Friday, November 30, 2012

The Most Stunning Photos of 2012!

Even now, this planet is so full of beautiful sights. Here are the most beautiful, breath taking photos taken this year so far. Enjoy!

Serenity now

 Capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia from space

Maelstrom at Kauai, Hawaii

The precious blue marble

Outdoor jacuzzi on the Matterhorn

Salar de Uyuni after some rain

One boat and 145 water-skiers

Meanwhile in Switzerland

Putting the size of a whale in perspective

 A sea of purple in the badlands of Utah

Sailing like a boss

  Striking artistry of multiple takeoffs at Hannover Airport

Galactic monsoon

Pixel people perfection

A pod of sleeping sperm whales

7 hours in one image

Overgrown railroad tracks in the forest

The Waterfall Island at Iguazu Falls

Felix Baumgartner jumps from 71,580 feet

The most incredible aurora of 2012

The amazing strength of an ant

Yarn bombing a bus in Mexico City

Aurora australis (southern lights) from space

Mount Kilimanjaro from above

The stunning green vine snake

 Colliding rivers in Geneva, Switzerland

  Above the canopy

  Adaptive roots in the concrete jungle

The Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve

Bora Bora from space

The largest raft of canoes and kayaks in the world

Meditating monks at Pongour Falls

A sunset eclipse

The Capilano suspension bridge in Vancouver

  Fractal patterns in dried out desert rivers

World’s edge

Gásadalur Village in the Faroe Islands

Moon bridge in Dahu Park, Taipei

Flight of the devil rays

The Irish Sky Garden crater

First contact

Mount Rainier casting a shadow on clouds

Street artist Sainer goes big in Poland

The honeybee’s final sting

Everybody was kung fu fighting

A seahorse inspects a diver's watch

An illuminated snow tunnel in Russia

Seal LOL



Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Child Won't Eat!!!

I wonder what goes through the mind of a 4 year old!! Aaarghhh!!! It is so frustrating! I am not worried about her. She is healthy, takes her multi-vitamins and does not lack any nutrition at all. She eats finger food like chopped raw veggies and fruits It is just a power struggle between me and her. At this point of time, I am not sure who will win!

This week is getting worse though. I made lasagna for dinner, another night it was plain white fish with mixed vegetables on the side, last time, strogonoff with sweet potato puree, tonight roast lamb with roasted veggies and a cabbage salad and for lunch a healthy version of chinese fried rice which was brown rice with shrimps and mixed veggies.
All that and her highness, from up above, perched on her throne , says: " But I don't like." (You can tell by this stage that I am a wee bit irritated).
And, of course, you know what is coming..."HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOU HAVE NOT TRIED IT?"
And breath, breath in...breath out...And a One and a two...Count to ten....
Ok, I am trying not to lose my temper.
So, I tell her that this is what is on the menu in the Mirfield kitchen, that, it is not a restaurant and there is nothing else and the kitchen will be closed soon and food will no longer be served.
She is so stubborned this one, really, you have to admit it.
After Michael and I finish our meal, she refused to try it still. Table is cleared, kitchen is cleaned and child goes to bed hungry.

It is fine for one night, but this is the 4rth night. I know I am beyond irritated but I try not to show it to her.
So I  decided to investigate on line. Mr. Google is my friend...
I learned that it is actually a power struggle. The child wants to be in control. It is not about food anymore. This is a relief. In a way, I know my cooking is not so bad because Michael eats it and he is still alive and on the other hand, I just have to keep doing what I am doing: serving nutritious meals at certain times of the day and nothing else. If she eats Hallelujah! If not, tough luck, next time then.
So the score is: mommy 4 and Skye 0.