taking stock / february


Making … plans.
Cooking … everyday favourites.
Drinking … lots of water, thanks to my Camelbak bottle!
Reading … magazines and trashy novels [hey, I’m on holidays].
Wanting … this not-too-hot weather to never end.
Looking … for my favourite pen … still.
Playing … my Retrojam playlists!
Enjoying … this not-too-hot weather.
Waiting … for the real summer to arrive!
Liking … how my boys are enjoying the new school year.
Wondering … how the eldest will take to high school.
Thinking … I need to find some more motivation.
Loving … my new banana lounge.
Smelling … that new uniform smell.
Admiring … our inspirational Australia Day award-winners.
Buying … bits and pieces for school.
Watching … Utopia re-runs on my computer.
Disliking … how laundry and dishes interrupt my lounging time.
Snacking … on the addictive Mrs Mays almond crunch.
Hearing … the birds, oh so early in the morning.
Wishing … holidays wouldn’t end so soon.

*I’ve modified Pip’s “taking stock” list [you can see hers here] into a shorter version for me.


the holiday list


Excuse my slackness, I’m in a holiday mode of sorts.

The children have made a successful re-entry into the school year, making my coinciding time off a tad superfluous.

Oh well, more time for me!

And naturally I have a list. Not too long [I’ve learnt that lesson] and sprinkled with a variety of must-dos, simple tasks and frogs [don’t know what that means – read this].

And you know how it goes, if I share some items on the list, put it out there in the world, it makes me accountable.

So from the scribbled notes that come under the heading of “the holiday to do list”.

  • Organise a morning yoga routine
  • Do the taxes [big frog]
  • Sort out a blog editorial calendar
  • Maybe restart pay more attention to the newsletter/shop/associated blogs and new ideas [we’ll see]
  • Clean the study [may not get anything else done if I start this …]
  • Relax, read, rest
  • Find my pen [lost my favourite pen – it has to be around here somewhere!]
  • Get better at regular baking
  • Drop off dry cleaning [this is what we call a doable task]
  • Go to optometrist [appointment tomorrow]

So there it is. Check back in with me in a fortnight to see how I went! I might still be cleaning the study … *wonders if I can organise an extra day or two off at the end of my holidays …*


It’s Australia Day


It’s Australia Day here today ~ made even more Australian as it is on a Monday making it a long weekend for those lucky enough to get public holidays.

There’s ceremonies all over the country, awards, newly minted citizens taking the affirmation and the day is not without its controversy.

But I prefer to linger on the positives. We are the lucky country, not immune to terror that seeks to divide the world, but I feel blessed to live among people where it’s OK to have an opinion, where there is clean water and good hospitals and schools.

And there is choice.

Today, we choose to enjoy the day off before the madness of the school year. To join the Aussie spirit our way with a barbecue and perhaps a couple of beers [it’s the Australian way], enjoy the fresh air and probably watch a little sport.

Fellow Aussies, how are you spending Australia Day?

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