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Loving & loathing for May

May 3, 2017

The 2017 edition…

IN

Sheridan bed linen. Am forming a theory that this stuff is the bomb. It’s not cheap but the good news is they frequently have sales, and they have outlets too. Free shipping & you can use Afterpay to do installments too. It’s very VERY nice for sleeping in. They don’t do colourful funky prints or any of that jazz. But I guess that’s what throw pillows are for…

Heinz Seriously Good Original Mayonnaise. Dear reader, if you are enamoured of mayo like I am, please give this a go and dip your chips in it. Better that Best, I swear. Comes in handy squeeze bottle. Made in NZ, like all good things.

Moana. I LOVE this movie right now. This song –

– legit gives me goosebumps & frequently brings tears to my eyes. It’s crazy. I first watched it when I was sick, and I cried! It gives me all the feels.

OUT

My sweet tooth. Have you seen it? I appear to have lost it recently and I am missing it muchly. Is this what happens when you get old? Will it come back?

Gin & tonics. I’m sorry gin, but it’s time to break out the red wine… see you in spring.

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Loving & loathing for November

November 7, 2016

The 2016 edition…

IN

Achieving a new normal. Mini Sproglet is now 6 months old & I am emerging from the trenches, blinking into the daylight. Hello? Am I still… me? Might I even start thinking about returning to writing? About any of the other million things I would have liked to do this year?

Reading. Lots of good books this year. Other than keeping small people alive, I don’t really think I’ve been up to much else!

This trailer for Wonder Woman. All the feels. When she says “It is our sacred duty to defend the world” – oohee! This lady? Well damn. She looks oarsome. Hopefully I will get to see this on the big screen.

OUT

Query letter writering. IT KILLS ME. I suck at this! Maybe with the next book I’ll write the query first and then base the story off it…

Still no back yard landscaping. We have been in this house almost an entire year. The less said about this, the better.

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Loving & loathing for July

July 1, 2016
Loving & loathing for July 2016

The 2016 edition…

IN

We has a front garden! With the shutters, driveway, fence, letterbox, path & gate our house actually looks like a finished house now… at least from the front… nevermind the backyard which currently resembles World War 1 France.

Pantry shelves. My dad built us some sweet custom joinery! He’s such a craftsman. Still need to get some baskets and finish off the Sorting Out Of Things, but I love having an organised pantry. Including a specialised nook for the breadmaker… which leads to…

Fresh bread! daily! Crunchy and crusty, soft and warm, with a thick smear of salty NZ butter. All you have to do is remember to set it up the night before, to wake up to the warm smell of baking bread filling the house in the morning.

OUT

Sleep. Not much of it round these parts lately. Eh. This is not unexpected!

Not getting shit done. Simply the reality of having a toddler and a newborn, but it’s hard to adjust to. (At least, even though I am sleep deprived, I have more energy now than when I was pregnant. This is nice.)

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Loving & loathing for February

February 2, 2016

The 2016 edition…

IN

Afternoon siestas. Thank you, Peppa Pig, for being such a great babysitter.

My new chair. This is my lovely writing chair *pats chair* Isn’t it lovely? I have been coveting this beauty for a couple of years and now we are – at last – in the new house, it was mine to snatch up (and on sale too!) Currently it is stationed at the kitchen table, awaiting delivery of my desk-slash-table. Ordered that from Freedom Furniture, which as you know, requires Chinese monks who have taken a vow of silence to climb a mountain under the light of a blue moon to chop down the timber by hand and then construct the table blindfolded before it is strapped to the back of pilot whales and ferried to Australia following the prevailing ocean currents. So, still a few weeks to go before that turns up. (Remind me not to order stuff from Freedom again.)

The Fridge. The marvelousness of being able to buy watermelon & bottles of sparkling water. Of only going to the supermarket once, maybe twice, a week. Appreciated.

OUT

The dustmudfest around our house. I’m soo sick of it. Can’t wait for a driveway, which I will hose down regularly with much reverence like a true blue Australian. (Actually I don’t know why Aussies hose their driveways so passionately. Is it the general dustiness of this grand sandy country? Are they just mad on concrete?)

Heat. I never thought I’d write this… ever… but I am actually looking forward to cooler weather. Turns out pregnancy & summer aren’t such great bedbuddies, even for a cold blooded creature like myself.

Restless legs. Insomnia. Difficulty reaching feet. General exhaustion. All that jazz, and more than 3 months still to go…

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Loving & loathing for November

November 9, 2015
Calendar for November 2015 and vase of flowers

The 2015 edition…

IN

PROBABLY moving house this month! Floors are being done this week. Painting touch ups next week. Then final inspection, I guess… then last payment & handover of keys!

Ladies, a plate. I got this book for my birthday – I’ve been eyeing it up for years now – and am enjoying baking some classic & delicious Kiwi goodies. Anzacs, afghans, ginger crunch. Nom!

Christmas candles. It’s not too early for the festive sweet spice of Christmas! This year I snagged one of the ‘Christmas Pine’ candles by Peppermint Grove. It’s a scent designed for a warm summer Australian-style Christmas, just what I’m looking for.

OUT

Moving house. Oh god. I have never had to pack up & move a whole house before. Let alone with a toddler. Eek.

Uncompleted novels. I didn’t quite meet my goal of finishing Rukan in October (boy did that end up a busy month). It only needs a few more days work though. I’m suuuuuper close.

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Loving & loathing for October

October 3, 2015
Calendar for October 2015 and flowers in a vase

The 2015 edition…

IN

A blast of hot spring weather. This is a good way to start the warmer months! Even though I do think that, on the whole, October is the worst month in Melbourne. Pollen. Wind. Not a good combination.

Finishing my book. This is it! The last month to write on Rukan if I want to reach my goal of finishing it in October. Must. Keep. Plodding. On. (I have lost all will for it, btw. Good times.)

Getting old & decrepit. Another October, another birthday.

rose gold sandals from target
These cute sandals from Target
 Only $29! Sweet.

OUT

The lemon tree. I have decided I am not going to take it with us to the new house. With the amount of bug infestations & issues that thing has, it would be like bringing a Trojan Horse with us. The new house deserves a clean slate garden!

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Loving & loathing for August

August 3, 2015

The 2015 edition…

IN

Holidayz! We’re embarking on our annual winter getaway to Queensland in a couple of weeks. Weather better be nice yo or I will, like… sue Clive Palmer… yeah. If I can just get maybe 1 hour of solitary beach time to sunbathe & read, I think I can handle whatever winter wants to throw my way afterwards. This year friends are joining us & we plan many fun excursions to see giant fruit & such other exciting familytime activities. This is going to be Jamie’s last flight as a freeloading lap-flyer. Which is both sad (after this we’re gonna have to pay for him) and maybe not so sad (have you seen how big that kid is? and he has to fit on my lap? for the entire flight? errr.)

The Bachelorette. I have never watched a Bachelor/ette before. Well maybe an episode here & there but not a whole season and YESS this was so much FUN. DRAMAZ & the hearts oh they are a breaking & WILL HE JUST SHAVE THAT PATCHY BEARD OFF NOW PLEASE. I would’ve loved to watch it as it aired & written silly recaps for each episode because it is just that kind of show. Can that be my new day job? Perhaps I should do it for the Bachelor Australia season that’s just started? (Although the bachelorettes seem far less likely to gushingly declare undying love after 1 microsecond of bach attention, sadly – not sure the source material will allow for quite the same recapping fun.)

OUT

Crappy nails. I must’ve neglected my cuticles about 3 months ago because my nails are splintering in force right now, just when I feel like slapping some rich wintry colour on them. Have broken out my trusted Crabtree & Evelyn cuticle moisturiser, and hopefully they’ll be strong again in time for peppy springtime colour…?!

Ant-man. I just didn’t like it. To be honest I wasn’t really interested in seeing it… and it lived up to my expectations. Something felt MISSING. Like it was following a formula & missed out on proper soul. I feel like I really would’ve preferred a Black Widow movie…

Bye bye little sister. She only lived in Melbourne for 3 months, during which time she went & got herself a job in Vietnam. Whaaaat?!

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Loving & loathing for July

July 4, 2015

The 2015 edition…

IN

Happy July! It’s still winter, aaaargh. BUT at least the days are getting longer now. Second by second, we are inching our way closer to spring. Today is 36 SECONDS longer than yesterday. Woo. That is what I will try to think about as the southerly wind gnaws on my cheeks.

This recipe for hot & spicy chicken wings. Gooooood.

Mulled wine. Hot spiced delicious red wine! Bonus: makes your house smell all lovely, like cinnamon and citrus and clove. And wine. This recipe from Felicity Cloake at the Guardian is the best. Have a mugful & fall into a slightly sleepy cosy stupor on the couch with me.

Darrel Lea raspberry liquorice twists. Soft & gooey & delicious. You guys, I have eaten a lot of this stuff recently. So much it is kinda trending towards OUT. Which is probably a good thing.

OUT

Winter colds. They seem to keep circulating through our little townhouse.

Australian govt. WTF already. Stop dicking around & just pass same-sex marriage into law. It’s getting embarrassing.