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August 25, 2020

Oh hello YOU. How are you going? I am going okay. Things could be better, but by golly things could be so much worse so I am glad that I am okay.

I had a few hard weeks, but I checked in with my doctor and we had a chat and came up with some strategies for pushing on … and this week I am feeling a lot better and not like a monolith. I was feeling like a monolith. Like … I was feeling as though Picnic At Hanging Rock could have happened ON ME. I was THAT sluggish and unmotivated and blah. Now I am not feeling like that, which is very often the way with these sort of blah states.

Self-care is brilliant, but it’s important to remember that it includes enlisting the help of professionals when you are struggling. So that is what I did. Yay me!

Over the last couple of months I’ve been working very hard to complete two units at Curtin Uni (via Open Universities). It’s been super hard because who knew that lockdown could make your brain feel like it is in a scramble?! That is the bare bones of it. I have two final assessments to complete and then I move on to just ONE unit next study period. Phew.

I’ve been working on my other blog – 1000 Ways To Feel More Okay – and that has been helping me to appreciate the world around me, think about how bendy and brilliant language is, and earn a little bit of money (which is so helpful!)

I’ve also started doing yoga again after a long break, and Adriene is making me feel much stronger, more positive and less creaky. What a champ she is. I am doing this video this week. I am so bad at downward dog I can’t even tell you.

I’m slowly, slowly reading a little bit of a lot of things. At the moment I am reading Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf and Me and My Big Mouth by Jan O’Connell. I’m also dipping in and out of Matt Haig’s ace new book, The Midnight Library. I’m paying very  careful attention to the way books are written these days, so that has me taking my own good time and I love it. Slow reading is pretty lovely.

I’ve been crocheting a cardigan too. I have not shared it on social media because for some reason I have sort of fallen out of the habit of sharing things … I think it’s since I lost my job, to be honest. I am a bit out of sorts due to that and trying to find a new way of being. I am gong to try harder to be more share-y, in future. Because I really did love that ..!

Ari and I are in lockdown together and we have been supporting one another as best we can. I am glad I have a buddy (ie son) to spend these strange days with. If you are in lockdown alone, please know that my thoughts are with you.

This week I got the first pages of my new book back! First pages are the first edited and designed page spreads of the book. They look beautiful and I am so lucky to be able to work with my friend Michelle Mackintosh again. My publisher, Murdoch Books, loves her work and so do I, so really we are a trio made in heaven. (Michelle just won an award for her book design brilliance from the Australian Book Designers Association, don’t you know?! TOLD YOU she was clever. You can see all the winners here.)

Today I spent a few hours making a delicious dinner for Ari and myself. I cooked from Meera Sodha’s book Made In India. We’re having Mum’s Chicken Curry, Gujarati Potato Curry and Sautéed Spring Vegetables with Spices. Plus some fluffy Basmati rice. CAN. NOT. WAIT. (It’s such a good book!)

ALSO? I’m also busting to get my hand’s on Julia’s new book! It’s sold out everywhere and looks amazing. (Michelle Mackintosh worked on this beautiful book too!)

Later on I am going to watch the latest season of World’s Toughest Race on Prime Video. It was recommended by someone I chatted to this week and I am looking forward to its gritty feats of adventurousness very much.

I’ve been trying to keep the house tidy, but it’s quite hard when you are doing so much LIVING IN IT, isn’t it? I’m doing my best though, so know that. (Doing my best means sometimes doing the dishes at dinner time.)

Apart from that I’ve been making a few cute playlists, in case you would like to listen to them. You can see them on Spotify here.

I hope you are doing okay, dear reader. It’s a very challenging time for so many, and I count myself lucky that my tricky bits are not too hard to navigate.

Sending lots of love and squeezes to you. Tell me some things, if you fancy?

x Pip

top image: my house <3


  • Reply shelley September 3, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    Hi Pip, if you wants some new listening for your spotify playlists try
    Jack the Fox
    Alana Wilkinson

  • Reply Lorien August 27, 2020 at 11:22 PM

    Thank you Pip, I love your honesty and really enjoy receiving your missives (somehow that word feels right here) to my mailbox. I don’t always get to them straight away but I always save them for later, and they always turn out to be such precious gems. Thank you for being you.

    (Oh, and I’m loving the Spotify playlists!)

  • Reply kate August 26, 2020 at 7:30 AM

    The wonderful thing about yoga is it meets you where you are, you don’t have to do it right, just do it.
    So glad you have support and a plan for getting through this weird time. I must say Ari is a lucky lad your dinner sounded delish. I hope it added to the pile of good memories and stories to recount in old age.
    Cheers Kate

    • Reply Pip August 27, 2020 at 8:31 AM

      There is something so good about breathing into all the creaky bits of your body, isn’t there?
      And to tell you the truth, Ari did not like the chicken because I used THIGH FILLETS.
      Next time I will use BREASTS and cook them slow and low, I think!
      Thank you so much for reading!!! And for taking the time to comment.

  • Reply Reannon August 25, 2020 at 11:05 PM

    I love Meera’s book. I love that I pre-ordered Julia’s book months ago. I love that you knew you needed a little help so went & got it. I love your new blog (sorry I don’t comment much, time is scarce!). But mostly I love you & this blog. It’s probably weird to say that but I’m ok with being the weird internet person xxx

    • Reply Pip August 27, 2020 at 8:29 AM

      Thank you, Reannon. I am hanging in there and I am so lucky to have you cheering me on.
      I hope you are managing okay … did you get Julia’s book delivered yet? What are you loving most about it, if so?

      • Reply Reannon October 11, 2020 at 12:47 AM

        Oh, Pip, for some reason I have not got any emails alerting me to replies so only now, as I am scrolling through your blog looking for recipes or food links did I see this reply! I think too much goes to my junk.

        I love the feeling Julia’s book gives. It’s warm & lush but not complicated. I am yet to cook anything from it because I have lost my cooking mojo. I like the idea of cooking much more than the actual cooking lately. It’s really annoying. I have made some super boring, and some super crappy, dinners lately. oh well, it happens right?

  • Reply Michele Richards August 25, 2020 at 9:53 PM

    Hi Pip,

    I bought your “not peachy” book a while ago because I like your writing but never imagining that it would fit my circumstance. Ive had a potentially life threatening health issue that is still being worked ( I have a good prognosis ) . I am positive but I was able to refer to the food ideas which was super helpful.
    O have read your blog for many years since my teenage children were small and I remember the craft you blogged. Times change and projects change but underneath the creativity and general help others feel good is there. I love it and read whatever you want to write.
    I started a crochet project (beginner) as relaxation and may refer back.
    What you are experiencing in Melbourne is not fun but you have great building blocks in living simply, creatively anfmd positively. You are amazing.


    • Reply Pip August 27, 2020 at 8:27 AM

      Hello Michele,
      I am so sorry to hear that you are going through a doubly tough time. It’s been such a hard year, but that sounds especially difficult … Know that I will be thinking of you … and that I appreciate your support so, so much, too. xx

  • Reply Edie August 25, 2020 at 8:08 PM

    Hi Pippy, I am so pleased you are doing yoga and also feeling a bit better. It has been the weirdest year and I feel a bit blah about it myself because I want to go back to England and see everyone so gahhhh to that. Professional help for tricky times is SO GOOD isn’t it?! I am also pleased for you on that journey because I did that once for 2 whole years and felt heaps better about all kinds of stuff. What else- work is shitting me loads due to a couple of people who are difficult sorts. I hate passive aggressive stuff – even when it’s not even directed at me. So I am pointing it out loudly and guffawing and disarming people left right and centre but gawd it’s tiring!!! Why can’t people just be decent sorts! I said that sentence loudly in a meeting this morning. Several people nodded. Obvs!
    Omg how good is Made in India! I love that book and Julia’s book looks great too, might have to get that.
    I’m also loving 1000 things! I am! And yes do some more sharing of things because it’s a happiness public service! (Only if you want to)… Pony is thinking of learning to crochet just because of a beautiful blanket pattern she has seen. Of course I am encouraging it! Loves you xxxxxx

    • Reply Pip August 27, 2020 at 8:28 AM

      I am going to do more sharing. I am!
      I wish you were my work colleague … but in a way, I suppose that you are!!
      Also – which naan recipe are you using at the moment?
      The potato curry I made this week is the one from Made In India!
      xx pip

  • Reply Tracey August 25, 2020 at 7:08 PM

    Onya Pip. You are doing a great job at moving forward through the days – must be really challenging sometimes but I can hear the snippets of Pip positivity peaking through (Piptivity?!). Thanks for sharing your thoughts and activities, it actually always always makes me smile and feel better about the world

    • Reply Pip August 27, 2020 at 8:30 AM

      I’m feeling so much better this week, thank goodness. Thank you for your vote of confidence! I am definitely on the up and up, now. xxx

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