    By the way love your kitchen...

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  8. There's nothing like the imminent arrival of in-laws to get me to move my bum and get some cleaning done!
    Shame about your muesli but as someone else already said - nice that you will take the time to read to the small girl when she asks.
    Love your kitchen! I would love to have an island like that.

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  9. What a great post! Love seeing what it really looks like. :)

    Hoping your fairy godmother shows up soon.

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  10. Ha ha, you made me smile (There's hope for us all then!)
    x

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  11. I know the scene - but life is too short to spend it cleaning - my house is usually a mess and yet I figure there are other things I would much prefer to do - such as reading books to small girls - love how you describe the scene to show just how lived in the kitchen is.

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Hello - thanks for stopping by. If this was real life I'd make you a cup of tea and open the biscuit tin, but in lieu of those things, let's have a chat anyway...

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