Jillian R.
I find that on the days that I have classes (they're in the late afternoon) I turn into this super productive worker bee! Maybe it's due to the fact that I know I don't have all day to laze around.

What I've done this morning:

Got up at 6am, lazed around a bit - had my morning coffee, cooked some delicious sweet and sour sauce which I poured over fried eggs; the baby had a craving I suppose, and took my doggies out for a short 20-minute walk. Summer is in full force here in Abu Dhabi and as early as 7.15am the humidity kicks in and it turns everyone (exposed to it) into a lethargic zombie when we come back in. Although my zombie-fied dogs wouldn't be shuffling around the apartment (unlike their mommy and daddy), they lay listless on the cold tiles with tongues hanging out and that makes me feel extremely guilty.

So, everyone got back safely in the cool apartment and I started making a batch of doggie biscuits;

which only uses healthy ingredients like whole wheat flour, rolled oats, flax seed and parsley. Sometimes I throw in some wheat germ but the doggies have been doing their #2's right on schedule so they don't need it this time.

At the same time, I made a batch of doggie treats as well so that I can throw those in the oven - saves energy! All the dog treats in our house always happen to run out at the same time.

While those were baking, I made some sausages in onion gravy and threw those in the crockpot so everyone gets fed for dinner. Like I said before, even on the busiest of days I'd rather spend some time in the morning (or the night before) making something which I could throw into the crockpot so that we don't have to order take out. Fast food had long been banned from our systems and good quality food are either really hard to come by or they charge SOOO much for a plate of badly cooked pasta that I'd rather make it myself. Living here, I find that for decent food, one has to go to hotels or restaurants on a higher end of the scale.

Anyway, by the end of all of that, it was only 9am!

And I even had time to write this quick entry. Go, worker bee! Now it's time to do work on some assignments while still in bee mode!
Jillian R.
Those who thought that I've forsaken this blog, well, I kind of have - but with good reasons. Since my last post a few exciting (okay, some not) things have happened;

a) we found out that a little Jillian + Eric baby is baking in oven (!!)
b) I've started taking another professional teaching course
and c) there's no (c), I've just been pretty lazy about posting new entries.

Anyway, between freaking out about every little thing which I always think is abnormal about the pregnancy and working hard on assignments and lesson planning for the course, there's very little time left to split between spending time with my little fur-babies, the husband (who's already feeling neglected most of the time) and making healthy food - finding healthy food is hard around here, so cooking is not a choice; I just happen to love it! Of course, I have two crockpots (Yes, two! One little one and one LARGE - couldn't find a medium one all over the city so we gave up) that help a LOT!

Before I jump right back into blogging and writing about the little bun in oven - there WILL be posts on it, so check back soon; I will leave you with this little bundle of cuteness that is my little Jester (who's already playing big brother to all the kids in our area!)

I was walking past our guest room and saw this lump on the bed,

and because he does it quite often, usually to hide (though not very well) from our other dog Ginger, I knew he was in there.

So I doubled back and lifted the sheets, and there he was

not just under the sheet, but under the mattress cover as well!

We love our little fur-babies to bits. People have already started telling us the classic "Oh, when the (human) baby comes you will not care so much about your dogs" - which I think is BS or people who "stop caring" about their dogs as soon as a baby enters their lives are well -- I don't want to say. You get what I mean. People somehow think the amount of time spent with someone/something equals love. Yes, I might spend a lot less time snuggling and cuddling with the dogs but I will NEVER EVER love them any less just because we have a baby in our lives. People should stop thinking this way.

Okay, I guess that's all for now, back to vacuuming fur off the floor - it's shedding season.

Remember to check back soon for more rants and updates.

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