June 2019 check-in

Thursday, June 27, 2019 Permalink

Almost the end of the month AND the financial year here in Australia. As I’ve only worked for a few months this year I have my fingers crossed for a tax cheque which will make a nice change. And keep me off the streets (ie. pay my mortgage, electricity and hefty brownie-mix bills) for a while.

After dipping a little mood-wise earlier this month I’m feeling much better** so….

What I’ve been watching

I’m still not really watching any real / live television which is kinda weird. Occasionally I’ll turn it on to look at the TV Guide but mostly I rely on Netflix for my TV fodder. It seems I’m either binge-reading or binge-watching something.

Recently I finished the first five seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine which I enjoyed. Before leaping in, I wasn’t sure about the humour but I really enjoyed the clever dialogue and scripts.

I rewatched season two of Jessica Jones so I could watch season three and am a little sad that series is now over, but hopefully Jessica will appear again in the Marvel world.

I FINALLY got to After Life with Ricky Gervais, which I’d held off because well… Ricky Gervais; but it was okay and I’ll definitely tune in for season two.

High Seas (Alto Mar) is a Spanish production which was very stylish. It’s set on a luxury ship travelling between Spain and Brazil in the 1940s. It wasn’t amazing, but the sets and costumes were kinda luscious.


And while I had the ‘audio’ set to Spanish (which I’ve worked out is the only way I can stop Netflix dubbing foreign films into English!!!) I watchedΒ In Family I Trust, a sweet movie set in Barcelona and Santa Clara which was rather predictable but helped pass the time.

Long hair don’t care

As a complete aside, I’ve been pondering the long hair thing. Jessica Jones rarely (if ever?) does her hair up. Yet she’s fighting crime. I can’t help but think it’d get in the way. I used to think the same about the Bionic Woman and now I think of it there are a few long-locked actresses who go about their everyday business with their hair out.

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When I had long hair – or even mid-length hair – I never wore it out as I got hot so I figured it defeated the purpose of having long hair. (Next on the prevarication agenda: world peace.)

Speaking of hair

I had all of my colour cut out about seven weeks ago. I expected to be grey. But I was this kinda gun-metal grey. Steel coloured. It felt too dark. So I bought a cheap temporary colour to put through it. My plan was to grow it and hope that the darker colour is better when it isn’t so short.

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Meh. Hair. Pimples. #firstworldproblems #greyhair #steelgrey

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Of course I shared a pic of the hair dye I’d bought on sale from the supermarket for $9 and someone commented that it was PERMANENT colour. Not temporary colour. “But it’s from the supermarket!” I wailed.

Anyhoo, I’ve no idea what to do next. I had intended to grow it a bit but now don’t know if I’m gonna need to get this bloody brown colour cut out of it. (And yes, #firstworldproblems)

** Written before I had a really sleepless night during which I pondered:

  1. selling my house and downsizing so I had some spending money and wasn’t as desperate to find work;
  2. working out if I could subdivide my land and build a second house to sell (so, would initially cost money then make money); or
  3. selling my place and renting so I had lots of spending money to keep me until my superannuation kicks in, in 8.5yrs time.Β 

I should note I’ve pondered on (1) for a while. (2) kept me busy during last night’s sleepless hours as I looked at potential house designs for the additional property on my lot. (3) sounded really good until I then saw pics of homewares I liked and I remembered how much I like nesting and the fact it’d kill me to live in a place I couldn’t make my own. (I think!)

What’s happening in your part of the world? Do your moods (and life decisions) change as rapidly as mine? Perhaps I could blame menopause.Β 

Linking up with the Lovin’ life gang today.


  • Vanessa
    June 27, 2019

    My plans for the next few weeks certainly changed rapidly through no say of my own (vague work commenting?? haha)

    Sleepless nights are the worst time to think. Too much thinking.

    • Debbish
      June 27, 2019

      Hope they’re good changes Vanessa?

      • Vanessa
        June 30, 2019

        Good now I know what’s going on. The limbo was driving me batty with frustration.

  • Jo
    June 27, 2019

    I’m a shocker for middle of the night catastrophising. As for the hair thing I only wear mine down if a) it’s just been done at the hairdressers, b) it’s just been washed or c) it’s fallen out of its elastic. As for how they can fight crime and go about their normal day with it? No idea.

    • Debbish
      June 28, 2019

      My problem with long hair was that I was always hot and it was sweaty so I had to do it up but surely when you’re doing stuff (ie. running and crime-fighting) it would get in the way. Plus it’s far more easily pull-able / used as a weapon. Men must write these shows! πŸ™‚

  • Nikki @ Wonderfully Women
    June 27, 2019

    I never wear my hair down either, but won’t cut it off as its very fine and it will look terrible and flat!

    • Debbish
      June 28, 2019

      That’s kind-of where mine is at the moment Nikki. I can have it really short so it just sits on my head, but once it starts growing it’s fine and blergh. I ‘think’ I want to grow it a bit though. Not long, but weirdly my dead-straight hair went curly in my 40s so now I’m thinking some messy short ‘do’ would be okay!

  • Min Write of the Middle
    June 27, 2019

    My hair goes past my shoulders and I wear it out most of the time, however in the thick of summer I pin it up a lot or just let it default to it’s curly, frizzy natural state! I’m no help with your hair as you need to do what feels good for you. I cover my greys but luckily even if I didn’t they are still in hidden places (but probably not for very much longer). Like Jo said in her comment, I’m a night time catastrophiser too. Why does everything seem so much worse and scary and anxiety inducing in the middle of the night I wonder? #TeamLovinLife

    • Debbish
      June 28, 2019

      As well as catastrophising at night I get brainwaves. Some of which are actually quite good but I can never remember them the next day.

      I had a dream last night that was such a good scary dream it felt like I was watching a TV show of it and had been injected in. I knew it wasn’t happening but felt like the unfolding plot was out of my control. If only I remembered what it was it might have been a good novel!!!

  • leannelc
    June 27, 2019

    I love your random thoughts Deb – hair-wise I tie mine up if I’m going to be hot or it’s windy outside. So up for exercise and down for normal life. I could never be a kick-butt crime fighter (I’m pathetically weak, but I’d definitely need to tie up my hair) I always think of Castle (loved that series) where the female cop started off with sensible hair and then got longer and sexier as time went on – the public must love luscious locks???
    Interesting thoughts about the house conundrum. I think if I was on my own I’d pick a little unit somewhere safe where I could hunker down and nest and afford to live comfortably. I never want to have to work to pay a mortgage for something that’s too big for me. I don’t know how big your place is or how attached you are to it – both come into play when you’re making middle of the night ponderings.

    • Debbish
      June 28, 2019

      I think the luscious lock thing is true Leanne. There are very few actresses with super-short hair although I guess it’s more common with older female actresses. I remember this show Northern Exposure (in the 1990s?) and the lead actress had short hair and I had mine cut like hers as I loved it so much!

      As for the house, I’m incredibly attached to it. I LOVE this house but don’t love the massively large block (I think it’s a double block though think I can’t subdivide as the minimum lot size is 2000 somethings here). I’m also 10km out of town, which isn’t much but feels like more (you get to do 100km on the way in so it’s isolated) so I worry I’m less motivated to do stuff (walking, catch-ups) given the hassle of travelling ‘into’ town. The flip side is that my neighbours aren’t close and it’s a nice area and tends to be quiet so I can’t hear neighbours etc.

      I keep thinking I need to (at least) put my mortgage on hold as it’s my biggest expense and draining my savings over this past 9mths of unemployment.

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    June 27, 2019

    Love your random thoughts here too, Deb! It’s been a long week here and I’m a bit frazzled to be honest. It’s been calming reading about what’s going in your world. Thank you.

    Just as well I’m on leave from tomorrow!

    SSG xxx

    • Debbish
      June 28, 2019

      Yay for holidays! I actually have a $1000 Flight Centre gift card I need to use by 1 September and given my low savings it seems weird to think about spending it but I kinda like the idea of doing something frivolous and treat-like!

  • Denyse Whelan
    June 27, 2019

    Not as much middle of the night catastrophising here. I think it’s because I have done so much work on me about what I can and cannot control and I was bloody sick of worrying about stuff that I could not change. Hair. Change it or keep it as you like. Mine is a challenge…only because my hairdresser who KNOWS how to cut MY hair is having a baby so I am auditioning a new one. Wish me luck

    Denyse x
    PS I disliked Ricky Gervais big time until the middle and the end of that show. He is human!!

    • Debbish
      June 28, 2019

      I did see on social media that your hairdresser was leaving Denyse. I need to talk to mine about options. When she saw the pic of the hair dye her comment was something like “Oh. My. God.” She also knows I had a habit of cutting my hair myself if it annoyed me so knows I misbehave a lot on that front!

      I’m different to most people in that my hair has changed A LOT. Blonde for most of my life and since my mid 20s I dye it brown every so often as I find the blonde either looks too fake – increasingly so as I get older (I hate the obvious bottle blonde thing) which is why I decided to go ‘natural’. I just didn’t expect it to be so dark as my mum has very homogenous light white-grey hair that she doesn’t need to dye.

  • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
    June 28, 2019

    Permanent is a misnomer, I use the box stuff and have to redo it every 8 weeks or so, and the greys come through quicker than that, so go ahead πŸ™‚

    • Debbish
      June 29, 2019

      That’s a relief cos my hair is a faded brown at the moment and I’m unsure what to do. I did hope it washed out (but seems to be going lighter when it had been darker before!). I really need to be a more responsible person. *cringes*

  • Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
    June 30, 2019

    Sorry about the money stuff, I hope you get a good tax cheque soon. Ok I’ve come across recs on Netflix sometimes for the foreign movies and series that are dubbed in English, and why is the English voice acting so horribly bad??? I don’t think I could stand it, I’d rather just read the words.

    Long hair does get in the way. I always think it’s ridiculous that female characters go into fights and whatnot with their hair down! Been thinking about getting mine cut short for the first time ever since I mostly just wear it up anyway.

    I hope you have a good week or month or however long until we talk again πŸ™‚

    • Debbish
      July 1, 2019

      I was excited to finally work out how to change the dubbed English voices (back into Spanish) because I was the same re the acting by the voice-over characters.

      And thanks Kristen…. I reduced my blog-reading (and therefore sharing of my own stuff in the international book blogging world) for a while now. It’s funny as I tend to see people pop up on Instagram or Twitter if I know they’re there. I know I follow you on Twitter but have only just (this weekend) re-added it onto my phone so I use it more. I spend far too much time on Instagram…

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