Friday, June 1, 2018

Lately ...

Watching: The Handmaid's Tale. It's not for everyone but powerful and intriguing, uncomfortable and disturbing viewing. (Related: Prayer and unprayer: the practice of faith amidst the terror of Gilead.)

Memorising: Hebrew vocabulary and grammar for uni, but I had my last class this week so now I just need to do my translation and exegesis which is due next week.

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Running: My mileage is increasing as I move into the last month or so before my 10K race. This weekend I will have a 20K long run for the first time ever. Luckily Melbourne has an extensive network of paths.

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Also ... watching running. It's cross country season at school for The Little Girl.

Waiting: for some time to put together some photo books.

Trying: to remember to sit and stand up straight. Hopefully this will improve my back and neck which is a mass of knots that are gradually being worked out in remedial massage sessions.

Reading: Molakai and Ethics of Hope.

Planting: a winter vegetable garden. Seedlings and seeds waiting in my laundry sink as I type.

Enjoying: the first day of winter which is beautifully sunny.

Working on: reducing our waste. We're down to 1-2 supermarket checkout size rubbish bags per week plus a 3/4 full recycle bin.

Brining: olives from my tree.

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Cooking: quick recipes for weeknight dinners like cauliflower chicken and peanut curry and Dumpling Meatballs with sesame green beans.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Colour monthly: February 2018

I've begun a photo challenge for myself. Inspired by color//colour lovers the goal is to look and find a rainbow (almost ... violet and indigo get mashed together) over the month.

Red Chinese New Year Fireworks

Red - Chinese New Year fireworks over the Yarra River


Orange Backyard Rose


Orange - Backyard Rose

Yellow - too early for leaves to change?

  Yellow - feels too early and warm for leaves to be changing.


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  Green - Sweet decisions at White Night Melbourne


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  Blue - Le Bal des Lumine√©oles, White Night Melbourne.


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Purple - the purple section of my rainbow bookshelves.

If you want to join in you can link me up here or over on instagram. Hashtags: #colourmonthly; #CM_red etc and #CM_March.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

White Night Melbourne 2018

Sometimes I can be lazy, but I decided this year that I wanted to have more outings as a family. Crowds aren't really my thing but sometimes they're unavoidable if you want to see something interesting and get out of a rut. So when Hubby rang me on Friday and suggested we head into the city Saturday night my first instinct was to say no. I knew we had a fairly busy day and I was bound to be tired but I decided not to let that be the last word and said yes. We can easily catch the tram in anyway and if we weren't having a good time we'd just come home.

This year Chinese New Year celebrations coincided with White Night Melbourne. Our first destination was the Hawker's Market for dinner of noodles and pork buns. A friendly security guard pointed us to the abandoned tents with a table and couple of chairs which we snagged to eat our dinner in relative comfort and quiet. By the time we'd finished our dinner the White Night festival had started and we decided to head to our nearest installations at the Alexandra Gardens. This site was relatively crowd free.

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We spent most of our time down near the Yarra with fewer crowds, wandered around and perched on the wall eating churros and watching the activity on the river. At 9:45pm the Chinese New Year fireworks were on and we got a good spot right on the river to watch. The last time we went to see the fireworks we set up much closer, and unfortunately down wind where we were showered with ash. We weren't going to make the same mistake this time.

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At the conclusion of the fireworks we went up to St Kilda Rd which was absolute mayhem. The road towards Fed Square was absolutely packed with people and we had to fight through them to reach our tram. After freeing myself from the mass of people I found a spot to perch and take some photos of Fed Square ...

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and Flinders St station. The question posed ... "What if you forgave someone tonight?"

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and the Secret Life of Buildings as we walked back to our tram.

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I'm so glad I said YES! So far this year 2 out of 2 great nights (the first was the Big Bash in Jan) that I could have spent curled up on the couch at home. Am I the only one who has to talk themselves into doing something they know will be fun?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

This week's links ...

Wilbur the Westie


Above: Gratuitous cute photo. Meet my sister's new Westie, Wilbur.

1. Wonderful Anne Lamot TED talk "12 truths I learned from life and writing" Love her approach to life and her realism "we're a mixed grill of happy anticipation and dread"

2.  I just haven't been taking as many photos over the last year or so and it's been the non-event type shots that are missing and I'd like to change this. I like the look of FMS's photo-a-day prompts. It's unlikely I'll do every day but I'm going to try to join in some days in March. (via. Cate)

3. 21 Genius Ways to Repurpose Old Clothing.

4. Your journal ... A Good Place to Have Bad Ideas.

5. Some more recipes moving into our weeknight rotations. One pot pasta and moroccan chickpea quinoa power salad.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Where do all the spoons go ...

Op shop cutlery


We regularly host a Sunday afternoon BBQ for our church community gathering. It's drop in and open invitation so we never know how many might turn up. Since we're also trying to reduce waste around here we don't use disposable plates and cutlery. That means we need an unknown amount of extra cutlery so I went on an expedition scouring the local op shops. What I found was an abundance of knives and forks as well as soup spoons but no dessert spoons. It seems that dessert spoons and tea spoons are few and far between as confirmed by one of the volunteers at the Salvos. It's a phenomenon that I've noticed in our own house ... it's the dessert spoons and tea spoons that seem to go missing and that often run short.

On my fourth shop I finally snagged eight dessert spoons. I'm curious though, where do all the dessert spoons go? Any ideas?


Saturday, February 3, 2018

This week's links ...

Santa Casa Beach Jan 2018


The summer holidays, with only a handful of perfect beach days, ended this week and the kids are back at school ... well apart from The Big Girl who is now a uni student.

Our holidays were spent down at my parents place so cooking was a shared responsibility. This week I had to wrench myself back to the reality of planning, shopping, cooking so we tried a few new recipes that were winners. One Tray Hoisin Peanut Chicken I served with steamed snow peas and broccolini. Since I have a reasonable sized basil plant in the garden, a piece of parmesan in the fridge and a handful of pinenuts I decided to whizz up a quick basil pesto instead of the kale pesto in Oven Roasted Meatballs.

Since Hubby is in full training for the Paris marathon in April, good fuelling is on my mind and this recovery salad hit the spot with BBQ meat for dinner then lunch by itself the next day.

I've moved my bullet journaling from the Leuchtturm grid notebook into a Traveler's Company Notebook. Like my bullet journal this notebook functions as a catch all and combines both planning and recording, but I'd like to expand my journaling this year. 14 Ways to Make Journaling One of the Best Things You do in 2018.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Celebrations

Strawberry and Chocolate Tart


It was my birthday this week. Does anyone else forget how old they are? I had to calculate from my birth year to remember how old I was turning which entertained Hubby. Maybe if I updated the scales that currently have me listed as 44, the constant reminder would help me remember.

Normally we go out for my birthday dinner but we went out for The Boy's birthday Saturday and we have two school speech nights this week so we decided we needed a night in. The Boy cooked Manpleasing Chicken with ovenbaked chips and green veges. The Big Girl made a ridiculously rich chocolate and strawberry tart. The Big Girl also wrote the shopping list and came to the supermarket to shop for the ingredients. I only had to give expert opinion 3 times so I going to count that as a successful day off food prep for me.