I’ve spotted these ‘taking stock’ posts (first seen at Meet Me at Mike’s) around the place. I haven’t taken part in it before, but being the end of year and feeling all 懐かしい (find the meaning here) I decided to take some time out and declutter my brain. I don’t know about you but I don’t really make any new year’s resolutions either. I like to think I just go with the flow.
December has been a blur of constructing greeting cards, wrapping presents and just general life. We purchased an apartment off the plan and now it’s coming to completion, it feels as if there are a billion and one things on the list that never, ever seems to get shorter.
Making: A bunch of knitted Christmas gifts. I can’t reveal what they are just yet, but I thought I had started early on these. Turns out not early enough. I’m making a mental note for next year to start earlier if I want to go down this path again.
Cooking: Over the weekend we had a dinner party with some friends, on the menu were marinated chicken wings, roast pork, veggies, lasagne and a hummingbird cake. So good.
Drinking: Copious amounts of water. Sydney weather is forecast to be in the high thirties, so staying hydrated with my fancy new Memo Bottle.
Reading: Classic Style by Kate Schelter. Well really I’m admiring the pretty watercolour illustrations that accompany minimal living.
Next read: There isn’t anything on my list at the moment, but I’m really into biographies these days. I recently finished reading a book by Yeonmi Park, a North Korean defector.
Wanting: Time off work. It can’t come soon enough. I thought this time of year would be winding down, but nope. It’s all gogogogo.
Looking: For my next craft on-the-go project. I like having something to do on my (short) train ride into work.
Playing: A really interesting YouTube video on why people are awkward. See here.
Deciding: On which phone to purchase next. Tossing up the X or the Pixel. Both have their pros and cons but I am running out of time and need a new phone, stat.
Wishing: For the Sydney weather to show some mercy for the Christmas break.
Enjoying: The prospect of having 2 weeks off work. No meetings. No phone calls. No emails. Yes.
Waiting: For this day to be over. Meetings hurt my head.
Liking: This taking stock process. It is forcing me to reflect back on myself and what I’ve achieved this past few weeks.
Wondering: If I’ll do this more regularly. It feels quite therapeutic.
Loving: A giant therapeutic stuffed bear I bought from MiniSo the other day. He sits on my bed and looks super cute.
Pondering: How many questions are left on this thing?
Considering: Finishing this later, I’m running out of steam here. Hah.
Buying: Nothing really, I’m trying to stay away from the shops these last few days. I hate hate hate the holiday crowds.
Watching: Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan. I’ve been meaning to watch it since it came out, and got super excited when I spied it whilst browsing SBS on Demand last night.
Next watch: The OA on Netflix. It stars Emory Cohen who starred in the previously mentioned Brooklyn.
Hoping: The lead up to Christmas would slow down a little. I love this time of year. Being able to enjoy festive food and celebrate non-stop!
Marvelling: At all the Christmas lights in my neighbourhood. I love it.
Cringing: All of the vloggers clutching at straws for vlogmas. Taylor R started her viral Christmas tree eyebrow trend the other week.
Needing: Coffee. All. The. Time.
Questioning: Whether I want to redo the layout of this blog.
Smelling: Wild Bluebells from Jo Malone. Loving this scent for summer. It is just so floral and fruity at the same time.
Wearing: Dresses and skirts. Aforementioned heat has dictated it be so.
Following: A bunch of JVLOGGERS. I’m getting obsessed with Japan all over again in preparation for my next trip and I’m SO EXCITED.
Noticing: The ladies that wear slippers to work. Is that appropriate in a corporate environment?
Knowing: There are only 5 days to Christmas. Eep!
Thinking: About how much there is left to do before Christmas! Double eep!
Admiring: How creative some people are getting with wrapping their Christmas pressies.
Sorting: Through life.
Bookmarking: I’ve been pinning loads of homeware and furnishing ideas lately.
Coveting: A capsule wardrobe. But I like things too much and that will never, ever happen. A gal can dream.
Disliking: Jake Gyllenhaal in Enemy. I really admire Jake as an actor, but this movie did not do him any favours.
Opening: The Hey! VINA app on my phone – I love finding (platonic) friends to match with on the app, but I’m so terrible at
Giggling: Not really.
Feeling: Like I really need to go to the bathroom after drinking aforementioned copious amounts of water to get through this heatwave.
Snacking: ThinkFood Munch snacks. I love the entire range but almond trail is probably my go-to right now.
Hearing: Sia’s Christmas album (on repeat) – after seeing her in concert the other week, she has pretty much dominated my playlist.