Monday, November 25, 2013

~ taking stock - me right now ~

It's Monday.
We've bought birthday presents (Lego and a terrarium - 11 year olds are tricky) and had coffee.
We've spent hours waiting for the washing machine man.
We're on our way to school pick up and gym soon.
It's grey outside  - for like the 100th day in a row.
I'm taking stock with Pip.

Making : felt reindeer ornaments to send to new friends as part of a snail mail swap

Cooking : baby meringues for the eldest to take to school for her birthday tomorrow

Drinking : green tea with rose petals  (but I need something stronger after dealing with fisher and paykel about my washing machine all morning)

Reading: Refuge by Jackie French  - Lily just finished it and it sounded like an interesting take on the refugee situation - it is

Wanting: a washing machine that works

Looking: forward to the holidays

Playing: hockey on Sundays

Deciding: trying to decide which camera to take travelling next year - I think the D80 is too big and I'm trying to choose a small mirrorless camera - ?the Fuji XM1

Wishing: I was somewhere warm and sunny

Enjoying: sorting through photos to make photo books and calendars for Christmas

Waiting: for summer

Liking: listening to him practice his 2 lines for the nativity play

Wondering: what to cook for dinner tonight

Loving: the fresh cherries I splurged on this morning

Pondering: the differences between 11 now and 11 when it was me (and the similarities)

Considering: how to make internet rules for an 11 year old that we're both happy with

Watching: hardly any tv - I'm thinking this is a good thing

Hoping: our raspberry crop lives up to our expectations

Marvelling: at the resilience of children

Needing: time alone

Smelling: the roses - literally - they're flourishing at the front door

Wearing:winter boots still!! grrrr

Following: so many interesting blogs that I never get around to catching up with them all

Noticing: I'm spending less time on line and loving it

Knowing: I need to be a good example to my children (see above)

Thinking: there are not enough hours in the day

Feeling: quietly excited about Christmas

Admiring: Quintin Bryce

Buying: chocolate and baking supplies to make Christmas treats

Getting: fitter, slowly but surely

Bookmarking: great Christmas recipes

Opening: lovely snail mail from my IG friends

Giggling: when he says "chinese running" instead of "high knees running" in our 7 minute work out sessions


  1. Hello Kari!
    How are you travelling? Can you believe we're on the cusp of December?
    I thought you might like to know that I am hosting Reverb again this year. It'd be a privilege to have you join us.
    Everything you need to know can be found at:
    We kick off on Sunday and it is going to be AMAZING. Hope to see you there!
    Kat xxx

  2. How to say this the right way? I'm super jealous of people who can make reindeer ornaments and cook baby meringues, buy baking supplies for Christmas treats and play hockey on a Sunday. I just don't think I'll ever be that kind of mother, which is completely fine of course. I just kind of wish I had that kind of mama in me. I day dream of doing those sorts of things, but when it comes down to it I find I'm too distracted or something. Too busy with a toddler and a part time job maybe, who knows. The best I can get to is making made up nut crunch things with puffed grains and macadamias. Never mind baking from a receipe. I wish!

  3. Washing machine issues here too!! Grrr!!! Loved reading your list Ally xx


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