Remembering to press pause

A while back I woke up with a headache, slightly hungover and it was January 1.

Then I blinked, cried as Mr M&P started school and then sneezed and it was April. After a shower and another hangover it was June and two report cards later the year is half way done and I’ve still not hung up my 2012 calendar.

It’s frightening to watch life accelerating away.

Yesterday, we pulled the reigns on the year and packed up the family for a day of adventure. Off early, we were breakfasting by the water by 9.30 and then on a ferry over to Scotland Island for a bush walk. We were back home by 2, energized and happy to have spent some fun time outdoors, together, creating a memory.

There was a waterway, bacon, eggs, coffee and a happy family.

Without meaning to we’ve been too busy and just let the year slip by. Yesterday was a good reminder about how important it is to force life to stop from time to time, to find some quality family moments. It’s true, the kids grow up too fast and it won’t be long until they don’t want to be with us at all, let alone walking along, holding our hands, being so incredibly gorgeous.

So back we go to term 3. Back to routine (sigh) and lunchboxes (sigh sigh). This lunchbox pasta salad recipe is from my Complete Lunchbox Planner – it has a little dose of vitamin C to help you through the rest of winter and it’s also a nice way to break out of the sandwich rut.

Something different for the lunchbox

Citrus pasta salad

375g pasta spirals
½ punnet cherry tomatoes, quartered
200g mild feta, diced
1 carrot, peeled, grated
2-3 tbsp pinenuts, toasted
½ tsp zest of each a lemon & orange
400g tuna in springwater, drained

6 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp orange juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp minced garlic

Cook the pasta according to packet directions.

Place all the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Toss cooked pasta with other ingredients and the dressing.

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    Barbara Good said,

    I know what you mean about the year flying by, I’m another year older tomorrow and I still feel 24 (that’s where I stopped in my head, old enough I have my relationship going smoothly, finished uni – twice – and have a job that I loved). Even though I lot has changed since then, I feel exactly the same age, it just a pity the kids seem to grow before my very eyes (and even worse when I’m not looking).

    I have found one cure the the flying time, and that is having a garden, It grounds me in the seasons and as I wander around each day seeings its progress, picking veggies and pulling weeds and take the time to appreciate the year, the season, and the day. It slows the pace just a little and makes to appreciate what I have.

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      wendyblume said,

      yes, i love your gardening tales and can definitely see the allure of a garden. I’ve tried a few times though and somehow manage to kill most things. I do have a few standards to rely on – basil and cherry toms in summer, and potted colour in winter. I planted daffodil bulbs that are just starting to get exciting now! Generally I like to think that I’ve quite buddhist about living in the moment, but even taking time to enjoy the details, life is speeding by so much faster than I would like!

      And yes, in my head I’m still 31. Just before the wrinkles (and children) settled in.

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