Mainly cause I’ve been exhausted. Work takes it out of me. I don’t like it. And I even don’t like it when I get back from two weeks of recharging (or should that be refueling) holiday in the US. I’ve had one day back, and I realise all too quickly everything that’s wrong with the culture due to the ongoing restructure. The pressures of work were spilling into my home too, and it’s nothing to say of the things on my BF’s mind – his work’s really ramped up too!
So it was nice to have two weeks away with my mother in the US. We spent about 10 days in San Francisco and then four days in Portland, OR. It was a lovely refreshing cool time, without much rain (but alas, SYDNEY! It’s bucketed down since I returned early on Australia Day – that walk to and from the station is less pleasurable with an umbrella!)
I ate everything that was
weirdly flavoured, like honey lavendar or caramel with bacon
I’ve now rounded out to a whole number in weight, and it’s ghastly! Even more ghastly that in a handful of days I’ll be 30, and a week later, I’ll host a fabulous dinner party, complete with catering, gown, map themed decadence. Reckon I can drop 10kg in two weeks? (I’m not serious, but I am eating healthier!)
Oh, and did I share? For Christmas, I got SURFING LESSONS – I’m sure I did. Anyhow, I have to fit that in at some stage, I’m really looking forward to giving it a whirl once the sun is out…
I think I’ll do some grouping of my holidays photos, I’m thinking of posts
all the food
weird things about America (mainly text that one!)
you can buy that?
pretty stuff – houses mainly, but some art too
signs that I love, or just don’t get!
a selfie (almost) every day
As always, I’ve been reading y’all – I’m just useless at commenting when not on the laptop. I’ll work on that!
As regular readers would know, I notice things on my walks around inner city Sydney, like this.
In the past few months, there’s been a cluster of concrete art around scaffolding in my local area. They must have excess, so they cast it into fun shapes. i noticed some of the ‘older’ ones have been chipped away, perhaps removed by the true property owners? Who knows… But for you enjoyment:
This yeah, I bought/acquired 57 items of clothing or pairs of shoes. There were 8 pairs of shoes, so make that 49 pieces of clothing. Last year’s more basic count which was 35. I attribute some of the purchases with my change from wearing a work uniform to wearing corporate clothing.
Of those, 29 were second hand. I’ve include clothing given to me by my mother or friends that is worn in this count. I was given one top and one scarf. The scarf isn’t in the count above.
15 items are work appropriate. 14 items of sock/jocks variety not included in the count.
6 pieces of jewellery, two pieces were second hand. The others were Chinese rubbish. And a further two which were gifts (forgot those in the count!) :s 2 belts.
I bought 8 pairs of shoes – one pair was from Kmart for $5, I wore the sole out, and bought another pair, that was identical. I also bought a pair of leather flats, and then bought the identical pair again, as they were comfy and it’s so hard to find that. I bought a pair of ‘jelly’ shoes, which I’ve coverted for so long. They hurt my feet, so I can see them heading out the door 🙁
Of all the new things I’ve bought, all 77, six have already gone. Thankfully at least some were seond hand items that just didn’t work for me.
Overall, my wardrobe has:
29 pairs of bottoms – 4 pairs of shorts, 5 casual skirts, 2 dressy skirts and 7 work skirts, which I seldom wear in my current role. I also have 5 pairs of work pants, 2 solely for winter, and 1 pair that were new this year and aren’t comfy :s The rest are jeans and a pair of cords.
Need? One or two more pairs of work pants that are ‘summer weight’ – I’m hoping Banana Republic in the US will be the answer. Maybe a navy pair?
I have 20 dresses (approved for the public… I have more house dresses). Only two plus a top fit in the ‘formal’ category, so most of the others should see some wear. Interestingly, I have 17 for summer, but of those, I have a ‘too hot to wear’ on four (poor fabric choices, so better for transeasonal). I have 9 suitable for, and to be honest, some are ONLY good for a date :p 10 are church appropriate, so that’s a positive, cause that’s a reason I have grown my dress collection since my student days.
Need? To make the more date only dresses a little more modest, with adding a lace trim perhaps? I also need to look at the four ‘too hot’ and ensure I don’t keep buying nice, but too hot, dresses!
Now for tops. I have 101 tops!! Of those:
21 for work, 8 long sleeved, 7 ¾ sleeved, and 6 are sleeveless or short sleeved.
15 singlets, which are worn under things in winter for warmth mainly
20 short and ¾ sleeves casual tops
14 long sleeves cotton tops for wearing under jumpers in winter (probably more than I need!)
5 dressy tops – I need to check that, think I might have du0plicate counted somethings
6 summer weight cardigans or jumpers
6 thin winter jumpers
4 thick cardigans, of which I deem 3 suitable for work (win!)
2 long coats and 4 cropped coats, of which two could be replaced with better quality than the Chinese made ones I bought in my student years.
Need? Jackets and cardigans is the sweet spot. The short sleeves count at 20 seems more generous that what it ‘feels’ like I have, so I should really weed those out that don’t serve my needs. I need to be mindful of fabrics more, for summer clothing, especially work wear.
Work out gear
22 in total – 9 pants, 11 tops.
19 pieces of house clothing, which includes 2 dressing gowns (so seldom used), sumemr house dresses, hoodies and track pants.
Overall I think there were 79 individual items bought for only 16% more than I spent on 35 items last year. That feels like a win, likely due to more 2nd hand shopping. The win is also probably partly attributed to no real ‘shopping’ holiday.
How did you fare this year with clothing shopping/culling/spending? Do you aim for second hand, or is it too hit and miss when you ‘need’ specific things?
For the past few months, we’ve been plagued by pantry moths. I’m not sure how we got them, but I’ve never really experienced them.
Initially, I found a number of refilled zip lock bags of gluten free flours infested, so I ditched those pronto. I wasn’t using them, and there weren’t substantial quantities anyhow. The moths had turned the tapioca flour bag into a plastic sieve! Eww…
But that half hearted effort, and another, wasn’t enough. Neither was the sticky moth ‘catcherer’ I bought.
So, what better activity to do on New Years Day, than take everything out, wipe everything down, and rid the moths ONCE AND FOR ALL.
I’m pleased to report the moths infested the quinoa… I never liked it, to they gave me an excuse to ditch two half used packets. Sadly the rice paper roll ‘pasta’ was also infested, so I transferred them into a new packet and froze them for good measure. Also in the freezer quarantine is a 2kg bag of plain flour (just in case), the gravox powder (likely infested due to the box showing signs). All boxed pasta was put into pop top containers, and the boxes disposed of. Pop top containers each got their very own bay leaf… here’s hoping my baking won’t take on the flavour!
I also got to throw out the mashed potato packet – half used. Serves me right for ‘meaning to’ use it up for so long. I also threw away the gluten free breadcrumbs (really corn) as they showed signs of the moths too.
Simultaneous to this, I found some things past their use by dates. Not that I hold much stead in that, but I might try to give away the gelatin, yeast and baking powder seeing their use is limited to never here.
Lots of my spice sachets have passed their use by date. I plainly ignored it. I use most of them most of the time, and whilst they are still fragrant, I’ll keep them. No need to waste, right?
A few days have passed since I’ve done this, and there’s less moths. Still some. I’ve got a sticky trap still waiting for them…
Plan and prepay my funeral – cough cough, not so fun, didn’t happen, but the cash is there?
Zorbing (a weekend away at the Gold Coast) The place went out of business…
The other 3? Well my friend stopped living in NZ, so that was scraped. One was a dinner at a fancy restaurant, which I did for my birthday in 2013. The third was a knife skills course which I did in 2013
Health – monthly challenges
These were a wash! I started out strong, but then it all went bust!
Mar: Squats and abandoned 🙁
Apr: Push up challenge – increase the number everyday fail
May: Morning stretching/yoga fail – though some attempts made
Jun: Planking challenge fail
Jul: Mental health: daily act of kindness fail
Aug: Mental health: daily gratitude journal fail – though attempts made
Sept: 1 internet free day per week fail
Oct: Ocsober fail
Nov: Coffee free challenge fail
Dec: +1 walking fail
Interestingly, I did have a week or two when I woke to do yoga before work? So that was something. But generally my coffee intake increased.
This is one category I always kick a** at! So, for 2014, I will:
1. Save $20,000 in my mortgage offset account (in addition to the starting balance) as of mid Septmber, met this, and by the end of the year exceeded it by $8k!
2. Save $200 a week in for holidays yep, it’s all automated, but now bundled into goal 1 so it’s all in one place
3. Save $10 $20 a week for my ‘one day’ dream of a first class holiday to Paris and NYC (First class flights and accommodation). I plan to spend 20 years saving slowly for this one. $20 per week, cause why not!
4. Save $100 a week for ‘charity’ which I will also withdraw from when I do support fundraising etc. automated too my friend! But kept separate from the pot in goal 1. $20 automatically goes to Church, from this $100.
Plan a dinner party or similar once a quarter. Passed
1. Started with a pizza night for water polo girls in Jan 🙂 Easy and fun.
2. Excess cheese? Informal wine and cheese Sunday arvo.
Email my brother at least weekly whilst he’s in South America (until Sept 2014) so so – not 100% success rate on the stated frequency, but we stayed in contact.
Ekk, seeing I didn’t submit my 16 x 700 words long episode reports in 2013, this goal will role over.
I will also start to think more (again) about the next step in my career. Whilst I wasn’t thinking about it, someone was, and I’ve been acting in a promotion of a role for a few months. And I’ll apply for the position when it’s advertised
I’ve covered my router with a hard cover book; made earphone holders out of old plastic cards; cross stitched a baby’s blanket. Then for Christmas, I made another gingerbread house (and a trifle, but that’s less crafty!). I also made bunting and decorated jars for my upcoming 30th and did another baby’s blanket!
Overall, I think I did well on most of my goals. I really let myself down in the health department, despite doing a three month healthy eating and exercising plan which I paid for. I lost and gained roughly the same amount of weight, which puts me back where I was. Again, I’m trying to be healthier since Christmas day, and have cut out almost all sugar. That being said, I’ve still had juice and soft drink and the occasional taste of sweet things. But I have tried to eat less than I was in the later months of 2014.
How’d you go with your 2014 goals? Feel free to link to your posts!