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2014. So far.

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A couple of years ago I worked with the very talented, ace and rad (words I hadn’t used before that time) blogger, crafter and author Pip Lincolne.

I thought of her quite a bit over the weekend with the burning down of Stokehouse restaurant at St Kilda in Melbourne as that’s where we actually finally met in person (with another rad chick Bianca Wordley … read this) after a bazillion hours online.

It was a balmy autumn Melbourne evening and the sun shone as a somewhat surreal, sinking orb over Port Phillip Bay. Much wine was consumed. First world problems were mulled over and probably solved.

Seems a lifetime ago.

So when Pip posted her list of what 2014 looked like to her so far, I got to thinking that I’d like to complete that list too.

Because as I stare at the calendar I do not know how it is possibly January 21.

The last month has been a blur. Stuff has got done because it had to but this moving-house-and-city stuff has knocked this old girl around.

There has been an extreme shortage of time available to contemplating one’s navel. Not that I’m particularly fussed on my navel (very much an innie) but you get where I’m at, don’t you?

I thought pausing to complete this list might help me to stop and reflect that 2014 may seem as fuzzy so far as the feeling at the back of my eyes but I think she’s going to be all right.

In fact, I think 2014 will be more than all right.

Making: Beds. Love that we’ve already had visitors to our new house and more are booked in to come.
Cooking: Barbecues. It’s like we’re in summer holiday mode when it comes to cooking. Meat on the Weber, served up with salads. Mad for roasted sweet potato wedges right now.

Summer barbecues
Drinking: G&Ts. And champagne. And Pimm’s. And Villa Maria sauv blanc with ice (sue me!). And Jacob’s Creek Rose cocktail thingies (pictured). Anything that screams summer really.

Jacobs Creek Shiraz Rose Berry Love cocktail
Reading: Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting. Well, I finished this before we moved. Actually stopped packing midway through a room to finish it. There were tears.
Wanting: A holiday.
Looking: Forward to planning a holiday.
Playing: Resorts. I don a kaftan, recline on a banana lounge and sip something from the above list. Next best thing to getting a holiday.

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Deciding: How to best manage my time this year. I’d like to make it work better for me.
Wishing: For even better health choices (ignoring said drink list above) in 2014.
Enjoying: The last days of the school holidays sans schedules.
Waiting: For the school holidays to be over so the schedule returns.
Liking: Walking and exploring in my new neighbourhood. And not being afraid of those hills.

Hills of Brisbane
Wondering: About the old friends I’m going to reconnect with now I live in Brisbane and those new ones I haven’t met yet.
Loving: Mr SY being home to help make dinner.
Pondering: Miss SY starting uni and moving into my old residential college. Wasn’t I just there yesterday?
Considering: What’s going to happen if she sticks with her Bachelor of Psychological Science degree and becomes a psychologist and starts analysing us all.
Watching: Suits, Downton Abbey
Hoping: That Master SY will settle into his new school smoothly.
Marvelling: That Master SY Senior has finished one year of engineering and has secured himself a part-time job as a glassy after a year of discovering and enjoying what goes into those glasses.
Needing: A massage, manicure, brow shape and about 24 hours of sleep.
Smelling: The pink and yellow frangipani flowers on the tree near our pool.

Frangipanis and palm trees
Wearing: Anything that’s floaty and conducive to keeping your cool in hot, humid Brisbane summer.
Following: The #everydaystyle thread on Instagram. So many amazingly stylish women sharing what they wear every day. All an inspiration.
Noticing: That home is where you make it. It’s not bound by geography or history.
Knowing: That there is only a short but hilly walk between me and any number of very good brunch eating opportunities.
Thinking: About a friend who’s life has been thrown into turmoil after a freak accident.
Feeling: Exhausted and grateful.
Admiring: My Lady Room/Office. So excited to have a space to call my own.
Sorting: Everything has been sorted. Just waiting on one bit of furniture to finish off said Lady Room/Office and will post more about it.
Buying: $20 retro-style pool lounges from Bunnings, summer quilts from I Love Linen, old white ladders for extra pool towel hanging and pineapple picnic dresses on sale.
Getting: The internet took a bucket load of patience and about the equivalent of two of my working days to get sorted. Still some sorting to go but we’re connected.
Bookmarking: The timetable for my new yoga studio. I signed up before we moved so I’d not leave it till March to get started again.
Disliking: Not much really. Very grateful right now.
Opening: Loved opening night at Rocky Horror Picture Show during our first week in the city. Was my third version of this show that we grew up on as kids. Our parents thrashed the soundtrack on vinyl … and that ain’t no crime.
Giggling: Over dinner with old uni friends and pretending (in our heads) that that time was only yesterday.

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