Life lately – September 2022 check-in

Thursday, September 8, 2022 Permalink

My blogging buddy Denyse Whelan relaunched a link up this week and I said I’d participate. Then of course I decided I had nothing to write about even though I have a gazillion blog posts in my drafts folder. About everything from ‘being in denial about ageing’ to whether or not one has breakfast on waking, or after waiting for a while. (Yes, riveting stuff!)

I’d decided just to skip this one but… was awake very early today and really didn’t want to start work at stupid o’clock so decided I’d share a ‘life lately’ or check-in post. About everything and nothing. At the same time.

Working from home

I talked a little while ago about spending some time working from my mother’s and how I enjoyed the change of scenery but also the forced breaks I took when someone else was around. I was talking to a colleague recently who REALLY misses working from an office (my organisation doesn’t have one in our state) and told them I’m surprised that I do as well. For my entire life in government I would have killed to have worked from home. But once you’re doing it all of the time – with no option – you realise there’s something to be said for seeing colleagues and others in person. In three dimension. Of course perhaps if I lived with others I’d get that camaraderie or company from kids or a partner but still… 

Having said that, I’ve really struggled with mornings this past winter. I usually start work quite early and am happily at my desk by 7am or so, but over the past month or two I’ve stayed in bed with the covers pulled up until 8am or later. Relieved that I only have to potter down the corridor to start my day. So… yay for no commuting! 

So much television. So many books.

I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately. And my reading has picked up as well. I’m doing everything voraciously so it seems. (And my cardiologist’s scales say I’ve been eating that way too!) I’ve binged on the usual TV series but – weirdly for me – even watched some naff romance movies… the kind I only watch during the festive season with a Christmas theme. Of course they’ve balanced the darker shows I’ve been enjoying like Black Bird and Surface on AppleTV+. 

Holidays, travel and treats

I pulled out of my planned trip to England months before it was due to happen and I’d thought of going to the Sydney BAD Crime Writers Festival (on at the moment). But just didn’t get around to booking everything. I’ve been in my not-so-new job for about 10 months now so definitely due a holiday and keen to plan something.


I currently have an overwhelming desire to ‘treat’ myself. Which is kinda decadent but also my version of self-care. In fact I recently splurged big-time on a new dress AND a new rug. I really don’t need new clothes given I’ve no office to go to, I rarely go out anywhere requiring me to dress up AND have old clothes I never wear. But… how cool is this dress?!

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And I have sneakers that match perfectly. And the rug / mat, I love but am yet to decide where to put it and paranoid I’ll spill something dire on it. 

So there you have it. A brain dump and I’m sure I’ve actually missed sharing important things, but FINALLY… a non-bookish post. 

What’s up in your part of the world?

  • Natalie
    September 8, 2022

    I love your new dress and the matching sneakers. Why not plan a fun outing or a holiday and wear them? I enjoyed reading your update. Have a great week!

    • Debbish
      September 8, 2022

      Thanks Natalie. I’m actually going to a bookish event during the day in a week or so, so it’ll be casual and I can wear both the dress and the sneakers. (I was planning to wear them this past week but it’s still a bit winter-ish here, even though spring has sprung!)

  • Jo
    September 8, 2022

    I adore the dress and the rug. I hear you re the always working from home thing. On the one hand you know others would kill to have the same arrangements (hypothetically speaking of course) but even when there is a partner there after work, it’s flipping lonely. Ironically it’s R U Ok? day here today and our work has made a big deal of it – in the offices. Tbh, it’s those of us that are overlooked that possibly need it more.

    • Debbish
      September 8, 2022

      Ours too but I didn’t attend our online session as I was debriefing with someone who needed to do some venting re work instead! #ironic

  • Denyse Whelan Blogs
    September 8, 2022

    Yay for getting up early AND sharing some of the stuff from life…I cant get over it’s been that long in your job. I also would miss people big time and do still. Our move back to Sydney will see an increase, I hope (and plan) in more socialising for coffee etc as meals are beyond me. I have already “booked” Lydia who is an inner city gal, to show me around Barangaroo. I looked (just for the heck of it) at airfares between Newcastle and Melb last night. $880!!?? what the heck? I love that colour combo in your dress very much. Really suits you.
    Thank you so much for joining in the first week of Wednesday’s Words & Pics Link Up!

    I am glad to have reconnected a lovely blogging community here and look forward to more sharing as we move forward.

    See you next week, on Wednesday 14 September 2022 if you have a post to link up!

    Warmest wishes and appreciation from


    • Debbish
      September 9, 2022

      Thanks Denyse and yes…. as you know I often regret where I live (outside of town) as it means I’m less likely to just pop into town or go to a cafe, take a walk etc. Of course if I was working in an office all day and around people, my house and privacy would certainly be my haven.

  • Susanne
    September 8, 2022

    I love your new dress and especially your sneakers! Lovely colours! I’d love to get up that early to start my day but then it’s also the thing that I love quiet mornings so I prefer to get up after my husband has left, so I usually get up around 8. Perhaps I can change that when the only work I need to do is my own business – I’m finishing some projects right now that I’ll quit after Christmas, to sort of unclutter my “have-tos” and I’m doing a college course too so it’ll be a very busy autumn.

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2022

      Ah yes, the advantages I have of living alone means that I don’t have to worry about being woken by anyone or waking them. I must admit I LOVE not having to set my alarm and – probably like many – the sound of it going off (back when I did have to commute into an office each day) used to be very depressing and triggering!

  • leannelc
    September 8, 2022

    Hi Deb – the great thing about Denyse re-starting her party is that people like you pop back up again. I checked in on you several times but there were just your book blogs – so this is a treat for me to catch up on all your news, dress, rug, and all. I’ve been feeling the need to treat myself more too – nothing special, but saying yes to myself more often rather than walking away or waiting for another day. Stay tuned – it takes a fair amount of effort for me to discard my frugal ways……but I have high hopes!

    • Debbish
      September 9, 2022

      When I decided not to go to the UK I decided I’d either book in a couple of local holidays (which I’m yet to do) or do some housey stuff. I have had some painting done – which is good, but didn’t really feel like a treat – but the rug / mat was a bit of a splurge for me and definitely feels kinda decadent and special. (It brings me joy as Marie Kondo would say.)

  • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
    September 11, 2022

    Good to read your updates! I do love the dress – it’s so bright and cheerful! I’m woefully out of sorts on the blogging front. It’s been hard to get back into it but I really must!

    • Debbish
      September 11, 2022

      I often get an idea about something I want to ‘say’ or write and sometimes start a post, but then it feels inconsequential or I’m not sure exactly what my point is and worry I’m just venting so I shelve it. My drafts folder is massive. But I do want to get back into some regular writing.

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