I’m taking the easy way out for today’s Lovin’ Life Link-up post. I’ve been working in my day job since returning from the Romance Writers of Australia conference and – although I took the time to devour two books in two nights – my creativity has faltered. So today I’m doing one of those ‘taking stock’ posts and just sharing a range of crap leaping to mind. And yes, you’re welcome.
Eating: Halo Top ice cream. I’m not a huge ice cream freak and – as a coeliac – I haven’t been able to indulge in all of the fancy flavours coming out in recent years. In fact most plain ice creams aren’t gluten-free. However… as I follow a lot of US peeps on social media I’d seen them rave about Halo Top ice cream (handy for protein intake if you’ve had weight loss surgery, and low on calories if you’re prone to overdo it).
It’s not cheap at $10 per pint. And I should mention I have no idea how many grams or litres that is, cos there’s something kinda quaint about the word ‘pint’ which I will continue to use as much as possible. My fave so far is Birthday Cake flavour but I’m yet to try many flavours and keen to expand my Halo Top experience.
Continuing: my #vanlife fetish on Instagram. Of course there’s no way I could live in a caravan or camper van or bus. I’d need a toilet, bath tub and good bed… at a minimum, but it doesn’t stop me fantasising about that life and its minimalism. I should mention I’ve extended the fetish to tiny houses. Ironic of course given I upsized a year ago because my two bedroom apartment felt too small!
Watching: Friends from College on Netflix. The week before I went to the conference I needed a break from reading so pulled out my Netflix remote control for the first time in a couple of months. There were (are) other things I was more interested in watching, but this seemed light enough to keep me entertained without needing to think too much. I like that it’s targeting an older demographic and, though it’s not AMAZING, it’s thrown up a few surprises.
Reading: two books in two nights. I hadn’t done any reading for five entire days so on the first two nights after I arrived home from the conference I inhaled a book each night. I’ve not written the reviews yet so not allowed to read any more until they’re done.
Planning: to go Whale Watching this weekend with my friend and her godson. Even though my seachange moved me to the (alleged) whale watching capital of Australia almost 5yrs ago, I’ve not been since 1993. And the last time I went I spent the entire time in the toilet vomitting as the day was very windy and water very choppy. I’m hoping this experience is very very different.
Loving: my new sofa covers. Those who follow me on Facebook or Instagram would have witnessed the
train-wreck excitement that was ‘the making of covers for my sofa’. As usual I found some material I liked and had this ingenious idea about what I’d do. As is also usually the case I stalled on the follow-through and my poor mother was left to put my ideas into action.
Mum was far more worried about the intricacies than I (“Oh Deborah, that will look terrible,” might have been uttered on more than one occasion.) Anyhoo I’m happy with the result and I can avoid replacing my ugly feather-filled stone-coloured sofa until a time I’m more financially viable. Or you know, have any savings at all.
Pondering: this article (from Psychology Today) about Oprah Winfrey and her declaration she’s made peace with food. I gather Oprah – Weight Watchers devotee and partial owner – has said she’s finally come to terms with food, eating, dieting and her weight. Although I gathered she also talks about needing to ‘count’ WW points for the rest of her life and obsessively talks about the dreaded numbers in a (light-hearted by fraught) way that only those of us who’ve been sucked down that dieting vortex can understand. It’s an interesting read if you have the time….
Worrying: about what to do for my 50th birthday in late December. The timing is crap. What were my parents thinking, procreating in such a way that I was born between Christmas and New Year – when everyone is away and travel / accommodation prices are astronomical?!? I’m also not doing a great job on my #5before50 bucket list. I still have four months however, so…. *gulp*
Any ideas for my 50th? Or help with my #5before50? Perhaps you’ve tried Halo Top ice cream or watched Friends from College? Or feel free to comment below and share what you’ve been up to.
I’ve joined Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit and some other bloggers to help promote “ageing positively” and the Lovin’ Life mindset across the world wide web. You can link up via any one of us!