Oh my goodness. I had a bit of a blog break over Christmas and the beginning of January and gosh I think I’m the better for it.
That said I’m very much looking forward to cracking on because the year ahead is looking a little less pesky than last year. And the year before.
What better way to start a new year then with a Taking Stock catch up?! I have been doing so much stuff and not sharing it here … so you have been warned this January Taking Stock might be a little enthusiastic and chatty …
Making : A book! I am on deadline for my new book (which is about how to deal with life when times are tough) and have been spending a lot of time working on it. It comes out in 2020 through the wonderful Murdoch Books and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be published again.
Cooking : So many things. I am not a huge fan of summer temperature-wise, but I love summer eating so much. Tonight I’m making couscous with roasted tomatoes and fresh herbs. And maybe a steak if Ari comes home. Some nights we have lots of home cooked things. Some nights we have chicken and chips. Some nights I have toast (if Ari is not home!)
Sipping : I found a nice cleanskin riesling I like at a wine shop near me. So I have been enjoying that.
Reading: I finished Tara Westover’s Educated and am now reading The Trauma Cleaner (which Max got me for Christmas). When I’ve read it I am going to listen to the Big Ideas episode about this book too.
Listening: James Blake and Saint Etienne.
Wishing: My hair was not always so tangled.
Enjoying: Grilling vegetables on the George Foreman grill I bought last year.
Waiting: For Thursday when my baby boy turns 19!!! 19!!!
Liking: Making Japanese potato salad – not pictured here – (after I saw my friend Edie had made it). I used the Cibi recipe and gawsh it was freaking delicious and I wish I had taken a photo. I had it as a salad and then cold on toast the next day and the day after that (and I didn’t put cheese in because I did not have any … and it was still so good!)
Loving: Reed Avocados. Aren’t they the best? So creamy and delicious.
Buying: I bought a River Cottage cookbook on sale at Readings. It’s a good one with lots of great ideas and go-tos.
Watching: I re-watched Muriel’s Wedding (on Netflix) last night while I was trying to stay awake so I could go and pick Ari up. I only got halfway through so I’m going to start it again later. Such a great cast!
Hoping: To emerge from my every emoshe convalescence some time this year.
Needing: To charge my camera battery and start taking photos with it. Well. More wanting to, I suppose. Not that phone photos are not great, but I like my actual camera and want to play with it again.
Wearing: An old cotton Obus dress because it’s a bit floaty and cool. I don’t have many floaty cotton dresses and I wish I had more.
Following: The Ariana Grande/Princess Nokia drama. I care about such things.
Noticing: I am a bit stiff because I have not been doing any yoga. It’s been so sweaty-hot and busy, but really those are not very good excuses. I had such a good run of doing it every day for more than 200 days and then I fell in a heap. Tonight I will start again! I am making a promise to myself.
Sorting: Clothes. And folding them. Very small and stand-uppy!
Getting: I found this Mexican cookbook at the Salvation Army store today for $3, so I was pleased to be getting that.
Saving: All my $5 notes this year. Not that I get much cash, but when I do I am going to tuck the fivers away for a rainy day. I saw this idea online somewhere but I can’t remember where it was. It’s a goodie.
Bookmarking: The potentially life-saving ‘Dutch Reach‘.
Coveting: A clear hallway. Mine is full of stuff that needs to be donated to the right places. Sound familiar?!
Opening: The doors (it’s stuffy). Then closing the doors (it’s too hot.)
Giggling: At this pigeon.
Feeling: Relaxed. Which is hard for me. LOL.
Hearing: People playing cricket at the oval near me. Every now and then there’s a huge ROAR … I suppose the roar happens when someone gets out?
Obsessing: Over making lots of fresh ice each day. It’s very, very important to have fresh and non-fridgey ice at our place.
You can make a list too, if you want to! I’d love to read it! Let me know if you do this too!
I hope you are well and have been having nice times!
Love to you.