Taking Stock: December 2015

December has definitely been a more laid back affair. With nothing but good ol’ rest and relaxation on the agenda, I thoroughly enjoyed my time sleeping in and catching up with my love of reading. It’s been a good, quiet month.

Making: an iPad stand out of Lego. My greatest creation ever.

Cooking: roast chicken with some lemon-y stuffing and some simple roast vegetables for Christmas dinner. I also made (packet mix) brownies to serve with ice cream and a cookie crumb topping for dessert.

Reading: ‘Our Ageing Brain’ by André Aleman, which is an interesting look at how ageing affects our brains, and how that itself affects growing older. I’ve also been reading Frankie magazine and ‘1Q84’ by Haruki Murakami. I started reading ‘1Q84’ last year but stopped because I couldn’t (for some reason) concentrate on it at the time. I’ve picked it up again recently and started from the beginning and am thoroughly enjoying it now. I’m currently about halfway through.

Playing:Sorry‘ by Justin Bieber, ‘The Trouble With Us‘ by Marcus Marr and Chet Faker (wich has a great video clip by the way), and ‘Lay It All On Me‘ by Rudimental feat. Ed Sheeran (still). And of course, ‘All I Want for Christmas is You‘ by Mariah Carey, which was playing everywhere for Christmas.

Enjoying: time off work to rest and recuperate, even if it was because of my day surgery.

Sorting: out my new phone.

Wondering: what Super Boy is trying to achieve with all this conversation about what we used to be and where we went wrong.

Waiting: for the day I can remove my bandage and start doing things ‘normally’ again.

Deciding: that I want to make Hello HQ more carbon neutral. Not so sure where to start though.

Wishing: I could experience Christmas time in London again. I miss the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, the ice skating rink outside the Natural History Museum, and all the Christmas markets smelling of mulled wine.

Liking: that after watching countless YouTube videos, Mum is inspired to grow our own fruits and vegetables.

Disliking: the insane 40°C heatwave we had in Sydney, and hearing about all the bushfires that are happening around Australia.

Considering: a trip to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in the new year.

Watching: QI series M.

Marvelling: at how well our fruit and vegetable plants are doing (i.e. none of them have died).

Wanting: a man who can provide sexual gratification.

Needing: new pairs of shoes since my old ones now have holes in them.

Wearing: pyjamas.

Following: Doctor’s orders to avoid physical activities (which includes bushwalking *sad face*) and eating shellfish.

Noticing: how tall one of my apple plantlings have grown, and it’s made me a tad excited.

Knowing: that there is a growing list of things that I need or want to get done, but not being in the right frame of mind or physical capacity to accomplish them.

Thinking: about the year I’ve had.

Buying: a new diary from kikki K for 2016.

Getting: anxious about my scar and the healing process.

Admiring: my Breast Surgeon’s level of expertise and professionalism. I’ve learned that it’s rare to find a Doctor who can explain things in a way a simpleton like myself can understand, and it’s much appreciated when you come across ones that do.

Hoping: I’ll be able to make progress with the frontyard.

Loving: all the pretty Christmas lights that I got to see in the City.

Giggling: with my Younger Sister over Skype.

Planning: goals for 2016.

Feeling: well-rested and hopeful.

That’s it for another year (oh my!) of taking stock. As always, it’s been both fun and a challenge to recap my month, every month. I’ll be back at it again next year. In the mean time, I hope that you and your loved ones had a great year overall, and I wish you all the best for the New Year!

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. Let me know if you’ve decided to take stock too!

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