Weekly check-in

Sunday, April 24, 2016 Permalink

We’re in the midst of a long weekend here in Australia. Although –  as I don’t usually work on Mondays or Fridays – it’s kinda normal for me, but a treat for others.

I however… am in the midst of some horrible horrible chores. AND in a decaffeinated state as I’ve given up my beloved Vanilla Diet Coke. But more on that later. Firstly to my reading and reviewing.

Buyer’s remorse

Saturday, April 23, 2016 Permalink

I’ve talked a bit here about the fact I’ve been contemplating putting my place on the market and moving.

It’s been a bittersweet decision as I currently live right opposite the beach with one of the best views in my seachange town.

But last week I put in an offer on another place – which wasn’t accepted – but was (nevertheless) the catalyst for me to go ahead and list my place for sale.


Friday, April 22, 2016 Permalink

My last two Friday posts have referenced an interview between Elizabeth Gilbert and Brene Brown. As I’ve mentioned, I find both women inspiring in terms of their outlook(s) and approaches to life and creativity.

And I swear this will be the last time I mention that podcast but I couldn’t let it go without mentioning yet another point of discussion… related to martyrdom.

Book review: The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood

Thursday, April 21, 2016 Permalink

I’ve read a lot of books lately about eccentric children. I guess they could be labelled – falling somewhere on the autism disorder spectrum or similar. But I kinda like that they aren’t. And the one in a million boy is one such boy. Friendless, he collects facts. Mostly in sets of ten. And his go-to point of reference is the Guinness Book of Records.


Wordless Wednesday – Work tripping

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Permalink

I’ve mentioned a few times that I started a new part-time job in February. It’s only 5 days a fortnight so leaves me plenty of time for other stuff. It’s a regional position of sorts so has – however – required some travel.

And unlike some of my previous careers requiring overseas travel, this has involved lengthy lone drives to various parts of the region.

Book review: Under Italian Skies by Nicky Pellegrino

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Permalink

Almost exactly a year ago I read One Summer in Venice by Nicky Pellegrino and enjoyed it – particularly its references to the lead character’s quest for happiness and her insight into the fact that our needs and / or desires don’t necessarily make us happy.

I also loved the setting and – as the only place I really (now) want to visit is Italy – I happily leapt at the chance to read her newest release… Under Italian Skies.


My biggest roadblock

Monday, April 18, 2016 Permalink

Kirsty’s prompt for this week’s confessional asks us to share our biggest roadblock.

I had a post all planned – about my writing – and the fact that I don’t even try. I blithered about my fear of failure and my apathy but… the post wallowed in my drafts folder and I didn’t get it finished before heading off on a long long work trip yesterday.

It gave me time to think however… and I realised, if I’m really being honest, my biggest roadblock – when it comes to life in general – is my weight.

Weekly check-in

Sunday, April 17, 2016 Permalink

Yet another week has flown by and – here in Australia – we’re finally getting glimpses of cooler weather. It’s Autumn here but our 30C+ days have mostly continued in my part of the country. I love winter – well, our Queensland winter where it only gets to low single digits (celsius) – so cannot wait for its arrival!

But enough about money, sex and politics… onto the important stuff – my weekly reading.

Surfing the Menu by Dan Churchill and Hayden Quinn

Saturday, April 16, 2016 Permalink

I’m not much of a cook. For a Cook. Hee hee… see that play on words? Yes? Cos my last name’s Cook? Oh okay… so, not funny then. #whatevs

But it’s true. I don’t mind cooking for me as long as it’s something simple, but that’s about the extent of it. I’m the target audience for those 4-Ingredient cookbooks cos my eyes glaze over if I see things requiring me to visit a grocery store. Or separate eggs.