Taking Stock: August 2015

The end of August means the end of Winter here in Sydney, and I’m so glad that it’s finally Spring. I don’t know if it was the cold weather affecting my motivation to get out there and do things, or if it was just my general laziness, but August just wasn’t filled with much excitement. There were a few appointments I needed to attend and changes around family roles that suddenly happened. Nothing drastic, but definitely unexpected. But it’s a welcome change and things, I think, are finally moving forward.

Making: a little progress on my knitted blanket/throw.

Cooking: a variety of salads that involve roast vegetables, kale, lentils and beans. Surprisingly yummy. Although it’s usually drenched in an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.

Reading: news articles on my recently downloaded Guardian app.

Playing:How Deep Is Your Love‘ by Calvin Harris and Disciples, ‘Can’t Feel My Face‘ by The Weekend, ‘Shine‘ by Years and Years (so obsessed!), and still playing β€˜Peanut Butter Jellyβ€˜ by Galantis.

Enjoying: an impromptu stroll through Auburn Japanese Gardens, where the cherry blossoms were blooming earlier than expected.

Sorting: through clothes, shoes and other things we no longer need, and finally dropping them off at our local charity shop.

Wondering: if I’ll ever learn and understand Chinese culture and traditions. At least, enough to continue practising them when The Parents are no longer able to.

Waiting: for medical appointments.

Deciding: on nothing this month. Apart from what to have for lunch. Decisions, decisions…

Wishing: that the weird rash on my hand would just go away.

Liking: that my Mum has finally quit the job she didn’t like.

Disliking: the events leading up to my Mum deciding to quit work.

Considering: doing another wardrobe/closet clean-out.

Watching: nothing this month.

Marvelling: at the beauty of cherry blossoms.

Wanting: to buy a new pair of shoes.

Needing: to take my savings up a notch.

Wearing: a lighter coat to work as the weather slowly starts to warm up.

Following: the meditation program from Headspace again. I stopped for a while, so decided to start over again. I’m surprised I’ve stuck with it for the whole month.

Noticing: earlier sunrises and later sunsets.

Knowing: that I need to motivate myself to get things done.

Thinking: about all the amazing things I could do for the upstairs living room at Hello HQ.

Buying: bed sheets, a radio, and some things for the garden.

Getting: advice from a stranger over the phone about looking after yourself, and accepting that sometimes you can’t help everyone no matter how hard you try.

Admiring: the full moon, and that time where the sun has set and you get this lovely orange glow across the horizon and this expanse of indigo-blue sky. Doesn’t it feel like the world is magical and full of possibility? Or is it just me?

Hoping: to have done some hiking/bushwalking this month, but didn’t get around to planning anything. Hopefully I will next month.

Loving: that Winter is officially O-V-E-R. Bring on the warmer weather!

Giggling: with my Younger Sister over Skype.

Planning: what kinds of fruits and vegetables that our family can realistically grow/not kill.

Feeling: anxious and tired, but also happy and thankful.

P.S. I got the idea for ‘taking stock’ from Pip over on Meet Me at Mike’s. There’s the original blank list if you want to join in (I’ve cut out a few questions), or just have a read of other people’s lists.

4 thoughts on “Taking Stock: August 2015

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Always an interesting read. If you want to do more bushwalking, do it now before the heat of summer. Believe me you don’t want to be hiking with a backpack in the midday summer sun.

    I should try to visit those Japanese Gardens but never have enough time during the day. I was in Auburn today. I like that I can park all day in the council carpark near the police station for $7, which won’t even buy me half an hour of parking in the city.

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    • Sandy says:

      Very good point about the bushwalking. I think my problem is choosing one from all the walks available. I never knew we had so many!

      Also, Auburn Japanese Gardens is one of my favourite places to stop and rest between seeing clients. Would love to see how you capture the gardens with your skilled lens πŸ˜‰

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  2. Misskaren says:

    LOVE this!
    Wow! Those gardens look beautiful! 😍 😍 and so do your salads… I hope I can learn how to make some yummy salads soon.

    β™₯ The Weekend! I’ve got that song on my play list too πŸ™‚

    So with you on the looking after yourself! I’ve been trying to help everyone around me and forgotten to take time off for me.

    Good luck learning Chinese. Lol! Maybe play audio lessons in your car?

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    • Sandy says:

      Thanks Karen! πŸ™‚

      I love the Japanese Gardens. It’s my favourite place for a little break whenever I’m in the area. And The Weekend! Oh my, that song is catchy. Can’t help but sing/mime along to it XD

      It is so important to take care of yourself. Sometimes we get so caught up looking after others, we forget about ourselves. Hope you’ll be taking time out to pamper yourself πŸ˜‰

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