Taking Stock - February 2016

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It’s time to take stock of February. Time is just flying by, and whilst it’s been a short month (although a day longer than February last year!), there’s been a fair bit going on…

Making:  A dinner party menu. There will be dinner guests this weekend, so I need to work out what to cook!

Cooking: Pasta sauce with mint. I made this really interesting tomato based sauce with olives and mint. I didn't think the mint would work, but it tasted really nice.

Drinking: Cranberry juice. I received a few bottles of Ocean Spray Cranberry juice to try and I’m a fan.

Reading:  Nothing. I’m so slack. I need to get back into a reading. There’s a few books on the bookshelf that I really should get into.

Wanting: A break. I feel like I have been flat out since the start of the year. I really want some time to do nothing.

Looking: At clothes. The month has ticked over, and I’m allowed to do another lot of online shopping.

Playing: Candy crush. Still

Deciding: On holiday plans. I have big dreams to go to Mongolia this year, so I really should start getting organised.

Wishing: I could permanently be on holidays. Mongolia, Egypt, Tanzania, Antarctica. So many places, so little time (and money).

Enjoying: Having fresh chillies from the garden. My parents’ chilli plants are going nuts, so I have a massive supply.

Waiting: Labour Day. Our next public holiday! I love the first half of the year!

Liking:  My colouring book that I got for Christmas. I haven’t done nearly enough colouring, but that’s mainly due to the fact that I just don’t have much spare time.

Wondering: If I will be able to run a marathon this year. I’ve started training, and given myself till November, so hopefully I can do it, assuming I don’t get injured along the way.

Loving: The fact that the Melbourne Food and Wine festival is about to start. There will be so many awesome events!

Pondering: Whether to go out for dinner tonight. I want to, but there is so much food at home that should be eaten first!

Considering: What to spray the mint bush with. Our mint bush was getting devoured and we ended up finding 13 fat, well fed caterpillars in it. We got rid of them all, but no doubt we would have missed a few. Apparently spraying a mixture of salt, detergent and chilli should help get rid of them.

Buying: A bike helmet! I’m totally going to start riding a bike! I don’t think I’ve ridden since I was about 8 years old, so hopefully I still know how to ride!

Watching: My Kitchen Rules. I love MKR and Masterchef, so I have been following the series closely. I think my favourite is the brother and sister from Mornington, VIC. Hopefully they go far.

Hoping: That I have time to make some apple muffins tonight. My parents gave me all their old apples to bake with, so I thought some apple and cinnamon muffins would be lovely!

Marvelling: Ah nature. I love looking at the herbs every morning and seeing how much they have grown.

Cringing: At George Pell. How pathetic was his hearing? My arse he doesn’t remember.

Needing: To find some cruelty free toothpaste that contains fluoride. For some reason, the people that advocate for cruelty free products, are also anti fluoride. I am pro cruelty free, but I am also pro fluoride. Our teeth need fluoride.

Questioning: The Americans. Trump. Really?

Smelling:  Tommy Girl. I found my bottle from ages ago, and I still love it!

Wearing: My size 4 dress! I can’t believe I fit into it!

Following: The Spice Adventuress. I have been following Dhanya’s blog for a while now, and she has some great recipes and restaurant reviews. It’s a great read.

Noticing: The fact that the daylight hours are slowly getting shorter. The now dark when I go for my run in the morning, and the daylight doesn’t last as long in the evening  Winter is coming.

Knowing: That the first quarter of the year is almost over. It’s a bit scary.

Thinking: About the fact that I have been a bit slack with the blog over the last couple of weeks. I started off the year so organised, and completely on schedule, but I think time (and a little bit of laziness) has got the better of me. I need to get back on track.

Admiring: Kerryn Phelps. After seeing her on Q&A last night, I was so impressed. She is intelligent, clear in thought, and makes her point so well.

Sorting:  Emails. I have 11, 728 emails in my inbox. It is a bit nuts.

Getting: A couple of Maxwell & Williams platters. These arrived in the mail yesterday, and I discovered I won a competition I had entered before Christmas! I love surprises!

Bookmarking: Recipes with apples. I have lots that I need to get rid of.

Coveting: A degustation meal. It’s been a long time since I’ve had one, and I’m not sure I can justify the price tag these days, but damn there are some good ones out there.

Disliking: The fact that I worked a day for free. Damn the 366th day this year, I only get paid for 365 days!

Opening: Bills. I HATE BILLS. This time of the year is the worst too, rego, car insurance, rates, it’s the worst.

Giggling: At Drumpf. #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain

Feeling: Sleepy. Late nights and early morning training are not a good combination.

Snacking: On fruit. My parents gave me a whole heap of peaches, so I’ve been eating them.

Helping: At Tamil Feasts. I have my first opportunity to volunteer at a dinner, and I cannot wait. I also can’t wait to partake in another feast. So delicious.

Hearing: The Sweet Teen Club podcast. This podcast takes me back to my high school days. I loved the Sweet Valley High books, and it’s so nice to reminisce.

What’s been going on in your life?

1 comment:

  1. Re toothpaste, White Glo has fluoride and is cruelty free (and readily available; and reasonably priced). I was very surprised to learn it is suitable for vegans, and have bought it ever since. http://www.whiteglo.com/blog/teeth-whitening/vegan-toothpaste