Last year I made it a mission to do a Taking Stock post each month of the year, and I managed to cover all months except January. Not bad! In my last Taking Stock post which was in December 2015, I announced that for 2016 I’d decided to reduce this effort to quarterly Taking Stock posts – March, June, September & December. So here is my first one for 2016!
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Making: Time and space for myself lately … much needed!
Cooking: Healthy, yummy stuff!
Drinking: Lots of water, coffee, and the occasional sneaky glass or two of Sav Blanc (my fav)
Reading: Finding it hard to relax enough to read lately. Must finish reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” and will then be reading Kelly Exeter’s “Practical Perfection”.
Wanting: It to hurry up and cool down ‘round here!
Looking: Forward to the cooler weather of Autumn, Winter and Spring! Yay! I’m not a fan of Brisbane’s hot, humid summers!
Playing: and singing ‘Even when I’m sleeping’ by Leonardo’s Bride lately (**see footnote for interesting fact). I heard it a few weeks ago on the radio while driving. You know when you hear a song that you had forgotten about for years and years and years and then when you hear it again, it’s like a gift that stirs emotions and memories that take you back to another time in your life (in this case – the 90’s). It’s a song I’ve always loved and now it is stuck in my head and I’m sure my kids are getting sick of hearing me sing it! I need a new song! haha
Deciding: Whether to go to the Problogger Event on the Gold Coast again this year (September). Guilt issues over $$’s and wondering if I’d rather spend the money on a trip away to somewhere I’ve never been before. I do love discovering and photographing new places! Hmmm?!
Wishing: Everyone could be happy, content, kind to one and other, and in good health.
Enjoying: Myself immensely at a recent day out with a girlfriend to lunch at Southbank and then to the theatre (QPAC) to see The Sound of Music.
Waiting: What’s the point in waiting. It’s like wishing life away. Live each day as it comes and try to be present and enjoy each moment I say.
Liking: Very much the gorgeous Valentino Perfume my daughter brought back for me from Paris! Can’t smell it but knowing I smell nice when I put it on is fab and the bottle is gorgeous!
Wondering: Why so many rock legends have passed away way too young in 2016 so far? Don’t you think it is both sad and bizarre?
Loving: My new Rose Gold iPhone 6S Plus! I have not only upgraded but switched from Android to iPhone. My previous phone was a Samsung Galaxy S4, which will now be adopted by Twin 1.
Pondering: My next getaway. I feel the need for a weekend away – in a quaint little cottage tucked away in the woods or a rainforest or somewhere equally as fabulous.
Considering: Putting off any ‘hysterectomy’ decisions for a while (this post explains). Just can’t face it all right now.
Buying: Not a lot lately. I’m not a big spender ahem – except for sometimes!
Watching: Ok I admit it. I watched “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” and I enjoyed it. I like a bit of light entertainment. It’s escapism! Also Julia and Chris crack me up like you wouldn’t believe. OMG I laugh and gee whiz we could all do with more laughing couldn’t we?!! 🙂
Hoping: That my ‘Contiki Cough’ (courtesy of my overseas adventurer) turned asthma, chest infection and ear infection, gets better now that I’ve been to the doctor and got myself on some antibiotics!
Marvelling: At the longevity of my old girl ‘Chelsea’ (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) who turned 16 on 3 March.
Cringing: Over some of the disgusting concoctions the celebrities had to eat or drink during tucker trials on ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’.
Needing: To get away to somewhere rural, isolated, quiet and with lots of gorgeous NATURE!!
Questioning: Why so many women are critical and mean to other women? We should all be supporting each other and lifting each other up not knocking each other down! Geesh!
Smelling: Can’t smell but if I could I’d be smelling my new perfume (see ‘Liking’).
Wearing: Loving my comfy, light weight, cotton, hippie wide legged, various shades of purple striped pants bought at Burleigh Heads in December! Love them so much I’m gonna go back to that shop and buy more in different colours!
Following: My own advice lately
Noticing: That the start of 2016 has been a bit rocky for me. Guess there have been more lessons for me to learn!
Knowing: That everything will work out ok
Thinking: Of cooler weather, cottages, forests, beautiful nature to photograph and fireplaces! Oh how I love those things.
Admiring: Bloggers who have written and released books lately! Hello Kelly and Mrs Woog for instance!
Sorting: Through lots of old photo’s lately. Wow it is a mind trip looking back at photo’s of when the kids were little and I was ahem a little younger. It seems like only yesterday but yet also so long ago.
Getting: Back on the blogging wagon slowly but surely
Bookmarking: New found healthy recipes to try
Coveting: A MacBook Pro with Retina Display for my birthday in May! I want to be more mobile so I can blog from anywhere.
Disliking: The fact my daughter got so sick towards the end of her overseas trip and also disliking that I got sick from her on her return!
Opening: The box of my new gorgeous Rose Gold iPhone 6S Plus was exciting!
Giggling: A lot when I was looking after my sister’s puppy ‘Rudi’. He and Ava played a lot and they were such a hoot to watch.
Feeling: So grateful that my daughter had a fabulous 2 months overseas and is now home safe and sound!
Snacking: On fruit (except for a few mishaps where I stray sigh)
Helping: Always helping – washing, cooking, cleaning, advising, caring, supporting, listening . . . . .
Hearing: Birds chirping outside and the soft snores of my ‘Chelsea’
So there you go people! I wonder how things will be for me for my next Taking Stock post in June? It should be much cooler by then – hooray!
If you’d like to have a go at Taking Stock – pop over to Pip’s blog – Meet Me at Mikes – for a blank list to get you started!
Ciao for now,
** Footnote: Did you know that the singer Abby Dobson of Leonardo’s Bride auditioned for The Voice Australia in 2013 and failed to impress the Judges? I know! Ridiculous! Here’s an article that tells more.
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