Taking Stock: December 2016

December was certainly a very productive month for me. With my Younger Sister planning to visit and some time off work, I kicked my butt into action and finally got around to working on the house and garden stuff I had been wanting to do. There’s still much to be done, but at least I’ve started. I’ve also been out and about with The Parents and spent time with friends. Overall, it’s been a good month for me and I can’t really complain.

Making: another raised garden bed for the backyard. This time it’s larger than the one before and I’m so excited at all the possibilities!

Cooking: Christmas dinner which was roast ham with plenty of sides and a mixed berry cheesecake.

Reading: ‘The Angel’s Game’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. With some time off work, I’ve finally been able to get some reading in.

Playing: ‘I Feel It Coming’ by The Weekend feat. Daft Punk, ‘Stranger‘ by Peking Duk feat. Elliphant, ‘All We Know‘ by The Chainsmokers feat. Phoebe Ryan (which I’m still obsessed with), and ‘Stand By Me‘ by Florence and the Machine (which was the theme song for a game and listening to it is giving me all the feels!).

Enjoying: some time off work so I can get the house and garden in order, catch up with friends, and rest up and lounge about.

Sorting: out the house and garden as much as possible.

Wondering: if the iron supplement I’m taking is working or if it’s just a placebo effect.

Waiting: for New Year’s Eve so I can hang out with friends for a good old gaming night.

Deciding: to de-clutter Hello HQ.

Wishing: I could have gotten more done around the house and garden. Why is there still so much to do around here!?

Liking: at day out in The City with The Parents. We went to Matsuri Sydney and then strolled around Darling Harbour and QVB.

Disliking: having to submit additional documents for my application to Uni.

Considering: starting yoga again.

Watching: a group of street performers called ‘Beat the Street’ (who were from America, I think?). We stumbled upon them by chance in Darling Harbour, and they were so talented and funny.

Marvelling: at the fact that Mum has been able to grow eggplants. It’s our first time with these babies and we’re so happy watching them grow and being able to harvest them.

Wanting: to buy a few more Summer dresses.

Needing: to make more time for gardening.

Following: advice from a fortune cookie to ‘keep moving forward’.

Noticing: ladybugs and blue-bottom bees in the garden.

Knowing: that I need to get more ‘adulting’ done in my life.

Thinking: about life and death.

Buying: another raised garden bed and a sofa from IKEA for the living room (finally!) and it feels so good to have a nice place to sit.

Getting: excited after having booked a lunch and a dinner at some nice restaurants.

Admiring: my friend’s handmade origami earrings. She gifted me a pretty pair for Christmas that I can’t wait to wear. Check out her other origami jewellery if you’re interested.

Hoping: that all the veggies I’ve planted in the raised garden bed will grow into beautiful plants.

Loving: a day out at Taronga Zoo with the family (even though it was a stinkin’ hot day).

Giggling: with a Uni friend over brunch and a long-overdue catch up in Coogee.

Planning: things to do for when my Younger Sister visits on a brief holiday. We’re Sydney-siders and we have no idea what to do in Sydney…

Feeling: happy and content.

So that’s it for another year of taking stock. It can be challenging at times to sit down and answer these prompts month after month. But when I occasionally look back on them, it’s nice to remember all the things that were happening at that time — big or small, positive or negative. It’s a good reminder that all moments and experiences are temporary, and that we should appreciate the good times when they’re here and know that bad times don’t last forever. On that note, I’d like to thank you all for stopping by and I wish you a happy new year filled with happiness, strength and love.

I decided to ‘take stock’ after seeing it over on Meet Me At Mike’s and you can join in too. You can check out the original ‘taking stock’ and find a list or simply see what others are up to. Let me know if you decide to join in. I’d love to see what you got up to.

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