First Things First


Milky Joe, who fortunately didn’t have to spend this year living inside a paper bag.

It seems only fitting that Pip Lincolne’s “Taking Stock” should be my first blog post. I’ve had a crazy 18 months (another post for another time). Needless to say moving 3 times in one year is not great.

At the moment I feel quite displaced; my husband, Milky Joe and I are living in my brother’s old room come DVD library and most of my possessions are in a storage facility back in Geelong. “Taking Stock” is like a little snapshot of what’s happening right now. Though I still feel displaced, I think this exercise has allowed me to accept and appreciate where I am and what I’m doing.

Making: a crochet beanie with detachable popcorn stitch beard for my Nephew’s 2nd birthday.

Cooking: sweet potatoes, I’m obsessed with baking them, splitting them open and filling them with all sorts of toppings. It’s the easiest lunch/ dinner to make when I can’t be bothered cooking.

Drinking: Dang Gui SI Ni Tang. I have cold extremities and this Chinese herbal concoction is meant to warm me up. The taste is… well let’s just say Mary Poppins knew what she was saying when she sang “A spoonful of sugar…”

Reading: Dewey- The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Wanting: a Massage…I’ve slept on 10 different mattresses in the past 3 months.

Looking: forward to dancing up a storm with an old friend on Saturday night to a big brass band at the Austrian Club.

Playing: a Spice Girls “best of” list on Spotify, so, so good.

Deciding: when to book my car in for a service

Wishing: the dishwasher was fixed.

Enjoying: the Blog with Pip Course.

Waiting: to move into my apartment (only two and a half weeks to go, yay).

Liking: the fact that since turning my iPhone on silent I have less anxiety, fewer interruptions and more time during the day.

Wondering: where to go and what to do for Rob’s birthday next year. He wants to go overseas for his 4oth in May. I know it’s a little while away, but there’s nothing like dreaming about a tropical paradise when it’s cold outside.

Loving: my kitty Milky Joe, he’s keeping me company today.

Pondering: Minimalism and intentional living. Downsizing from a three bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment has really made me rethink my lifestyle and my stuff.

Considering: going back to brunette. Whilst I’ve enjoyed being a blonde, bleaching my hair platinum has required a little too much maintenance.

Watching: ‘GIRLS’- I know I’m a little late to the party, but I love it! An advantage of living at my parents is the binge watching capabilities that their Foxtel subscription affords me.

Hoping: the world is going to be ok now that Donald Trump is the President of the USA

Marvelling: at how long Milky Joe can sleep for!

Needing: a cup of tea…

Smelling: Rooibos tea, mmm

Wearing: Dobby socks. Inspired by one of my obsessions, Harry Potter. 50% of the profit goes towards stopping child trafficking.

Following: The Minimalists

Noticing: my desk is untidy.

Knowing: I am enough.

Thinking: I should go and do the dishes before they pile up…they’ve already piled up…I’ll go do them now before the pile becomes overwhelming…

Feeling: good about having done the dishes!

Admiring: the 2017 Flow diary. I keep looking it up on the internet and wondering whether to purchase it for myself or pop it on my Christmas wish list.

Sorting: out my finances (boring but necessary).

Buying: ‘Gratitude Conversation Starters’ from Kiki.K

Getting: excited about Christmas! It’s so close now I can almost smell the pine needles.

Bookmarking: Free things to do in Melbourne. I’ve decided to be a tourist in my own town when we move back to Richmond. After discovering Brisbane through free walking and riding tours, enjoying free exhibitions, art and gigs, I think it’s time I rediscovered all Melbourne has to offer.

Disliking: advertisements on Instagram.

Opening: my copy of “Just quit it” an indie magazine I purchased back in 2010 when I lived in Newcastle. It’s helped me quit many jobs and I’m sharing the wisdom it contains with a friend.

Giggling: about my Dad talking to himself in the next room. I used to answer him or ask “What’s that Dad?” he’d reply with “I wasn’t talking to you Cat, I was talking to myself.” Now I just leave him to happily chatter away.

Snacking: on Medjool dates, I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately and these have saved me from reaching for chocolate.

Coveting: Rocket Book! What is this thing?! I’m either a total sucker or I must count this notebook amongst my future possessions. Can I please have one for Christmas?

Helping: myself by meditating every night before bed.

Hearing: Milky Joe chomping down on his dinner.

xo Cat


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