On the weekend…

We finally got round to going out for Dim Sum on Saturday.  I love Dim Sum because you can get food so quickly, with people sticking food in your face even when you’re still getting comfortable on your chair!   Although you have to queue at the more crowded and popular places, I love the buzzing atmosphere at these places – the loud conversations, the loud “boss lady” or “boss man” assigning tables, scolding staff…

But one thing they should invent is some sort of traffic light or sign system on each table.   I mean, there’s different stages in a Dim Sum meal. 

First there’s the “I want food now!” phase.  I’ve been queueing for ages, waiting for a free table while taking in all the smells of yummy food.  Now that I’m seated – I want my pork bun, prawn roll, whatever, NOW!!  Maybe a nice green light would be good for this.

The second phase is the “Hold on” phase.  OK, we’ve now got WAY too much food on the table.  I begin to wonder whether we can finish it all.  The trolley girls still come around and offer us food.  But can’t they see that it would be PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE to add more food to the table?  Where would we put it?   And can’t they see that we are eating our way through the food we already have?   Sometimes they even offer us dishes that we already are eating!!  Duh!!   A yellow light meaning “I’m eating, but I would like more food later, but do interrupt me if you have something yummy that isn’t already on my table” would be good for this.

The last phase is the “Stop” phase.  By now, we’ve eaten WAY too much.  We feel all gooey with oil, MSG and fried stuff.  Our fingers are dirty.  The tablecloth is a mess.  Our clothes smell of Yum Cha.  Our tummies are full.  Some lonely pieces of food are still sitting in their trays getting colder and yuckier by the second.  The thought of eating more makes us sick.  But still the trolley people come around, offering us food!  Errrr, no!!  You’ve already served us X number of dishes previously, we’ve stopped eating and look like we’re about to explode.  Don’t give us anymore food!!   Here is where we need a nice red stop light.   If anything, give us some Coke to dissolve the grease out of our mouths.

On Sunday, we spent the afternoon at a Family Christmas Party at the Claremont Showgrounds. 

We first walked by the more teenage oriented rides that were too rough and scary for the kids, and headed straight for the pavilion which was more kiddy oriented.

Unfortunately, walking through there, the kids just looked at the bouncy castles, the kiddy ferris wheel, teacup rides, etc and didn’t want to go on any!  I was telling them, “You can go on, it’s free!  We’ve already paid for our ticket!” but I have a feeling that we’ve trained our kids so much to be “thrifty” at carnivals that they didn’t want to go on any at all!!!  Either that, or they’re in some middle age ground where they think the small rides are too childish and the big rides are too scary…  or it was just too bloody hot!

The kids did get their faces painted though, by Rosie O (http://www.rosieofacepainter.com.au/).  She also did an amazing job on wifey – so much so that it seems a few other Mums wanted to get their faces done too!

 

Face painting!

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