Taking Stock: November 2014

November. It feels like a lot happened, but did it amount to anything? As the year is coming to an end, I’m pushing myself to achieve all the things I set out to do earlier in the year, but feel that I’m nowhere near reaching my goals. Despite that, I feel November was pretty good for me — the warmer weather meant I went out more with friends, I re-connected with nature, and I let go of my long hair in the spirit of giving. I also participated in November’s NaBloPoMo challenge and am still trying to put into practice what I learned on this here blog. November definitely felt jam-packed and while the upcoming festive season means doing more, I’m hoping to slow it down a little so that I can enjoy the simple things in life.

Making: a red knitted scarf. Likely due to be completed in 2015.

Cooking: salads loaded with green vegetables.

Drinking: coffee and sparkling water.

Reading: Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. Very slowly.

Wanting: more plants inside the house.

Looking: at my reflection in the mirror and not recognising who I am. I’m not trying to be melodramatic here, I just had a drastic hair cut and am not used to it.

Playing: “Outside” by Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding and “The Days” by Avicii feat. Robbie Williams.

Deciding: that I really need to cut down my spending on unnecessary items.

Wishing: for an unlimited budget to buy all the pretty things I see online *sigh*

Enjoying: the hike around Lake Parramatta with Super Boy.

Waiting: for Christmas to draw near so that I can have time off from work and finally do more around the house.

Liking: the hotter weather, even if I do end up being sweaty and smelly at work.

Wondering: just how many indoor plants can I fit inside this house?

Loving: honey-roasted macadamia nuts. Om nom nom nom nom.

Pondering: why is it when you think you’ve moved on, something happens to pull you right back?

Considering: taking some lessons in Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), or at least re-reading my old textbooks from Chinese school.

Watching: the home being transformed as old items are given away, donated or thrown out, and new items arrive to decorate the house.

Hoping: that Super Boy could be a good match for me, but feeling that he probably isn’t. At the very least, he will be a good friend.

Marvelling: at just how much crap there is in my house.

Needing: to clean up after myself. My room and bathroom are a mess!

Smelling: gardenias and star jasmine.

Wearing: more dresses to work.

Following: advice to take time out and do nothing.

Noticing: that I’m much more alert and productive when I get enough sleep.

Knowing: that I need to stop sitting on my arse and start getting things done.

Thinking: about all the renovations I’d like to do to this house. And thinking about how much it’ll cost me.

Admiring: pretty gardens.

Sorting: through the mess of unwanted clothes, shoes and bric-a-brac, and finally donating them to a local charity shop.

Buying: house plants and decorative items for the home. And maybe a dress or two for myself.

Saving: for the front yard.

Getting: re-connected with nature by spending time surrounded by it and observing its rhythms.

Disliking: the look of my front yard. It really is an eye sore.

Opening: yet another box of presents to myself from ASOS.

Giggling: with old friends.

Feeling: pretty tired, but still really good and happy.

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