Stolen Time


What do you do when you have unexpected extra time? I finished early today, catch-up with my friend rescheduled, and John was at a conference till late. I found two whole hours before my next scheduled task! I brought my Filofax out to see what I could slot in when I felt like trying something different.

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Rosewater on a Budget

Ah, bet you weren’t expecting this from me huh?!

The last 3 years have been an exercise in resourcefulness & we found a treasure trove of free advice on various blogs! Now we just want to give something back.

Right. So. Rosewater. In case you love rosewater for cooking & baking, or personal care but on a ridiculous budget then here are some stuff we found useful.

  1. Plant outside if folks bring potted red rose plant when they come see you (Thanks, Dan!). Look after it well, prune (it’s heartbreaking!), & when you pick flowers cut at an angle near a stem-leaf junction. Result: more beautiful red roses.
  2. Pick wisely: We found it best to pick flowers early in the morning, if fully bloomed but before they “look tired”.
  3. Making rosewater:

    Should look like this

    The methods which worked for us were from this website: here. I use the “old fashioned version” when I have time.

  4. On a tight schedule Same website, Quick n Easy method:
    1. “For every 1 firmly packed cup of petals, pour 2 cups boiling water over top. Cover and steep until the mixture is cool. Strain, squeeze out the floral pieces, and refrigerate the liquid….”.

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Kareiraphile, not workaholic

10407142_10154850710190492_6759258333976688711_nI’ve often seen people who love work being lambasted, as if nothing else is important to them.  We need to look again.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m interested in everything. Everything!  So, naturally I get distr…. Ooh what’s that?

Yes, I get distracted easily. But, we’ve covered that already.  It’s one of the many (many) reasons I decided to go “back to school”.  Some time ago (whilst I was, ahem, trying to write an essay), I read this fabulous article in a little publication called Forbes (they’ll go far, I’m sure): 10 Reasons Why Some People Love What They Do. I thought: this is Suravi in a nutshell!  I mean, she loves work.  I don’t mind work, I mean if I’m working in a sector I’m interested in I might love work, but it’s not the same. Suravi really relishes the challenge!  And, you know it when you talk to her – you feel that buzz when Suravi tells you about the cool stuff she’s done/doing.

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John saw fun. I saw frivolous. John saw a good grip & fun to use. Me? Cumbersome & unnecessary. I prefer function over form; John prefers both with a fondness for form. Give me a solid metal peeler any day! I was about to articulate my annoyance as he beamed about this purchase when something occurred to me…

We had a teeny tiny budget to replace our broken peeler. John respected that amount & did the best he could out of that. It isn’t better or worse than the metal one I would have picked. It’s just different; it’s John’s version of fun. Have to admit, the peeler is kinda cute!

There needs to be common ground of course (e.g. our budget). But for most things, there’s always room to appreciate each others’ unique perspective. Opposites may attract but it’s hard to build a fulfilling marriage unless we learn to love those differences.

(PS: John insists I tell you that he puts the “fun” into “function”. Oh brother! *facepalm* LOL!)

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