It’s Monday

This post is dedicated to my little brother, the one who last weekend hollered out “Hey MarBair, what happened to your blog? hahaha”.  He has this chuckle that he does when he finds himself funny.  It’s so annoying but highly effective at driving me crazy, which makes him chuckle even more! The truth is, poking fun at my lack of posts made me realize that I still dream of being a blogger and the only way to become one is to write. So that’s what I’m going to do. Thanks little bro for the nudge.

So what to write about… I know, why don’t I tell you what’s been bugging me lately – miserable people. Those people that choose to ALWAYS find something to complain about. There are 2 people that I currently work with that are NEVER happy, no matter what. They are healthy, employed, they are fed cause I see them eating lunch, they don’t have any holes in their clothes or shoes and they talk about their family and friends so they ain’t lonely but yet life seems to have dealt them the worst cards.  It really grinds my gears when people are miserable for no reason other than life has been way to good to them. And I say life is good because if you’ve been through hardships, you won’t spend time complaining that they moved to photocopier/printer down the hall. I’m not kidding, that was one of the complaints.

I no longer have any patience for people that complain and enjoy being miserable. My father lost his corporate job when I was 16. He moved us to another city and got a job as a custodian to make ends meet. Years later he had a heart attack and had triple bypass surgery. Then he was diagnosed with cancer and glaucoma. We spent 9 weeks in ICU wondering if he would pull through. He did but he went blind. No, he sees nothing, no shadows, no light, all dark. You know who isn’t miserable; my dad!  You know who would be more than thrilled to be able to walk down the hall to pick up a photocopy; my dad! People seem to forget what that a privilege that can be.

Misery may love company but I have decided that I no longer need to keep miserable people in my company. You are entitled a bad day, I’ll give you that but I won’t lead a sympathetic ear to people who always see the glass half empty. Fun and happy are contagious, I swear to you that if you look for the good in every hard, bad situation, eventually, you won’t need to try so hard to look for it. Life will always be overflowing with good things. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not Suzy Sunshine, I am capable of getting angry, frustrated, overwhelmed and cranky but when I find myself feeling these emotions, I try harder to be grateful. Every day that I wake up healthy, with food in my fridge, clothes in my closet and the ability to walk to the photocopier, I choose to see that as a good day.

It’s Monday – but it doesn’t need to be miserable!

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Brunch

Yesterday I invited the clan over to my place for brunch! My 2 sister-in-laws and I are February babies so I wanted us to get together for a joint celebration. I am still a rookie at this whole cooking thing so I thought how hard can a brunch be. Well it didn’t go as smooth as I imagined…
My blueberry muffins were bitter. I followed this recipe here and I have no idea what I did wrong. The first bite wasn’t bad but there was a really bad aftertaste. I knew they were bad but I served them anyway. When the adults tried them I got some pretty decent feedback that they weren’t THAT bad. I was stating to believe them until my niece tried one, she immediately gave a look of disgust and spit them out. You can always count on a 2 year old for the truth.
I also attempted to make Coconut Whipped Cream. It’s the easiest recipe, a can of full fat coconut milk that you chill and then whip. They said that if your can doesn’t thicken, you might have a dud. I bought 2 just in case and neither one worked. God bless my family for their patience with my cooking because my sister-in-law Natasha pretended to love the runny mess I made and put them on her pancakes. She was one pancake in when she had to admit that she needed a new plate because the coconut milk was a little bit overpowering. No guff, it even looked gross!
I couldn’t afford to screw up the pancakes so I combined the dry ingredients but waited for someone more experienced to arrive in order to finish the recipe. My other sister-in-law Tina heroically stepped in managed to make all the pancakes and everyone enjoyed them… Thankfully.
Making a pancake brunch had stressed me out so much that I didn’t even have a cake for our birthdays and it wasn’t until the morning after that I realized that we didn’t even sing Happy Birthday. It probably wasn’t my best hostess moment but everyone stuck around and it ended up being a really great afternoon. Again I forgot to take pictures but here are some taken by my siblings:

Lucy made everyone homemade Valentine’s Day Cards
vday cards

When all else fails, serve fruit and champagne
brunch

and always make sure to put everyone on cleaning duty before they leave
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Lastly, you can find the family tested and loved vegan pancake recipe that was served here.