It’s been a while since I’ve done this Taking Stock post but I always find it a fun exercise which comes from Pip at Meet Me at Mikes.
Making: Plans for a better future.
Cooking : Packet ham and cheese tortellini with store-bought sauce – the bloke with the heart condition is no longer here so I can go back to the salt/sugar ridden packaged stuff which only takes five minutes to heat. Just trying to find the positive people.
Drinking : decaffeinated coffee because the real stuff is giving me migraines again.
Reading: I speed read Jane Hutcheon’s China Baby Love in prep for a radio interview – amazed by the devotion of an Australian Grandmother who has devoted the latter half of her life to creating an orphanage in China and all the problems she faced. Genuinely shocked by the circumstances of life for many, particularly women and children in the story. About to speed read Katherine Boland’s memoir Hippy Days Arabian Nights for another interview this week.
Trawling: Through the mail I’ve been ignoring.
Wanting: To successfully complete some projects.
Looking: At ways to save money.
Deciding: Where I’ll have my 50th birthday.
Wishing: I could win one of the many competitions I enter.
Enjoying: Laughing with my daughters.
Waiting: For Hippie Child to get her braces off in four weeks, so excited.
Liking: The idea of lunch with friends next weekend. It’s good to have plans.
Wondering: How the hell I will ever get to the end of the “to-do” list.
Loving: The electric throw the girls gave me for mother’s day, I may never leave the lounge again.
Pondering: What life will look like when the nest fully empties in a mere 18 months.
Listening: To this interview we did with author Nick Earls. Genuinely nice guy.
Considering: A holiday, looking for a cheap deal that would give us a few days away during the next school holidays.
Buying: Well, I’m thinking about buying some tickets to the theatre. I feel Princess Child should see a Shakespeare play on stage before she leaves school and we’ve got Merchant of Venice coming up. She’s going to be THRILLED!
Watching: British police show Unforgotten from i-Tunes. Really enjoyed it.
Hoping: Things will work themselves out eventually.
Marvelling: At the fact this year will be the last year students born in the 1900’s graduate from highschool, The things you learn from Facebook! Hadn’t thought about it but of course Princess Child was born in 2000 so her and her friends will be from another century when they complete their HSC next year!
Cringing: At the thought of going to the dentist, but it’s getting pretty desperate now.
Needing: A leg wax.
Questioning:The future of the media and how, when you work in the industry, you keep relevant in a rapidly changing landscape.
Smelling: The rubbish that needs to be taken out from the kitchen.
Wearing: Tracki daks, sloppy jumper and my slippers.
Noticing: The stars in the sky, thanks to Princess Child who always remarks on them when we come home late at night.
Knowing: The inventor of the glitter bath bomb is a person who should never be allowed to create anything again. It is seriously impossible to remove all that glitter from the bath.
Thinking: About this fascinating Atlantic piece My Family’s Slave by the late Alex Tizon. It made me ponder so many things, the complexities of human beings how we harbour both kind and cruel tendencies, how time passes and we neglect to rectify that which we know needs to changed, the intricate bonds of family.
Admiring: The bravery of ordinary folk in Manchester who worked to help the victims of a terrorist bomb at an Ariana Grande concert.
Getting: Worried I don’t achieve enough on the weekends. The week is so full-on with work I really need to maximise my time on Saturday and Sunday and I guess binge watching Netflix is not the answer.
Bookmarking: Nikki Gemmell’s Australian column this weekend on laconic Aussie Sprawl which inspired me to google the Les Murray poem she was talking about.
Opening: Another packet of panadol, sore back, shoulder, mouth and a headache, this ageing thing is going so well!
Closing: One super account and transferring to another. Neither seem to be growing but one charges $648 in fees. How on top of all of this do you need to be for Gods sake!
Feeling: Hot flushes, according to the doctor it’s just PERIMENOPAUSE, it’s not even the real thing and it can go on for YEARS before the genuine menopause thing kicks in! This is seriously UNFAIR.
Hearing: The family of possums in the roof, one fell through the manhole in the laundry the other night, it crashed and banged for a while before clambering back up the shelves into the roof again. Let’s not begin to question why the manhole has no cover on it. I woke the Princess Child and insisted on sleeping in her room because I was scared of the noise of the creatures taking over our house. I may be having trouble adulting at the moment.
Celebrating: We managed to get Ed Sheeran tickets! Two computers with three screens open on each plus a phone logged on. Took an hour. To be honest I’d been kicked out as a “robot” but my Gen Y colleague persisted and so help me she got in, had three and a half minutes to get them and pay but in 12 months time we will be singing along with ginger pop star.
Pretending: I’m not tired.
Embracing: Change, well trying to.
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