Practicalities of University life

My daughter started University this September. She’s living in Halls and shares a flat with two other students. They all seem to get on well and the sharing of the kitchen seems to be working.

It’s times like this I’m thrilled she participated in a weeks intensive course near Geneva. It was part of her Chalet Ski season which she worked at during her year off. She had to prepare 4 course meals for potential bosses and a power point to tell them about themselves. A 7 hour tough food hygiene course was passed and she”s pretty proud of that certificate, She accomplished so man2015-11-17 18.02.22y skills, too many to mention but returned with a few new dishes under her belt.

I’ve taught her to buy fresh meat and split the contents into single bags. Enabling her not to have to defrost the whole quantity of meat. Also the food serves a few more meals and less packaging means more space in the one freezer drawer she’s allocated.

Having done my personal food shop after work today, I find it’s just as beneficial for me to follow the same method. It took a while to remove packaging and split into freezer bags but worth the hassle. Salmon fillets, Aberdeen Angus mince beef and chicken breasts lay in a freezer below the summer fruits picked from the garden.

My daughter

About time I added something about my fourteen year old. She has always loved running and since she was 5 years old she would without fail win the sports day events. People (in the nicest possible way) couldn’t wait for her to move up to senior school to give somebody else a chance to win. Embarrassment would set in because I suspected she would win the annual event yet again.

Once she started senior school the competition was much tougher for her, she needed this. She ‘s by no means the fastest now but loves to run. Being short she doesn’t make challenges easy for her competitors. She can easily run four miles, non stop off-road. Last week she asked if she could join a running club so last weekend I looked online for clubs to join. I received an email from one to say she could come and try a few sessions free of charge. 

Thursday evening came, we finished her paper round together and with a quick trip back home to change and refresh our thirst we headed off to the track. We met George the instructor, full of enthusiasm, a dedicated volunteer instructor who asked a few questions and set her off to run for 15 minutes around 9 football pitches with 4 other teenagers 16/17 years old. George was impressed, they were able to chat as they ran (a good sign) and he told them to continue for a third round still within their warm up time limit.

Exercises continued with various ballet exercise to strengthen their core muscles, they used weights and ran a couple of 400 metres. George would like her to join his classes but she needs to decide whether she wants to focus on 400 metres or to do longer distances. As of yet she is undecided which to do, she thinks George is great and loved the evenings challenges. She is quite a determined young lady and despite being younger and much shorter than the others in her group she puts up quite a challenge.