Monday: I made protein balls with my girl today. We started out following a recipe but then I got creative and added a bunch of other stuff to the mix, the quantities of which I cannot remember, which is devastating because they're the best bliss balls I have ever had. I then handed the kids over to their Dad, made myself a packed lunch (salad, leftover risotto, and steamed broccolini with olive oil and salt; plus apple slices and fresh berries), said 'I'm going to work' and took the three steps down from the living room to the front of the house, where I rearranged the stuff on my desk and set about being 'productive'. I ate my food, foraged for snacks in my desk drawers, and worked until 5pm. The words weren't great today, but they were there: the bones of something I can flesh out a little later, and something I can show the university supervisor in the name of progress, which I haven't made much of lately. Tonight's dinner is a shepherd's pie I prepared yesterday, and if I get the chance, I am going to test out a recipe for kale-packed rissoles I found in the Woolworths mag. It's cold and wet out, and this kind of weather doesn't make me feel flustered because I just stay inside, jobs be damned, being a mum. It's kind of nice. How was your Monday?