I mean, why not write another chatty post full of links and tips? It’s one of my favourite things to do and some people even tell me it’s helpful, so there you go!
Taking Stock : Mid July
Making : Plans to make something with Bronte the cat. She’s coming to stay today!
Cooking : Stefano’s Soup Di Minestra (to eat with Noisette toast! So excited that my local greengrocer is stocking their bread now. It’s delicious and chewy and crunchy crusted.)
Drinking : Nerada Tea by the bucket full. I just really like it. Also Ribena. I KNOW. Yum!
Reading: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg – I am quite liking it. I would like it more if the hat tips to less privileged people were replaced by stories from those people, in their own words.
Trawling: My bookshelf to see if there are books I can pass on to the op shop. I am sure there are.
Wanting: To stop thinking about dumplings so much. I like the ones you can boil up and scoff with black vinegar and chilli oil and soy. YUM! I buy this kind of frozen thing from the Asian Grocer and they’re ready in a trice. You just boil them for 5 minutes. Add a cup of cold water. Boil for another 4 minutes or so. That’s it! No steamer or other nonsense required.
Looking: At the rainy and cloudy day. Two ducks just went by and one legitimately said “QUACK” as it passed the window.
Deciding: What to do about my dry Winter-y hands. Ugh. They are not nice, but they are useful.
Wishing: I hadn’t watched GLOW because I loved it and want to watch it for the first time again! I didn’t think it would be my thing, but it was great! I watched the documentary about the original GLOW ladies too. Both on Netflix.
Enjoying: Having a day off commercial writing to work on my own projects.
Waiting: For Michelle and Steve to bring Bronte around. They are not late. I am just excited and early.
Liking: Getting the house ready for a cat visitor. Make sure heating ducts are open in her favourite places. Put comfy pillows in her favourite bird spying vantage points. It’s important work.
Wondering: If I am going to need to move house. Hoping I am not going to!
Loving: Flipping Out. I hadn’t watched it before, but the people on it are very witty and my sister was taking about it a couple of weeks ago, and tweaked my interest. It’s quite different to Million Dollar Listing, but similar subject matter, of course. Now I wonder if House Hunters International is worth a shot…
Pondering: How many people are having a tough time. After my um… disclosure a few days ago, I have been inundated with very kind and supportive emails from people sharing their own difficult times – and letting me know that I’m not alone. A LOT of people are doing it tough, and despite what seems like a confessional culture, a LOT of people are keeping their struggles to themselves, let me tell you. If you are having a tough time, I am sorry to hear it. Life is such a challenge sometimes, but we generally get through it, so that’s quite good.
Listening: To Trace. Still. It’s just very worrying. How can these things happen? I hope that justice is done and Maria’s sons can find out what really happened to their lovely mum. Brilliant journalism.
Considering: How much I hate sitting at a desk and working. I like working on the couch, floor, bed. Desks and tables are hard for me. I do not know why and I must be stopped. What is even WRONG with me?!
Buying: Supplies for a Frankie craft project that’s due at the end of the month. Well. I NEED to do this. I have not done it yet because the project seems tricky and I’m turning it over in my head a LOT.
Watching: Speedy and silent rosellas whizzing past the window. I know. So many birds today!
Hoping: For good things.
Marvelling: At this amazing and clever service the SanFrancisco Museum of Modern Art have developed. You text them a word or phrase and they send you an image of an artwork to match! (found via Swiss Miss)
Cringing: At Donald Trump meeting France’s First Lady.
Needing: A cup of tea. No. Coffee. No. Oh. What would you choose right now?
Questioning: Why we all say so much, but often don’t say the things that matter most.
Smelling: My perfume. It’s this one today. I only have TWO perfumes, truth be told. The other one is this.
Wearing: A dress I bought from Obus, leggings, Ugg boots. I KNOW. Fancy me. Also underwear. Obviously. And a grey cardigan. Bet you wish you were fashion-y ol’ me. (Or not. Probably not, actually. You do you.)
Noticing: I need to read books that are FUNNY or light or easy – and not always go for the BIG and DEEP feels. Just for my own wellbeing at the moment. Any suggestions?
Knowing: That going to Brunetti to get my favourite treat and leaving empty-handed because they had sold out can only mean that I have an unresolved pastry issue now. It’s serious, everyone. *nods gravely*
Trouble-shooting: My slightly-broken-very-old car issue. It keeps conking out with a problem that’s always cropping up. (Had the same problem with the previous nearly-identical old car. Didn’t realise it was a problem unique to these cars.) Possibly need another car. Not in a position to get another car. Etc etc. Yawn.
Thinking: It’s nice not to be hiding away/hiding my feelings so much. I’ve had a lot of things going on behind the scenes and it was all becoming quite anxiety-inducing and paralysing. It wasn’t SO bad to talk about things very publicly. Nobody sneered or sent me mean messages, so that was a bonus. Thanks to the people who got in touch with me. It means a LOT and helps even more.
Admiring: People who battle through hard things and try to help others as the do.
Getting: Dumpling cravings. I freaking TOLD you. I like them SO much.
Bookmarking: This recipe for Pork and Beef Meatloaf Banh Mi. It looks so good.
Opening: The door to Michelle, Steve and Bronte. NOT REALLY. But they’re due in half an hour so I am practically doing that, don’t you think?
Closing: Blinds, in an effort to keep the place warm. It’s chilly today in Melbourne, the first really Winter-y day of the season, pretty much.
Feeling: Sad about my pup. Lucky, our oldest doggo, was nearly 16. She died on Monday and it was terrible, but also time, as she’d become very frail and we weren’t sure how to make the decision to say goodbye. It’s so hard when pets get very old, isn’t it? Our other pup, Pilot Bean, is getting used to life without his pal. We are doing that too.
Dreaming: Of a nice holiday. Summer tomatoes. Having the doors flung wide open.
Hearing: A pitchy sort of tone in my ears. What even is up with that? Is that normal? I will try not to Google it, I promise.
Celebrating: Ari’s new job. Go Ari!
Pretending: I didn’t need to wash my hair. #SorryNotSorry
Embracing: Dressing down. I used to feel the pressure to look a bit fancy when I went out. Now I’m okay with wearing less fancy things. Sweats and sneaks are cosy and look just fine.
Who even knew?!
Here’s a list for you to copy and paste, if you feel like doing your own list.