Looking in the Mirror, 10 Years Ahead

I am somewhat uninspired.  It is possibly a combination of the mountain of flu meds I’m on and the dismal windy, wintry weather outside.  The fact that it is only Bruno (our accounts bloke) and I in the office today doesn’t help matters either. 

As I drove to work this morning I thought to myself, “I want to blog, but I really don’t have anything to blog about.  So I opted for the Plinky prompt of the day which is:

“10 years from now, what do you hope your life will be like?”

Well, given the fact that ten years from now, I will already be 40, I hope to be settled, in a home of my own, with a husband, a child (or two), and a cat.  Part of me feels lost because at 30, I have only had 2 really serious relationships, both of which ended in disaster.  Every time I find someone I’m interested in, I screw it all up because I come on too strong.  “Hard to get” is a concept I have yet to understand, let alone master.

Besides the proverbial family ‘n white-picket-fence-scene, I know that I don’t want to be working at the farm anymore.  Farming has to be in one’s blood and it definitely isn’t in mine.  Don’t misunderstand me, I like the people I work with, I am just not overly fond of the job.  Hell, one would have thought that by 30, I would already know what I wanted to be doing.  Wait!  I do know what I want to do – write.  But I also am enough of a realist to know that the likelihood of my work ever being published is slim to none.

My second choice is to own a glamourous gourmet sandwich shop.  This stems from my obsessive fascination with food magazines.  Ironically enough, I only cook when I’m really in the mood, and I’m only really ever in the mood when I know there will be guests.  And when I know there will be guests, I generally go the whole hog and prepare a themed (usually three-course) meal.  A while ago, with the help of another blogger, http://browniegirlblog.wordpress.com, I entertained guests with a Moroccan evening.  It was a huge success with the menu being:

Mezze Platter

Ciabatta Bread

Pecan and Raisin Bread

Three Cheese Bread Sticks

Pita Wedges



Rosa Tomatoes


Herbed Feta

Calamata and Queen Olives

I am a huge Hummus fan – I love it on seed loaf with cheese.  Elizabeth asked for some to take home so that she could have it on some fresh bread her Mom had baked.

Main Course

BG’s North African Baked Chicken Tagine – WOW!  Really colourful and delish!

BG’s Jeweled Couscous – I don’t think I will ever cook rice again.  Couscous is so easy.  I didn’t have spring onions that the recipe called for, but I just chopped in a bit of green pepper…

Moroccan Carrot and Orange Salad – DIVINE!  And from me that is a compliment, because I don’t eat carrot salad at the best of times.

Steamed Courgettes – I was supposed to make Courgette Fritters for a starter, but was pressed for time (actually I was enjoying the music so much,I didn’t see what the time actually was), so I just shoved them in the steamer with Salt ‘n Pepper.  Perfect!


Lemon and Rosemary Cake, with Greek Yoghurt – Even though when I made it on Monday night already (the longer it stands, the better the texture and taste), I burnt the top of the cake to a cinder, I managed to save enough and it was lovely.  The Greek Yoghurt was such a lovely accompaniment.    


As Morocco is a predominantly Islamic country, and they do not drink alcohol, I decided to be as authentic as possible and served only orange juice and BG’s minted citrus water, which will be something that there will be a permanent supply of in our fridge as it is super-refreshing.

 I also know that in 10 years time I will be driving a status car.  Preferably a Mercedes, but I’d settle for a Lexus too.  I was hoping to already be driving my status car, but I’ve made some bad life choices which forced me to delay this specific goal.

So, who knows, 10 years from now I may very well be a glamourous-gorgeous-gourmet-sandwich-shop-owner, as well as a married-Mercedes-driving Mom.

Sounds like a good plan, if you ask me. 


8 thoughts on “Looking in the Mirror, 10 Years Ahead

  1. cindy July 6, 2010 / 11:36 am

    Sure paints a believable picture; I can just see you 🙂

    And … don’t fall over … I just posted your books.

    • Mid-Thirty Misfit July 6, 2010 / 11:45 am

      I can kind of see me too – kitted out in a funky handpainted apron, with some old rock ‘n roll tunes keeping me company as I make the most unbelievable sandwiches in the universe.

      As for the second part of your comment… just as well I was sitting down ;-P Thanks very much, I will keep an eye out.

  2. Adeeyoyo July 6, 2010 / 11:56 am

    Well… you’re VERY good at visualising, so you’re part of the way there! Sandwiches is an excellent idea. When I was working in Rivonia a couple came around the area pushing a cart – and it was so popular – but then it stopped – vanished into the blue! Way to start? Regulations, etc I guess. 😦

  3. Lyndatjie July 6, 2010 / 9:59 pm

    Ten years from now you will be living on the French Riviera with a kind man, two beautiful children and with only good things happening to you every second of the day. That’s my wish to you!

  4. granny1947 July 7, 2010 / 12:29 pm

    Lovely post…don’t underestimate your writing ability…go with what you love.
    I don’t want to think about ten years from here…..I will be OLD!!!

  5. granny1947 July 8, 2010 / 10:00 am

    There is something for you on my post,today,please pop over and collect it!

  6. libras child July 8, 2010 / 10:41 pm

    do you know i ate an ENORMOUS burger for supper but your food descriptions are making me drool!
    i love the oversweet mint tea too… so refreshing!

    • Mid-Thirty Misfit July 9, 2010 / 7:33 am

      I can visualise the sandwiches LC – now to just start saving to make that store a reality.

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