Thursday, January 25, 2018

Taking stock



Taking inspiration from Pip (over HERE) in taking stock:

Making: the Fen dress. Longsleeved this time, in a navy linen I’ve had stashed for the just the right pattern. 

Cooking :
lasagne. The ingredients were out on the bench but we stayed too long at the beach (again) yesterday so it was a late night cooking session and dinner is made for tonight. I am amused at how happy I am to already have dinner sorted at 2.51pm.

Drinking :
Corona beer with lemon wedge on the deck while watching the sunset -last night.

Reading:
Marie Kondo’s ‘The life-changing art of tidying up. Which will make some people laugh. I finally succumbed to the hype after I read an inspiring quote and I learned it was pulled from her book. I’m on page two.

Next read:I want to finish Jamie Catto’s book, Insanely Gifted. I met him years ago in France and now Stephen Fry says he adores him. The man is wise, in a real sort of a way. 

Wanting: to own my own home one day. To quote my son: Renting in NZ means you are only ever three months away from being homeless. 

Looking: forward to the Folk Festival this weekend. A friend and I are on the homepage…can you spot us?
 HERE

Playing:
Dar Williams and Voices on the Verge. Comfort music. I love this one.

Deciding:
focus of work life this year. 

Wishing:
for wide open days to write in so I can finish my book without getting distracted. Ha.

Enjoying: summer and epic 3 hour swims with friends.

Waiting: to see what 2018 will bring. Some friends have had a rough entry into 2018 and since last year was a shocker for me, I am intending 2018 to be super duper and awesome. 

Liking: more in real life and less posts on facebook…I had a week off social media over the festive season and got so much writing done and felt so much more my usual positive self. 

Wondering:
about suicide. A much loved friend took her own life last week and I am thinking a lot about what kind of friend I am and how I can be a better friend.  

Loving:
$1.50 rock melons and $2 blueberry punnets – yup, still raving about them.

Pondering: the unkindness that is rampant on social media and how I can make my peace with that.

Considering: just how much work raising an orphaned baby hedgehog is.

Buying: summer fruit and a new Bare Minerals mascara, my last one cracked all the down the side. So annoying, those things usually last me ages. 

Watching: DVD’s. So oldschool I know, but we are on community internet with only 40GB a month so no streaming for us. I just watched Hidden Figures.

Next watch:
Ladybird. A local screening. Can’t wait!

Hoping: To finish writing a chapter by this weekend. 

Marvelling:
at our joint 2018 visioning – it’s up on the wall. The ten-year old put ‘kitten’ and a 'big screen TV’ up there amongst all the other other good stuff. 

Cringing:
at Mike Hosking. He was being hideous about Te Reo Maori. 

Needing: a hug.

Questioning: whether I could be a public person. I went public with a project recently and got a death threat within an hour. 

Smelling:
Roses. I associate that scent with my nana – it always, always makes me feel better. 

Wearing
: a sundress over my togs (that’s swimsuit to you northern hemisphere folks!). I bought this dress off trademe and people always comment when I wear it. It’s a keeper. 

Following:
the breeze in the house. We're in a heatwave. 

Worrying: a lot. And trying not to dammit.

Noticing: the mynah birds have stopped nesting en masse every evening near my house. They were so loud but I had gotten used to them chattering. Now the silence is loud. 

Knowing: I need to up my game in the cooking/meals department. One of these evenings when we get back from the beach late and I whip up another superfast meal my son is going to say ‘when can we go back to having proper dinners again?’ and I will feel stink. Like I did last summer and the summer before. Hence the lasagne.

Thinking: about a new business idea that’s been popping up for years and won’t go away

Admiring:
Pip’s new shiny green birkenstocks. So chirpy!

Sorting: a box of office stuff that was still waiting for my attention since we moved 6 months ago. Ahem. 

Getting:
quite a bit of work and reading done at skateparks this summer.

Bookmarking: The only bookmarking I do these days is manual. And it’s usually a decidedly unclassy receipt or library print out used as a book mark. Like, in an actual book. I do have a bunch of books on my kindle. Both me and my son have kindles but both admit to loving books more. He loves the smell of books, I love the heft of them.

Coveting: THESE! I do love clogs. And these are a happy mustard colour. I rest my case.


Disliking: Unkindness and downright meanness. And really disliking how much of it I was seeing on social media. 

Opening: the window. It’s a hot summers evening. Thank goodness for screens on the window too. I can see 5 zillion mosquitoes and none of them can get in, mwah ha ha!

Giggling: at animal antics. There are a bunch of them running around here.

Feeling: content after an afternoon on the beach with friends, which makes a nice change from sad, which is how I am waking up every morning. 

Snacking:
on chocolate which some lovely person left on my doorstep with some flowers a few days ago. Phoenix the dog found it first, but luckily I discovered his deceit before he’d eaten it. 

Hearing:
Cicada’s and the distant roar of the surf.

Here's a template so you can take stock too, if you'd like:

Making :
Cooking :
Drinking :
Reading:
Next read:
Wanting:
Looking:
Playing:
Deciding:
Wishing:
Enjoying:
Waiting:
Liking:
Wondering:
Loving:
Pondering:
Considering:
Buying:
Watching:
Next watch:
Hoping:
Marvelling:
Cringing:
Needing:
Questioning:
Smelling:
Wearing:
Following:
Worrying:
Noticing:
Knowing:
Thinking:
Admiring:
Sorting:
Getting:
Bookmarking:
Coveting:
Disliking:
Opening:
Giggling:
Feeling:
Snacking:
Hearing:

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