I sometimes feel tired after a full day. My day usually starts with the alarm starting itself on at 4:50 am but it is not necessary I wake up immediately. Most of the time, I snooze and sometimes I even stop it, only to then wake up almost half an hour later and struggle like a headless chicken. 😕 The girls leave at around 6:30 and I leave as soon as I can after them. The time varies depending upon how much of a mess I have to adjust before leaving the house.
I always thought I had no OCD (Obsessive Complusive Disorder 😉 ) but I realize every morning that I do have a little in me. I push off the towels the girls always leave on the bed despite me repeating – in loud voice, mind you! – to keep it back into the bathroom. Then comes washing their milk cups which never tend to reach the kitchen sink, their night clothes lying on the floor (duh!), doing my side of the bed all creased up in the process of wearing their uniforms, switching off the lights and fans all over the place, checking and then doubly checking if my lunch bag is sufficiently packed to cover my meals till evening so that I don’t fall into temptations (still sometimes I do!), etc. etc.
By the time I am done, pull over my abaya and out of the house, it’s already time for the traffic to peak. Sometimes I am lucky to reach office by 8, but most of the time I amn’t. HD makes fun asking, “How do you get tired of work. Aren’t you sitting the full day?” I hate that remark. Brain work is as tiring as physical work, though mostly it wouldn’t show on ourselves since we don’t get tanned. Anyway to cut things short, work-out after work and then the traffic and by the time I reach home, I just want to hit bed. But, no, that can’t happen. I can’t let the kids sleep off hungry. So normally it is some quick fix that comes together in not much time for them and then I push them off to sleep so that I can fall off too. It is only during weekends my head functions properly and I get some time to think over many matters. This explains why off late I am not very keen to move out of the house. It does irritate me to sit still, but I get more energy for the upcoming crazy week when I do nothing.
Now why did I rant a lot? One day, as I lie on bed, I was thinking of how good it is to be home. Once the kids are gone to school, you will have time for yourself, to do things that you like. But is that the case? When we are home, our husband and kids will automatically expect many things from us – to come back to a full meal, to a clean house, folded laundry, etc. I have no pressures as such. I have a chair in the bedroom which is always full with fresh laundry. When it threatens to fall to the ground, the kids and I get to folding it. My house, though well arranged, can be messy. I may sweep but not mop, since I never have energy left to do so. Thankfully, a lady comes every weekend and cleans the house from top to bottom. I may not cook at all on most of the days. Sometimes, it is just frozen paratha with sausage and cucumber, sometimes it’s Maggi, sometimes it is takeaway. Being working somehow lowers the expectations on us by our inmates. It is my case, not necessary for other working mothers. After all, women have an unwanted aura of being “super human beings without capes”, which puts unnecessary pressure on them, irrespective of their situation.
My bragging aside, today’s recipe is for a filling breakfast when you don’t want to share and fed up of life. 😉 If you see, almost all my smoothie/ shake recipes are for one person. I am the only one who has it, and I don’t even care to share with anybody – call me selfish, I am OK with it. 😀 I normally don’t buy store bought muesli since I have had bad experiences and after all home made granola tastes so much better than the preservative laden ones off the shelf. But once by mistake I did since it was on a good deal, and I regretted it. It tasted awful. That is when I discovered this smoothie. I have used dried apricots here, but you can use any fruit you have in your pantry – banana, mango, peaches, strawberries… just about any fruit that will give a nice body to your smoothie. The muesli acts like a thickening agent like flax or chia seeds would, so it serves the purpose of filling you up for a long time. Do try it if you have a box of muesli begging you to finish it off… 🙂
- 4 dry apricots
- 1/4 cup water
- 3-4 tbsp plain muesli
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- 2/3 cup milk
- A squeeze of honey
- Soak the apricots in water till soft. Grind till smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blitz till done.
- Serve immediately.