We’re well and truly into the bowels of winter now, aren’t we?
MY birthday month is over but it’s a big birthday month here for my boys. My eldest baby turns 18 on Thursday (I KNOW. The parenting fast forward button is a scarily fast one); my youngest is eight in a few weeks’ time.
They’ve both been hanging out a lot together during these holidays and I like watching that bond, especially as they only now see each other when uni is on a break.
Just quietly the almost-18-year-old is probably ok with this arrangement.
Me, I’ve been embracing having the family at home, hibernating a bit (school holiday rules mean no-one shifts out of their pjs before
all day 10am), working a bit, reading a bit, watching a bit and paying homage to all the things I’m loving right now.
Here’s a snapshot:
Internet reading: Loved Wendy Harmer’s piece on The Hoopla in response to an “ageing gracefully” newspaper feature that referenced five Aussie celebs like a judge would prize hens at the local show.
Photo credit: The Hoopla
Book reading: My girlfriend bought me Sally Obermeder’s book, Never Stop Believing, for my birthday. Read it recently across a rainy long weekend only to find out when I’d finished that my blogging mates, Mrs Woog, BabyMac and Kerri Sackville, would appear every Tuesday on the new Channel Seven afternoon show Sally now co-hosts, The Daily Edition (heads up: they’re on this afternoon just before 4pm). It was like getting a live sequel to book I’d just finished. Sally’s story is frightening and uplifting in equal parts. Definitely an inspirational read.
Pinning: Talk about sartorial humour … Tiffany Beveridge’s very funny Pinboard, My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler, follows the pint-sized style of her imaginary toddler, Quinoa, and her equally designer-styled mates. It’s all in the very funny captions. Here’s a taste.
Photo credit: Pinterest
Dining out: My fave food store has now opened a cafe, so if you’re ever at Cotton Tree and love good, wholesome, fresh food served up in a coastal vintage setting, then Get Fresh Cafe is the go.
Also, in the Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove, we stumbled upon a cool cafe called U & I Espresso. It’s just around the corner from my parent’s new place so suspect we’ll be visiting often.
Watching: True Blood is back and I’m very much ready for a new-season of Eric. Oops, I mean immersing myself in a plot about vampires and other supernatural creatures that mirrors the acceptance with equal rights of minority groups into our society.
And I’m extremely late to this TV party but one wet weekend indoors and I’m fully hooked on Game of Thrones. I’m only one season down but I tell you it’s taking all my willpower to sit here writing this post instead of starting season 2. If you’re already a fan, you must read Smaggle’s The Game of Thrones Guide to Finding the Perfect Man.
Photo credit: HBO
Cooking: It’s all been about digging up our old favourite hearty fare recipes and trying some new ones. Look away my veggo friends as these slow cooker lamb shanks served up with cheesey polenta were the bomb. Recipe here.
Movie going: Finally got to see The Great Gatsby last weekend. Even my daughter saw it before I did. I was in awe from start to finish. The fashion, the jewellery, the liberal amounts of flowing, product-placed Moet … the flawed characters bought to cinematographic life as only Baz Luhrmann knows how … and a cranking soundtrack to pull it all together … it was all just breathtakingly amazing and worth a big-screen visit.
Photo credit: WarnerBros
Mood creating: When I saw this light posted on Willow & Bird’s Facebook page, I knew I had to make it mine. It is a pineapple after all. And it’s now quite at home in a spot where we needed a warm glow. Even Mr SY agrees.
Home decorating: An insurance job that started late January was finally finished recently, the last addition being new flooring to our hallway. The floating timber replaced what was previously carpet. It didn’t quite match the floating timber in the living area but that was easily fixed by this indoor-outdoor rug from Peoni Home.
Floral arranging: I treat myself to a bunch of flowers – or even just a single flower – each week. Love checking in to see what’s in season and have wholeheartedly embraced the tulip of late. One of my fave all-time flowers. Still remember when I was 12 seeing fields of them blooming in the Netherlands. Have been in love ever since.
Eating: At least I get to balance out the hearty food cooking and eating with super sweet Sunshine Coast strawberries. Love that the season has started and these babies came from a farm just down the road.
What are you loving right now?