Just Another Midol Monday!

Have you ever had one of those days where you just think you can’t take another sound? When time feels like it’s standing still and every person on the planet have been placed here simply to annoy you? These are the days when nothing works, your hair doesn’t do the right thing, your jeans did up tighter than yesterday, your internal body temperature is higher than the steam cleaner you forgot to turn off yesterday, your tea or coffee spill in the cup holder on the way to work or to drop off the kids at school and it’s the day that no one in the house can find a matching sock.

Call it what you will, PMS, crazy mum syndrome, nutzo mum of the year. I don’t know what to call it, I just call it REAL. Whilst yelling at kids, husband, co-worker, fellow taxi mum, I find myself quietly (or sometimes not so quietly) chanting to myself, ‘it will be okay, this is normal, this too shall pass’, Between every high speed chant comes another blow out of my steam engine, hormone revved up body.

This morning was classic. After walking through the hair, the jeans (oh yeah, and the war paint was not happening as per the usual effect and how I manage to slap on for the day), as we are about to walk out the door to head to school, one of my children decides to say, ‘Mum you were supposed to wash my gym uniform last night and I can’t find my gym bag so I don’t have any shoes for gym, everything was in my bag.’ So, with that I find myself digging through the dirty laundry pile for the uniform, sniffing whilst I go making sure the uniform is at an acceptable level for wear.

I conquer the gym wear with ease, or so I think. However through my cloud of frustration and hormonal rage I know I haven’t solved anything, rather I’ve diffused a situation for a moment and everyone stays still, just because they know I’m in a bad way. This is followed by my husband who decides he should give me tips on how to get into the car, that he parked ever so tightly in the garage. Why (you may be asking) would your husband give you tips on how to enter a car? Yes, at 43 the mind boggles. Even though my memory is challenged at times due to what ‘they’ call peri-menopause, I’m pretty sure I’ve been getting in and out of cars successfully since I was, let’s say around 3! Okay, maybe during my early 20’s I could have had one or two mishaps but for the most part I’m a pretty competent car person. Oh, and I must mention again (just to get my point across) that the reason he was giving me tips was because when parking the car (in the garage) last night, HE parked it way to close to the other car…. My thinking, why wouldn’t you back it up and re park? Isn’t that what anyone would do?

My hubby quickly realised that giving me tips on entering a motor vehicle was probably not the smartest thing to do on this particular morning. I was curious to know when he picked that up cue up. Was it when I gave him a look that could take down any army that dare stand in my way? Perhaps it was when I managed to bark out, ‘I don’t think I need to be told how to get into a car, I can make my way around this garage any way I dam well please. But, thanks for your wise input. Oh, and by the way, who parks like this, where did you get your licence?’ I’m wondering if that was the moment the lights went on for him?

I say all of this admitting loud and proud that once I dropped my kids off at school I headed straight for the pharmacy/chemist and bought myself some Midol… Mum’s if you don’t know what Midol is, it’s the Modern Day Tic Tac for those of us walking through PMS, Peri-Menopause or full on Menopause. It is a life support system in a bottle.

May I say, to the makers of Bayer my family, those around me and of course, myself, thank you for providing me with the opportunity to return to my sane, normal self even in the midst of the storm.

I am reminded today of these two quotes, ‘That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ and ‘tomorrow is another day.’ Now it’s time to breathe and pour myself a glass of red! Anyone with me?

Note: Here’s a link to the famous song ‘Manic Monday’ by the Bangles. If you want to join me, you can substitute the words and sing ‘Just Another Midol Monday’. Go for it girls, turn up the volume, find your hairbrush and sing at the top of your lungs.. This is called Therapy!

Margarita Chicken

A few months ago (whilst still living in Canada) my mum and I were having a nice, relaxing evening, we were enjoying a glass of wine with some yummy food. It was one of those nights where we decided to eat ‘tapas’ style. One of our dishes was another of Chef Andre’s scrumptious creations ‘Margarita Prawns‘. Needless to say, as with anything Chef Andre makes, the prawns were absolutely divine. The next night, we were having people over and with the ingredients we used for the prawns still in my fridge and bursting with flavour, we decided to play around with this tasty recipe and change it up a bit for a bit of variety. This resulted in ‘Margarita Chicken’ and it was equally as good as the prawns and enjoyed by everyone.

So, as with anything great we manage to prepare, we wanted to share. These recipes are great for summer or those cool, crisp fall nights I am now enjoying in Australia. So, Northern Hemisphere friends take this recipe and dine Al fresco whilst we in the Southern Hemisphere will enjoy under our deck heathers.

Enjoy friends (picture beside is the actual pic of the prawns we made).

Margarita Chicken


1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp tequila
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lime (for zest and juice)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 lb large shrimp, shelled and deveined


In a large bowl, combine cilantro, garlic, tequila, oil, lime zest, lime juice, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
Add the shrimp, tossing to coat.
Set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature or for up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
Preheat grill.
Grill the shrimp 6 inches from the heat, turning once, for 3 minutes, or until just opaque.

Serves 4.

Writer’s Block

Well, I’m finally here. I’m out of the house, I’m sitting in one of my favourite cafe’s ‘Glee‘ and I’m working. More to the point I’m WRITING! Yes, I have been battling the worst case of writer’s block and I feel like I’ve finally found my way out. To those of you who have been poking & pushing me to get back to writing, thank you. It’s been a journey and I’m not sure where or when it happened. Actually, I’ve always thought writer’s block was a bit of a crock but guess what, as with everything and every attitude we have or gain, my thoughts have been put to the test and I can now testify to the truth of writer’s block and how soul destroying it can be.

For someone who is moved by the written word, to not be able to write is torture.

Think of what it is you love to do and imagine not being able to do it. The runner unable to run, the singer unable to utter a sound, the musician unable to play. For me, not being able to write, even as much as words on a birthday card was almost unbelievable. So, to those who have (indeed) received cards, emails or even Facebook messages from me over the last 10 months, I apologise. I apologise for the short updates, the direct tone or whatever your experience was when reading. I was stuck.

I feel like I’ve come out of a coma. I feel like the bird that was grounded is able to fly again. I feel like I want to run to the highest peak and open my arms wide and tell the world that my words have returned. Now, here’s hoping someone cares :).

Anyway, all of this to let you know that not only have my words returned but so much has changed. GetRealLive is changing and growing. Our format both through the website and the radio show are improving and the quality of what you have been used to is returning.

Yes, we are going to be talking about THINGS THAT MATTER and we are beyond excited.

The show goes live next week and we have some amazing guests lined up for you. We are going to be ‘telling the stories’. Telling stories that impact lives and create change within because we know that lasting change (for all of us) happens from the inside out.

Get ready friends….

Social Fusion Live Event with Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton & Kari Jobe

It’s HAPPENED FRIENDS…. Revealing Jesus has been released WORLD-WIDE just in time for Easter and GetRealLive has the opportunity to talk to the artists involved in this amazing project. We want to invite you to our Social Fusion LIVE Event with the talented Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton and Kari Jobe! All this is happening on the following:

North America: March 19th 6:30pm MST/5:30pm PST

Australia: March 20th 11:30am 

How You Can Engage:

1) TWEET:  Go for it and tweet away using #RevealingJesus and join the fun conversation. To be part of a private room (which allows you to totally focus on just this convo!) you can go to http://tweetchat.com/room/RevealingJesus

2) LISTEN: Tune in to hear Darlene, Israel & Kari live on GetRealLive Radio. It’s super simple and it’s super fun…. Click HERE!!!!! Also, feel free to share this link with friends getreallive/2013/03/20/getreallive-with-susan-and-scott-1

3) STATUS UPDATE: Use Facebook and let your friends know that you are listening to Darlene, Israel & Kari in an ‘Up Close and Personal’. Share this page with them and tell them to join the fun!

Rules of Engagement:

1) Questions: All of your questions can be tweeted and we will try and answer as many as possible. If you have some you would like to send us then jump on GetRealLive Facebook Page and LIKE us and throw your question in…

2) Make sure you remember to use our hashtag #RevealingJesus so we see you.

3) LIKE us on Facebook for a chance to win one a signed copy of the Album.

4) INVITE YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY… Everyone is invited :)

For more information, videos and music go to Revealing-Jesus.com

Social Fusion Live Event With Peter Walsh March 13th


It’s HAPPENING FRIENDS and we’re so excited. This is our 2ND Social Fusion LIVE Event with the amazing Peter Walsh and we want you to be totally engaged.

How to Engage:

1) TWEET:  Go for it and tweet away using #CalgarySpringClean and join the fun conversation. To be part of a private room (which allows you to totally focus on just this convo!) you can go to http://tweetchat.com/room/CalgarySpringClean

2) LISTEN: Tune in to hear Peter Walsh live on GetRealLive Radio. It’s super simple and it’s super fun…. Click HERE!!!!!

3) STATUS UPDATE: Use Facebook and let your friends know that you are listening to Peter help us get UNCLUTTERED and ORGANISED. Share this page with them and tell them to join the fun!

Rules of Engagement:

1) Questions: All of your questions can be tweeted and we will try and answer as many as possible. If you have some you would like to send us then jump on GetRealLive Facebook Page and LIKE us and throw your question in…

2) Make sure you remember to use our hashtag #CalgarySpringClean so we see you.

3) LIKE us on Facebook for a chance to win one a signed copy of Peter’s latest book.

4) INVITE YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY… Everyone is invited 🙂

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Darlene Zschech LIVE August 20th GRL Special Edition

Darlene Zschech joins us for a very special episode of GetRealLive August 20th at 6:30pm / 9:30pm Est; for our Australia friends 11:30am on August 21st. Together with her husband Mark, they lead Hope Global; an international organization that was initiated as a response to the genocide of Rwanda in 1994.The purpose is simple; restore Hope! Darlene will be sharing incredible stories from families in Rwanda as we hear how the simplest acts can make a huge difference.

Darlene is an internationally acclaimed singer/ songwriter who has impacted inspirational music with her songs and teaching and continues to carve a way for the rising artist. Her most famous song, “Shout to the Lord‘ is sung in over 25 million churches weekly and has been dubbed the modern day ‘Amazing Grace’. Author of several books including her latest, ‘The Art of Mentoring‘, Darlene brings insight and widsom for practical everyday living.

Darlene is married to Mark Zschech and together they have three girls Amy, Chloe and Zoe.

This LIVE conversation will include a live tweet chat which you can join! Hashtag #hopeglobal on the night via Twitter and be involved in the conversation! More details to come!